The St. Clair County Historical Society sponsors the History Fair each year.
First place went to Catherine Edwards from Margaret Elementary School. Her project was on the Acmar Commissary.
“My dad showed me this place, and we bumped into Mr. Robert Kinney, the caretaker,” Edwards said. “He showed us around, and I found out it was very interesting.”
Edwards received $25 for winning first place.
Second place winner was Carson Land from Springville Elementary School. His project was on the actual house he lives in. Four generations have lived in the home that was built in the early 1800’s. It was an Alabama Land Grant, and early on used for a Dogtrot Homestead.
Land’s mother, Paula Land, said they actually have the land grant to the land that the house is on.
“When you got a land grant back in the early 1800’s, you purchased over 300 acres,” she said. “Prior to the 1800’s, land grants were over 1,000 acres. There were two prior land owners prior to our family owning it, but it has been in our family four generations now.”
Land said it took him working on the project a little each night for an entire week. He received $15 for his second place finish.
Third place went to Gabrielle Hanks from Iola Roberts School in Pell City. Her project was on Historical Downtown Pell City. She received $10 for the third place finish.
“I went on the Internet, and found some facts about the downtown area and I thought it was real neat,” Hanks said.
Honorable mentions went to Gracy Kapoor from Moody Middle School; Julie Nelson from Ragland Elementary School; Derrick Walker from Steele Jr. High School; Sarah White from Crossroads Christian School; Gage Lane from Coosa Valley Elementary School; Malik Jordan from Eden Elementary School; Kassidi Arnold from Odenville Intermediate School and Scout Coker from Ashville Elementary School.
Paul Coupland, president of the St. Clair County Historical Society, said he wanted to make sure Carol Waid received all the credit for this.
“This is not an easy task to do,” Coupland said. “This is not mandatory for any school, but just the way a teacher in the school takes it on. We appreciate the teachers who do this. There were 11 schools involved this year.”
Historical Society member Ann Coupland said she has lived in St. Clair County all her life, and there were projects done this year on historical places she didn’t know existed.
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