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Legion oratorical contest builds appreciation of U.S. Constitution

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As part of this years Veterans Day activities, District 4, Department of Nevada, the American Legion held it’s annual High School Oratorical Contest Nov. 14 at the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City.

Participants in this years contest were Athena Turek-Hankins of Fernley High, sponsored by Post 37 of Fernley, and Aaron Sims of Douglas High, sponsored by Capitol Post 4 of Carson City. Judges were Christina Slade, Renate Daniel and Joseph Spencer.

The program was conducted by District 4 Commander John Zemlock and Oratorical Chairman and Vice Commander Daryl Haines, both of Capitol Post 4.

Miss Turek-Hankins was this year’s winner and will go on to represent District 4 at the state competition in Henderson Feb. 20. The state winner will then compete in Indianapolis at the National American Legion Contest, vying for scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $18,000.

The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students.

The 70-year-old program presents participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and the understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American Citizenship.