350th anniversary contest winners

Submitted to Dorchester Banner
Kindergarten through 9th grade student winners of the 350th Anniversary Art and Essay Contest gathered for a photo after receiving their awards on Sept. 22.

CAMBRIDGE — The Dorchester County 350th Anniversary Steering Committee is pleased to announce the 25 winners of the student Art and Essay Contest, held in conjunction with the Dorchester County 350th Anniversary Celebration. The students received their awards during the celebration program on Sept. 22 at the Dorchester County Courthouse.

More than 60 students in kindergarten through 12th grade entered the contest celebrating Dorchester’s diverse history by creating an essay or artwork that answered or illustrated the following:

If you had a time machine and could travel anywhere in Dorchester County’s history, when and where would you go? Why did you choose to travel to that period of history?

Artwork was judged on expression of the theme, originality, creativity and technical ability. Essays were to be judged on theme development, originality, voice (how the author brings the topic to life), and organization, essay structure and sentence fluency.

“The judges were extremely impressed by the quality of all of the entries,” said Julie Gilberto-Brady, manager of the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area. “We should be very proud of the caliber of Dorchester’s students. I think it speaks volumes about what we can expect in the future from today’s youth. It is only fitting that we have plans to include all of the winners’ works in a 50-year time capsule that will be opened by their generation in 2069.”

The Art & Essay Contest winners are:
Grades 3-5:
First: The Nanticoke Tribe in the 1600s, Kayden Reid
Second: History of Dorchester County, Sophia Diaz
Third: Dorchester County Now, Luke Cherry
Grades 6-8:
First: The 13th Amendment, Miranda Crist
Second: 1600s, Azionna Simmons-Williams
Third: Anna Ella Carroll, Kaci Callahan
Honorable Mention: Skipjacks, Shiloh Marshall
Grades 9-12:
First: Dorchester County 1912 and 1913, Kaci Willey
Second: Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Madison Werner
Third (tie): Dorchester County 1944, the Month of June, Sebastian Hurley
Third (tie): John Smith Discovers Dorchester County, Gretchen Richardson
Honorable Mention: Annie Oakley, Lydia Yates

Grades K-2:
First: Peace & Love ‘70s, Quincy Jones
Grades 3-5:
First: Future of Dorchester, Wyatt Harrington
Second: Dorchester Fun Now, Elizabeth Hesson
Grade 6:
First (tie): Annie Oakley, in Loving Memory, McKenzie Edge
First (tie): Handsell House, The History of Dorchester County, Thomas Leonard Jr.
Second (tie): The Beginning, Kevin Banda-Perez
Second (tie): The Handsell House 1770, Sherman McDonald
Third: 17th Century Skipjacks, Shiloh Marshall
Honorable Mention: Harriet Tubman, Darren Belizaire
Grades 7-9:
First: The Battle of Ice Mound, Miranda Crist
Second: George (windmill), Zachary Smith
Third: First School in Dorchester County, Emily Pupillo
Honorable Mention: Map, Brycen Coleman

The essay contest was one of several activities to honor Dorchester County’s 350th Anniversary in 2019. The highlight of the multi-event tribute was the celebration on Sept. 22 featuring a “heritage village” with displays, historians and reenactments highlighting Dorchester heritage and history, and the opening of a 50-year-old time capsule sealed in 1969. Items from the time capsule will be on display at the Dorchester Visitor Center at Sailwinds Park while they are being sorted and catalogued over the next two months.

Plans for a new time capsule are underway. The students’ original art and essays will be among the items that are sealed in the capsule to be opened in another 50 years in 2069.

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