Award Winners at HOTRHF

2015 5th Grade Student Participants

Fairfield Junior High: Avery Boardman, Abbi Cockerell, Nathanial Dunlap, Tate House, Jeremy Kilkenny, Karley Thomassen

Hillcrest PDS: Jillian Brennan, Abigail King, Terrance Reed, Claire Smith, Daniel Swenke

Hillsboro Intermediate: Alexis Brooks, Iynaja Craver-Suggs, Anthony Gutierrez, Will Marshall

La Vega Intermediate School H P Miles Campus: Alyssa Banda, Bailee Barton, Jasmine Melvin, Ma’Nyah Jones, Kyndall Zilem,

Rapoport Academy: Malachi Albrecht, Takiera Bell, Harris Cook, Dylan Dunn, Marliza Garcia, Tylan Harris, Mackenna Lacy, Samantha Perez, Kelsey Santiago, Jim White

2015 6th through 12th Grade Winners

Please note that all First Place and Second Place winners advance to compete at Texas History Day.


Senior (grades 9-12) Group Documentary

First Place

Students: Heather Parker, Cameron Brickell, Andrew McMahon
Title: Legacy of Gideon Sundback
School: Belton New Tech High School @ Waskow
Teacher: Timothy Potts

Second Place

Students: Anna Stewart, Sydney Maldonado
Title: Cesar Chavez
School: University High School
Teacher: Dan Pfleging

Third Place

Students: Louis Martinez, Scott Dupuy
Title: ALI: The Legend, The Leader, The Legacy
School: Waco High School
Teachers: Ken Heller, Kristeen Williams, Lyssa Davoust

Fourth Place

Students: Madison Kalista, Evan Delgadillo, Carly Neese, Rebekah Ashley
Title: John A Larson
School: Belton New Tech High School @ Waskow
Teacher: Timothy Potts


Senior (grades 9-12) Individual Documentary

First Place

Student: Bennett Johnson
Title: Chester Nimitz: Leader of the Pacific
School: Waco High School
Teachers: Ken Heller, Kristeen Williams, Lyssa Davoust

Second Place

Student: Pearson Crow
Title: Elizabeth I
School: Waco High School
Teachers: Ken Heller, Kristeen Williams, Lyssa Davoust

Third Place

Student: Kylie Burnham
Title: Ruth Handler
School: Waco High School
Teachers: Ken Heller, Kristeen Williams, Lyssa Davoust


Senior (grades 9-12) Group Performance

First Place

Students: Zane McDurham, Caroline Hahn, Julia Hensley, Bryson Shavers
Title: The Wonderful World of Walt
School: Waco High School
Teachers: Ken Heller, Kristeen Williams, Lyssa Davoust


Senior (grades 9-12) Individual Performance

First Place

Student: Haley Miller
Title: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Knightly Gentlemen: A Legacy in Leadership of a Divided Nation
School: Waco High School
Teachers: Ken Heller, Kristeen Williams, Lyssa Davoust


Senior (grades 9-12) Group Exhibit

First Place

Students: Tiffany Brenner, Joselyne White,Holly Arriaga, Evonne Rodriguez
Title: The Ambitious Imposter
School: Waco High School
Teachers: Ken Heller, Kristeen Williams, Lyssa Davoust

Second Place

Students: Madeline Chaput, Hailey Peace, Olivia Houlden
Title: Cixi: The Dragon Empress
School: Belton High School
Teachers: Pamela Rodriguez, Elizabeth Howson

Third Place

Students: Carter Conradt. Claire Conradt
Title: The Many Faces of Benjamin Franklin
School: Lorena High School
Teachers: Greg Blanchard, Greg Borchardt

Fourth Place

Students: Sara White, Mercedes Herring, Sakyra Young
Title: The Legacy of Civil Rights Leadership: Malcolm X
School: Waco High School
Teachers: Ken Heller, Kristeen Williams, Lyssa Davoust


Senior (grades 9-12) Individual Exhibit

First Place

Student: Abby Garner
Title: First Do No Harm -- Ignaz Semmelweiss
School: Waco High School
Teachers: Ken Heller, Kristeen Williams, Lyssa Davoust

Second Place

Student: Shenayah Stanfield
Title: Chief John Ross and The Trail of Tears
School: Covington School
Teacher: Bettie Saccardo

Third Place

Student: Kayla Garner
Title: Nelson Mandela: The Fight Against Apartheid
School: Lorena High School
Teachers: Greg Blanchard, Greg Borchardt

Fourth Place

Student: Garret Sulak
Title: Stephen Epler: Father of a New Sport Sensation
School: Abbott School
Teacher: Mary Ann Johnson

Fourth Place

Student: Luis Picazo
Title: Stan Lee
School: University High School
Teacher: Dan Pfleging


Senior (grades 9-12) Individual Web Site

First Place

Student: Joel Horton
Title: Samuel Palmer Brooks: Leading the Baylor Community from 1902-1931
School: Lorena High School
Teachers: Greg Blanchard, Greg Borchardt

