General Francis Nash and Raleigh Chapters Hold Rumbaugh Oratory Competitions

Denny Colvin
Posted in: News

The General Francis Nash and Raleigh Chapters jointly held their Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Orations Competitions on March 11 at Governors Club in Chapel Hill.

Over a quarter of the GFN membership participates in hosting this event, and with the addition of Raleigh Chapter members and NC SAR officers, a memorable experience is presented for all involved.

Aliza Jankowsky, displaying her characteristic poise and passion

Nine competitors, two home schooled, the others from five different High Schools, appeared before an appreciative audience.  The two Chapter’s orators alternate, with scoring by that Chapter’s Judges.

To provide some time for the Judges to collect their thoughts, NC SAR Rumbaugh Chairman Lowell Hoffman provides a series of historical vignettes between orations.  At the conclusion, the Judges adjourn to separately determine the Chapter Winners, while the orators are given an opportunity to introduce themselves to the audience.  Awards are then presented at the immediately-following General Francis Nash Chapter Luncheon Meeting.


Raleigh Rumbaugh Chairman Jeremy Hodges presents Aliza Jankowsky, Senior at Green Hope High School, with the First Place Award
GFN Rumbaugh Chairman Guy Guidry presents Gio Cacciato, Senior at Northwood High School, with the First Place Award









All the participants were presented certificates:

General Francis Nash Chapter SAR Rumbaugh Oratory Participants — Guy Guidry, Rumbaugh Chairman; Lily Kate Witcher, Third Place; Gio Cacciato, First Place; Francisco Forrester, Second Place; Kyle Stinson; Mattheo Gao
Raleigh Chapter SAR Rumbaugh Oratory Participants — Jeremy Hodges, Rumbaugh Chairman; Joshua Paul, Second Place; Karl Ferm; Aliza Jankowsky, First Place; Jake Hessler, Third Place

State Judges were also present, and after the Chapter Winners were selected, were able to name the State Winners — First Place, Aliza Jankowsky, Second Place, Gio Cacciato, and Third Place, Joshua Paul.  Ms. Jankowsky was also the Raleigh and NC winner in 2022.  She will repeat her oration at the Youth Awards Luncheon at the NC SAR Annual Meeting on April 1, and will represent North Carolina in the National Rumbaugh Competition.

Winners of the 2023 North Carolina Society Sons of the American Revolution Rumbargh Oration Contest. Sam Powell, NC SAR Treasurer and Lead State Judge; Joshua Paul, Home Schooled, Third Place; Gio Cacciato, Northwood High School, Second Place; Lowell Hoffman, NC SAR Rumbaugh Chairman; Aliza Jankowsky, Green Hope High School, First Place

Thanks to the State, GFN, and Raleigh Judges

Photo by Guy Guidry

Additional photos of all these fine orators are at 

An excellent article about the competition appeared in the Chatham News+Record on March 22: