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77 Aldine ISD Students Advance to State History Day

77 Aldine ISD Students Advance to State History Day
Posted on 02/16/2019

They will be among the more than 1,200 across the state advancing to the next stage of the the competition. The young historians aspire to make it to the national level of the contest.

Nimitz HS students Abigail Tack, Raymundo Barrera, Roland Reyes and Isabel Reyes took first place in the Senior Division Group Exhibit. They advance to the state contest. Abigail and Raymundo formed part of the group that won third place at National History Day in 2018. They were the only winners from Texas.

The second major round of history fair competition judging is over. AISD has 77 students and their projects advancing to the Texas History Day contest.

Marshall lauds the Aldine ISD History Fair program and thanks parents and staff for supporting students.

Aldine-ISD-Region-2019-History-Fair-Awards-Ceremony-Image-2-300x180.jpgAldine ISD had a special guest at the 2019 Regional History Fair awards ceremony. Mary Katherine Marshall, director of educational services for the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) and coordinator of the Texas History Day program, was present. She shared with students and parents present the legacy of AISD’s history program and the number of students that have advanced and won at the national contest.

Afterwards Marshall helped Deborah Johnson, AISD program director of secondary social studies, hand out the awards. Normally, Johnson announces the winners but could not this year. She lost her voice due to illness. Superintendent LaTonya M. Goffney and Deputy Superintendent Selina Chapa stepped right in to help. Dr. Chapa announced the winners, while Dr. Goffney placed the medals around the winners.

AISD 2019 Regional History Fair by the Numbers

  • 228 students competed with a total of 111 of projects
  •  77 AISD students — 35 projects total — are advancing to Texas History Day (THD)
  • 17 AISD campuses have students advancing to THD

Aldine-ISD-Regional-2019-History-Fair-Image-3-300x257.jpgThe state contest will be April 26 and 27 and will take place at the University of Texas-Austin and the Bob Bullock Museum. Each year, 65,000 Texas students take part in history fairs. More than 1,200 will reach the state.

Young historians earned first, second, third and honorable mention medals. The top two winners in each category now continue to work and improve their projects for the state event, which is the third level of competition. Students that place first and second will advance to National History Day. Each year, the national event takes place in June at the University of Maryland.

Every year, National History Day (NHD) frames students’ research within a historical theme. The 2018 theme is “Triumph and Tragedy in History.”

Their research of the past helps them gain a better understanding of our world today. The goal is that students develop an understanding of people and societies.


— History is more than mere facts and dates. Students learn to dig deeper into historical content to develop perspective and understanding. —

Research shows National History Day program boosts school performance and job skills.


Aldine-ISD-Regional-2019-History-Fair-Image-4-300x269.jpgThere is research to back the value of taking part in history fairs. It concludes that students who take part do well in school.

The study shows that NHD students perform better on high-stakes tests. They develop into better writers as well as more confident and capable researchers. Students also develop a more mature perspective on current events. They also have higher civic engagement than their peers. Other skills gained include collaboration, time management and perseverance. These are all 21st century skills employers say are lacking in today’s workforce.

NHD Works: A Few Findings From the Study

  • National-History-Day-NHD-2019-Theme-300x300.jpgNHD students outperform their non-NHD peers on state standardized tests. Not only do they do better in social studies, but in reading, science and math as well.
  • NHD students are better writers, who write with a purpose and real voice. They collect solid evidence to support their point of view.
  • NHD students are critical thinkers who can digest, analyze and synthesize information.

Congratulations and Good Luck @ Texas History Day!

Regional Results

Junior Division

Group Documentary

1st Place — Christopher Gardner & Brooklyn Thompson
Project — Race is the American Story: Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre
Campus — Shotwell MS (International Baccalaureate World School — Middle Years Program)
Teacher — Monica Blackshire

2nd Place — Jennifer Harrington & Evelyn Rojas
Project — Triumph Through Tragedy: Walt Disney
Campus — Jones MS
Teacher — Connie Guillory

3rd Place — Lea Torres & Liliana Rangel
Project — The Great Purge
Campus — Jones MS
Teacher — Connie Guillory

Honorable Mention (HM) — Sebastian Rodríguez, Aaron Cebrero, Michael Guevara & Adriano Rendón
Project — The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
Campus — Mead MS
Teacher — Michael Fruggiero

