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In the Schools: April 11, 2017

Virtual school to hold information session

Parents interested in enrolling their child in a virtual learning program can learn more at the Texas Connections Academy information session at 6:30 p.m. May 3 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3110 Colorado Blvd. in Denton.

Texas Connections Academy offers online education for students in the third through 12th grade. Topics covered at the session will include the family’s role in the education process, how to arrange field trips or extracurricular activities, and what materials come with enrollment in the academy.

For more information, call 1-800-382-6010 or visit

Blue Ribbon Club awards scholarships

The Blue Ribbon Club, a support group for the Denton County Youth Fair, recently handed out $26,000 worth of scholarships worth to high school seniors and previous scholarship winners.

Winners of $1,000 scholarships from the Blue Ribbon Club are pictured during the recent awards ceremony. The Blue Ribbon Club is a support group of the Denton County Youth Fair.Courtesy photo
Winners of $1,000 scholarships from the Blue Ribbon Club are pictured during the recent awards ceremony. The Blue Ribbon Club is a support group of the Denton County Youth Fair.
Courtesy photo

The scholarships are given to the Blue Ribbon Club through donations from individuals and local businesses.

Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 were awarded to seniors Landon Boland, Wade Morgan, Bradley Swanner, Kyle Roth, Cole Delcambre, Megan Wandell, Cassie, McQuinn and Macy Archer.

Past recipients who are currently attending college and receiving $1,000 scholarships were Bobbie Wiersema, Jenica Wimmer, Lacey Jo Edge, Taylor Price, Jessica Brown, Michaela Vincent and Lauren Kilpatrick.

Winners of $500 scholarships from the Blue Ribbon Club are pictured during the awards ceremony. The Blue Ribbon Club is a support group of the Denton County Youth Fair.Courtesy photo
Winners of $500 scholarships from the Blue Ribbon Club are pictured during the awards ceremony. The Blue Ribbon Club is a support group of the Denton County Youth Fair.
Courtesy photo

Those receiving $500 scholarships were Darby Dean, Wyatt Archer, Carlee McQuinn, Justin Daniel, Taylor Schertz, Parker Wills, Ally Malecki, Ana Marie DeLeon, Shelby Williams, Meagan Newton, Morgan Stewart, Shannon Funck, Laura Little, Caly Hayworth, Amanda Sykara, Shelby Norman, Catherine Arndt, Allison Ray, Kendall Wheeler, Hannah Sullivan and Arthur Hatch.

Lewisville retiree group to meet next week

The Lewisville Area Retired School Personnel Association will hold its monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. April 20 at the Bolin Administrative Center, 1565 W. Main St. in Lewisville.

In addition to remarks from Lewisville ISD Superintendent Kevin Rodgers, financial planner Wade Chessman will give a presentation titled "Life Goes On: Handling Your Finances after a Loved One Passes."

The group will be collecting new and gently used books for the Children's Book Project and nonperishable food items for a local food bank. Light refreshments and door prizes will be provided.

For questions or more information, call 972-436-7907.

Denton Calvary Academy

Band, choir students earn top scores at competition

Nine Denton Calvary students were awarded a Superior or Excellent score at the  Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Solo and Ensemble competition last month at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The school also saw its first-ever pop/show small ensemble earn a "Superior" rating for their rendition of “Seasons of Love” from the Broadway musical Rent.

The following students were honored at the competition for their performances:

Soloists — Carson Carothers, junior, vocal; Jack Debus, senior, snare drum; Olivia Donegan, sophomore, piano; Sabina Howell, sophomore, cello; Leah Lawler, senior, vocal; Zach Masey, senior, vocal; Summer Roberson, freshman, vocal; Becca Stiegelmar, sophomore, vocal; and Lindsay Warren, senior, vocal.

Ensemble — Rae Hillman, junior; Leah Lawler, senior; Zach Masey, senior; Gabe Pucci, junior; Summer Roberson, freshman; Nathan Schaefer, senior; and Sidney Wilson, freshman.

