Paducah Speech Team Captain Wins District and Area American Legion Oratorical Contest
Zach Story, a senior, also from Paducah Tilghman, was named runner up in the district contest. He earned a cash prize of $200 and a silver medal. Amos Darnell, Murray High School, and Sam Dunn, Marshall County High School, earned third and fourth place honors, respectively.
The Legions’s Oratorical Contest requires each contestant to deliver a memorized 8 to 10 minute speech on any aspect of the Constitution. Hancock spoke on an American’s right to vote and the importance of educating and encouraging young adult voters. Story delivered his speech on the 2nd amendment and the right to bear arms.
Each contestant is also required to deliver an additional impromptu speech on an amendment, assigned at the event. The contestants were given 5 minutes each to prepare their impromptu speeches on the 6th Amendment.
Contest organizer Mark Kennedy explained to the crowd that each year, he and the other members of the American Legion learn new things about the Constitution from the high school contestants. “You make us all proud to be Americans,” he said in closing.
The American Legion is the world’s largest veteran’s organization. District 1 includes 13 counties in western Kentucky. Winners of February’s area contests will advance to the State Contest in March in Frankfort. Contest winners have the potential to win up to $20,000 in scholarship money.
Photo caption, l to r: Mike Nutter, Commander of American Legion Post 73 of Murray, Meg Hancock, Zach Story