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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Joel Shrum earns top Royal Rangers award

  • Joel Shrum, the son of Thomas and Andrea Shrum, was presented the Gold Medal of Achievement at First Assembly of God Church on Aug. 26, 2012. The Gold Medal of Achievement is the most prestigious award a boy may earn in the Royal Ranger Ministry of the Assemblies of God.
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  • Joel Shrum, the son of Thomas and Andrea Shrum, was presented the Gold Medal of Achievement at First Assembly of God Church on Aug. 26, 2012. The Gold Medal of Achievement is the most prestigious award a boy may earn in the Royal Ranger Ministry of the Assemblies of God. The medal was presented by Gary Riley, the Northern Missouri District Director of Royal Rangers along with Joel’s parents. Other dignitaries representing the Northern Missouri Royal Ranger staff, including Brett Tindell, Tom Harris, Gordon Tate, Nick Curtwright, recognized Joel’s works.
    Lindell Shumake, Missouri’s District 6 Representative, then presented a congratulatory resolution from Missouri’s House of Representatives. Kent Hagerla, of Edina, Mo., presented a similar resolution from the Missouri Senate, sponsored by State Sen. Brian Munzlinger - District 18. Other letters applauding Joel’s accomplishments were read from former President George W. Bush, Missouri’s U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, Governor Jay Nixon, Doug Marsh, the Royal Rangers National Commander and Dr. George Wood, Superintendent of the Assemblies of God for the United States.
    Several gifts were presented to Joel which included a Hawken rifle, and powder horn.
    Joel is 18 and just graduated in May from Hannibal High School. In September he will be attending basic training in the United States Navy with further training as a electrician for their nuclear program. He lists his interests as Isshinryu Karate (he has completed his black belt), camping, fishing, hunting, weight lifting, and leadership opportunities. Joel was involved in Hannibal football, track, and Student Council; he was the King in the Jack-of-Hearts activities.
    Joel earned all 48 orange & brown Bible merits, and 43 red, blue, green, gold, and silver merits. He has served in many leadership jobs in Outpost 17, most recently as Senior Patrol Guide. He completed E1 and E2 Merits in the Expedition Rangers, he was selected as local and Sectional Ranger of the Year, completed Jr. Leadership Training Academy (the Trail of the Saber), completed the Trail of the Grizzly to join the Frontiersman Camping Fellowship, got his Bronze and Silver Medals, attended numerous Dist. Pow Wows and helped with many other camps & activities of the outpost. Joel’s Capstone Service project was landscaping and redesigning the grounds around the flag pole areas. It included tree removal, replanting of plants and shrubs near the front entrance of the First Assembly of God Church.
    Royal Rangers is a church-based mentoring ministry for future men. Since its inception in 1962, millions of boys in the United States and around the world have been guided through the ministry. Today, they are successful businessmen, public servants, pastors, church leaders, missionaries, etc.  Only one in a thousand receive this distinguished award.  First Assembly has had 12 boys receive the coveted medal heretofore. Joel is the 13th young man to receive this award  from Hannibal’s First Assembly.
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