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Navo Middle School

Groups invited to take Rachel’s Challenge

Students, parents and members of the Navo Middle School community are asked to participate in Rachel’s Challenge today, as part of an initiative to make a difference.

Navo students will take part in two information sessions — one at 8:40 a.m. and another at 10:10 a.m. — regarding the program, with those wishing to learn more going through training in the afternoon.

Parents and community members are invited to take part in the program and learn about its benefits at a special meeting at 6:30 p.m.

The program challenges students to look for the best in others and to use kindness and compassion throughout their lives to make an impact on the world around them.

For more information on the program, call 972-347-7500.


Nelson Elementary School

Elementary school to have fall festival Friday

Nelson Elementary staff and volunteers will host the school’s annual fall festival from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the school, 3909 Teasley Lane.

The festival will feature carnival-style games, bounce houses, face painting, a cakewalk and more. This year’s event will also feature a vendor’s marketplace, with plenty of local goods for shopping enthusiasts.

Tickets are 25 cents each and can be used for food, games and activities. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Nelson PTA. For more information, call 940-369-1400.


Denton High School

Volleyball team joins breast cancer fight

The Denton High volleyball team will have a Pink Out campaign from Saturday through Oct. 9 to help raise funds and awareness about breast cancer.

The Lady Broncos will join head coach Danielle Silva in participating in the Susan G. Komen North Texas Race for the Cure to kickoff their campaign.

The team will be selling pink “Volley for a Cure” T-shirts for $10, sponsoring a silent auction, raffling prizes and hosting a “Quarters for Kills” program — with participants donating a quarter for every team score— during its home Pink Out matches against Byron Nelson High School on Oct. 9.

All proceeds collected will be donated to the Komen foundation on behalf of the family and friends of Denton High volleyball that have battled breast cancer.

For more information on the campaign or to order T-shirts, contact Tami Wagner at



Guyer High school

Guyer slates German exchange program

Guyer High School will have a German exchange program this week that includes 23 students and two teachers from the Alexander von Humboldt school in Berlin. The visitors to Denton will practice their English and take part in every-day activities at the school.

The German students will all take part in a regular school schedule and get acclimated to student life at Guyer High during the next three weeks. The German students will also be staying with 23 Guyer families in the Denton area.

Alexander von Humboldt school students will return the favor in June by playing host to 23 Guyer High students in Berlin, with those students staying with families of the German students they hosted and taking part in student life in Germany.

The German students will take a tour of Denton on Oct. 3. The tour will begin with a meeting with the mayor and elected officials at City Hall and continue with other stops.


Guyer High School

Guyer High celebrating homecoming this week

Guyer High School will have its annual homecoming festivities this week, starting Thursday with the coronation of freshmen, sophomores and juniors during a pep rally.

Senior homecoming winners will be announced at halftime of the football game that night.

The Guyer Wildcats will face the Azle Hornets at 7 p.m. at the C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, 1500 Long Road.

Homecoming nominees include:

•  Senior King — Ryan Pearce, Tyler San Miguel, Ryan Starr

•  Senior Queen — Haven Hendrick, Natalie King, Logan McPhail, Katie Mikkelsen

•  Junior Prince — Tristan Brown, Logan Helal, Marcus Sanchez, Markel Williams

•  Junior Princess — Meagan Hayes, Tori Mongo, Asia Noble

•  Sophomore Duke — Highland Farr, Trey Woods

•  Sophomore Duchess — Elese Arias, Taen Johnson, Kelly Martinez

•  Freshman Lord — Drake Bigrigg, Austin Calma, Dante Ramacher

•  Freshman Lady — Gairy Natividad, Tierra Noble, Britain Seago

Festivities will continue with a homecoming carnival Friday and homecoming dance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Guyer commons.

Wristbands for the carnival will be on sale all week for $5 with all proceeds benefiting the student council. Tickets to the dance are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

For more information, call 940-369-1000. 


‘A Year With Frog and Toad’ set for Friday

Guyer High School theater will present the Tony-award nominated musical A Year With Frog and Toad at 7 p.m. Friday at the school’s auditorium, 7501 Teasley Lane.

The musical opened in 2003 on Broadway and earned Tony nominations for Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical.

The production is based on the Frog and Toad children’s stories written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel.

Tickets are $5 for all ages and can be purchased at the door or at the Guyer front office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The show is child-friendly and runs approximately 45 minutes. All proceeds from the show benefit Guyer theater’s fall musical performance of Damn Yankees!

For more information on the performances or tickets, contact Eleshia Crotwell at 940-369-1156 or by e-mail at .



Argyle High School

School to celebrate homecoming today

A community parade and bonfire rally will be held today to celebrate Argyle High School’s homecoming. The event will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the high school, 191 S. U.S. Highway 377.

The parade will include Argyle High cheerleaders, who are expected to lead the crowd along with the school band.

Vendors from Snappy Snows, Miss Piggy’s Cotton Candy, Project Graduation 2014 and Nothing Bundt Cakes are expected to attend.

