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Local Teen Wins at National Convention

Local Teen Wins at National Convention

Local teen wins at National Convention in Tampa, Florida and earns a place on the YET.

Addison McCauley, 16 year old daughter of Boyd and Tammy McCauley of Greenwood, competed in the National Youth Conference at Tampa, Florida last July.  The National Youth Conference is part of the National Association of Free Will Baptist’s annual convention.  Each year the convention is held in a different state.  The 2013 Convention took place at the Tampa Convention Center with over 3000 youth in attendance.

The National Youth Conference has a host of Bible-related activities and artistic and musical venues for the youth to compete in.  Addison competed in Group Bible Memorization, Individual Bible Memorization, Group American Sign Language, and Individual Sign Language at the 10th Grade Level.  She received First Place awards in Group Bible Memorization and Individual American Sign Language, along with a $1000 Scholarship Award for each first place finish to Welch Bible College in Nashville, Tennessee.  She placed second in Individual Bible Memorization with a score of 99.8 and did not place in the Group Sign Language.

Addison achieved the right to represent Arkansas at the National Convention by winning first place at the Local, District, and State CTS Competitions.  Work begins in September and continues until the first competition around the first of March of the following year.  Each successive win put her to the next rung on the competition ladder, ultimately resulting in her earning the first place honor to represent her state at the national level.

As a result of her first place finish in American Sign Language at the National level, Addison was chosen to act as the sign language interpreter for the Youth Evangelism Team, which will be touring mission churches in the Southwest next summer.  The Youth Evangelism Team is made up of a dozen members—each chosen based on their first place finish in various categories of arts and music.  They will be leading worship in mission churches and church camps—from music to drama and sign language—over a three-week period in June.  In July they will head to Fort Worth, Texas to begin preparations for the next National Convention.  The YET Team will be performing a concert and leading the worship portion of the services during the Teen and Young Adult services each night.

In order to be able to fund her expenses for the YET tour, Addison needs to raise money to cover the cost of her trip over the next few months.  If your group or church would like to help Addison reach her goal, she would be happy to come and give a presentation for you and let you see first-hand just what her talent is and hear about the opportunities afforded to Arkansas youth.

You may contact her parents at 479-996-9847 or send an email request to sugarbear6005@gmail.com if you’d like to schedule a time for her to come and speak to your group, or you may call her church at 479-996-4374 and speak with Pastor Jim Walker.  Addison and her parents attend the First Free Will Baptist Church located at 504 S Fowler in Greenwood.

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