Leon High School Speech Team

American Legion District Contest

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January 11, 2014

Following the Christmas Break, Leon High School junior Maranda Bailey traveled to Mexia to compete in the American Legion Oratorical Contest for District 6. The American Legion Post #288 of Groesbeck hosted and organized the event at the historic First Presbyterian Church in Mexia.

Maranda was one of three contestants to compete at the district contest. The other contestants came from Granbury and College Station. Each gave a prepared oration on the US Constitution and civic responsibility. Following their first speech, each contestant was to deliver an impromptu speech on the fourth amendment, which among other things addresses unlawful searches and seizures and our modern understanding of privacy as a right.

Each contestant represented their post well, and was deserving of recognition. Maranda came in just behind a student from College Station, but was nonetheless impressive. While we were both a bit disappointed, it was certainly a positive experience. We were grateful for all the judges who came out on a Saturday to sit listen to each contestant's speech along with those who helped coordinate the event. The American Legion members were gracious hosts and incredibly supportive of the contestants and the work they had done.

We would also like to take a moment to encourage other students to complete an entry for next year's American Legion Oratorical Contest at http://www.legion.org/oratorical.