Young historians dig up awards

November 17, 2013 

Some local students were among the young historians who received awards at the 2013 Tar Heel Junior Historian Association Annual Convention.

From the Moms of Stonehenge group in Raleigh, the Freaks of History club received a History in Action Award for a project that researched the history of the Eno River to the 1600s. As part of the project, the students spent a day collecting trash in Eno River State Park between Durham and Hillsborough.

Gage Gordon, a member of the Freaks of History Club’s Elementary Division, placed second in the N.C. Historic Architecture Photography Contest (industrial/commercial buildings category).

The Freaks of History Club’s Intermediate Division placed second for a group project in the Exhibit Contest. Annabel Bloom received first place in the African-American Essay Contest. Knox Gordon placed first in the Tar Heel Junior Historian Essay Contest.

Susannah Bloom from the Freaks of History Club’s Secondary Division won first place in the Christopher Crittenden State History Quiz Contest.

Anna Stutts, a member of the North Ridge Junior Historians club at North Ridge Elementary School in Raleigh, was a winner in the Artifact Search Contest.

Christa-Marie Riggins, a member of the MUG T MES Historians club at Underwood Elementary School in Raleigh, received first place in the African-American Essay Contest.

In addition to the awards, the 350 students, parents and advisors who attended the convention last spring participated in hands-on workshops on conflict in the 1800s and “North Carolina A to Z.” Students learned about subjects ranging from the history of the “Star Spangled Banner” to earthenware pottery. The N.C. Museum of History and the Museum of History Associates co-sponsored the convention.

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