American Legion - Earl Graham Post 159
Bryan Texas

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Oratorical Contest

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.

On December 14, 2014 the Post hosted the annual Oratorical Contest with the theme “A Constitutional Speech Contest”.  Past National Historian Don Simon headed the contest.  Volunteer timers and judges included  Past Post Commanders David Marion and Bill Workman, Chaplain Don Hancock, 6th District Adjutant Gerry Hince, Legionnaires Garrett Martin, and Paul Silas.

The 2014 winner was Karna Venkatarj of A&M Consolidated High School.