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St. Marys FOE 4379
On Saturday, April 1, 2017, the St. Marys Fraternal Order of Eagles #4379 sponsored their annual God, Flag & Country oratory competition. This year there were three contestants in the 10-11 age category, one from the 12-13 age group, and two in the 14-15 age group. While the quantity may have been limited by the timing conflict with spring break in the school system, the quality was very present.
In the 10-11 age group Joshua Stewart of Crooked River Elementary placed first, Curt Rogers of St. Marys Elementary placed second and Savanna Perez, also of Crooked River Elementary, placed third.
Daniel Fredericks of Camden Middle School was the only student to compete in the 12-13 age group and won first place. Daniel has won the local competition twice before. At age 10 he placed third in the International competition in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and at age 11 he placed second in Reno, Nevada.
In the 14-15 age category, Daniel Vinuela won first place and Faryn Parker placed second; both are students at Camden County High .
First place winners received $50.00, second place received $30.00 and third place paid $20.00. It does not appear any other of the five Eagle Aeries in Georgia will sponsor a local competition this year, so the three first place winners will represent Georgia in the International competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on July 15, 2017.
Upon arriving to compete at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids each student will receive a check for $750.00. The winners in each age group in the International competition will receive $1000.00, second place pays $500.00 and third place wins $250.00.
Judging the local event this year was Jill Helton, publisher and editor of the Tribune-Georgian, James Stacy, a retired school principal, Kathleen Frank-Wilson, a former forensics judge and specialist and Camden County Coroner L.W. Bruce. Many Eagle members worked together to make this event happen, including Richard Anderson, who tabulated the judges' score sheets, Vickie DeBoard and Kirby Schuler who served as time keepers, Julie Stanley, Turel Rhone, Jaime Galaviz and others. Event Co-Chairs were Dr. Jim Burnham and Annie Taylor.
Ms. Sarah Haynie who works with the Crooked River Elementary gifted program and teaches fifth grade and Mr. Rich Gamble who teached Criminal Justice at Camden County High School each had two students in the competition and therefore split the $40.00 award for sponsoring the most students.
A spokesperson for the Eagles said, "I want to thank all of the teachers, parents and youth leaders who promote our program each year, and especially Mr. Rich Gamble and Ms. Sarah Haynie for encouraging their students to participate. We have some very talented students but without a little encouragement from their teachers and/or their parents, most kids would not go for it. Next year, the International competition will be in Dallas, Texas. No Eagle's Aerie in the US or Canada has sent more competitors and winners than St. Marys #4379. I hope this program continues to grow in Camden County. I would love to see some of our drama students, especially in the 14-15 years age group, get involved. They would crush it!"
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.