Kenton Ritualistic Team Wins State Competition, Moves Onto Nationals To Represent Ohio

The 121st Ohio Elks Convention has come to a close and during the weekend the Kenton Elks 157 Ritual Team claimed victory for the Ritualistic Competition. With the high team score of 98.416, Kenton advances to the National Competition at the 151st Grand Lodge Convention in St. Louis, Missouri on June 30th through July 3rd.

Kenton Elks 157 Ritual Team
Back Left: John Hines, Gina Hoelscher, Justin Draper, Chad Spencer, Michael Sturgeon, D Jack Buroker, and Jerry Haudenschield
Front Left: Derek Kaufman, Todd Daquino , and Nathan Davis

Kenton competed at the State level against very talented and dedicated teams from Elyria Elks #465, Berea Elks #1815, and New Philedelphia Elks #510. The Ritual Competition is a core element in the Order of Elks and everyone from Kenton is happy to be competing alongside all of these great Elks.

The individual winners from Kenton Lodge are as follows:

Exalted Ruler                               Todd Daquino
Esteemed Leading Knight         Derek Kaufman
Esteemed Loyal Knight              Michael Sturgeon
Esteemed Lecturing Knight       Nathan Davis
Chaplain                                        Gina Hoelscher
Inner Guard                                  Justin Draper

Chad Spencer, PER competed at Esquire and received the highest score overall at his position but was not eligible for the individual awards. The Ritual team also has some of the best coaches and they won the award for their hard work. The team really appreciates everything the coaches do for the team and those coaches for Kenton are D Jack Buroker PER, Jerry Haudenschield PER, and John Hines PER.

If you see the Kenton 157 Ritual team or any of the coaches wish them luck as they represent Ohio at the National Convention.