County History Fair winners

The top three winners of the St. Clair History Fair are Ashville's Caroline Ballard, first place; Odenville's Levi Morgan, second place; and Coosa Valley's Mason Miller, third place.

ODENVILLE – The St. Clair Historical Society’s annual History Fair took place last week at the Fortson Museum. It marks the 28th consecutive year the historical society has sponsored the event.

Taking first place honors was Caroline Ballard from Ashville Elementary. Her project was on the Old Stagecoach Inn – Teague Hotel.

“The old hotel stood in Ashville where Union State Bank now stands,” Ballard said. My great-great-grandparents used to run the hotel. It made me feel good to win the History Fair.”

Second place honors went to Levi Morgan from Odenville Intermediate School. His project was on the Horton Mill Covered Bridge. He used No. 2 pencils for the entire project.

“I used over 220 pencils,” Morgan said.

Third place honors went to Mason Miller from Coosa Valley Elementary. His project was on Camp Sibert.

Making honorable mention were Cecilia Padila from Eden Elementary for her project on St. Vincent’s Hospital; Akydah Warren from Iola Roberts Elementary for a project on Harkey’s Chapel Church; Taylor Lewis from Ragland Elementary for a project on The Beeson House; Taylor Calvin from Springville Elementary for a project was on Noccalula Falls; and Rhett Bowlin from Steele Jr. High for a project was on Camp Sumatanga.

Ann Coupland with the St. Clair Historical Society said every student is a winner.

“I want to thank History Fair chairperson Carol Waid for her help with this every year,” Coupland said. “We learn something new every year. This helps these fourth-grade students learn about the county, as well as their parents. We have a lot of history here in St. Clair County.”

Pell City Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Barber said he is always impressed by the projects, and he learns something new every year.

“I have learned so much about our county, and I have been here all my life,” he said. “It’s great to see how parents and grandparents support this project.”

Barber said he had a first this year concerning the history projects.

“One of the students at Coosa Valley Elementary School did a replica of the church where I pastor (Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist),” he said. “I was mentioned in the project, so now I am old enough to be mentioned in history projects. That’s a good thing.”

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