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Geoffrey Gaunt

In the Schools: March 7, 2018

Lake Dallas ISD

Student art featured in Dallas gallery

Art from three Lake Dallas High School students is on display through March 25 at the Dallas Visual Arts Gallery, located at 3020 Steward Drive in Richardson. 

Works from Dillyn Baker, Martin Martinez, and Mikey Peattie were selected as some of the roughly 100 pieces exhibited in the show out of more than 1,000 submissions from students across North Texas. The public is invited to attend an artist's reception from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 25 at the gallery.

Liberty Christian

Lower School students win top awards at math contest

Ten Liberty Christian students took home superior and excellent ribbons after competing in the Association of Christian Schools International Math Olympics.

To qualify for the contest, students had to have one of the top 20 scores in their grade level on a district-wide test. At the area contest, students from 11 schools were quizzed on their computational and reasoning skills.

The following Liberty Christian students received top honors in their grade level and division:

Third Grade — Wyatt Keeler, Excellent Ribbon, Computation; Bradley Ross, Excellent Ribbon, Reasoning; Noah Spinks, Superior Ribbon, third place overall, Computation.

Fourth Grade — Sam Panthagani, Excellent Ribbon, Reasoning;  Madilyn Earle, Excellent Ribbon, Computation; Sarah Jane Sheldon, Excellent Ribbon, Computation; Trey Stickl, Excellent Ribbon, first place overall, Reasoning.

Fifth Grade — Avery Baller, Excellent Ribbon, Computation; Zachary Chambers, Excellent Ribbon, Reasoning; Sebastian Simone, Excellent Ribbon, Reasoning.

Sanger ISD

Math teacher nominated for Life Changer award

Kathy Vidourek, a pre-calculus teacher and math department head at Sanger High School, was nominated by a former student for the National Life Group Foundation's Life Changer of the Year award.

The award honors teachers who make a significant impact in the lives of their students and also exhibit high professional standards. Sanger High School graduate Lexie Mulford nominated Vidourek, saying the teacher continued to motivate her after graduation and helped her prepare for nursing school.

Seventeen individuals will win awards out of the hundreds of nominations from across the country. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000 to share with their district. The winners will be announced later this spring.

Selwyn School

School to celebrate 60th anniversary with student event

The Selwyn School will host its annual International Night in April and celebrate its 60th year in operation.

The event will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at the school's new Argyle campus, located at 2270 Copper Canyon Road. Students will share cuisines, customs and artistic performances based on the cultures of Italy, Morocco, Guatemala, Poland and New Zealand. Dinner will be provided.

Selwyn was established in 1957 to provide a nonsectarian, college preparatory education to students in the Denton area. Last year, the school moved from its previous location on West University Drive in Denton to its 10-acre Argyle campus in the hopes of boosting student enrollment.

For more information about the event, go to or contact Head of School Deb Hof at or at 940-382-6771.


Lewisville school retirees to host monthly meeting

The Lewisville Area Retired School Personnel Association will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 15 at the Lewisville Church of Christ, located at 901 College Parkway.

Historian Lance Tahmahkera is the featured guest speaker for the event and will discuss the history of Quannah Parker and the Comanche tribe.

The group will collect 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.

FEATURED PHOTO: Students in the Ginnings Elementary Helping Hands Club show off the comfort bags they're preparing to donate to Denton County Friends of the Family. The backpacks are filled with art supplies, books, a small game and a stuffed animal to comfort children in stressful family situations. The community service group donated 20 bags to Our Daily Bread last year and hopes to donate 44 bags to Friends of the Family this year. Courtesy photo