PARIS – Abby Rogers, a senior at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, was named the winner in the American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest locally and in the county.

Rogers was the first runner-up at the district meet held in Dixfield, on Jan. 30 and was among other state orators awarded scholarships in elimination rounds.

The contest offers students in local communities more than $138,000 in scholarships. To date more than $3 million in scholarships have been awarded at the national level.

The contest, sponsored since 1938 by the American Legion, is designed to instill a greater knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States in high school students. Other objectives include the development of leadership, the ability to think and speak clearly and the preparation for the acceptance of the duties, responsibilities, right and privileges of American citizenship.

Local contest sponsors are Post 112 of Oxford, Post 72 of South Paris and Post 82 Norway.

Post contest Chairman Joe Bernard said, “Everyone comes away from this oratorical contest a winner. The students are the stepping-stone to further education protecting the foundation of freedom that we as Americans cherish.”

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