Students of 3 Duplin County schools recently
participated in an art contest honoring the life of Magnolia resident Parker David Robbins. The contest coincided with the new North Carolina Highway Historical Marker in Magnolia that recognizes the accomplishments of Robbins.
Parker David Robbins (1834 – 1917) was a sawmill owner, inventor, state legislator, farmers, steamboat builder and operator, house builder and one of the highest ranking officers in the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War. Much of the artwork depicts Robbins’ various roles.
The contest was sponsored by the Duplin County Public Schools and the Dr. Martin Luther King Birthday Commemoration Committee. The judging was conducted by the Chowan Discovery Group who nominated the Robbins highway marker. Two of the judges are art professionals and all three judges are relatives of Robbins. One of the judges, Paula Sanderlin Dorosti, contributed $300 is prize money to the winners!
The winners of the contest are:
Beulaville Elementary School, 6th Grade: Brittni Osbourne – 1st place; Ciarra Kennedy– 2nd place; Mariah King – 3rd place; Sabrina Sanchez – Honorable Mention
Beulaville Elementary School, 7th Grade: Logan Smith – 1st place; Tyquesha Whitehead – 2nd; Hayley Wadleigh – 3rd place
Beulaville Elementary School, 8th Grade: Desiree Judge – 1st place; Brode Spell – 2nd place; Noah Winberry – 3rd place; Samantha Welton – Honorable mention
Charity Elementary School, 7th Grade: Jalene Ford
Charity Elementary School , 8th Grade: Ethan Carlson – 1st place, Christian Smith – 2nd place and Edwin Alvarenga, 3rd place
North Duplin Jr. Sr. High School, 8th Grade: Casey Whitfield