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Jillian Roden Wins Silver Medal in American Legion Oratorical Contest

Pictured left to right: Dave Butkus, Jr., Post 146 Service Officer; Becky Trazasky, NHS History Teacher; Silver Medalist Jillian Roden; Jamie Brandt, Post 146 Commander; and Ray Butkus, Oratorical Contest Chairman.

Nonnewaug High School junior Jillian Roden won the Silver Medal in the Sixth District American Legion Oratorical contest on Saturday.

The event, which is in its 80th year, is a speech contest for High School students, and is focused on the U.S. Constitution. Contestants are required to deliver a 10-minute speech on some aspect of the Constitution, as well as give a 5 minute, extemporaneous address on a topic that is assigned to them at the contest.

The contest emphasizes the American Legion’s role in promoting good citizenship and patriotism.

“We are very proud of our contestants, and especially our winners, at this very important event, which showcases our best high school students,” said Sixth District Commander George Castle.

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