Waco, Texas--Tennyson Middle School hosted their History Fair on January 18, 2023. At this Fair, six projects were selected to advance and compete at the 2023 Heart of Texas Regional History Fair, held on February 16th.
Our students did well at the HOTRHF. One project, The Chili Queens of San Antonio exhibit, swept most of the Special Awards. Jhetzza Carbajal won the following awards: The Dr. Pepper Award, the Festival on the Brazos Award, the Waco Historical Commission Award, the McLennan County Historical Commission Award, the Links Award, and the Texas Collection Award. A Historical Paper, Dorothea Lynde Dix: Reformer and Activist, written by Zuly Barco won the W.R. Poage Award.
In the Individual Exhibit category, Makiyah Washington’s project, Katherine Johnson: The Human Computer, won 2nd place. Jhettza Carbajal with The Chili Queens of San Antonio won an Honorable Mention. Zuly Barco was awarded 1st place in the Paper category for her paper Dorothea Lynde Dix: Reformer and Activist. Placing first in the Group Performance category, for their performance, Is There a Doctor in the House?: The Tale of Dr. Sara Josephine Baker and Typhoid Mary, are Katarina Telep, Emma Clark-Martinez, and Finley Ritter. Evalee Smith and Abigail Polk won 1st place in the group Website category.
First and Second Place winners will be representing the ATLAS Academy @ Tennyson Middle School and Waco ISD at the Texas History Day contest held in March in Austin, Texas.
We are proud of our students and hope next year we will have more students choosing to participate in the Historical Research class and the History Fair. Participation in the History Fair is critical to developing a culture of inquiry in our students at a developmental stage when they are learning to synthesize and analyze information.