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Alyssah X. C. Alcala is the winner of the 2007 Youth Champion of Champions competition sponsored by the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors. The event was held in conjunction with The National Topical Stamp Show, a World Series of Philately exhibition held in Irving, Texas, June 15-17, 2007. The Championship, which is underwritten by a grant from World Columbian Stamp Expo, is directed by Robert and Carol Barr of Downers Grove, Illinois.

This year’s competition included eight exhibits (24 frames) prepared by youth aged 11 – 18. Winners of AAPE Youth Grand Awards from nationally accredited shows in the U.S. and Canada vied for the designation "Youth Champion of Champions" and for many other donated awards. In recognition of their high level of achievement, all participants received Fran Jennings medals (co-sponsored by the Postal History Foundation and AAPE) and membership in Young Stamp Collectors of America, donated by Ken Martin, as well as Merit Certificates and ribbons.

The complete listing of awards is as follows:

Youth Champion of Champions - the best youth exhibit shown in North America in 2006-2007. Donated by WESTPEX. Winner also received Ken Lawrence framed stamps. Presented to AlyssahX. C. Alcala (13), the Philippines, for "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II" (representing Royal*Royale 2006).

Howard Hotchner Award - For the best portrayal of American History. Donated by John Hotchner. Presented to Dzintars Grinfelds (18), California, for "Railroading in the U.S." (representing Filatelic Fiesta 2006).

NAPEX Awards.
A) NAPEX Title Page Award - Presented to Cassi Stahl (11), Indiana, for "Pandas" (representing INDYPEX 2006).
B) NAPEX Creativity Award - Presented to Sabrina McGill (11), Indiana, for "Zoofari” (representing Southeastern Stamp Show 2006).
C) NAPEX Topical AwardPresented to Matthew Smith (11), Minnesota, for “Dinosaurs!” (representing Minnesota Stamp Expo 2006).
D) NAPEX Thematic AwardPresented to Cassi Stahl (11), Indiana, for "Pandas" (representing INDYPEX 2006).
E) NAPEX Research AwardPresented to Olivia Bohrer (12), Quebec, for "Butterflies in Liberty" (representing ORAPEX 2006).

WESTPEX Awards
A) WESTPEX Write-up AwardPresented to Sabrina McGill (11), Indiana, for “Zoofari” (representing Southeastern Stamp Show 2006).
B) WESTPEX Flora and Fauna Award - Presented to Matthew Smith (11), Minnesota, for "Dinosaurs!” (representing Minnesota Stamp Expo 2006).
C) WESTPEX Award of ExcellencePresented to Alexander Faulkner (13), Nova Scotia, for "Sports on Stamps" (representing NOVAPEX 2006).
D) WESTPEX World-wide Award - Presented to Alexander Faulkner (13), Nova Scotia, for "Sports on Stamps" (representing NOVAPEX 2006).


APS Membership Award - Donated by Ken Martin. Presented to John Phillips (11), Illinois, for "The War Between the States" (representing CHICAGOPEX 2006).

American Topical Association Youth Award - Presented to AlyssahX. C. Alcala (13), the Philippines, for "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II" (representing Royal*Royale 2006).

ATA Membership Award – Donated by Johnstown Junior Stamp Club - Presented to AlyssahX. C. Alcala (13), the Philippines, for "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II" (representing Royal*Royale 2006).

Potentiality Memorial Awards in memory of Sid Nichols and Chet Allen - Donated by the Pinnacle Stamp Club, Little Rock, Arkansas. Presented to Olivia Bohrer (12), Quebec, for "Butterflies in Liberty" (representing ORAPEX 2006) and John Phillips (11), Illinois, for "The War Between the States" (representing CHICAGOPEX 2006).

The Caring Award in memory of Chris Winters, MD - Donated by the Pinnacle Stamp Club, Little Rock, Arkansas. Presented to Cassi Stahl (11), Indiana, for "Pandas" (representing INDYPEX 2006).

Unique Girl’s Award - Donated by Sandy Morris. Presented to Olivia Bohrer (12), Quebec, for "Butterflies in Liberty" (representing ORAPEX 2006).