Recommended Activities

Speech Contests

The American Legion Constitution Speech Contest

​The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. Students compete on the local and national level for scholarship money.

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Mock Trial

The Utah Mock Trial competition was established in 1980 to teach students their rights and responsibilities as citizens. Each year, volunteer attorneys write or adapt a legal case involving issues of interest to youth. A handbook containing established facts, signed affidavits, and other legal information regarding the case, along with the rules and information related to the tournament, is provided for all participants. Team members play roles of witnesses, attorneys, clerks, and bailiffs in courtrooms throughout the state.

The Mock Trial Competition is open to all public and private secondary schools in Utah. Each year, more than 1,000 students, 80 teachers, 350 attorneys, and 100 community representatives participate in over 110 mock trials statewide. The high school championship team participates in the national mock trial competition.

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Civic Engagement

Girls Lobby

Want to make a difference in your community? Register for Girls Lobby's 2020 Legislative Program! We are a non-partisan organization that sets high school girls up with NGOs to lobby your legislators so that you can make real change about issues that YOU care about. During this 8-week program, you will learn to track bills, testify at hearings on the Hill, and write opinion editorials on everything and anything, from women's health to the impeachment hearings to the environment. 


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Take power, give back!


Boys State/ Girls State

We wanted to make you aware of a summer opportunity outside the league that some of our students have enjoyed. The American Legion Boys and Girls State programs are summer youth camps designed to develop leadership and promote civic responsibility. Applications are open now to students who are currently in their Junior year of high school. It is a week-long simulation where attendees will have the chance to Launch campaigns and run for office, draft and debate legislation, make friends with students from other parts of the state, earn University credit hours and elect student senators to represent the state at Boys and Girls Nation in Washington, D.C. Students from our league have been to D.C. to represent Utah for the past couple of years and they have loved it. If you are interested in this opportunity you can click to get information about boys' state and girls state. If you have any questions, follow those links or shoot an email to one of our resident boys' state experts, Noah Horlacher (