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Legion oratorical contest orientation Sunday

Posted: November 27, 2012 5:32 p.m.
Updated: November 28, 2012 5:00 a.m.

High school students interested in becoming a participant in James Leroy Belk American Legion Post 17’s annual high school oratorical contest are invited to an orientation Sunday at 2 p.m. at the post on West DeKalb Street in Camden.

Any ninth through 12th grade Kershaw County student enrolled in public or private school or homeschooled are eligible.

Contest officials will discuss the subject of this year’s contest and explain contest rules.

The contest winner, who will go on to participate at the quadrant contest level on Feb. 16, 2013, will win a $500 scholarship. Second-place winner will receive a $250 scholarship and the third-place winner will receive a $125.

Previous winners who went on to participate in national contests in 2006 and 2008 received more than $8,000 each in scholarships.

Post 17’s practice oration contest will be held Jan. 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Legion Hall; eligible students must participate in the practice to participate in the contest, which will be held at Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Post 17’s Legion Hall. Parents and guests may attend both the practice and the contest.

After participating in the quadrant contest, winners will participate in the state contest on March 2, 2013. The state winner will receive $2,000 “with the guarantee of an additional $1,500 for competing in the first round of the national contest.” Travel and lodging is provided for state winners participating in the national contest in Indianapolis, Ind.

Anyone interested should contact school guidance counselors or Post 17’s Oratorical Contest Co-chair Richard Lackey at 432-9527 or rlackey@truvista.net for more information.

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