18 Apr 2015 Petersburg, VA
by Dr. J. Thomas Whetstone, VASSAR Chairman, 2015 History Day Support Committee
The Virginia Society SAR recognized the best Junior and Senior Division student presentations about the Revolutionary War at Virginia History Day. This event took place on a rather warm Saturday, April 18, 2015, on the campus of Virginia State University in Petersburg.
Students from throughout the Commonwealth were judged on their individual exhibits, websites, documentaries, or papers or through group performances or exhibits. Separate competitions were conducted for Junior (middle school) and Senior (high school) divisions. There were about 150 student entries, on subjects from throughout world history to recent times, ranging from ancient China and Greece to Ronald Reagan and Burma's Ang San Suu Kyi.
Competing students made their presentations before History Day judges during the morning of April 18. Winners were recognized with awards in an afternoon ceremony.
Members of the 2015 VASSAR History Day Support Committee are Williamsburg President Donald Swain, Thomas Nelson, Jr. President Raymond Meyer, Williamsburg Chaplain Dr. James Henry, Williamsburg Secretary Harley Stewart, Williamsburg Immediate Past President Robert Spencer, and Committee Chairman Dr. J. Thomas Whetstone, Norfolk Immediate Past President. Messers Swain, Meyer, Stewart, and Whetstone served as the VASSAR judges for the April 18 competition. The committee thanks Tab Broyles of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for her coordinating efforts.
At the History Day Awards Ceremony, VASSAR presented awards to:
Junior Winners: Bennett and William Brabrand Outstanding Citizenship Pin + $50 each – for their excellent group exhibit on Patrick Henry
Senior Winner: Monika Grabowska Bronze Good Citizenship Medal + $100 – for her excellent paper “An Example for Future Ages:Tadeusz Kosciuszko's Quest to Free Thomas Jefferson's Slaves”
Senior Runner-Up: Tiffany Dawson Outstanding Citizenship Pin --for her excellent website, “Thomas Paine: His Leadership and Legacy”
VASSAR supports Virginia History Day to encourage student interest in the history of the American Revolution. Williamsburg Chapter SAR is committed to continue its longtime support, working this year and in the future within the VASSAR committee for this Virginia-wide event.