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Harris student interviews councilman for history day

Angela Canonizado, a sixth grade student at Harris Middle School, recently interviewed San Antonio City Councilman Carlton Soules, who represents San Antonio's 10th District.

Angela is a member of Harris's National History Day (NHD) team. The team enters research papers, exhibits, websites, documentaries, and dramatic performances of historical and academic content in the NHD Competition. NHD makes history come alive by engaging students in the discovery of the historic, cultural and social experiences of the past.

Angela’s exhibit on San Antonio's Great Flood of 1921, as a turning point in the history of the city, won first place at the Regional NHD Competition for Junior Individual Exhibits. This earned Angela the opportunity to compete at the State NHD Competition. Angela's exhibit also took the first place prize for Junior Individual Exhibits at the Junior Historians Competition sponsored by the State Historical Society.

"It was really exciting to speak with Councilman Soules," said Angela. Angela was able to ask the councilman several questions regarding the Great Flood of 1921. Councilman Soules also illustrated for Angela how the plan to prevent future flooding led to the development of the River Walk. The two also discussed the impact these events have had on the city of San Antonio. "The information I learned from this interview has really prepared me to answer any questions the judges may ask me at state. I feel that I have a deeper understanding of my topic now. Plus, Councilman Soules presented me with my very first Fiesta Medal, which was really cool."

Angela's exhibit will be on display at the Bob Bullock Museum in Austin during the State National History Day Competition on May 4th. The Harris NHD team is coached by Harris teachers Dottie Griffith and Sheriden DeCastro.

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Harris student interviews councilman. Councilman Carlton Soules presents Angela Canonizado with a Fiesta Medal in front of her NHD exhibit.

Posted on April 30, 2013