Vernon Parish hosted the American Legion 8th District Oratorical Contest on Friday, Feb. 9.

The 8th District consists of the following parishes: Avoyelles, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, Vernon and Winn Parish.

The winner of the 8th District Contest will go to the Department Contest which will be held at Northwestern State University on March 4.

This contest will feature the winner from each of the eight districts with the finals winner certified to represent the Department of Louisiana on April 13 through 15 at the National Contest in Indianapolis.

The American Legion Oratorical Contest affords high school students the opportunity to gain an appreciation and knowledge of the Constitution of the United States, develop their leadership and speaking skills and to help prepare them for the duties and responsibilities of American citizenship.