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Grayslake North Student Advances to State Speech Competition

GNHS senior Heather Richey has qualified for the Illinois American Legion's state oratorical competition in Peoria on March 2.

Heather Richey, a senior at Grayslake North High School, will be speaking at the Illinois American Legion State Oratorical Competition on March 2 with her formal reflections on American citizenship and the Constitution.

She qualified for the state competition after delivering two speeches at the 10th District American Legion competition, held at Grayslake Central High School on Jan. 12. The purpose of the contest is to develop deeper knowledge of the Constitution and what it means to be a citizen among high school students.

“Preparing for this experience encouraged me to learn more about how the Constitution protects our rights today. I have learned a lot myself and have talked to many friends who have also taken an interest in it,” she said after the contest.

Heather's speeches focused around her understanding of what it means to be a good citizen, which she sought to understand from a young age because strangers would often approach her mother and thank her for her service.  Heather's mother is a military officer with 26 years of service in the Marines and Air Force.

“Heather is a dynamic speaker and has a clear, heartfelt message,” said Karen White, Commander of the American Legion Post in Grayslake. “The American Legion is thrilled and honored to have Heather represent us and the 10th District at the State Oratorical competition.”

Submitted by Grayslake High School District 127

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