Post invites students to compete for scholarships

Sept. 28, 2018 


Kerlin-Lyerly American Legion Post 154 invites all Pflugerville ISD high school students to compete for scholarships in the local American Legion Oratorical Contest. 

The local competition takes place at 6 p.m. Dec. 7, 2018 at the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation offices, 3801 Helios Way, Suite 130, Pflugerville. 

According to The American Legion, the contest is aimed at developing deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution. Students may create a, 8- to 10-minute prepared oration on an aspect of the Constitution in advance. They then deliver it at the local contest, along with a 3- to 5-minute lecture on a Constitution-related topic assigned to them at the event.

The winner of the Post 154 contest will have the opportunity to advance to district, state and national levels, with scholarships available to winners of each competition. First- through third-place finishers at the national competition are awarded prizes ranging from $14,000 to $18,000.

Contestants must be under the age of 20 and be enrolled in any grade of high school. High school students who graduate early are eligible to compete if they are not enrolled in an institute of higher learning at the time of the contest. 

Judges for the event include PfISD Board President Vernagene Mott, Pflugerville City Manager Sereniah Breland, PCDC Executive Director Amy Madison, Joe Warner of Community Impact newspaper and Pflugerville City Councilmember Doug Weiss. 

PfISD students interested in participating in the Post 154 contest should contact David Edgerly at 512-699-4682 or dedgerly@earthlink.net

For more information on The American Legion Oratorical Contest, please visit www.legion.org/oratorical

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