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GSSM Senior places first in scholarship program

on Tuesday, 18 February 2020. Posted in News, Education, Local News

GSSM Senior places first in scholarship program
Colyn Morris and John Benjamin, Commander, American Legion Post 53, Hartsville.

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) senior, Colyn Morris from Barnwell, placed first in the Quadrant American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Program in Sumter on Saturday, February 8.

The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program was created to aid high school students in the advancement of a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States. Other intentions of the contest include the development of leadership skills, the ability to think and speak clearly and logically, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights, and privileges of American citizenship.

“The American Legion Oratorical Scholarship competition is a fascinating program that I have come to love and enjoy,” said Colyn Morris, GSSM senior. “My research on the assigned topic “citizens’ duties and obligations to our U.S. Constitution” has led to strengthening of my appreciation and love for our country and its veterans, who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. I am excited for the opportunity to continue the competition at the state level, and encourage all of my fellow Americans to take a second and think about the men and women who have served our country.”

In this scholarship program, Morris presented a nine-minute speech on the U.S. Constitution and a three-minute speech on the 27th Amendment in front of a select group of judges from Shaw Air Force Base. This annual Constitutional speech contest provides college scholarships at the quadrant, state, and national levels.

“Colyn has eagerly applied to outside scholarships to support his college expenses. As an active participant in Youth in Government with an interest in pursuing political science or government in college, it was a perfect match for him to compete in the American Legion Department of South Carolina H. W. Maness High School Oratorical Scholarship program,” said Dr. Jenifer Blair, Director of College Counseling & Advising at GSSM. “After competing in the local competition at the American Legion Post 53 in Hartsville, Colyn took the comments and suggestions from the judges to heart and prepared to complete at the regional (quadrant) level. Colyn was poised, articulate and confident in the competition—clear evidence he took the time to research and practice his speech. He admirably represented the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, and we look forward to supporting him again in the state competition.”

Morris will move on to compete at the state level on Saturday, February 22 in Columbia. For more information about The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program visit https://scarolinalegion.org/page/content/programs/the-american-legion-hw-dare-maness-high-school-oratorical-contest.