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Students in district receive national honors

Three Denton school district seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists and 15 others have received national honors in the scholars program.

 

National Merit Semifinalists

The National Merit Semifinalists — Denton High School’s Jared Davis and Ryan High’s Iris Hill and Sarah Miles — are among the highest scoring entrants in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program in Texas and part of an elite group of 16,000 semifinalists chosen nationwide.

With their selection, these three students are eligible to receive one of approximately 8,300 Merit Scholarship awards. 

Denton High School

Jared Davis, son of Tony Davis, is a member of the Denton High debate team, chess club and math club.

Jared also plays the piano and studies Korean through independent learning.

He plans on attending Stanford University and studying economics or electrical engineering.

Ryan High School

Iris Hill, daughter of Tony and Margaret Hill, is a member of the Ryan High cross country team, choir, student council and National Honor Society.

She is undecided on her choice of college but plans to study chemical engineering.

Sarah Miles, daughter of Grant Miles and Evelyn Pitre, is a member of the Ryan High student newspaper staff, French club, National Honor Society, Amnesty International and the University Interscholastic League academic team.

She plans on attending Harvard University and studying history.

 

Commended Scholars

Eleven district seniors were also recognized as commended scholars by the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.

There are less than 34,000 commended scholars recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program nationwide annually and each placed in the top five percent on the PSAT/NMSQT test.

Denton High School

Zach Sanderson, son of Gary and Deb Sanderson and Micaela Sanderson, is on the tennis team and writes his own music to play on guitar, bass, piano or drums.

He is undecided on his college choice but plans to study music composition or computer science.

Miguel (Mickey) San Miguel, son of Blanca San Miguel, is in the orchestra, Junior Classical League, National Honor Society, Latin club, International Thespian Society and pit orchestra for musicals. He is undecided on his college choice but plans to study engineering or linguistics.

Elena Souris, daughter of Stephen Souris and Carola Hundrich-Souris, is a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and German club.

She is undecided on her college choice but plans on studying sociology or anthropology.

Guyer High School

Mark Hickey, son of Scott and Ashley Hickey, is president the National Honor Society, an officer in the Denton-area Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a member of the varsity football team and Spanish National Honor Society.

He is undecided on his choice of college but plans to study political science or pre-law.

Adam Oh, son of Eunkyong and Hungjae Oh, is founder of Music Saves Lives, student body president, a Texas Boys State participant and all-state member of the varsity orchestra.

He plans on attending Harvard University and studying physical science.

Molly Richards, daughter of Steve and Regina Richards, is a member of the Key Club, Habitat for Humanity, science club and plays the piano.

She plans on attending the University of Texas at Arlington and studying physics.

Kayley Stubblefield, daughter of Rodney and Konni Stubblefield, is a senior class officer and a member of choir, theater and National Honor Society.

She plans on attending the University of North Texas and studying chemistry with a minor in forensic science.

Cody Teleki, son of Kristian and Suzanne Teleki, is a member of the Latin club and plays hockey.

He plans on attending Baylor University and studying neuroscience.

Ryan High School

Jacob Fields, son of Bryan and Lesli Fields, is a member of the marching band, chess club, National Honor Society and also is a Boy Scout.

He plans on attending Brigham Young University and studying computer science.

James (J.D.) McClanahan, son of Steve and Michelle McClanahan, is member of the student council, National Honor Society, I-Tech club, UIL literary criticism team and orchestra.

He plans on attending Rice University and studying architecture.

Rachel Rosenberg, daughter of Russ and Lisa Rosenberg, is a member of the marching band, National Honor Society, Amnesty International, UIL literary criticism and ready writing teams and gives piano lessons.

She plans on attending Brown University and studying international relations.

 

National Hispanic Scholars

The district also had two students each receive recognition as National Hispanic Scholars or National Achievement Scholar.

The National Hispanic Recognition Program recognizes students who are at least one-quarter Hispanic or Latino and are among the top 5,000 highest scoring individuals on the PSAT/NMSQT test.

Denton High School

Nico Cortes, son of Martin and Nancy Cortes, is in National Honor Society, student council, math club, UIL academic team and was in the marching band.

