Oratorical winner says citizens need to be more informed and committed

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 January 2015 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Meredith Patterson, winner of the Orleans County American Legion Oratorical Contest, shared her winning speech with the County Legislature today. Patterson, a junior at Albion, calls on citizens to better understand the U.S. Constitution and commit themselves to being active participants in the government.

Patterson said the Constitution is a job description for Americans.

“How long do you think you would be employed if you didn’t understand your job description?”

Orleans County Legislator John DeFilipps is at left and Mark O’Brien, director of the County Mental Health Department, is in back at right.