famous figures project
“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 details, see the link below.
creative writing contest
Ellis County students in Kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit written works in prose & poetry into this annual competition. Anonymously submitted (with only a code number), works are judged by members of the FHSU English Department. Through project sponsorship by the Hays Optimist Club, the HAC prints a publication of the winning works and held an awards ceremony on April 24 in the FHSU Memorial Union. For complete project information, photo gallery from the 2016 awards ceremony & reception, and this year's publication of the winning poetry & prose works, follow the link below.