Long Trail students sweep oratory competition


DORSET — Long Trail School ninth graders Avery Carter, Isabel Blankenbaker, and Ben Park recently attained the top three places in the local American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest. The contest develops deeper knowledge and appreciation for the United States Constitution among high school students.

On February 24, these three students participated in the district competition for the American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest. Parkr eceived third place and Blankenbaker was awarded second place.

As first-place recipient, Carter will represent the district at the Vermont Department Contest in White River Junction on March 10. The state winner will advance to the national competition, where generous college scholarships are awarded.

"The students embraced preparing for a challenging competition that tested their skills in research, writing, and public speaking," said James Gallen, who teaches English at Long Trail and advised the students in their preparation. "Their dedication to civic engagement and historical knowledge was reaffirming to my confidence in this country's bright future."

photo caption: Avery Carter, Isabel Blankenbaker and Ben Park are congratulated at the district competition.


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