Senior Division

Group Documentary

1st Place — Alejandra Arroyo, Alyssa Cossio, Jeremiah Lyons & Vanessa Arellano
Project — Death in a Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Black Wall Street
Campus — Nimitz HS
Teacher — Jon Blasko

2nd Place — Diego Garza, Bryan Mérida, Fabián Fiscal, Roberto Reyes & Sarahi de la Cuesta
Project — A Dark Chapter in History: Australia’s Genocide
Campus — Victory Early College HS
Teacher — Jarrod Fredericks

3rd Place — Isaac Galeno (no additional names provided)
Project — Stem Cells
Campus — Victory Early College HS
Teacher — Jarrod Fredericks

Junior Division

Group Exhibits

1st Place — Alondra Galera, Katelyn González, Natalie Mata & Yulisa Cruz
Project — The British Schindler
Campus — García MS
Teacher — Mathias Strommer

2nd Place — Viviana García, Andrew Santiago & Johana García
Project — American or Not?
Campus — Hoffman MS
Teacher — Susan Guy

3rd Place — Nashally Díaz, Valerie Castellanos
Project — The Bataan Death March
Campus — Stovall MS
Teacher — Dan Perugini

3rd Place — Elaine Phan, Mónica Díaz & Evelyn Vega
Project — The Fall of Rwanda
Campus — García MS
Teacher — Mathias Strommer

HM — Joanna Alonzo, Nadxieli Jiménez & Jaile Jasso
Project — Atomic Bomb: Secret Triumph, Known Tragedy
Campus — Mead MS
Teacher — Alton Riggins

HM — Alice Conghuyen, Yacoob Badat & Jessica Sorn
Project — Wilma Rudolph: Race to Triumph
Campus —Shotwell MS (International Baccalaureate World School — Middle Years Program)
Teacher — Monica Blackshire

Senior Division

Group Exhibits

1st Place — Abigail Tack, Raymundo Barrera, Roland Reyes & Isabel Rivas
Project — Catastrophe in the Canyon: Triumphs From the 1956 Air Tragedy
Campus — Nimitz HS
Teacher — Jon Blasko

2nd Place — Aiyana Vásquez Ochoa, Anum Badat, Marina Infante, Mia Paz & Abetzi Vásquez Ochoa
Project — Liberté: The Tale of a Spy Princess
Campus — Aldine HS
Teacher — Suzanne Risley

3rd Place — César Cordon, Selena Vásquez, Thomas Quach, Janice Nguyen & Clarissa Banegas
Project — Brooklyn Vampire
Campus — Eisenhower HS
Teacher — Garrett Woodward

HM — Nataly Martínez, Rebeca González & Aunia Rodríguez
Project — Schindler Righteous Gentle
Campus — Victory Early College HS
Teacher — Jarrod Fredericks

Junior Division

Group Performance

1st Place — Madyson Moore & Zarriah Vanderpool
Project — Women’s Suffrage Triumphs and Tragedy
Campus — Jones MS
Teacher — Connie Guillory

2nd Place — Etali Colbert, Janiah Marek, Mariah Joseph & Jakeara Courtney
Project — The Little Rock Nine
Campus — Jones MS
Teacher — Connie Guillory

3rd Place — Adam de León, Karyme de León & Ava Romero
Project — Caroline Henderson and the Dust Bowl
Campus — Aldine MS
Teacher — Jacob Cervantes

3rd Place — Miranda Ortega & Tia Belt
Project — The Black Death
Campus — Aldine MS
Teacher — Jacob Cervantes

HM — Nakisha Nedd & Jada Braggs
Project — Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover
Campus — Hambrick MS
Teacher — Melissa Neely

Senior Division

Group Performances

1st Place — Aaliyah Callaway & Alicia Garza
Project — Harriet Tubman: Victory in the Tragic Story of a Slave
Campus — MacArthur Ninth Grade School
Teacher — Charlotte Duff

2nd Place — Óscar Rivera, Natalia Vargas, Joseph Orellana, Katalina Durán & Ayiana Stubblefield
Project — A Helluva Pilot: Women Aviators of World War 2
Campus — Nimitz HS
Teacher — Diana Bernal

3rd Place — Jacob Obregón, Sarah López & Yaretsi Banda
Project — The Fall of Maoism: Shaping Modern China
Campus — MacArthur Ninth Grade School
Teacher — Charlotte Duff

