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American Legion names DAHS student winner in speech contest

A DeForest Area High School student successfully competed in the American Legion’s High School Constitution Oratorical Scholarship contest sponsored by Olson-Grinde Post 348 located in DeForest.

Nicholas Gradel earned the right to compete in further American Legion Constitution Oratorical Scholarship contests on November 19th at the DeForest Area Community & Senior Center. Gradel, a freshman, was awarded $250, a book on the Constitution and other federal papers, and can now compete in further Legion contests against winners of contests in other communities. The winner of each Regional contest will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The department finalist receives $2,000 for first, $1,500 for second, and $1,000 for third. The national finalists receive $20,000 for first, $17,000 for second, and $15,000 for third.

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Gradel delivered a speech titled “Our Constitutional Rights,” and spoke on the 27th Amendment after it was selected at random from four topics announced by the American Legion for this year’s contest. The 27th Amendment restricts pay increases for senators and representatives before another election has been held.

Since 1938, The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program has encouraged the nation’s high school students to study the U.S. Constitution and to hone their public speaking skills.

If you would like more information about this topic, contact Bill Ridgely. Information on The American Legion High School Constitution Oratorical Scholarship program can be found at www.legion.org/oratorical.

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