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Denton ISD

Calhoun Middle School

Calhoun partners with Communities In Schools

Calhoun Middle School students were able to participate in an end-of-the-year athletic event through a joint partnership between school staff and Communities In Schools of North Texas.

Participating students collectively accounted for 10 teams and competed in a round-robin tournament in donated soccer cage arenas to determine champions in a boys and girls division. Local event sponsors also donated a rock wall for other students to participate in a non-competitive athletic endeavor.

The event was the culmination of a student-leadership group sponsored by Olumide Aje, Communities In Schools program manager at Calhoun. The Communities In Schools group allowed students to participate in the soccer/athletic club while requiring them to serve as leaders throughout the campus.

“This event shows what a community can do for our kids when we all come together,” said Aje.

For more information on this project, contact the school at 940-369-2400 or Aje by e-mail at .


Ryan High

Strutters announce 2013-14 line members

Ryan High School’s Strutters recently held tryouts for the 2013-14 squad with the top participants earning spots on the Strutter line.

The new members of Ryan’s award-winning drill team include: Licett Almaraz, Emma Anderson, Marina Corona, Nicole Custer, Desiree Diaz, I’Keiya Edwards, Jackie Garcia, Madison Glover, Erika Gonzalez, Riley Grant, Kayla Green, Laine Humphreys, Destanee Jones, Tuesday Kissinger, Taylor Luke, Emily Melgoza, Danielle Pettit, Sloan Pugh, Danielle Remington, Emily Roberts, Ruby Sanchez, Natalee Sargent, Savannah Smith, Sage Soness, Chloe Taylor, Destinee Williams and Temple Stokes, team manager.

The elected Ryan officers for the new year are: Tara Lundgren, captain; Reagan Reeves, lieutenant captain; Megan Rollins, senior lieutenant; Krista Gill, junior lieutenant; Reagan Ratliff, junior lieutenant; Mariah Pugh, president; Skylar Johnson, vice president; Emily Tomczyk, secretary; Kellie Martinez, chaplain; Danielle Smith, historian; and Jayden Davidson, spirit leader.

Cassie Mayer is the Strutters director. She is assisted by Keli Jones.


Guyer High

District recognizes academic athletes

The Denton school district recognized 225 students from Guyer High School as part of its annual program that honors top student athletes for success on the field and in the classroom.

The district began acknowledging the commitment to excellence its varsity athletes display with the Denton ISD Varsity Academic Athlete Award. To receive recognition, student athletes must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 through the academic year, represent Denton in a positive light on and off the playing field and have been approved as a selection by their varsity head coach.

The 2012-13 Guyer High honorees include:

Football — Bryan Barrett, Robert Champion, Zachary Colpean, Ryan Felan, Thomas Ferguson, David Haynes, Logan Helal, Mark Hickey, Tanner Hunt, Jared Jerger, Zachary Lauer, Tyler Loya-Hundley, Mason McKnight, Patrick Morris, Domenic Pickering, Gunner Pinkerton, Eric Reyes, Carl Thompson, Preston Thrailkill, Derek Watson;

Cheer — Kaeli Bird, Meagan Hayes, Kennedy Johnson, Rielly Kidwell, Alexandra Lamastres, Madeleine Ledet, Courtney Lougee, Demrie Lowry, Meryn McClain, Alexi Nicholson, Macy Shepard, Cynthia Watson, Kendall Wheeler;

Volleyball — Sierra Cawley, Taylor Cindric, Jordan Debus, Mariel Delgado, Ciara Fields, Emily Gorr, Emily Hill, Ivana Igbeka, Jenna Leggett, McKenzie Kidwell, Payton McMillan, Jasmine Montemayor, Paetyn Peterie, Sydney Reyes, Taylor Shuman, Vivianna Solis, Angela Stillwell, Madison Walford, Briana Wickware;

Cross country — Adam Anderson, Quinton Ayers, Alexia Beamon, Blake Ernest, Zach Freeze, Jessie Fritche, Polly Henderson, Daniel Javelli, Ann Kelson, Shawn Joseph, Megan Krueger, Megan Macisaac, Rachel Mercer, Julia McArdle, Jacob Monheim, Kaitlyn Mustico, Haley Neu, Devin Norton, Connor Olson, Carolyn Phan, Danielle Poyser, Manuel Rivera, Justin Ross, Quinn Tidwell, Adam Vollmar, Travis Ware, Alexandria Windle, Jackelyn Yutani;

Golf — Jeremiah Earle, Allison Flack, Piper Gleadhill, Brady Hanley, Jessica Moody, Connor Ross, Rachel Steakley, Garrett Underwood;

Tennis — Isaac Akintitan, Catalina Aloman, Christian Bailey, Genesis Berrueco, Morgan Burford, Riley Carr, Adam Gill, Alicia Guidry, Drew Haymier, Sang-Yop Kwon, Samantha Martin, Adriana Oliver, Cole O'neill, Jessica Pink, Megan Poe, James Reinauer, Alexandria Rodriguez, Claudia Sandoval, Kirsten Siefker, Katherine Wayles;

Basketball — Elese Arias, Shelton Childress, Sean Choate, Miles Crawford, Chandler Dean, Maci De Jesus, Sarah Dika, Alicia Downard, Madison Franklin, Caroline Hamlin, Katlin Herlacher, Joshua Jordan, Kason Kilgore, Leah Kondracki, Tierney Peters, Lainey Quinn, Bora Sulollari, Tristen Ward;

