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Gina Stroud, a Los Alamos High School sophomore, represented New Mexico at the National American Legion Oratory Contest in Indianapolis, Ind., April 3-5.
Participants from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and France presented a 8-10 minute original orations about the United States Constitution with emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to our government.
Stroud’s speech was titled, “Stand Up America.” In addition, contestants spoke for 3-5 minutes about an article of the Constitution selected from a list prior to the competition. Stroud tied for 10th place, winning a $1,500 college scholarship.
Stroud thanks Los Alamos American Legion Post 90 and the New Mexico American Legion for sponsoring her, and Noel Trujillo, LAHS speech and debate coach, for helping her prepare for the competition.