DRT Announces Winner of 2023 Texas History Essay Contest

February 9, 2023 - The William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) are honored to announce Gabriella Mendoza, a 4th grader at Tenaha ISD, was the Chapter Winner in the 2023 DRT Texas History Essay Contest. Mendoza's essay advances to the District contest.

The chapter invited Shelby County students in grades 4 and 7 to participate in the DRT Texas History Essay Contest. The fourth grade essay topic was "Colonel Benjamin Rush Milam." The seventh grade topic was "Signers (Delegates) of the Texas Declaration of Independence" and students chose one of the 59 signers to feature in their essay.

Students from Tenaha ISD and Shelbyville ISD participated and were presented certificates recognizing their work. The DRT expresses thanks to the students who participated along with their teachers who encouraged them.

(From left) Tenaha ISD participants were Adelynn Johnson (4th grade), Gabriella Mendoza (4th grade), and David Mendoza (7th grade).

Shelbyville Elementary fourth grade participants were Mahayla Cartwright, Saylor Crelia, Landon Hodges, Vivienne Lane, Jaxon Merritt, Christian Warr, Alli Williams