Piedmont’s Junior Historians Win Big

A few hundred students, advisors and parents from across North Carolina gathered at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh this past weekend for the 2017 Tar Heel Junior Historian Association annual convention.

A group of 12 Piedmont Patriot Historians joined the festivities in Raleigh, which was designed to help young people appreciate and understand North Carolina’s rich history. Students attended enlightening workshops throughout the day.  At the awards ceremony they were recognized for submitting outstanding projects for contests which encouraged researching the historical significance of people, places and events in their own communities. The students who attended were: Alexis Whitworth, Stevie Raht, Nadja Brown, John Medlin, Kylie Carrier, Tiffany Gates, Rouben Sellers, Lylian Treece, Meagan Whitworth, Carrie Shive, and Laura Nowell.

All winning projects are showcased in the exhibit “History in Every Direction: Tar Heel Junior Historian Association Discovery Gallery,” featuring hands-on activities.

Piedmont Community Charter School winners included:

Carrie Shive – 1st Place: Tar Heel Junior Historian Magazine Essay Contest: Secondary Division.  Her work will be published in the Fall edition of the Tar Heel Junior Historian Magazine. The essay was about her research of an article of clothing and the journey it took to her closet. With the textile industry moving out of North Carolina and into overseas countries, it was an interesting statement on exactly where our textiles come from today.

Kylie Carrier – 1st Place: Literary Contest: Secondary Division. The Literary Contest encourages young people to conduct research, verify facts, collect data, interview individuals, organize notes, and prepare well-written projects. Her story described the life of a mill worker who suddenly becomes embroiled in the strike at Loray Mill in Gastonia. It will be on display in the museum for the next year.

• Rouben Sellers – 2nd Place: Literary Contest: Secondary Division. His entry was about the textile industry in North Carolina and how it has changed through the years. His story will also be on display at the museum.