Hoggard High School Junior Wins American Legion
Constitutional Speech Contest for District Nine in North
credit to John Muuss Photographic Artist Inc.)
Caroline Bunting, a junior at Hoggard High School, won the
American Legion Constitutional Speech Contest for North
Carolina’s District Nine, hosted by American Legion Post 543.
Caroline’s topic was “Utilizing Our First Amendment Rights." Her
speech outlined how now famous Americans exercised what they saw
as their duty to seek constitutional changes which led to civil
rights for minorities and women, especially the right to vote.
The District Nine contest was open to American Legion Post
contest winners from Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover
and Pender counties. Caroline represented Post 10 in Wilmington.
District Nine Commander Tom Cerniglia noted that the judges gave
Caroline consistently high marks for the content of her
presentation. District Contest Chairman Mike Fegan observed that
the judges also were impressed with her speaking skills, stating
she was the most accomplished speaker he has seen in his years
with the program.
Volunteers from American Legion Post 543, Rick Sessa commanding,
provided support for the event. The judges were St. James
resident Dick Powell, attorney Mark Bachara, newspaper editor Ed
Harper, and American History Professor Emeritus Max Williams.