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2014-02-13

Oratorical contest winner advances to state

By Susan Junker BCC Contributor

Pictured: Scott Pofahl, district winner of the American Legion Oratorical Contest, spoke at the Saturday, Feb. 8, candidates forum, sponsored by American Legion Post 157 and the Ranchers and Landowners Association of Texas.




While at Bandera High School, senior Scott Pofahl has successfully participated with the school's winning speech and debate squad. Demonstrating his public speaking skills once again, Pofalh, son of Angela and Tom Pofahl of Pipe Creek, has advanced to the state level of the annual American Legion Oratorical Contest, sponsored by the Bandera Post 157.
Pofahl won the local and district level competitions, followed by the division level on Feb. 2 in Kerrville, which garnered a $300 scholarship. He is now headed to Blinn College in Brenham on Monday, Feb. 17, to compete in the statewide contest for a $2,000 scholarship. The winner will represent Texas at the national level. At stake is an $18,000 scholarship and additional scholarships as well.
Subjects for this Constitutional Contest must be on some aspect of the United States Constitution, with emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to the government. Speeches are eight to 10 minutes long, but three- to five-minute speeches on an assigned topic also are part of the contest.
On Saturday, Feb. 8, Pofahl offered a perfect segue to the candidates forum, sponsored by American Legion Post 157 and the Ranchers and Landowners Association of Texas, at the legion hall. Forum participants, along with those attending, heard Pofahl present his prize-winning spoken treatise on the Constitution. Literally, for eight minutes Pofahl kept everyone mesmerized.
According to Post 157 Commander Charlie Baker, the American Legion Oratorical Contest develops deeper knowledge and appreciation for the US Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has offered participants an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of US laws, the ability to think and speak clearly and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.
"Congratulations go out to Scott, his parents and the team of teachers, coaches, and community leaders," Baker said. "A proud community wishes you much continued success!"
After graduation, Pofahl hopes to become an officer in the United States Army.