2017 Oratorical Contest Winners
2017 Oratorical Contest Winner
Thank you to the extraordinary slate of contestants who provided so much insight to their selected “Blazing Trails: Forts on the Texas Frontier” in this year’s oratorical contest.
As we celebrate the 126th anniversary of the Battle of Flowers Association® parade, which originally was founded to honor the heroes of the Alamo and celebrate San Jacinto Day, our contestants helped us all to have a greater understanding of these important people in Texas history.
First Place: Kaitlyn Gibbens
“The Jewel at the Bottom of the Mountains: Fort Davis”
Second Place: Jenna Brown
Texas State University
“Fort Martin Scott: As Complex as a Fine Wine”
Third Place: Lanie Tubbs
“Chadbourne: A Fort Deep in the Heart of Texas”
Fourth Place: Gennifer Geer
“Fort Bliss: An Evolution”
Fifth Place: Emily Wenz
University of Texas at San Antonio
“Fort Martin Scott: The Beginning of Protection for the Western Frontier”