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Seth Hanson, right, shakes hands with Rick Tirrell, past commander and Oratorical Committee Chairman for American Legion Post 22. Seth earned a spot at nationals by winning the state American Legion National High School Oratorical contest held in Anchorage March 9 earning a $3,500 scholarship from the Alaska State American Legion.

Seth Hanson, a Delta Junction High School senior, earned a spot at nationals by winning the state American Legion National High School Oratorical contest held in Anchorage March 9. Hanson competed with two other finalists and earned a first-place finish securing a $3,500 scholarship from the Alaska State American Legion.

Hanson will be heading to Indianapolis April 5 to compete in the National American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Program contest titled "A Constitutional Speech."

Hanson first competed in the local American Legion contest Feb. 22 securing a first-place finish and earning a $500 scholarship from the American Legion “Jack Warren” Post No. 22 in Delta Junction.

Students are required to give a one to ten minute speech on an aspect of the U.S. Constitution with an emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to the government. In addition, each speaker is required to give a three to five minutes speech on one of four randomly chosen topics.

In the national competition, Hanson will be competing against one student from each state. 

Hanson will receive at least $1,000 in additional scholarship money for competing, and can win one of three other scholarships. 

Since its inception, the contest has awarded over $3 million in scholarships. The contest was developed primarily to instill a better knowledge and appreciation of the U.S. Constitution. The contest is open to students in grades 9 - 12.

The American Legion National High School Oratorical contest has been held each year, since 1935. 

For more information on next year’s competition, contact American Legion Post No. 22 Commander, William Brennan at william.brennan32@gmail.com for competition details.