Joshua McDonald Named “Junior County Historian” and here are all the other fabulous winners

Hunterdon’s Junior Historian for 2015 is Joshua McDonald of Whitehouse School in the Readington Township District, selected for writing the best essay in “The Most Historic Place in My Town” contest sponsored annually by the Cultural & Heritage Commission.  Second place honors went to Faith Hamilton of Tewksbury Elementary School.

The 2015 competition drew 122 entries from nine schools. Twenty-three awards were presented by Commission Chair Lora Jones and former Commission Chair Stephanie Stevens in the Historic Courthouse in Flemington during the May 19 meeting of the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Essays are submitted by third or fourth grade students in participating schools, according to which grade level studies local history.

Grand prize winner Joshua McDonald received a gift card for $100, a framed certificate, and a trophy designating him as 2015 Hunterdon County Junior Historian. His essay, “From Peaches & Passengers to Books & Commuters” described the railroad station in Whitehouse Station and its importance to the community. Using a series of fictional interviews “with real people from history and…some characters from the fictional ‘McJohnson’ family,” Joshua wove a creative, engaging narrative about the construction and history of the railroad, the station, and the local industries it benefited. Joshua’s characters spoke in the first person, sharing the author’s perspective as he imagined their commentary on events from 1846, when the railroad first reached Whitehouse, through its decline in the twentieth century, and from a “commuter” today. His third grade teacher is Mrs. Duncan.

County second place winner Faith Hamilton was presented with a $50 gift card, a framed certificate and a trophy. She wrote about the Cokesbury Methodist Church, using an impressive array of primary and secondary sources to inform her work. A fourth grader at Tewksbury Elementary School, Faith’s teacher is Mrs. Gail Grube-Riva.

Essayists who took first honors in each of the nineparticipating districts won a $25 gift card, a certificate, and a First Place medal. Six districts had second place winners who won $10, a certificate, and a Second Place medal.Six honorable mention essayists from five districts were awarded certificates and pale blue ribbons. All entrants received a Certificate of Appreciation.  Photographs of the winners and a downloadable copy of the top two essays may be viewed at the County’s website: http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/c&h/essay.htm The names of all other winners follow.

 

Winning essays were selected by a panel of members of the Retired Teachers Association. Essay subjects included homes, public and commercial buildings, ruins, monuments, natural features, churches, shops and restaurants.

 

Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission develops programs to promote interest and participation in and understanding of local arts and culture, historic events/ and programs and to support the goals of the community and state by working directly with arts and historical organizations.

Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission, PO Box 2900, Flemington, NJ 08822-2900.

(908) 237.2010 or cultural@co.hunterdon.nj.us    www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/c&h   or  Find us on Facebook!

 

THE MOST HISTORIC PLACE IN MY TOWN

2015 ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS

 

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION – DISTRICT                                                              

Frenchtown Elementary School

                  Mrs. Roxanne Kloos, Teacher

                  Katherine Bach, My Home-A House of Family and Friends

 

High Bridge Elementary School

                  Mrs. Lynn Hughes, Teacher

Dylan Bauer, Taylor Wharton Square

             

Readington Township – Three Bridges School

                  Donna Kwiatowski-Belt (Grade 3), Teacher

                  Mary Pijanowski, Catherine’s Journal

 

Readington Township – Whitehouse School

                  Mr. Tumolo (Grade 3), Teacher

Kiera Spring, The Van Horne Ruins

 

Tewksbury Elementary School

Mrs. Gail Grube-Riva, Teacher

Gabriella Glaz, The Mountainville Hotel 

Sophia Grausso, 31 Old Turnpike Road

 

Mrs. Carol Kasperowitz, Teacher

Christian Lechner, History of the Iron Mines of Tewksbury Township

 

                 

3 X $10 = $30.00

SECOND PLACE – DISTRICT

 

Califon Public School

                  Mrs. Maryjane Medea, Teacher

                  Jack Ford, The Califon Train Station

 

East Amwell Township School

                  Mrs. Kaminski (Grade 3), Teacher

                  Ian Hoats, John Ringo’s Tavern

 

Frenchtown School

                  Mrs. Roxanne Kloos, Teacher

Heidi Haver, The History of the Barn Theater

 

High Bridge Elementary School

Mr. Jerry Tolomeo, Teacher

Samantha Guerriero, The Tisco Complex

 

 

 

 

Readington Township – Three Bridges School

                  Donna Kwiatkowski-Belt (Grade 3), Teacher

Courtney Deighan, The Ryland Inn

 

Tewksbury Elementary School

                  Mrs. Kasperowitz, Teacher

Carter Gordon, Meet Me at the Boulder by the Spring

 

 

11 X $25 = $275.00

FIRST PLACE – DISTRICT                                                           

 

 

Califon Borough – Califon Public School

                  Mrs. Medea, Teacher

                  Alix Kibler, 1700’s Phillip Schuyler House

 

East Amwell Township School

                  Mrs. Lauren Parillo, Teacher

Scott Anderson, The Lindbergh House

 

Frenchtown Elementary School

                  Mrs. Roxanne Kloos, Teacher

Ava Musolino, The Belvidere-Delaware Railroad in Frenchtown

 

Hampton Borough School

Ann Marie Linnen (Grade 3), Teacher

                  Lucia Paz-Sanchez, The New Hampton Pony Pratt Truss Bridge

 

High Bridge Elementary School

                  Mrs. Lynn Hughes, Teacher

Miranda Corley, The High Bridge Middle School

 

Raritan Township, Francis A. Desmares Elementary School

                  Mrs. Stewart (Grade 3), Teacher

                  Eesha Mahendran, The Fleming Castle

 

 

Readington Township – Whitehouse School

                  Mrs. Duncan (Grade 3), Teacher

                  Joshua McDonald, From Peaches and Passengers to Books and Commuters

 

Tewksbury Elementary School

                  Mrs. Gail Grube-Riva, Teacher

Faith Hamilton, Cokesbury Methodist Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$50.00

2nd PRIZE – COUNTY

 

Tewksbury Elementary School

                  Mrs. Gail Grube-Riva, Teacher

Faith Hamilton, Cokesbury Methodist Church

 

GRAND PRIZE – COUNTY ”2015 HUNTERDON COUNTY JUNIOR HISTORIAN”

                                                        

Readington Township – Whitehouse School

                  Mrs. Duncan (Grade 3), Teacher

                  Joshua McDonald, From Peaches and Passengers to Books and Commuters