As contestant Aiden Erlandson, wrote on his entry, “Vashon is shrouded in old stories that we are lucky to remember.”
Seven of those stories were winners in the annual history project contest sponsored by the Vashon Heritage Museum. Contestants received their prizes at a winner’s celebration Friday evening, April 20.
First place went to Emma Meade, daughter of Andrew and Addie Meade, for her “Mileta Farm History Project.” The farm adjoins Emma’s family home, and she enjoys visiting the sheep and goats as well as taking pictures of them.
Enzo Bork, son of Ben and Yara Bork, and Ava Protzeller, daughter of Brian and Michelle Protzeller, tied for second place. Enzo wrote about “My House’s History,” his house being the oldest thing he knows (it is 100 years old). Ava’s project was on the history of “The Hardware Store” (her favorite place to eat).
Finley Graham won third place for his essay, “The Frank Steen Island History,” which he wrote after interviewing Frank’s daughter Kaye Steen. Finley’s parents are Alex and Emily Graham.
Three students earned Honorable Mentions. Aiden Erlandson wrote about “The Maury Island Incident” because he lives on Maury Island and has heard people talking about flying saucers spotted in 1947. Aiden is the son of Jared and Page Erlandson. Rowan Marceau-Roache, son of Renee Marceau and Esteban Roache, used his art and writing skills for “Strawberries” about strawberry farming on Vashon. River Williams drew a cartoon and wrote about Springer, the Orca whale famous for adopting a ferry for its mother and being successfully returned to its family. River’s parents are Jason and Jennifer Williams.
Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association would like to thank the sponsors who made this event possible. They are 4Culture, Vashon Bookshop, Kellum and Montoya Building, Sawbones, and Dammann Architectural Design.