Caldwell Elementary fourth-grade student Danica Faith Amante-Mitchell was recently named a finalist in the Texas General Land Office’s Save Texas History essay contest.
Fourth- and seventh-grade participants in the essay contest were encouraged to answer the question, “What history in your community is worth saving?”
Five finalists in each grade each received $100 courtesy of the Rotary Club of Austin and the Sons of the Republic of Texas, and a Texas flag that has flown over the northernmost point of the Republic of Texas (in present-day Wyoming).
Finalists also received Save Texas History backpacks and a replica of an historic map from the GLO Archives map collection, as well as a Certificate of Achievement signed by Commissioner George P. Bush.
Participants were public, private and homeschool students from throughout Texas.
Danica, a student in Cynthia Hernandez’ class at Caldwell, entered an essay on Pflugerville’s first cemetery for African-Americans, the “Pflugerville Colored Addition” (read essay here).
We’d like to congratulations Danica on her award-winning essay and thank her for helping to keep a slice of Texas history in our thoughts today.