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- High School Oratorical Scholarship Program
The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program for Powder Springs high school students.The purpose of the program – “A Constitutional Speech Contest” – is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of 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.High school students, including those enrolled in religious schools or those home-schooled, are eligible to participate.The prepared oration must be on some aspect of the Constitution with emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to our government.The contestant must give both a prepared oration (8-10 minutes) and an assigned topic speech (3-5 minutes).The assigned topics are chosen each year.
Our Post 294 contest is late January or early February.Post 294 prizes are 1st place $300, 2nd place $200, and 3rd place $100.There are also cash prizes for District, Area, and Department contests. The National Contest prizes are 1st place $18,000, 2nd place $16,000, and 3rd place $14,000.
- Boys State and Girls State
Powder Springs Post 294 Legionnaires and Ladies Auxiliary are proud participants in the American Legion Boys and Girls State, held each summer in early June at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA.Georgia Boys and Girls State are a comprehensive one week course in state and local government.It is a “leadership action program” where qualified male and female high school rising seniors take part in a practical government course.
They are designed to develop a working knowledge of the structure of government and to impress upon the citizen the fact that our government is just what we make it.Along the way delegates have the opportunity to learn the political process by organizing a mythical 51st state.Each level of government is run by those delegates who are elected to serve.Instruction is presented on the law and court system, parliamentary procedure and Georgia political history.
High school juniors are selected by the local Post, with participating High School staff, to attend the program.Expenses associated with attending the program, including transportation down there, and spending money are paid by Powder Springs American Legion Post 294.
- NJROTC Awards
Post 294 recognizes annually those cadets who excel in Scholastic and Military Excellence.The cadets are chosen by the Naval Science Instructors of both McEachern and Hillgrove High Schools and presented by the American Legion 1st Junior Vice Commander at the NJROTC awards ceremonies at McEachern and Hillgrove Schools.
- Junior Shooting Sports
We sponsor the NJROTC rifle teams of Hillgrove and McEachern as well as a Boy Scout Troop 1294 team or teams for Junior Shooting Sports Program which can be of any gender through the age of 18.It’s a three-part program that combines the Basic Marksmanship Course, Qualification Awards, and Air Rifle Competition.We must get our targets no later than January 15th and the returned fired postal targets must be postmarked no later than February 1st.More than 1 team (4 athletes) can be entered into the competition from the same post.Individual Tournament match entry fee is $8.00 for each target set ordered and the Team Tournament match entry fee is $8.00.
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