Almost 200 junior high and high school students put their historical knowledge on display Friday at the Brazos Valley Regional History Fair at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site.
The fair is sponsored by the Star of the Republic Museum administered by Blinn College. Entries were open to students in grades 7-12 who qualified for the regional competition by competing in their local school history fair. This year 187 students participated, presenting 107 projects. The competition includes students from Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Washington and Waller counties.
“I’m always excited to see the results of these students’ work,” said Anne McGaugh, Star of the Republic Museum’s curator of education and coordinator of the Brazos Valley Regional History Fair. “It’s a tremendous learning opportunity for the students. They do their own research, analyze the results and put a lot of effort into these projects.”
Project categories include historical paper, exhibit, documentary, performance and interpretive website. Blinn faculty and volunteers from local historical commissions judged the submissions.
Star of the Republic Museum is located at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site off state Highway 105. It was created by the Texas Legislature and is administered by Blinn College as a cultural and educational institution. Daily museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (936) 878-2461 or visit: www.starmuseum.org.
JUNIOR INDIVIDUAL HISTORICAL PAPER
Amber Allen, Navasota Junior High – The Beatles and the British Invasion
JUNIOR INDIVIDUAL DOCUMENTARY
Trent Clark, Navasota Junior High – Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Major League Baseball
JUNIOR GROUP DOCUMENTARY
Blaine Koening, Landon Kruse and J. Collin Malloch, Brenham Junior High – Bubonic Plague
JUNIOR INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE
Katie Whoeler, Navasota Junior High – The Fall of the Berlin Wall
JUNIOR GROUP PERFORMANCE
Lois Kate Kolkhorst and Caroline Kuecker, Brenham Junior High – Amelia Earhart: Simply the Best
JUNIOR INDIVIDUAL EXHIBIT
Parker Thanke, Anderson-Shiro Secondary – Patriots: From Rebels to Heroes, The Battle of Lexington and Concord
JUNIOR GROUP EXHIBIT
Hannah Barosh and Kensey Wiggins, Anderson-Shiro Secondary – The Erie Canal: A Trade and Transportation Revolution
JUNIOR INDIVIDUAL WEBSITE
Madalyn Krueger, Brenham Junior High – Erie Canal
JUNIOR GROUP WEBSITE
Jacqueline Deans, Rachel Whatley and Taylor Farmer, Brenham Junior High – Roswell Incident
SENIOR INDIVIDUAL HISTORICAL PAPER
Linsey Meier, Brenham Christian Academy – Henry Ford’s Assembly Line
SENIOR INDIVIDUAL DOCUMENTARY
Layla Perez, Navasota High – For the Love of Beauty, Not Billboards: Lady Bird Johnson and the Beautification Act
SENIOR GROUP DOCUMENTARY
Madison Dietrich and Kelton Goudeau, Anderson-Shiro Secondary – The Scottsboro Boys
SENIOR INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE
Hannah Childress, Anderson-Shiro Secondary – Denton Cooley: The Heart of Surgeons
SENIOR GROUP PERFORMANCE
Sinclaire Collins, Janea Cavazos, Triston Tamez, Tyler Lewis and Taylor Cooper, Navasota High – Children of the Factory
SENIOR INDIVIDUAL EXHIBIT
Diego Regalado, Navasota High – Reform, Reorganize, Succeed: The Goldwater Nichols Act
SENIOR GROUP EXHIBIT
Dillon Moore and Rylie McKinney, Anderson-Shiro Secondary – Jackie Robinson: Breaking the Color Barrier
SENIOR INDIVIDUAL WEBSITE
Jennifer Du, Navasota High – The Forgotten Papers: China’s Entry into the Korean War
SENIOR GROUP WEBSITE
Patricia Sustaita, Jessica Cortez and Jessica Padron, Navasota High – Gone but Still Changing the Nation: John F. Kennedy and His Assassination
WOMEN IN TEXAS HISTORY AWARD
Layla Perez, Navasota High
OUTSTANDING SENIOR EXHIBIT DESIGN AWARD
Charlene Ruffino and Josselyn Servando, Anderson-Shiro Secondary
THE BRAZOS COUNTY AWARDS
Randale Lowe, Henry Boedeker and Kyle Einkauf, Stephen F. Austin
THE GRIMES COUNTY HISTORY AWARDS
Lukas Diorio, Anderson-Shiro Secondary
Madison Botkin, Navasota High
THE TEXAS HISTORY AWARDS
Kynsee Gesch, Navasota High
THE THEATRE ARTS AWARDS
Lois Kate Kolkhorst and Caroline Kuecker, Brenham Junior High
Sinclaire Collins, Janea Cavazos, Triston Tamez, Tyler Lewis and Taylor Cooper, Navasota High
THE WASHINGTON COUNTY AWARDS
Jordan Moye, Brenham Christian Academy
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