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Dan Oberhauser, Mary Finch, Neil Klock

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Dan Oberhauser, Steven Velardo, Neil Klock

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Matthew Velardo, Dan Oberhauser, Neil Klock

First Dutchess County resident to win the New York State Oratorical Contest.

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Steven Velardo, Matthew Velardo and Mary Finch

Steven Velardo Jr., representing Post 1758, went on to win the New York State Oratorical Contest and will represent New York State in the National Competition to be held in Indianapolis on April 15-17.  Steven won a $6000 scholarship by winning the New York State completion and can win an $18,000 scholarship in Indianapolis with a first place win.  (2nd Place wins $16,000 and 3rd Place wins $14,000).

Eligible participants in contest shall be citizens of or lawful permanent residents of the United States. All contestants must be bona fide students herein described as any student under the age of twenty (20) years on the date of the National Contest who is presently enrolled in a high school or junior high school (public, parochial, military, private or state accredited home school) in which the curriculum of said high school is considered to be of high school level, commencing with grade nine (9) and terminating with grade twelve (12). Students must be enrolled in high school or junior high school during the time of participation at any level of The American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest. Contestants must either be legally domiciled within or attend an educational institution within the Department (State) that they enter competition. Contestants can enter competition through only one Department.

If you are interested in the ORATORICAL Contest please us an email by clicking here. Please put "ORATORICAL" in the subject line.

For more information on the American Legion Oratorical Contest click here.