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Oratorical Contest

The purpose of The American Legion’s National High School Oratorical Contest is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship.


                   Pequot Lakes student Angela Gudahl with Post 557 Adjutant Bill Leonhardt.

Angela Gudahl, a student at Pequot Lakes High School, was sponsored by Walter Scott Erickson American Legion Post #557 in the American Legion's 2015 Oratorical Contest.  The Post awarded her a $100 prize as its candidate. 

She went on to compete at the 6th District level in two rounds of competition. In round one there were seven finalists from around the district who presented eight minute memorized speeches on some aspect of the Constitution. In round two, each contestant had five minutes to prepare a three to five minute speech on a drawn topic and then present the speech to an audience in an extemporaneous fashion without using any notes. 

Angela claimed first place and another $300 and was the 6th District representative at the Department level competition where she earned third place.  Great job Angela!!