By Michelle Key

The Richard Henry Lee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) honored Auburn High School senior, John Pace recently for his second-place finish in the Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest. Pace presented his award-winning speech on Alexander Hamilton to the assembly.
Donna Yeager, Pace’s advanced debate teacher, said she approached him with information about the oration contest in the fall. With no prior debate experience, Pace made a promise toYeager that he would do his best. At that moment, she had no idea just how proud he would make her and what a contribution that he would make. “This young man will be in our future and he gives me hope everyday,” Yeager said.
After Pace’s oration on Alexander Hamilton, the SAR group discussed how to introduce more young people to the SAR Youth Program. Schools in both Lee and Chambers counties are welcome to participate in the several contests that the Richard Henry Lee Chapter of SAR holds every year. Students from the 1-12th grades have the opportunity to win cash prizes, or certificates from the local chapter as well as the possibility of competing on state and national levels. These contests are open to all home school, private, religious and public school students.
Examples of the contests include an essay contest, the oration contest, a poster contest, and a brochure contest. Local middle or high school teachers are also eligible to apply for the History Teacher Award.
For more information regarding SAR, visit or the local chapter’s Facebook page