Enter ‘American Pickers’ Student Contest for Chance at $10,000 Scholarship

Submitted by on May 14, 2013 – 4:12 pm2 Comments
Enter ‘American Pickers’ Student Contest for Chance at $10,000 Scholarship

One person’s junk may become one kid’s $10,000 scholarship, if a “Kid Picker” wins the Grand Prize in the “American Pickers National Student Contest.”

Adults call picking “antiquing.” But History Channel stars Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz call their diving into junk yards with piles a mile high and navigating crowded, cob-web covered basements “picking.”

American Pickers is on the History Channel Monday at 9 p.m.

Once Wolfe and Fritz find their tarnished treasures, they buff and polish the relics back to their former glory–and bring history alive by finding out the stories of their finds.

“American Pickers” host Wolfe says he has been “picking” his entire life.

“The best thing about collecting was the stories that older people would tell me about the things I found,” Wolfe wrote on his website kidpickers.com. “For me, it’s all about the history. Where did it come from? Who owned it before? What was it used for way back when and how can it be used today? There is always a story behind every found object.”

Instilling the same of love history–and of picking–is one of the goals of the interactive  “Pick and Tell” National Student Contest.

Students between ages 7-13 have to find a piece of memorabilia, a collectible or a unique piece of, well, some might call it junk. The student needs to find out what the piece is, the history of the piece and what it means to the owner, or to the community where it is found.

Once all of that information is gathered, must write a 500-word essay on the find and its meaning. Photos and videos can be submitted in support of the contest entry.

The contest ends Friday, May 17 and last post-mark accepted by the judges will be May 17.

The Grand Prize is a $10,000 scholarship and a trip for two (the winner and a chaperon) to Nashville, Tenn. to meet Wolfe at his store Antique Archeology.

First prize is a $5,000 scholarship and a a trip for two (the winner and a chaperon) to Nashville, Tenn. to meet Wolfe at his store Antique Archeology.

Second prize is a $3,000 scholarship and a a trip for two (the winner and a chaperon) to Nashville, Tenn. to meet Wolfe at his store Antique Archeology.

Official contest rules and contest entry form can be found at the American Pickers website.

Questions? Email the pickers at classroom@aetn.com.

The goal of the contest is to help kids 7-13 develop an appreciation of history, family stories, and the lore of their community.  But for Mike Wolfe, picking will always be “about the treasure hunt.”

2 Comments »

  • Alicia Sparano says:

    Hi!! My son had entered the essay contest for 2013. We continuue to look for info on the winning projects but, still can’t find any information on any of the sites. I’d appreciate it if you could let us know if the winners have been announced and where to find the winning projects. Thank you!!!

    • Education in America says:

      Dear Alicia:

      We have e-mailed the pickers at classroom@aetn.com with your inquiry. Unfortunately, they have not yet responded and perhaps the best thing to do is to continue visiting the American Pickers website to see if they have announced the winners.

      Education in America

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