Aubrey ISD

Grads net more than

$1M in scholarships

Graduating Aubrey High School seniors got $1.1 million in scholarships and awards this year from local businesses and school support organizations.

During a recognition ceremony earlier this month, representatives were on hand to dole out scholarships, with 34 of them coming from the Aubrey Education Foundation to total more than $27,000. Military members were also present to congratulate graduates who were enlisting in the armed services.

“This class has excelled academically as evidenced by the number of college and other scholarships offered to our students, in addition to those awarded tonight,” Principal Matt Gore said. “We are extremely proud of the awards and accomplishments of the class of 2018.”

Denton Christian Preschool

Fall enrollment slated to begin next week

Families in the Denton area can start enrolling their little ones next week in the Denton Christian Preschool program for the upcoming school year.

To be eligible for the program, children must be 3 or 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2018. As a United Way of Denton County partner agency, the preschool offers a sliding pay scale based on need.

Once enrolled in the program, students receive free meals and health screenings. Transportation may be available in certain areas and classes are often taken on field trips to museums and zoos.

Registration is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each weekday starting Monday, June 4. Application packets are available at the preschool, located in First Presbyterian Church at 1114 W. University Drive, or online at For questions, contact Alicia Blanca at 940-383-3332.

Denton ISD

Guyer grad receives ROTC scholarship

David Smith, a recent Guyer High School graduate, will go off to Texas A&M University in the fall with an U.S. Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarship.

The scholarship covers tuition and fees and also includes a $600 annual textbook stipend and monthly stipend for up to 10 months for each year Smith completes at the university.

Once he graduates college and ROTC program at A&M, Smith will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and must serve in active duty for at least four years.

Smith was chosen for the scholarship based on academic achievement, extracurriculars, physical fitness, leadership qualities and personal interviews. He is the son of Scott Smith of Lantana.

Denton grad gets scholarship to TWU

Janna Herron, a recent Denton High School graduate, will take a $2,500 Philanthropic Educational Organization STAR scholarship with her to Texas Woman’s University this fall.

The scholarship, given out by the PEO Sisterhood, goes to applicants with strong academic records, community service and leadership skills. PEO was founded in the 1860s at Iowa Wesleyan College as an organization to promote increased educational opportunities for women and has given more than $304 million in scholarships since.

Herron is the daughter of Dennis and Irene Herron and will study music therapy at TWU this fall.

Koan School

Sixth-grader to be recognized by Duke

The Duke University Talent Identification Program will honor Catherine Grether, a sixth-grader at the Koan School in Denton, for her exceptional performance on the PSAT exam.

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 fourth- through sixth-grade students take the PSAT exam usually taken by freshmen in high school.

Grether scored in the highest percentile on the exam and will be honored at a special ceremony.

Out of the more than 9,600 students who took the PSAT test through TIP, only 791 were invited to ceremonies.

— Caitlyn Jones

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

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