Argyle ISD

Argyle High School

Several receive Tom Landry scholarships

Six Argyle High School students took home scholarships during the Tom Landry Classic event last week.

The students participated in the annual football event, which brings in four top teams to play doubleheader games, and were honored along with 13 other students from the North Texas area. To be eligible for a Tom Landry scholarship, students had to take part in the event in some capacity as a senior. That could mean on the field as a player or cheerleader or in the stands as a drill team dancer or band member.

Scholarships were awarded based on academics, community service and leadership experience. The following Argyle students were selected as winners:

  • Miranda Downe (student journalist) — presented by The Dallas Morning News
  • Brandon Woolums (band) — presented by Nestle
  • Scotty Dunham (football) — presented by Tom Landry Family
  • Bryson Hudgens (football) — presented by Big Game USA
  • Elizabeth Dagg (cheer captain and drum major) — presented by LST Marketing
  • Cale Nanny (football) — presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Denton Calvary Academy

Fine arts students prep for spring musical

Denton area families are invited to attend the Denton Calvary Academy’s production of Mary Poppins Jr., based on the Disney movie and Broadway musical.

Three performances have been scheduled for 7:30 p.m. May 3-5, in the school’s Arts and Athletics Recreation Complex, 1910 E. University Drive. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at the door.

The cast is made up of middle and high school students. The role of Mary Poppins will be performed by senior Rae Hillman on Thursday and Saturday, while junior Caitlin Pirkle will take over on Friday.

Denton ISD

Harpool Middle School

Harpool student to be recognized at Duke

The Duke University Talent Identification Program will honor Matthew Spivey, a seventh-grader at Harpool Middle School, for his exceptional performance on the ACT exam during a ceremony on the Duke campus this month.

To qualify for Duke TIP, students must score in at least the 95th percentile on a standardized test that matches their grade level.

Once selected, the students take the SAT or ACT exams usually taken by juniors in high school.

Spivey scored in the highest percentile on the exam and will be honored at a Grand Recognition Ceremony on May 21 at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.

Out of the more than 48,000 students who took the test through TIP, only 2,611 were invited to the Grand Recognition Ceremony.

Spivey is also eligible for scholarships, college prep materials and educational programs on the Duke campus.

McMath Middle School

Astronaut speaks to McMath students

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson video-conferenced with McMath Middle School students last month from the International Space Station as part of the school’s ongoing Kid-to-Kid Program.

The lunchtime program was started by volunteer Bill Reed, who wanted to expose the students to different cultures and career paths.

So far, students have talked with a wide range of experts such as U.S. ambassadors, scientists studying bat sonar in Israel and documentarians filming cheetahs in Africa.

Whitson has spent more than 650 days on the space station as the commander of a single mission. She’s also participated in 10 space walks outside the station. She spent 45 minutes talking to students about topics that ranged from how she washes her hair in space to what blastoff and re-entry into Earth is like.

“This experience has shown me that no matter what gender, race, ethnicity, or religion you are you can do, or be, anything you set your mind to be,” McMath eighth-grader Lane Regan said.

Lake Dallas ISD

Internet safety expert to present forums

Katie Greer, a national expert in digital safety and technology, will stop by Lake Dallas ISD on Monday and Tuesday to give presentations to students and families.

Greer will moderate a parent forum at 7 p.m. Monday, May 7, at Lake Dallas High School, 3016 Parkridge Drive in Corinth. Free child care will be provided and forum topics include updates on social media, trending applications, privacy regulations and cyberbullying legislation.

On Tuesday, Greer will talk with fourth- and fifth-graders at all three of the district’s elementary campuses about good digital citizenship.

Greer has worked as a former intelligence analyst for the Massachusetts State Police as well as the former director of internet safety for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. Currently, she serves as a consultant for governmental agencies and private businesses when she isn’t traveling as an advocate for internet safety.

— Compiled by Caitlyn Jones

CAITLYN JONES can be reached at 940-566-6862 and via Twitter at @CjonesDRC.

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