Lea Gifford of Douglas High School took first place in the American Legion 4th District’s high school oratorical contest held Jan. 6 at Western Nevada College.
Gifford will compete against five other students at the American Legion Department of Nevada Oratorical Contest slated Feb. 10 in Henderson.
The winner of the state contest will vie for thousands of dollars in scholarships at the national contest to be held in Indianapolis, Ind.
The national winner will walk away with $18,000, with $16,000 going to the second place finisher and $14,000 to the third. The money is good toward a college of the students’ choice.
The 4th District congratulates this year’s contestants, including second place finisher Sara Miller of Fernley High School, about their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution.
High school students are encouraged to see their counselor or local American Legion post at the school year for information about how to participate.