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2019 Department of New York High School Oratorical Contest Results
Oratorial Contest finalists (from left): David Bruen, 9th District, Zone 1, Rockland County; Lea Pohalski, 10th District, Zone 2, Suffolk County; Aiden Boehm, 3rd District, Zone 3, Green County; Melissa Barnosky, 8th District, Zone 5, Orleans County; Victor Gelfuso, 6th District, Zone 4, Otsego County.
The American Legion High School Oratorical Contest exists to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation for the United States Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge. This teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities and privileges of American citizenship.
This year, St. Pius V School junior Leah Pohalski, sponsored by American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244, came in 1st place in the Suffolk County, District and Zone contests.
On March 2, Leah placed second in the Department of New York contest held in Albany recieving a $4,000 prize for her accomplishment.
Melissa Barnosky, a senior at Albion Central School in Albion, New York, came in first and is The American Legion New York State Oratorical Champion for 2019.