The Museum was decorated with a Halloween theme and every entry was on display. Students, parents, teachers and Historical Society members attended. Contest winners received certificates and monetary prizes. The results were received with enthusiasm and refreshments were served.
Every year, the MCS students in grades K-5 visit the Museum to look over the display. They are asked to select their favorite item and to draw a picture or write an essay on that item. The entries are wonderful and contest judges love to see the display through the eyes of the children. This year’s display theme was “25 Years of Minerva Day” featuring one or two items from each display in the past 25 years and it should be noted that the children selected some of the same items that had intrigued previous contest winners.
Martha and Jerry Galusha’s crystal collection arrayed on a polished lilac branch was a favorite along with Vernon Lavery’s World War II uniform, mascot "Minerva Olmsted" and Patty Hewitt’s dollhouse.
After much deliberation the judges announced the following contest winners: Kindergarten: 1st place-James Fish; 2nd place-Caitlin Wamsley; 3rd place-Alex Mather. First grade: 1st place-Keith Eannarino; 2nd place-Nate McNally; 3rd place-Shelby Tuller. Second grade: 1st place-Grace Savarie; 2nd place-Brooke Olden; 3rd place Megan Mohowski. Third grade: 1st place-Avery Bayse; 2nd place-Brent Lee Tucker; 3rd place-Hannah McNally. Fourth grade: 1st place-Aidan Halloran; 2nd place-Chelsea Wright; 3rd place-Kate Wimberly. Fifth grade: 1st place-Vince Charbonneau; 2nd place-Audrey Fish; 3rd place-Jasmine Jenks.