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Schools place students on all-state choir

Denton school district choir students accounted for seven members or alternates on the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Choir.

Seniors Javan Stalls and Nicole Thompson joined sophomore Megan Graves in representing Denton High School on the TMEA All-State Choir. Sophomore Sarah Curran earned an alternate spot.

The Denton High choir director is Mark Baker. He is assisted by Patti Freeman

Juniors Evan Smith and Michael Hansen will represent Guyer High on the TMEA All-State Choir. Junior Andrew Hansen was selected as an alternate. The Guyer High choir director is Stephen Evans.

These Denton ISD students will join the other top choral singers in the state in performing at the annual TMEA 2013 Clinic/Convention next month in San Antonio.

For more information, contact David McCullar at 940-369-0075 or by e-mail at


Denton High School

Club takes second at championships

The Denton High School Chess Club recently took the runner-up spot at 2013 Region 3 Scholastic Championships, which were held at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Denton High earned second place in the high school division by finishing with 12.5 team points. The competition included chess clubs from public and private schools throughout North, Central and East Texas.

William Root and Luis Guevara buoyed the team with their individual performances as Root won the individual title with 4.5 points and Guevara secured a spot in the top 10 with 2.5 points. Each individual played five matches, earning a point for a victory and half point for a draw. The top four individual scores accounted for the team total.

Chess Club members included: Jared Davis, Alex Elizalde, Jason Van Horn, William Tanner, William Root, Luis Guevara and Shawn Joss. Fred Mueller is the Chess Club sponsor.


Ryan High School

Strutters spring junior dance clinic set

Ryan High School’s dance team, the Strutters, will host its annual spring dance clinic from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the school’s competition gym.

The Strutters’ dance clinic will feature instruction from Strutters sponsor Cassie Mayer and members of the award-winning dance team. Girls in kindergarten through eighth grade are encouraged to attend a fun-filled day learning actual dances and routines performed by the Strutters. There will be a short performance for all family and friends at noon in the gymnasium.

Cost for early registration is $20 and includes the clinic, snacks and a Strutters T-shirt. Checks can be made out to Ryan High School Strutters and mailed to 5101 E. McKinney St., Denton, TX, 76208 in attention of Mayer.

All registration forms received after Feb. 13 will be charged an additional $5. On-site registration will also be available the morning of the clinic at 8:15 a.m.

Participants should bring a water bottle, dress comfortably, wear dance shoes or sneakers and come ready to dance.

For more information, call 940-369-3000 or e-mail at .


Hawk Elementary School

Principal invited to serve on state council

Hawk Elementary School Principal Susannah O’Bara has been invited to serve on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Advanced ED State Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.

O’Bara will assist in the organization’s accreditation and related services to education entities for a three-year term. The state council meets twice a year to plan professional development opportunities for educators, discuss the state’s strategic education plan and incorporate findings from Advance ED consultants.



Liberty Christian slates Spring Preview Day

Liberty Christian School invites families with children from preschool to 12th grade for its Spring Preview Day, from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 5.

Parents can have breakfast with Liberty’s President and founder, Rodney Haire, and then will be given student-led tours across the Liberty campus.

Liberty Christian’s 76-acre campus in Argyle offers state-of-the-art facilities, technology integrated into every classroom, and numerous fine arts, sports and extracurricular activities.

The fine arts department offers 16 classes, from Advanced Placement art to photography and from debate to individual music study.

Liberty Christian offers 19 varsity sports and is competitive in all of them.

Liberty Christian provides AP and dual college credit courses and competes in the largest division in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.

In early childhood education for children in preschool and pre-kindergarten, young children enjoy an atmosphere of imagination where they develop their reading, math and motor skills in an encouraging environment that prepares them for kindergarten.

Ninety-nine percent of the senior class at Liberty Christianmatriculates into higher education each year, and the other 1 percent take a year after graduation to serve in mission organizations across the globe.

To learn more, visit  or call 940-294-2000.


Students compete at spelling bee

Liberty Christian lower and middle school students competed and placed at the Association of Christian Schools International Spelling Bee on Jan. 18 at St. Paul’s Preparatory Academy in Arlington.

Students studied a large list of words for several months. The list included words ranging from easy to difficult for third through eighth-grade students.

Liberty Christian student Kylie Trost took third place at the eighth-grade level. Abigail Rowland won second place at the fifth-grade level and advanced to the spell-off, competing against students up to three years older than she was.

“We were so proud of her for advancing that far,” said Sandi Newman, fourth-grade teacher and lower school spelling bee sponsor.



Chamber now taking scholarship applications

The Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce is taking applications for its 2013 annual scholarships from graduating high school students residing in Lake Dallas, Hickory Creek, Corinth or Shady Shores.

Any public, private or home school high school-equivalent educated student may apply. Final applicant eligibility will be the determination of the Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Selection Committee and board of directors.

An application form is available on the chamber’s website,, by calling the chamber office, speaking with any chamber member, or contacting the scholarship committee chairperson.

The application deadline is Feb. 18.Application submittals may be hand delivered to the chamber office, the counselor’s office at Lake Dallas High School, Ryan High School, Guyer High School or mailed with a postmark on or before the application deadline.

