High school students in Randolph and Tucker counties are being invited to participate in the American Legion, 9th District, annual constitutional speech contest in Elkins on Jan. 25.
Students in grades 9 through 12, or the equivalent, from public, private and religious schools, plus home-schooled, are eligible.
The speeches must be an original work about some aspect of the U.S. Constitutiion and run from eight to 10 minutes.
The next phase of the contest will be a speech of three to five minutes on one of four assigned topics related to the Constitution.
The first place 9th District winner will be awarded a trophy, a lapel pin and $200. The second place winner will receive a lapel pin and $150. The third place winner will receive a lapel pin and $100.
In the sectional competition, held in February, the first place winner will be awarded a medal and $300. The second place winner will receive $200, and the third place winner receive $100.
First place sectional winner will continue on to the state level of competition and compete at Shinnston, W.V. in March. That first place winner will be awarded a plaque and a $1,500 state college or university scholarship and advance to the National Scholarship Program. Second and third place winners will also receive cash awards.
The awards for the National Scholarship competition are college scholarships of $18,000, $16,000 and $14,000 for first, second and third place, respectively.
More information is available from Barbara Burdette at RR 1 Box 66 E-7, Lewisburg, WV, 24901 or by phone at 304-661-4979 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.