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Essay Contest Encourages Youth to Remember Texas History 
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by: Rep. White, James

Newly elected Land Commissioner George P. Bush is hosting an essay contest among 4th and 7th grade students. Texas has a rich and expansive history that the Texas General Land Office would like for Texas youth to remember and honor through their essays. In a release by the Land Office, George P. Bush said, "The Texas Travels Essay Contest encourages students to read and write about cities, towns, and distinct geographical locales that are significant to the development to the state, as well as the brave individuals who pioneered vast and uncharted areas of Texas."

There are two separate prompts for the different grades. For those in the 4th grade, it requires a 200-300 word essay that can be handwritten or typed in journal or letter format. The prompt is: "Imagine you are an explorer of early Texas and must record your experiences in a journal or letters home. What would explorers write about in their journals to their family, friends, or supporters?"
For 7th grade students, it requires a 400-600 word essay with citations. The prompt is: "If you could travel in time back to the early years of a Texas city, community, or historic locale, where would you visit and why?"
The judging criteria is based 40 percent originality and creativity, 30 percent historical accuracy, 20 percent organization, and 10 percent on presentation.

This essay contest is open to all public, private, or home-schooled students of appropriate age for 4th and 7th grades. The grand prize for winning is a round trip ticket for four to San Antonio from any Southwest Airlines destination in Texas. The grand prize also includes hotel accommodations for two nights and complimentary tickets to attractions provided by the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau. Ten other finalists will receive "Save Texas History Backpacks", including certificates of appreciation, and historic map replicas.

Entries must be received by March 13th. You can submit your entries by email at or by mail at:

Texas General Land Office
Attn: Buck Cole/STH Essay Contest
P.O. Box 12873
Austin, TX 78711-2873

Please feel free to contact my office with any questions at (512) 463-0490, or Buck Cole with the Texas General Land Office at (512) 936-9644.

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