UNION, NJ – A Union High School student was one of two students on Saturday morning to participate in the second round of the National American Legion Oratorical Contest at Union High.

Ayokunnumi (Faithful) Oluwakuyide, a junior at Union High School, competed and won against a student from the Kent Place School in Summit.  Each contestant was required to present an 8-10 minute, memorized presentation on the United States Constitution. 

“We are all so excited for her,” said Althea Bossard, Acting Principal of Union High School.  Oluwakuyide was also supported by Union High School English teachers and co-coordinators Sandra Mangarella and Jonathan Tumillo. 

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The national speech contest, created to help develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the U.S. Constitution among high school students, consists of the memorized speech on the Constitution as well as a three- to five-minute impromptu speech about one of the amendments.  The prepared oration must be the original effort of each contestant.

Oluwakuyide won the American Legion Post first-round contests, moving her onto the County contest.  Oluwakuytide now moves on to the District round in Branchville on February 10.  The District winner moves on to the State and then National contests.  The first-place winner of the national contest wins an $18,000 college scholarship, followed by $16,000 for second place and $14,000 for third.

Students in grades 9 through 12 are eligible to participate in the contest.  Each student must prepare a speech on some aspect of the Constitution of the United States with the emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen of the government.