Youth Champion of Champions Winners - 2014

Darren Corapcioglu, age 14 from Germantown, Maryland, was crowned as 2014 Youth Grand Champion at the AAPE Youth Champion of Champions (C of C) competition held during Minnesota Stamp Expo in Crystal, MA, July 18-20.

This year’s event included 10 exhibits (22 frames) created by youth aged 10 – 17. Exhibitors qualified for the Championship by winning AAPE Youth Grand Awards at nationally accredited shows in the U.S. and Canada throughout the season (April 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014). 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 2013-2014. Donated by WESTPEX.
Presented to Darren Corapcioglu (14), representing StampShow, "The Universe"

Reserve Champion – Donated by WESTPEX.
Presented to Adam Mangold (15) representing INDYPEX 201, "Building a Nation … One State at a Time"

Traditional Award - Donated by WESTPEX. Best traditional exhibit.
Presented to Haley Oswald (14) representing Omaha Stamp Show 2013, "The National Parks 5c Yellowstone Stamp"

Postal History Award - Best postal history exhibit. Donated by Alan Barasch.
Presented to Annika Fillion (12), representing Philatelic Show 2013, "U.S. Domestic Rates for First Class Surface Postal and Post Cards between 1873 and Today"

Howard Hotchner Award - For the best portrayal of American History. Donated by John Hotchner.
Presented to Adam Mangold (15) representing INDYPEX 201, "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 Darren Corapcioglu (14), representing StampShow, "The Universe"

American Topical Association Youth Award – Best topical exhibit.
Presented to Darren Corapcioglu (14), representing StampShow, "The Universe"

NAPEX Awards
  • A) NAPEX Global Theme Award
    Presented to Darren Corapcioglu (14), representing StampShow, "The Universe"

  • B) NAPEX Title Page Award
    Presented to Annika Fillion (12), representing Philatelic Show 2013, "U.S. Domestic Rates for First Class Surface Postal and Post Cards between 1873 and Today"

  • C) NAPEX Creativity Award
    Presented to Alexandra Fillion (13), representing Ameristamp Expo, "What a Princess Wants"

  • D) NAPEX Topical Award
    Presented to Alexandra Fillion (13), representing Ameristamp Expo, "What a Princess Wants"

  • E) NAPEX Thematic Award
    Presented to Mia Fillion (10), representing Philatelic Show 2012, "The Chinese Zodiac"

  • F) NAPEX Research Award
    Presented to Anubhav Jaiswal (17), representing AmeriStamp Expo 2014, "Alternate Forms of Energy in India"



WESTPEX Awards
  • A) WESTPEX Philatelic Write-up Award
    Presented to Emma Grabowski (13), representing Minnesota Stamp Expo 2013, "Eagle and U.S. Mail"

  • B) WESTPEX Flora and Fauna Award
    Presented to Nina Richards (14), representing ORAPEX 2013, "Cats"

  • C) WESTPEX Award of Excellence in Presentation Skills –
    Presented to Adam Mangold (15) representing INDYPEX 201, "Building a Nation … One State at a Time"

  • D) WESTPEX Progress Award
    Presented to Alexander Brown (14), representing Royal 2013 Royale, "Evolution of Aviation"

  • E) WESTPEX Entertainment Award
    Presented to Alexandra Fillion (13), representing Ameristamp Expo, "What a Princess Wants"

  • F) WESTPEX Judges’ Choice Award
    Presented to Haley Oswald (14) representing Omaha Stamp Show, "The National Parks 5c Yellowstone Stamp"



APS Membership Award - Donated by Ken Martin.
Presented to Emma Grabowski (13), representing Minnesota Stamp Expo 2013, "Eagle and U.S. Mail"

ATA Membership Award – Donated by Don Smith –
Presented to Mia Fillion (10), representing Philatelic Show 2012, "The Chinese Zodiac"

Potentiality Memorial Awards in memory of Sid Nichols and Chet Allen - Donated by the Pinnacle Stamp Club, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Presented to Alexander Brown (14), representing Royal 2013 Royale, "Evolution of Aviation" and to Anubhav Jaiswal (17), representing AmeriStamp Expo 2014, "Alternate Forms of Energy in India"

The Caring Award in memory of Chris Winters, MD - Donated by the Pinnacle Stamp Club, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Presented to Nina Richards (14), representing ORAPEX 2013, "Cats"

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