Jan 262014

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Cash Prizes! Scholarship! Texas Independence Day
Student History Competition and Celebration
March  1st & 2nd, 2014
“Rights and Responsibilities in the Fight for Texas Independence”

MISSION: Engage students in studying and remembering the day Texans won their Independence from Mexico on March 2, 1836.

Student History Fair for area students:  Entries will be displayed at a location yet to be named.  Prizes will be awarded for 1st through 3rd place winning entries in each category as well as “Best of Show.”   In each division, teacher’s names will be placed in a drawing for $25 for class activities.

CONTEST RULES AND INFORMATION:  The topic of all entries will be “Rights and Responsibilities in the fight for Texas Independence from Mexico.”  This can include information regarding reasons for independence,  the people, places, events, attitudes, religion or any other subtopic relating to Texas Independence.  Entries can only be submitted in one category.
Three student level divisions: Elementary division (up through 5th grade)
Middle school grade division(6-8th grade)
Senior division(9-12th grade)
Entry categories will include:

Writing or Research Paper  (Individual only)
Exhibit  (Individual only)
Artwork  (Individual only)
Video Presentation (Individual only)
Deadlines are: Research Paper – Deadline 2/15/14  214-675-5752 email to peggy@peggypurserfreeman.com or mail to 9106 Bellechase Granbury, TX 76049
Exhibits, Artwork & Video Thu. 2/26/14 or Fri. 2/ 27/14 (4-7 p.m.) Delivered by student/parent to location of fair.
1st place award in each category will include a cash prize of $150 .
2nd place award in each category will include a cash prize of $100.
3rd place award in each category will include a cash prize of $75.
All other non-winning entries will be awarded a  special TID pin.
Best of Show award includes a cash prize of $300.
Texas Heroes Foundation Senior Scholarship – Awarded to a senior high student who has participated in the NT Texas Independence History Student Fair and excelled in promoting the cause. Download forms and detailed instructions or ask your teacher for a form.
The Celebration March 1-2
A historic parade on Granbury’s Historic Square.
Historic vendors and educational historical exhibits around the Courthouse
A chuck-wagon cook-off providing exhibits and authentic “trail chow”
1830′s cannon display on City Beach.
Story tellers, live music, “Texas Heroes” presentations of Texas Independence.
Bull Riding
“Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch.” William Barret Travis (August 1, 1809 – March 6, 1836

Entry Rules and Judging Criteria for Each Category
Research Paper
Deadline: – February 15, 2014
Open only to individual entries. Entries can be original writing of either factual or historically based fiction. Entries must be typed, and double-spaced.  Use Times New Roman font type and font size 12. Length should be no more than 300 words.  Your paper will be judged by its thoroughness and how well it engages the reader.
Email your paper in a word document to peggy@peggypurserfreeman.com or mail to Peggy Freeman, 9106 Bellechase Rd., Granbury, TX 76049. We ask that you NOT mount your entry. If it is more than one page, just staple them together. Include citations and quoted sources within the body of your paper. Provide a list of sources and resources at the end of the paper (does not have to be a formal annotated bibliography). You need two entry forms completed for each entry.
Research Paper will be judged by the following criteria:
Historical content and accuracy (even if using a fictional account).
How well does the content relate to the topic of Texas Independence?
Uniqueness of the subject matter and writing style.
How engaging is the content?
Demonstrates wide and abundant research.
Grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
Deadline: Thursday, February 26, 2014 or Friday, February 27, 2014 (4-7 p.m.)
Open only to individual entries. Exhibit may be no larger than 36 inches wide, 20 inches deep, and 3 feet high when displayed. Entries can include any combination of photos, research paper, artwork, 3-D models, etc. The theme/topic of the exhibit must be obvious.
You need two entry forms completed for each entry.

