Greenwood American Legion Post 20 hosted the Quadrant 1, Department of South Carolina H. W. Dare Maness American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program “A Constitutional Speech Contest”. Andrea Holt, Home Schooled, from Taylors, SC and sponsored by American Legion Post 214, was the winner in the Quadrant 1 contest. She will represent Post 214 in the State competition. Pictured left to right: Marvin Gootee, Contest Judge, Post 65 Saluda; Robert D. Scherer, South Carolina Department of American Legion Commander, Ms Andrea Holt, Contest Winner, Mike Strauss, SC Department of American Legion 1st Vice Commander; and John Hood, Contest Judge Post 65, Saluda, SC.
The purpose of The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program "A Constitutional Speech 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 skills, 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.
The winner at the department (state) level, who is certified into and participates in the first round of the national contest, will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Each first round winner who advances to and participates in the second round, but does not advance to the final round, will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship to pursue education at any college or university in the United States.
National scholarship awards are presented to the three finalists in the final round of the national contest as follows: 1st place - $18,000; 2nd place - $16,000; 3rd place - $14,000.