Elizabeth Guesek attends American Legion's 81st Annual Oratorical Contest

Elizabeth Guesek attends American Legion Oratorical Contest
Posted on 12/21/2017


The American Legion's Oratorical Competition is a competitive program that requires students to give a speech of 8 to 10 minutes, without notes, on any aspect of the U.S. Constitution. This was the 81st annual competition, held at Whitehall Middle School, on Saturday, December 16th.  Members of the county’s eight American Legion posts organize the annual contest and encourage students to participate.

Contestants were identified only by number during the competition and had to wait in a separate room until it was their turn to speak. Judges Marie Gandron and Patricia Norton, both of Whitehall, and Richard Conley of Hudson Falls scored them on the quality of their content, skill in supporting their arguments, logic, knowledge of the subject, use of language and delivery. All participants received a certificate.

It was an  incredible achievement for Liz Guesek to attend. The Post-Star wrote,  "Liz Guesek, a sophomore from Fort Ann, looked at the roles of the media and citizens in how the news is shaped and how people choose what they pay attention to.“We put ourselves in an intellectual bubble,” Guesek said. “We want our opinion validated,” but “we have an obligation to be informed and make educated decisions.”
Read more: http://poststar.com/news/local/article_381311d6-9d29-55d7-a91c-ab64d17bbeae.html

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