The 68th Annual “Patriotic Declamatory Contest For Rural Schools” will be held on Thursday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Gallatin County Courthouse.
Sponsored by the Gallatin County Bar Association and American Legion Post 14, the Declamation Contest is a patriotic essay/oratory competition held exclusively for middle school students in Gallatin County’s rural schools. Participating schools include Anderson, Gallatin Gateway, LaMotte, Monforton, Pass Creek and Springhill.
To compete, contestants must research a patriotic theme and either write a 600-word essay or prepare a 3- to 5-minute memorized speech to be delivered at the event. Contestants also take a written exam on flag knowledge as part of their score.
This year’s theme is “Ellis Island, Border Walls, and Sanctuary Cities: American immigration policies past, present, and future.”
In existence since 1951, the contest is officiated by local dignitaries and members of the Bar Association and is emceed by retired District Court Judge Mike Salvagni.
Trophies, cash prizes and American flags are awarded to the top finalists. The top two finishers in each category will then present their winning declamations at Law Day on Friday, May 3, at the Gallatin County Law & Justice Center.
For more information, contact the Gallatin County Superintendent of Schools at 406-582-3090