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The J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association invites all Prince George's and Montgomery County high school students to compete in the Association's annual Oratorical Contest!  The event will be held virtually on Sunday February 28, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.  Participants will have the opportunity to compete for scholarship awards totaling in $3,250.

First Place: $1,500

Second Place: $1,000

Third Place: $750


Topic:  Contestants, following a long hard fought election, you are President of the United States of America.  Now that you are in office, speak to your thoughts on whether or not you will be able to unify the Country in your first 100 days.  Is it possible?

To be eligible, applicants must be high school juniors or seniors attending school or residing in either Prince George's or Montgomery County.


Applications and information sheet may be downloaded below and must be submitted no later than February 19, 2021.  (Applications are limited to the first twelve (12) Applicants with standby applicants accepted!!)

Applications MUST be submitted with an outline of the applicant's speech (50 word minimum).


The event is free, but registration is required.  Click here to register on Eventbrite to participate or attend: (Event link provided after registration)

Need more information: email Nikita Richardson at



The J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association is committed to the principles of legal excellence, community service, and increased minority participation in the practice of law.

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