Second Place

Student: Fallon Bain
Title: How Nikola Tesla Changed the World
School: Waco High School
Teachers: Ken Heller, Kristeen Williams, Lyssa Davoust

Third Place

Student: Tanner Luce
Title: Steve Jobs: Artistic Leader of the Computer Industry
School: Belton New Tech High School @ Waskow
Teacher: Matthew Mastrilli

Fourth Place

Student: Alex Gil
Title: Alcoholics Anonymous
School: Waco High School
Teachers: Ken Heller, Kristeen Williams, Lyssa Davoust

Fourth Place

Student: Josue Morales
Title: Martin Luther: The Reformer
School: Waco High School
Teachers: Ken Heller, Kristeen Williams, Lyssa Davoust


Senior (grades 9-12) Individual Historical Paper

Fourth Place

Student: Joshua Stegall
Title: Andrew Jackson Born for the Storm
School: Belton High School
Teachers: Pamela Rodriguez, Elizabeth Howson


Senior (grades 9-12) Group Web Sites

First Place

Students: Sarah Sriram, Dylan Rivera, Daniela Juarez, Alizea Alonzo, Mackenzie Green
Title: Rachel Carson: A Witness to Nature
School: Waco High School
Teachers: Ken Heller, Kristeen Williams, Lyssa Davoust

Second Place

Students: Kaleigh Huser, Halle Maddox, Hannah Sriram
Title: Elizabeth Fry: Change Behind Bars
School: Waco High School
Teachers: Ken Heller, Kristeen Williams, Lyssa Davoust

Third Place

Students: Emily Jander, Sloane Baker
Title: Theodore Roosevelt: A Leader and His Legacy
School: Lorena High School
Teachers: Greg Blanchard, Greg Borchardt


Junior (grades 6-8) Group Documentary

First Place

Students: Jackson Gulley, Colby Williams
Title: Grant Teaff: New Leadership on the Gridiron
School: Waco Baptist Academy
Teacher: Steve Spooner

Second Place

Students: Jonathan Carl, Noah Werpney
Title: John and Robert: Life Through Death
School: Atlas Academy
Teacher: George Stonikinis

Third Place

Students: Isabella Riggs, Emry McDonough
Title: Small Town Leadership- Texas Size Legacy LBJ
School: Atlas Academy
Teacher: Mary Duty

Fourth Place

Students: Jace Walker, Jordan Rogers, Jalen Darden
Title: Lou Gehrig: Lessons in Leadership
School: Robinson Junior High School
Teacher: Diane Rogers

Fifth Place

Students: Tyler Pauly, Brayden Browder, Daylan Browder, Trapper Ensor, Stefan Spann
Title: Infamous Legacy of a Mob Leader: Al Capone
School: Lorena Middle
Teacher: Pat Browder

Sixth Place

Students: Hannah Ruby, Ayla Albertie
Title: Helen Keller: A leader for the deaf and blind
School: Atlas Academy
Teacher: Mary Duty


Junior (grades 6-8) Individual Documentary

First Place

Student: Lindsay North
Title: Doing Business Together: Margaret Thatcher's Cold War Legacy
School: Midway Middle School
Teacher: Shelby Milam

Second Place

Student: Gloria Conatser
Title: Ida B Wells: A Crusader for Justice
School: Atlas Academy
Teachers: Mary Duty, Earnest Garth

Third Place

Student: Brian Denman
Title: James Farmer: Steering the Course of Civil Rights, One Mile at a Time
School: Atlas Academy
Teacher: George Stonikinis

Fourth Place

Student: Emilee Morgan
Title: A Silent Song: Maria Tallchief
School: Waco Baptist Academy
Teacher: Steve Spooner

Fourth Place

Student: Jett Forrest
Title: Clara Barton: The Angel of the Battlefield
School: Lorena Middle
Teacher: Pat Browder


Junior (grades 6-8) Group Performance

First Place

Students: Neal Dupuy, Paige Dupuy, Brigitte Eichenberg
Title: Leading Ladies and the Legacy of 19th Century Social Reform
School: Atlas Academy
Teacher: Mary Duty, Earnest Garth

Second Place

Student: Rebecca Heldenbrand, Paris Hookham
Title: Henry David Thoreau: His small book with a big legacy
School: Atlas Academy
Teacher: Mary Duty

Third Place

Studenst: Ellie Becker, Lara Howell
Title: Saint Catherine of Sienna: Beyond the Letters
School: Atlas Academy
Teacher: George Stonikinis

Fourth Place

Students: Rylee Ritchie, Caroline Schrader, Hannah Anderson
Title: Harriet Tubman: Power of a Slave, Legacy of Freedom
School: Lorena Middle
Teacher: Pat Browder


Junior (grades 6-8) Individual Performance

First Place

Student: Derby Carlson
Title: If I Could Talk to the Animals: The Leadership and Legacy of Jane Goodall
School: Atlas Academy
Teachers: Mary Duty, Earnest Garth

