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Barnes, Eggen win Legion awards

Bob Mayo
Adjutant Post l64, American Legion

Saturday, Feb. 28, two young ladies of our community journeyed to the University of Colorado in Boulder to participate in the State Oratorical Contest, sponsored by the American Legion Department of Colorado and local Post 164 in New Castle.

Twenty-nine students from all over the state competed for more than $10,000 in scholarships. More than 100 volunteers served in this contest, with 52 judges, most of which were members of the American Legion family. The contestants from our community were Lacey Barnes, who attends Glenwood Springs High School, and Alicia Eggen, who attends Rifle High School.

Due to their attendance at different high schools, these young ladies found themselves competing head to head in the preliminary round, which made it almost impossible for more than one to advance to the semifinal round. This was the only negative in the entire day, and we were impressed with the ability of all the contestants to speak at length on the U.S. Constitution.

It was a close and even contest through the entire day and the final standings found Alicia receiving a $100 grant and Lacey receiving a $100 and a $500 scholarship grant. They are to be commended for their initiative, dedication and drive to participate, and the involvement of their families, who were also in attendance through the contest.

These two young persons reaffirm our belief in our nation and the constitution under which we live.

We can only give so little and we gain so much when we come in contact with students of this caliber. We will be looking forward to next year and gaining additional students to participate in this program.

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