He plans on attending the University of California-Berkley and studying electrical engineering or computer science.

Miguel (Mickey) San Miguel, son of Blanca San Miguel, is in orchestra, Junior Classical League, National Honor Society, Latin club, International Thespian Society and pit orchestra for musicals.

He is undecided on his college choice but plans to study engineering or linguistics.

 

National Achievement Scholarship

The National Achievement Scholarship program recognizes scholars who annually score in the top 3 percent of more than 160,000 Black Americans who request consideration in the National Achievement Program.

Guyer High School

Dionne Agawa, daughter of David Agawa and Evelyn Mensah, is president of the Guyer High German Club, a member of the Key Club, German American Partnership Program student exchange program and orchestra. She plans on attending Princeton University and studying biochemistry.

Ryan High School

Krystal Cunningham, daughter of Kevin and Karla Cunningham, received the outstanding participant designation in this category.

She is a member of the Ryan High orchestra, Latin club, parliamentary procedures team and Health Occupations Students of America.

She plans on attendingThe College of William & Mary and studying psychology.

 

Ryan High School

Students to perform at state theater festival

Ryan High School theater students will perform at the Texas Thespians 2012 State Festival from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 in Houston.

Ryan’s performance of the off-Broadway production Over the River and Through the Woods will be among the feature presentations at the festival.

The play is a comedy written by Joe DiPietro, which enjoyed a lengthy run off-Broadway in the mid-1990s.

The Ryan production is presented through a special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc. in New York.

Students in the traveling production include: Conner Belt, Elly Dearman, Julia Durbin, Audrey Howell, Amanda Leavell, Zach Neufeld, Dakota Ratliff, Josh Soderstrom, Drew Stone, Cody Vann and Tanner Vann.

Colleges and universities from across the country annually attend the Texas Thespians State Festival and award scholarships to participating students.

Scholarships are given out to performers, educators and technical theater crew members. 

For more information, contact Jeannene Abney at 940-369-3000 or by e-mail at jabney@dentonisd.org .

 

Students earn spots on AP Scholar Awards list

Students in the Denton school district accounted for 125 distinctions on the 2012 Advanced Placement Scholar Awards list, annually released by College Board.

The AP program annually recognizes students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through high scores in AP courses and on AP exams.

Students are awarded certificates for three individual levels including: AP Scholar, AP Scholar with Honor and AP Scholar with Distinction.

Students recognized as AP Scholars received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.

Denton High School

•  Junior — Sean Burrows

•  2012 graduates — Erin Carr, Kevin Ford, Sara McGregor, Skylar Padia, Sihai Tang and Marilyn Yeatts

Guyer High School

•  Seniors — Jackson Bowns, Robert Champion, Brandon Dominguez, Jacob Fredrickson, Joseph Fredrickson, Dalton Gaume-Wakefield, Melissa Morris, Sarah Pittman, Mollie Ramsey, Devan Sullivan, Elizabeth Weaver, Kaitlyn Wemars, Anita Williams and Lauren Zazula

•  2012 graduates — Hayden Brown, Connor Crane, Josh Currey, Savanna Doroodchi, Joel Elliott, Harrison Gorman, Michael Gray, Katelyn Griffith, Bakhtawar Hafiz, Mikayla Hall, Elizabeth Hanna, Erin Hopkins, Rachel Insley, Aaron Jackson, Edgar Jimenez, Josh Kim, Don Leonard, Jolie Ann McCleskey, Jill Metzler, Stephen Moorer, Lindsay Mullin, Sam Ososanya, Jeremiah Owen, Austin Requena, Dalton Richey, Kimber Rosales, Samantha Sandlin, Lauren Schafer, Sean Sorrento, Garyn Spray, Clarissa Suikkari, Arden Pullig, Allison Tester, Amelia Thompson, Kevin Vela, Andrew Villarreal, Siddarth Vyas, Rudy Wallace, Nathaniel Welty, Rachel West and Ethan Tucker

Ryan High School

•  Seniors — Domino Birze, James (J.D.) McClanahan, Nadia Rosales, Hannah Shade and Catherine Tryon;

•  2012 graduates — Ann Adams, Katherine Burks, Me-Kyoung Choi, Johnsesha Daniels, Heath Fowler, Yeceli Garay, Chris Guerrero, Christopher Hoye, Nathan Kam, Cassidy Lindsay, Nicole Milliet, Ryker Nelson, Benjamin Passey, Michaela Smith, James Strange, Travis Wiley and Alejandro Yanez

Students recognized as AP Scholars with Honor received an average score of 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more AP exams.

