Oct 04 2015
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The art contest sponsored by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas announced the winners. A ceremony was held at the DRT Museum in Austin with the awards presented by Jean Sitterle, chairman of the Museum Committee. Winners representing Llano Christian Academy in the poster contest for grades kindergarten through fifth grade were Hannah Etter and Madisyn Blackmon. Hannah's poster included illustrations of "The Legend of Enchanted Rock" while Madisyn illustrated " Cherokee Indians in the Hill Country".
A PowerPoint was required for the upper grades six through twelve. Bryan DeVault was awarded first place with his work on the pioneer settlement of Bettina. John Pratt also was awarded first place with his PowerPoint "A Survey of the Hill Country". Second place was awarded to Jason Hinton for "The History of Kerrville". The life of famous Texas Ranger Jack Coffee Hays was given by Corban Major, who won third place. The students took field trips to research and document their subjects. There were many other entries from Llano Christian Academy and other schools in Area VIII.
The students were presented with certificates, ribbons and monetary awards. Attending the program were the parents and families of the winners. Also attending were Headmaster Dr. Alice Smith, Rita Boultinghouse and Sidonie Thornton, upper grades teachers and Myrna Mund representing Llano Pioneers Chapter.
The Opening Salute was given by Texas Army Re-enactor, Marvin Morgan, who also gave a brief history of muskets of yesteryear. DRT member, Maryann Pringle, gave an informative review of "The Bravest Woman in the Republic of Texas, Harriet Potter". After a group sing-along, the program concluded with refreshments.
The contest promotes learning about the history of this area prior to 1850. The students are to research the culture and heritage of Texans and their contributions to the state. They can choose sites, events, activities or individuals to document. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas was founded in 1891 to preserve Texas history. The Llano Pioneers Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas is proud of all participants and congratulates the winners.