History Contest Winners


Five hardworking and creative Chautauqua fourth and fifth graders walked away with top honors in the annual Heritage Museum history project contest.  Prizes were awarded at a celebration last Friday (April 26) at the Museum.

First place went to partners Abby Lillehaug and Ava Protzeller for their poster, “The Ferries.” The topic seemed to be an obvious choice for the two girls who commute to school from West Seattle.  Ava is no stranger to the awards podium—she took second place in the contest last year. The girls learned not only how long the ferries have been around, but how to conduct an interview.

Abby is the daughter of Don and Krissy Lillehaug.  Ava’s parents are Don and Michelle Protzeller.

Miriam Casad, daughter of Andrew and Michelle Casad, won second prize for her short story called “There and Quack Again,” about a family duck called One Hundred Dollar Bill.  Bill escaped, and his adventures before being reunited with his family included many tidbits of history tucked seamlessly into the narrative.  Miriam enjoys writing a good story.
Tying for third place were Ling Ling Ende Lin and Antoinette Guy with two very different projects.

Ling Ling created and performed on video a puppet show called “The Incredible, Unbelievable, but True Story of the Portage Land Fill.”  He has been working with puppets since he was two years old, and he is interested in the linkage of Maury and Vashon Islands at Portage.  His story is about a rivalry between the two islands.  Ling Ling is the son of Adam Ende and Yuchen Lin.

Antoinette, daughter of Matthew and Toni Guy, loves the Strawberry Festival because it is powerful when the community works together. She chose to present an essay on the “History of Vashon Strawberry Festival.” What she liked best was writing up her research.
Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association would like to thank the Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union whose sponsorship made this event possible.