Friday, November 18, 2016

Students invited to participate in Legion scholarship contest

Area students 20 and under who attend high schools or are home-schooled in the 1st District of the Kentucky American Legion are invited to participate in the 2017 American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Contest with an opportunity to win up to $18,000 in unfettered scholarships.

The 1st District consists of schools/students from Crittenden, Livingston, Lyon, Caldwell and several other western Kentucky counties. The contest will be conducted Sunday, Jan. 22 at the Murray/Calloway County Senior Citizens Center at 2 p.m. The center is located at 607 Poplar St. in Murray.

Contestants will be required to present a prepared oration 8-10 minutes in duration on some aspect of the Constitution of the United States with an emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government.  Contestants will also be required to speak for 3-5 minutes about an assigned topic that will be drawn from these four Amendments: 7, 10, 16 and 17.

Students interested in competing can obtain complete rules by going to and clicking on “Oratorical Contest.” All students need to either contact their local American Legion Post or email District Coordinator Mark Kennedy at Those without email can call Kennedy at (270) 752-3333 to receive a pamphlet by mail.