Essay Contest

Essay Contest

2017 Save Texas History Essay Contest

What History in your Community is Worth Saving?

Grand Prize Winners:

The fourth-grade grand prize winner is Allison Wade, daughter of Nicholas Wade. Allison is in Ms. Mayfield’s class at Reeves Hinger Elementary in Canyon. Allison championed a weather-beaten community advertisement icon named “Tex Randall” as her subject that’s worth saving. Allison said, “We live in a world where people just throw away their history. Well that needs to change. I have decided to make change happen.”

Read "Tex Randall"

The seventh- grade grand prize winner is Jalynn Bristow, daughter of Kat Bristow. Jalynn is in Ms. Howell’s class at McNiel Middle School in Wichita Falls. Jalynn eloquently described the uniqueness and importance of the Kell House museum to the community of Wichita Falls. Jalynn said, “Local history is not taught in our schools, so if we want to learn about our community, we need to save the places that teach us about it.”

Read "The Kell House Museum"


Fourth Grade:

  • Auden Morales
    Wilbur E. Lucas Elementary, Hidalgo
    Teacher: Ms. Saldana
    Parent: Josie Arellano
    Topic: Borderfest, an annual four-day event
  • Grace Tipping
    Salado Intermediate, Salado
    Teacher: Madison Farnham
    Parent: Traci Tipping
    Topic: The Secret Tunnels of west Fort Hood
  • Josephine Johnson
    Montclair Elementary, Corpus Christi
    Teacher: Mrs. Gonzales
    Parent: Cora Johnson
    Topic: Saving the USS Lexington
  • Eloise Atterberry
    Barton Hills Elementary, Austin
    Teacher: Ms. Geltemeyer
    Parent: Melissa Atterberry
    Topic: The Stitch Lab, a business in Austin
  • Leilah Uribe
    Pittman Elementary, Raymondville
    Teacher: Mrs. Reyna
    Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Uribe
    Topic: Iglesia Santa Pentecostes, Raymondville

Seventh Grade:

  • Ashton J. Bailey
    Miller Middle School, San Marcos
    Teacher: Tamar Collins
    Parent: Cheryl K. Bailey
    Topic: Gruene Hall, New Braunfels
  • Isabella Gutierrez
    Keefer Crossing Middle School, New Caney
    Teacher: Andrew Pearson
    Parents: Cassie Frausto
    Topic: The Story of Us
  • Natalie Pham
    Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School, Richwood
    Teacher: Rosselle Sanchez
    Parent: Vincent Pham
    Topic: The International Bacon Festival, Houston
  • Hayden Jeanise
    Grace Covenant Academy, Frisco
    Teacher: Debra Rolfe
    Parent: Erica Jeanise
    Topic: The Nelson Hotel, Celina
  • Daniella Moreno
    McAdams Junior High School, Dickinson
    Teacher: Mr. Robinson
    Parent: Alvaro Moreno
    Topic: The Galveston Seawall

Winning 4TH and 7TH grade entries will each receive a $500 grand prize and a Texas flag that’s flown over seven different historic sites in Texas, including the Texas State Capitol and the Alamo. All finalists and winners will receive a Save Texas History backpack, a historic map reproduction, and a Certificate of Achievement signed by Commissioner Bush.


Sponsored By:
Chris Cantu of Edward Jones
Bob Eskridge of Just In Time Staffing
The Moses Austin chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas