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Star of the Republic Museum announces history fair winners

Approximately 250 students participate in 2017 Brazos Valley Regional History Fair

February 14, 2017

 

From left: Kennedy Carroll, Ja’Tajah Hardman, and Jazmyne Sauls from Bryan ISD’s Jane Long Middle School presented “Ruby Bridges: Crossing the Color Barrier” at the 2017 Brazos Valley Regional History Fair held at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site.

Approximately 250 junior high and high school students put their historical knowledge on display Friday during the 2017 Brazos Valley Regional History Fair at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site.

Sponsored by the Star of the Republic Museum and local businesses and organizations, the theme for this year’s history fair was “Taking a Stand in History.” Entries were open to students in grades 6-12 who qualified for the regional competition by competing in their local school history fair.

This year, 248 students from Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Washington, and Waller counties presented 139 projects.

“This is the largest regional competition we have ever had,” Lisa Berg, Star of the Republic Museum Curator of Education and coordinator of the Brazos Valley Regional History Fair. “It is very exciting to see the students share what they have learned throughout the year. This is their chance to be the experts.”

Project categories include historical paper, exhibit, documentary, performance, and interpretive website. Several Blinn College faculty, area educators, volunteers from local historical commissions, and history enthusiasts from the community judged the submissions. The two finalists in each category advance to the state competition April 29 in Austin. Winners at the state fair can advance to the National History Day competition held at the University of Maryland in June.

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.

Beginning March 4, the Star of the Republic Museum is unveiling a new exhibit called “Heirloom Genealogy: Tracing your Family Treasures.” The exhibit, which will continue through February 15, 2018, will examine historical artifacts, including clothing, tools, and instruments, to reveal their origination and how they arrived in Texas.

For more information, call 936-878-2461 or visit: www.starmuseum.org.

DIVISION CHAMPIONS:

JUNIOR HISTORICAL PAPER
Anna Krzenski, Brenham Junior High – Quanah Parker: Savagely Civilized

JUNIOR INDIVIDUAL DOCUMENTARY
Caroline McCall, Stephen F. Austin Middle School – Park Sang-hak: Tanking a Stand in North Korea

JUNIOR INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE
Jenna Hardy, Brenham Junior High – Susan B. Anthony: How one Woman’s Devotion put a Revolution in Motion

JUNIOR GROUP PERFORMANCE
Brice Beene, Kam Brimberry, and Zane Moriarty, Anderson-Shiro Junior High – Wyatt Earp & Doc Holliday

JUNIOR INDIVIDUAL EXHIBIT
Jared Mueller, Brenham Junior High – Travis’ Line in the Sand

JUNIOR GROUP EXHIBIT
Donovan Gibson, Blaine Kuta, and Jarod Thane, Anderson-Shiro Junior High – Derailed

JUNIOR INDIVIDUAL WEBSITE
Clayton Boeker, Brenham Junior High – Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Ultimate Sacrifice for Taking a Stand

JUNIOR GROUP WEBSITE
Colby McDonald and Jonathan Ritchie, Anderson-Shiro Junior High – Cesar Chavez

SENIOR HISTORICAL PAPER
Amber Allen, Navasota High School – Adina De Zavala: Preserving the Alamo

SENIOR INDIVIDUAL DOCUMENTARY
Madison Brooker, Anderson-Shiro High School – Mother Teresa: Saint of the Gutters

SENIOR GROUP DOCUMENTARY
Marco Castaneda, Andy Castro, Jose Garcia, Wilmer Flores, and Cameron Seale, Navasota High School – Jesse Owens: The Buckeye Bullet

SENIOR INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE
Alexis Morgan, Navasota High School – Betty Friedan: Women’s Liberation

SENIOR GROUP PERFORMANCE
Ian Campbell, Jose Almanza, Evin Diaz, Manuel Garza, and Alexis Anguiano, Navasota High School – Resisting the Authority of His Holiness: King Henry VIII vs. Pope Clement VII

SENIOR INDIVIDUAL EXHIBIT
Kensey Wiggins, Anderson-Shiro High School – Betty Friedan: Homemaker to Women’s Rights Activist

SENIOR GROUP EXHIBIT
Ismael Gonzalez, Erick Peralata, and Carlos Santoy, Navasota High School – Cesar Chavez: Si Se Puede

SENIOR INDIVIDUAL WEBSITE
Dakota McDaniel, Navasota High School – Let’s Roll

SENIOR GROUP WEBSITE
Wyatt Pahl, Trent Clark, Micah Mock, and Jeb Malek, Navasota High School – Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine

SPECIAL AWARDS:

ALLEN COMMANDER MEMORIAL TEXAS HISTORY AWARD
Jax Bacak, Bryce Steel, and Josh Costiloe, Brazos Christian School

ARTIE FULTZ DAVIS LEGAL HISTORY AWARD
Caroline Murphy, Brenham Junior High

BRAZOS COUNTY AWARD
Junior: Lukas Hardy, Jeremy Moreno, and Kyle Brelsford, Jane Long Middle School
Senior: Chloe Perkins, Amelia Adams, and Nanci Lammoglia, Brazos Christian School

GRIMES COUNTY AWARD
Junior: Donovan Gibson, Blaine Kuta, and Jarod Thane, Anderson-Shiro Junior High
Senior: Anna Welch, Anderson-Shiro High School

MIKE HOPKINS MEMORIAL TEXAS HISTORY AWARD
Lillian Mahan, Navasota Junior High

OUTSTANDING EXHIBIT DESIGN AWARD
Brayden Folkers, Christian Kelarek, Liam Wilson, and Ryan Wisnoski, Anderson-Shiro Junior High

RELIGION IN AMERICA AWARD
Mauricio Chandler, Brenham Junior High

ROBERT RAINES CHAPTER DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AWARD
Paige Lawrence, Trinity Loukanis, Mary Alfaro, and Mia Nunez, Navasota Junior High

STUDENT CHOICE AWARD
Junior: Lukas Hardy, Jeremy Moreno, and Kyle Brelsford, Jane Long Middle School
Senior: Kensey Wiggins, Anderson-Shiro High School

THEATER ARTS AWARD
Junior: Kayci Pharaon, Brenham Junior High
Senior: Katherine Vaughn, Catherine Lockett, and Jonathan Moore, Brazos Christian School

WASHINGTON COUNTY AWARD
Anna Krzenski, Brenham Junior High

WOMEN IN HISTORY AWARD
Junior: Hannah Dimmel, Bethany Izaguirre, and Robbie Morton, Navasota Junior High
Senior: Carson Prewitt, Navasota High School

ZUBER—HADLEY CHAPTER DAUGHTERS OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS AWARD
Amber Allen, Navasota High School