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Harris brings home the gold for neisd

Five students from Harris Middle School participated in the 75th Annual Meeting of the Junior Historians of Texas Competition in early April in Austin. All five students won their competition categories, bringing gold medals back to NEISD. Seventh graders Jackson Crowell and Adison Denham won first place for their group website “The United Nations: The Right and Responsibility to Protect Against Genocide.” Seventh graders Angela Canonizado and Miwa Stowers, along with a fellow classmate, won first place and a cash prize for their group exhibit, “The Immigration Experience.” Earlier this year, all five of these students also won fourth place medals in their competition categories at the Regional National History Day Competition.

Harris Historian students

(L to R) Student Miwa Stowers, Representative Israel, Angela Canonizado, Adison Denham and Jackson Crowell in the State House Chambers.

After the awards ceremony, the students were invited to the Texas State House of Representatives to receive a proclamation for their participation in the program from Representative Celia Israel of District 50 in El Paso.

“To be in the room and sit in the seats of our representatives who propose and pass bills that govern our state was a pretty amazing feeling,” commented student Jackson Crowell.

“We are incredibly proud of our students and their showing at this prestigious competition," said Dottie Griffith. "They have been working since this past summer. This dedication and hard work is evident in the outstanding quality of their final projects."

The Junior Historians of Texas was founded in 1939 and is the oldest education program of the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). The program has helped produce leaders in the historical community including five presidents of the TSHA and several commissioners of the Texas Historical Commission as well as countless other local organizations. For more information on TSHA, visit

The Harris National History Day Competition Team is coached by teachers Dottie Griffith and Sheriden DeCastro.


Posted on May 5, 2014