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February 26, 2015 • Vol. 92, No. 2 “For God & Country”
Official Publications of The Wisconsin American Legion Family
The mission of The American Legion, Department Of Wisconsin is to provide service to veterans, their families and their communities.
78th Annual Wisconsin Legion Oratorical Contest
The 78th Annual Wisconsin American Legion High School Oratorical Contest was held at Ripon College on Saturday, February 14th. 11 high school students from across the state competed for top honors. Each student appeared on stage twice, the ﬁrst for an 8 to 10 minute Oration on some aspect of the Constitution followed by a 3 to 5 minute dissertation on one of 4 possible randomly drawn Constitutional Amendments. The 2015 Wisconsin American Legion Oratorical Contest winners are: Saaﬁa Masoom, a junior at Platteville High School, prevailed in the competition and will receive a $3,000 scholarship. “Our Great Experiment, Our Constitution” was the title of her oration. Representing the 3rd District, Saaﬁa was sponsored by Platteville Post No. 42.
She qualiﬁed to compete at the National Finals scheduled April 10 – 12th in Indianapolis, IN where she is eligible for at least an additional $1,500 scholarship. The three national ﬁnalists receive $18,000, $16,000 and $14,000 scholarships respectively. The First Runner-Up is Hannah Boutin, a senior at Omro High School who was sponsored by Post No. 75 and represented the 6th District. “One Little Word” was the title of her oration. She has earned a $2,500 scholarship. Taking Second RunnerUp honors was Carlie O’Donnell. Carlie is a senior at Big Foot High School, was sponsored by Sharon Post No. 130 and represented the 1st District. She has earned a $2,000 scholarship. The title of her oration was “The Connection”.
Regional Participants: Natalie Anumolu, is Home-schooled in her senior year. She was sponsored by Post No. 27 in South Milwaukee and represented the 4th District. She has earned a $600 scholarship. Kalan Haywood II, a sophomore at Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, earned a $600 scholarship. Kalan was sponsored by John F. Kennedy Post No. 479 and represented the 5th District. Madeline Waskiewicz is a senior at Grafton High School and was sponsored by Grafton Post No. 355. Madie represented the 2nd District and has earned a $600 scholarship. Erik Jass, a senior at Mosinee High School was sponsored by Schoﬁeld Post No. 492 and represented the 8th District. Erik also earned a
$600 scholarship. Anne Ulrich, is Homeschooled in her senior year and was sponsored by Appleton Post No. 38. She represented the 9th District and earned a $600 scholarship. Jason Lin, a junior at Eau Claire Memorial High School was sponsored by Eau Claire Post No. 53 and represented the 10th District. He earned a $600 scholarship. Callista Wyles, is Homeschooled in her junior year. She was sponsored by Tomahawk Post No. 93 and represented the 11th District. Callista has earned a $600 scholarship. Henry Klein, a senior at St. Croix Falls High School was sponsored by St. Croix Falls Post No. 143 and represented the 12th District. Henry also earned a $600 scholarship. All Scholarships are paid directly to the recipient’s college upon proof of enrollment. Left Photo: Commander Robert Shappell with Saaﬁa Masoom, winner. Right Photo L-R: 1st runner-up Hannah Boutin, Commander Shappell, winner Saaﬁa Masoom, and 2nd runner-up Carlie O’Donnell.