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Caption for the photo: Contestants in the 2018 Damascus American Legion Oratorical Contest are, left to right, Damascus High School Sophomore Taylor Gerrety; Damascus High School Sophomore Noah Etienne, second-place winner: Clarksburg High School Junior Arpan Barua, winner; Damascus High School Freshman Teryn Mitchell, third-place; and Damascus High School Freshman Shylel Clark.



American Legion Department of Maryland

2018 Annual High School Oratorical Contest

On Saturday, January 20th, Damascus American Legion Post 171 held its annual Oratorical Contest and the winner was Clarksburg High School junior Arpan Barua with a speech focused on inequality and racial prejudices as compared to promises and ideals in the Constitution. For his win, Arpan received a scholarship award of $500. This was Arpan’s second consecutive win at the Post level.

Finishing in second place was Damascus High School sophomore Noah Etienne who won $250. Finishing in 3rd place was Damascus High School freshman Teryn Mitchell who won $150. Also competing were Damascus High School freshman
Shylel Clark and Damascus High School sophomore Taylor Gerrety.

The judges were Montgomery College professors Sharon Anthony, Jennifer Haydel and Joan Naake.

With his win, Arpan will be eligible to represent Post 171 in the Montgomery, MD contest which will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, February 3rd, at American Legion Post 171 in Damascus.

The Damascus American Legion Post 171 Oratorical Contest is open to all students from Damascus, Clarksburg, Sherwood, and Watkins Mill high schools, as well as home-schooled students.

The American Legion Oratorical Contest dates back to 1938 and it was developed primarily to instill a better knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States among high school students. Over $130,000 in scholarship money is awarded each year with the winner at the National Level receiving $18,000.