The Fraternal Order of Eagles St. Marys #4379 will host their annual God, Flag & Country oratory competition on Saturday, February 24. 2018, at 10:00 AM. There will be three age divisions for kids from 10 to 15 years of age. The age groups are 10 - 11 years old, 12 - 13 years old a nd 14 - 15 years old. The age groups are determined by the student's age on January, 31. 2018.
The contestants will speak for no more than three minutes each. The theme is God, Flag & Country and the students may talk on any related subjects. The contestants may use costumes and props if desired, but no electronic media is permitted.
There is a short application that must be filled out and returned no later than Thursday, February 22, 2018. The applications are available on the local Eagles website www.FOE4379.com under the "Events" tab. The applications may also be acquired at the school counselor's office, the Eagles Aerie at 101-C Industrial Drive in St. Marys or the St. Marys Chiropractic Clinic at 1836 Osborne Road in St. Marys.
Locally, there will be cash prizes awarded to the top three contestants in each age group plus there is a cash prize for the teacher who has the most students who enter the contest. The teachers' name should be listed on the contestants' application.
A state competition, if necessary, will be held in Richmond Hill on Saturday, April 28. 2018, to determine the winners from each age group who will represent Georgia in the International competition. The International Eagles God, Flag & Country competition will be in Dallas, Texas on Saturday July 7. 2018.
St. Marys F.O.E. Aerie #4379 will provide each first place winner from Georgia rooms for three nights during the International competition at the Omni in Dallas. Additionally, competitor will be given $750.00 each by the Grand Aerie for competing. Prizes for the Grand Competition include $1,000.00 for first place, $500.00 for second place and $250.00 for third place in each age division.
Last year, Camden County had three students place in their respective age groups at the Grand Aerie competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Camden County High School student Daniel Vinuela placed second in the 14-15 year age group, Daniel Fredericks of the Camden Middle School placed second in the 12-13 year old division and Joshuan Stewart of Crooked River Elementary placed third in the 10-11 year age group.
The God, Flag & Country Oratory competition is an annual event where students can win literally thousands of dollars while honing public speaking skills that will serve them for a lifetime while deepening their understanding of patriotism, national pride and respect for their Creator. The competitions starts at the local level and the winners move on to eventually compete with students from across the United States and Canada.
St. Marys F.O.E. #4379 has produced more international competitors and winners than any single Eagle Aerie in the United State or Canada, and most of them have been CamdenCounty students. Unfortunately, Ohio and Kansas have had more first prize winners than Georgia.
Front Row: 12-13 year old age group: 1st Place Daniel Fredericks, 1st Place 10-11 year old group 1st Place winner Joshua Stewart and 2nd place winner Curt Rogers as well as Madam President Julie Stanley. Back Row: Chairman James Burnham, from 14-15 year old age group is 1st place winner Daniel Vinuela and 2nd place winner Faryn Parker and 10-11 year old age group 3rd place winner Savana Perez.
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St. Marys FOE 4379