The Heart of Texas Regional History Fair, which was held February 9-10 at the Bill Daniel Student Center on the campus of Baylor University, recently announced the winners of the 2012 contest. In all, 90 medals were awarded. Each year the faculty and staff of the Baylor University Libraries - in particular the faculty and staff in The Texas Collection - assist students with a variety of research projects.
Approximately 395 students entered the contest, ranging in age between 5th and 12th grades. The contest is broken up into a 5th grade classification, junior classification (6-8th graders) and senior classification (9-12th graders). This year, students researched the theme: "Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History" and conveyed their research through various methods such as an historical paper, exhibit, performance, documentary or web site. Students worked both individually and in groups.
All participants in the 2012 Regional History Fair have placed as winners in their local school fairs which include schools in Bell, Coryell, Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Limestone, McLennan, Milam, Robertson, Hamilton, Lampasas, Mills and Navarro counties. The first and second place winners from the regional fair advanced to the Texas History Day competition, which is held in Austin in May.
HOTRHF awarded 35 first place medals, 26 second place medals and 29 third place medals. The Scottish Rite provided the funding for the medals. The Baylor University Libraries cherish this unique opportunity to work with our local schools in this endeavor.