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P.O. BOX 155, 733 1st STREET, Somers Point, New Jersey

Clark-Eliason Post 352




Find more information about the American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Program here

This contest was developed primarily to instill a better knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States in high school students. Other objectives include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.

Another purpose of the program is to assist students in paying the high cost of a college education. The first place winner takes home $18,000 and the next two finishers receive $16,000 and $14,000. First round participants in the National Contest receive a $1,500 scholarship. Second round participants who do not advance to the final round will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship.

The New Jersey Contest will award a $4,000 scholarship for the first place winner, $2,500 for second place, $2,000 for third place and $1,000 each for fourth and fifth place.

The New Jersey winner will advance to the National Finals Contests, a weekend’s competition of Quarter-final, Semi-final and National final contests that are held in the headquarters city of The American Legion, Indianapolis, Indiana. The 2016 American Legion High School Oratorical National Finals will be held on April 15-17, 2016 at the Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel.

The contact information listed is provided for your convenience. Find the county that you live in or attend school in and contact the associated District Chairman for guidance.

Chairman Clifford Griffiths 
Vice Chairman Joe Gugliuzza


POST LEVEL to be completed by January 24, 2016 (Results to the County Chairman by February 1, 2016)

COUNTY LEVEL to be completed by February 15, 2016 (Results to the District Chairman by February 22, 2016)

DISTRICT LEVEL to be completed by March 12, 2016 (Results to the Department and Department Chairman immediately after contest completion)

New Jersey State Finals will be held Saturday, March 19, 2016, War Memorial Building, Trenton, NJ

National Quarter Finals Round will be held Saturday morning, April 16, 2016.

National Semi-Finals Round will be held Saturday afternoon, April 16, 2016.

National Final Round will be held Sunday morning, April 17, 2016

All National competitions will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana.


District Chairmen
District #1- Robert Salvini 
Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic 
Sunday, February 7th
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Rochelle Park Post 170
33 W. Passaic St.
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
District #2- Daniel McCole
Morris, Sussex, Union and Warren
Sunday, February 28, 2016
11:00 a.m.
Branchville, Post 157
District #3 – Dan Dunn
Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset
and Monmouth 
Feb. 27, 2016 
10:00 a.m.
Woodbridge Town Council Chambers
1 Main St.
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
District #4 – James Barrett
Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Ocean
Sunday, March 6, 2016
9:30 a.m.
Stetser-Lamartine American Legion Post 281, 2101 Chews Landing Rd.
Blackwood, NJ
District #5 – Russell Robinson
Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem
Saturday, March 5, 2016
10:00 a.m.
American Legion Mainland Post 81
902 S. Main St.
Pleasantville, NJ 08232



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