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Crownover Middle School students in Travis Drake’s art classes created six ornaments that feature sequins and rhinestones on the outside of glass balls, with the message “We All Shine On!” inscribed on gift tags. The names of the students that made each ornament are on the inside. These ornaments will represent District 64, the district of state Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Denton), on the Christmas tree inside the Texas Capitol in Austin this month.

Denton ISD

Denton High School

Students recognized at journalism conference

Denton High School students attended the recent Journalism Education Association’s National High School Journalism Convention in Boston and competed in several competitions.

Three Denton High students placed among the top finishers among the more than 6,000 students who participated.

Senior George Roberson was awarded a Superior rating in the news editing/headline writing category. This marked the second consecutive year Roberson was awarded the highest rating possible.

Junior Chandler Elsbecker was also awarded a Superior rating in sports writing.

Junior Jordan Gill earned an honorable mention in feature writing.

The Denton High journalism students’ work can be found on the school’s online newspaper at Greg Bogomol is the journalism instructor as well as the sponsor for the student newspaper and yearbook.


Ryan High School

Scholars, Raiders, teachers of month named

Ryan High School recently announced its Scholars, Raiders and Teacher of the Month for October and November. Students from ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th grade were recognized by peers and staff members for their school spirit, academic achievements and character.

The students and teachers were honored by Ryan High parents and staff at a special breakfast in the school’s Renaissance Hall.

The October Raiders of the Month were Alex Rivera, freshman; Kane Roberson, sophomore; Logan Rich, junior; and Madison Jones, senior.

The Scholars of the Month for October were Rachel Warfield, freshman; Izaak Graves, sophomore; Jordan Swan, junior; and Gustavo Henriquez, senior.

The Teacher of the Month for October was Daniel Jackson, who teaches U.S. history, pre-Advanced Placement world geography and psychology.

The November Raiders of the Month were Amber Sorrell, freshman; Alex Davis, sophomore; Jacob Fuess, junior; and Jamerson Tischler, senior.

The November Scholars of the Month were Bobby Hawkins, freshman; Suzi Espinoza, sophomore; Samantha Parrish, junior; and Marshall Bielefeld, senior.

The Teacher of the Month for November was Elaine Abarelli, who teaches pre-AP Algebra II and pre-calculus.


Guyer High School

Educator named Teacher of Excellence

Amanda Goss, an English language arts teacher at Guyer High School, has been named the High School Teacher of Excellence by the North Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts.

Goss has taught at Guyer for seven years and currently teaches English I, pre-Advanced Placement English I and English II classes. She is a teacher consultant with the North Star of Texas National Writing Project, a member of the district’s curriculum writing team and part of the district’s ninth-grade task force, which helps implement the annual Freshman First Day at each high school.

The National Council of Teachers of English recently recognized Goss and her work during its annual national convention in Boston last month. Nominees are evaluated on their commitment to excellence in teaching English and consistent support of the mission and purpose of the National Council of Teachers of English and its affiliates.

Goss received her bachelor’s degree in English and her master’s degree in secondary education from the University of North Texas.


Pecan Creek Elementary

Jingle Bear 5K, 1-Mile Fun Run set for Dec. 14

Pecan Creek Elementary School will have its annual Jingle Bear 5K/1-Mile Fun Run on Dec. 14.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. at the school, 4400 Lakeview Blvd. Registration for the event is $20 for either run and includes a T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the top individual finishers by age group, and an award will be given to the fastest family group for families with four or more participants.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Pecan Creek PTA, which funds projects and services for students at the school. Register at For more information, call the school at 940-369-4400.

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