Young Historian Application Deadline - June 1, 2017Background The Young Historian Award was initiated by a donor to The Santa Cruz Community Foundation in respectful memory of Betty Lewis, Watsonville Historian, Alzora Snyder, Margaret Hayes, Hubert Wyckoff, Bernice Porter and many others who have illuminated our heritage as the foundation of the future for the Pajaro Valley. The donor approached the Pajaro Valley Historical Association (PVHA) about administering this award and the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County about providing for the award from a donor advised fund supported by the donor. The PVHA expressed interest in administering the award, and agreed to outlining criteria for the award, setting up the application process, and fulfilling other responsibilities Award Description The Young Historian Award will be offered annually to an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the study, conservation/preservation, or enhancement of the history of the Pajaro Valley. The award will be a single award of $500. Eligible Activities/Projects The scope of appropriate activities/projects may include regions adjacent to the Pajaro Valley as long as it is demonstrated how they impact the Pajaro Valley, and may be broadly interpreted to include a variety of efforts, including but not limited to the following:
- research papers, including those that have been prepared as a class assignment from a high school or college/university
- volunteer work for an organization (organization must provide documentation of volunteer hours)
- being a docent
- restoration of objects or sites
- public performance or re-enactments
- art or exhibits depicting local history
- oral histories
- genealogical studies
- digital documentaries
- Meet the age criteria and, in the case of a group project, have a majority of members between the ages of 16 and 25 when engaged in the activity/project
- Did not receive any compensation for the activity or project other than for materials, travel expenses or other out-of-pocket costs
- Related to the activity or project
- Have not received the Young Historian Award in a previous year. However previous applicants for the Young Historians Award are encouraged to re-apply.
- How closely the project/activity relates to the Pajaro Valley
- The commitment/perseverance of the applicant to the project/activity
- The quality of the project/activity – especially as it relates to the age of the applicant
- Early May PVHA selects panelists
- Late May Winner selected
- Mid June The winner & other applicants will be notified individually. Then the winner will be announced to the public.
- Vintage Picnic Winner honored at PVHA event. PVHA will present a check to winner on July 1.
Past Young Historian Award RecipientsThe Young Historian Award was established in 2009 by a donor through The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County to encourage an interest in Pajaro Valley history. This competition is open to young people between the ages of 16 and 25 and the award was made possible by the donor's Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz Country.
2015The $500 prize was awarded to Molly DeCastongrene for her research paper on Ken Sears, basketball star at Watsonvllle High School, a professional basketball player In the 1950's and 1960's and presently a local resident. Her outstanding presentation highlighting the factual information of his career, as well as her historical perspective of educating young people was deemed by the Judging panel to flt all the criteria of the award. She wrote of "the need to honor our local heroes, because It fosters a sense of community and shows kids growing up around here that anything Is possible." In addition, four other projects, including a booklet of Watsonvllle Apple labels by Max Bowman, Royal Oaks Park restoration by Nicholas Delelssegues , a booklet on Victorian homes by Vincent lrao, and a research project on the establishment of the Pajaro Valley Water Management Association by Roger Marin were each awarded $100.
20142014 Young Historian Award Recipient Ashley Lopez is currently a student at CSUMB. She received the award for her idea to write her family's history and make a file for the PVHA archive to have in their records so that other family members and future family members can find the information and photos. She plans for this to be an ongoing project.
2013In 2013 the Young Historian Award was awarded to multiple recipients. The main award went to Mari Cervantes, a student at Watsonville High School, for her work producing a DVD "Memories Last Forever", to accompany the Centennial High School book which was produced in 1992. Mari, through eye-catching graphics in addition to music has reproduced old photographs of the high school and went beyond 1992 to the present with additional photographs of WHS. A number of persons viewing the DVD have expressed interest in having this at a class reunion. Mari bridged the historical gap when she ended her presentation with "Once you become a Wildcat, you will always be a Wildcat." And we all agree! In addition, the following students were also awarded a prize of $100.00:
- Jacob Dobler, a senior at St. Francis High School, for his history of Watsonville and the part his family- owned agricultural business has played in that history.
- Johnny Musser, a student at CSUMB, for his work as a volunteer in the digitization process at PVHA.
- Rachel Oakden, a student at Watsonville High School, for her work at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
- Alex Solano, a student at Monte Vista High School, for an essay in praise of his hard working grandfather who has contributed many years to our community.