Adopt-A-School honors art contest winners
Several Denton ISD elementary school students were recognized for their artistic skills during the district's Young Artists Night at UMB Bank last month.
Students participating in the annual Adopt-A-School art contest were tasked with creating artwork under the topic "If my school mascot was a superhero for a day ... ." Business leaders and community members selected the top five drawings from both fourth and fifth grades.
The winners received a Michael's gift card during the Young Artists Night. The first place winners from each grade were presented with a book that featured their artwork.
District winners are included below:
Fourth grade — First place, Luis Hernandez, Ginnings Elementary; second, Frida Serrano, Hodge Elementary; third, Mya Nichols, Evers Park Elementary; fourth, Claire Rose, Cross Oaks Elementary; and fifth, Olivia Kinard, W.S. Ryan Elementary.
Fifth grade — First place, Brady Fleitman, Houston Elementary; second, Vincent Rigaud, Newton Rayzor Elementary; third, Jade Langford, Hodge Elementary; fourth, Walter Trevino-Morales, Lee Elementary; and fifth, Verere Igharha, Rivera Elementary.
All-Region band concert set for January at Denton High
Sixty Denton ISD band students earned spots in this year's all-region band after competing with students from Lake Dallas, Lewisville and Northwest ISDs at the Region 2 auditions.
The All-Region Concert will be Saturday, Jan. 20 at Denton High School. Fourteen of the Denton ISD performers will also audition for the All-Area band on Jan. 13.
Denton ISD's All-Region band members are listed below (an asterisk denotes advancement to the area contest):
Braswell High School — Cameron Stock*, Megan Biedinger, Mathew Pineda and Sam Paget.
Denton High School — Autumn Brown, Eric Crenshaw*, Samson Hudson, Greta MacMillian*, Brooke Poplin*, AnnAn Puttithanasorn*, Jonathan Bennett, Mitchell Case, Joseu Cazco-Mantilla, Reuben Dean, Matthew Garcia, Joel Garcia III, Hannah Guerrero, Thomas Hudson*, Hannah Lim, Emily Lincoln, Jasi Lopez, Andrew Lopez de Nava, Gage Lynn-Hart, Carrie Shi, Indie Talbot and Anna Borges.
Guyer High School — Jordan Meza*, Brent Jackson*, Alexander Pape, Michael Franklin, Alberto Enriquez, Emma Garnier, Audrey Kim, Garrett Savior, River Pape and James Bobo.
Ryan High School — Luke Owens*, Christian Meza*, Destiny Lerma*, Bailey Milton, Skarleth Santibanez*, Liam Dooley*, Arielle Smith, Tyren Davis*, Gideon Imboden, Tommy Brooks, Samantha Keuer, Sydney Holsomback, Emily McClanahan, Heather Heon, Kyle Lentz, Caitlin Bayer, Ceilon Cameron, Justin Hogue, Daevon Williams, Cole Starrett, Gabriel Williams, Vincent Viering, Alexander Howell and Charles Wilson.
Ryan High School puts on production of "Little Women"
Families will have three more chances to see the Ryan High theater department perform its winter show Little Women.
The musical is based on a novel by Louisa May Alcott and follows the story of the March sisters in the late 1800s. Each show will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 14-16 at the school's black box theater, located at 5101 E. McKinney St. in Denton.
Tickets are $10 and seating is limited. For more information, contact Ryan High School at 940-369-3000.
District earns thespian festival commendations
Ten Denton ISD theater students advanced to a national competition after taking home wins at the 2017 Texas State Thespian State Convention in Grapevine.
More than 7,800 theater students and 300 troupes attended the state convention in November. Those who advanced to nationals will head to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in June.
Braswell High School was named an All-Star Troupe, a commendation given to 10 schools at the state contest. The troupes are judged on community service, productions and an entry presentation.
Five Braswell High students also advanced individually to the national contest. They include Savanah Downing for solo musical, Maddie Moore for marketing, N'Namdi Jelani for duet acting, Arianna Bellolio for solo musical and Antona Johnson for duet acting.
Seven Denton High students will also make the trip to Nebraska this summer to compete at nationals. They include James Fite, Tyler Voyles and Jackie Taylor for group musical, Jackson Dean for monologue, Jack Kelley for solo musical, Calista Martin for costume construction and Isaac Castillo for lighting design.
Denton Calvary Academy
Students place in school's first UIL academic contest
Six Denton Calvary students took home awards as the school competed in its first University Interscholastic League academic contest this year.
Denton Calvary recently joined the North Texas Interscholastic League and had 17 participants in the UIL contest. Winners are included below:
Elementary school winner — Sophia Valderrey, second place in Ready Writing and sixth in Spelling.
Middle school winners — Creed Bielss, first place in Calculator, first in Maps, Charts and Graphs, fourth in Math, third in Number Sense and first in Science; Sarah Quintanilla, first in Math and fifth in Calculator; Jacy Gehlsen, first in Editorial Writing; Olivia Neale, second in Editorial Writing and fifth in Spelling; and Emilee Cody, second in Ready Writing.
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Liberty Christian School
Math team takes second at Oklahoma competition
Five Liberty Christian math teams traveled to the University of Oklahoma last month to compete in a math competition that tested their knowledge of algebra, geometry and trigonometry.
With 110 teams competing, three of Liberty Christian's teams advanced to the second round of the contest. One team went on to the third round and placed second overall.
Individually, Ryan Holmes won second place in the algebra contest, and Guanhua Tao won in the trigonometry contest.
Cheer squad earns fourth state title
The Liberty Christian High School cheerleaders won first place for the fourth year in a row at the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state cheer competition.
The squad competed in Division 1, which covers 5A and 6A schools. Liberty Christian was put into the large squad category and beat out eight other schools. The cheerleaders are scored on a 100-point scale based on aspects like stunts, tumbling, dance and creativity.
The Liberty Christian squad will also travel to Orlando in February to compete in the Universal Cheerleaders Association National Contest at Disney World.
FEATURED PHOTO: Houston Elementary fourth-grade teacher Lori Gross shows her class the $1,000 Denton Chamber of Commerce First Year Employee grant she received from the Denton Public School Foundation. The foundation went out to McNair, W.S. Ryan, Houston, McMath and Stephens campuses last week to distribute thousands in grant money. Courtesy photo/Denton DISD