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Legion sponsors high school oratorical contest

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By The Staff

The American Legion Area B High School Oratorical Scholarship contest was held in Lawrenceburg on Feb. 10.
There were two students, one from Northern Kentucky and one from Frankfort, competing. John Mullins served as an escort for the students. Betty Butler and Bobby Thornberry served as time keepers. There were three judges, those from Lawrenceburg were Bobbi Cubert, Bridget Wells and one from out of town.
Dave King, Department of Kentucky Past Commander, has served as chairman of the state oratorical scholarship program for many years, according to a press release. Dave stated that this is the 76th year for the program.
The winners in Area A, B and C competed at Post 7 in Frankfort on March 3. The Department oratorical winner was a young lady from Paducah, according to a news release from the American Legion Post 34. She won $3,000 and will compete in the national contest in April in Indianapolis, Ind. The second place winner received $2,000 and third place received $1,000. Winners at national will receive $18,000 for first place, $16,000 for second place and $14,000 for third place.
“The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program is a great way for students to receive scholarship monies,” according to event organizers. “Our hope is for Anderson County High School students to participate in this program in the future.”
Students may compete all four high school years. For more information about the program, contact Bobby Thornberry at 839-9710.