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Star of the Republic Announces History Fair Winners

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.

DIVISION CHAMPIONS:

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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