Heart of Texas Regional History Fair Announces Winners of 2019 Competition, Special Awards

  • HOTRHF First Place Senior Group Performance
    First Place Senior Group Performance: "Josephine Baker: Jazz Cleopatra" - (L to R) Emma-Le Olsen, Gracie Krieg, Jayla Ward, Sylvia Asuncion-Crabb and Thea Lancaster from Belton New Tech at Waskow.
  • HOTRHF Second Place Junior Group Exhibit
    Second Place Junior Group Exhibit "The Deadly Flames that Brought Safety to America" - (L to R) Abigail Barrientos and Cynthia Yamas from Cesar Chavez Middle School in Waco.
Feb. 20, 2019

Students from 11 Central Texas schools advance to Texas History Day competition April 27 in Austin

Contact: Rachel DeShong, coordinator of the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair, 254-710-3783

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 20, 2019) – More than 100 students from 16 Central Texas schools were awarded medals from the Waco Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation for their winning projects in the 2019 Heart of Texas Regional History Fair, held Feb. 14-15 on the campus of Baylor University.

Students competed in several categories, including individual paper and individual and group exhibits, performances, documentaries and websites. Students who placed first or second in the HOTRHF senior and junior divisions – representing 11 Central Texas schools – now advance to the Texas History Day competition April 27 at The University of Texas at Austin and the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Winners in Austin then compete in National History Day June 9-13 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

In addition to the category winners, HOTRHF participants and teachers also were honored with special awards.


For more information, contact Rachel DeShong, coordinator of the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair, at 254-710-3783 or hotfair@baylor.edu.


The Heart of Texas Regional History Fair (HOTRHF) is a regional affiliate for the Texas History Day and National History Day annual competition and operates under the guidelines of the National History Day. HOTRHF covers a 14-county region in Central Texas. Founded in 1986 under the sponsorship of the Strecker Museum at Baylor University, the HOTRHF is currently sponsored by The Texas Collection at Baylor and is held each February at the Bill Daniel Student Center on the Baylor campus. Participation in the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair develops academic, artistic and social skills that provide lasting benefit to students in all areas of study. For more information or to get involved in HOTRHF, visit www.baylor.edu/historyfair.


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