Last week, four LCA students participated in the preliminaries of the American Legion Oratorical Constitutional Speech Contest. Held at LCA, the contest determined the student who would go on to represent the Frisco Chapter at the district contest.

This is the first year that the the Frisco chapter has participated in the Legion's contest, and LCA grandparents, Tim Lambert and Charles Ansley, lobbied heavily that an LCA student represent the chapter. Seniors, Nicole Bordman and Alexa Monnin, along with juniors, McKenzie Gardner and Rachel Jobin, each wrote and delivered an 8 to 10 minute speech regarding an aspect of the Constitution (of their choosing) and discussed the citizens' responsibilities to the government under the protection of their chosen Amendment.

Dr. Harmon, LCA Headmaster, and faculty members, Justin Ahlgren, Stephanie Bowers, and Karla Kelley, who served as judges for the initial contest, selected Rachel Jobin as the winner. Rachel now moves on to compete in the district contest. “I'm proud to see our students step forward and devote their time to studying the Constitution of this great nation. Each student did very well, and I am excited to see Rachel Jobin represent our school and community at the district contest,” noted Dr. Harmon.

Leya Grubbs, an LCA parent and the event sponsor, believes the benefits of this program are priceless. “I take our mission statement of building-up Biblical leaders for tomorrow very seriously; it is opportunities like this Constitutional speech contest that help to round that out for our students,” commented Mrs. Grubbs.

In addition to taking pride in the presentations of the four participants, Mrs. Grubbs was particularly pleased to see the respect all Upper School students showed Mr. Lambert, Mr. Ansley, and the other veterans who were present for the contest. She notes, “The students made the day honorable and special for our Wartime Veterans, standing for them and being respectful; I was truly touched and proud to be a Legacy Eagle.”

For additional information regarding the American Legion Oratorical Constitutional Speech Contest, visit http://www.legion.org/oratorical