A senior at Southwest Livingston County High School of Ludlow, Elizabeth Warren, is the winner of the American Legionâ€™s District 2 Oratorical Contest held Saturday, January 4th, at the Bucklin American Legion Post 57.
Haley Gladbach, a senior at Northwestern R-I High School of Mendon was runner up among four finalists from nine counties.
Other contestants were Tori Brumbaugh, a 16 year-old sophomore from Northeast R-IV High School of Cairo; and Awan Theus, also 16 and a junior at Brunswick R-II High School.
Miss Warren was sponsored by Chillicotheâ€™s Vern R. Glick American Legion Post #25. She wins a $250 Scholarship from the post to be used toward college expenses. Miss Warren will represent Post 25 and District 2 in Zone competition at Hannibal on January 19th. She earned another $250 scholarship awarded by District 2.
This is the American Legionâ€™s 80th year of conducting the High School Oratorical Contest. It culminates with a national winner who earns scholarships totaling more than $30,000. Missouri has produced the national winner in two of the past three years.
District 2 includes 21 American Legion Posts in nine north Missouri counties: Putnam, Sullivan, Mercer, Grundy, Livingston, Linn, Carroll, Chariton, and Randolph Counties. The Zone 1 competition will include contestants from Legion Districts 1, 8, and 9 in addition to District 2. Districts 1, 8, and 9 include the cities and surrounding areas of Hannibal, St Louis, St Charles, Columbia, Fulton, and Jefferson City among smaller communities.