Choir sets arts and crafts fair for Dec. 7
The Denton High School choir is conducting its 16th annual arts and craft fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the school at 1007 Fulton St.
The fair will feature three gymnasiums full of vendors, a concession/eating area and performances by local choirs throughout the day. Admission is free, and door and raffle prizes will be awarded.
Photos may be taken with Santa Claus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
All proceeds from the show will be used to support Denton High students.
For more information, contact the school at 940-369-2000.
Junior ROTC to march in annual parade
The Denton High School Air Force Junior ROTC has been selected to march in the 26th annual Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in downtown Dallas.
The parade is an annual holiday tradition in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and helps raise funds for Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.
The Denton High cadets will march in the parade, carrying U.S. flags for each year of the parade’s existence.
Admission to the parade is free, but reserved bleacher seats are available for $25. For more information, including the parade route, visit www.givetochildrens.com/z/parade.
Students earn top finishes at meet
Guyer High School students recently competed in at the UIL Academic Paradise High School Invitational, earning nine first-place finishes at the competition.
Guyer’s top finishers included:
Computer Apps: Patrick Grace, first place.
Current Events: Madi Franklin, first place, Jackie Peterson, fourth place, Zaara Qasim, fifth place; team, first place.
Ready Writing: Nabeera Rao, fourth place.
Literary Criticism: Devin Horton, second place.
Calculator Apps: Thomas Newsom, fourth place; Jessica Nguyen, fifth place, Baasam Smadi, sixth place; team, second place.
Journalism: Edie Scott first place, headline writing, and sixth place, news writing; Kris Eckstorm, second place, feature writing; Devin Horton, third place, editorial writing; Bianca Ramirez, third place, news writing, fourth place, editorial writing and sixth place, headline writing.
Science: Kade Goodchild, fourth place; Chi Chi Illeje, fifth place; Laey Neu, sixth place; team, second place.
Chemistry: Kade Goodchild, first place.
History: Jackie Peterson, first place; Thomas Gray, second place; Chi Chi Illeje, fifth place; Madi Franklin, sixth place; team, first place.
Spelling: Ansh Pujara, second place; and Nabeera Rao, sixth place.
Accounting: Christina Iskandanri, first place; Kira Griffiths, second place; Doug Palmer, third place; team, first place.
The Guyer High UIL academic sponsors are Kevin Tucker, history; LaMesha Ataway, spelling; Paula Robinson, science/chemistry; Larry Turner, journalism; Scott Dean, calculator apps; Donna Lowe, accounting; Greg Coleman, literary criticism; Tiffany Larson, ready writing; Kate Gengo, current events; and Dana Key, computer apps.
Liberty Christian School
Students take part in canned food drive
Hundreds of students from preschool to 12th grade participated in the school’s annual canned food drive for families in need this Thanksgiving.
Students delivered more than 4,440 pounds of food to the Denton Community Food Center on Thursday. On Friday, they gave an additional 400 pounds of canned food to Willowwood Church of the Nazarene’s Food Pantry and 2,500 pounds to Christian Community Action in Lewisville, which helps families in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Tarrant and Wise counties.
Tom Newell, chairman of the board for the Denton Community Food Center, thanked students for their efforts.
He said that the food center helps an average of 35 families every day, but during the three days prior to Thanksgiving, his center will see 110 families per day.
“Every can that Liberty donates goes to people in need,” he said.
Newell told students that 19 percent of Denton County lives in poverty, and that his volunteer-run center gives away 480,000 pounds of food each year to those people in need of assistance.
One-act play wins state TAPPS title
Liberty Christian’s Ordinary People was far from ordinary at the state One Act Play State competition.
The school’s theater students performed a 40-minute version of “Ordinary People” to bring home the trophy and win back-to-back One Act Play State champions in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools competition.
A state win in the One Act Play category gives Liberty 10 points in the pursuit of the Henderson Cup awarded by TAPPS. Liberty was named the top overall state champion last year in the largest division of TAPPS.
Only four of the 10 students in Advanced Theatre had ever been in a one-act competition before. For some, it was only their second play to perform in, the first being The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, held at Liberty earlier this year, according to Fine Arts chairwoman Misty Baptiste.
Individual award winners from the state competition in Temple included the following students:
Ross Earley — Best Actor.
Sarai Harding — All-Star Cast.
Nathan Griffin and Jacob Quast — Honorable Mention.
Emily Lentz — All-Star Crew.
Other students who were a part of the state win were Jason Clemons, Lauren Massing, Brooke Morrisy, Diana Park and Jack Ward.
Debate team developing rapidly
Sophomore debater Breann Smith has qualified for the Texas Forensic Association State Tournament to be held March 6-8 in Houston.
Smith was among a group of students who traveled to Harvard University last year to compete in its annual High School Invitational, and she qualified for the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools’ state meet last year.
This is only the second year that Liberty’s debate team has officially been in action, and for Smith to qualify for the TFA state tournament this early in the year is quite an accomplishment, teacher and debate sponsor Ken Robison said.
To qualify for TFA, a student must accumulate a minimum of 12 points by competing in TFA-sanctioned tournaments. A debater scores points by finishing in the top eight to 16 competitors depending on the number of entries at each meet. Breann has earned 15 points already with multiple tournaments still to compete in throughout the remainder of the year.
Breann scored TFA points at Arlington High School, winning third place; at Hockaday, finishing in the top 16; at Naaman Forest High School, ending as a quarterfinalist; at Plano High School, attaining the quarterfinalist level; and at Southlake Carroll High School, finishing in the top 16. In addition, Breann also won Top Speaker awards at both the Hallsville and Naaman Forest Tournaments.
“I am so very proud of Breann,” Robison added. “She has a promising future ahead of her in debate.”
Annual Reindeer Romp scheduled for Dec. 14
Northwest ISD will conduct the sixth annual Reindeer Romp on Dec. 14 at Nelson High School, 2775 Bobcat Boulevard in Trophy Club.
The one-mile fun run begins at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K race begins at 9 a.m.
Proceeds benefit the NISD physical education department. For more information, visit www.nisdreindeerromp.com .
Ag Center named for Kelly W. Box
Northwest schools conducted the official renaming ceremony for the Kelly W. Box Agricultural Science Center on Nov. 17 in honor of a longtime educator and agriculture science teacher.
Kelly Box joined the school district in 1982 and taught agricultural science. He served as president of the Northwest High School Future Farmers of America Alumni Association for 25 years. Box was a leader in his community in Justin and was president of the Texas Red Angus Association.
Community members submitted nominations to rename the facility in June, and the board approved the building’s new name at its June 25 meeting.
Globetrotter delivers anti-bullying message
“Special K” Daley of the Harlem Globetrotters toured three elementary schools in Northwest ISD to deliver an anti-bullying message to students.
Daley discussed character education, bravery and compassion at Haslet, Seven Hills, and Sonny and Allegra Nance elementary schools on Nov. 13. He ended his presentation with a demonstration of his famous basketball tricks and invited a few students to join him during his demonstrations.