AAPE - Youth Champion of Champions
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For Judges, the 2015 Criteria for the AAPE Youth Exhibit Awards (Updated and approved February 2015).
Please contact the Vesma Grinfelds, AAPE Youth C of C Director, for any question concerning criteria – firstname.lastname@example.org
Today's young collectors are tomorrow's philatelic leaders. As has been proved by selections for the APS
Young Philatelic Leaders Fellowship program, youth who are willing to make a commitment to the hobby
are often those who get involved in active public aspects of it, including exhibiting.
While AAPE recognizes that for some young people, exhibiting will be a passing fancy,
for others it will be the beginning of a life-long commitment. AAPE wants to support this
"planting of seeds" because doing so supports the hobby, because it provides a positive, rewarding, and
enjoyable activity for those involved, and because it will help to insure the future of philatelic exhibiting.
To Youth Exhibitors--
Making a stamp exhibit is an exciting challenge that combines your interests in life
with your interest in stamp collecting. Your interest might be sports, space travel,
Revolutionary War history, butterflies, or any of hundreds of other subjects.
All can be found celebrated in designs of stamps from around the world.
If you have never exhibited stamps or are just beginning in our hobby,
AAPE can help by matching you with an experienced adult mentor who can
answer your questions and guide you on the path to winning prizes with
One possible goal is for you to participate in AAPE's
Youth Champion of Champions competition, a yearly event where the
best-in-show exhibits from each of the 30+ annual national shows
held around the United States and Canada compete to become the national
Youth Champion of Champions. Information about this Championship is presented below.
You can also see from the exhibit subjects of the winners that a wide variety of
interests can be made into stamp exhibits that are fun to create and will give
you a lasting sense of pride.
If you would like more information on how to do a
stamp exhibit, or would like to be matched with a mentor, you are invited to get in touch with one of us:
Once a year, AAPE sponsors a youth exhibit featuring the work of outstanding youth (primarily from the U.S. and Canada).
Each participant has won a youth grand award at a nationally accredited show, as listed, in the United States or Canada,
with at least a national level silver medal.
- The program began as the American Youth Stamp Exhibiting Competition following a concept
advanced by John Hotchner in 1987, which was adopted as an activity of AAPE.
- The first chairman of AYSEC was Carl Burnett of Melbourne, Florida. He began the work of
organizing in 1988, and the first running was at FLOREX '90.
- Mike Jolly followed Burnett as Chairman, and Canadian shows were added as qualifiers.
Following Jolly's untimely passing,
Ada Prill took over the chair, and recast the competition as the "AAPE Youth Champion of Champions";
drawing Youth Grand Award winners from APS national shows.
- Vesma Grinfelds is the current director.
The current director; is an appointment that is given a seat on the AAPE Board.
Directors of the Youth Exhibiting Championship since its creation:
- 2012-today: Vesma Grinfelds (California)
- 2004-2012: Carol and Robert Barr (Illinois)
- 1997-2004: Ada Prill (New York)
- 1992-1996: Michael Jolly (New Jersey)
- 1988-1992: Carl Burnett (Florida)
Winners of the AAPE Youth Champion of Champions since its inception:
||Minnesota Stamp Expo
||NAPEX (McLean, Va)
|2012||Minnesota Stamp Expo||John Phillips||"America by Water"|| |
||"Building a Nation - One State at a Time"
|2010||Minnesota Stamp Expo||Tim Hodge||"Falconiforms (Birds of Prey)"|| |
|2009||NTSS - Dayton||Sabrina McGill||"Zoofari"|| |
|2008||Indypex||Dzintars Grinfelds||"The 'Three-Star' Issues of Latvia, 1921-1923"|| |
||National Topical Stamp Show
||Alyssah Xenia C. Alcala
||"Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II"
|2006||Indypex||Kurt Glatzfelder||"The Vostok Program"|| |
|2005||ROPEX (Rochester, NY)||Dzintars Grinfelds||"Central Lithuania"|| |
||"In Come the Pigs"
|2003||NAPEX (McLean, Va)||Dzintars Grinfelds||"The 'Three-Star' Coat of Arms Issue of Latvia, 1922-1933"|| |
|2002||National Topical Stamp Show||Kent Kuran||"Postal History of California to 1900"|| |
|2001||National Topical Stamp Show||Dzintars Grinfelds||"The 'Three-Star' Coat of Arms Issue of Latvia, 1922-1933"|| |
|2000||Indypex||John Ryle||"Indiana 4-Bars - Types and Usages"|| |
|1999||Peach State Stamp Show (Atlanta)||Devin Shane Luster||"Basketball"|| |
|1998||Greater Toronto Stamp Show||Tim Jones||"The History of Man's Flight in the Earth's Atmosphere"|| |
|1997||Indypex||Ellice Miller||"How Writers Use Flowers to Interpret Their Ideas"|| |
|1996||Indypex (Indianapolis)||Joyce Adams||"The Quetzal Bird in Guatemalan Philately"|| |
|1995||Chicagopex||Charles Vukotich||"U.S. Bulk Letters: False Frankings 2/3/91-12/31/94"|| |
|1994||Philadelphia National Stamp Show||Charlotte Verge||"The Owls"|| |
|1993||Sescal (Los Angeles)||Andrew Kelley||"2c Red Washington Head, 1922"|| |
|1992||World Columbian (Chicago)||Kathryn Yadon||"The Bank Note Issues of 1870-1890"|| |
|1991||Omaha Stamp Show||Mark Sawyer||"Germania Issues of 1900-1922"|| |
|1990||Florex (Orlando)||Christine Jolly||"Postal Markings of Ireland to the Reforms of 1857"|| |