Understanding the Constitution
John E. Jacobs American Legion Post #68 helps North Brunswick High School students compete in oratorical contests on the U.S. Constitution, with Valeria Alvarado winning locally and moving on to the district level.
The North Carolina 2024 Oratorical Competition season began on January 6 at North Brunswick High School (NBHS). John E. Jacobs American Legion Post #68 sponsored the local competition to qualify for the District 9 Oratorical Contest.
Members of the North Brunswick High School staff and faculty assisted Post #68 during this process. The local students competed for a chance to progress to the state competition and to receive scholarship awards.
The NBHS winner was 11th-grade student Valeria Alvarado. She went on to participate in the District 9 Oratorical Contest on Saturday, January 20.
The annual Oratorical Contest is part of the American Legion National program. It consists of high school students delivering prepared speeches on any aspect of the U.S. Constitution and the responsibilities of citizens regarding that aspect of the Constitution. Each student also delivers a short speech on one of four predefined parts of the Constitution. The specific part to be addressed is randomly drawn during the contest. The purpose of the event is to promote understanding of the Constitution and help develop public speaking skills for students.