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Julie Hammond

In the Schools: April 26, 2017

Aubrey ISD

District hires new high school principal

Matthew Gore will kick off the new school year as the principal of Aubrey High School. He will take over for Shannon Saylor, who recently was hired as the district's assistant superintendent of human relations and student services.

Aubrey High School principal Matthew GoreAubrey ISD
Aubrey High School principal Matthew Gore
Aubrey ISD

Gore currently serves as the assistant principal at Wakeland High School in Frisco, a position he has been in for the past five years. Before that, he taught biology and worked as an instructional coach. 

Gore earned a master's degree in educational leadership from Lamar University and a master's degree in biology from the University of North Texas. He received his bachelor's degree in physiology from Oklahoma State University.

"The position of high school principal is extremely important, and we took our time choosing the right person for the job," Aubrey Superintendent David Belding said in a press release. "The person who takes the lead must have outstanding instructional leadership skills, organizational skills, as well as the ability to consistently communicate with parents, teachers, and students. Mr. Gore exhibits those qualities and will continue the legacy of excellence at Aubrey High School."

Lake Dallas ISD

Teen chosen as delegate for Children's Congress

Anastasia White, a seventh-grader at Lake Dallas Middle School, will travel to Washington, D.C., this summer to participate in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Children's Congress

White, along with more than 150 children from across the nation, will meet with members of Congress in July to discuss continued funding for Type 1 diabetes research.

White was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 8 years old. Now 13, she enjoys cheerleading and golf. She hopes to play in the Ladies Professional Golf Association when she gets older.

Juniors, seniors inducted into honor society

Twenty-six Lake Dallas High School students became members of the National Honor Society during an induction ceremony last week. Students who join the organization must maintain a high grade point average and participate in community service projects.

The following juniors and seniors were chosen as new members:

Danelle Bennett, Karsten Bergthold, Addison Blevins, Kiona Cole, Ryan Depperschmidt, Elise Dickley, Patrick Durbin, Livia Dvoracek, Matthew Elder, Brandon Evans, Britney Figart, Elizabeth Gowans, Zachary Graham, Cynthia Harl, Jerry Ryan Hawley, Madison Helm, Shelby Helmlinger, Julianna Huerta, Christina King, Gratzelly Marquez, Daniela Martinez, Sanjana Mishra, Janae O'Connell, Noah Payne, Nathan Shepherd and Kyle York

Dance team caps off season with spring show

The Lake Dallas High School Highsteppers will perform their final show of the school year at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Dallas High School Performance Hall.

The dance team will perform some of the routines that won them countless awards throughout their season. They also will be joined by the Lake Dallas High School cheerleaders, the Falcon Flyers, and the Lake Dallas High School Colorguard.

Christine DeShazo directs the Highsteppers, and officers include Allyson Elliott, Kayleigh Lusk, Maddie Hubbard, Ashley Howell and Avangeline Graves.

Liberty Christian School

Fine arts department to host annual Artist's Garden

Student works and performances will be on display at Liberty Christian's Artist's Garden event at 6:30 p.m Saturday at the school, 1301 S. Highway 377 in Argyle.

This year's artwork and ensembles will tie into the theme of "Icons" and pay tribute to past and present artists known worldwide.

Reserved seating is available online at for $10. Seats not sold will be available at the door for $10. A full house is expected.

Students take winning play to state contest

Middle school theater students performed their district-winning one-act play Peter/Wendy at the Private Schools Interscholastic Association's state contest in Carrollton last month.

The play is written by Jeremy Bloom and adapted from J.M. Barrie's novel Peter and Wendy. At the state contest, Rachel Hatcher was named to the All-Star Cast while Grant Pearson and Avery Spitler received Honorable Mention All-Star Cast.

On the district level, Liberty Christian took first place at the competition. Rachel Hatcher was named Best Actress, Mason Cole won Best Actor, Kylie Lewis and Avery Spitler earned All-Star Cast honors and Joaquin Van Trease and Grant Pearson were named Honorable Mention All-Star Cast.

— Compiled by Caitlyn Jones