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Davis wins Legion’s state oratorical contest

February 15, 2019

PORTAGE -- Timothy Davis, a senior at Maranatha Baptist Academy in Watertown, was named the winner of The Wisconsin American Legion State Oratorical Contest Saturday.

Davis, the son of Matthew and Dana Davis, won the contest held at Ripon College. He earned $3,000 and will now compete for the $18,000 top prize at the national contest in Indianapolis, Indiana, to be held April 5-7.

To get to the state contest, Davis won contests at the post, district and regional levels.

Each contestant delivered a prepared oration as well as an oration on a randomly assigned constitutional topic. Davis impressed the judges with a speech titled “Reclaiming Our Founding Document.”

Davis is sponsored by Watertown American Legion Post 189. This is his second year competing. Ken Wzorek, Post 189′s oratorical chairman, originally shared the opportunity with Davis’ speech teacher. “I’ve always been patriotic and saw this as a cool learning opportunity,” said Davis.

When asked how he decided on his topic, Davis responded, “Upon hearing my speech, I want to leave people with a strong call to action.”

Davis’ future plans include attending Maranatha Baptist University to study business management.

Elijah Anumolu, sponsored by Milwaukee Post 331, placed second with his speech, “America’s Hidden Treasure.” Malik Staude, a senior at Oconomowoc High School and sponsored by Oconomowoc Post 91, placed third for his speech, “The Constitutional Life.”

Since 1938, The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program has encouraged the nation’s high school students to study the U.S. Constitution and to hone their public speaking skills.