HM — Mallory Gutiérrez, Clarissa Delgado, Geraldine Gallegos, Juan Longoria & Ángel Paz
Project — The Walkouts: The Triumph of the Chicano Movement
Campus — Victory Early College HS
Teacher — Andrew Bernitt

Junior Division

Group Website

1st Place — Alejandra Garza, Dulce Sánchez, Lisa Hernández & Angie Guerrero
Project — Ann Frank
Campus — Mead MS
Teacher — Dylan Kane

2nd Place — Mai Le, Cardin Tran & Mein Le
Project — The Bracero Program: The Contradictory Triumph of Mexican Loss
Campus — Shotwell MS (International Baccalaureate World School — Middle Years Program)
Teacher — Monica Blackshire

3rd Place — Nicolette Lara & Jordyn Stonebreaker
Project — The Holocaust
Campus — Jones MS
Teacher — Connie Guillory

HM — Vansh Patel & Ángel Castañeda
Project — In a Gentle Way, You Can Shake the World
Campus — Shotwell MS (International Baccalaureate World School — Middle Years Program)
Teacher — Monica Blackshire

Senior Division

Group Website

1st Place — Nicolás Gonzales, Soraida Sosa, John Castañeda & Isaac Veloz
Project — Tragedy in a Texas Town: The Texas City Disaster of 1947
Campus — Nimitz HS
Teacher — Jon Blasko

2nd Place — Adrián Garza, Miriam Hernández, Lilian Nicholas, Laeticia Guenoun & Alpha García
Project — Deadly Smog Pollution: Profit Over People
Campus — Carver HS for Applied Technology, Engineering & The Arts
Teacher — Diana Baker Doore

3rd Place — Isaiah Bradberry, Justin Vásquez, Joshua Figueroa & Alexis Sánchez
Project — D-Day: A Sacrifice for Mankind
Campus — Davis Ninth Grade School
Teacher — William Danes

HM — Jennifer Guerrero Sánchez & Aracely Hernández
Project — Dorothea Dix and the Mentally Ill: From Insane to Human
Campus — MacArthur Ninth Grade School
Teacher — Charlotte Duff

Junior Division

Individual Documentary

1st Place — Elizabeth Cardenas
Project — Emily Hobhouse Triumph and Tragedy
Campus — Jones MS
Teacher — Connie Guillory

Senior Division

Individual Documentary

1st Place — Anaiah Woodard
Project — Amber Hagerman and the Amber Alert
Campus — Carver HS for Applied Technology, Engineering & The Arts
Teacher — Diana Baker Doore

2nd Place — Havana Musleh
Project — Cuban Missile Crisis
Campus — Nimitz Ninth Grade School
Teacher — Richard Cheplick

3rd Place — Hailey Robinson
Project — The Cuban Revolution
Campus — Victory Early College HS
Teacher — Andrew Bernitt

HM — Benjamin Lima
Project — Bangladesh: The Tragedy Before the Triumph
Campus — Nimitz Ninth Grade School
Teacher — Richard Cheplick

Junior Division

Individual Exhibit

1st Place — Valeria Córdova
Project — The Triumph of Education and the Oppression of Nazi Germany
Campus —Shotwell MS (International Baccalaureate World School — Middle Years Program)
Teacher — Monica Blackshire

2nd Place — Natalie Maldonado
Project — The Triangle Factory Fire
Campus —Stovall MS
Teacher — Dan Perugini

3rd Place — Joshua Lagos
Project — The Dust Bowl
Campus — Hambrick MS
Teacher — Melissa Neely

HM — Cassidy Johnson
Project — The Triumph and Tragedy of the War of 1812
Campus — Lewis MS
Teacher — Wyquanza Buckner

HM — Edgar Hernández
Project — Christopher Columbus
Campus — Houston Academy for Math, Science & Fine Arts
Teacher — Glendolyn Jeanlouis

Senior Division

Individual Exhibit

1st Place — Christina Duong
Project — Unit 731: Medical Advances at the Cost of Lives
Campus — Eisenhower Ninth Grade School
Teacher — John M. Fenney

2nd Place — Leonel Aldape
Project — 13th Amendment
Campus — MacArthur HS
Teacher — Caitlyn Soden

3rd Place — Gian Arpino
Project — Vietnamese-Cambodian War
Campus — Eisenhower Ninth Grade School
Teacher — John M. Fenney

