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ORATORICAL CONTEST 2-5-14 LMS

The Idaho High School Oratorical Contest for scholarships will take place in Salmon Saturday, February 15, in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room and Senior Center. Joe Kaiser is the chairman of the American Legion sponsored event and on February 5 he told the Salmon City Council he decided that for the first time in its history the event should be held here. He also asked if the room rental fees for the Salmon Valley Center could be waived for the occasion.

The answer was ‘no’ since the city has a firm rule about not granting fee waivers however, Councilman Fred Waidely offered to personally cover the $75 fee. Everyone else on the City Council and City Attorney Fred Snook joined in on the offer.

In his explanation to the council Kaiser said there will be four contestants, one from each of the state’s four districts. They are high school and home school students. The subject matter for the oration is the United States Constitution. Each student will have prepared five, eight to ten minute long orations on four assigned topics and will not know which is to be delivered until just before presentation. They will also be assigned a topic regarding Constitutional Amendments and be asked to speak on it for from three to five minutes.

The winner of this contest will receive $1,000 in scholarship funds and in April will be sent to the national competition in Indianapolis, Indiana to compete with winners from every other state in quarter finals, semifinals and finals. He said each time a student advances to the next level of competition the contestant receives $3,500.

The award for second place in the competition held here is $750 with $500 going to third and fourth place winners. Scholarship money awarded at the Indiana finals amounts to $18,000 for first place, $16,000 for second place and $14,000 for third place. Kaiser said the students who don’t place are eligible to compete every year which makes it possible to build a nice nest egg by the time they graduate.

The request brought up the question of the council’s no fee-waiver policy not being in official written form. Councilman Jim Baker said it puts the council in a difficult position and he would like the subject discussed further at the next City Council meeting. The fee-waiver topic will be added to the council’s February 19 meeting agenda.


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