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McMurry University history majors achieved top honors at the annual meeting of the Texas State Historical Association in San Antonio. Besting their peers from universities and colleges from across the state, Katie Hinton and Ashley Dandridge brought home first- and second-place awards in the upper division of the TSHA’s C. M. Caldwell Memorial Awards for Excellence in History.

Hinton earned a first-place certificate and a $400 award for her paper entitled, “Time in Stitches: Quilting in Floyd County.” Dandridge secured the second-place award and a $300 award for her paper, “Black Education in Hamlin, Texas: Early Years to Integration.” Both women are also inductees of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. Ashley Mayer, the president of the McMurry chapter, attended the annual conference of Texas historians and was present as her classmates accepted their prizes. Stephen L. Hardin, McMurry history professor and Phi Alpha Theta sponsor, also attended the award ceremony.

Hinton and Dandridge wrote their award-winning monographs as part of the History Department’s Historical Methods and Senior Seminar courses, co-taught by professors Stephen L. Hardin and Robert T. Maberry. These awards are a testament to the efficacy of the department’s celebrated writing program, which devotes an entire semester to teaching the techniques of historical research and another to scholarly writing.

The achievements of these young women are all the more impressive when one considers that the TSHA meeting was the first scholarly conference they had ever attended.

On April 5, McMurry history majors will travel to Denton to participate in the Northeast Texas Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference.