Press Release - Colyn Morris Places First In Scholarship Program

February 11, 2020

GSSM Senior Colyn Morris Places First in Quadrant American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Program

Hartsville, SC – The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) Senior, Colyn Morris from Barnwell, SC, placed first in the Quadrant American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Program in Sumter, South Carolina on Saturday, February 8.

The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program was created to aid high school students in the advancement of a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States. Other intentions of the contest include the development of leadership skills, the ability to think and speak clearly and logically, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights, and privileges of American citizenship.

“The American Legion Oratorical Scholarship competition is a fascinating program that I have come to love and enjoy,” said Colyn Morris, GSSM Senior. “My research on the assigned topic “citizens’ duties and obligations to our U.S. Constitution” has led to strengthening of my appreciation and love for our Country and its veterans, who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. I am excited for the opportunity to continue the competition at the state level, and encourage all of my fellow Americans to take a second and think about the men and women who have served our country.”

In this scholarship program, Morris presented a nine-minute speech on the U.S. Constitution and a three-minute speech on the 27th Amendment in front of a select group of judges from Shaw Air Force Base. This annual Constitutional Speech contest provides college scholarships at the Quadrant, State, and National levels.

“Colyn has eagerly applied to outside scholarships to support his college expenses. As an active participant in Youth in Government with an interest in pursuing political science or government in college, it was a perfect match for him to compete in the American Legion Department of South Carolina H. W. Maness High School Oratorical Scholarship program,” said Dr. Jenifer Blair, Director of College Counseling & Advising at GSSM. “After competing in the local competition at the American Legion Post 53 in Hartsville, Colyn took the comments and suggestions from the judges to heart and prepared to complete at the regional (quadrant) level. Colyn was poised, articulate and confident in the competition—clear evidence he took the time to research and practice his speech. He admirably represented the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, and we look forward to supporting him again in the state competition.”

Morris will move on to compete at the state level on Saturday, February 22 in Columbia, South Carolina. For more information about The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program visit 


Founded in 1988, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics is a nationally recognized school serving over four hundred of the state's most accomplished STEM students in the 10th through 12th grades through its residential and virtual programs. GSSM offers college-level courses and experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at its campus in Hartsville. The school also delivers virtual curricula in engineering and STEM disciplines to students in partner school districts throughout the state. GSSM’s dynamic outreach programs, including science summer camps and teacher training, impact over 5,000 K-12 students every year. Learn more by visiting

Pictured above: Colyn Morris and John Benjamin, Commander, American Legion Post 53, Hartsville, SC

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