Submitted by Leslie Perry
The Georgia Council for the Social Studies held the State Social Studies Fair on Saturday, March 23, 2013 on the campus of Clayton State University, Morrow. It was an honor to participate as representative for the Society for Georgia Archaeology (SGA) and the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists (GCPA) in judging the upper grade project submissions. The SGA and the GCPA are continuing sponsors of the Fair each year to support the Council’s goals in greater understanding and acquired skills in the methodology of the social studies, while rewarding academic excellence.
The students entered in this Fair have already competed at local and regional levels and have advanced to this highest level of competition, where they are judged by teams of judges bestowing points for meeting different categories of criteria, including oral interviews. It is obvious the students have researched their topics very well while presenting organized and informative social studies projects. All manner of assorted media and materials are represented in project construction, including audio, visual, 3D, power points, graphics, photographs, text, dioramas, graphs, 5–6 page reports with bibliographies, and the additional creative use of textiles, wood, plastic—even straw!
The Archaeology awards are considered Special Awards and are presented first at the Awards Ceremony held at the conclusion of judging. It is my distinct honor to announce this year’s winner for the Society for Georgia Archaeology’s award of $50, a copy of Frontiers in the Soil, and a 2013 Archaeology Month Poster to Kameron Gaston, a seventh-grader at Bremen Middle School in west Georgia, for his project “Nazca Lines: Why Are They Here?” His teacher is Ms. Bracknell.
It is also my distinct honor to announce the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists award of $50, a copy of Frontiers in the Soil, and a 2013 Archaeology Month Poster to Kara Harper, a fifth-grader at Bloomingdale Elementary School in Chatham County, for her project “The Invisible Enemy: Diseases of the Civil War.” Her teacher is Ms. Linblad.
Both of these winning projects demonstrated considerable time, thought, research, energy, and most of all—critical thinking. We congratulate Kameron Gaston and Kara Harper for achieving academic success at a statewide level. Underlying support systems to include teachers and parents are recognized to be important foundations in the competition process.
Congratulations to the winners! It is a privilege to recognize their success!