Christian Bach of Frenchtown Named “2017 Junior County Historian”

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– Hunterdon’s Junior Historian for 2017 is Christian Bach of Frenchtown Elementary School, selected for writing the best essay in “The Most Historic Place in My Town” contest sponsored annually by the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission.  Second place honors went to Jake Mikruk, of Tewksbury Elementary School.

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The 2017 competition drew 107 entries from seven school districts. Awards were presented by John Lanza, Freeholder Director of the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Carrie Fellows, the Commission’s Executive Director. The awards ceremony took place in the historic Hunterdon County courthouse in Flemington during the May 2 meeting of the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Essays are submitted by third or fourth grade students in participating schools, according to which grade level studies local history. In order to be entered into competition, essays must describe a historic place, and source citations are required.

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The grand prize winner Christian Bach receives a gift card for $100, a certificate, and a trophy designating him as the 2017 Hunterdon County Junior Historian. His essay, “Strimple’s Mill” described the history and local significance of Strimple’s sawmill, the family who owned it, and the types of products it produced in Delaware Township. His fourth grade teacher is Mrs. Roxanne Kloos, who was recognized by the Board of Chosen Freeholders for having participated with her students in every single essay contest since its inception. Mrs. Kloos plans to retire at the end of the school year.

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County Second Place winner Jake Mikruk receives a gift card for $50, a certificate and a trophy. Jake’s essay, “The Hoffman Farm” described this 200-year-old, still-working farm, and what he learned about it through interviews with current and past owners, including his friend Evelyn Hoffman Powell, who was born there. Jake is a fourth grader in Bonnie Wade-Taffera’s class at Tewksbury Elementary School.

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First prize winners in each of the participating districts were presented with a certificate and a First Place medal. In two districts, Second Place certificates and medals were also awarded, and two Honorable Mention certificates were presented. All entrants received a Certificate of Appreciation. Winning essays were selected by a panel of members of the Retired Teachers Association. Photographs of the winners and  downloadable copies of the top two essays may be viewed at the County’s website: http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/c&h/essay.htm. A list of winners follows.

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Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission recommends and administers programs to increase the visibility and impact of local and county history, the arts, and culture, goals and traditions of the community. It serves as an advisory agency to the Board of Chosen Freeholders and seeks available government funds to develop and support historical, arts and cultural programs.

THE MOST HISTORIC PLACE IN MY TOWN

2017 ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS

 

HONORABLE MENTION – DISTRICT                                                  

Tewksbury Elementary School

Ms. Susan Wilkinson, Teacher

Fiona Andrade, Cokesbury Village

 

Tewksbury Elementary School

                              Mrs. Bonnie Wade-Taffera, Teacher

                                      Caitlin Carr, The Old Distillery

 

SECOND PLACE – DISTRICT

 

Frenchtown Elementary School

                                      Mrs. Roxanne Kloos, Teacher

                                      Lily Anne Rivera, The Delaware River

 

Tewksbury Elementary School

                              Mrs. Bonnie Wade-Taffera, Teacher

                                      Andrea Manning, The Fairmont Lime Kiln

 FIRST PLACE – DISTRICT                                                          

Califon Borough – Califon Public School

                                      Mrs. Medea, Teacher

                                      Daniel Van Elkan, The Califon Bridge

 

East Amwell School

                                      Mrs. Parillo, Teacher

                                      Elizabeth Hitchcock, Henry Landis House

Franklin Township School

                                      Mrs. Prassl, Teacher

                                      Chase Kober, Pittstown Inn

 

Frenchtown Elementary School

                                      Mrs. Roxanne Kloos, Teacher

                                      Christian Bach, Strimple’s Mill

 

High Bridge Elementary School

                                      Mrs. Lynn Hughes, Teacher

                                      Tyler Kuznier, The South Branch River

 

Readington Township – Whitehouse School (tie)

                                      Ms. Valerie Zanardi, Teacher

                                      Olivia Ost, The Transformation of the Whitehouse Train Station into Readington Library

                                      Aman Shah, Taylor’s Mill

 

Tewksbury Elementary School

                                      Mrs. Bonnie Wade-Taffera, Teacher

                                      Jake Mikruk, The Hoffman Farm

2nd PRIZE – COUNTY

 

Tewksbury Elementary School

                                      Mrs. Bonnie Wade-Taffera, Teacher

                                      Jake Mikruk, The Hoffman Farm

 

GRAND PRIZE – COUNTY “2017 HUNTERDON COUNTY JUNIOR HISTORIAN”

                                                        

Frenchtown Elementary School

                                      Mrs. Roxanne Kloos, Teacher

                                      Christian Bach, Strimple’s Mill