The Louisiana Department of the American Legion held the state finals of its Oratorical Contest at NSU’s Magale Recital Hall Sunday, March 4. Six high school students from across the state competed in prepared orations about an aspect of the United States Constitution and in an assigned topic-that they did not know about until shortly before they had to present their piece.
The contest started at the local level with individual Legion Posts sending contestants to district competitions. Those district winners then went on to the state contest held today. Today’s winner will earn a $1,000.00 scholarship, with 2nd place taking home $500 and 3rd place garnering $250.00. Each of the remaining contestants took home $100.00. In addition, Nothwestern State University president, Dr. Chris Maggio, announced that the winner will receive a $1,600 scholarship over 4 years and credit for Communications 1010 should they attend NSU. This year marks the 6th time the state contest has been hosted by NSU. Local Boy Scout Troop 60 presented the flag, while NSU’s debate team provided voluteers who kept things running smoothly.
Noah Howard, a homeschooled student from Baton Rouge, won the contest and will represent Louisiana at the American Legion National Oratorical Contest. Zaige Wills of C.E. Byrd High School garnered 2nd place while Sarah Katherine McCallum of Cedar Creek School took 3rd.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes to commend these impressive young people and to wish Noah Howard all the best as he represents our state in the national competition. We would love to be able to cheer on a student from Natchitoches Parish at next year’s competition.