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Social Circle Middle students place in historic preservation competition

From left to right; Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle president Dena Johnston and City of Social Circle Historic Preservation Commission chairman Tom Brown recognize Social Circle Middle School eighth-graders and Partners in Preservation Challenge winners Marlee Gray, Marlee Ruark, Olivia Halleck, Kayla Spinks, Erin Meadows, Anna Spinks, Alyssa Ervin and Clara Ervin on May 21. Students created projects portraying the historic significance of Social Circle for the competition. (Special photo)

From left to right; Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle president Dena Johnston and City of Social Circle Historic Preservation Commission chairman Tom Brown recognize Social Circle Middle School eighth-graders and Partners in Preservation Challenge winners Marlee Gray, Marlee Ruark, Olivia Halleck, Kayla Spinks, Erin Meadows, Anna Spinks, Alyssa Ervin and Clara Ervin on May 21. Students created projects portraying the historic significance of Social Circle for the competition. (Special photo)

SOCIAL CIRCLE — In celebration of National Preservation Month in May, a few area middle-schoolers took part in a challenge to honor the history of Social Circle.

Eighth-grade students from Social Circle Middle School created preservation projects while competing for prizes in the Partners in Preservation Challenge. In partnership with Social Circle Main Street, the city of Social Circle Historic Preservation Commission and Social Circle City Schools, the Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle held the competition to encourage students to become aware of the city’s history. Local preservationists hosted workshops to prepare students and teachers in advance.

The projects were judged on creativity, education value and social impact. Winners were announced on May 17 at Gunter Hall, and prizes were awarded at the school at the May 21 Eighth Grade Awards Day. First-prize winners Marlee Gray and Marlee Ruark each received $100 for their children’s pop-up book, while second-place winners Olivia Halleck and Kayla Spinks were awarded $70 for their graveyard video. Third-place winners Erin Meadows and Anna Spinks won $50 for the scrapbook they created, and fourth-place winners Alyssa Ervin and Clara Ervin earned $30 for their display board.

“The project was such a success we will be repeating it with next year’s eighth-grade classes,” said Dena Johnston, president of the Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle. “Special thanks to Principal Gibbs, Kathy Boyd, Sara Lynn Holbert, Nada Oller, Laurie Allison, Tanya Simpkins, Mike Miller and Tom Brown.”