Andrew Charroux, of Highland Park, has won the American Legion Oratorical Contest at both the Post and Area level and will compete at the State level in Clovis, CA on Mar. 4. In his speech, entitled “The Fourth Branch of Government: The People,” Mr. Charroux drove home the point that freedom is not a given. We the people “are the ultimate protectors of this nation, and so we bear a great responsibility to ensure the vitality of freedom,” he said in his speech. “We must not forget that the only way to maintain this Freedom is to hold our politicians accountable and make sure that our very rights are being protected.”
The scholarship prize for the Post 302 win, on Feb. 10, was $200; for the Area 4 win, on Feb. 25, it was $700. At the State level, Mr. Charroux will compete against five other speakers for a top prize of $1,200. The State winner goes to the National Contest in April in Indianapolis, where a total of $48,000 will be awarded in scholarships for first, second and third place.
Since 1938, the American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program has encouraged high school students to study the United States Constitution and develop their public speaking skills. Students who are interested in entering next year’s competition will find rules and information at www.legion.org/oratorical.
The contest is only one of the ways in which American Legion posts seek to help their communities. Allied Post 302 welcomes honorably discharged veterans or active duty members of the military who are interested in community service to join them at their meetings, which are held every third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Hathaway-Sycamores Family Resource Center / 840 N. Avenue 66 / Highland Park