Virginia DeMolay was well represented this weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Tournament of Champions. The Mid-Atlantic Tournament of Champions, MATOC for short, is the regional ritual competition for Region II. This weekend, Chapters represented from Virginia were Ashburn, Westhampton, Tidewater, and Kempsville. On Saturday, September 8th, Chapters and members from Virginia competed in various competitions including all four sections of the DeMolay Degree, Chapter Proficiency, Ceremony of Light (Team and Individual), Flower Talk, Magnificent Seven, 9 O'clock Interpolation, Preceptor Trio, Orator, Rookie of the Year, and members from across the state competed in the Preceptor Corps.
Competitions won by Virginia's Chapters and Members are as follows:
DeMolay Degree: Kempsville Chapter, they will represent Region II at the Centennial Ritual Competition!
Team Ceremony of Light: Kempsville Chapter, team consisting of Jefferson Matthews, Jessie Banks, and Jared Jackson. This team will also represent Region II at the Centennial Ritual Competition!
Flower Talk: Brother Gabe Williams from Tidewater Chapter who will represent Region II at the Centennial Ritual Competition as well!
Chaplain: Brother Quentin Hoglund with a perfect score of 1,000! Way to go Q!
Orator: Brother Quentin Hoglund
DeMolay Degree Fourth Section: Tidewater Chapter
Magnificent Seven: Jared Jackson from Kempsville Chapter
Preceptor Corps: Virginia DeMolay
Ceremony of Light, 14u Division: Dominic Indovina from Tidewater Chapter
I would like to give a special shoutout and thank you to Dad John Farr, Dad Jon Martin, Dad Rob Shrieves, Dad Chris Pendleton and Mom Diane Jackson for volunteering to help judge competitions this weekend. Your commitment and love for DeMolay never goes unnoticed!
After the awards banquet on Saturday, Virginia DeMolay went up the road to the "Live or Die: Virginia 10th" Gettysburg Ghost tour. It was a lot of fun being surrounded by my brothers while I got spooked out by our tour guides stories. We all learned some great history were told true stories of the Virginia 10th. It was definitely an experience I will never forget and cherish thanks to all of brothers and camaraderie that was present!