SJD AWARDS

The San Jacinto Descendants sponsor a variety of awards that are decided upon each year at our annual meeting.

San Jacinto Award

The San Jacinto Award is presented to an adult citizen of the State of Texas who has demonstrated a commitment to preserving Texas history and who possesses the highest level of patriotism, leadership, and service to the State of Texas and their local community.  Members of the San Jacinto Descendants are not eligible for this award.

The 2015 recipient of the San Jacinto Award was Scott Griffin, he received both bachelor and master degrees in education from Stephen F. Austin State University.  Scott and his wife both taught school in the Katy School District for 32 years, where he became known as an iconic classroom history teacher.  As a member of the Cane Island Volunteers, he continues to teach Texas History by participating in many reenactments throughout the state at schools, festivals, and various other events.  You may remember Scott Griffin for his recent appearance in the documentary Texas Legend Sam Houston, where he was cast in the lead roll as General Sam Houston. There are 23 past recipients of the San Jacinto Award.

Sam Houston Award

The Sam Houston Award is presented to a member of the San Jacinto Descendants who has demonstrated the highest commitment to preserving Texas history and who possesses the highest level of patriotism, leadership, and service to the State of Texas and their local community.

The 2015 recipient of the Sam Houston Award was William Haddock, a Past President General of the San Jacinto Descendants, who prior to that appointment served as our Treasurer General, and President General Elect.  Will has worked hard promoting Texas History by holding several offices in the Sons of the Republic of Texas Organization, and serving on the State Planning Committee for the San Jacinto Day Ceremony.  There are 23 past recipients of the Sam Houston Award.

Sidney Sherman Award

The Sidney Sherman Award is presented to a junior member of the San Jacinto Descendants who has demonstrated a commitment to preserving Texas history and who possesses the highest level of patriotism, leadership, and service to the State of Texas and their local community..

The 2015 recipient of the Sidney Sherman Award was Liberty Lucinda Robson.  Although Liberty has spent most of her life in New York City, she is one that believes she got here as soon as she could.  She has not wasted anytime getting familiar with her Texas Roots, by becoming one of our newest Junior members, joining the Children of the Republic of Texas, and volunteering as a guide at the San Jacinto Chapter of the DRT, Pioneer Memorial Log Cabin and Museum.  Liberty an Honor Student, is on her student council, a school ambassador, placed 3rd place in the All School Talent Show, a Raider Chorus soloist, and still finds time to participate in soccer, basketball, volleyball, and track.    This 11 year old beauty also made us very happy this year at the official San Jacinto Day Ceremony, when she led us all in the Pledges to the American, and Texas Flags. There are 17 past recipients of the Sidney Sherman Award.

Teacher of Texas History Award

The Teacher of Texas History Award is presented to a public or private school teacher who has exhibited extraordinary qualities as an instructor of Texas history.

The 2015 recipient of the Teacher of Texas History Award was Penny Adams a 7th grade teacher at York Jr. High in the Conroe School District.  As a 6th generation Texan, she grew up Angleton, Texas and graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1981, with post graduate work at Texas State University.  She is now in her 32nd year of Teaching, and along the way she has taught Texas History, PE, Health, and coached girls sports.  She was twice named York Teacher of the Year, Klein Recognized Teacher, Lone Star Chapter of the SRT’s Teacher of the Year, and a Recognized Educator for Texas Humanities.  Texas History is not only her profession, but also her passion.  Ms. Adam’s , an avid researcher, can often be found neck deep in a basement full of archives.  She is dedicated to passing on the historical legacy of our State  to each 7th grader who enters her classroom, through creative lessons, storytelling, and various projects. There are 20 past recipients of the Teacher of Texas History Award.