Dansil Green, daughter of Dave and Cheri Green of Granite Falls, is the first student from Granite Falls High School to certify and participate in the Constitutional Speech Contest since its inception in 1938.
Also known as the Oratorical Contest, this national scholarship program was originated by The American Legion to encourage and reward students for developing their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and for orally expressing their understanding in a formal setting.
At the state level $5,000 in scholarship money is divided among the top four contestants. In addition, the top finisher represents Washington State at the national Constitutional Speech Contest in Indianapolis the last week of April. At the national competition the students vie for $138,000 in scholarships.
Green was one of 17 high-school students from around the state who were certified locally to advance to the quarter-finals. Her certification and sponsorship were through American Legion Post 181 in Lake Stevens.
She delivered an eight-minute speech titled “With Liberty and Justice for All” that she spent many hours developing and practicing. She was not allowed notes or prompts. She was not allowed any sound system. She also spoke for three minutes on the 22nd Amendment, but was only given five minutes to prepare for this topic.
Although Green was not selected as one of the four finalists, she gained valuable experience that can be used for next year’s competition.