Denton High math teacher named finalist for national award
The National Science Foundation recognized Denton High School math teacher Megan Gabriel as a state finalist for the 2018 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Gabriel teaches pre-AP calculus and pre-AP geometry at Denton High and has been with the school for seven years. She graduated from Ryan High School and attended Texas Woman's University, where she received her degree.
The Presidential Award honors educators who come up with innovative teaching methods and is one of the highest honors a math or science teacher can receive in their field. National award winners will be announced this summer and prizes include $10,000, a paid trip to Washington, D.C., and a citation signed by the president of the United States.
Elementary school artists to showcase work at Texas Capitol
Two students from Ginning and Stephens elementary schools will see their artwork in the lower rotunda of the Texas Capitol in Austin next month.
Out of four submissions from Denton ISD, art from Ginnings kindergartner Ryan Stafford and Stephens fourth-grader Makenzie Neill was selected as part of the Texas Art Education Association's Youth Art Month Capitol Celebration. The group works to promote art education in schools and provides opportunities for students to showcase their work.
Both pieces of art, along with 100 other finalists, will be on display in the Bob Bullock Museum through March 11, and in the state Capitol from March 18-28.
Lake Dallas ISD
Law enforcement club advances to state
The Lake Dallas High School Law Enforcement Club will advance to state after receiving high marks at the Texas Public Service Association Regional Law Enforcement and Fire Fighter competition in Granbury earlier this month.
The school placed in five events and will compete at the state contest in Houston later in March. The Lake Dallas results from the regional contest are as follows:
Tactical Building Clearing — third place, Jason Robinson, Coltin Whitehead and Stephen Gregory.
Disturbance Call — fourth place, Megan Anderson and Sydney Frazier.
Felony Traffic Stop — fourth place, Jason Robinson, Megan Anderson and Nick Gregory.
First Responder — fourth place, Stephen Gregory.
Foot Pursuit — fourth place, Matt Elder
Lake Dallas middle schooler places second in county spelling bee
TAFE students bring home state awards
The Lake Dallas High School chapter of the Texas Association of Future Educators earned four blue ribbons and a top-5 award during the TAFE Teach Tomorrow Summit in Huntsville earlier this month.
Nine Lake Dallas students joined 2,000 other aspiring educators at the conference held on the Sam Houston State University campus. The organization provides resources and support for students who hope to go into teaching.
Students who place in the top five in certain contests can go on to compete at the Educators Rising National Conference in Orlando, Florida, this summer. The Lake Dallas winners include:
Project Visualize: Teaching — Allie Hanna and Ashlynn Pohlmeyer.
Bulletin Board — Maile Laranang, Izzy May and Haley Nelson.
Scrapbook — Baylee Campbell, Livia Dvoracek, Maggie Kelley and Emily Tran.
Lesson Planning and Delivery: Outdoors — Haley Nelson.
Art students earn perfect score in regional contest
Eight Liberty Christian students received perfect scores on 12 pieces of art at the Texas Art Educators Association Visual Art Scholastic Event in Keller earlier this month.
Cheryl Shaffer, Cassie Scrivner, Alexandria Hurd, Olivia Govednik, Julia Fetters, Gabriella Lucarelli, Kate Duininck and Rebecca O'Neal presented and defended their artwork to a panel of judges at the contest. Each piece of art received a score of 4 and moved on to a second evaluation.
Pieces from Govednik, Scrivner and Hurd advanced to the state contest this June in San Marcos.
Middle and Upper School science projects advance to state fair
Several Liberty Christian students will showcase their science projects at the state contest after winning the Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair in Arlington a few weeks ago.
Austin Graves, Jake Watson and Arnold Xu won second place in the Environmental Science Senior Division for their project"Fly Me to the Sun," which tested solar power usage in planes. Mary Harshfield, Lindsay Tito and Kambryn Vera won a first-place specialty award for "C the Difference," a project that measured the vitamin C concentration in broccoli when it was cooked different ways.
Both teams advanced to the state science fair held next month in San Antonio.
The middle school teams also took home awards in the junior division for their projects. The following students will join the six high schoolers as they compete at state:
Animal Science — First place, Reeves Baller; second place, Mackenzie Hamilton.
Behavior and Social Science — First place, Savanna Morris.
Biochemistry — Third place, Jackie McGuire.
Energy and Transportation — Second place, Kathryn Tyler.
Engineering-Electrical and Mechanical — Second place, Major Hermann.
Engineering-Material and Bio-engineering — Best of Fair honorable mention and first place, Michael Ramirez; second place, Amalya Graham.
Environmental Science — Second place, Julia Shanks.
Physics and Astronomy — Second place, Ellie Meredith.
Plant Science — Second place, Sydney Reardon.
FEATURED PHOTO: Lake Dallas High School Law Enforcement Club had several members qualify for the state competition next month in Houston. State qualifiers are, from left, Nick Gregory, Stephen Gregory, Jason Robinson, Coltin Whitehead, Matt Elder, Megan Anderson and Sydney Frazier. Courtesy photo