Junior Division

Individual Performance

1st Place — Tori White
Project — Women’s Club Movement
Campus — Lewis MS
Teacher — Matthew Moore

2nd Place — Ivana Carrington
Project — Elizabeth Blackwell: Pioneer of Women
Campus — Drew Academy Math, Science, Technology & Fine Arts
Teacher — Jorge Espinoza

3rd Place — Karol García
Project — Music Through the Eyes of Mozart
Campus — Grantham Academy for Engineering
Teacher — Keith Murchison

HM — Zuri Casey
Project — Salem Witch Trials
Campus — Jones MS
Teacher — Connie Guillory

Senior Division

Individual Performance

1st Place — Emma Montiel
Project — 10 Days In a Madhouse By the Poser of Insanity
Campus — Carver HS for Applied Technology, Engineering & The Arts
Teacher — Alyssa King

2nd Place — Kimberly Hernández
Project — The Triumph’s and Tragedy of Earth’s Ambassador John Denver
Campus — Nimitz Ninth Grade School
Teacher — Richard Cheplick

3rd Place — Yosetling Rodríguez
Project — Tragedy in New York: The Triangle Factory Fire
Campus — MacArthur HS
Teacher — Julie Thoma

Junior Division

Individual Website

1st Place — Kaden Patton
Project — Blood for Britain: Dr. Charles Drew
Campus — Drew Academy for Math, Science, Technology & Fine Arts
Teacher — Mona Quiroz

2nd Place — Trinity Hall
Project — Triumphs of the Buffalo Soldiers
Campus — Jones MS
Teacher — Connie Guillory

3rd Place — David Almanzan
Project — Juan Seguín: Hero or Betrayer?
Campus — Hambrick MS
Teacher — Melissa Neely

Senior Division

Individual Website

1st Place — Victor Wang
Project — A Tasty Tragedy: The 1993 Jack in the Box E. Coli Outbreak
Campus — Nimitz HS
Teacher — Jon Blasko

2nd Place — Miriam Uresti
Project — Six Summer Days in June: Triumph for Israel and Tragedy for the Arab Nations
Campus — MacArthur Ninth Grade School
Teacher — Charlotte Duff

3rd Place — Alexis Flores
Project — Jonestown: The Triumph of a Madman, Tragedy of Innocents
Campus — Davis HS
Teacher — Ciara Burts

HM — Kolby Patton
Project — The Heroism of Jan and Antonina Zabinski
Campus — Carver HS for Applied Technology, Engineering & The Arts
Teacher — Diana Baker Doore

Junior Division

Paper

1st Place — Kaitlin Tello
Project — D-Day: How Soldiers Sacrifices Helped Pave the Way to an Allied Victory in World War 2
Campus — Grantham Academy for Engineering
Teacher — Fandell Walker

2nd Place — Isabel Pamfile
Project — From Tragedy to Triumph: The End of the Holocaust and the Start of Israel As It Is Today
Campus — Grantham Academy for Engineering
Teacher — Fandell Walker

3rd Place — Sophia Waterhouse
Project — The Challenger Disaster
Campus —Drew Academy for Math, Science, Technology & Fine Arts
Teacher — Bridget Parker

HM — Diego Rayas
Project — The Atomic Bomb: Triumph for Science or Tragedy for Humanity?
Campus — Mead MS
Teacher — Dylan Kane

Senior Division

Paper

1st Place — Daphne López
Project — Triumph and Tragedy of the Treaty of Versailles
Campus — Carver HS for Applied Technology, Engineering & The Arts
Teacher — Todd Gonion

2nd Place — Mariana Niño de Rivera
Project — The Triumph of Emmeline Pankhurst: A British Suffrage Campaign
Campus — MacArthur Ninth Grade School
Teacher — Charlotte Duff

3rd Place — Laila Chinn
Project — The Wilmington Coup D’etat of 1898
Campus — Carver HS for Applied Technology, Engineering & The Arts
Teacher — Diana Baker Doore

HM — Emily Lara
Project — A Triumph and Tragedy of Neighbors: The Mexican- American War
Campus — MacArthur Ninth Grade School
Teacher — Charlotte Duff

HM — Imani Titus
Project — The Great Divide
Campus — Carver HS for Applied Technology, Engineering & The Arts
Teacher — Charlotte Duff

(List of winners provided by social studies program director.)