Youth Champion of Champions Winners - 2017

Jack Nixon, age 8 from Toronto, Canada, was crowned as 2016 Youth Grand Champion at the AAPE Youth Champion of Champions (C of C) competition held during APS StampShow in Richmond, VA, August 3-6, 2017.

This year’s event included 12 competitive exhibits created by youth aged 8 – 16. 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, 2016 – June 30, 2017). 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 2016-2017. Donated by WESTPEX. Presented to Jack Nixon (8), representing CANPEX, "Canada 1952-57 Wildlife Series”

Reserve Champion – Donated by WESTPEX. Presented to Mia Fillion (12) representing AmeriaStamp Expo, "The USDA MyPlate Food Plate - Mapping Out the Foods”

Traditional Award - Donated by WESTPEX. Best traditional exhibit. Presented to Jack Nixon (8) representing CANPEX, "Canada 1952-57 Wildlife Series”

Howard Hotchner Award - For the best portrayal of North American philately. Donated by John Hotchner. Presented to Rebecca Liebson (13) representing APS StampShow, "The 8.4 Cent Americana Piano Coil"

ISWSC Award – Best use of worldwide stamps and material. Donated by International Society of Worldwide Stamp Collectors. Presented to Addie Amos (12), representing Southeastern Stamp Expo, "The Penguin: A Bird That Does Not Fly"

American Topical Association Youth Award and Membership donated by Don Smith – Best topical exhibit. Presented to Mia Fillion (12), representing AmeriStamp Expo, "The USDA MyPlate Food Plate - Mapping Out the Foods"

Collectors Club of Chicago Awards
  1. CCC Title Page Award - Presented to Addie Amos (12), representing Southeastern Stamp Expo, "The Penguin: A Bird That Does Not Fly"
  2. CCC Synopsis Page Award - Presented to Jacob Liebson (10), representing OKPEX, "The Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park and Its Three Naval Vessels"
  3. CCC Research Award - Presented to Donald Hammock (16), representing APS StampShow, "Rail Fun Philately"
WESTPEX Awards
  1. WESTPEX Philatelic Write-up Award – Presented to Alex Fillion (16), representing AmeriStamp Expo, "Dairy Products of a Cow"
  2. WESTPEX Creativity Award - Presented to Geneva Varga (14), representing AmeriStamp Expo, "The Folklore Myths of Harry Potter"
  3. WESTPEX Judges’ Choice Award for Treatment or Material – Presented to Jack Nixon (8), CANPEX, "Canada 1952-57 Wildlife Series"
  4. WESTPEX International Award – Presented to Geneva Varga (14), representing AmeriStamp Expo, "The Folklore Myths of Harry Potter"


APS Membership Award - Donated by Ken Martin - Presented to Coty Carmack (14), representing Rocky Mountain Stamp Show, "Super Heroes on Stamps”

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

Most Improved Award - Donated by the Pinnacle Stamp Club, Little Rock, Arkansas in memory of Chris Winters, MD. Presented to Jeffrey Varga (12), representing AmeriStamp Expo, "Engineering Marvels: Bridges of the World"

Potentiality Memorial Awards in memory of Sid Nichols and Chet Allen - Donated by the Pinnacle Stamp Club, Little Rock, Arkansas. Presented to Jack Nixon (8), representing CANPEX, "Canada 1952-57 Wildlife Series”" and to Alexander Liusz Moser (8), representing Edmonton Spring National, "Time of Dinosaurs"

Spirit Award - Donated by the Pinnacle Stamp Club, Little Rock, Arkansas in memory of Bill Norton. Presented to Seth and Tristin Martin (9 & 12), representing Rocky Mountain Stamp Show, "What’s in the Water?"

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