Walter and I drove to Austin last night to judge entries in Texas History Day today and tomorrow. Amazingly, 1013 middle school and high school students thought enough of history to enter through their local competitions and qualify to compete in this state event, with hopes of qualifying for nationals. AND, this was originally scheduled to take place on a weekend (postponed by swine flu), not during the week when the opportunity to miss class would be a driver.
I don't have a lot of time to write. I judged senior high group exhibits this morning. . .who knew that an exhibit on Joseph Stalin could be so compelling?. . .and will judge middle school individual performance this afternoon. I am hoping that watching dynamic, charismatic middle school students will not be too excruciating.
We also have the great luck to have friends from all over the state in for judging, so tonight promises to be quite relaxing.