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Denton ISD

Fine arts

All-region choir has 55 middle school students

The Denton school district’s seven middle schools each placed at least one student in the Texas Music Educators Association all-region choir.

A total of 55 students from the district were recently selected members of this year’s chorale group.

Harpool Middle School played host to several middle schools in the region for auditions for individual spots on the all-region roster. The selected students participated in a clinic Saturday, and performed in a concert at Chisholm Trail High School in Fort Worth.

The DISD middle school students on the Texas Music Educators Association all-region choir are:

Calhoun — Isabel Vega. Denise Stephens is the choir director.

Crownover — Savannah Coffman, Mekenzie Erickson, Maddy Evans, Jaylin Flanigan, Lara Harper, Haylee Nish, Madison Owen, Ashley Stolle, Raegan Stubblefield and Annie Walker. Stephanie Hicks is the choir director.

Harpool — Katie Beijan, Liet Bourbon, Ariana Butler, Claire Collins, Alyssa Delloro, Ben Duren, Eden Ernest, Tanner Garmon, Noah Gattenby, Madi Grams, Koency Hord, Sydney Hosler, Madison Hubert, Hannah Johnson, Avery Johnson, Noah Johnson, Serena Khatri-Chhetri, Brandon Laredo, Mia Knight, Rachel Lee, Andrew Meiwes, Bennett Moffitt, Macy Mullins, Caroline Orozco, Christina Paz, Mallory Pittman, Kate Roy, Carissa Snow, Abby Teeter, Alexa Teleki and Christiana Watson. Nathan Dame and Ashley Delaney are the choir directors.

McMath – Leah Beltrone and Alyssa Williamson. Jake Kassen is the choir director.

Myers – Sarah Broom, Noelle Grimes, Jenna Whitehead and Kenzi Valadez. Jenna Smith is the choir director.

Navo – Kara Freeman. Mary Mathis-Sadler is the choir director.

Strickland – Collin Bauswell, Mark Beutner, Jillian Cheek, Layla Jassam, Gabi Mantecon and Allie Smith. Amy Logan and Kevin Rybowicz are the choir directors.

Harpool Middle School

Blood drive scheduled for Dec. 5 in library

Harpool Middle School will be hosting a community blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 in the school library.

Carter BloodCare will be operating the blood drive, and community members are encouraged to participate. No appointments are necessary.

For more information, contact Jennifer Hutson at 940-369-1700 or

Krum ISD

Choir students advance to all-state auditions

Four Krum High School choir students will advance to the final round of all-state choir auditions to be held Jan. 11 in Abilene.

The following students participated in the third round of auditions Nov. 8 at Texas Woman’s University: James Fitts, bass 1, second chair; Brent Hall, bass 2, second chair; Will Keller, tenor 2, third chair; and Zac Lax, bass 1, fifth chair.

These students, along with sophomores Hunter Hancock and Madolyn McPhail, performed in the Region 2 All-Region Choir on Nov. 9 at TWU’s Margo Jones Performance Hall.

“Their dedication is remarkable,” said Krum Choir Director Lindsay Swartwood.

“The students practice before and after school throughout the week, and their hard work shows through their performances.”

Students earn spots in all-region band

Twenty-four Krum Middle School band students participated in the Middle School All-Region Honor Band auditions Nov. 12 in Aubrey.

Fifteen of the students earned placement in the region band. Students will perform as part of the All-Region Honor Band at a concert in January.

The following students who earned a place in the honor band are:

Eighth grade — Hannah Larson and Ashleigh Wiley, flute; Abby Wimmer, bassoon and bass clarinet; Alexus Lerma, bass clarinet; Brandon Corey and Mikayla Vilivich (alternate), alto saxophone; Johanna Drews, clarinet; Savana Reneau, baritone saxophone; Laramie Hancock, Alicia Arreloa and Darian Smith (alternate), French horn; Aaron Kern, tuba; and Jacob Dixon and Allison Lackey, percussion.

Seventh grade — Heather Cuenca (alternate), clarinet

FFA students place third at national fair

Freshmen Gage Guffy and Baldemar Torres placed third in the food products and processing systems category in the 2013 National FFA Agriscience Fair at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky.

At the national competition, Torres and Guffy presented their research project highlighting the effects of popular drinks to a panel of judges.

The presentation included a display and report. Over the summer, the students won first place with their presentation at the FFA Agriscience Fair at the Texas FFA State Convention to advance to the national competition.

Veterans Day of Remembrance held

The Krum school district recently conducted its annual Veterans Day of Remembrance program at Bobcat Stadium.

The keynote speaker for the event was Lt. Col. Nate Cook, who spoke about freedom, family and the future of military veterans.

During the program, groups from each district campus honored veterans with performances. Boy Scout Troop No. 136 led the presentation of the colors and Pledge of Allegiance.

About 65 veterans were served a free lunch at Krum High School.

