Renaissance Student advances to NHD Nationals


Contact: Terri Killen
June 8, 2018
(512) 471-3272
Texas Students Selected for Trifecta of Honors at 2018 National History Day Competition

COLLEGE PARK, MD?Texas students will display an award-winning entry at each of the three special recognition events in Washington, D.C., during the National History Day competition This trifecta of honors occurs during the annual five-day national history event held June 10 – 14 in College Park, Maryland, for students in grades six through twelve. Seven Texas students have been invited to present their National History Day entries at one each of the events in the nation’s capital.

A Texas student, Mussarrat Rehman of Renaissance Academy in Austin, has been invited as one of only 36 students to represent National History Day at the NEH on the Hill event held June 13th. She will meet with Members of Congress in the U.S. Capitol who are eager to hear from students about their entries in the national contest. The NHD officiants chose Rehman for the honor because of quality of her project, her character, and her presentation skills. She will have the opportunity to tell the elected officials from Texas and other states about her entry, “The End of the Game of Thrones.” The National Endowment for the Humanities, which is funded by the U.S. Congress, coordinates the event.

Gloria Conaster of Waco High School in Waco ISD will show her documentary, “Three-fifths to Thirteenth: The American Compromise for Black Livelihood,” at the National History Day Showcase at the National Museum of African American History Culture on June 13th. A committee of NHD and NMAACH representatives selected this documentary about an important topic in African American history on the basis of its quality and context.

On June 13th the Smithsonian Museum of American History will display “The Chamizal Dispute: A Century of Conflict” prepared by Raymundo Barrera, Roland Reyes, Abigail Tack, Thomas Isaiah, and Hector Torres of Nimitz High School in Aldine ISD near Houston. As museum visitors examine the exceptional NHD exhibit, the group of Texas students who created it will be present to share this important part of Texas history with visitors to the Smithsonian.

“We are proud of these students and we share in their excitement that Texans will have a place in all three special recognition events while representing our state at the national contest,” stated Mary Katherine Marshall, Director of Education Services for the Texas State Historical Association, the sponsor of Texas History Day. “The Texas students who have earned these honors have developed outstanding entries and superior presentation skills. The Members of Congress and the public will be impressed with the students’ knowledge and depth of perception in showcasing historical events and people.”

Students advanced to the national level to represent Texas at National History Day after they won first or second place at Texas History Day, the state-level competition, where they competed after earning one of the top two places at their regional contests. They worked as individuals or as groups to research topics and construct entries in one of five categories: documentary, exhibit, historical paper, performance, or website. TSHA (Texas State Historical Association) has produced Texas History Day since its inception in 1980, and was instrumental in both the development and growth of the larger National History Day program.

For a full list of Texas students who placed or received special awards at National History Day with their entries prepared on this year’s theme, “Conflict and Compromise in History,” please visit

About the Texas State Historical Association:

Founded as a private, nonprofit educational organization on March 2, 1897, and housed at The University of Texas at Austin, TSHA (Texas State Historical Association) is one of the nation’s most dynamic regional history organizations. Reinforced by more than one hundred years of scholarship, its mission is to further the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of the rich and unique history of Texas through research, writing, publication, and educational programs.

Mary Katherine Marshall
Director of Education Services
Texas State Historical Association

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