Manchester student wins state speech competition again

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MANCHESTER — Avery Carter, of Manchester, captured first place in The American Legion Oratorical Finals in Montpelier earlier this year, winning the top prize for the second straight year.

Carter, who will be a senior at Cate School, a college prep boarding school in California. She formerly attended Long Trail School.

Carter won the speech competition with an 8- to 10-minute prepared oration titled, "The Meaning of Life, Article 3, and the Power of Judicial Review."

She also gave a 3- to 5-minute speech that was randomly assigned to her from four possibilities. Her topic was on Amendment XX, which specifies the terms of president and vice president, when Congress shall assemble and articles of presidential succession.

Competitors must speak on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution with emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to our government.

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Carter was sponsored by Post 50 in Castleton and received awards from Post 50 and District 4 and received $1,500.

With the win, she qualified for the second time to represent Vermont at the national finals in Indianapolis but the finals were canceled due to COVID-19.

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Carter would have been one of only eight competitors nationwide to be attending the national competition for the second time.

Other top finishers included Maggie Sides, who graduated from Champlain Valley Union High School, and finished second.

In third was Jeswin Antony, who will be a sophomore at Harwood Union High School.

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Michael Christesen, an incoming sophomore at The Sharon Academy, was fourth.

Department Senior Vice Commander Catherine Tester congratulated all the students for having reached the final level in the State Contest.

Tester said that the influence of knowledgeable young people like Carter "would inspire the youth of our country to become responsible citizens."

For more information about the American Legion High School Oratorical contest, log on to, or contact Department Headquarters at 802-223-7131 or

Carter is the daughter of Jamie and Philip Carter of Manchester.


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