RMA Jr. Historians earn state awarrd
From Contributed Reports
Sunday, July 8, 2018
The Rocky Mount Academy Jr. Historians received the 2018 Chapter of the Year award this spring at the 2018 Tar Heel Junior Historian Association Annual Convention at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.
Nearly 450 students, advisers and parents from across North Carolina gathered for the all-day event that featured dynamic learning experiences that help young people appreciate and understand North Carolina’s rich history.
At the convention, students participated in engaging workshops based on Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine topics from the past 2017-18 school year including Blackbeard, underwater archeology and the history of North Carolina clothing. Students also had the opportunity to explore museum exhibits. The Museum of History and the Museum of History Associates co-sponsored the statewide convention.
The Awards Ceremony, an annual highlight, recognized junior historians for outstanding projects submitted in Tar Heel Junior Historian Association 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.
Awards are given for outstanding Tar Heel Junior Historian Association chapters and advisers, as well as student projects. Categories of competition include media projects, art projects, literary projects and essays, an artifact search, photography projects, and a state history quiz.
Projects encourage students to understand and appreciate our state’s heritage. Groups as well as individuals received awards.
“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, program coordinator for the Tar Heel Junior Historian Association. “The student projects covered a variety of North Carolina history topics, and I was once again blown away by their work.”
The year started off with students in the RMA Jr. Historians learning about primary and secondary sources and what makes a great annotated bibliography. For their contest entries, the club researched influential people from their local community. They searched online databases, conducted oral history interviews and created their own book with the information they compiled.
The group also won first place in the Literary contest at the intermediate level for their entry on Notable Nash and Rocky Mount Natives.