2017 famous figures classroom finalists


“Famous Figures” is open to 5th grade students in Ellis County classrooms.  The project includes researching, developing, memorizing and then performing as a favorite character from history.  It promotes thinking and writing in a creative manner, the use of research skills, awareness and appreciation of the qualities of positive leadership, as well as nurturing acting and public speaking skills.  The Ellis County finals were held May 6 in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.  Through Hays Rotary Club sponsorship, all classroom finalists received engraved medals and 1st through 5th place finishers also received trophies. For project details, see the links below.

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2018 participating schools,

students & their "famous figures"


Wilson Elementary School

William Shakespeare   Caleb King
Audrey Hepburn   Adelyn Wagner
Elizabeth Blackwell   Riley Dreher
Marie Curie   Kalllyn Meyers
Dove Cameron   Jordan Aschenbrenner
Grace Hopper   Clare Tholstrup


Roosevelt Elementary School

​Amelia Earhart   Savannah Schmitz
J.K. Rowling   Maycie Holderman
Kerri Strug   Kiera Dealy
Julie Andrews   Addie Brull
Marilyn Monroe   Kyla Schmidt
Queen Elizabeth   Elizabeth Dreiling

O’Loughlin Elementary School 
Christa McAuliffe   Isabelle Jones
Vin Scully   Cooper Johnson
Anne Frank   Marisa Wasinger
Harriet Tubman   Jaycee Oakley
George Ferris, Jr.   Mason Schleicher
Steve Jobs   Jalen Smith​


Lincoln Elementary School    

​​Abraham Lincoln   Wyatt Kirkpatrick
Nancy Reagan   Reagan Bates
Elizabeth Polly   Mireily Ramirez
Jack Horner   Fernando Cano-Olivias


Holy Family Elementary School 
Sonora Webster Carver   Chloe Purinton
Joan of Arc   Riley Frank
Florence Foster Jenkins   Breanna Seiler
Julie Andrews   Teagan Gottschalk


Victoria Elementary School                 
​Amelia Earhart   Taylor Sterling

George Strait   Levi Wellbrock


Washington Grade School (Ellis)

Florence Foster Jenkins   Maleah Vine
Clara Barton   Kaycee Cranwell
Ray Kroc   Caleb Noble
Fred Rogers   Grace Brull


St. Mary’s Grade School (Ellis)           
​Carrie Nation   Isabella Eck

​Leonardo da Vinci   Lucas Dinkel


​​2018 Contest Judges were:

Linda Hohman, Bruce Bardwell,

Eric Sumearll, & Mary Ann Thompson

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2016 famous figures classroom finalists