Cassidy Diamond, an Ocean City High School freshman, won the Constitutional Speech Contest sponsored by the American Legion at the Trenton War Memorial Building on March 21.The title of her speech was “The Constitution: America’s Heirloom.” She was sponsored by Horvey-Miley American Legion Post 524 in Ocean City. Diamond won a $4,000 scholarship and will now advance to the National Finals Contest held in the headquarters city of The American Legion, Indianapolis, Ind. The finals are scheduled for April 10 to 12.The New Jersey contest is broken down into five districts. Cassidy represented District 5 (Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties).The contest is done in two phases. The first phase is an 8-10 minute speech on some aspect of the United States Constitution. Phase two is a 3-5 minute speech on one of five assigned topics.Last year’s winner, Andrew Bambrick, a senior from Lenore Christian Homeschool, placed second winning a $2,500 scholarship. He was sponsored by Haddonfield Post 38, Camden County. The title of his speech was “Liberty Lost.”Diamond now faces additional competition, which could reward her almost $20,000 in scholarship money if she wins the national contest.— News release from the American Legion L-R: American Legion Department Commander Mike Wilson; Andrew Bambrick; Lisa Platz: Winner Cassidy Diamond; Andrew Murphy and Department Oratorical Chairman, Cliff Griffiths.
Ocampo was detained. He faces charges forviolation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of2002./PN ILOILO City – A 23-year-old man wasarrested in a drug buy-bust operation in Zone 10, Barangay Calaparan, Arevalodistrict. Five sachets of suspected shabu wereseized from Jericho Ocampo, a police report showed. Operatives of the Regional DrugEnforcement Unit staged the entrapment operation which led to the arrest of thesuspect around 3:45 p.m. on Saturday. Ocampo, a son of a retired policeofficer, was caught after he allegedly sold a sachet of suspected illegal drugsfor P5,500, the report added.