Soccer — Caitlyn Abreu, Hannah Alspach, Kalyn Batchelder, Andie Beach, Connor Bourgeois, Ryan Brown, Peyton Bucklew, Cole Christian, McKenna Cook, Brittany Crabtree, Danielle Deats, Sean Diamond, Peyton Draper, Cameron Emadi, Skyler Gentry, Dylan Graf, Bradford Grems, Alexander Hoffman, Andrew Hunsberger, Aidan Kleider, Amber Krinner, Ashleigh Lyons, Sophie Martin, Logan McPhail, Jose Moreno, Gairy Natividad, Austin Percival, Mikayla Renfroe, Jordan Reyes, Samantha Sanders, Megan Stokes, Morgan Thornton, Hannah Watson;

Swimming and diving — Ricardo Barrera, Aimee Bourey, Clayton Carter, Christina Coon, Reagan Fentress, Connor Flynn, Ryan Hale, Shayla Henry, Paxton Kloss, Alexandra Laneri, Sabrina Lyon, Maegan Merriman, Emily Moore, William Phelan, Kassie Pritchard, Philip Samsky, Brooke Scherer, Sydney Seavey, Natalie Seavey, Jodie Stautner, Vinyou Tamprateep;

Track and field — McKenzie Christopher, Jon Debruin, Autumn Eustache, Zach Freeze, Jessie Fritche, Leah Modawell, Jacob Monheim, Devin Norton, Connor Olson, Paetyn Peterie, Miranda Rhame, Manuel Rivera, Justin Ross, Brianna Scherer, Quinn Tidwell, Adam Vollmar, Bailee Waldon, Travis Ware, Alexandria Windle;

Softball — Kennedy Been, Avery Bolling, Tatum Branch, Lizeth Carrillo, Jordan Darling, Alyssa Dixon, Lauren Estrada, Kendall Hydock, Lauren Lindgren, Kylie Miyata, Stephanie Otto, Suzette Palmer, Sophia Popowski, Carrie Roberts, Tara Solomon, Tabitha Spray, Abigail Stanford, Shayne Starkey, Tiffany Templet, Kaitlyn Thomas, Megan Washam, Holly Wells, Blythe Williams;

Baseball — Blake Battles, Kegan Branum, Tristan Brown, Kyle Cantu, Daulton Horton, Judson Kinzy, Zachary Koehler, Alexander Ramirez, Christopher Vochoska, Kyle James Walsh, Riley Wilhoit;

Athletic training — Taylor Davenport, Breely Greenhaw, Jacob Jones, Ally Kinzy, Chloe Ramos and Kaileigh Thompson.


Immaculate Conception Catholic School

Four seventh-graders from Immaculate Conception Catholic School have earned state recognition as 2013 Duke Scholars for their exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT college entrance exam.

August Finger, Molly Melloan, Cody Ordone and Nathan Staats received state recognition by achieving a score of 20 or higher in at least one category on the ACT or 500 or more on the SAT. They were recently recognized at a state ceremony at the University of North Texas.

Sponsored by Duke University, the Talent Identification Program allows seventh-graders from a 16-state region the opportunity to take the same ACT and SAT tests that high school students take when applying to college. Students qualify to participate in the talent search with a score in the 95th percentile or higher on an approved grade-level standardized achievement test.

More than 50 percent of the seventh-grade class at Immaculate Conception Catholic School has earned the recognition of Duke Scholar 2013 by placing in the 95th percentile in the nation or higher on standardized testing, school officials said.

Immaculate Conception Catholic School students recognized include Kristina Thomas, Elyse Maxwell, Jessica Kemna, Halley Dickson, Molly Melloan, Andrea Bridges, Alex Villa, August Finger, Cody Ordonez, Nathan Staats and Jacob Kemna.


Liberty Christian School

Liberty wins TAPPS awards, Henderson Cup

Two Liberty Christian School educators and a student were recognized with awards at a recent luncheon conducted by the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.

Individuals from Liberty recognized at the June 14 event were: Kirk Holland, who was named TAPPS 5A Fine Arts Teacher of the Year; coach Trent Vest, who was named TAPPS 5A Coach of the Year; and graduating senior Malyn Porter, who was named Female Fine Arts Student of the Year.

At the event, the school was also officially announced the winner of the 5A Henderson Cup, TAPPS’ overall state championship award. Prior to the school year ending, the school celebrated the championship with a pep rally that recognized students who competed in academics, the arts, and athletics, and the teachers and coaches who prepared them for this success.


Northwest ISD

Communications department recognized

The Northwest school district communications department has been recognized across the nation in the National School Public Relations Association Award Program for its internal and external communication initiatives.

The department received two Awards of Merit for the “Why NISD?” marketing video series and “Got Growth?” a series dedicated to showcasing bond dollars at work. The team was presented two Awards of Honorable Mention for the NISD 2013 Annual Report and the district website.

There were approximately 894 entries in this year’s contest.


NISD offers online enrollment help center

Beginning this week and through July 25, a district representative will be available to assist with online enrollment questions at 817-215-0000 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays (closed for lunch from noon-12:30 p.m.).

Computers will be available at the Northwest school district administration building, 2001 Texan Drive in Justin, or at community libraries for families to use to complete the online registration process. For a listing of community libraries, go to


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