Annual Essay Contest

The Historical Commission, with the cooperation of the three county school districts, hosts an essay contest for all students each spring. Essays focus primarily on Chambers County, but may include other historical topics. This incomplete listing includes information on contests from previous years.

2017 Anahuac ISD Historical Essay Contest Winners


Senior Brittany McDaniel winning third place for her essay on "Mirabeau B Lamar's Impact on Texas Education"... she gets a trophy and a check for $50; 

First place winner was Sophomore Zachary Kelley who chose a WWII hero we all know and respect, Audie Murphy... His paper was entitled "A Hero that Shall Remain Forever".... Zachary gets a trophy and a check for $100.... Really well written.

Second Place winner is Sophomore Keeli Meyer, whose paper "Miriam Amanda Wallace Ferguson" focused on the first female governor of Texas. She wins a trophy and a check for $75... Very interesting.

On the right is Chambers County Historical Commission Vice Chairman Gilbert Speights;

2008 Essay Winners

The Chambers County Historical Commission recently recognized the winners of the 2008 Historical Essay Contest. Again for the third year, the Barbers Hill Middle School was unchallenged, as there were no participants from Anahuac or East Chambers Schools . There were over 140 essays submitted by the seventh and eighth grades. A trophy and U.S. Savings Bond was presented to the first place winners in each grade and trophies were presented to the runners up.

The first place winner in the seventh grade was Samantha Austin-West and the runners up were Melissa Gearhart, Shelby Speer, Christian Tems, Trey Dobson and Robby Gonzales.

Winner of first place in the eighth grade was Tara Frazier, followed by runners up Grayson Long, Carlie Rhodes, Caitlin Rhodes. Alexander Rowlett, Jonathan Tanner and Dakarai Moton.

The awards were presented by R.B. Scherer, Jr., Vice Chair of the Historical Commission during the Awards Ceremony for the Middle School. Teacher Ron Stephens is to be commended for generating such great interest in Chambers County history as participation has grown each year. He is supported by Middle School Principal Cindy Price and Superintendent Dr. Greg Poole.

2014 Essay Contest Winners

Each year the Chambers County Historical Commission (CCHC) sponsors a historical essay contest. The contest is open to all 7th-12th graders in Chambers County. The purpose of the contest is to enhance and promote historical preservation and knowledge of Texas. This year we received 400 essays, a new record for the CCHC.

This year’s topic was; “Women in Texas History from Beginning to 1990.” Students were instructed to write a biographical essay about a woman who contributed to the history of the State of Texas. The woman did not need to be a Texas native, but more importantly, she had to have made a substantial contribution to Texas History.

Awards ceremonies were held at Anahuac High School on May 22, and Barbers Hill Middle School on May 28.

Students from Coach Vicky Vardell’s class in Anahuac received the following awards:

1st Place - Kevin Cao (Sarah Horton Cockrell) - $ 150.00

2nd Place - Eduardo M. Lugo (Don Patricia de la Garza de Leon) - $ 75.00

3rd Place - Kyrie George (Jane Long) - $ 50.00

Coach Vardell’s students submitted 13 entries into the essay contest. Two entries were received from seventh graders at Anahuac Middle School. The remaining essays were submitted from students at Barbers Hill Middle School (BHMS). BHMS teachers are: Olivia Prochazka, Teeya Thornton, Brad Tyler, and John Brown. Each teacher received a historic paperweight and a CCHC Tie or a print of the James Taylor White house.

Students who placed received a monetary award, participation certificate, historic paperweight and a writer’s trophy.

Winners from Barbers Hill Middle School are:

1st Place - Issac Recio (Caroline Poe) - $ 150.00

2nd Place - Gabrielle Garcia (Florence Butt) - $ 75.00

3rd Place - Adrianna Torres (Dona Hinojosa de Balli) - $ 50.00

In addition 13 Honorable Mention Essays were awarded to the following students:

Macy Armer , topic; Bessie Coleman, BHMS, teacher; Teeya Thornton

Kinzie Briscoe, topic; Cynthia Ann Parker, BHMS, teacher; Teeya Thornton

Tyler Folse, topic; Lizzie Johnson, BHMS, teacher; Olivia Prochazka

Zoie Hebert, topic; Susanna Dickinson, BHMS, teacher; Teeya Thornton

Justin Karl, topic; Henrietta King BHMS, teacher; Olivia Prochazka

Issac Martinez, topic; Adina de Zavada, BHMS, teacher; Teeya Thornton

Isaias Melgoza, topic; Susanna Dickenson, BHMS, teacher; Olivia Prochazka

Isabelle Morales, topic; Angelina, BHMS, teacher; Teeya Thornton

McKenna McBride, topic; Jane Long, BHMS, teacher; Brad Tyler

Adam Novosad, topic; Lizzie Johnson, BHMS, teacher; Olivia Prochazka

River Orsak, topic; Jane Long, BHMS, teacher; Olivia Prochazka

Amythe Pentecost, topic; Jane Long, BHMS, teacher; Olivia Prochazka

Raylee Ruffin, topic; Mary Austin Holley, BHMS, teacher; Teeya Thornton

A very special “thank you” to Commissioner Rusty Senac for presenting awards at the Barbers Hill awards ceremony.

Look for information for the upcoming CCHC essay contest on CCHC’s website, or check at County Historical Museum on Cummings Street in Anahuac. The contest is open to all students’ 7-12 grades in Chambers County. Sheryl Shaw is the Chairman of the CCHC.

The Chambers County Historical Commission would like to thank our sponsors four our annual essay contest awards:

Anahuac High School:

1st place $150 prize - David and Margaret Bennett

2nd place $75 prize - Trinity Bay RV and Lodging,

3rd place $50 prize - Anahuac Florist

Barbers Hill Middle School:

1st place $ 150 prize - Security State Bank

2nd place $75 prize - Zac and Lauren Mercer

3rd place $50 prize - Judge Jimmy Sylvia.

Without sponsor’s support the CCHC Essay Contest would not be the successful endeavor it has become, while allowing the commission to instill a desire to learn and protect our rich historical legacy for future generations in our youth.

2017 - From Facebook: Donna Britt and I were honored to represent the Chambers County Historical Commission today at the Barbers Hill - North Campus today to present three deserving students with their awards for winning our annual essay contest. And the winners are...

1st Place went to Tabitha Mayberry for her essay, "Mollie Goodnight, Wife of the Plains". She received a trophy and $100. Teacher, Mrs. Short

The 2nd Place winner was Kaleb Burnham with, "Cattlemen of the West". He received a trophy and $75. Teacher, Coach Lopez.

Alena McCoy was our 3rd Place winner and her essay was entitled, "Mollie Goodnight, Mother to All". She received a trophy and $50. Teacher, Coach Lopez

All of the children who participated in our essay contest although they may not have placed received a free ice cream at their local Dairy Queen.

Mrs. Short and Coach Lopez also received Iguana Joe's gift cards.

We would like to thank everyone that helped make this event possible and I look forward to presenting next year. Thank you and great job!

                    Chambers County Library System Administrative Offices