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Tim Hodge of Virginia is the winner of the 2010 Youth Champion of Champions competition sponsored by the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors. The event was held in conjunction with the Minnesota Stamp Expo, a World Series of Philately exhibition held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 16-18, 2010. 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 fifteen exhibits (38 frames) prepared by youth aged 9 – 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 memorial medals as well as a membership in Young Stamp Collectors of America (donated by Ken Martin), 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 2009-2010. Donated by WESTPEX. Presented to Tim Hodge (18), representing VAPEX 2009, "Falconiforms (Birds of Prey)."

Reserve Champion – Donated by WESTPEX. Presented to Adam Mangold (11), representing NOJEX 2009, "Building a Nation...One State at a Time."

Traditional Award - Donated by WESTPEX. Best traditional exhibit. Presented to Matthew Gaiser (13), representing Edmonton Spring National 2009, "1992 Philatelic Youth Exhibition."

Welsh Philatelic Society Postal History Award - Best postal history exhibit. Donated by Ann Triggle. Presented to Haley Oswald (10), representing Minnesota Stamp Expo 2009, "Greetings from Minnesota: A philatelic Exploration."

Howard Hotchner Award - For the best portrayal of American History. Donated by John Hotchner. Presented to Adam Mangold (11), representing NOJEX 2009, "Building a Nation...One State at a Time."

ISWSC Award – Best use of worldwide stamps and material. Donated by International Society of Worldwide Stamp Collectors. Presented to Jesse Chevrier (13), representing Royale 2009, "Owls."

American Topical Association Youth Award – Best topical exhibit. Donated by ATA. Presented to Tim Hodge (18), representing VAPEX 2009, "Falconiforms (Birds of Prey)."

NAPEX Awards
  • A) NAPEX Title Page Award - Presented to Caleb Hall (16), representing OKPEX 2009, "The Formation of the United States."

  • B) NAPEX Creativity Award - Presented to Joseph Phillips (11), representing Plymouth Show 2009, "Bridging the Gap."

  • C) NAPEX Topical Award – Presented to John Phillips (14), representing Stamp Expo 400, "America by Water."

  • D) NAPEX Thematic Award – Presented to John Phillips (14), representing INDYPEX 2009, "Faces and Places of the Civil War."

  • E) NAPEX Research Award – Presented to Jesse Chevrier (13), representing Royale 2009, "Owls."

WESTPEX Awards
  • A) WESTPEX Philatelic Write-up Award – Presented to Alexandra Fillion (9), representing Philatelic Show 2009, "What a Princess Wants."

  • B) WESTPEX Flora and Fauna Award - Presented to Lorah Wilson (14), representing BALPEX 2009, "Animals of the World."

  • C) WESTPEX Award of Excellence in Presentation Skills – Presented to Trevor Thomas (12), representing ROMPEX 2009, "The Game of Soccer."

  • D) WESTPEX Progress Award - Presented to Jared Phillips (9), representing St. Louis Stamp Expo 2010, "Farming Through the Ages."

  • E) WESTPEX Entertainment Award - Presented to Trevor Thomas (12), representing ROMPEX 2009, "The Game of Soccer."

  • F) WESTPEX Judges’ Choice Award – Presented to Joseph Phillips (11), representing Plymouth Show 2009, "Bridging the Gap."

APS Membership Award - Donated by Ken Martin. Presented to Caleb Hall (16), representing OKPEX 2009, "The Formation of the United States."

ATA Membership Award – Donated by Johnstown Junior Stamp Club – Presented to Sarah Nagle (13), representing CHICAGOPEX 2009, "Minerals, Elements, and Gemstones."

Potentiality Memorial Awards in memory of Sid Nichols and Chet Allen - Donated by the Pinnacle Stamp Club, Little Rock, Arkansas. Presented to Dillon Thomas (10), representing NTSS 2009, "U.S. Space Shuttle," and to Alexandra Fillion (9), representing Philatelic Show 2009, "What a Princess Wants."

The Caring Award in memory of Chris Winters, MD - Donated by the Pinnacle Stamp Club, Little Rock, Arkansas. Presented to Tim Hodge (18), representing VAPEX 2009, "Falconiforms (Birds of Prey)."

AAPE thanks all the generous individuals and organizations which have so graciously donated these awards for our aspiring youth exhibitors.