Second Place

Student: Harper Hoover
Title: Behind the Lens: The Leadership and Legacy of Dorothea Lange
School: Atlas Academy
Teachers: Mary Duty, Earnest Garth

Third Place

Student: James Ackerman
Title: The Life and Legacy of Ronald Reagan
School: Atlas Academy
Teacher: Mary Duty

Fourth Place

Student: Addisson Barnette
Title: Nellie Bly: A Woman in a Man's World
School: Waco Baptist Academy
Teacher: Steve Spooner


Junior (grades 6-8) Group Exhibit

First Place

Students: Stephanie Mendoza, Paula Ortiz, Ximena Reynosa
Title: The Hudson River School- leading in American Art
School: Atlas Academy
Teachers: Mary Duty, Earnest Garth

Second Place

Students: Kayce Helton, Jessica Farmer
Title: Equality for All, Privilege for None: Barbara Jordan
School: Lake Air Montessori Magnet
Teacher: Haley Dean

Third Place

Students: Salvador Padilla, Ca'Jihyah Porter, Alysa Aguilar
Title: Touissant L'Overture and the Legacy of the Haitian Slave Rebellion
School: Indian Spring Middle School
Teacher: Karen McDonald

Fourth Place

Students: Hannah Harris, Ashleigh Vallies, Madison Samford, Laurie Sexton
Title: Anne Frank
School: Connally Junior High
Teacher: Alicia Montes

Fourth Place

Students: Ithzel Rubio, Lizbeth Ramirez, Rickelle Gomez, Mekiyah Glynn
Title: Fight for Rights: The Movement that Changed the World
School: La Vega Intermediate School H P Miles Campus
Teacher: Lauren Gilbert


Junior (grades 6-8) Individual Exhibit

First Place

Student: Elisa Vigil
Title: The Salem Witch Trials: Hanging in the Balance of Law vs. Religion
School: La Vega Intermediate School H P Miles Campus
Teacher: Lauren Gilbert

Second Place

Student: Easton Cox
Title: Jonas Salk: His Amazing Discoveries
School: Lorena Middle
Teacher: Pat Browder

Third Place

Student: Michael Aguilar
Title: Baden Powell and His Impact on the World
School: Atlas Academy
Teacher: George Stonikinis

Fourth Place

Student: Crystin Thorp
Title: We Will Not Be Silent: Leadership and Legacy of the White Rose Movement
School: Atlas Academy
Teacher: George Stonikinis

Fourth Place

Student: Nathan Neuhaus
Title: John Deere: Plow King
School: Lorena Middle
Teacher: Pat Browder


Junior (grades 6-8) Individual Web Site

First Place

Student: Michael Wood
Title: Douglas McArthur: The Last Proconsul
School: Atlas Academy
Teacher: Mary Duty, Earnest Garth

Second Place

Student: Nicholas Martinez
Title: The Life and Fight of Madiba (Nelson Mandela)
School: Atlas Academy
Teacher: Mary Duty, Earnest Garth

Third Place

Student: Megan Roos
Title: Rebecca Latimer Felton
School: Robinson Junior High School
Teacher: Diane Rogers

Fourth Place

Student: Daria Moore
Title: Jack Kilby
School: Lake Air Montessori Magnet
Teacher: Haley Dean


Junior (grades 6-8) Individual Historical Paper

First Place

Student: Braden Robinson
Title: The Leadership and Legacy of John R. Wooden
School: Lorena Middle
Teacher: Pat Browder

Second Place

Student: Katherine Burnham
Title: Dr. David Livingstone, I Presume?
School: Lake Air Montessori Magnet
Teacher: Haley Dean

Third Place

Student: Lexi Kincaid
Title: Sally Ride: A Legacy That Lives Forever
School: Lorena Middle
Teacher: Pat Browder

Fourth Place

Student: Hannah Schilling
Title: Booker Taliaferro Washington
School: Robinson Junior High School
Teacher: Diane Rogers


Junior (grades 6-8) Group Web Sites

First Place

Students: Thomas Felton, William Grant
Title: John Muir: Environmental Leadership and Progressive Legacy
School: Atlas Academy
Teachers: Mary Duty, Earnest Garth

Second Place

Students: Sophia Swenke, Olivia Henderson
Title: Masonic Leadership in America
School: Atlas Academy
Teachers: Mary Duty, Earnest Garth

Third Place

Students: Callie Eaton, Breanna Batten, McKenzie Boyd, Jessica Bowling
Title: The Leadership and Legacy of Laura Welch Bush
School: South Belton Middle School
Teacher: Kristin Childress

HOTRHF NOTE: 1st and 2nd place senior and junior regional winners advance to Texas History Day in Austin at the University of Texas. The 1st and 2nd place state level competitors will advance to National History Day in College Park, Maryland at the University of Maryland.

The Waco Scottish Rite organization presented newly designed medals to each regional winner for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. The distinctive medals depict the Scottish Rite symbols on one side, with the HOTRHF logo on the back. The background under the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair logo and the accompanying neck ribbons are gold, silver, and bronze respectively.