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Hoggard High School Junior Wins American Legion
Constitutional Speech Contest for District Nine in North Carolina

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.
(Photo 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.


Posted: 01/21/15