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County elementary, middle school students spend the summer studying local history through markers
By MARTHA CHARREY
San Jacinto News-Times editor
COLDSPRING – Historicalmarkers are a good placeto learn history and that is justwhat some San Jacinto Countyelementary and middle schoolstudents did this summer.Participating in a scavengerhunt sponsored by the San JacintoCounty Historical Commission,designed to promoteinterest and knowledge of thecounty’s rich history, studentswere asked to locate and identifyhistorical markers aroundthe county, take pictures andwrite about the short stories onthe markers in a project notebook.Winners were rewardedwith $75 and $50 gift cards forfirst and second place. All participantsreceived certificates.The awards ceremony washeld Saturday outside of theOld Jail Museum on the OldTown grounds at 2 p.m.Welcoming guests to theevent, San Jacinto County HistoricalCommission ChairmanBetty Magee said, “On thisday 143 years ago our countywas organized. In honor of ourcounty’s 143rd anniversary thehistorical commission decidedto host a summer scavengerhunt and that’s one of thereasons we are here today. Allprojects were well done and apleasure to read.”Introducing San JacintoCounty District Judge RobertHill Trapp, who presentedstudents with their awards,Magee said, “He has grown-upseeking knowledge about thecounty’s history.”“I’ve been called the IndianaJones of San Jacinto County,”Trapp told the students andothers attending the event.Explaining, Trapp said hespent many days growingup with his mother, countyhistorian Billie Trapp, searchingfor artifacts and any bitsof history that could be foundabout early-day settlers.“She (mother) used me to getinto the hard places with thespider webs that she couldn’tget into,” he jokingly said.Commenting on projectnotebooks made by thestudents, Trapp said, “I’veenjoyed reading and viewingthe drawings and photographsin each. They have all done agreat job.”Trapp presented awards tothe following: Middle schoolfirst place winner Tyra Benton;elementary school first placewinner Latiana Hadnot; secondplace winner Katlyne Pollard;honorable mentions, allelementary, Tara Ardizzone,Chase Stephens, Marcus PollardII and Mercedes Martine.Ending the ceremony, Mageeacknowledged April Plunkettfor her contributions to theSan Jacinto County Old JailMuseum and Clay Hammondfor his outstanding service tothe museum.Those participating on thescavenger hunt committee includedYvonne Ryba, Plunkett,Bill West, Cheryl West andMagee.San Jacinto County HistoricalCommission Boardmembers for 2011 – 2013 areDorothy Donahue, Dale Everett,Rebecca Hammond, JudyHunter, Carolyn Jefferson,Rosie Leisner, Betty Magee,Yvonne Rybe, Billie Trapp,Bill West and Cheryl West.