Indianapolis, Indiana – A talented and bright senior from Indianapolis has made a name for herself in the American Legion’s national oratorical contest.
Haley Bock’s inspiring speech, titled “The Black Hole of American Democracy: American Territories are Where Voting Rights Vanish,” earned her the top prize, a $25,000 scholarship, and the admiration of the judges.
In her speech, Bock brought attention to Luis Segovia, a U.S. citizen who, despite serving in the military tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, was denied his right to vote due to his residency in Guam. Bock’s words emphasized that, like Segovia, millions of American citizens residing in the territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands have been stripped of their right to vote.
With her eloquent delivery and passionate appeal, Bock reminded the audience that it is high time to give these people the voice they deserve. Her call to action for everyone to rise together and grant these territories their rights is nothing short of inspirational.
The American Legion’s annual oratorical contest aims to foster communication skills and promote the study of the U.S. Constitution among the youth of the country. Bock’s win is a testament to her ability to articulate complex ideas and deliver them with conviction.
Sponsored by American Legion Post 3 of Indianapolis, Bock has set a high standard for young people across the nation to follow. With her talent and passion, there is no doubt that she will make a difference in the world.