The American Legion, Jack Warren post #22, held its annual oratorical competition at the Delta Junction library on the first of February. The constitutional speech contest began with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent.” This year there were two contestants, who gave 8 to 10 minute speeches on some aspect of our United States Constitution, with an emphasis on the duties and responsibilities of citizens to their government. The students were judged on originality, freshness, knowledge of topic, selection of examples, description, logic, and comprehensioin.
John Warren, a senior at Delta High School spoke first with a speech entitled, “Voice of America”. John spoke eloquently of being forever vigilant and knowledgeable as citizens and voters.
He was followed by Victoria Joslin, a homeschooled sophomore, whose speech entitled, “The Balance of Government”, spoke of the importanct of State’s rights, and limiting the power of the Federal Government. The audience grew anxious as the four jundges scored the speeches and points were tallied.
The first place went to Victoria Joslin. She will receive a $500 scholarship from Jack Warren Post #22 and now qualifies to compete in the state competition in Anchorage on 1 March.
John Warren who has competed for the last four years, will receive a $250 scholarship from the local American Legion.
Rick Tirrell Commander
American Legion Jack Warren post #22