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2016 Contest Awards

Annual Convention 2016


Chapter of the Year

The History Hounds of Central Carolina, Carmen Ledford and Julie Elmore, advisers, have spent the year exploring the Tar Heel State from one end to the other! The group from Sanford traveled as far west as Cherokee and all the way to the Outer Banks in the east, taking in lots of state history and culture along the way. What they learned on these trips inspired and became a part of many successful contest projects.

Adviser of the Year

The 2016 Adviser of the Year is Glendia Bryson-Jacobs of the MUG T MES junior historians from Underwood Elementary School in Raleigh. Bryson-Jacobs has been a club leader for 16 years. The club is offered as an elective class at the school and had garnered so much interest for the 2015–2016 school year that a waiting list had to be created. The club has been faithful in their convention attendance, participating every year since 2006. Under the leadership of Bryson-Jacobs, many of the club members have received awards over the years in many of the contest categories. This year, in addition to individual projects, the students researched and shared the history of their school, and at the 2016 Annual Convention, they led us in a beautiful rendition of our state song, “The Old North State.” 

Rookie Chapter of the Year

The Rookie Chapter of the Year award recognizes a first- or second-year club that gets off to a strong start, aligning its activities with the Tar Heel Junior Historian Association’s mission and goals. The 2016 recipient is the RMA Junior Historians from Rocky Mount Academy, Angela Davis, adviser. The group formed midway through the 2014–2015 school year but did not let this stop them from participating in the annual contests. With more time in the 2015–2016 school year, the club members increased their number of entries and received many awards.

Genealogy Award

“The Secrets of a Civil War Prison Camp,” by Lilliann Stockham, SMH Over History, Smith-McDowell House Museum, Asheville, Lisa Whitfield, adviser.

History in Action Award

Freaks of History, Moms of Stonehenge, Raleigh, Sally Bloom, adviser, researched the history of our State Song and other official symbols. A club member combined History in Action with another community service project in which she already participates, teaching ballet to K–2 Karen and Congolese refugee girls. Now the group also learns state symbols and NC history as part of their weekly lessons. Group member Annabel Bloom adds, “And we recognize that this is their home, too, and their stories and their culture are becoming part of our state’s history as well.”

Homeschool History Sleuths, Exploring & Discovering Together, Charlotte, Brenda Brown, adviser, researched the work, life, and home of Hezekiah Alexander. For their History in Action project, the group assisted the Charlotte Museum of History with an annual event called MeckDec Day. Club members ran a table distributing books that they’d made to visitors and helping children make paper tricornered hats. This was a great way for the club to show and share their enthusiasm for local history with others in their community.

MUG T MES Historians, Underwood GT Magnet Elementary, Raleigh, Glendia Bryson-Jacobs, adviser, researched the history of their school from 1926 to the present. Students documented changes to the school’s name, as well as building additions and updates. In the fall the club initiated the first Myrtle A. Underwood Day to celebrate the birthday of the school’s first principal for whom it is now named. Students developed grade-specific trivia, historic tidbits, puzzles, and math challenges for their schoolmates. In the spring the historians celebrated the 90th anniversary of their building.

SMH Over History, Smith-McDowell House Museum, Asheville, Lisa Whitfield, adviser, students learned that local organizations have history as well and contribute to their communities’ story. Students researched the history of the Asheville Humane Society over several decades and a few name changes. They learned how residents of Asheville had come together to build a shelter that would care for animals and educate the public. To complete their project, the students spent a day at the facility cleaning cages and exercising animals.

African American History Essay Contest

Elementary Division

First place: Lily Morris, Jesse Franklin Pioneers, Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, Mount Airy, Glenda Edwards, adviser.

Second place: Parker Radabaugh, MUG T MES Historians, Underwood Elementary School, Raleigh, Glendia Bryson-Jacobs, adviser.

Intermediate Division

Honorable mention: Matthew Edwards, WYMLA, Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy, Raleigh, Kristie Ferrell, adviser.

Secondary Division

Honorable mention: Nadja Brown, Piedmont Community Charter Junior Historians, Piedmont Community Charter School, Gastonia, Matt Richards, adviser.