The district had 17 students named AP Scholars with Honor including:

Denton High School

•  Senior — Nico Cortes

•  2012 graduate — Becca Maxwell-Leroy

Guyer High School

•  Seniors — Jordan Bruce, Mark Hickey, Erika Lopez Arellano, Cody Teleki, Mark Wager and Reece Wells

•  2012 graduates — William Matthews, Ashley Mungiguerra, Desiree Patterson and Christopher Wooley

Ryan High School

•  Seniors — Jacob Fields, Iris Hill and Michael Crowe

•  2012 graduates — Margaret Evans and Sean Rohde

Students recognized as AP Scholars with Distinction received an average score of 3.5 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more AP exams.

The district had 32 students named AP Scholars with Distinction including:

Denton High School

•  2012 graduate — Christopher Murillo

Guyer High School

•  Seniors — Megan Hoffman, Jahanara Hoque, Sang-Yop Kwon, Adam Oh, Molly Richards, Kayley Stubblefield and VirinTamprateep

•  2012 graduates — Alya Ayers, Shanna Clark, Nigel Deane, Mei Earling, McKenzie Eckels, Stefen Hancock, Jaison John, Mikayla Martin, Keith Richards, Ryan Roche, Emon Steadman, Theodore Torres, Kendra Wenger and Emily Windle

Ryan High School

•  Seniors — Sarah Miles and Rachael Rosenberg

•  2012 graduates — Mark Ashby, Evan Bates, Kathryn French, Ryan Harding, Kathryn Hokamp, Meghan Kajihara, Preston Tunnell Wilson and Emily Williams

Students recognized as National AP Scholars received an average score of 4 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more AP exams.

The district had nine students named National AP Scholars including:

Denton High School

•  2012 graduate — Christopher Murillo

Guyer High School

•  2012 graduates — Alya Ayers, Nigel Deane, Keith Richards, Emon Steadman and Kendra Wenger

Ryan High School

•  2012 graduates — Kathryn Hokamp, Meghan Kajihara and Preston Tunne

 

Denton High School

Choir slates annual arts, crafts show

Denton High School’s Choir will have its 15th annual arts and craft show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1, at the school, 1007 Fulton St.

The show will feature a new look and layout this year, with three gymnasium’s worth of vendors, a new “kids zone” with bounce houses and games, and a concession/eating area.

Participants will have the opportunity to win door prizes and enter a raffle for an iPad 2 and other prizes.

Admission is free and will include performances by the Denton High choir and other local school chorale groups.

For more information about the annual show, call 940-369-2000.

 

School gives more than 5,000 pounds of food

For the last two decades, Liberty Christian School students from preschool to 12th grade have brought canned food to school to be given to area food banks for the Thanksgiving holiday.

On Nov. 14, Liberty students delivered more than 5,000 pounds of canned food to the Denton Community Food Center.

Students also planned to deliver canned food to the Argyle Food Pantry.

This week, students are taking collected snack food items to the Fort Worth Ronald McDonald House.

The drive is sponsored each year by Liberty’s National Honor Society and Student Council Association to help and support those in need.

 

KRUM ISD

Students to stage Christmas musical

The Krum High School fine arts department will present a holiday musical titled All I Want for Christmas is You! at 7 p.m. Dec. 7, and again at 3 p.m. Dec. 8, in the Krum High auditorium.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door.

Admission is free for children younger than 6. Local military families are invited to attend and participate in a special finale presentation.

All former and current military personnel and family members are encouraged to e-mail family pictures to lynn.hilliard@krumisd.net or carol.turner@krumisd.net for inclusion in the presentation. One free ticket for admission will be given to each family that provides a picture.

For more information, contact Carol Turner by e-mail or at 940-482-2601.

 

 


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