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Plainfield Eighth-Grader Wins Legion Constitution Contest

Plainfield — Eighth-grader Virginia Drye won the top honor and was awarded first prize for her presentation on the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution at the recent New Hampshire American Legion Junior Oratorical Contest-District 6 competition, held at American Legion Post 55 in Canaan.

The contest encourages a deeper knowledge and appreciation for the Constitution. Participants are presented with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of the nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.

Each entrant is required to present a three- to five-minute prepared oration on some aspect of the Constitution with emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens. Prepared orations are followed up by a two- to three-minute oration on a selected topic pertaining to one of the articles or amendments of the Constitution. Virginia, who is home-schooled, also earned the Darrell Sykes memorial plaque. She received a cash prize in addition to a pin and certificate. She will go on to compete against other district champions at the state competition next month at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, where participants can earn up to $500.

Students interested in the contest should contact their school guidance, English or History departments, their local American Legion post or the Legion’s state headquarters at 603-271-2211.

— Staff report