The purpose of The American Legion’s National High School Oratorical Contest is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship.
The Eugene M. Connor Post #193 Winchendon also sponsors the annual Edward J. Homon Memorial Day Speech Contest for all students in Murdock Middle/High School, with prizes awarded to the top speeches. The winner each year will be invited to read their speech at the Memorial Day exercises at the G.A.R. Park off Grove Street across from the Senior Activity Center.