I’ve lived and worked in Michigan long enough that I feel like a native. That’s what makes perusing the winning pictures in the 2009 Michigan Week Youth Photo Contest so much fun for me.
The contest is coordinated by MSU Extension 4-H Youth Development in partnership with the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries and Michigan History for Kids Magazine with funding from the Michigan Barn Preservation Network. Coordinators requests that youth from 9 to 19 document Michigan historic sites with a photo and written application. Since the contest began seven years ago, youth have sang the praises of more than 500 historic sites. And while the Mackinac Bridge and Great Lakes lighthouses are perennial favorites, you’d be amazed at some of the places that our young people chose to showcase. Take a moment and peruse the entries throughout the years.
Don’t forget to thank the MSU Extension staff members who make it possible.
- Regional coordinators Sheryl Schrot (Menominee), Lori Marx (Arenac), Les Thomas (Alcona), Judy See (Monroe) and Connie Lange (Branch).
- Overall leadership from Betsy Knox, program leader for 4-H Global, Cultural and Arts.
And kudos to Melanie Chiodini, 4-H youth educator in Sanilac County. Her son Devon’s photograph of the Pioneer Sugar plant in Croswell, was one of the winning photos!