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Liberty Christian student Riley Kelton helps her new friend with a coloring sheet.

Denton ISD

Guyer High School

Silverados announce members for squad

Guyer High School’s Silverados drill team recently held tryouts for the 2013-14 squad.

The new members of Guyer’s award-winning drill team include: Bailey Buckingham, Maddie Brock, Emily Brown, Maria Chacon, Kaysie Galdo, Ashlee Hernandez, Gabby Martinez, Sydney Moala, Jennifer Mendoza, Jade Mongo, Mattie Overmyer, Gracen Patten, Taylor Piatt, Victoria Ragsdale, Brianna Smith, Kristen Stockholm and Carson Williams.

The girls will join veteran team members Jennifer Haggard, Morgan Matthews and Laiken Thompson, team representatives; Jasmine Brown, Tiffany Butler, Marley Grams, Rachel Fischer, Lacey Lockhart, Gianna Mejia, Briyana Montalvan, Asia Noble, Jessie Uehlein and Kaela Works.

Oficers for the new year are: Tori Mongo, senior captain; Leann Galdo, senior lieutenant; Kaity McClaine, senior lieutenant; LuLu Rodriguez, senior lieutenant; and Katie Jensen, junior lieutenant.

Rachel Simpson is coach and sponsor. She is assisted by Hannah Elmore.

 

Ryan High School

District honors varsity student-athletes

The Denton school district recognized 151 students from Ryan 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 its varsity athletes’ commitment to excellence with the Denton ISD Varsity Academic-Athlete Award.

To receive recognition on this prestigious list, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 through the academic year, represent Denton ISD in a positive light on and off the playing field and have been approved as a selection by their varsity head coach.

Denton ISD recognizes the hard work these student-athletes continuously put forth in and out of the classroom and the example they set for their peers. The 2012-13 Ryan High honorees include:

Football — Reuben Acton, Mitchell Bridges, Isaih Daniels, Josh Dickerson, Wesley Ellis, Kevin Fleck, Jacob Gerlach, Xavier Gray, Benjamin Kimbrough, Cade Kennedy, Jacob Kizer, Kendall Laws, Austin Mack, John Mahannah, Reilly Martinez, Daniel Meza, Saket Patel, Adrian Sanchez, Colton Smith, Eric Summerlin, Dylan Tomor, Ridge Tull, Andrew Waggoner, Tederick Williams, Brandon Willis;

Cheerleading — Carra Beckman, Bryonna Crockett, Alyssa Duggan, Alexa Glasson, Kennedy Grubbs, Hannah Hagemann, Codesia James, Bethany Kizer, Raegan Oyer, Alayna Seay, Morgan Smith, Kristen Welborn, Sidonia Willis, Katelyn Ziegler;

Volleyball — Morgan Polster, Kelly Santiago, Susanna Strange;

Cross country — Cody Acord, Macarena Astorga, Luis Barraza, Terry Derby, Iris Hill, Irisela Lira, Theresa Mata, Bruno Ponce, Brandon Smith, Ethan Young;

Golf — Nickolas Askew, Kimberley Juel, Erin Stafford, Morgan Stafford;

Tennis — Max Atkinson, David Bielefield, Katherine Eastman, Allison Kajihara, Emily McPherson, Daniel McSheehy, Melissa Mejico, Diana Pena, Erik Powell, Danielle Smith, Tyler Smith, Tabitha Taylor, Jameson Tischler;

Basketball — Ian Blashi, Zach Brooks, Rachel Clibbens, India Fagan, Briel Henderson, Kimani Henderson, Alec Hill, Jefferyonna Holley, Blessing Jonah, Ashtyn Lovett, Teana Ogden, Faith Pittman, Danielle Richardson, Carissa Sanders, Elizabeth Tilton;

Soccer — Jared Allen, Rebekah Benton, Delaney Bunselmeyer, Nathalie Cornejo, Wes Ellis, Haley Grizzafi, Kathryn Knabe, Jesus Lopez, Jacob Malone, Joy McGuire, Chris Morales, Abisay Olivares, Sneha Paswan, Jose Piceno, Bruno Ponce, Sydney Roberts, Logan Rodgers, Samantha Samatas, Carissa Sanders, Marcus Seals, Spencer Sileo, Shelby Smith, David Soto, Erica Yarbrough;

Swimming and diving — Lidia Arvisu, Spencer Anthony, William Bullard, Devan Brumbaugh, Daniel Davenport, Sarah Dickerson, Aaron Lawrence, Austin Pyrch, Logan Rich, Tailar Richardson, Savannah Seals, Sarah Smalley, Catherine Starrett, Amanda Sutherland;

Softball — Nicole Brimberry, Kirsten Cope, Kayla Cunningham, Megan Durante, Brooke Ford, Carley Rains, Sydney Wells, Erika Williamson, Jazmin Woodward;

Baseball — Jeremy Ball, Kraig Behrens, Michael Bobo, Mitchell Bridges, Ryan Burks, Carlos Cabrera, Benjamin Davidson, Matt Febre, Jared Garrand, Grant Gohlke, Blake Grellhesl, Cade Kennedy, Chris McKeehan, Charles Nichelson, Eduardo Olguin, Manuel Torralba, Kyle Williamson;

Athletic training — Carleushia Kelly and Taylor Novak.

