Walton F. Hoffmann Memorial Post 179


The purpose of The American Legion’s National High School Oratorical Contest is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship.

Texas American Legion 2020 Oratorical Winner Receives Scholarship

Austin, TX, April 23, 2020  Earlier this year The American Legion National Oratorical Contest in Indianapolis, IN was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was an easy decision to protect the health and safety of the individuals involved, but a tough one in that all of the more than fifty (50) state winners would not be given  the opportunity to compete for additional scholarships for their continuing education.

However, through the generosity of an American Legion Child Welfare Foundation Grant, the American Legion is granting a $2,000 scholarship for each department winner.  The Texas contest winner, Tanner David of Bellville has been notified.