Daughters of the Republic of Texas Announce Republic of Texas Museum Art Contest Winners

AUSTIN, TX – Four young artists from the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) District II were recognized at the DRT Republic of Texas Museum 2019 Art Contest Awards Ceremony and Reception on Saturday, June 22, 2010. The awards ceremony was held at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas. 

Over one hundred award winners, parents, grandparents and friends from all over the state attended the ceremony.

Special entertainment was provided by K.R. Wood.  K.R. is a singer, songwriter, musician, historian, and actor who brings Texas history to life through music.   He is the only person who has been allowed to play Davy Crockett’s violin at the Alamo, and he is an adopted member of the Crockett family.  His “Fathers of Texas” album has been adopted as approved Texas History Curriculum by the State of Texas.

Last fall, the Republic of Texas Museum Committee invited Texas students in grades 1-12 to enter an art contest to document Texas Historical sites, events, activities and individual(s) prior to 1850.  Competition to place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place was within each district and category, and winners in each category could receive a certificate, ribbon and monetary prize:

  • First Place Winners received $75.
  • Second Place Winners received $50.
  • Third Place Winners received $35.
  • Honorable Mention Winners received $25.

Three hundred fifty nine (359) students entered the contest from across the state, from nine (9) of the ten DRT districts. DRT District II is composed of the following counties: Brown, Callahan, Clay, Coleman, Comanche, Dallas (portion), Eastland, Erath, Hood, Jack, Johnson, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Shackleford, Somerall, Stephens, Tarrant, Wichita, Wise, and Young.

District II Winners: 

Category Grades 1-5

1st place, Cason Garrett Clark, age 9, Colleyville, for “Welcome to Cross Timbers.”

Category Grades 6-8

1st place, Amy Perez, age 12, Mineral Wells, for “Dallas County Courthouse.”
2nd place, Vermilion Batteus, age 13, Cisco, for “Texas Rangers.”
3rd place, Taniyah Rogers, age 12, Mineral Wells, for “Col. William Cocke Young.”

The Chair of the Republic of Texas Museum Committee, Julia Lopez (Austin) presented the awards to those who attended.  Refreshments were served following the presentations.  Others serving on the committee are Betty Bird (Austin), Honey Bellemans (Austin), Linda
Dietert (New Braunfels), Anita Eisenhauer (Corpus Christi), Kay Gregory
(Austin), Lois Lacy (San Augustine), Nancy Shurtleff (Austin), and Lizzette
Tandy (Georgetown). 

Students who were not present for the ceremony received their award through the mail.

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, founded in 1891, is the oldest
patriotic women’s organization in Texas and one of the oldest in the nation.

DRT’s Mission

  • Perpetuate the memory and spirit of those who achieved and maintained the independence of Texas.
  • Provide educational programs of the highest caliber in coordination with Texas school districts and the Texas Education Agency, as well as programs for the public.
  • Encourage research into early Texas records, preserve historic documents and encourage the publication of historic records.
  • Secure and memorialize historic sites.

The Republic of Texas Museum Art Contest and the Award Ceremony is made possible by a grant from the Native Texas License Plate Fund.  From the $30 specialty plate fee, $22 goes to the Texas Department of Economic Development in making grants to The Daughters of the Republic of Texas to preserve Texas historic sites or to fund educational programs that teach Texas history.  The Native Texan License Plate is available at the local vehicle registration office and available to ALL Texas drivers, for passenger cars or light trucks, 1-ton or less.  For an additional fee, the plate may be personalized or displayed with the disabled emblem.  For more information about the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, go to http://www.drtinfo.org.

Vermilion Batteas, Treasurer General, 2nd from left on back row

Along with placing 2nd in the art contest, Vermilion Batteas was elected Treasurer General for the state chapter of the Children of the Republic of Texas.

2 Responses to "Daughters of the Republic of Texas Announce Republic of Texas Museum Art Contest Winners"

  1. Julie Elrod   August 2, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Thank you for the info. I corrected it. I’m so sorry. I think I know how I messed that up, but it’s too complicated and sorta stupid so I’ll just beg forgiveness. :)

  2. Donna Irby   August 2, 2019 at 6:07 AM

    Vermilion is second from the left on the back row. Thank you!