2017 Contest Awards

Annual Convention 2017


Chapter of the Year

The Aquadale Explorers, Joellen Teeter, adviser, have been busy this year exploring North Carolina and the many festivals our state offers! From the Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk to the Pickle Festival in Mount Olive to the museum’s own American Indian Heritage Celebration here in Raleigh, the group from Norwood used their experiences at these wonderful events as motivation for their 2017 art/exhibit group project entry. Their adventures and enthusiasm for our state are just a few of the reasons why they are this year’s Chapter of the Year!

Adviser of the Year

The 2017 Adviser of the Year is Glenda Edwards of the Jesse Franklin Pioneers from Mount Airy Museum of Regional History in Mount Airy. Edwards has been a club leader for six years. Under her leadership, the Jesse Franklin Pioneers have grown from a few students to more than 20 members. With her guidance, just this year, the group has participated in fields trips to historic sites, researched annual contest entries, and volunteered at their local museum. Her guidance and direction has been invaluable to the students of the chapter . . . just let them share: “Mrs. Edwards really brings history alive in a way that most people would never think of.” 

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 2017 recipient is the Seed History Seekers from Garner Area Homeschoolers, Renee Wimberley and Jennie Crawford, advisers. The group started out by using resources available from the North Carolina Museum of History—including History-in-a-Box and Videos on Demand—to help them get started. From there, the Seed History Seekers launched into researching their own local history and the legacy of Rosenwald Schools, and even completed a History in Action service project. They also submitted several wonderful contest entries for the annual contest competition. In fact, their winning entries from this year’s contests can be seen right here in this gallery!

African American History Award

“The Wilmington Ten,” by Kathryn Dukelow, ERA of History, Eno River Academy, Hillsborough, Lisa Dukelow, adviser

American Indian History Award

No winner selected.

Genealogy Award

How Charles Cannon Saved NC Battleship 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. 

Sports History Award

“Crossing the Color Line,” by Cory Poplin, Aquadale Explorers, Aquadale Elementary School, Norwood, Joellen Teeter, adviser.

Women’s History Award

“An 1800s Girls Guide to Etiquette,” by Jesse Franklin Pioneers, Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, Mount Airy, Glenda Edwards, adviser. 

History in Action Award

Reynolds Mountain Historians, Reynolds Mountain Christian Academy, Asheville, Elaine Enloe, adviser, researched the life of North Carolina Governor Zebulon Vance. Students visited Vance Birthplace, a North Carolina Historic Site. The students worked with site staff to swap out quilts on display with quilts in collections storage. Wearing gloves, and handling the 200-year-old quilts with care, the club members also assisted staff with cleaning the quilts. This was a great way for students to volunteer their time with their local historic site and learn about artifact preservation!

Seed History Seekers, Garner Area Homeschoolers, Garner, Renee Wimberley and Jennie Crawford, advisers, recreated three stories based on historical Tar Heel tales from North Carolina’s three regions. Their theme for the year was “We all have a story. It is part of one greater story–tell it!” For their History in Action project, the group presented the three tales at their local library, including a “Jack Tale” from the Mountains, a story of the Rosenwald Schools from the Piedmont, and the story of “The Magic Lute” from the Coastal region.

Exploris Drum Majors for Justice, Exploris Middle School, Raleigh, Shannon Hardy, adviser, researched the life of one of “Raleigh’s untold heroes,” Joe Holt. Mr. Holt, and his family, became civil rights pioneers when he became the first African American student in Raleigh to apply to attend an all-white high school. The chapter from Exploris went before the Wake County School Board in April of 2017 to encourage the board to recognize Mr. Holt, and to honor the family by naming a school after his mother. 

Artifact Search Contest

Ava Anderson, Aquadale Explorers, Aquadale Elementary School, Norwood, Joellen Teeter, adviser: WWII Pin.

Ellie Edwards, Jesse Franklin Pioneers, Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, Mount Airy, Glenda Edwards, adviser: KitchenAid Mixer.

Evan Kimrey, Aquadale Explorers, Aquadale Elementary School, Norwood, Joellen Teeter, adviser: Grain Scoop.

James Caudill, Jesse Franklin Pioneers, Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, Mount Airy, Glenda Edwards, adviser: RCA Ribbon Microphone.

Lillian Stockham, SMH Over History, Smith-McDowell House Museum, Asheville, Lisa Whitfield, adviser: Grandma’s Flour Sack Dress.

Lottie Parker, RMA Junior Historians, Rocky Mount Academy, Rocky Mount, Angela Davis, adviser: 1943 Authorization for the Purchase of a Bicycle.

