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American Legion holds district oratorical contest

Local high schoolers gave a 10 minute speech about the U.S. constitution and then prepared and presented a five-minute speech about a random amendment from the constitution chosen by the legion. (WJHG/WECP)
Local high schoolers gave a 10 minute speech about the U.S. constitution and then prepared and presented a five-minute speech about a random amendment from the constitution chosen by the legion. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Feb. 8, 2020 at 8:54 PM CST
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The American Legion Post 392 held its district oratorical contest Saturday in Panama City.

Local high schoolers gave a 10-minute speech about the U.S. Constitution and then prepared and presented a five-minute speech about a random amendment from the Constitution chosen by the legion.

American Legion Department of Florida First District Commander Lamar Carroll said it is a way to teach the next generation about how the Constitution impacts our country. Samantha Dominguez was selected as the candidate for the American Legion oratorical contest.

"It was the first time I did this without a paper in front of more than one person at least. I feel like if you see an opportunity you should take it. I've always been an overachiever and I like taking opportunities because you never know where they're going to end,” said Dominguez.

Dominguez will compete against other candidates next week at the area competition in Fort Walton Beach. If she wins, she'll move on to compete in the state competition where she could win scholarship money for college.

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