Several local youths came out on top in statewide competition held during the recent 2018 Tar Heel Junior Historian Association Annual Convention held at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.
The Jesse Franklin Pioneers club at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History in Mount Airy was awarded first place in the Exhibit/Art Contest at the intermediate level.
Eleanor Edwards was a winner in the Artifact Search Contest, and Brooks Harold and Cora Branch won first place in the Literary Contest in the elementary and intermediate divisions, respectively.
They were among nearly 450 students, advisers and parents from across North Carolina who gathered at the convention. The all-day event featured learning experiences that help young people appreciate and understand North Carolina’s history.
At the event students participated in workshops based on Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine topics from the past 2017-2018 school year including Blackbeard, underwater archaeology, and the history of North Carolina clothing. Students also had the opportunity to explore museum exhibits. The Museum of History and the Museum of History Associates co-sponsored the statewide convention.
The awards ceremony, an annual highlight of the gathering, recognized junior historians for projects submitted in the association’s contests.
“The projects encourage students to research the historical significance of people, places and events in their own communities,” the organization said in releasing the names of the winning individuals and clubs.
All winning projects are showcased for a year in the exhibit History in Every Direction: Tar Heel Junior Historian Association Discovery Gallery, featuring fun and informative hands-on history activities.
“We had a lot of great clubs attend the event this year, with groups from as far away as Asheville and Morehead City,” said Jessica Pratt, association program coordinator. “The student projects covered a variety of North Carolina history topics, and I was once again blown away by their work.”
“Awards are given for outstanding…chapters and advisers, as well as student projects,” the organization said. “Categories of competition include media projects, art projects, literary projects and essays, an artifact search, photography projects, and a state history quiz.
“Projects encourage students to understand and appreciate our state’s heritage. Groups as well as individuals received awards.:
The 2018 Chapter of the Year award went to the RMA Jr. Historians from Rocky Mount Academy. The 2018 Adviser of the Year went to Matthew Richards of Piedmont Patriot Historians from Piedmont Community Charter School. The Peluso Junior Historians from Peluso Christian Academy in New Bern received the 2018 Rookie Chapter of the Year.
There are more than 8,000 Tar Heel Junior Historians in 60 counties across North Carolina. Any group of students in grades 4 to 12 with an adult adviser can form a Tar Heel Junior Historian club and join the association at no charge. To learn more about this free program, email [email protected] or access www.tarheeljuniorhistorians.org and www.facebook.com/tarheeljuniorhistorianassociation.