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Department Oratorical Contest

March 17, 2018 - Manhattan Post 17

This March, up to eight high school students will compete for scholarship money and the chance to represent Kansas at the National High School Oratorical Championship in Indianapolis. Department Oratorical Chairman Mike Oppy has set the State Oratorical Scholarship Contest for 9 AM, Saturday, March 17 at American Legion Post #17 in Manhattan.
The purpose of The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program “A Constitutional Speech Contest” is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States among high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship.
2017 Oratorical Contestants
11-25 February



District Conventions

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Beginning in March and continuing each weekend throughout April, Districts will meet in Convention for the purpose of conducting its business and electing officers for the 2018-19 membership year which begins on July 1. Each District is required to elect Representatives to the Department Convention’s Constitution and Bylaws, Resolutions, Credentials and Rules Committees, and the District’s Delegates and Alternates to the National Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 24-30. Every Legionnaire is encouraged to attend their District’s Convention as a delegate, alternate, or guest representing their Post. Interested members should notify their Post they wish to serve as a Delegate or Alternate to their District or the Department Convention, or both.
District I
Marysville Post 163, April 20-21
District II
Overland Park Post 370, March 24
District III
Pittsburg Post 64, March 24-25
District IV
Emporia Post 5, April 21
District V
Newton Post 2, April 7
District VI
Phillipsburg Post 252, April 14
District VII
Hutchinson Post 68, April 7
District VIII
Syracuse Post 27, April 13-15



Cadet Law Academy

Now Open to Seniors

Application Deadline March 31, 2018

On June 10, up to 50 young Kansans will gather for the 48th annual Cadet Law Enforcement Academy session at the Highway Patrol Training Center in Salina. Sponsored by The American Legion, Legion Auxiliary and KS Highway Patrol, the Academy provides high school students an opportunity to learn methods employed to enforce city, county, state, and federal statues with the goal of instilling a better appreciation for those who enforce those laws.  The Academy is not a recruitment program for law enforcement.  Students attending past sessions have had a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, and career plans.  However many students considering careers in law enforcement, as attorneys, and government service have attended as a means to solidify their plans to pursue such careers. 
Open to both male and females, all applicants must be high school juniors or seniors with at least a C+ average scholastically and be physically capable of fully participating in all activities during the week long program. Instruction includes firearms and firing range safety, personal defense, law enforcement history and techniques, pursuit driving on a skid-pan under controlled conditions, practical emergency medical procedures, aircraft use in law enforcement (weather permitting), and the responsibilities of citizens regardless of age.
Cadet Law Enforcement Academy
June 10-15, 2018
Kansas Highway Patrol Training Center
Salina, KS



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