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Lincoln Native Competes in National Speech Competition

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[April 07, 2008]  GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Holly Pirkle of Gainesville, formerly of Lincoln, Ill., recently competed in a speech competition hosted by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. The annual "God, Flag and Country" oratorical competition is a speech of three minutes or less on any or all of the subjects "God," "flag" and "country."

Each aerie of the Fraternal Order of Eagles is asked to host a local competition, open to any student between the ages of 10-15, broken down into three age groups: 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15. The winners of each age group then move on to the state level, and the winners of that level proceed to the national level.

Holly won both the local and state competitions in the 14-15 age group and will attend the national competition at the FOE International Grand Convention in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 11-15. Her speech (yet untitled) was about the changes to the Pledge of Allegiance and government's attempt at removing "God" from the school systems.

Holly will be a freshman at Chestatee High School in Gainesville. She hopes to pursue a career in journalism after graduation from college.

She is a member and current secretary of the Junior Order of Eagles 714 in Atlanta, Ga. The Junior Eagles are a branch of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, open to children between the ages of 11 and 18.

Holly is the daughter of Traycee Ritchhart Thweatt and granddaughter of Lowell Penrod Ritchhart of Lincoln, Ill.

[Text from file received from Traycee Thweatt]

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