Adrian Go, James Wert and Lindsey Gruden were judged the first-place winners in their respective age groups of the Norwalk Fraternal Order of Eagles God, Flag & Country oratory contest held last week.
The contest was open to Norwalk city and parochial school students of parents who are member of the Maple City Aerie 711.
"The goal of the contest is to instill in our youth a deeper understanding in the place God, Flag and Country have in their lives and to make them more aware of their heritage," explained contest co-chairman Mike Hornsby.
"The contest rules allowed the contestant just three minutes to describe his or her feelings on the subject chosen. It was amazing how quickly they were able to describe their feelings," Hornsby, who co-chaired the contest along with wife, Mary said.
The top three picked by age classifications were Go from the Main Street School (ages 10 to 11), Wert from the Middle School (ages 12 to 13) and Gruden, Norwalk High School (ages 14 to 15). They will advance to zone competition in Amherst next month.
The second- and third-place finishers were from St. Paul. That list includes Olivia Scheid and Riley Conway, second and third, respectively, among those entries ages 10 and 11 and Sydney Young and McKenzie Stoll in that order in the 12 to 13 age category.
The winners received $75. Second-place finishers were awarded $50 and third place, $25.
The Amherst zone winners will also receive cash stipends along with a chance to move on to state competition.