Evelyn Lopez with American Legion Post 4 Commander Charles Wangelin (Photo Credit: Julie Lopez)

Evelyn Lopez knows the United States Constitution.  The high school sophomore, who is a homeschooled student with Freedom Scholars for America, was the winner at the local level of the American Legion Oratorical Speech Contest, Post 4 in Pocatello.

At the annual speech contest, held at Memorial Hall on Saturday, Lopez delivered a speech she wrote on the responsibilities of Americans with respect to the Constitution.  As required by the competition rules, Lopez spoke without notes.  Her approximately nine minute speech was followed by a second speech on the randomly selected topic of the 20th Amendment.

Lopez now advances to the District level contest, which will be held at the Blackfoot Post of the American Legion next Saturday.

Asked about the long hours she put in preparing for the competition, Lopez said, “One of the reasons I think it is important for me to do the speech competition is that it can be easy to forget, when life is going crazy, our duties to our government and why they are important.  One of the best ways to remember that is by teaching other people about it.”

According to the American Legion website, “The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that 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, rights and privileges of American citizenship. The program has featured numerous politicians and prominent contestants over the years, including former presidential candidate Alan Keyes, national television commentator and talk radio host Lou Dobbs, and Vice-President of the United States Mike Pence.”

For more information about the American Legion Oratorical Contest, visit:

https://www.legion.org/oratorical/about

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