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Six Liberty Christian School freshmen were among the 10 finalists from across the state selected at this year’s Young Writers Cowboy Poetry Contest, held annually at the Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival at the Fort Worth Stockyards. Shown are McKenzie Manning, left, Emily Lentz, Raegan Cole, and Emily Earley. Not pictured are Will McClain and Makenzie Harris.
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Liberty Christian School

Six named finalists at poetry contest

Six Liberty Christian School freshmen were among the 10 finalists from across the state selected at this year’s Young Writers Cowboy Poetry Contest, held annually at the Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival at the Fort Worth Stockyards.

Liberty finalists included Emily Earley, Emily Lentz, Raegan Cole, McKenzie Manning, Will McClain and Makenzie Harris.

As a part of the contest, finalists recite their poems from memory in front of judges. The poems must reflect an understanding of cowboy language, as well as an appreciation of the cowboy heritage.

“Our students performed wonderfully,” said Shelley Williams, English teacher. “I am so proud that our students’ poems captured the attention of the judges and were selected as finalists.”

Poets are encouraged to research their topic, which can include ranching, animals, land, environment, home, family, events, pets, friends and characters.

Poems must be well crafted and entertaining, and poets should present the material in a convincing and enthusiastic manner.

American Cowboy magazine readers called the 22nd year of this premiere celebration of the West, held Oct. 26–28, the “Best Gathering and Best Family Event.”

The cowboy gathering and festival is named after Red Steagall, the 2006 Poet Laureate of Texas.

Born in Gainesville, Steagall as a youth competed in rodeos and learned to play the guitar and mandolin.

After college, he took his passion for the Western lifestyle to California, where he shared Western traditions and values with the rest of the world through songs, poems, books, television and movies.

The annual gathering and festival is an authentic Western event that features poets like Liberty’s students, a wagon train and trail ride from Jacksboro, ranch rodeo action, a youth fiddle contest, a youth chuck wagon cook-off, a cowboy gospel concert and Western swing dances.



LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex

Complex schedules blood drive Monday

Students and staff at the LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex will have a community blood drive from 8:20 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Carter BloodCare will be operating the blood drive inside the lecture hall.

Students and staff will be participating, but all members of the community also are encouraged to participate.

For more information, contact Jeff Arrington at 940-369-4850 or e-mail


Denton High School

Students place high at journalism competition

Denton High School students George Roberson and Chandler Elsbecker earned a spot among the top high school journalists in the country with their recent showing at the National High School Journalism Convention in San Antonio.

Roberson, a junior, was one of 117 students earning a “superior” ranking by judges in news editing/headline writing.

Elsbecker, a sophomore, was one of 367 students earning an honorable mention in sports writing.

The two students were part of a Denton High contingent competing in the awards portion of the convention and writers for the student newspaper, The Horseshoe.

Greg Bogomol is the student newspaper and yearbook sponsor.

More than 4,500 students attended the event, which offers career roundtables, hands-on workshops and problem-solving sessions with professional journalists and advisors through the Journalism Education Association and National Scholastic Press Association.


Guyer High School

Wildcats set to face Amarillo in playoff

The Guyer High School Wildcats will face off against the Amarillo High Sandies in the Class 4A Division I Region I semifinals at 2 p.m. Saturday at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland.

Advance tickets are on sale at the main office at Guyer High and the school district’s Athletic Department, located at 1500 Long Road.

Guyer High will be selling tickets from 8 to 8:50 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and after school until 4:30 p.m. through Thursday.

The Athletic Department will be selling tickets from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Thursday.

Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students.

Ticket sales will end at 11 a.m. Friday at Guyer High and at 1 p.m. at the athletics office.

Only cash or checks will be accepted.

All tickets at the gate are $10.

Guyer High, the District 5-4A champion, has won 10 consecutive games following its 42-30 victory against defending state champion Aledo in the area round of the playoffs.

The Wildcats were the Class 5A state runners-up in 2010.

For more information about the game, contact the Athletic Department at 940-369-0073.

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