Matthew Rogers, a 10 year old, grade 5 student of Roncalli Elementary, received the Regional Award (Overall Winner) for his project on Silver Fox Island. Matthew is the Grandson of Garland Rogers and the Great Grandson of the late Samuel and Tryphena Rogers (nee Matthews), who resettled from Silver Fox Island is 1956.
Although the island was totally abandoned during the 1950s and 1960s, Garland Rogers returned to the island each spring to fish. When Matthew was about 18 months old, he made his first trip to Silver Fox Island and has connected with his fishing heritage. He enjoys returning to the island each summer and he enjoys learning about life on the island- both the present and the past.
The theme of this year`s Heritage Fair was By Land, Sea, and Air. In his project, Matthew showed how the people on the island survived by depending on the land, sea, and air; how they moved from the island and resettled in larger communities; how the heritage of Silver Fox Island continues in three generations.
|Matthew Accepts his award|
|Standing by his project in his costume|