Avery Carter, LTS Class of 2021, will represent The American Legion Department of Vermont in Indianapolis, IN on April 5-7 as the State Oratorical Champion.
Carter competed against other outstanding students in the finals of the Vermont State Oratorical Contest at White River Junction on March 2. She delivered a prepared 8-10 minute oration as well as a 3-5 minute oration on Article 21 of the US Constitution. These speeches were presented without notes, amplification or a lectern. The addresses emphasize a citizen’s duties and obligations to our government under the U.S. Constitution. In 2018, Carter took second place in the statewide competition and returned this year, determined to finish first and travel to the national competition. Carter noted after Saturday’s event, “I am honored to have had the opportunity to share my ideas on our Constitution and I hope to raise awareness on its importance.”
At the 2019 National Finals, quarterfinal and semifinal contests are scheduled for Saturday, April 6, with the finals scheduled for Sunday, April 7. The High School Oratorical contest is one of several scholarship programs supported by The American Legion Department of Vermont to help young people obtain the higher education they need to participate in tomorrow’s society.
Photo caption: Avery with Catherine Tester of the American Legion