Congratulations to senior Hannah Baines for winning second place and $200 in the North Cobb American Legion Post 304 Oratorical Contest on Jan 19. Her competitors included high school students from Harrison High School, North Cobb High School, and Kennesaw Mountain High School.
The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights, and privileges of American citizenship.
Participants are required to prepare and memorize an eight- to 10-minute speech on some aspect of the Constitution, with emphasis on a citizen’s duties and obligations to our government. Hannah's speech was entitled "Porridge and Power," which discussed the necessity of the system of checks and balances to ensure the "porridge" of our nation's power systems are "not too hot, not too cold, but just right."
In addition, each participant is required to prepare four individual three- to five-minute speeches on assigned topics. At the competition, one of the four assigned topics is drawn, and participants are allotted five minutes to prepare to present that speech. This year, the topic that was drawn was the 21st amendment.