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Plainfield Student Wins Oratory Contest

Plainfield — Twelfth-grader Ben Drye, of Plainfield, took first place in the 2013 New Hampshire American Legion Oratorical Program last month at Saint Anselm College School of Political Science in Manchester.

Drye placed first with his prepared oration, The Influence of the Ages. His assigned oration focused on Article II, section I, paragraph 5 of the U.S. Constitution concerning the eligibility requirements for the office of president.

He was awarded $1,000 cash, certificates and gold medal.

The contestants presented two short essays on some aspect of the Constitution with emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to the government. The essays are prepared (eight-10 minutes) and assigned (three-five minutes).

Contestants are not allowed to use sound amplification or notes of any kind.

Drye qualified for the state event after winning the district competition at Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan. He is eligible to compete at the national level in Indianapolis in April.

The purpose of the program is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution. Other objectives include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly, and the preparation for the responsibilities and privileges of American citizenship.

Students are encouraged to contact their school guidance, English or history departments for details about the program.

They can also contact their local American Legion Post or the American Legion New Hampshire headquarters at 603-271-2211