Students chosen to academic all-state lists
The Texas High School Coaches Association announced its academic all-state award winners late last week, and 16 Denton-area student-athletes were honored for their efforts in the classroom this year.
To be nominated for an academic all-state award, students must be in good standing with their team, of good moral character and a senior and must have an overall grade-point average of 92 or above.
Guyer High School baseball players Morgan Allen and Garrett Ozmer were first-team selections alongside Ryan High School’s Wes Simms. Cody Johnson and Brendan Milacek, of Aubrey High School, and Ryan High’s Ben Stange earned second-team academic all-state honors.
Nate Lillard (Aubrey), Taylor Swarbrick (Aubrey), Cade Branum (Guyer), Nick Klein (Guyer), Mason Nitardy (Guyer), Bryce Shanklin (Guyer), Jacob Thompson (Guyer), Carson Kennedy (Ryan), Taylor Bragg (Lake Dallas) and Holly Simpson (Lake Dallas) were named to the honorable mention academic all-state team.
Fair association awards three scholarships
Three Denton County high school seniors each received a $2,000 scholarship from the North Texas State Fair Association for their outstanding leadership qualities and their love of agriculture.
Krum High School valedictorian Abby Wimmer won the North Texas State Fair Association Scholarship and has been involved in FFA for nine years. She will attend Texas A&M University and major in biomedical sciences with a minor in Spanish.
Sterling Pieniazek, a salutatorian at Krum, took the Bob C. Powers Scholarship and has been involved with FFA, 4-H and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America for eight years. She will attend Texas A&M to major in animal science with a minor in business.
Sanger High School senior David Wright won the Robert Bell Trade and Vocational Scholarship and has been involved with FFA and 4-H for six years. He will attend Weber State University in Utah to major in manufacturing engineering technology with an emphasis on welding.
Immaculate Conception Catholic School
Seventh-grader earns honor from Duke TIP
The Duke University Talent Identification Program will honor Liam Mason, a seventh-grader at Immaculate Conception Catholic School, later this month for his exceptional performance on the ACT 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 students take the SAT or ACT exams usually taken by juniors in high school.
Mason scored in the highest percentile on the exam and will be recognized at a ceremony May 17 at the University of North Texas.
He is also eligible for scholarships, college preparatory materials and educational programs on the Duke campus in Durham, N.C.
Lake Dallas ISD
Lake Dallas Middle School
Academic team takes second at district meet
Lake Dallas Middle School students were runners-up in the University Interscholastic League district academic meet earlier this month. Students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades competed in multiple events and won second place as a team.
Individual award winners include:
■ Ben High — third place in spelling; fifth in mathematics; fourth in social studies; and sixth in listening.
■ Naomi Kitamura — fourth in spelling; second in number sense; and third in listening.
■ Mai Tran — fourth in calculator.
■ Vincent Calderon — first in maps, graphs, charts; and first in social studies.
■ Anna Garza — sixth in maps, graphs, charts.
■ Cain Tatum — first in number sense.
■ Amia Dhadda — first in ready writing.
■ Team Awards — first in listening; first in social studies; first in maps, graphs, charts; and second in spelling.
■ Junwhi Goo — second in spelling; first in calculator; second in maps, graphs, charts; sixth in mathematics; fourth in social studies; and third in number sense.
■ Matthew Paro — first in spelling; and fifth in maps, graphs, charts.
■ Levi Koele — sixth in calculator; third in maps, graphs, charts; third in mathematics; sixth in number sense; and fourth in science
■ Kylie Gauthier — fifth in ready writing.
■ Rachel Armstrong — third in social studies.
■ Team Awards — first in spelling; first in calculator; first in maps, graphs, charts; first in mathematics; and second in number sense.
■ Abrielle Schropp — fourth in spelling; fourth in social studies; and second in science.
David Jensen — fourth in chess puzzle.
■ Jasmine Vega — fourth in listening; fifth in ready writing.
■ Lily Dao — first in mathematics; first in listening; third in dictionary skills; second in spelling; third in maps, graphs, charts; first in number sense; third in calculator; third in oral reading; and sixth in ready writing.
■ Olivia Cromis — first in ready writing.
■ Team Awards — first in spelling; first in listening.
Lewisville school retirees to meet
The Lewisville Area Retired School Personnel Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. May 17 at the Bolin Center, 1565 W. Main St.
The event will be the last meeting for the 2017-18 school year, and new officers will be installed. Salerno’s will cater the event and members must make reservations by Saturday. Tickets cost $10.
The group will collect new and gently used books for the Children’s Book Project and nonperishable food items for a local food bank. Light refreshments and door prizes will be provided.
For questions or more information, call 972-436-7907.
Liberty Christian School
Band, choir students win state championship
Students in the Liberty Christian High School band and choir went home with state titles during the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools contests in March and April.
Choir students competed individually and in small groups at the Solo and Ensemble contest in March at the University of Texas at Arlington. Nearly 40 students earned 94 first-division medals.
The boys, girls and mixed ensembles went on to perform in Waco last month at the concert and sight-reading contest. Each group received the highest score in the concert division, while the boys and mixed ensembles got perfect scores in sight reading. Both of those groups received the sweepstakes award, the highest honor given at the contest.
The band topped the rankings after their solo and ensemble contest performance in March in Austin. In the second-round concert and sight-reading contest, the group received perfect scores in both divisions and took home a sweepstakes award. This is the fifth time in seven years that the band has taken the state title.
— Compiled by Caitlyn Jones