Snowden elected to division office
Guyer High School junior Hunter Snowden was elected on Feb. 1 as the lieutenant governor of the Division 8 Texas-Oklahoma Key Club International.
Snowden is the first Guyer student to be elected to a district office position.
He will be responsible for supervising Key Clubs at nine high schools in North Texas/Oklahoma, including Liberty Christian, Denton, Durant (Okla.), Gainesville, Sherman, Ryan, Guyer, Decatur and Krum.
Snowden’s term begins in April and continues to April 2015. His duties will include visiting clubs, holding monthly President’s Council meetings with the district’s club officers for communication and training, attending district board meetings, serving on district committees, encouraging service through planning and implementing a divisional project, publishing monthly newsletters and serving as a liaison between the local clubs and the district.
This role is an extension of Snowden’s community service. As founder and president of “Hunter’s Helping Hands,” he has helped local neighborhoods donate thousands of household items to needy families over the last three years.
As a member of the district board, Snowden will be attending April’s district convention, as well as several other scheduled events.
Appleseed Reading Club volunteers with students
Appleseed Reading Club volunteers wrapped up their first year at Blanche Dodd Intermediate School in February. Nearly every week since mid-September, a group of dedicated adults met with 14 fourth-graders after school to emphasize the joy of the written word.
“Reading is the basis of all learning,” said Jane Daughhetee, Krum First United Methodist director of outreach and Appleseed Reading Club coordinator. Daughhetee said the one-on-one mentoring and tutoring program was formed specifically to help children in the Krum community master reading so that they may be successful in other academic areas.
Each Wednesday after school, the group met at the Dodd campus cafeteria and ate a snack together while one volunteer read a book aloud. Students then read to an assigned mentor.
Students also explored science, art and culture during their club meetings. Club volunteer Sharon Armstrong, a retired science teacher, led a few experiments, including making “ghost” bubbles with dry ice soap. Additionally, an illustrator met with the club to show some of her works, and volunteers introduced students to different types of holiday celebrations from around the world.
Currently, the Appleseed Reading Club has 18 volunteers, including five who are retired teachers.
Daughhetee said she hopes to see the club grow and plans to continue the program again next year.
Liberty Christian School
Chorale adds sight-singing at contest
The Liberty Christian Chorale competed at the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Regional Vocal Music contest held at Liberty on Feb. 26.
This year, the choir added a new layer to the choir program called sight-singing.
“It is very challenging to pick up a piece of music and sing notes on a page without hearing them first on the piano, but that is what we are learning to do,” said Chorale director Daniel Montgomery.
More than one third of the choir of 15 students competed with solos.
Channel 11’s Kornet speaks at event
Five-time Emmy Award-winning host, reporter and news anchor Tracy Kornet of CBS 11 News inspired Liberty Christian mothers and grandmothers as the guest speaker at the annual Ladies Tea.
More than 100 attended as Liberty treated its mothers and grandmothers to brunch that included teacher and student performances.
Kornet told the audience, “Become the best version of yourself. Say yes to opportunities — take risks and go for it.”
Her husband, Frank Kornet, was an NBA player and is the head boys basketball coach at Liberty. Their three children are Liberty graduates, National Honor Society members and have all gone on to play college basketball — John at Ouachita Baptist University, Nicole at the University of Oklahoma and Luke at Vanderbilt University.
“We are so grateful for the daily biblical instruction and the positive influence of Liberty’s students and teachers,” Tracy Kornet said.
She also encouraged the Ladies Tea attendees to love life and embrace fun.
The mothers and grandmothers at the tea also enjoyed a get-to-know-you game, as well as a duet of “The Prayer” from early childhood music teacher Suzanne Lewis and upper school Chorale director Daniel Montgomery, songs from the school’s preschool students and a dance performance from eighth-grade student Erin Mahoney.
Students win awards at science-engineering fair
Liberty Christian middle and upper school students competed at the 64th Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Feb. 23–24 at the University of Texas at Arlington’s College Park Center.
Last year, Liberty Christian student Michael Becker received a Broadcom award that took him all the way to Washington, D.C., to meet the president, along with 29 other Broadcom MASTERS finalists.
“We had another strong showing at this year’s fair,” science department chair Heather Lytle said. “It was also the first time we had ninth-grade biology pre-AP students enter the fair as well.”
The fair had 608 projects submitted — 232 from high school and 376 from middle school. The major sponsors were the Miles Foundation, Lockheed Martin, the University of Texas at Arlington and Radio Shack.
Students who won awards at the fair are as follows:
Division 1 (high school)
Animal Science — Matthew Sheng and Alex Slack, third place
Earth Science — Katelyne Halovanic and Gracie Meek, second place
Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering — Tyler Dondrea and Brayden Dragoo, second place
Environmental Science — Cameron Mutis and Lizzie Paulos
Division II (middle school)
Biochemistry — Jaci Price, second place; Bryce Lindsey, third place
Earth Science — Reya Snyder, first place
Environmental Management — Bryson Vera, second place; Lizzy Shuey, third place
Medicine and Health — Isabella Van Trease
American Meteorological Society — Dawson Fuller, Cameron Mutis, Lizzie Paulos and Reya Snyder
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — Dawson Fuller
Society of Allied Weight Engineers — Tyler Dondrea and Brayden Dragoo
Society of Flight Test Engineers — Tyler Dondrea and Brayden Dragoo
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps — Tyler Dondrea and Brayden Dragoo
Water Environment Association of Texas — Cameron Mutis and Lizzie Paulos
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — Cameron Mutis and Lizzie Paulos
The Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair is the oldest, continually operating regional science and engineering fair in the state of Texas and is also the biggest science and engineering fair in the region.
Students from 10 counties (Cooke, Denton, Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant and Wise) participate to advance the study of science, mathematics, and engineering in Texas.
Counselor earns honor as semifinalist
Jamie Farber, Northwest High School lead counselor, was recently presented as an American School Counselor of the Year semifinalist.
The presentation was made at the American School Counselor of the Year Gala in Washington, D.C., which Farber attended.
Compiled from area school district news releases.