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Speech contest hosted by American Legion

Feb. 11, 2013 @ 12:16 AM

BARBOURSVILLE -- The American Legion Department of West Virginia, Section "C", hosted "A Constitutional Speech Contest" Sunday as part of the 76th annual High School Oratorical Scholarship Program.

The event was conducted at Barboursville Post 177 and moderated by chairman Kenneth Smith.

The first-place winner was Coleen Isaiah, a senior at Capital High School in Kanawha County. She was the winner of the Patrick Henry medal and $300. She will progress to the state final contest at Shinnston Post 31 on Saturday, March 9.

The second-place winner was Madison Hall, a senior at Huntington High School in Cabell County. She will receive $200.

The third-place winner was Bradley Brown, a senior at Princeton Senior High School in Mercer County. He will receive $100.

The contest consists of two phases where each contestant is required to speak between eight and 10 minutes on a subject of his or her own choosing about the United States Constitution. In the second phase, contestants must speak between three and five minutes on one of four assigned topics that are taken from the Constitution. In this phase, the contestants are not made aware of the exact topic until five minutes before giving their individual presentations before the five judges and audience.

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