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Denton ISD

Ryan High School

Tech students qualify for state competition

Ryan High School’s I-Tech Club brought home 25 awards from the Region 11 Technology Student Association Competition.

Among the awards received at the March 1 event held at Trophy Club Nelson High School were 12 first-place awards. Of the 21 students who competed in the competition from Ryan High, 13 qualified for the state competition slated for next month in Waco.

Ryan High students who finished as finalists in the recent competition included:

• Jacob Andrews: Architecture, fourth place

• Lizette Barrera: Architecture, second place; photography, three first-place finishes, two second-place finish and one fifth-place awards

• Jose Beltran: Church architecture, first place; landscape architecture, first place; home architecture, fifth place

• Rayn Bosquez: Woodworking, first place

• Miranda Bussell: Architecture, third place

• David Chacon: Architecture, first place

• Terrel Cross: Architecture, first place

• Katelyn Finn: Architecture, first place; photography, third and fourth place awards

• Carlos Soto: Architecture, fourth place

• Austin Robertson: Architecture, first place

• Zach Shilling: Architecture, first place; photography, first place and two fourth-place awards

• Colton Smith: Architecture, second place

• John Mahannah: Architecture, fifth place

Ryan High School

School sets blood drive for March 20

Ryan High School is slated to hold a community blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 20.

District officials said adults who participate will be automatically moved to the front of the line to reduce their wait time.

Students 17 and older can participate without parental consent if they present a photo identification card or driver’s license, and students who are 16 years old must present a photo and a parent’s signature in ink, according to district officials. Students at Ryan High may also use their student ID, according to the district.

“The blood drive will mark Ryan High’s second year to contribute to the Community Blood Center’s Red Cord Honors Program,” according to a district news release. “Students who complete the program requirements are recognized at graduation with a Red Honor Cord that they can wear with their cap and gown. The CBC estimates that high school students account for more than 10 percent of blood donations in their area.”

For more information, contact Ryan High teacher and event sponsor Scott Spaulding at 940-369-3000 or via e-mail at

Harpool Middle School

Orchestra honors retired Denton High director

The Harpool Middle School Orchestra honored retired Denton High School director Carold Nunez by playing a piece he composed at the National Orchestra Festival in Louisville, Ky.

The orchestra is directed by Carmen Wiest. Nunez taught nearly 30 years in Texas public schools and retired as orchestra director at Denton High and as the school district’s coordinator of orchestras. District officials say Nunez wanted to travel Kentucky to see the performance but was unable to do so because of an unspecified illness.

Nunez will be present for a special concert the Harpool orchestra will conduct at 7 p.m. March 19 at First United Methodist Church Denton, 201 S. Locust St., according to district officials.

Hawk Elementary School

Mini Mavs art and music time set

Hawk Elementary School is slated to conduct a Mini Mavs Camp at 10 a.m. Monday for incoming kindergarten students.

During the camp, children will have an opportunity to visit art and music classes and participate in singalongs and crafts. Information will also be available for parents during the camp on what to expect in a kindergarten classroom, according to district officials.

To RSVP for the event or for more information, contact Melissa Box at 940-369-1800 or via e-mail at

Pecan Creek Elementary

Kinder Cubs story time set for Tuesday

Pecan Creek Elementary School is scheduled to hold its Kinder Cubs story time for incoming kindergarteners at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday.

The event allows children eligible for kindergarten in the 2014-15 school year to participate in story time in the school library and a guidance lesson with the school counselor.

For more information or to reserve a seat for the event, contact kindergarten teacher Melissa Pulte at 940-369-4413 or by e-mail at

Stephens Elementary School

Bulldog Buddies event scheduled for Tuesday

Stephens Elementary School is slated to conduct its Bulldog Buddies event for incoming kindergarteners at 1:50 p.m. Tuesday.

The event will include art and music activities in which children will visit classrooms and participate in activities with teachers.

For more information, call 940-369-0800.

Argyle ISD

Community festival scheduled for April 5

The third annual Shoot for the Stars Community Festival, including a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, bike rally and Concert, is slated for April 5 in Argyle.

The event will include free heart screenings, a blood drive, live music and food, according to event organizers.

Shoot for the Stars is held in memory of Alex Betzhold, an Argyle seventh-grader who died unexpectedly in 2012 of a heart condition.

Ally Breedlove will serve as guest speaker and will talk about her book, When Will The Heaven Begin, about her brother, Ben Breedlove, who died of an underlying heart problem.

To sign up for the basketball tournament, as a vendor or for more information, contact Pam Arrington at or call 940-435-4083.

Liberty Christian School

Holocaust survivor inspires students

Holocaust survivor Dr. Edie Eger spoke about her experiences to middle and upper school students at Liberty Christian School on Feb. 13.

After her speech, she was surrounded by more than 100 students who wanted to meet and thank her, according to a news release from the school.

Eger’s family was taken captive by the Nazis in 1944, and they were sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Her father was immediately separated from the rest of the family, and they never saw him again. The last words she heard from her mother were, “No one can take from you what you put in your mind.”