The homecoming game will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, at which time the homecoming king and queen will be crowned. Argyle High’s homecoming dance is slated for 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the school. The theme is “Pretty in Pink.”

For more information, call 940-262-7777.



School celebrates its 30-year anniversary

Liberty Christian celebrated its 30th anniversary Sept. 21.

The college preparatory school opened in 1983 in Denton.

In its first year, the student body grew from 20 to 194. In 2005, Liberty moved to its new 76-acre campus in Argyle.

Today, student enrollment has reached more than 1,250, and the school continues to reach out to Christian families of all denominations.

Awards were given to Liberty staff and faculty who also celebrated 30 years at the school: co-founders, President Rodney Haire and his wife, Judy; Karen Watts, lower school principal; and Dee Quick, lower school counselor.

Liberty presented its first Distinguished Alumni Award, given to a male and female graduate who have continued their support and involvement at Liberty, as well as being outstanding citizens in their community. Ryan and Amy Duininck, husband and wife, were presented the award.

Homecoming king and queen were also announced at Warrior Stadium to a capacity crowd before kickoff of the football game versus Arlington Grace Prep.

Luke Kornet was crowned king, and Maggie Quam was named queen.

Kornet serves as president of the National Honor Society and is senior class secretary. He is also co-captain of the boys’ varsity basketball team where he is the leading scorer.

Kornet is also a National Merit Commended student.

Quam serves as captain of the varsity cheerleaders and the girls’ varsity basketball team. She is the vice president of student council.

Brad Lundblade was announced as junior prince and Erin Hoffman as junior princess.

Cole Irwin was named sophomore duke, and Chloe Moon was crowned sophomore duchess.

Aron Hawkins was announced as freshman lord and McKenzie Manning as freshman lady.

Alumni gathered on the field at halftime to be recognized, and the evening concluded with a Warrior win over Grace Prep, 35-12.


Two teachers receive Golden Apple awards

Liberty Christian middle school teachers Sue Gallo and Claire Batey are among educators who have been named one of the school’s recent Golden Apple award recipients.

Gallo still remembers the words of Rodney Haire, school president and founder, to her when she was hired to teach sixth-grade science 14 years ago.

“Make science fun,” he said, words of wisdom that continue to be her goal today.

Gallo was a nursing major at Texas Woman’s University, and science has always been a love of hers.

Now as a certified teacher, her passion is for her students to enjoy science and God’s creation, according to school officials.

“When I observe Mrs. Gallo in the classroom, I learn and have fun right along with her students,” Middle School Principal Josh Williams said. “She is that good of a teacher.”

Gallo’s aim is to get students outside as much as possible.

Each year, her students take on a project.

Projects have included making a compost bin, creating a butterfly garden and creating a fruit and vegetable garden that included tomatoes, eggplant, cantaloupes and squash.

Batey is in her 12th year at Liberty, and prior to coming to Liberty taught 19 years in the public school system.

“The Golden Apple came as a surprise and completely humbled me,” Batey said. “This award is a reminder of the excellence that Liberty produces and rewards.

“The faculty, staff, and families of Liberty have made a huge impact on me and my family through the years.”

Batey has taught English to eighth-grade students five years, and prior to that, she taught fourth-grade students.

In public school, she taught children as young as first grade.

“Mrs. Batey endeavors to challenge her students, and she does so with a flair of creativity and fun,” Williams said. “Always innovative in her approach to designing and implementing lesson plans, she maximizes her students’ time in the classroom with rigorous yet balanced assignments and activities.”

Batey tirelessly works with students outside of regular school hours, offering a research paper tutorial for students who need more help and assisting with Builders Club events.

As a mother of two sons serving in the military, she leads a support group for other military mothers.



New events featured  at annual Pumpkin Fest

The annual Selwyn Pumpkin Fest is slated for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 27. It’s expected to feature new events such as a car show, live music, a health fair, a costume contest and rock-climbing wall.

Also new this year, is a 7 a.m. 5K run followed by an 8 a.m. Pumpkin Chase Fun Run.

Guests can enjoy all-day activities and events such as pony rides, pumpkin patch, hay ride, bounce house, pumpkin catapult, craft booths, performers, raffles and food vendors.

Admission and parking is free. Tickets can be purchased for activities or concessions for 50 cents. Raffle tickets, at $5 apiece, give participants a chance to win a hand-forged fire pit.

For more information, call 940-382-6771, visit , or . The school is at 3333 W. University Drive.



Trio now semifinalists for scholarships

Three local students were among the more than 1,600 Black American high school seniors named semifinalists for the 49th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. has announced. Next spring, more than $2.5 million in scholarships will be distributed through the program.

Semifinalists named from Denton included Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science students Jude C. Adjei-Kontoh, Marquis J. Ellis and Darius D. Simmons.

The National Achievement Scholarship Program was created in 1964 and recognizes academically promising black students throughout the nation.





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