FOR THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
ROCKY MOUNT —
Shakiel Moore, 18, a student at Edgecombe Early College High School and president of the Edgecombe County Chapter of the Fredrick Douglas Foundation, won top honors in the American Legion Oratorical Competition held in Wilson. He competed in the Division One Oratorical Competition on Saturday at the Old Courthouse in Edenton and will be going to the Department Competition on March 2 at Tri-City Baptist Church in Conover.
Moore represented Eason Tiney American Legion Post 19 Tarboro.
“All contestants did an outstanding job,” District Commander John M. Vaudo said, Moore contacted American Legion Post 19 Commander Larry Dale in July about the competition, which had to focus on a phrase in the U.S. Constitution and emphasis the duties and obligations of a citizen to the U.S. government. In addition to the awards given at each level of competition, college scholarships of $18,000, $16,000 and $14,000 will be awarded to the first through third places in the national finals. Each state winner who competes in the first round of the national contest will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Participants in the second round who do not advance to the national final round will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship.
The top three youth orators who have won all previous elimination rounds of the contest will vie for top honors in the 2013 National Finals is April 19-21 in Indianapolis, at the Wyndham Indianapolis West. Quarterfinal and semifinal contests are scheduled for April 20, with the finals scheduled for April 21. The American Legion will pay the expenses of state winners at the national contest.