Luke Crawford, Seed History Seekers, Garner Area Homeschoolers, Garner, Renee Wimberly and Jennie Crawford, advisers: Stock Certificate.

Nathaniel Suddreth, MUG T MES Historians, Underwood Elementary School, Raleigh, Glendia Bryson-Jacobs, adviser: Coca-Cola Bottle.

Sarah Rich, Homeschool History Sleuths, Exploring & Discovering Together, Charlotte, Brenda Brown, adviser: The Little Pilgrim’s Progress.

Thomas McKiernan, ERA of History, Eno River Academy, Hillsborough, Lisa Dukelow, adviser: Arrowhead.

Christopher Crittenden State History Quiz

Elementary division

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

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

Intermediate division

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

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

Secondary division

First place: Laura Brechtelsbauer, The K-Tribe, Arendell Parrott Academy, Kinston, Vicki Kennedy, adviser.

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

Exhibit Contest

Elementary division, individual

First place: Fort Anderson, by Juliana Segal, MUG T MES Historians, Underwood GT Magnet Elementary School, Glendia Bryson-Jacobs, adviser.

Second place: Tryon Palace LEGO Model, by Matthew Peluso, Peluso Junior Historians, Peluso Christian Academy, Dawn Peluso, adviser

Elementary division, group

First place: Catch-Me-Eye Explosion, by Homeschoolers Unfolding State History, Johnston County Home Educators, Clayton, Elaine McPherson, adviser. 

Second-place: North Carolina and the Underground Railroad, by Old North State History Hounds, Homeschool, Cary, Tricia Bordman, adviser. 

Intermediate division, individual

First place: Whirligigs and the North Carolina Artist Vollis Simpson, by Samia Allan, Greenfield School Junior Historians, Greenfield School, Jo Anne Massey, adviser. 

Second place: The Halifax Resolves, by Gabriela Tucker, St. Pat’s Junior Historians, St. Patrick School, Kelly Solomon, adviser.

Intermediate division, group

First place: Five Fantastic North Carolina Firsts, by Homeschoolers Unfolding NC History, Johnston County Home Educators, Elaine McPherson, adviser.

Second place: Southern Hospitality at the “Big Red,” by We ARGH!, Homeschool, Elizabeth Bass, adviser. 

Secondary division, individual

First place: The G.I. Town in Kannapolis, by Benjamin Brown, Homeschool History Sleuths, Exploring and Discovering Together, Brenda Brown, adviser.

Secondary division, group

First place: State Parks: Preserving the Past, Present, & Future, Homeschoolers Unfolding History, Johnston County Home Educators, Elaine McPherson, adviser.

Literary Contest

Elementary division, individual

First place: “Millie Dunn Veasey,” by Mateo Carvajal, MUG T MES Historians, Underwood Elementary School, Raleigh, Glendia Bryson-Jacobs, adviser.

Second place: “A Letter to Mother Abigail, From John Fleming,” by Benjamin Delacruz, Jesse Franklin Pioneers, Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, Mount Airy, Glenda Edwards, adviser.

Elementary division, group

First place: “Rocky Mount Mills: Then and Now,” by RMA Junior Historians, Rocky Mount Academy, Rocky Mount, Angela Davis, adviser.

Second place: “Danger, Damages, & Death: ‘Catch-Me-Eye,’” by Homeschoolers Unfolding State History, Johnston County Home Educators, Clayton, Elaine McPherson, adviser. 

Intermediate division, individual

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

Second place: “The Diary of Sallie Southall Colton,” by Madison Lawson, Jesse Franklin Pioneers, Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, Mount Airy, Glenda Edwards, adviser.

Intermediate division, group

First place: “An 1800s Girl’s Guide to Etiquette,” by Jesse Franklin Pioneers, Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, Mount Airy, Glenda Edwards, adviser.

Second place: No entries awarded.

Secondary division, individual

First place: “Loray Mill Strike,” by Kylie Carrier, Piedmont Community Charter Junior Historians, Piedmont Community Charter School, Gastonia, Matt Richards, adviser.

Second place: “North Carolina Textile Industry,” by Rouben Sellers, Piedmont Community Charter Junior Historians, Piedmont Community Charter School, Gastonia, Matt Richards, adviser.

Secondary division, group

First place: “North Carolina State Parks,” by Homeschoolers Unfolding History, Johnston County Home Educators, Clayton, Elaine McPherson, adviser.