American Revolution Essay Contest

Elementary Division

First place: Hunter Holcomb, MUG T MES Historians, Underwood Elementary School, Raleigh, Glendia Bryson-Jacobs, adviser.

Second-place tie: Duncan Earl, MUG T MES Historians, Underwood Elementary School, Raleigh, Glendia Bryson-Jacobs, adviser. Madelynn Lawrence, SMH Over History, Smith-McDowell House Museum, Asheville, Lisa Whitfield, adviser.

Intermediate Division

First place: Madison Lawson, Jesse Franklin Pioneers, Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, Mount Airy, Glenda Edwards, adviser.

Second place: Samuel Hill, History Hounds of Central Carolina, NC Homeschool Adventures, Sanford, Carmen Ledford, adviser.

Secondary Division

First place: Seth Young, Homeschoolers Unfolding History, Johnston County Home Educators, Clayton, Elaine McPherson, adviser.

Second place: Emma Revels, Homeschoolers Unfolding History, Johnston County Home Educators, Clayton, Elaine McPherson, adviser.

Artifact Search Contest

Aiden Trahan, MUG T MES Historians, Underwood Elementary School, Raleigh, Glendia Bryson-Jacobs, adviser: Carolina Washboard.

Alexander Bass, We ARGH, Homeschool, Raleigh, Beth Bass, adviser: Mercurochrome.

Ava Utt, Jesse Franklin Pioneers, Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, Mount Airy, Glenda Edwards, adviser: Kitchen Scale.

Christian Ray, Homeschool History Sleuths, Exploring and Discovering Together, Charlotte, Brenda Brown, adviser: General Pershing Letter.

Claire Ledford, History Hounds of Central Carolina, NC Homeschool Adventures, Sanford, Carmen Ledford, adviser: Needle Book.

Cobey Ledford, History Hounds of Central Carolina, NC Homeschool Adventures, Sanford, Carmen Ledford, adviser: East Carolina College Sweatshirt.

Isis Jarmon, MUG T MES Historians, Underwood Elementary School, Raleigh, Glendia Bryson-Jacobs, adviser: Notre Dame Puzzle.

Marissa Lockamy, History Hounds of Central Carolina, NC Homeschool Adventures, Sanford, Carmen Ledford, adviser: Victor Adding Machine.

Mary Ryan Hinson, Aquadale Explorers, Aquadale Elementary School, Norwood, Joellen Teeter, adviser: Pistol.

Max Flinchum, Jesse Franklin Pioneers, Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, Mount Airy, Glenda Edwards, adviser: Butter Churn.

Olivia Edwards, Jesse Franklin Pioneers, Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, Mount Airy, Glenda Edwards, adviser: WWII Medal Collection.

Samuel Hill, History Hounds of Central Carolina, NC Homeschool Adventures, Sanford, Carmen Ledford, adviser: Hoosier Cabinet.

Thomas McKiernan, Tiger Tales, Orange Charter School, Hillsborough, Lisa Dukelow, adviser: Mason Jar.

Vann Davis, RMA Junior Historians, Rocky Mount Academy, Rocky Mount, Angela Davis, adviser: V-mail.

Wil Britt, We ARGH, Homeschool, Raleigh, Beth Bass, adviser: Tobacco Chair.

Christopher Crittenden State History Quiz

Elementary Division

First place: Ezra Moore, RMA Junior Historians, Rocky Mount Academy, Rocky Mount, Angela Davis, adviser.

Second place: Megan Malone, MUG T MES Historians, Underwood Elementary School, Raleigh, Glendia Bryson-Jacobs, adviser. 

 

Intermediate Division

First place: Olive Ann Parker, RMA Junior Historians, Rocky Mount Academy, Rocky Mount, Angela Davis, adviser.

Second place: David Young, Homeschoolers Unfolding North Carolina History, Johnston County Home Educators, Clayton, Elaine Forman, adviser.

Secondary Division

First place: Seth Young, Homeschoolers Unfolding History, Johnston County Home Educators, Clayton, Elaine Forman, adviser

Second place: No entries submitted.

Civil War Essay Contest

Elementary Division

First place: Jacob Hill, History Hounds of Central Carolina, NC Homeschool Adventures, Sanford, Carmen Ledford, adviser.

