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Statewide American Legion Oratorical Contest

February 13, 2005 - MILO

Sarah Niemic & Her Award

Augusta Maine. Penquis High School sophomore wins statewide American Legion Oratorical Contest. Sarah Niemicís Oration captivated the audience in the auditorium of the Maine Veterans Home. She placed first and received a check for $ 1000, an American Legion Medal and an expense paid trip to compete in the National Contest at Purdue/Indiana University Conference Center. The contestants had competed and won at the Local High School / Post, County and District levels before the statewide competition. Niemic won $ 450 in route to the State Championship. The judges at each level are civic and academic leaders. Amber McMillan, a Penquis High School teacher, coaches Sarah. Sarah Niemic and Amber McMillan will travel to Indianapolis to compete in the American Legion Sponsored National High School Oratorical Contest.

The National High School Oratorical Contest, sponsored since 1938 by the American Legion, is designed to instill a greater knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States in high school students. Other objectives include the development of leadership, the ability to think and speak clearly and the preparation for the acceptance of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.

Each contestant must give a prepared oration on some phase of the United States Constitution, giving emphasis to the duties and obligations of a citizen to his/her government.

In addition to the awards by winners of the various elimination rounds of competition, university scholarships of $18,000, $16,000, and $14,000 will be awarded to the first through third places in the National Finals. Each State winner who competes in the first round of the National Contest will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Participants in the second round who do not advance to the National Final round will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship. The top three youth orators who have won all previous elimination rounds of the contest will vie for top honors in the National Contest on April 9-10, 2005, at the IUPUI Conference Center and Hotel, Indianapolis, IN.

The American Legion will pay the expenses for contestants and one chaperon or coach per contestant.

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