Exhibits will be judged using the following criteria:
Historical content and accuracy
How well does the exhibit relate to the topic of Texas Independence?
Exhibit is organized, has visual impact, & correctly uses maps, photos, etc.
Demonstrates wide and abundant research.
Clearly demonstrates the chosen theme and topic.
Deadline:  Thursday, February 26, 2014 or Friday, February 27, 2014 (4-7 p.m.)
Open only to individual entries. Entries can include any painting or print style, sculpture, photography, garments, or any other art form.
You only need one entry form completed for each entry.
Artwork will be judged using the following criteria:
Historical content and accuracy.
How well does the artwork relate to the topic of Texas Independence?
Creativity, technique, and uniqueness of style of artwork.
Visual impact.

Deadline: Thursday, February 26, 2014 or Friday, February 27, 2014 (4-7 p.m.)

Open only to individual entry (regardless of how many students participated in the making of the video). Entries can include either presentation or creative style of any kind. The video can be made from live video recording, or using a combination of stills such as photos or graphics.  Powerpoint entries will be accepted, as long as they are set to provide auto playback.  Entries can be submitted on any on the following formats: MOV, MPEG4, AVI, WMV, MPEGPS , LV, 3GPP, WebM.
The student/parent must be responsible for setting up any required equipment for display (if you wish it to be displayed).  However, all videos will be presented in a loop at the display location during the fair.  We will provide electrical power when requested. Make sure the visuals can be seen clearly. Use a tripod if at all possible to ensure steady shots. Make sure the sound can be heard clearly. You are welcome to consult with a video professional for tips on making the video, but you cannot engage his or her services for shooting, editing, etc.
You need two entry forms completed for each entry.

Videos will be judged using the following criteria:
Historical content and accuracy (even if using a fictional account)
Relevance to the topic of Texas Independence.
Creativity and uniqueness of style.
Video flows well, is organized and clearly understood.
Professionalism (the visuals and sound are good quality)
How engaging is the video to the viewer?

Attach one entry form to your entry and bring one to the event venue.  Be sure your name is clearly displayed on your entry.

Parents and/or students (not teachers) must bring the entry to a location be determined later.

Awards will be presented at a date and time to be determined later.

Parents MUST pick up their child’s entry by 5pm on Sunday, March 2. Any projects not picked up by this time will be discarded.
Suggestions for topics are listed on the following page.   Students, however, should be encouraged to come up with their own unique ideas for entry topics that relate to “Rights and Responsibilities.”

If you have questions contact:
Peggy Freeman at peggy@peggypurserfreeman.com 214-675-5752

Possible subtopics and suggestions for entries showcasing “Rights and Responsibilities”:

Research Paper:
Biographies of various Texas settlers/founders and heroes such as Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, William B. Travis, David Crockett, Jim Bowie, or even some of the lesser-known people like Juan Seguin, Emily West Morgan (Yellow Rose of Texas), William Bryan, or Henry & Ben McCulloch.
Write about the life and perspective of one or more of Santa Anna’s officers.
Write about the life and motivation of Santa Anna.
Write about what motivated men and women to join the cause for Texas Independence.
Write from the possible perspectives of wives and family members who lost husbands, brothers, and fathers in the war for independence.
Why is Sam Houston’s battle strategy at San Jacinto still taught in military schools today?
Write from the perspective of one of Santa Anna’s soldiers.
Write about the “runaway scrape”, various battles, the signing of the declaration for independence, the “black bean episode”  or other events which brought about Texas Independence.
Write about any occurrences where brothers or families from both Texas and Mexico might have fought against one another.

Research various facets of the war such as the events that took place, the strategies, the people, or the culture in Texas at that time.
What was life like for these early pioneers and how did Independence affect their lives.
A 3-D model of the layout of the Alamo mission compound.

Paint or draw some of the people, places, and events from this time period.
Sculpture might include a model of the Texas Heroes Monument in San Antonio, the Sam Houston statue outside of Huntsville, or the Alamo, or the San Jacinto monument.
Photograph some of the Texas Independence historical sites.

Travis’s speech to the men and women inside the Alamo.
Two or three soldiers talking about the upcoming battles… either from the Texians and Tejanos point of view, or soldiers from the Mexican army.
Re-enactments of some of the battle scenes.
The signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence.
A re-enactment of the Black Bean episode.

Use your imagination and be creative!


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