Noah Howard, an eleventh grade homeschooled student from Baton Rouge represented district six, which encompasses the West Side, in the American Legion High School Oratorical Contest on Sunday, March 4 at Northwestern State University. Howard won a $1,000 scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to the national competition in April.
The oratorical competition is based on proficiency of knowledge of the American Constitution. The first part of Sunday’s competition required a 10-minute prepared speech on any part of the constitution. Then, competitors were given four topics to draw from and 5-minutes to prepare an impromptu informative speech.
The National competition will be held April 14-15 in Indiana. Howard will compete against 51 other competitors for the grand prize of an $18,000 scholarship.
This is Howard’s first year competing in the American Legion contest. Howard is super-excited for the opportunity and expects the competition will be a great experience, he said.
Howard plans to attend Tulane University upon graduation in the pursuit of business or law. His hobbies are reading, writing music and playing basketball at a local high school. He belongs to a National Homeschool League and a local speech and debate club.