To view images from the Veterans Day program in Krum, visit

Liberty Christian School

Theater students advance to state

Liberty Christian School’s theater students recently won first place at the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools one-act play region contest at Liberty. Students then competed at the state contest Tuesday in Temple.

Students performed a one-act play version of Ordinary People, the Oscar winner for best picture in 1981 and the first movie Robert Redford ever directed.

Liberty Christian’s theater students won first place in one-act play at state last year with The Diary of Anne Frank.

At the region contest, individual students also won the following awards:

All-Star Cast: Sarai Harding and Nathan Griffin

All-Star Crew: Emily Lentz

Best Actor: Ross Earley

Honorable Mention Cast: Lauren Massing, Brooke Morrissy and Jacob Quast.

Northwest ISD

Nelson student named to all-state orchestra

Nelson High School freshman Gini Choi has been selected to the all-state orchestra.

Of the thousands of violinists who began the process statewide, only 347 were chosen to make a CD to be judged at the state level. From those students, only 116 violinists were chosen for a spot in one of the three all-state orchestra ensembles.

Choi is the first Northwest Independent School District student selected to the all-state orchestra. Its concert will take place in February in San Antonio.

NISD launches sixth career academy

Northwest Independent School District has launched its sixth career academy, The Collegiate Academy.

The academy is being housed at James M. Steele Accelerated High School and will provide students with opportunities to enhance and accelerate their education by establishing a partnership with North Central Texas College and other universities so students can graduate high school with up to an associate’s degree.

The district revealed its sixth academy during a signing ceremony Nov. 11 with NCTC, Texas Tech University, Midwestern University, University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University and NISD administration. Students had an opportunity to visit with representatives from the six colleges after the ceremony.

The academy will offer the first course for freshmen beginning in January.

NISD conducts school dedication

Northwest Independent School District conducted the official dedication for Wayne A. Cox Elementary School on Nov. 7, with student performances, a message from the family, a gift presentation and dedication of the school.

Cox Elementary opened its doors in August in Roanoke in the Fairways Ranch housing development. In August, the school welcomed approximately 300 kindergarten through fifth-grade students. Cox Elementary is projected to be one of the fastest growing schools in Northwest ISD over the next several years.

Angel Tree program underway

This year’s Northwest Independent School District Partners in Education Virtual Angel Tree has more than 600 children who need assistance this holiday season.

To adopt an angel, contact Phil Beckman at or 817-215-0172 or go to to make an online selection. The Angel Tree items will need to be delivered to the NISD administration building, 2001 Texan Drive in Fort Worth by Dec. 6.

Selwyn College Preparatory School

College credit course being offered

Selwyn College Preparatory School and Texas Woman’s University signed a dual enrollment agreement that allows students to get college credit for certain courses offered at Selwyn.

For many years, Selwyn students have been able to take dual credit courses at North Central Texas College and the University of North Texas, but for the first time, courses will be offered for college credit on the Selwyn campus in partnership with TWU.

College algebra will be offered at Selwyn during the 2014 spring semester for high school students in grades 11 and 12. Students who earn a passing grade in the course will receive a high school math credit as well as a three-hour college algebra credit.

The course is open to the public. Currently enrolled Selwyn students are given priority registration.

For more information about the dual credit program, e-mail Cheryl Dahler at, or call 940-382-6771.

Winfree Academy Charter School-Denton

School begins academic decathlon preparation

Winfree Academy Charter School-Denton students began earlier this month preparing for its annual academic decathlon competition.

For the third consecutive year, 14 students will be competing against small high schools across North Texas for the opportunity to compete at the state and national level. The team is coached by lead sponsor Rebecca Parratt, Winfree Academy-Denton graduate Stormi McCandless and other staff members.

Topics of study have included genetics, prepared speeches and testing strategies. Over the next few months, students will study art, music, literature, essays, social sciences and math. The work will culminate with the two-day competition in late January. For more information, contact Parratt at 940-243- 0480.

Argyle ISD

Students take part in Color Run 5K

Jefferson Arrington, a fifth-grader at Liberty Christian School, said he participated in the recent Color Run 5K in Dallas on Saturday because he wanted to help children in need.

The Argyle High School UNICEF club also participated in the event, which raises money for the UNICEF organization.

Fifteen students represented the Argyle High School club in running and volunteering. The club dedicated last week to educating the community about UNICEF and raising funds for the organization. They made public service announcement videos that were played during announcements each day and raised funds that will be donated to UNICEF to children in the Philippines.

The Argyle High UNICEF club will be recognized this week at the Argyle Town Council meeting.

Students who participated in the 5K were Alex Friedrichsen, Carlos Padron, Cassie Hargroves, Evan Peak, JR Cargile, Kieran Hanlon, Madelyn Haynes, Madison Lee, Parker Taylor, Payton Pels, Silje Dalhaug, Zane Mohar, Maribel Martinez, Amberlyn Moore, Ashton White, Jefferson Arrington and Argyle High UNICEF sponsor Pamela Arrington.

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