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CATEGORY 1 (ages 7-10)

If you could go back in time, who would you most want to have a conversation with, why, and what would you want to talk about?


First Place Winner


“Be Not Afraid”
Paola Castillo of Ave Maria, FL

Second Place Winner


“Conversation with George Washington”
Mary Sannapu of Phoenix, AZ

Third Place Winner


“A Conversation with Art”
Evelyn House of Poughkeepsie, NY

Honorable Mention


“I am Thankful for God’s Will(iam)”
Emmeline Peltzer of Laveen, AZ

Honorable Mention


“At Home and At War in WWII”
Evelyn Fisher of Lubbock, TX

Finalists

  • A Meeting with the Emperor by Daniel Gleason
  • LEGOs and Their Creator by Declan Green
  • Dad's Ancient Stuff by Rose Hilst
  • Sacagawea’s Journey by Josephine Jones
  • Hi, Mamma Lillian! by Elena Leszczynski
  • Robert Smalls: From Slave to Captain by Emmett Lucibello
  • What Kind of Attitude by Veronica O’Brien
  • Never Give Up by Alannah Ortiz
  • Neil Armstrong: Moon Quest by David Rainer
  • If I Could Go Back In Time … by Noah Roberts
  • Hello Sacagawea! by Aurora Siegrist
  • If I Were to Go Back in Time by Silas Smith

CATEGORY 2 (ages 11-14)

If you could go back in time, what day would you most like to witness up close, like a fly on the wall, and why?


First Place Winner


“A History and Heritage of Thanksgiving”
Leila Castillo of Ave Maria, FL

Second Place Winner


“Observing the Olympics”
Grace Wilson of Wichita, KS

Third Place Winner


“Escape of the Century”
Triana Engen of Snohomish, WA

Honorable Mention


“If Mere Stories Could be Memories, and Memories Could be New Again”
Caleb Adkins of Rochester Hills, MI

Honorable Mention


“Titanic Sacrifices”
Chizaram Ugochuku of Easton, PA

Finalists

  • The Voice from the Wires by Katellen Allen
  • A Lightbulb of an Idea by Lilianna Allen
  • Dry Ground by Lucy Combs
  • Walt Disney’s Great Idea by Teresa Crothers
  • Setting Records in Sailing by Lillian Dumas
  • When God Gives Out the Medals by Alexandria Dotten
  • Mosby’s Daring Escape by Jackson Fenton
  • A Day with Mimi by Karis Green
  • Surviving Until Liberation Day by Harrison Gibbs
  • Meeting Bernadette by Evangeline Lothian
  • The Unexpected Encounter by Mercyanna McIlvain
  • A Short Flight, A Great Invention by Alyson Nishimura
  • A Midnight Clear by Abigail Wake
  • Words into Action by Ruthie Waterson
  • Mary’s Faithful Story by Lene Wright
  • Rotting Hopes by Abigail Zuber
  • Tear Down This Wall by Kaitlyn Zuber

CATEGORY 3 (ages 15-19)

If you could go back in time, what historical event would you like to have been involved in, and why?


First Place Winner


“Summer of Love”
Allison Shedden of Naples, FL

Second Place Winner


“The March on Washington’s Influence on Me”
Alyssa Meekins of Irving, TX

Third Place Winner


“That First Thanksgiving Day”
Maria Copeland of Herndon, VA

Honorable Mention


“Simple Wonder”
Alexanna Minor of Newcastle, WA

Honorable Mention


“Peace in Europe”
Maria Wiseman of Anna, OH

Finalists

  • The 1893 World Columbian Exposition by David Alexander
  • The Discovery of the Miracle Drug by Nathaniel Amiri
  • Involved in What?! by Emma Anderson
  • The Final Spike by Ruth Deem
  • To Be Used of God by Ella Dotten
  • Survival in Armenia by Victoria Gamboian
  • Taking a Bite from the Apple by Noah Hines
  • Credo by Ruth Nguyen
  • Winning Beyond the War by Daniel Lisle
  • Smuggling Bibles by Morgan Schafer
  • Constitutional Law: Rebranded by Nathan Smith
  • Wacht am Rhein by Benjamin Teague
  • Why I Would Travel Back to the 1940’s by Angelica Thomas