2021-2022 Oratorical Committee:

Chairman:   Greg Mueller (49) vaoratorical@yahoo.com

Vice Chairmen: Joe Adair (39), Jimmie Edwards (29), Robin Riddle (74)

Members:  Brian Williamson (89), Willie Edwards (31), Tyrone Vaughn (5), Anita White (29), John Woyinski (284), Jim Walsh (244)

PDC Advisor:  Bob Hannon (49)

Purpose: To formulate, recommend and implement adopted policies and procedures for the promotion of The American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest among Posts, Districts, and Regions, utilizing the services of and coordinating with high schools and home school organizations across the state; and to supervise, coordinate and conduct these contests and the Departmental Finals.

Reporting: The Chairman of Oratorical Committee reports its actions and activities to the Department Executive Committee.

2020-2021 Letter to High School Principals: Oratorical Memo to High Schools_2020-2021

High school students vie for college scholarships awarded by The American Legion by demonstrating their knowledge of the United States Constitution in public speaking contests on local, regional, state and national levels. For more information contact Program Chairman Greg Mueller mailto: vaoratorical@yahoo.com

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Timelines:

Post Oratorical Contests:  December 2020 – January 2021

District Oratorical Contests: January 2021

Region Oratorical Contests:  February 2021

  • NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Regional Oratorical Contests are not public events.  Attendance is limited to student competitors, their parents and Legionnaires helping to facilitate the contest.
  • Eastern Region: Feb 27, 2021 at 9:00 AM at Denbigh Post 368 (368 American Legion Drive, Newport News, VA 23608).
  • Northern Region: Feb 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Rapidan Baptist Church (150 Rapidan Church Lane, Madison, VA 22727).
  • Western Region: Feb 20, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Roanoke Post 3 (710 Apperson Drive, Salem, VA 24153).

Department Oratorical Contest:

March 6, 2021 at 11:00 AM at at Post 284, Colonial Heights, VA.  NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Department Oratorical Contest is not a public event. Attendance is limited to student competitors, their parents and Legionnaires helping to facilitate the contest.

Oratorical Chairman’s Guide