The purpose of the American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship program is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation for the United States Constitution. Contestants must present without notes an 8 to 10 minute oration on some aspect of the Constitution and then give a 3 to 5 minute speech on an assigned topic with only five minute preparation time. Our District 15 Oratorical Contest was held on 1 November.
Our Post 3/District 15 winner was Jack Watermolen. Jack is a Senior at Lincoln Southwest High School, where he is the Debate Team Captain. He aspires to study International Relations in college after graduation from high school. The title of his oration was “A More Perfect Union.”
As our District 15 contest winner, Jack will compete in the Area C Contest, which will be held on December 3, 2023, in the Seward Civic Center.
The winner of the Area C contest will receive a cash award of $1,000 and will compete in the Nebraska Department contest which will be held in January 2024 in Kearney as part of the Mid-year Convention. The winner of the Department contest will compete in the 2024 National Finals on May 17-19 in Hillsdale, Mich., at Hillsdale College. Quarterfinal and semifinal contests are scheduled for Saturday, May 18 with the finals scheduled for Sunday, May 19.
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, providing programs for young people that build character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
For more than 100 years, Boy Scouts of America has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. Fredrick is busy restoring military grave markers at Greenwood Cemetery. His project is funded by Post 3. Fredrick has had to jump through many hoop to attain permission to restore military markers. The issue was the fear of damage to the marker and finding family members to ok the process. Little did the cemetery board realize that the markers belong to the government and not the family. This fact allowed Scout Bush to proceed. Photos and information will follow as this project proceeds. We are proud of Fredrick for taking on this project to honor our veterans. Contact Post 3 if you have a marker that needs a face lift.
Garrison Flags are difficult to man, but the scouts did a super job!
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