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Top readers honored by Hawkeye program

The Denton Independent School District recognized its top readers at the elementary school level through its annual Hawkeye reading program, an educational plan established by the late Mildred McCauley Hawk.

Denton ISD recognized 42 Hawkeye readers for the 2012-13 school year, with each recipient earning a $25 award for his or her reading efforts.

The Hawkeye reading program is in its 14th year.

Hawk believed in the program enough to donate $50,000 to the Denton Public School Foundation before her death to ensure future students would become Hawkeye readers.

This year’s school winners include:

Blanton — Sydney Wall and Brandon Rosengren.

Borman — Cort Ewing and Corwin Radcliff.

Cross Oaks — Noah Foster and Zakkary Agosta.

Evers Park — Maddie Chambliss and Brooklyn Gardner.

Ginnings — Lily Hill and Jorge Rivera.

Hawk — John Mark Kent and Sawyer Meador.

Hodge — Jose Lopez and Jessica Vo.

Houston — Zixi Feng and Hannah Lee.

Lee — Lilian Moreno and Abigail Nunez.

McNair — Daniel Freeze and Hailey Hurd.

Nelson — Shivanshi Acharya and Kaden McCracken.

Paloma Creek — Mariah Miller and Andrew Larsen.

Pecan Creek — Brady Scott and Chris Bunn.

Providence — Savannah Dent and Jack Farley.

E.P. Rayzor — Albert Puentes and Sebastian Calderon.

Newton Rayzor — Melody Cortes and Armando Ortiz.

Rivera — Nizhone Lowe and Da’kovian Granviel.

W.S. Ryan — Jamin Jurado and Maddee Young.

Savannah — Owen Kallenberg and Zelli Ratliff.

Stephens — Carsyn Goin and Keon Mack Jr.

Wilson — Imarion Holbert and Sylvia Watson.


Guyer High School

Four earn honors at UIL music competitions

Guyer High School accounted for three medals and a significant judges’ award at the recent UIL state musical competitions at the University of Texas in Austin.

The Guyer band had two students earn first-division “superior” ratings and gold medals for performances at the University Interscholastic League State Solo and Ensemble contest.

Freshman Maddy Pasdernick and junior Mikaela Pyle each earned the honors for flute performances.

Senior Mollie Ramsey earned a silver medal and an “excellent rating” for her flute performance.

The Guyer band director is Chris Cansler, and he is assisted by Amy Woody, associate director, and Ellis Hampton, percussion coordinator.

The Guyer choir was also represented at the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest by freshman Noah Hansen. Noah earned the Outstanding Soloist distinction from judges at the competition.

Stephen Evans is the choir director at Guyer High.


Argyle ISD

Student collects tabs for cancer research

Zack Owens, a junior at Argyle High School, is using a collection of soda can tabs to give back to others.

The last couple years, Zach has taken the tabs he’s collected and cashed them in for money. He said he collects the tabs to help people in need. This year Zach intends to donate his earnings to breast cancer research.

What sparked the teen’s interest in collecting the tabs was the student council at his school, which used earnings to support the Ronald McDonald House.

In addition to collecting the tabs, Zach also volunteers at a food pantry and in Argyle food and clothing drives.


Little Elm ISD

Trustee Hidell resigns from board

The Little Elm school board will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. June 24 to interview candidates for a vacant school board seat.

On June 3, the school board accepted the resignation of Bill Hidell, Place 4 trustee. In his resignation letter he cited several factors, including a new architectural project his firm, Hidell and Associates Architects Inc., has undertaken requiring extensive travel out of the country.

Board President Sally Coleman and Superintendent Lynne Leuthard presented Hidell with a plaque, commemorating his 14 years of service on the board.

To fill the one-year vacancy, interested citizens must meet all qualifications per board policy. Individuals interested in the position are encouraged to contact Leuthard.

The special meeting will take place in the workshop room at King Early Learning Academy, located at 101 Main St. Candidates should be prepared for an interview with the board and bring a current resume.


Williams approved as associate principal

Cathy Williams will lead curriculum and instruction efforts at Little Elm High School.

The board recently approved the superintendent’s recommendation to hire Williams as the associate principal of curriculum and instruction at the high school for the 2013-14 school year.

Williams has served as the assistant principal at Fort Worth’s Southwest High School the last five years. While there, she supervised all English/language arts teachers as well as special education.

As a member of the district’s design team, she worked to create effective systems practices based on data and school effectiveness. The team worked in partnership with Vanderbilt University to earn a grant to support their innovative practices.

Prior to becoming an administrator, Williams worked as a special education teacher with the Fort Worth ISD. She coached track, volleyball, basketball and softball.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond and her master’s of degree in educational administration from Prairie View A&M University. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Tarleton State University.


Sterling to lead operations at LEHS

Ron Sterling will lead operations at Little Elm High School.

The school board recently approved the superintendent’s recommendation to name Sterling the associate principal of operations at the high school. He is finishing his first year at Little Elm High.