As a ballerina, Eger even danced for the “Angel of Death,” Dr. Josef Mengele. She saw death, disease and destruction every day for a year in the camp, according to the news release. As the war ended, guards mistook her for dead and tossed her body into a mass grave. An American soldier saw her hand move and realized she was not dead. She said she weighed only 40 pounds and had a broken back, but she survived.

Her message of survival and hope was delivered to Liberty’s students with fervor, humor and grace, officials said.

As a clinical psychologist, she now helps others face their fear, accept adversity and use it to their advantage.

For almost 30 years, Eger, 86, did not tell anyone she had been a prisoner in Auschwitz. It took her almost 40 years to return to that place that had changed her life forever. A native of Hungary, she now lives in La Jolla, Calif., according to her website.

Northwest ISD

Board approves new strategic plan

The Northwest school district board of trusteees approved the district’s new strategic plan on Feb. 24.

The plan includes the district’s core beliefs, vision, mission and goals and sets the direction for the district for the next four years. A team of about 75 participants made up of students, parents, community members and staff helped develop the plan, which will go into effect for the 2014-2015 school year.

For more information, go to .

Employees named finalists at conference

Two Northwest school district technology employees were honored recently at the annual Texas Computer Education Association.

Roy Peacock, the district’s coordinator of instructional technology, was chosen as a finalist in the Instructional Technology Specialist of the Year category. Carl Shawn, director of technology, was chosen as a finalist for Technology Administrator of the Year.

TCEA is a member-based organization devoted to the use of technology in education.

Northwest ISD

Two cosmetology students head to state

In its first year, the Academy of Cosmetology at James M. Steele Accelerated High School will send two students to the state contest later this month. Cosmetology students competed in a Skills USA District 4 contest in February.

Junior Keaton Jones received a first-place gold medal in Employment Application Process, and junior Jessica Wyles received a first-place gold medal in job interviewing.

Receiving first-place ribbons in photo panel exhibits were juniors Brittany Jackson, Tommie Bryson, Jayleen Aracena, Keaton Jones, Amy Whitehorn and Jessica Wyles and sophomores Reva Killough, Carmen Granados, Maria Galvan, Mary Delgadillo and Ilse Martinez.

Mary Delgadillo also brought home a blue ribbon in nail art.

Students showcase best work at Techno Expo

More than 1,100 students presented their best technology work at the third annual Techno Expo on Feb. 27.

Selected students presented and demonstrated their use of technology in the classroom during a series of breakout sessions.

Dinner was served by students in the district’s Academy of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Services.

NISD announces Fitness Fun Fest

Student councils from Byron Nelson and Northwest high schools will present the first Northwest district Fitness Fun Fest from 4 to 9 p.m. March 22 at Texas Motor Speedway.

The events will include live music, food and drinks, a carnival, a 1.5-mile walk around the speedway and free health screenings.

Admission is $10 per person or $30 per family. Tickets include the walk, music and carnival.

All proceeds will go to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, American Heart Association and Project Orange Out.

For more information, go to .

Big Event scheduled at Northwest

Northwest High School will conduct the third annual Big Event on April 5.

It is one of the largest community service projects in the area, with students assisting six surrounding communities with projects for residents and community organizations.

For more information go to, .

Dates for Kindergarten Round-Up set

Kindergarten Round-Up is scheduled for April 28 through May 2 for parents and students to meet staff, tour school facilities and provide the necessary documents needed to complete the school registration process.

Children who will be attending kindergarten starting in August are asked to register online beginning April 21, according to a district news release.

To register, kindergarten students must be 5 years old by Sept. 1.

The following items are needed to complete the child’s enrollment: birth certificate; records of up-to-date immunizations; proof of residency such as a housing contract, rental agreement or a utility bill; a student’s Social Security card; a license or other suitable photo ID of the parent or guardian.

If parents do not have access to a computer at home, computers will be available at the campus.

Selwyn College Preparatory School

Students place at art and academic contest

Selwyn College Preparatory School students placed in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Art and Academic 1A-2 District Meet on Feb. 21-22.

Students who placed first through fourth will advance to the state meet.

The list of students who placed at the district meet are as follows:


First place — Annie Hawk, black and white photography; Summer Sanchez, computer rendered art, black and white drawing

Second place — Annie Hawk, printmaking; Summer Sanchez, painting

Third place — Annie Hawk, color photography, on site drawing

Fourth place — Emma Biles, jewelry; Summer Sanchez, computer rendered art

Fifth place — Annie Hawk, black and white photography; Rachel Maglisceau, 2D relief

Sixth place — Summer Sanchez, on-site drawing


Second place — Zeeshan Merchant, number sense

Third place — Caitlyn Mignini, mathematics; Aneesa Vaidya, spelling

Fourth place — Annie Hawk, literary criticism; Fawwad Khan, advanced math; Rachel Valentine, current events and issues

Fifth place — Emma Biles, spelling

Sixth place — Zeeshan Merchant, advanced math; Derek Frendo, number sense; Wes Stenovitch, spelling (tie)

Compiled from area school district news releases.

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