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The Joseph S. Rumbaugh
Historical Oration Contest 2008

 

The Fairfax Resolves Chapter winning oration for 2008 was presented by Gabriel Barrientos, a senior at Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School. Mr. Barrientos’s speech, entitled "Common Sense", presented his reasons for why the author of "Common Sense", a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine prior to the American Revolution, was the Patriot who had the biggest impact on the logical aspect of Independence.

 

Mr. Barrientos went on to win the state level orations contest and will compete in the National contest at the SAR annual congress in Sacramento. Good luck Mr. Barrientos!

 

Gabriel Barrientos presents his oration at Vinson Hall.

(Left) Gabriel Barrientos presents his oration to members of the Fairfax Resolves and attendees from Vinson Hall.

 

(Bottom Left) President Tom Speelman presents Mr. Barrientos with a certificate and a check for his chapter winning oration.

 

(Below) Wayne McClelland presents Mr. Barrientos with a certificate and a check for his state winning oration. (Picture by Jimmy Guinn)

President Speelman presents Gabriel Barrientos with a check for his winning oration.

Wayne McClelland presents Mr. Barrientos with a certificate and a check for his state winning oration.

 

Update!

 

Gabriel went on to Sacremento to compete against 13 other oration winners from around the country. Though he did not win, he did gain valuable experience by participating at the national level. Mr. Barrientos is eligible to compete again next year, so we wish him luck.

 

National Oration Contest Participants

Fourteen high school student participated at the national level in the SAR Historical Oration Contest. Gabriel Barrientos represented the Fairfax Resolves and Virginia. He is the second participant from the right in the back row.

 

Return to current Rumbaugh Oration Contest page.

 

 

 

2017 Fairfax Resolves Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution