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Loudon student wins NH's American Legion oratorical competition

The American Legion Department of New Hampshire
March 21. 2018 9:22PM
Pictured from left are the winners in The American Legion Department of New Hampshire's annual oratorical contest: Matthew Hennig, third place; Hana Testerman, first place; and Rohan Kumar, second place. Department Commander Dave Meany stands at right. (Courtesy)



MANCHESTER — The American Legion Department of New Hampshire’s 2018 oratorical contest was held March 10 at St. Anslem College in Manchester.

The contestants are high school students representing the department’s eight districts.

The students begin at the post level, the winners progress to the district competition, and then the district winners compete for the state championship and the opportunity to move to the national contest to earn college scholarships.

The ultimate prize is the national championship, which comes with an $18,000 award.

The contestants are given a choice of three topics on various articles of the U.S. Constitution.

Each must prepare an oration in advance and speak without notes for 8 to 10 minutes.

In the second round of competition, each is assigned a topic and is given 5 minutes to prepare before speaking for 5 to 8 minutes.

This year’s New Hampshire winner was Hana Testerman, a home-schooled senior from Loudon.

Testerman won $1,000 from the department and an automatic $1,800 for the first round of the national contest. She will receive an additional $1,800 for the subsequent rounds she completes at the national finals, which will be held in Indianapolis in April.

Second place went to Rohan Kumar, a junior at Nashua High School South.

Third went to Matthew Hennig, a senior at Newport High School.

The remaining contestants were Michael Martland, a junior at Salem High School; Olivia Halle, a sophomore at Gorham High School; Calib Goff, a junior at Nute High School in Milton; and Mason Martin, a junior at Newfound Regional High School in Bristol.

Contestants were escorted by members of the department’s Auxiliary.

Judges were Rebecca Roy of Manchester, State Rep. Terry Wolf of Bedford, Sean R. Fitzgerald of Plaistow, Jim Normand Esq. of Manchester and State Rep. David Danielson of Bedford.


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