Approximately 2,300 students from around the country took part

Staff report, The Premont Journal

A team of Falfurrias High School students placed at the National History Day at the University of Maryland on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. on June 11 to 14.

The Senior Group Exhibit made up of Kendra Garza, Iris Navarro, Andrea Garcia, Shanna Cadena and Cassandra Pena of Falfurrias High School placed third with their exhibit "Hernandez v. Texas: A Milestone in Civil Rights."

The students were among 16 from Texas to place at the national event.

Approximately 2,300 students from all over the country participated in the National History Day competition. There were 59 Texas students among them, 30 of which ranked ninth or higher in the competition.

"We were so proud to have such outstanding students representing Texas at the National History Day competition. Thirteen of Texas's 28 entries made the finals with seven receiving medals, a feat not seen by our students in several years and more medals than any other state. This is an experience the students and their families will remember forever," said Stephen Cure, Director of Educational Services for the Texas State Historical Association which hosted the state level Texas History Day competition in Austin on April 27 and 28.

This year's theme was "Triumph and Tragedy in History."

Students competed individually or in groups in junior (grades 6-8) and senior (grades 9-12) divisions, and exhibited documentaries, exhibits, historical essays and performances.