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Marshall County High School senior Jackson T. Boone was named District Champion for the American Legion of Kentucky’s annual First District High School Oratory Contest.

This is Boone’s second year in a row to win the district contest. He also won the American Legion state level competition in Kentucky last year. Boone is sponsored by American Legion Post 236 of Calvert City.

The district level competition was held on January 9th at the Lee S. Jones Convention Center in Eddyville. The competition had two finalists.

Each year, the American Legion hosts the Speech Contest, in which high school students deliver a prepared speech about the U.S. Constitution and another short speech on a different constitutional topic assigned on the day of the contest.

Speakers initially compete at the district level. The district champions then advance to the area level competition and the area champions to the state level competition. State champions then advance to Nationals for a chance to win $25,000.

Nationals were canceled last year, but state champions, including Boone, received a $5,000 consolation prize from the national competition.

Boone will face off against the 2nd and 3rd district champions in the Area A competition on February 13th.

Boone is the son of Michael and Hill Boone of Calvert City. Boone was also named Paducah Bank Teen of the Week and Associated General Contractors of Western Kentucky Technical Center Student of the Week for the current school year.

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