Second place: Susannah Young, Homeschoolers Unfolding State History, Johnston County Home Educators, Clayton, Elaine McPherson, adviser.

Intermediate Division

First place: Eden Revels, Homeschoolers Unfolding North Carolina History, Johnston County Home Educators, Clayton, Elaine McPherson, adviser.

Second place: David Young, Homeschoolers Unfolding North Carolina History, Johnston County Home Educators, Clayton, Elaine McPherson, adviser.

Secondary Division

First place: Seth Young, Homeschoolers Unfolding History, Johnston County Home Educators, Clayton, Elaine McPherson, adviser.

Second-place tie: Kailee Ellege, SMH Over History, Smith-McDowell House Museum, Asheville, Lisa Whitfield, adviser. Megan Hastings, Piedmont Community Charter Junior Historians, Piedmont Community Charter School, Gastonia, Matt Richards, adviser.

Exhibit Contest

Elementary Division, Individual

First place: The Menhaden Chanteymen, by Macie Stevens, Morehead Elementary Tar Heel Junior Historians, Morehead Elementary School, Morehead City, Elizabeth Willis, adviser

Second place: Black Wall Street, by Jack Ryan, MUG T MES Historians, Underwood Elementary, Raleigh, Glendia Bryson-Jacobs, adviser.

Elementary Division, Group

First place: A Plane, A Train, and a Broom? by Homeschoolers Unfolding State History, Johnston County Home Educators, Clayton, Elaine McPherson, adviser. 

Second-place tie: CSS Neuse, by RMA Junior Historians, Rocky Mount Academy, Rocky Mount, Angela Davis, adviser. Road to the Recipe, by Old North State History Hounds, Homeschool, Cary, Tricia Bordman, adviser.

Intermediate Division, Individual

First place: The Duke Chapel, by Yebon Hong, Fayetteville Academy Gold, Fayetteville Academy, Fayetteville, Lulie Harry, adviser. 

Second place: Hezekiah Alexander House, by Benjamin Brown, Homeschool History Sleuths, Exploring and Discovering Together, Charlotte, Brenda Brown, adviser.

Intermediate Division, Group

First place: Prominent Man of Clayton: Ashley Horne, by Homeschoolers Unfolding North Carolina History, Johnston County Home Educators, Clayton, Elaine McPherson, adviser. 

Second place: Sloop Chapel, by Old North State History Hounds, Homeschool, Cary, Tricia Bordman, adviser.

Secondary Division, Group

First place: North Carolina’s Sticky Business, by Homeschoolers Unfolding History, Johnston County Home Educators, Clayton, Elaine McPherson, adviser.

Literary Contest

Elementary Division, Individual

First place: “The Adventures of Virginia Dare,” by Cora Branch, Jesse Franklin Pioneers, Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, Mount Airy, Glenda Edwards, adviser.

Second place: “A Plane, a Train, and a Broom?,” by Benjamin Guy, by Homeschoolers Unfolding State History, Johnston County Home Educators, Clayton, Elaine McPherson, adviser.

Elementary Division, Group

First place: “Times: Mount Airy’s Founding Fathers,” by Jesse Franklin Pioneers, Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, Mount Airy, Glenda Edwards, adviser.

Second place: “Reed Gold Mine,” by Aquadale Explorers, Aquadale Elementary School, Norwood, Joellen Teeter, adviser.

Intermediate Division, Individual

First place: “Carolina Courthouses,” by Claire Ledford, History Hounds of Central Carolina, NC Homeschool Adventures, Sanford, Carmen Ledford, adviser.

Second place: “The Secrets of a Civil War Prison Camp,” by Lilliann Stockham, SMH Over History, Smith-McDowell House Museum, Asheville, Lisa Whitfield, adviser.

Intermediate Division, Group

First place: “Across Our State: A Walk through Time,” by History Hounds of Central Carolina, NC Homeschool Adventures, Sanford, Carmen Ledford, adviser.

Second place: “Historic Occoneechee Speedway: Racing through the Past,” by Tiger Tales, Orange Charter School, Hillsborough, Lisa Dukelow, adviser.