Sterling is completing his 12th year in education and fifth year as an administrator. He was an assistant principal at John Tyler High School in the Tyler school district for four years, supervising 700 students in both the 11th and 12th grades. He joined the school in 2005 as the head baseball coach, building the program and tripling the number of players.

He began his career in education at Arp High School, where he taught special education and coached football and basketball — both of which competed for the state championship during his tenure. The boys basketball team won state in 2005.

He worked one year for Huntsville ISD.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of North Texas and his master’s in educational administration from Grand Canyon University.

Sterling lives in Little Elm with his wife of 14 years, Suzana, and their three boys.


Matthews Southwest awards scholarships

Matthews Southwest, developer for The Tribute lakeside golf and resort community, recently awarded $500 scholarships to Little Elm High School’s Top 10 seniors at an awards banquet.

This year’s scholarship recipients include:

Laura Hinsch, valedictorian, who has been accepted to John Hopkins University and will major in molecular and cellular biology.

Calla Dismuke, salutatorian, who is attending Oklahoma State University and double majoring in biology and athletic training.

Kirkwood Vangeli, who has been accepted to attend Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., and intends to major in political science followed by a graduate degree in law.

Shelby Peake, who plans to attend the Pratt Institute School of Art & Design in New York majoring in animation.

Quynh Vo, who will attend the University of North Texas and major in biology/pre-med.

David Raygoza Castanos, who has been accepted into New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he will major in film and television production.

Christopher Buliga, who will attend the University of Texas at Dallas majoring in biology and pre-med.

Levi Kemmerer, who will attend the University of Oklahoma and major in biology.

Jimmie Housel, who will attend the University of Texas at Arlington and major in music.

Kevin Mojica, who will attend Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pa.

In addition to receiving scholarships from Matthews Southwest, Little Elm ISD honored the students for their academic achievements and either a parent or influential teacher commemorated each student’s accomplishments.


Northwest ISD

Elementary schools receive award

Sixteen elementary school campuses recently received the national HealthierUS School Challenge award.

The recognition is a voluntary certification initiative established to recognize schools participating in the National School Lunch Program with a focus on fostering healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.

Northwest ISD received the HealthierUS School Challenge bronze and silver award at all 16 elementary schools. The campuses will receive a plaque, banner and monetary incentive awards.


Education foundation recognizes shining stars

The Northwest Independent School District Education Foundation recognized 63 seniors during the 14th annual Shining Stars Recognition on May 30.

The event celebrated the diverse accomplishments of the Distinguished Scholars and the Distinguished Achievers from Northwest ISD. Each student selected a Northwest ISD educator who was the most influential in their lifetime.

The Shining Stars Recognition is made possible through the support of community sponsors that believe academic excellence is a good investment.


School supply drive under way

Northwest Independent School District Partners in Education invites the community to donate to the NISD Partners in Education Stuff The Bus school supply drive.

The drive ensures all NISD students have the tools they need for school success, according to district officials. Partners In Education is asking community members to conduct school supply drives at their businesses and places of worship, or donate school supplies at the NISD administration building, 2001 Texan Drive in Justin.

A Northwest ISD school bus will travel to local businesses and churches to collect donations on July 19. To make a donation, learn how to hold a drive or volunteer to help, visit  or call 817-215-0172.


Winfree Academy Charter School

45 Denton students earn diplomas

Diplomas were distributed to 45 students from Denton’s Winfree Academy Charter School on June 9 in Irving.

A combined graduation ceremony was held for Winfree Academy’s six charter schools.

Kaitlyn Moreno was named class valedictorian at the Denton campus, while Jennifer Peyton was class salutatorian.

Graduates from Denton’s Winfree Academy Charter School included:

Taylor Kathryn Allen; Christian Alexander Barrera; Rachel Charleen Butcher; Brianna Carter; Katlyn Dugan; Ashley Nicole Farguson; Austin Lee Finke; Anna Lauara Garcia; Rebekka James Gorham; Emily Jane Elizabeth Graham; Chelsea Nikkole Harper; David Reuben Noah Harrison; Alex Robert Hernandez; Daniel Hillery; Johnny Jim Holland; Bree Danae Johnson; Kara Elizabeth Kelsey; Blake Edward Kerksieck; Kendyl Hayes Kimbler; Jordyn Mathis; Payton Matthews; Alexander Layten Maxwell; Alex Meadows; Brandon Anthony Miles; Kaitlyn Nicole Moreno; Dion’te Rashawn Murray; Jonathan David Nuss; Jezrael Monsalve Orozco; Alexis Dean Petty; Jennifer Kaye Peyton; Katie Ann Price; Nicole Chanel Ripke; Reyanna Lynn Roberts; Sebastian Rodriguez; Caitlin Elaine Schultz; John Harvey Short IV; Joseph P. Sorensen; Celso Jesus Sosa; Jacob Tyler Steele; Summer Lynn Stevens; Jadonavon Williams; Charles Joseph Wimberley; Taylor Camille Winburn; Olivia Ann Winters and Katelyn Marie Wright.


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