GHRAB Award for Excellence
2007 Winner of the
AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE EDUCATIONAL USE OF HISTORICAL RECORDS
Presented by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board
Melissa P. Johnston
Melissa P. Johnston of Canton, a school library media specialist at Silver City Elementary School in Forsyth County, has made teaching history using primary sources a focus of her instruction. By using primary sources, she puts real faces and emotions on events to make history come alive and create an engaging way for students to learn about the past. Johnston has developed lessons based on the Georgia curriculum that integrate primary sources beginning with kindergarten through 5th grade. This is an on-going project for Johnston as she plans to develop more lessons in the future to connect primary sources to the Georgia Education Standards.
Melissa Johnston, Silver City Elementary Media Specialist; Karen Handel, Secretary of State; Ross King, Chairman, Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board
Congratulations to our Student Winners:
Robert Creel Marshall
Central High School, Macon
National History Day paper: J. Robert Oppenheimer
Walton High School, Marietta
National History Day paper: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Christopher O. Simmons
Groves High School, Savannah
International Baccalaureate thesis: Underground Railroad
Molly Baker, Gabrielle Alexandria Brown, Mary Ann Ionascu
Richards Middle School, Columbus
Group performance: Andersonville Prison
Midland Middle School, Columbus
National History Day paper: Phenix City, Alabama, during the 1950’s
Denver Norris, Dillon Norris, Lewis Goode
Gardner Newman Middle School, LaGrange
National History Day paper: Horace King
The Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board (GHRAB) established the Outstanding Archives Awards Program in 2003 to recognize outstanding efforts in archives and records work in Georgia. By publicly recognizing excellent achievements, the Board strives to inspire others.
The Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board has two student award categories, grades 6-8 and 9-12. There is also an award for educators and educational programs. You can obtain instructions and forms as well as view previous awards at http://www.georgiaarchives.org/who_are_we/ghrab/awards_program.htm
If you or one of your students has done something special using primary sources, don’t hesitate to submit an application! Keep this in mind for student projects, Social Studies Fair, or History Day projects for next year!
Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board (GHRAB)
Woodstock High School Media Specialist
GLMA State Treasurer