The Historical Society of Carroll County announced the winners of its annual seventh-grade history contest at the Miss Lillian Shipley Heritage Education Awards Program last week.
Students from around the county were asked to write an essay on "Carroll County -- Past, Present and Future" in the style of a recommendation for Carroll's future.
Participants also had to do extracurricular reading and take tests. Forty-two students entered, with three winners and three honorable mentions.
During the awards ceremony in Shriver-Weybright Auditorium in Westminster, the six winning students read their essays to Carroll County Commissioner Elmer Lippy.
The winners were:
* Mike Phipps, first; Caron Culver, second; and Caroline Rodgers, third, all from Mount Airy Middle School. Each received a savings bond and books from the Historical Society's publishing program.
* Honorable mentions went to Bryan Bollinger, Kristen Engel and Mike Harrison, who each received Historical Society books.
Other participants were: Aila Albrecht, Elise Ballard, Katie Bucher, Carolyn Burton, Laura Caprarola, Kristen Carter, Zane Clayton, Matthew Cordani, Douglas Crumbacker, Sean Deal, Chris Donnelly, Aaron Dorsey, Rachel Dyky, Lauren Lokey, Stacie Hossler, Russell Hudspeth, Eric Jacobs, Eric James, Jennifer Janowich, Sarah Kacmarski.
Also, Kristy Lagana, Marie Legg, Amanda Lewis, Brendan Lewis, 9elissa O'Brien, Lindsay Pettingill, Tim Rippeon, Billie Jo Short, Crystal Stonesifer, Erin Stromberg, Tom Truffer, Ellie Turner, Larry Van Sant, Scott Wachter, Michael Wojtaszek and Carol Yeager.
The Miss Lillian Shipley Heritage Education Awards are named in honor of one of the founders of the Historical Society.