Greenfield student earns junior historian award

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A Greenfield School student brought home a first-place award from the Tar Heel Junior Historian Association’s annual convention held recently at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.

Mae Pridgen of the Greenfield School Junior Historians club won first place in the exhibit and art contest competition.

Nearly 450 students, advisers and parents from across North Carolina gathered at the history museum for the April 27 convention. Organizers say the all-day event featured learning experiences that help young people appreciate and understand North Carolina’s rich history.

The awards ceremony recognized junior historians for outstanding projects submitted in THJHA contests. The projects encourage students to research the historical significance of people, places and events in their own communities.

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, Tar Heel Junior Historian Association program coordinator. “The student projects covered a variety of North Carolina history topics, and I was once again blown away by their work.”

Rocky Mount’s RMA Junior Historians were honored as the association’s 2018 Chapter of the Year. Matthew Richards of Piedmont Community Charter School in Gastonia’s Piedmont Patriot Historians was named Adviser of the Year. The Peluso Junior Historians from Peluso Christian Academy in New Bern won the 2018 Rookie Chapter of the Year award.