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Texas History Day: Breaking Barriers in History

The 40th Annual Texas History Day concluded with a virtual award ceremony, where several students from Waco ISD brought home top awards.  Texas History Day, an affiliate of the National History Day program, brings more than 65,000 middle and high school participants.  These students join more than 500,000 students across the country who participate in National History Day.

“Breaking Barriers in History”, this year’s theme, provided the framework for students to select a historical topic to research.  From the compilation of research, each student or group created and presented original research papers, documentaries, websites, exhibits and performances.  The projects were submitted at the regional level where the winners advanced to the state competition in Austin.  

Although originally scheduled for April 25 in Austin, Texas History Day moved to a virtual format like many other state-level competitions. Students or groups that received first or second place at the state level advanced to National History Day, including ATLAS Academy's Oliver Houston! A virtual competition in June will replace the in-person event originally scheduled to be held at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Congratulations to the following students on their fantastic success at Texas History Day:

Oliver Houston – ATLAS Academy

  • Individual Performance, Junior Division
  • 2nd Place                
  • National History Day Qualifier

Claire Prather, Lily Howell and Lydia Allen – ATLAS Academy

  • Group Performance, Junior Division
  • 3rd Place

Lilly Coffman – Waco High School

  • Individual Documentary, Senior Division
  • Heart of Texas Regional Award
  • Best Use of Texas Archival Collections, Senior Division
  • C.M. Caldwell Award for Texas History, Senior Division

*View Lilly's documentary at: Sandtown Erased: How Cultural and Geographic Barriers were Broken by Urban Renewal

Oliver Houston
Oliver Houston at Texas History Day

Claire Prather, Lily Howell, Lydia Allen

Claire Prather, Lily Howell, Lydia Allen at Texas History Day

Lilly Coffman

Lilly Coffman at Texas History Day