The The Fraternal Order of Eagles #4379 Aerie and Auxiliary recently held their annual Children's Art Contest.  The Eagles' Art Contest provides youth in grades 3-6 an outlet to showcase their creative skills coupled with a chance to win cash prizes.
With 175 on time entries, the response from the students was the best yet with entries from all county elementary schools, both middle schools, some private and home schools, as well as a few entries from other counties. 
Locally, first prize winner receive $50.00, second prize winners receive $30.00 and third prize winners receive $20.00.  Prizes were presented Saturday morning February 3 at the St. Marys Fraternal Order of Eagles during an ice cream and cake party for the prize winners, their families and teachers.
Placing in the six grade competition was: 1st prize-Miley Spiers, St. Marys Middle School, 2nd prize-Annesley Daniel, St. Marys Middle School and 3rd prize-Felicia Biblis, Biblis Enriched Learning Homeschool
Placing in the fifth grade competition was: 1st prize- Katelyn Feige, Sugarmill Elementary, 2nd prize-Kendall McPhatter, Sugarmill Elementary and 3rd prize-Lacey Turner, Sugarmill Elementary.                      
Placing in the fourth grade competition was: 1st prize-Grace Giavanna Leigh Rose, Sugarmill Elementary, 2nd prize-MacyGreyce Woods, Advance Learning Academy and 3rd prize-Zachary Smith, Kingsland Elementary.
Placing in the third grade was: 1st prize-Briana Dougherty, Matilda Harris Elementary, 2nd prize-River Goff, St. Marys Elementary and 3rd prize-Italia Wilkinson, Sugarmill Elementary.                
Additionally, all art work was sent to the Grand Aerie Fraternal Order of Eagles in Grove City, Ohio, to compete with art work from across the United States and Canada.  Internationally, first prize winners receive $200.00, second prize receives $100.00, third prize winners receive $75.00 and fourth prize winners receive $50.00 in each grade level. There is also a Grand Prize winner who receives $500.00.
Judges for the local competition this year were Richard Anderson, Kirby Schuler, A  drin Sordelet, Robin Lewis, Vickie DeBoard and Charles Morton.
Last year three Camden County students, Braydon Smith (4th grade), Joseph Schoonover (3rd grade) and Donna Prior (6thg grade) won first prize, second prize and fourth prize internally in their respective grade level competitions.  Winners at the Grand Aerie competition will be announced on March 15, 2018.  A spokesman for the Eagles said, "We are excited to see participation growing locally each year."

2018 Children's Art Contest Winners

The Fraternal Order of Eagles are "People Helping People"

2018 ​Eagles International Children's Art Contest Announcement

St. Marys FOE 4379

Pictured in the photo from left to right:   Grace Giavanna Leigh Rose (1st prize, grade 4), Kendall McPhatter (2nd prize, grade 5), MacyGreyce Woods (2nd prize, grade 4), Lacey Turner (3rd prize, grade 5), Zachary Smith (3rd prize, grade 4), Annesley Daniel (2nd prize, grade 6), Italia Wilkinson (3rd prize, grade 3), Briana Dougherty (1st prize, grade 3), River Goff (2nd prize, grade 3).  

Not pictured Katelyn Feige (1st prize, grade 5), Miley Spiers (1st prize, grade 6), Felicia Biblis (3rd prize, grade 6).

Camden County has three students from the contest sponsored by the St. Marys Fraternal Order of Eagles #4379 who now have placed in the Fraternal Order of Eagles International Art contest In Grove City, Ohio.  St. Marys FOE #4379 submitted about 180 pieces of art from the third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades this year.
Grayson Blount, a sixth grade student of Mr. Chris Dougherty of St. Marys Middle School took first prize in the sixth grade competition and will be awarded $200.
Maikayla Huynh, a fifth grade student at Mary Lee Clark Elementary School placed fourth in the fifth grade competition and will receive a check for $50.
Erica House, a third grade student at Kingsland Elementary School also placed fourth in the third grade competition and will also get a check for $50.
A complete list of winners from the international competition and their drawings/painting may be found at   
Congratulations to all the students who received money in the local competition and the international competition.  Congratulations to the parents who encouraged your children; I know you are proud of them. 
And a profound deep sense of gratitude and appreciation to all the teachers who encouraged these students to enter a drawing.  Be proud and inspired because you have the unique opportunity to impact the lives of thousands of young people who will make a differnce in the world for generations to come.  I can still name all of the teachers I had throughout my years as a student and I graduated high school 50 years ago. You never know what your students may do.  I’ll guarantee that Miss Varnadoe (my 10th grade biology teacher) never dreamed I would have a carrer that dealt with the life sciences in any way!
Doc Burnham
St. Marys 4379 Children’s Art Contest Co-Chair