FLOC & National Speech & Debate Association’s 2022 Legal Oratory Scholarship

FLOC logoLogo for National Speech & Debate Association

Turco Legal is proud to partner with the National Speech & Debate Association to help build the oratory skills of students in our community. This year, we were excited to invite high school students in our region to participate in the Finch Legal Oratory Competition (“FLOC”), a national speech competition.


Regional Winners

Thank you to all who participated in our regional competition this year. We were incredibly impressed by every submission, as all students demonstrated exceptional oratory skills. We are especially excited to announce our Eastern Region winners (below).

1st place

Vienna Wyler

Waring School, Massachusetts


2nd place

Michaela Callahan

Taunton HS Government & Debate, Massachusetts



National Competition

The first-place competitor at both the East and Midwest competitions will now compete live in a final round, which will be held in Louisville, Kentucky on June 12, 2022. This final round will take place in person at 1:30 PM ET at the Kentucky Expo Center on registration day for the National Speech and Debate Tournament.

One round will be held, during which each first-place regional winner will present a Pro Con Challenge speech on the following topic:

“Should a free press prioritize objectivity over advocacy?”

Learn more about the Pro Con Challenge.

Student giving a speech.

The FLOC first-place regional winners will have their travel expenses paid through Mockingbird Marketing. Mockingbird Marketing will contact the first-place regional winners to arrange their travel.

National competition winners will receive the following college scholarships:


  • $7,500 for the National first-place winner
  • $2,500 for the National runner-up


All individuals attending the final round in Louisville–including students, coaches, and chaperones–must comply with the NSDA COVID-19 health and safety requirements. Masks are required for all attendees while indoors; although the competitors may remove their masks while they are presenting. All individuals must be fully vaccinated and up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, or apply and receive approval for a medical or religious exemption. Exemption applications are due by May 15.

Again, thank you to all those who participated in the regional competition, and congratulations to our Eastern Region winners!