American Legion Oratorical Contest
January 14, 2004 - MILO
Commander Lee Leeman of Post # 41 presented the awards. Ashley Hamilton took First Place with a Gold Metal and a $ 100 US Saving Bond. Devin Gillespie is the First Runner Up with a Silver Metal and a $ 75 US Savings Bond. Syndi Drinkerwater won the Bronze Metal and a $ 50 Bond. Ashley Hamilton will represent the American Legion for Piscataquis County at the District Contest in Old Town Maine on February 8, 2004. She will compete against winners from Hancock and Penobscot Counties. Amber McMillan and Russell Carey of Penquis High will coach Ashley Hamilton. If her presentation Wednesday evening was any indication of her future success – she will be favored in Old Town. The winner from Old Town will compete in the state contest on February 13th in Augusta. The Winner from each state will compete at The National Contest at Indiana University – Purdue University in Indianapolis on April 3rd and 4th. The National winners will receive significant scholarships: First $ 18,000, Second $ 16,000, and Third $ 14,000. Numerous $ 1500 scholarships will also be awarded.
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