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Jr. Historians earn state awards

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Members of the Rocky Mount Academy Jr. Historian Club, are front row, from right, Grace Bone, Ben Taylor, Caleb Heath, Caleb Thompson, Micah Boseman and back row, from right, Vann Davis, Landen Sheeler, Ezra Moore, Parker Sherrod, Prisha Patel and Lottie Parker.

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From Contributed Reports

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Rocky Mount Academy Jr. Historian Club recently traveled to Raleigh to attend the Tar Heel Jr. Historian Convention.

At the convention, Lottie Parker placed first and Ezra Moore placed second in the Intermediate Division of the Christopher Crittenden State History Quiz. This is a general knowledge test on the history and geography of North Carolina. The test consists of matching, fill in the blank and an essay portion.

Lottie Parker also placed first in the Artifact Search Contest, with her entry “Authorization for the Purchase of a Bicycle from 1943.” The artifact contest requires students to photograph an artifact, answer questions to document its historical significance and to prepare an annotated bibliography with one primary source and two secondary sources. A digital copy of the artifact will be on display at the Museum of History for the next year.

In the elementary group literary category, Rocky Mount Academy placed first with a magazine entitled “Rocky Mount Mills: Then and Now.” Club members who worked on the magazine were Grace Bone, Micah Boseman, Vann Davis, Caleb Heath, Prisha Patel, Landen Sheeler, Parker Sherrod, Ben Taylor and Caleb Thompson. In researching the mill, students reviewed the history of the mill, issues of the “Riverside Bulletin” and interviewed John Mebane, Jan Shearin and Nelson Moody. A digital copy of the magazine will be on display in the Museum of History for the next year.

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