Northern Neck History Fair Awards Presented

June 2016

An awards ceremony held last Wednesday at Historic Christ Church & Museum honored participants in the 2016 Northern Neck History Fair. Students from Chesapeake Academy, Lancaster Middle, and Northumberland Elementary schools submitted projects on an event, person, or cultural development related to Virginia from 1607-1789. The fair is designed to promote research on life in colonial and revolutionary Virginia by the area’s elementary students, who study the period as part of their Virginia studies curriculum, reported HCC&M Education Director & Curator Robert Teagle.

The fair is sponsored annually by the Foundation for Historic Christ Church along with the Bank of Lancaster and Bay Trust Company, Chesapeake Bank, Connemara Corporation, and Anna’s Pizza of Kilmarnock. Each student received a certificate for participation and a gift certificate for two slices of pizza and a drink courtesy of Anna’s Pizza.

Edd Young from Bay Trust was on hand to present awards. Rachel Rice’s detailed display “Talking Bones: Telling Stories of Jamestown” earned first prize and $100 courtesy of the Bank of Lancaster and Bay Trust. Celden Hornsmith’s creative exhibit on “Powhatan Indian Houses” earned second place and $75 courtesy of Chesapeake Bank. Wynne Smith’s informative display “Captain John Smith and the Oyster” took third place and a $50 prize from Chesapeake Bank. Honorable mentions and $25 courtesy of Connemara Corporation went to Robert Cunningham for his detailed “Virginia Colonial Farm 1775” and Lorry Manetz for his thought-provoking “Jamestown’s Defensive Strategies-My Ideas About Improving Jamestown.”

Jocelyn Hasson won the essay category with a well-written account of Pocahontas’ life. Hannah Ditch won a random drawing sponsored by Historic Christ Church & Museum from all participants for two tickets to Busch Gardens and Water Country. Leona Li won a random drawing also sponsored by HCC&M for a gift certificate to Stevie’s Ice Cream.

Historic Christ Church & Museum hosted an exhibition of the fair for four weeks in April.

In addition to those students mentioned above, other participants included McKenna Dooley, Tayloe Emery, Lydia Engleman, Gavin Jett, Grace Jett, Jayla Giles, Joey Porter, Marissa Robinson and Zyaera Smith.