Board president elected a TASB officer
The Texas Association of School Boards elected its 2013-14 officers during its recent annual convention in Dallas, and among those elected officers was Denton school board President Charles Stafford.
He was elected to serve as the TASB secretary-treasurer.
Stafford has served on the Denton school board 15 years. He is a self-employed real estate broker and developer with Keller Williams Realty.
The Texas Association of School Boards is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school districts.
Denton High School
Soccer team fundraiser set for today
The Denton High School boys and girls soccer teams are conducting a fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Rayzor Ranch Marketplace’s Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes, located at 2530 W. University Drive, Suite 1100.
The Denton High School Soccer Booster Club will receive 15 percent of the proceeds. The funds will be used to purchase new uniforms for the soccer teams. Broncos patrons must let the cashier know they are supporting the Denton High soccer team.
For more information, e-mail Lisa Smerdon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Air Force JROTC sets fundraiser Oct. 19
The Denton High School Air Force Junior ROTC will be conducting its fifth annual Fajita Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19.
All fajita plates come with a choice of chicken or beef, rice, beans, pico de gallo and flour tortillas. Purchased meals can be picked up, freshly prepared, in the school cafeteria parking lot.
Advance tickets are on sale for $8 and can be purchased from any ROTC cadet. All fajita plates sold at the door cost $10. Proceeds will go to the cadet corps student activity account.
The Air Force Junior ROTC is an educational program for students interested in military aviation and aerospace science. Students learn basic military skills and customs and participate in fly-alongs with local aviators.
Ryan High School
Ryan Theater to present ‘Peggy Sweetwater’
The Ryan High School Theater department is presenting the comedy The Attempted Murder of Peggy Sweetwater at 7 p.m. Oct. 17-19 and Oct. 24-26 at the school’s Black Box Theater, located inside the campus at 5101 E. McKinney St.
The Attempted Murder of Peggy Sweetwater opened at Occidental College in California in 1981 and was written by John Rustan and Frank Semerano.
Limited seating will be available, so advanced ticket purchases are encouraged. Tickets are $5 for all ages and can be purchased at the Ryan High front office.
McMath Middle School
Support sought for annual Tiger Day
McMath Middle School is actively seeking volunteers and sponsors for its annual Tiger Day fundraiser on Oct. 25.
Tiger Day is a field day-type fundraiser conducted by the McMath PTA and local business sponsors. Volunteers are needed to man various positions at the event and businesses are welcome to sponsor stations, events or raffle prizes awarded at the fundraiser.
Krum High School
Senior commended by National Merit program
Senior Anthony D. Hurlbut was recently named a Commended Student in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. The senior received a letter of commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corp., which conducts the program.
Hurlbut plays baritone in honors band, is a member of the tennis team and is a member of the National Honor Society and student council.
Hurlbut is one of the 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation who are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise, according to a National Merit Scholarship Corp. press release.
These students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
The senior said he plans on pursuing computer science studies and is considering attending the University of North Texas after graduation.
Liberty Christian School
Fall Preview Day set for Oct. 22
Liberty Christian School will conduct a Fall Preview Day from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 22. Breakfast with Liberty Christian founder and President Rodney Haire will begin at 9 a.m., followed by an open house where parents will receive student-led tours.
Liberty Christian is located at 1301 S. U.S. Highway 377 in Argyle. For more information, visit www.libertychristian.com.
National Honor Society adds to membership
Three seniors and nine juniors were inducted into the Liberty Christian School National Honor Society on Oct. 1.
Inductees were seniors Allie Martin, Diana Park and Austin Smith and juniors Natalie Belokin, Kelsie Brittan, Jamie Couch, Emma Doyle, Ali Eager, Davis Keene, Meagan Melocik, Liese Schulze and Grace Wolski.
Debate team members place at early events
Liberty Christian School’s debate team began the year with a slate full of tournaments in which to compete and display their Lincoln-Douglas debate skills.
In the first month of school, students competed at Holy Trinity Catholic High School in Temple, at the Hallsville meet in Hallsville, at the Plano Senior High School meet in Plano, at Greenhill School in Addison and at Carroll Senior High School in Southlake.
The team will compete in 20-25 tournaments before its season concludes in April, said Ken Robison, debate team sponsor and teacher.
Sophomore Breann Smith took third place in Hallsville and also won the top speaker award. She was a quarterfinalist at the Plano Senior High Meet and was selected to serve on the student leadership committee for the National Forensic League.
Senior Jacob Elliott took second place in the varsity Lincoln-Douglas debate at Holy Trinity. Senior Nick Valenzuela finished third in novice Lincoln-Douglas at Holy Trinity, and freshman Taylor Hornsby took sixth at Holy Trinity.
Liberty Christian’s debate team has eight freshmen, two sophomores and three seniors and has seen many successes in just its second year as a club.
Homecoming court announced at ceremony
The 2013 homecoming court at Liberty Christian School was announced recently.
In a ceremony Sept. 27, Jon Aaron Howell and Emily Wheelees were named the 2013 senior homecoming king and queen.
Other court honorees announced included Cole Irwin and Mattie Ramirez, junior prince and princess; Kenneth Wong and Hannah Hand, sophomore duke and duchess; and Matt Ramirez and Natalie Grigg, freshman lord and lady.