Lake Dallas ISD

Lake Dallas Middle School

Middle school student council wins sweepstakes

The Texas Association of Student Councils awarded the Sweepstakes Council designation to the Lake Dallas Middle School Student Council for the second year in a row.

To qualify for the award, the council must meet requirements in six categories: community service; pride and patriotism; energy and environment; drug, alcohol, safety and health awareness; outstanding student council and sweepstakes. The students will receive the award at the state convention in San Marcos in November.

The council’s adviser John Fabro was nominated as the District 3 Adviser of the Year and the school also earned a Top Project award for their Buddy Benches. At the convention, the Lake Dallas council members will fill their role as an “officer school” and conduct all parliamentary procedures.

Liberty Christian School

Date set for private school preview day

Prospective students and their families are invited to Liberty Christian School’s Spring Preview Day at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 18.

The day will start with breakfast and a message from the private school’s founder and president, Rodney Haire. Afterward, families can tour Liberty Christian’s facilities and learn about the school’s programs.

Liberty Christian is located at 1301 S. U.S. Highway 377 in the Argyle area. To register for the event, go to For more information, call 940-294-2127.

Academic, speech and art teams take state championship

The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools awarded Liberty Christian School two state titles in the Division 6A speech/academic and art contests.

This is Liberty Christian's fifth year in a row to win in speech and academics and third victory in a row for art.

The school took the lead in speech and academics with 113 points and a first-place finish in the yearbook category. In the art contest, the school took gold with 226 points and Gracie Meek won the Student Award for the most points garnered.

The following students also won awards in their respective categories:

Speech and academics

First place — Cole Porter, poetry interpretation; Ashley Howard, literary criticism; and Sophie Steffey, solo acting.

Second place — Sammie Wuensche, poetry interpretation; Cameron Keller, science; Guanhua Tao, number sense; and Sydney Duininck, solo acting.

Third place — Alex Slack, literary criticism.

Fourth place — Michael Becker, ready writing; Cole Porter, solo acting; and Cole Porter and Sydney Duininck, duet acting.

Fifth place — Sierra Cothes, prose interpretation; Guanhua Tao, calculator; and Sophie Steffey and Peyton Jolley, duet acting.

Sixth place — Guanhua Tao, advanced math; and Lauren Good and Sammie Wuensche, duet acting.

Seventh place — Braedon Lindsey, mathematics.


First place — Reya Snyder, black-and-white drawing; Olivia Govednik, color drawing; Lily Washburn, painting; Gracie Meek, printmaking/mixed media; Matthew Reneau, black-and-white photography; Callee Vander Stoep, sculpture; Callee Vander Stoep, pottery; and Gracie Meek, seek and sketch, black and white

Second place — Gracie Meek, black-and-white drawing; Reagan Liddell, communication design; Christian Marsh, computer-rendered art; Reagan Liddell, color photography; Matt Ramirez, sculpture; Gracie Meek, senior portfolio; and Reagan Stevens, art history.

Third place — Olivia Govednik, black-and-white drawing; Alexandria Hurd, color drawing; Dianna Martin, communication design; and Jonathan Couch, art history.

Fourth place — Alexandria Hurd, computer-rendered art; Savannah Holmes, painting; Reagan Stevens, Printmaking/Mixed Media; Hope Griffith, color photography; Gracie Meek, applied design; Gracie Meek, on-site drawing; Taylor Brewer, seek and sketch, black and white; and Julia Fetters, seek and sketch, color.

Fifth place — Kalli Psaromatis, Pottery; and Lily Washburn, senior portfolio.

Sixth place — Reagan Hood, communication design; Tyler Barnes, sculpture; Olivia Fellers, senior portfolio and Olivia Fellers, art history.

Seventh place — Olivia Fellers, color photography.

Eighth place — Olivia Govednik, color drawing; Elizabeth Reneau, black-and-white photography; Hope Griffith, art history; and Olivia Govednik, seek and sketch, color.