Kadon Leddy, Milbank High School junior, earned first place at the District 5 American Legion Oratory speech contest in Watertown Sunday, January 3, 2016. Leddy presented an 8 to 10 minute original oratory on the United States Constitution and a 3 to 5 minute extemporaneous speech on a randomly selected topic relating to the basic principles of government under the Constitution.
Leddy was awarded with a medal and $250 for his top finish. He will advance to the state contest scheduled for Sunday, February 14, in Huron and will represent District 5. There are eight districts across South Dakota.
Kadon is the son of Donny and Krecia Leddy of Stockholm. He is pictured with Vice-Commander Matt Lagerstrom. Also attending the event was Bill Tostenson, Birch Miller Post 9 Americanism Chairman.
The American Legion Oratorical contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.