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special and then drew a picture to represent it on a North Carolina map that had been created with clay. Their group project did not win anything, but the group had a wonderful time working on it. “The Tarheel Junior Historian Association provides contests ranging from artifact searches, essays on Civil War, American Revolution and African Americans to a Christopher Crittenden State History Quiz and essay, numerous photography contests, and video documentary contests,” Teeter added. During the year, students also attended the Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk and the Pickle Festival in Mount Olive. “Not only did the Aquadale Explorers history club win Chapter of the Year, but there were individual winners as well. Each student is provided information on how they can enter THJHA contests on their own,” Teeter said. “The most popular contest is the Artifact Search. This allows students to take a picture of something (an artifact) that is 50 years old or older and is personal to someone in their family,” she added. “The best part is that the children get to have conversations with parents, grandparents and other adults about their family. “This year Evan Kimrey won with a great paper about a wooden grain scoop that has been in his family for years. Ava Anderson won also with a story about how her great-grandfather made a pin for her great- grandmother during WWII. Not only are the winners papers posted for a year on display at the museum, Ava’s parents were asked to display the pin for everyone to see.” In the Historic Architecture Photography contest, Ava won first place for architectural detail on the Pisgah Covered Bridge and second for houses with a photograph of the Kron House at Morrow Mountain State Park. Cory Poplin won an individual Sports History Award for his research and paper on the 1940s American Legion Little League World Series that was played in Albemarle. Each spring, the North Carolina Museum of History hosts the THJHA Annual Convention. Hundreds of junior historians from across the state gather for a fun, interesting, and educational day of hands-on workshops and activities. The day also includes the announcement of the winners of THJHA Annual Contests and Awards. “There were other students who completed contests, but did not win at this time,” Teeter said. “The club members are encouraged to find something that is of interest to them and talk to their family about it and get them involved in the research and project.” In addition to traveling to festivals and researching topics for the convention, club members discussed Uwharrie ghost tales by the late Fred T. Morgan, wrote to penpals in Fuquay Varina, constructed homemade Christmas ornaments and participated in other projects. Activities in previous years have included visits to Morrow Mountain, Stanly County Museum, Marks House, Snuggs House and the Stanly County Public Library to research genealogy. “These resources have been incredibly valuable to the club,” Teeter said. “The History Club is always looking for speakers and persons interested in sharing some Stanly County history with the group.” 2017 Sports History Award - “Crossing the Color Line,” by Cory Poplin, Aquadale Explorers, Aquadale Elementary School Discover Stanly | 2017 51