2013-02-28 / Community News

Garrick Voigt is State Finalist in American Legion’s Oratorical Scholarship Program


Joe M. Bosch (left) of Linton, Past State American Legion Commander, presents a check in the amount of $250 to Garrick Voigt of Linton. Voigt earned $950 by placing first at the local, district and region levels, and 4th at the state level of the American Legion’s High School Oratorical Scholarship Program. Joe M. Bosch (left) of Linton, Past State American Legion Commander, presents a check in the amount of $250 to Garrick Voigt of Linton. Voigt earned $950 by placing first at the local, district and region levels, and 4th at the state level of the American Legion’s High School Oratorical Scholarship Program. Garrick Voigt of Linton was a State Finalist in the American Legion’s High School Oratorical Scholarship Program.

Voigt is a junior at Linton High School, and he is the son of Tracie Ritz of Linton, and Doug Voigt of Raleigh. He was sponsored by the Dan R. RichardsonAmerican Legion Post 54 of Linton.

Other State Finalists were Anjali Lall of Fargo, David Shelton of Arvilla, and Lexi Nistler of Beach. The four finalists were recognized and competed during the North Dakota American Legion Winter Conference, which was held Feb. 1 and 2, at the Grand International Inn in Minot.

The program includes a prepared oration with an assigned topic. The prepared oration must be on some aspect of the Constitution of the United States with emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to our government. Voigt’s prepared oration was entitled “State vs. Federal Powers.”

The assigned topic discourse must not consume less than three minutes or more than five minutes for delivery. The purpose of the assigned topic discourse is to test the speaker’s knowledge of the subject, the extent of his or her research, and the ability to discuss the topic as related to the basic principles of government under the Constitution. Assigned topics for this year’s program included Article II, Amendment 22,Amendment 2, and Amendment 24 of the U.S. Constitution.

Voigt captured first place at the local (Dan R. Richardson Post 54) level and received $250. He then placed first in the District 5 (Bismarck) and West Region (Watford City) competitions, and received $300 for each level. Voigt then finished in fourth place at the State level, and received $100. The Dan R. Richardson Post 54 also reimbursed Voigt for travel expenses to the district, region and state contests.

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