Historic Preservation Month Student Prizes: Art, Essay, and Film Contests

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program - Monday, May 20, 2019


Each May, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program looks for ways to encourage the citizens of our state to engage in National Historic Preservation Month. This includes the Preserve Our Past Art & Essay Invitational as well as the Arkansas Historic Places Film Prize. 

Since 1991, the annual Preserve Our Past Art & Essay Invitational celebrates National Historic Preservation Week and Arkansas Heritage Month. The contest teaches students about local and state history, and fosters an interest in preserving historic places. The winning entries are on exhibit at Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock until the end of June.

This year, the winners of the Preserve Our Past 5th/6th Grade Essay contest are: Lainey White, First Place, Greenbrier Westside Elementary; Isaac Theis, Second Place, Greenbrier Westside Elementary; Logan Adams, Third Place, Greenbrier Westside Elementary; and Jaxon Reynolds, Honorable Mention, Greenbrier Westside Elementary.

The winners of the 5th/6th Grade Art contest are: Juan Vargas, First Place, Cloverdale Middle School; Rome Foster, Second Place, Pulaski Academy; Abbi Flieger, Third Place, Greenbrier Westside Elementary; and Avery Williams, Honorable Mention, Sheridan Intermediate School. Winners of the 7th/8th Grade Art contest include: Katelyn Paige Ledbetter, First Place, Greenwood Jr. High School; Jasmine Valladares, Second Place, Cloverdale Middle School; Avery Purifoy, Third Place, Cloverdale Middle School; and Katherine Rodriguez, Honorable Mention, Cloverdale Middle School.

The Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize is sponsored by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the Quapaw Quarter Association, and is presented in partnership with Arkansas Educational Television Network’s Student Selects: A Young Filmmaker's Showcase. This competition honors documentaries made by students in grades 5th through 12th from around the state. Films must be between five and fifteen minutes long and must be about a building, archeological site, or other historically significant site that is fifty years old or older. 

Winners of the AHP film competition are: Grand Prize winners Abdullah Aldhamen, Charlie Baker, Victor Keas, and Hutch Bailey of Fayetteville High School for their film “Stories from the Old State House: Isaac Murphy”; First Prize winner RaLynnda March of Cave City High School for her film “Henry Rowe Schoolcraft”; Second Prize winner Chase Hartsell of Lakeside High School for his film “Preserving America’s Pastime”; Third Prize winners Tanner Ward and John Sutterfield of Lakeside High School for their film “The Dugan Stuart Building”; Fourth Prize winners Carter Gray and Ian Linn of Fayetteville High School for their film “Dogpatch, USA”; Honorable Mentions for Evan Meyers of Lakeside High School for his film “Life Through the Eyes of Another Generation”; Grace Pair, Hannah Garriott, and Andrew Parmele of Fayetteville High School for their film “Battle of Fayetteville”; Kami Pendergraft, Anna Price, and Abbie Harrison of Fayetteville High School for their film “Crescent Hotel.”

Winning films were showcased at Ron Robinson Theater on May 13, and will be considered for inclusion in the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in October of 2019. Films awarded Grand Prize and 1st to 4th place honors receive cash awards, trophy, and participation certificate.

In remarks to the students, Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst said, “Your participation in the Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize helps raise awareness about the influential people and historic places of our state. Each and every one of you are winners for contributing your storytelling skills to this program. As you move forward with your education, it is our hope that this project will be a highlight of your time in high school and perhaps pique your interest in utilizing your creative skills in combination with careers in history, architecture, and public policy. You are our future, thank you for honoring our past with your films.”

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is the Department of Arkansas Heritage division responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other divisions are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Arkansas State Archives.


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