 

Liberty Christian Middle School

Students participate in mission work

Students from Liberty Christian Middle School, along with teachers and alumni sponsors, traveled to Grand Prairie recently to work in area apartment complexes.

Partnering with Mission Arlington, an organization that has been helping those in need in the Arlington area for more than two decades, 38 Liberty students knocked on apartment doors, inviting children to join them for games and a Bible story.

This is the third year for this mission retreat, as students arrived at school ready to learn and eager to serve children they hadn’t yet met.

Director of Technology Tom Shiflet, team leader for the trip, said this retreat each year gives students the opportunity to experience hands-on community service while making a difference.

Students took a bus to Grand Prairie and came back to school at night for dinner and rest before the next day.

On a Friday morning, Mission Arlington staff provided ideas for games and crayons with coloring sheets, and Liberty students were ready to go.

After knocking on many doors and inviting children to join them at the community area at the complexes, students welcomed children who came with caregivers and other siblings.

“It was amazing to see the joy on the little kids’ faces when we came to play with them,” said student Paige Lytle.

Middle school students led games, then sang. One student volunteer read a Bible story to the children, and then with the crayons, the children colored a picture and completed a word search and maze that went along with the story.

“I had a wonderful experience showing love to these kids,” student Cole Hawkins said.

“My favorite part was meeting every child; they warmed up to us so quickly. Not only did we impact them, but they impacted us,” student Riley Kelton said.

 

Little Elm ISD

Elisa McAtee appointed to Place 4 board seat

During a special meeting, the Little Elm school board approved the appointment of Elisa McAtee to the Place 4 trustee seat. McAtee joins the board following the resignation of long-time trustee Bill Hidell, who served 14 years.

She has worked for 20 years with State Farm Insurance and is currently in the contract litigation department. She collaborates with defense counsel to develop and execute litigation strategies and participates in mediation, depositions and trials.

McAtee volunteers on the Little Elm Independent School District Design Team, working to change the manner in which classroom instruction is delivered to students. She has also served on the district’s magnet school committee, STEM Academy visioning committee and the building usage committee.

McAtee received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from New Mexico State University. She resides in The Colony with her husband, Randy, and daughter, Megan.

 

Northwest ISD

Principal named for Lakeview Elementary

Stephanie Espinosa, current principal at Northwest Independent School District’s Seven Hills Elementary School, has been named the principal of Lakeview Elementary School.

Espinosa has served students and families in NISD since 2007. For the past five years, she has led Seven Hills Elementary School.

She began her career in Northwest ISD at Lakeview Elementary as a classroom teacher in 2007.

Her experience spans from the classroom to an assessment specialist to an assistant principal in the Fort Worth and Crowley school districts.

Espinosa will begin her new role as principal at Lakeview Elementary School in the 2013-14 school year.

 

Foundation names new executive director

David Hester has been named the new Northwest Independent School District Education Foundation executive director.

Hester has served as a grants and resources specialist at Tarrant County College since June 2012. Prior to relocating to Texas, Hester was the executive director of the Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association Education Foundation, where he focused on the education of secondary students. Under his leadership, general funding increased from $25,000 per year to more than $420,000.

Hester’s first day on the job with the education foundation was June 24.

 

School board approves renaming ag center

At the June 25 school board meeting, the Northwest school board unanimously approved the renaming of the Agricultural Sciences Learning Center to Kelly W. Box Agricultural Science Center.

Box was a former educator at Northwest High School, where he served as president of the Northwest High School Future Farmers of America Alumni program for 25 years.

Box was an active leader in his community and fully supported district initiatives and growth. He was a founding director of the Northwest Independent School District Education Foundation, organized the Northwest FFA Booster Club and led an attendance boundary committee that redrew the boundaries of all elementary schools in 2001.

The center opened in 2003 and is located at the district’s central site at 1960 Texan Drive in Justin.

 

NISD summer camps underway

Northwest Independent School District offers a wide variety of summer school and sports camps and enrichment classes during the summer.

Recently, 29 elementary students learned the aspects of music theater and stage production during the Broadway Bound fine arts camp at Schluter Elementary School.

At the close of the camp, the aspiring actors and actresses performed Pirate Academy for their families and friends.

Scheduled the week of July 8-12 is TechnoCamp.

TechnoCamp offers students the opportunity to challenge their creativity using the Lego Education robotics program. Students will learn to design, program and control fully functional Lego models and use software to test and modify sequences of instruction for robotic behaviors.

For more information, call 817-215-0000 or 940-648-3224.


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