 

NC Historic Architecture Photography Contest

Architectural Details

First place: Norfolk Southern–Gold Park Bridge, by Niamh Malin, St. Thomas More Junior Historians, St. Thomas More School, Chapel Hill, Jennifer Sullivan, adviser. Photo location: Orange County.

Second place: Cleveland County Courthouse, by Olivia Moraga, SMH Over History, Smith-McDowell House Museum, Asheville, Lisa Whitfield, adviser. Photo location: Shelby, Cleveland County.

Barns and Outbuildings

First place: Smokehouse, by Vann Davis, RMA Junior Historians, Rocky Mount Academy, Rocky Mount, Angela Davis, adviser. Photo location: Rocky Mount, Nash County.

Second place: Messer’s Applehouse, by Cobey Ledford, History Hounds of Central Carolina, NC Homeschool Adventures, Sanford, Carmen Ledford, adviser. Photo location: Cherokee, Cherokee County.

Houses

First place: Edwards-Franklin House, by Max Oakley, Jesse Franklin Pioneers, Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, Mount Airy, Glenda Edwards, adviser. Photo location: Mount Airy, Surry County.

Second place: Hope Plantation, Caleb Heath, RMA Junior Historians, Rocky Mount Academy, Rocky Mount, Angela Davis, adviser. Photo location: Windsor, Bertie County.

Industrial/Commercial Buildings

First place: Pisgah Covered Bridge, by Emma Haynes, Tar River Junior Historians, Tar River 4-H Club, Youngsville, Tara Haynes, adviser. Photo location: Pisgah Community, Randolph County.  

Second place: Booker T. Theatre, by Virginia Feagans, RMA Junior Historians, Rocky Mount Academy, Rocky Mount, Angela Davis, adviser. Photo location: Rocky Mount, Nash County.

Institutional/Public Buildings

First place: Duke Chapel, by Ian Rossi, St. Thomas More Junior Historians, St. Thomas More School, Chapel Hill, Jennifer Sullivan, adviser. Photo location: Durham, Durham County.

Second place: The Old Meeting House, by Katie Haynes, Tar River Junior Historians, Tar River 4-H Club, Youngsville, Tara Haynes, adviser. Photo location: Stone Mountain State Park, Wilkes County.  

Tar Heel Junior Historian Essay Contest

Elementary Division

First-place tie: Owen Bordman, Old North State History Hounds, Homeschool, Cary, Tricia Boardman, adviser. Vann Davis, RMA Junior Historians, Rocky Mount Academy, Rocky Mount, Angela Davis, adviser.

Second place: Kinlee Reece, Jesse Franklin Pioneers, Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, Mount Airy, Glenda Edwards, adviser.

Intermediate Division

First place: Claire Ledford, History Hounds of Central Carolina, NC Homeschool Adventures, Sanford, Carmen Ledford, adviser.

Second place: Prem Gandhi, Piedmont Community Charter Junior Historians, Piedmont Community Charter School, Gastonia, Matt Richards, adviser.

Secondary Division

First place: Annabel Bloom, Freaks of History, Moms of Stonehenge, Raleigh, Sally Bloom, adviser.

Video Documentary Contest

Elementary Division

No entries submitted.

Intermediate Division, Individual

First place: How Charles Cannon Saved NCBattleship North Carolina: By the Numbers, By the Map, By the Clock, by Aaron Brown, Homeschool History Sleuths, Exploring and Discovering Together, Charlotte, Brenda Brown, adviser.

Second place: Courthouse Adventure, by Claire Ledford, History Hounds of Central Carolina, NC Homeschool Adventures, Sanford, Carmen Ledford, adviser.

Intermediate Division, Group

First place: Carolina Curiosity Adventures, by Hounds of Central Carolina, NC Homeschool Adventures, Sanford, Carmen Ledford, adviser.

Secondary Division, Group

First place: The Legal Zone, by Homeschoolers Unfolding History, Johnston County Home Educators, Clayton, Elaine McPherson, adviser.

Second place: Magnificent Mecklenburg, by Homeschool History Sleuths, Exploring and Discovering Together, Charlotte, Brenda Brown, adviser.