An orientation meeting for potential participants in the James Leroy Belk American Legion Post #17 Annual High School Oratorical Contest will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday Dec. 6 at Post 17’s home on West DeKalb Street in Camden. Contest officials will discuss the subject to be used for oration and explain contest rules.
Any student in grades 9-12, whether enrolled in public, private or home school in Kershaw County, is eligible.
The local winner from Post 17, who participates in the Quadrant contest on Feb. 20, 2016, will be awarded a $500 scholarship. Local students who continued to win and represented South Carolina in the National contest in 2006 and 2008 received more than $8,000 each in scholarships.
Post 17 will conduct an oration contest practice at 2 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Legion Hall. This gives participants an opportunity to rehearse their prepared oration in a simulated contest environment. Parents and guests may attend. Participation in this rehearsal is mandatory for participation in the local contest.
The local contest will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday Jan/ 16 at the Legion Hall. Parents and guests may attend. The winner of the local contest will participate in the February 20 Quadrant Contest, the time and location to be announced.
The state contest will be held March 12. The state winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship with the guarantee of an additional $1,500 for competing in the first round of the national contest. All state winners are provided travel and lodging for the national contest in Indianapolis, Ind.
Those interested in competing should contact school guidance councilors or Post 17’s contest Chairman, Richard Lackey, at 432 9527 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.