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TIFTON - A local teen won top honors at the American Legion's state oratorical contest last week in Macon and is headed for the national competition.

Tim Harris, 18, won the Tift County contest Feb. 8 and moved on to the District competition in Valdosta Feb. 15 for an area including Tifton, Colquitt County, Thomasville, Douglas and Ben Hill County. After winning that, he advanced to the area contest, which encompasses the Tifton district as well as South Georgia from the Alabama state line to the Florida line, including Cordele, Americus and Columbus.

Harris has already won about $1,300 in prize money and could receive up to $18,000 if he wins at the national contest, which will be held the second weekend in April in Indianapolis, Ind.

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