Five finalists sit for photo in Maryland's statewide finals for the American Legion Annual Oratorical Contest

Caption: The five contestants at the American Legion's statewide oratorical competition in Maryland.

Stevenson University hosted the American Legion's statewide oratorical competition finals on Sunday March 3rd.   Five finalists from across Maryland were each judged on an 8-10 minute  prepared talk as well as an impromptu short response to a question posed by the judges.  The competitors' prepared and impromptu talks dealt with the Constitution of the United States.  The 1st place winner at competition's end advanced to the American Legion's national finals in Indianapolis where she will represent Maryland. Open to high school students throughout the United States, the overall national contest winner gets an $18,000 scholarship. Second place takes home $16,000, and third gets $14,000. Each state winner who participates in the national contest’s first round receives a $1,500 scholarship. Those who advance past the first round receive an additional $1,500 scholarship. The American Legion’s National Organization awards the scholarships, which can be used at any college or university in the United States. The competition is in its 82nd year.

Judges in Moot Court

Caption:  American Legion officers preside over the competition while families and guests observe the proceedings.

Hosted this year by Stevenson's Public History Program, the competition was held in the premier venue at Stevenson's Owings Mills campus, the Moot Court room.  The Stevenson Public History Program has supported this event for many years by supplying judges for the competition; this year's judges included Professors McGraw, Goodall, Hall, and Johnston.  With wonderful support from Lisa Labrecque of SU Conference Services,  Jacqueline Achard of Sodexo Catering, and Stevenson's Office of the President, the event went off without a hitch.  We look forward to hosting this event for many years in the future.