2016 Save Texas History Essay Contest

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The fourth- grade grand prize winner is Shawnee Pool, daughter of Tammie Pool. Shawnee is in Ms. Lawrence’s class at Pottsboro Elementary in Pottsboro. Shawnee explained how the Twin Sisters Dance Hall in Blanco was important to save because of its value as an historic community and cultural center since 1870.

The seventh- grade grand prize winner is Abby House, daughter of Regina House. Abby is in Ms. Sandidge’s class at Needville Junior High in Needville. Abby explained how the Imperial Sugar Building in Sugarland was important to save because of its agricultural and economic impact on the region and its value as the prime producer of refined sugar for the state.

The 4th grade runners up are:

  • Sophia Curiel
    Reyes Elementary, El Paso.
    Teacher: Ms. Guerrero
    Parents: Rogelio and Carmen Curiel
    Topic: El Paso Street in downtown El Paso
  • Corbet Cowey
    Stockdale Elementary, Stockdale.
    Teacher: Venicia Monita
    Parents: Corbet and Brenda Cowey
    Topic: The Clock Tower at Fort Sam Houston
  • Brennan Rice
    Pottsboro Elementary, Pottsboro.
    Parent: Sheila Rice
    Topic: Lake Texoma
  • Britain Emerson
    Boone Elementary, Austin.
    Teacher: Samantha Barrett
    Parent: Charis Emerson
    Topic: Zilker Park in Austin
  • Dorsey Warstler
    Boone Elementary, Austin.
    Teacher: Evon Davis
    Parents: Morgan and Sherina Warstler
    Topic: Lady Bird Lake downtown Austin
  • Jaidyn Landry
    Green Valley Elementary, Houston.
    Teacher: Kimberly Hancock
    Parent: Grant Landry
    Topic: Mission San Jose in San Antonio
  • Joyce Bennett
    Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, San Antonio.
    San Antonio, TX 78216
    Teacher: Laurine Heinsheimer
    Parent: Juanita Rodriguez
    Topic: Tower of the Americas in San Antonio
  • Ian Kelley
    Boone Elementary, Austin.
    Teacher: Samantha Barrett
    Parent: Christina Kelley
    Topic: Enchanted Rock in Enchanted Rock State Park
  • Sofia Thapa
    James L. Collins Catholic School, Corsicana.
    Teacher: Fred Lagomarsino
    Topic: Temple Beth-El in Corsicana
  • Jonathan Ramirez
    Green Valley Elementary, Houston.
    Teacher: Marion Brown
    Parent: Annabelle Garcia
    Topic: Spanish Missions in Texas

The 7th grade runners up are:

  • Addie Fusig
    Grace Ward Harby Junior High School, Alvin.
    Teacher: Jerry Nelson
    Parent: Sarah Fusig
    Topic: The Astrodome in Houston
  • Damien Panton
    Fulmore Middle School, Austin.
    Teacher: Carrie Schreiber
    Parent: Kathy Panton
    Topic: Fulmore Middle School Building
  • Kathryn Mendoza
    Danforth Junior High School, Wimberley
    Teacher: Tommy Bennett
    Parents: Richard and Beth Mendoza
    Topic: Houston’s Old Sixth Ward
  • Victoria Ramos
    Ysleta Middle School, El Paso
    Teacher: Wendy Lee Carrasco Solorio
    Parent: Alice Ramos
    Topic: Ysleta Mission in El Paso
  • Emily Ray
    Keller Middle School, Keller.
    Teacher: Heidi Cox
    Parent: Doyle Ray
    Topic: The Water Tower in Keller
  • John Reyna
    South Houston Intermediate School, Houston.
    Houston, TX 77587
    Teacher: Aimee Schultz
    Parent: Blanca A. Reyna
    Topic: The Astrodome in Houston
  • Devany Garza
    Needville Junior High School, Needville.
    Teacher: Jana Sandidge
    Parent: Yolanda Garza
    Topic: Needville Water Tower
  • Caroline Wei
    Hamilton Middle School, Cypress.
    Teacher: Teri Sarver
    Parent: Hungwei Wei
    Topics: The Onate Crossing and the Port Isabel Yacht Club
  • Sanjana Shangle
    Pat and Catherine Fowler Middle School, Plano.
    Teacher: Margie Fitzgerald
    Parent: Tarun Shangle
    Topics: The Alamo and the Fort Worth Stockyards
  • Eveleigh Jenning
    Danforth Junior High School, Wimberley.
    Teacher: Tommy Bennett
    Parent: Andrea Brown
    Topic: San Solomon Springs at Balmorhea State Park

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