Posted Date: 07/25/2019
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (July 25, 2019)—Martin Walker Elementary Junior Historians captured the Texas Elementary Junior Historians Chapter of the Year Award for the second consecutive year at the Texas Junior Historian Convention in Corpus Christi. The chapter was started in the school only two years ago and remains the only elementary chapter in CCISD.
Martin Walker Elementary teacher serves as an advisor of the organization and encourages chapter members to research topics on state or local history and to record their findings in research projects. Students may choose a project category from individual or group performance to individual historical paper to group website and others according to their abilities and interests:
“These students have a love for history and enjoy all the projects that are included in the program,” Gorres said. ”Through these presentations, students are exposed to skills of formal writing, public speaking, critical thinking and public performance.”
This year’s projects included the 911 occurrence, the Bermuda Triangle, the Alamo, the Farmer’s Way, and the History of Chocolate. All five projects received a medal at the state contest.
Junior Historian Madeline Foster researched the sweet project of how chocolate came to be invented.
“This year, I learned a lot about cocoa or chocolate,” Foster said. “We worked hard, long, and managed to complete our projects. I give almost all the credit to my teammates though.”
During the convention, members received a private tour of the USS Lexington and the Corpus Christi History and Science Museum. The tour of the historical ship was the favorite part of the trip for student Cecilia Chavin.
“Being on that ship is an honor,” Chauvin said. “I now get to share that experience with all my friends and even people I don’t know.”
Junior Historian Daisy Hernandez’s favorite part of the trip was the competition.
“We got to compete with other people and that was fun,” Hernandez said. “We won second place and had fun too.”
Junior Historians is a history and service-related organization. Some of the projects the club participated in which helped in its selection for chapter of the year included National Red Ribbon Week, wreath laying and wreath retrieval at the Central Texas Veteran’s cemetery, ringing bells for the Salvation Army, and hosting a team for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event.