The Kenton Elks #157 lodge has a rich history with Ritualistic work and in 2019 they are continuing in that tradition. Kenton Ritualistic won the National Championship with a score of 97.1198 on Tuesday afternoon.
Performing with the highest score of the competition Kenton 157 Officer Nathan Davis was awarded the King Award.
The 2018-2019 Officers competed over the weekend and ended up first in the Eastern Division and advanced to the Finals with a high team score of 97.9233!
After the Finals performance on Monday they were awarded the National Championship on Tuesday during the B.P.O.E National Elks Convention in St. Louis.
The Elks Ritual ceremony is the first impression all Elk candidates get to experience and it is to impress upon them the principles of the order. The ceremony is scripted and is judged by many factors including Impressiveness, Accuracy, Team Appearance, and Pronunciation. Teams who compete have practices weekly and run through the full ceremony during initiation night to help improve the quality and overall experience that the ceremony is supposed to impress on the new incoming members.
After the Eastern Division tournament individual All-American Winners from the ritual competition were announce Sunday evening. These award is given to individuals who have the highest score at their particular Officer position and is based on all the teams that have competed in eastern Division.
Congratulations to Chaplin Gina Hoelscher on her excellent performance! Chad Spencer had the High Score at Esquire but was ineligible for All-American honors do to performing the part in a previous year.
Kenton Elks 157 last won the National Championship Trophy in 2006 and has placed in the top 5 multiple times throughout the years.
Congrats to the Kenton Elks Ritual team on bringing the National Championship Trophy to Kenton and Ohio this year!