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1220 Newton Street, Jasper, Indiana

The American Legion Post 147



 American Legion High School


Scholarship Program

For information contact Post Chairman:
271 Baden Strasse, Apt 9
Jasper, IN 47546
Cell: 812-631-4728
Fax: 812-481-1419

The American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Program  


Contest Information

Yes, it is that time of year again, if you interested in participating in the Oratorical contest its time to start preparing. You must be a citizen or lawful permanent resident, no older than 20 years old and a bona fide student of high school age, including Home Schoolers.The Prepared Oration must be on an aspect of the Constitution and be between 8 to 10 minutes long.

The Assigned Topics (3-5 minutes long) for the 2012-2013 contest year:

     Article II, section 1 paragraph 5: No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.

     Amendment 22, first sentence: No person shall be elected to the office of President more then twice, and no person who has held the office or acted as President for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.

     Amendment 2: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state,the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

      Amendment 24: The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or any State by reason of failure to pay poll tax or other tax...

Call: Monty H. Buchanan at 812.481.1158 or email:

for any questions. You can also stop by the Post and pick up additional information and registration forms..

*Due to the new Smoking regulations whoever picks up information at Post must be 18 or older. The information is in the Bar room on the west wall as you walk in.


Indiana claims 75th Oratorical win


First place finisher Rebecca Frazer, center, of Morgantown, Ind., second place finisher Charles Baines, left, of Meridian, Idaho, and third place finisher John Donaldson IV, right, of Eden Prairie, Minn., pose with their awards at the 75th Annual American Legion High School Oratorical National Finals in Indianapolis, Sunday, April 15, 2012. Photo by Tom Strattman

Rebecca Frazer of Morgantown, Ind., was crowned champion of The American Legion’s 75th High School Oratorical Scholarship Program, "A Constitutional Speech Contest," Sunday morning in Indianapolis. Frazer’s winning oration, “Maintaining Liberty, the People’s Call,” earned her first place. more

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Channel 18 Interview (December 2011)

2011-2012  Contest information:

8th District Oratorical Scholarship Contest

will be hosted by
American Legion Post 147
January 8, 2012

American Legion Post 147 is proud to announce that it has been chosen out of 35 Posts in the 8th District to host the 2011-2012 Oratorical Scholarship District Contest. The contest will be held at the Jasper American Legion Post on January 8, 2012 at 1:00 PM. All Legion members, Auxiliary members, Sons of the American Legion members and their families from the surrounding area are invited to come out and show their support for these young men and women from Jasper Post 147 and others from the surrounding areas. The Post would like to extend a special invitation to its members and the public. This is an event that will benefit all.

The American Legion is proud to announce that Jackson Embry of Huntingburg IN is returning this year to represent our Post, a Junior level Home Schooled student, he is the winner of Post 147’s contest.Again the 8th District Oratorical Contest will be held at the Jasper American Legion Post on January 8, 2012 at 1:00 PM. For more information contact Monty H. Buchanan at 482-1158 or or visit our website at

Hope to see you there !!!!!!!







Contestants awaiting their turn.


American Legion
Announces the 2011
National Oratorical Winners

 Over the past weekend of April 15th thru17th the American Legion held its National High School Oratorical Scholarship contest in Indianapolis IN. Among the 53 contestants, including contestants from France, Germany and Puerto Rico was Rebecca Frazer winner of the Zone contest held here at Post 147 on February 13.  The First Place winner Anisha Gururaj from Missouri took Home $21,000 in scholarships for her weekend of competition. The second place winner Grace Marie Pyo from Ohio took home $19,000 and third place winner Anastasia Kaiserfrom California earned $17,000 for her efforts.

In each round of the weekend competition, orators delivered a rehearsed 8- to 10-minute address and a randomly assigned 3- to 5-minute oration on a constitutional topic, each without the benefit of notes and in front of a live audience, including the judges.  The 2.4-million member American Legion developed the contest to encourage young people to improve their communications skills and to study the U.S. Constitution.  The American Legion has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships over the history of the program.

Monty Buchanan, American Legion Post 147 Oratorical Chairman participated as an escort for the competition. This is the second year Mr. Buchanan has attended, gaining insight for his work with Jackson Embry winner of Legion Post 147s 2011 contest. Jackson is constantly preparing his Oratorical presentation for his turn at the Nationals. If you have any comments or suggestions for Jackson go to: and insert IN American Legion Post 147 to see Jackson’s speech from the Post Appreciation Dinner on April 12.


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American Legion Announces Oratorical
Contest Zone Winners of 2011!

On Sunday February 13, 2011 the Zone 4 competition of the American Legion Oratorical Scholarship contest was hosted by the Jasper American Legion 147.  Each contestant gave an 8 to 10 minute prepared speech on the U.S. Constitution. 

The American Legion is proud to announce that Rachel Yeager a senior level Home Schooled student from Georgetown, IN, was runner –up (Sponsored by Post 28 New Albany) and Rebecca Frazer of Morgantown, IN, (Sponsored by Post 230 Martinsville) a Junior level Home Schooled student was the winner of the Zone 4 contest.  Rebecca will advance to the State competition, which will be held at the Indiana American Legion Headquarters in Indianapolis on March 13, 2011. Rebecca and Rachel received awards of $800 and $200 respectively.  The state contest, consist of only 4 students from the entire state.  

The State level winner will then advances to the National contest on April 16 – 17 to be held at the I.U. Convention Center in Indianapolis where there will be 53 or more contestants from all over the world.

We were honored to have the Honorable Mark McConnell Judge Dubois County Court, Honorable William “Bill” Schmitt Mayor of the City of Jasper and Mike Hagerdon from St Josephs Catholic Church Staff as judges for the contest. Their time, skill, knowledge and dedication are greatly appreciated.

Thanks all of the participants, family members and the public who came out to support these young people.

District Oratorical Contest at
Jasper American Legion Post 147
January 9, 2011

On Sunday January 9, 2011 Legion Post 147 and the 8th District Oratorical Scholarship contest was hosted by the Jasper American Legion Post 147.  Each contestant presented an 8 to 10 minute a prepared speech on aspects of the U.S. Constitution.

The American Legion is proud to announce that Jackson Embry of Huntingburg IN, a sophomore level Home Schooled student, was the winner of Post 147’s contest. and Rachel Yeager of New Albany IN, a senior level Home Schooled student, was the 8th District contest winner.  Rachel will advance to the Zone contest, which will be held again at the Jasper Post on February 13, 2011 at 1:00 PM.  There are only 4 Zones in Indiana and we are the Southern Zone.  There will only be 12 contestants through out the state of Indiana competing for advancement to the State level.

We were honored to State Representative Mark Messmer, Bob Hacker Principal of Jasper High School, Robert Fowler and Leroy Bleemel as judges for the contest.  Their time, skill, knowledge and dedication are greatly appreciated.

For more information go to:

Click on Next Page to see the Winners of the
Local American Legion Oratorical contest for 2011.

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