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Whigham heads to state speech competion

Jornell Whigham of Lawton has been named the oratorical award winner for Oklahoma's American Legion District 6 after presenting a speech about the U.S. Constitution last month in Duncan.

Whigham will next represent the Elgin, Fletcher and Sterling American Legion Post 306 at the state competition on Feb. 22 at the University of Central Oklahoma.

The High School Constitutional Speech Contest, a nationwide competition hosted annually by the American Legion, is designed to promote a better understanding of the Constitution amongst adolescents. Winners are awarded scholarships and the national champion receives $18,000 to put toward a college education.

The competition requires contestants to prepare an eight-to-10 minute speech on some aspect of the Constitution and how it impacts American citizens. After their speeches are presented, they are asked to speak for three to five minutes about a constitutional amendment. The amendment is chosen by a contest official and may be any one of four selected amendments for the given year's competition.

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