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6th District Department of Wisconsin


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A Message From The 6th District Commander
Jerry Lauby

The American Legion Department of Wisconsin will once again host the annual (81st) Oratorical Contest at Ripon College.  The event takes place at Ripon College on Saturday February 10, 2018.  Participants no doubt have leadership skills, and have exceptional degrees and qualities to think, speak clearly and intelligently.  Two Orations make up each students time in front of the judge's.  

High School students that participated across the state of Wisconsin competing at the local level, Post, County, and District competition has now been whittled down to twelve students and they have earned the right to compete in Regional competition Saturday February 10th at 9:30 AM.  These talented youth come from Kenosha to Lake Superior, from the Mississippi River to Lake Michigan and all points in between.  

The single main (Oration) speech / topic is related to the United States Constitution with emphasis on citizens acceptance of the duties and obligations, and the rights and privileges of American citizenship.  The length of time is 8 to 10 minutes for the presenter's delivery.  Under and over the time alloted results in point deduction. 

The "Assigned Topic" (Oration) is one of the pre-selected four (4) Amendments that students are to have prepared for in advance to the competition.  A single amendment will be selected at each level of competition, ie, Regional and then Final competition in the afternoon.  The four amendments are numbers 2, - 3, - 15; section 1, Article 2; Section 4.    The purpose of the assigned topic discourse is to test the speaker's knoledge of the subject, the extent of his or her research, and the ability to discuss the topic as related to the basic principles of government under the Constitution of the United States. 
The assigned topic of discourse must not consume less than 3 minutes or more than 5 minutes for delivery.  Under and over the time alloted results in point deduction. 

Three finalists from regional competition will compete in the afternoon as the judges will determine a winner to represent the State of Wisconsin in Indianapolis for the National competition this Spring.   

If you want to listen to some of the most talented kids from the State of Wisconsin, come to Ripon College this Saturday the 10th of February.  All are welcome, no cost for admission.

Jerry Lauby
American Legion
Sixth District Commander


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