Shelton teacher honored for effort on American Legion Oratorical competition

Sutter-Terlizzi American Legion Post 16 Adjutant Milt Harrigan presents Katelyn Botsford Tucker, The American Legion Department of Connecticut, Community Americanism Award. In the background are Mike Kellett, American Legion Department of Connecticut Executive Committeeman, as well as SIS Oratorical Contest finalists Joey Cummings, Krishiv Patel and Kailey Hill.

Sutter-Terlizzi American Legion Post 16 Adjutant Milt Harrigan presents Katelyn Botsford Tucker, The American Legion Department of Connecticut, Community Americanism Award. In the background are Mike Kellett, American Legion Department of Connecticut Executive Committeeman, as well as SIS Oratorical Contest finalists Joey Cummings, Krishiv Patel and Kailey Hill.

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Katelyn Botsford Tucker is quite an American — so says one state veterans' group.

The American Legion recently presented Tucker, a Shelton Intermediate School teacher, with the Community Americanism Award, presented in recognition of her patriotic work in providing an opportunity for seventh and eighth graders to make a presentation on the American Constitution.

Tucker was recognized for her efforts over the past decade to promote the American Legion Oratorical Competition at Shelton Intermediate School.

American Legion Post 16 has been sponsoring this program since just after the turn of the century, partnering with Turner in this effort.

The contest is a nationwide high school competition that was modified by Post 16 and Tucker to provide Shelton to provide an opportunity for seventh and eighth grade students to prepare and make a presentation on a topic based upon the topics provided annually by the American Legion for the High School Oratorical Competition.

This competition teaches these young students about the American Constitution, what it means, and the importance of this document to all Americans. It is also an excellent prep program for those students who go on to participate in the High School Oratorical Competition when they enter high school.

This Oratorical Competition was put on hold for a couple of years due to the pandemic and subsequent restrictions placed on schools during those years. When the restrictions were lifted at the schools, Tucker wasted no time in contacting Post 16 to coordinate the startup of the competition again.

In addition to the intermediate school students being contestants, Tucker recruited high school civics students to judge the competition. This adds new dimension to the learning program at another level.

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