Van Meter Junior Patrick Junker recently won the Area I American Legion Oratorical Contest at the Memorial Building in Pella, Iowa.

Junker’s prepared oration speech on “The Spread of Constitutional Apathy and How to Quarantine It” and assigned topic speech on the Thirteenth Amendment was chosen as the winner by a panel of three judges.

He will next compete at the Department of Iowa Constitutional Contest to be held at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, at the Airport Holiday Inn on Fleur Drive in Des Moines.