Darracq wins oratorical contest

Photo: (from left) Shadd Darracq and Frank Kaye

Shadd Darracq, a 17-year-old senior from Mountain Home High School, is the winner of the Alley-White American Legion Post 52 2020 High School Oratorical Contest.

Darracq received a check for $1,000 for his efforts and follows his sister Lacey in winning this award.

The American Legion has sponsored the high school oratorical contest for 82 years. The purpose of the national high school contest is to develop knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to speak clearly, intelligently, and acceptance of the responsibilities, as well as the privileges of, American citizenship.

The title of Darracq’s prepared speech was The Writ of Habeas Corpus, An American Privilege. On Feb. 29, Darracq represented Alley-White at the department competition in Little Rock.

“He gave a great speech and put a lot of effort into it,” says Frank Kaye, oratorical committee chair, who accompanied Darracq to Little Rock. “He really knows his stuff! It was a tough competition. Kudos to every student who entered.”

The American Legion is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans. The Alley-White post has been serving the Mountain Home area for 100 years. For more information, contact Lauri Rottmayer, PR chair, 918-350-0190 or Post52Lauri@gmail.com