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introduction to new technology. And it all comes together at Texas
Students qualify for Texas History Day, one of the TSHA's premier
educational programs, by winning first or second place in one of the
twenty-one regional fairs around the state. A first- or second-place finish
at Texas History Day qualifies the students for National History Day,
which was held this June 9-13 at College Park, Maryland, close enough
to the nation's capitol that trips to the Smithsonian, the Capitol, the
White House Visitor's Center, and the National Archives filled out the
itinerary. Texas students have traditionally done well at National History
Day, and this year was no exception. Three entrants from the Lone Star
State captured individual honors and four finished second in the nation
in their respective categories. In addition, a total of fifteen Texas entries
were recognized as finalists.
Rebecca Baird of Cypress Springs High School in Cypress (Joan
Miertschin, teacher) won the Labor History Award for "In America
They Don't Let You Burn," which was also a finalist in the senior indi-
vidual exhibit category. Jason Harbin and Brian Bentson of Thornton
Middle School in Katy (Cassie Johnson, teacher) won the Civil War
History Award for "John Brown ... His Soul Goes Marching On," which
was also a finalist in the junior group exhibit category. Katherine
DiSimoni of Copperas Cove High School (Dina Williamson, teacher)
won a four-year scholarship to Case Western Reserve University in
Cleveland. She also participated with Crystal Crowder, Kelly Lockhart,
and Nichole Vitucci to win second place in the senior group exhibit cat-
egory for "Comrades No More."
While students across the nation perform poorly on standardized his-
tory exams, the TSHA continues to work with literally thousands of stu-
dents, teachers, and volunteers to supplement the investment that our
schools make in teaching the history of Texas and the nation. History
has never been more important to our future than it is today, as most of
the violence around the globe is rooted in ancient conflicts, which we
cannot hope to resolve if we cannot understand them.
History professor Gregg Cantrell of the University of North Texas has
asked TSHA to pass the word on that UNT's annual Teaching of History
Conference is scheduled for September 14, 2oo2. The conference fea-
tures three sessions on world history, three on United States history, and
three on Texas history. The theme for this year's conference is
"Frontiers in the Making of History." Longtime TSHA member Dr. Paul
Andrew Hutton of the University of New Mexico will deliver the keynote
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