Legion oratorical contest held at Jim Thorpe Area High School
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Contestants and Legion Officials gather on stage after the completion of the Eastern Sectional Oratorical Contest sponsored by the Pa. American Legion which was held this past Saturday in the Jim Thorpe Area High School auditorium. Pictured from left to right are Chuck Weber, Nicole Watts, Aaron Campbell, Reginald Johnson, Hortense Toliaferro, Christopher Anderson, Harry J. Wynn III, and Joseph Kluk Sr.
The Eastern Sectional Oratorical Contest sponsored by the Pa. American Legion was held Saturday in the Jim Thorpe Area High School auditorium.
This year's competition saw three contestants hoping to advance to the State Oratorical Contest which will be held in Harrisburg.
While each contestant's primary speech was of a prepared subject of their own choosing, they were then each given the same "Constitution-based" subject to speak on for a five minute follow-up speech.
The winners of the State Oratorical Contest will be competing for prizes of $7,500 for first place, $5,000 for second place, and $4,500 for third place while in the National Oratorical Contest, the prize amounts will be $18,000 for first place, $16,000 for second place, and $15,000 for third place.
Representing the 1st District-Post 21 was Reginald Johnson of Philadelphia; Representing the 8th District-Post 602 was Christopher Anderson of Spring City; and representing the 30th District-Post 379 was Nicole Watts of Pennsburg
First prize in the contest was awarded to Christopher Anderson, with Reginald Johnson finishing second, and Nicole Watts in third place.
Christopher now moves on to the State Oratorical Contest which will be held in Harrisburg and the winner of that competition will then go on to the National Oratorical Contest which will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Judges for the event were Roger N. Nanovic, William J. O'Gurek, Gloria J. Bowman, George Duell, Michael Heery, and Ronald Rabenold.
The event was moderated by Harry J. Wynn III of Post 314 in Lehighton.