In celebration of the National Historic Preservation month of May in Jackson County, three student poster winners have been chosen in the Second Annual Jackson County Historic Preservation Commission Poster contest. The winners are Eli Costa of Cullowhee Valley School, Lucy McRae of Cullowhee Valley School, and Cheyanna Brown also of Cullowhee Valley School. On April 23 the winners will be given a special presentation of cash prizes during “Greening Up the Mountains” at 10:00 am on the SunTrust Stage in downtown Sylva. Historic Preservation Commission Chair Cherrie’ Moses will award the prizes.
Commission Chair Cherrie’ Moses said “we wanted our Jackson County students to help us create a logo for the Historical Preservation Commission and we believe that this second annual poster contest will help to give us a very good logo for our new commission.
Angie Lovedahl, curriculum coordinator for Jackson County Schools was extremely helpful in getting the contest information to the schools and art teachers.”
Jackson County Planning Director Gerald Green said “the ideas and artwork of the winners are excellent.” After the award ceremony the winning posters will be displayed at Livingston’s Camera on Main Street in Sylva.
Some suggested themes for the contest were “exploring Jackson County’s History,” “Architectural History in Jackson County,” and “I love my neighborhood/history in my neighborhood.”
The Jackson County Historic Preservation Commission was created in the late summer of 2009 by the Jackson County commissioners through the passage of the Historical Preservation ordinance.