Kelly Lane student named finalist in state essay contest

Dec. 18, 2019


Kelly Lane seventh grader Drew Campbell was named a finalist in the annual Texas General Land Office’s Save Texas History essay contest earlier this week.
 
Students across the state in fourth and seventh grade are able to participate in the contest and asked to answer the question, “What history in your community is worth saving?”
 
Campbell was one of five finalists in his grade level for his essay on the Sea Shell Shoppe in Rockport. He is a student in John Powell’s class at Kelly Lane. Mr. Powell was Kelly Lane’s Rookie Teacher of the Year in 2018-19.


You can read Campbell’s essay about the Sea Shell Shoppe in Rockport: HERE.
 
Five finalists from each grade are awarded $100 courtesy of the Rotary Club of Austin and the Sons of the Republic of Texas. All winners and finalists also receive a Texas flag that has flown over the northernmost point of the Republic of Texas (in present-day Wyoming) and the state capitol, a Save Texas History backpack, and T-shirt and more from the GLO.
 
This marks back-to-back years a student from Pflugerville ISD has been a finalist in the Save Texas History essay contest. Last year, Caldwell Elementary student Danica Faith Amante-Mitchell was a finalist for her essay on Pflugerville’s first cemetery for African-Americans.
 
The Save Texas History program is a statewide initiative through the Texas General Land Office to rally public support and private funding for the preservation and promotion of more than 35 million historic maps and documents. With the goals of preservation and education, the Save Texas History program seeks to conserve these documents for future generations and educate Texans about the rich heritage found in these vital records.