MUNSTER | Daniel J. Buksa, of Munster, has been appointed chairman of the American Legion Department of Indiana Oratorical and School Awards Committee by State Commander Edward J. Trice.
The Legion's Oratorical Contest presents participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of the nation's laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship.
The contest is open to high school students. Participants compete at the post (community), zone (regional), department (state) and national levels, where $48,000 in college scholarships is awarded.
As Indiana Committee chairman, Buksa will be responsible for chairing committee meetings, providing education and certification to district chairs and volunteers, and organizing and moderating the state competition, inclusive of preparing all volunteers and contest judges.
For the past six years, Buksa has chaired the First District of Indiana Oratorical Committee, and will continue in that capacity as well. Past Commander of Munster American Legion Post 16, he is a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served from 1984 to 1988.
Buksa is employed by the Academy of General Dentistry, a 38,000-member professional society headquartered in Chicago, where he serves as the chief advocacy officer. He is a 1993 graduate of the Valparaiso University School of Law and holds the designation of Certified Association Executive.
He also serves as vice chair of the Munster Board of Zoning Appeals and is involved with several other civic, political and fraternal organizations.