2012 American Legion Oratorical Contest

INDIANAPOLIS, April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A 17-year-old
home-schooled student from Morgantown, Indiana, capped a busy weekend of
competition in Indianapolis by earning an $18,000 college scholarship and first
place in The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program – “A
Constitutional Speech Contest.” Her winning oration was titled “Maintaining
Liberty: The People’s Call.”

Rebecca Frazer, who repeated as this year’s Indiana State High School Oratorical
Champion, started the weekend as one of 52 champions from around the country in
the 75th annual contest. She advanced to the championship through three rounds
of intense competition.

In her prepared oration, Frazer said “Every great creation requires great effort
to maintain -including our nation’s powerful founding document – the United
States Constitution. Abraham Lincoln once said, ‘The Constitution … must be
maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.’ But President
Lincoln was not speaking of the original paper Constitution – he was praising
the very words and mandates of our Constitution. Together, we can understand the
full importance of Lincoln’s charge by first viewing the Constitution’s
beautiful power and by second seeing the necessity of maintaining this great
founding document.”

She mentioned that the Constitution was improved through its amendments. “The
simplicity and limited scope of the Constitution showed the world that the
strength of a nation is not defined by the power of its government, but by the
freedom of its people. The Constitution built our government from the roots up.
By itself, the document is not perfect, but it gave the people the ability to
make their government perfect.”

Second- and third-place finishers earned $16,000 and $14,000 college
scholarships respectively.

In each round of the weekend competition, orators delivered a rehearsed 8- to
10-minute address and a randomly assigned 3- to 5-minute oration on a
constitutional topic, each without the benefit of notes and in front of a live
audience, including the judges. The 2.4-million member American Legion developed
the contest to encourage young people to improve their communications skills and
to study the U.S. Constitution.

SOURCE American Legion Department of Indiana

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