All Schoharie County high school and homeschooled students, 9th-12th grade, are invited by the Schoharie County American Legion, Legion Riders, and Ladies Auxiliary Posts to participate in this year's Schoharie County American Legion Oratorical Contest.
The contest will be held at the Sharon Springs Central School auditorium on Saturday, December 5 at 1:30pm. (Snow date December 12 at 1:30pm.)
The invitation to enter the competition is extended by Schoharie County Oratorical Chairman, Frank Masterson, Jr.
The prepared oration must be about some phase of the Constitution of the United States and be of the contestant's choice, emphasizing the duties and obligations of a citizen to the government by way of the United States Constitution.
The prepared oration must be an original effort of each contestant and must be 8-10 minutes in length. It is the only requirement at the county level of competition.
At the District and higher levels of the competition an "assigned topic" requirement is added.
The awards offered at the Schoharie County competition will be $200 for first, $150 for second, $100 for third, and $75 each for fourth, fifth and sixth.
The winner of the county competition will be eligible to compete at the District 3 level, which the Schoharie County American Legion will host at SUNY Cobleskill in the new Agricultural Complex building on Saturday, January 9 at 10am. (Snow date Saturday, January 16.)
The awards increase significantly as the levels of competition increase.
Interested students should contact the main office at their high school, or their local parent group for the homeschooled, for more information on the essential rules and requirements of the contest, or contact Chairman Masterson at 234-4709.