Youth Champion of Champions Winners - 2018

Darren Corapcioglu, age 18 from Germantown, Maryland, was crowned as 2018 Youth Grand Champion at the AAPE Youth Champion of Champions (C of C) competition held during APS StampShow in Columbus, Ohio, August 8-12, 2018.

This year’s event included 8 competitive exhibits created by youth aged 10 – 18. Exhibitors qualified for the Championship by winning AAPE Youth Grand Awards at nationally accredited shows in the U.S. and Canada throughout the season (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018). Besides the designation of "Grand Champion", many other donated awards were presented. In recognition of their high level of achievement, all participants received Fran Jennings memorial medals. Awards consisted of cash and memberships; all participants received 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 2017-2018. Donated by WESTPEX. Presented to Darren Corapcioglu (18), representing NAPEX, "The Universe"

Reserve Champion – Donated by WESTPEX. Presented to Amelia Kelbert (13) representing Edmonton Stamp Show, "The World of the Monarch Butterfly (Doneus Plexippus)"

Traditional Award - Donated by WESTPEX. Best traditional exhibit. Presented to Rebecca Liebson (14) representing ROPEX, "The 8.4 Cent Americana Piano Coil"

Howard Hotchner Award - For the best portrayal of North American philately. Donated by John Hotchner. Presented to Stephen De Wit (11) representing Sandical, "Bayonet Baseball"

ISWSC Award – Best use of worldwide stamps and material. Donated by International Society of Worldwide Stamp Collectors. Presented to Jeffrey Varga (13), representing ARIPEX, "Maersk Group"

American Topical Association Youth Award and Membership donated by Don Smith – Best topical exhibit. Presented to Darren Corapcioglu (18), representing NAPEX, "The Universe"

Collectors Club of Chicago Awards
  1. CCC Title Page Award - Presented to Amelia Kelbert (13) representing Edmonton Stamp Show, "The World of the Monarch Butterfly (Doneus Plexippus)"
  2. CCC Synopsis Page Award - Presented to Ramprasad Mahurkar (14), representing RMSS, "A Dialogue With the Flying Jewels (Butterflies and Moths)"
  3. CCC Research Award - Presented to Rebecca Liebson (14), representing ROPEX "The 8.4 Cent Americana Piano Coil"

WESTPEX Awards
  1. WESTPEX Philatelic Write-up Award – Presented to Darren Corapcioglu (18), representing NAPEX, "The Universe"
  2. WESTPEX Creativity Award - Presented to Stephen De Wit (11) representing Sandical, "Bayonet Baseball"
  3. WESTPEX Judges’ Choice Award for Treatment or Material – Presented to Rebecca Liebson (14), representing ROPEX "The 8.4 Cent Americana Piano Coil"

APS Membership Award - Donated by Ken Martin - Presented to Geneva Varga (14), representing WESTPEX, "The Folkloric Mysteries of Harry Potter"

AAPE Membership Award - Donated by the AAPE - Presented to Geneva Varga (14), representing AmeriStamp Expo, "The Folkloric Myths of Harry Potter"

Most Improved Award in memory of Chris Winders MD - Donated by the Pinnacle Stamp Club, Little Rock, Arkansas. Presented to Geneva Varga (15), representing AmeriStamp Expo, "The Folkloric Myths of Harry Potter"

Potentiality Memorial Awards in memory of Sid Nichols and Chet Allen - Donated by the Pinnacle Stamp Club, Little Rock, Arkansas. Presented to Stephen De Wit (11) representing Sandical, "Bayonet Baseball", Jacob Liebson (11) representing COLOPEX, "The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park and its Three Naval Vessels" and Amelia Kelbert (13) representing Edmonton Stamp Show, "The World of the Monarch Butterfly (Doneus Plexippus)"

Spirit Award in memory of Bill Norton - Donated by the Pinnacle Stamp Club, Little Rock, Arkansas. Presented to Jacob Liebson (11) representing COLOPEX, "The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park and its Three Naval Vessels"

AAPE thanks NAPEX for its continuous support of the Youth Championship and all the generous individuals and organizations, which have so graciously donated these awards for our aspiring youth exhibitors.