Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Middle Schoolers Entering Essay Contest on Historical Items Can Win Up to $10,000 Scholarship

The HISTORY® Channel is running a contest for students ages 7-13 called the Kid Pickers Pick and Tell National Student Contest, based on their program, American Pickers, in which Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz search for interesting historical items at flea markets, estate sales, old barns, and other such places.

Elementary and middle school students are invited to go on their own quest to find t unique historical items, collectibles, or other memorabilia in their community. Students then write short essays of 500 words or less describing their historical item they have picked and its significance. The Grand Prize, First Place, and Second Place winners will receive $10,000, $5,000, and $3,000 scholarships respectively, and will travel to Mike Wolfe's Antique Archaeology story in Nashville, TN.

Download the rules and entry forms at The essays must be submitted by May 17, 2013.

It sounds like a fun way to make local history personal and to practice those essay-writing skills. Good luck to all

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