Second place: “Panther Branch,” by Seed History Seekers, Garner Area Homeschoolers, Garner, Renee Wimberly and Jennie Crawford, advisers.

NC Historic Architecture Photography Contest

Architectural Details

First place: Pisgah Covered Bridge, by Ava Anderson, Aquadale Explorers, Aquadale Elementary School, Norwood, Joellen Teeter, adviser. Photo location: Asheboro, Randolph County.

Second place: Rock House Arches, by Sam Reeves, Jesse Franklin Pioneers, Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, Mount Airy, Glenda Edwards, adviser. Photo location: Quaker Gap, Stokes County.

Barns and Outbuildings

First place: Bald Head Island, by Noela Moraga, SMH Over History, Smith-McDowell House Museum, Asheville, Lisa Whitfield, adviser. Photo location: Bald Head Island, Brunswick County. 

Second place: The Grose Barn, by Jeremiah Smith, Tell the Next Generation, Homeschool, Forest City, Sally Matheny, adviser. Photo location: Forest City, Rutherford County.

Houses

First place: Bennett Place, by Aurora Giovanello, St. Thomas More Junior Historians, St. Thomas More School, Chapel Hill, Jennifer Sullivan, adviser. Photo location: Durham, Durham County.

Second place: Dr. Francis Joseph Kron House, Ava Anderson, Aquadale Explorers, Aquadale Elementary School, Norwood, Joellen Teeter, adviser. Photo location: Morrow Mountain State Park, Stanly County

Industrial/Commercial Buildings

First place: Occoneechee Speedway, by Joseph Procopio, St. Thomas More Junior Historians, St. Thomas More School, Chapel Hill, Jennifer Sullivan, adviser. Photo location: Hillsborough, Orange County.

Second place: Old Baldy Lighthouse, by Olivia Moraga, SMH Over History, Smith-McDowell House Museum, Asheville, Lisa Whitfield, adviser. Photo location: Bald Head Island, Brunswick County

Institutional/Public Buildings

First place: Caswell County Courthouse, by Claire Ledford, History Hounds of Central Carolina, NC Homeschool Adventures, Sanford, Carmen Ledford, adviser. Photo location: Yanceyville, Caswell County.

Second place: Fremont School, by Payton Grimes, Fremont STAR Historians, Fremont STARS Elementary School, Fremont, Tobie Girard, adviser. Photo location: Fremont, Wayne County.  

Monuments/Markers

First place: Unity Monument at Bennett Place, by Chloe Custer, St. Thomas More Junior Historians, St. Thomas More School, Chapel Hill, Jennifer Sullivan, adviser. Photo location: Durham, Durham County.

Second place: Berry O’Kelly, by Luke Crawford, Seed History Seekers, Garner Area Homeschoolers, Garner, Renee Wimberly and Jennie Crawford, advisers. Photo location: Raleigh, Wake County.  

Tar Heel Junior Historian Historical Essay Contest

Elementary division

First place: Luke Crawford, Seed History Seekers, Garner Area Homeschoolers, Garner, Renee Wimberly and Jennie Crawford, advisers.

Second place: Peter McKiernan, ERA of History, Eno River Academy, Hillsborough, Lisa Dukelow, adviser.

Intermediate division

First place: No winner.

Second place: No winner.

Secondary division

First place: Carrie Shive, Piedmont Community Charter Junior Historians, Piedmont Community Charter School, Gastonia, Matt Richards, adviser.

Second place: Laura Brechtelsbauer, The K-Tribe, Arendell Parrott Academy, Kinston, Vicki Kennedy, adviser.

Video Documentary Contest

Elementary division

No entries submitted.

Intermediate division, individual

No entries submitted.

Intermediate division, group

First place: Colonial Children’s Games in New Bern, NCBattleship North Carolina: By the Numbers, By the Map, By the Clock, by Peluso Junior Historians, Peluso Christian Academy, New Bern, Dawn Peluso, adviser.

Secondary division, individual

First place: Plain or Frosted, by Annabel Bloom, Freaks of History, Moms of Stonehenge, Raleigh, Sally Bloom, adviser.

Second place: In the Shadow of a PatriotBattleship 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.

Secondary division, group

First place: Adventures of JoCo Man & Captain Official, by Homeschoolers Unfolding History, Johnston County Home Educators, Clayton, Elaine McPherson, adviser.

Second place: Drive Through NC History: The Hornet’s Nest Tour, by Homeschool History Sleuths, Exploring and Discovering Together, Charlotte, Brenda Brown, adviser.