The American Legion Oratory, Post 61, conducted it's local American Legion Oratory Contest at Valley Regional High School on Thursday, January 26th. The two contestants were Zane Bouregy and Sophie Spaner. Students had to write an original eight to ten minute oratory on some aspect of the Constitution and our rights, privileges, responsibilities, and duties as a citizen. The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. The program began in 1938 and presents participants with an academic speaking challenge which help develop leadership qualities as well as an understanding of our nation's laws. Participants gain the ability to think and speak clearly throughout the competitions which proceed from District, to State, to Nationals, which take place each year in Indianapolis.
This year, Zane Bouregy placed first and will next move on to the District competition on Thursday, February 9th, at the Westbrook Library starting at 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and watch the student speeches from local participating schools.