Peers in each respective class elected this year’s honorees.
Nelson High School
Nelson alumna selected as ProStart finalist
Trophy Club Nelson High School graduate and former student in the school’s Academy of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Trenton Shank has advanced to the ProStart finals in Washington, D.C.
The winner of the competition will spend Saturday cooking at a special event with chefs Maneet Chauhan and Guy Mitchell. In April, Shank was selected as the winner of Chauhan’s classic student cooking competition as part of her 30-day Cutting Edge book tour.
Softball team ranked No. 1 for academics
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has named the 2012-13 Nelson High School softball team as the highest-ranking academic team in the nation for a total grade-point average of 4.650.
Additionally, all 11 members from last season earned individual All-American awards. The 2012-13 team includes Ashley Dumoulin, Kenedi Jackson, Dani West, Emily Wood, Haley Gray, Ashley Silva, Logan Grado, Aubree Spasic, Jacey Allen, Cami Conrad and Chelsie McClure.
Nelson golf teams earn honors
The Nelson High School boys golf team finished second out of 54 teams at the Bart Granger Memorial Tournament. Junior Johnny Jones won the individual championship after shooting 4-under par.
The girls golf team finished third place out of 16 teams at the Harbor Lakes tournament. Sopomore Alexandra Batista took third after shooting 3-over par. Last year, the girls won the Class 4A state title.
IN THE AREA
Program names Youth Leader of the Year
Denton High School’s Ethan Morrison was recently named the Texas Leadership Salute 2014 Youth Leader at the 30th anniversary ceremony, held at Golden Triangle Mall.
Morrison will receive a $500 scholarship in recognition of his demonstrated leadership, accomplishments, community involvement and scholastic abilities.
Other top finalists included Bryonna Crockett, Ryan High School; Devika Palaniswamy, Flower Mound High School; and Andie Beer, Ponder High School.
Nominees for this year’s award included 135 students. Their portraits, along with the student’s accomplishments, future plans and a collage depicting the participant’s personality, style, interests and activities, were on public display for two weeks at Golden Triangle Mall and Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville. The portraits will be on display at each participating high school through Friday.
Honorees were nominated by school counselors, instructors, community leaders and members and even past participants. To qualify, nominators had to have personal knowledge that the nominee demonstrated leadership among his or her peers in school, business, religious and civic pursuits during their high school career.
While grade-point average plays a part when deciding the Youth Leader of the Year, the main focus is the student’s leadership role.
Ten seniors named Commended Students
Two Justin Northwest High School seniors and eight Trophy Club Nelson High School seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Those named from Northwest are Taylor Lawrence and Wyatt Matthews, while Madison Edwards, Mason Entingh, Conner Prachyl, Evan Sayles, Colby Stauss, Anthony Vannette, Ashley Watson and Haley Whitfield of Neslon were named.
The students will be presented a letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corp. The 10 students are among 34,000 students across the nation recognized for their exceptional academic promise.
Commended students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Five students named to Hispanic merit program
Nelson High School seniors Brittney Vidal and Shelby Martinez and Northwest High School seniors Nuria Putnam, Atiana Waters and Joshua Whitehurst have been named scholars for the 2013-14 National Hispanic Recognition Program.
The National Hispanic Recognition Program identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. The students are among 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from over 250,000 students who take the Preliminary SAT/NMSQT.
Nelson High School
Student honored by scholarship program
Nelson High School senior John Kouam has been named a National Achievement Scholarship Program Outstanding Participant as part of the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Of the more than 160,000 students who enter the program each year, more than 4,700 are honored. A group of about 3,100 are referred to as Outstanding Participants and are referred to colleges for their potential for academic success.
Steele Accelerated High School
School awarded grant
James M. Steele Accelerated High School has been awarded a $4,470 grant from Wells Fargo.
The grant will provide a class set of each of the two required textbooks for dual credit English classes (valued at more than $2,600). This will save each student who participates in the dual credit English courses offered at Steele more than $125 for the next several years.
The second part of the grant provides training, resources, and uniform shirts for the Excel Club at the school. This club will focus on providing students at Steele Accelerated High School with opportunities in leadership, community service and public relations.
Tidwell Middle School
College prep event set
Open to all Northwest school district middle school students and parents, Tidwell Middle School will conduct “Begin With the End in Mind” from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the school’s gymnasium, 3937 Haslet-Roanoke Road in Roanoke.
Students and families will be able to hear speakers from Tarrant County College and the University of North Texas as well as receive information about high school expectations, college admissions, financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
Winfree Academy Charter School-Denton
National Mental Illness Awareness Week set
Students and staff began wearing lime green on Monday to call attention to National Mental Illness Awareness Week. Established by Congress in 1990, this week brings together mental health advocates with their communities to sponsor activities for public education about mental illness.
According to the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Mental Health, about 20 percent of youths ages 13 to 18 experience severe mental disorders in a given year. With statistics like this in mind, Winfree Academy developed the Linking Tree program to provide students and their families with community resources in order to meet mental health and social service needs.
Currently, Linking Tree partners with more than 40 providers in Denton, Dallas, Collin and Tarrant counties.
In addition, the school annually holds a Mental Health Fair for students. Through education, detection and intervention, Winfree strives to increase student and family access to mental health services in order to decrease barriers to graduation.