Scholarships can be mailed to LCCC Scholarship, c/o Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1028, Lake Dallas, TX 75065; delivered to Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce at Point Bank, 3971 FM 2181, Corinth, TX 76210, offices hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; dropped off at counselor’s offices at Lake Dallas High School, Guyer High School, or Ryan High School or e-mailed to .

Candidates who intend to continue their education at a university, college, community college, vocational or technical school after high school graduation are encouraged to submit an application. The scholarship selection committee, comprised of three to five chamber members, will be charged with evaluating all applications and making an award determination.

Each applicant’s name will be withheld from the scholarship selection committee to insure impartial judging.

Evaluation criteria may include, but not necessarily limited to, community involvement, GPA and class rank, extra-curricular activities, honors, achievements, special recognition, current and past employment, as well as future career goals and aspirations. From the group of applications received, the chamber will select two individuals for award of the scholarships.

The recipients of this year’s scholarships and their parents will be invited, free of charge, to the Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet for membership and public recognition.

This year’s banquet is scheduled for Feb. 22.

Questions regarding the scholarship application may be directed to Tim May at 469-585-2255, or by e-mail at  or .



School schedules admissions events

Prospective families will have the opportunity to visit the Selwyn College Preparatory School campus and gather information about the school during a Math and Science Night on Feb. 7 and a Winter Preview on Feb. 21.

The Math and Science Night, from 5 to 7 p.m., is an open house for first through fifth grades. Prospective families will have the opportunity to participate in math and science games and interact with current Selwyn students and families. The event begins in the administration building and includes a campus tour.

The Winter Preview, from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 21, is for grades kindergarten through 12. The preview begins in the Sid Richardson Library and includes a general assembly and a campus tour.

E-mail the admissions office at, or call 940-382-6771 to reserve a spot.


Volunteers work on campus improvements

Selwyn College Preparatory School alumni and families volunteered more than 320 hours of their time and effort to complete several campus improvement projects Jan. 19-21.

Some of the projects included new doors installed and painted at the Early Childhood Development Center and the Kremer Science Building.

A new toilet and tiles were installed in the women’s restroom at the Sid Richardson Library.

General campus cleanup included trimming trees and bushes, raking leaves and cleaning gutters, according to school officials.

The Selwyn Weekend of Service was the second project coordinated by the Selwyn Existing Building Committee.

All the building materials were provided by the Robin Doncaster Fund, which was established for and dedicated to providing resources for campus improvement projects.



Argyle High School

High school hosts UIL academic meet

Argyle High School hosted an University Interscholastic League academic meet Jan. 26 that 13 high schools competed in.

The following are results for Argyle High School participants:

Computer science: Nate Graf, third place.

Accounting: Brian Mooney, first place; Morgan Gumbert, second place; Connor Kane, third place; and Kaitlin White, fourth place.

Current events: Connor DeSpain, fifth place, and Sam Ramirez, sixth place.

Feature writing: Buckley Wallace, first place; Kylie Holt, second place; Ashley Book, third place; and Maggie Divecchia, fourth place.

Number sense: Ross Coker, sophomore, first place; Matthew Hayden, junior, first place; Colton Katzen, junior, second place; Jack Graham, junior, fourth place; and Jared Cole, sixth place.

News writing: Sam Ramirez, first place; Buckley Wallace, second place; Stefan DeShazo, third place; and Caroline Klapp, fifth place.

Calculator applications: Ross Coker, sophomore, first place; Cooper Rodgers, sophomore, second place; Rhiannon Mohar, sophomore, fifth place; Samantha Rider, sophomore, sixth place; Matthew Hayden, junior, first place; and Kara Peak, senior, sixth place.

Computer application: Emily King, first place; George Caitlin, second place; and Hayden Little, fourth place.

Literary criticism: Brooke Ridenour, first place; Emily Young, third place; and Erika Abernathy, fifth place.

Spelling: Melissa Haltom, seventh place; Catherine Read, ninth place; Allison Hommel, 11th place; and Maddie Moseley, 15th place.

Mathematics: Ross Coker, sophomore, first place; Rhiannon Mohar, sophomore, second place; Samantha Rider, sophomore, third place; Arya Monticino, sophomore, fourth place; Matthew Hayden, junior, second place; Colton Katzen, junior, third place; Allison Gant, junior, fourth place; Jack Graham, sixth place; and Kara Peak, fourth place.

Social studies: Hunter Lenamon, sixth place.

Editorial writing: Sam Ramirez, first place, and Brian Mooney, fifth place.

Headline writing: Kelsey Peiser, first place; Cole McQuirk, third place; Maddie Martin, fourth place; and Jeff Short, fifth place.

Top Gun-journalism: Sam Ramirez, first place, and Buckley Wallace, second place.

Science: Zach Schermerhorn, freshman, fifth place; Ross Coker, sophomore, first place; Hugh Devine, sophomore, fourth place; Samantha Rider, sophomore, sixth place; Allison Grant, junior, second place; Matthew Hayden, junior, third place; Nate Graf, junior, second place; and Carson Wells, junior, third place.

Top Gun-math/science: Ross Coker, sophomore, first place; Rhiannon Mohar, sophomore, third place; Matthew Hayden, junior, first place; and Colton Katzen, junior, third place.

Biology: Nate Graf, third place.

Chemistry: Carson Wells, third place.

Physics: Ross Coker, first place; Carson Wells, second place, and Nate Graf, third place.




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