Aubrey Middle School Junior Beta Club

Aubrey Middle School students Christopher Golson, left, Madisyn Splawn and Natalie Tucker display the honors they won during the National Junior Beta Club Convention in Georgia last week. Jonathan Householder placed 11th in the math academic competition while the team composed of Evan Mayes, Tucker, Splawn and Golson took first place in the Meeting of the Minds contest.

Aubrey ISD

Spots still open for prekindergarten

Families can still enroll their little ones in the Aubrey ISD Early Bird Learning Center prekindergarten program for the upcoming school year.

The tuition-based program is open to students between ages 3 and 5.

Families do not have to live in the city of Aubrey or work for Aubrey ISD to enroll their child. District officials say there are also spots open in the day-care center, which takes care of children starting at 6 months old.

The pre-K program teaches students the alphabet and numbers, expands vocabulary, develops awareness of language sounds and builds social, emotional and motor skills.

Registration for state-funded prekindergarten will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on July 26.

Registration packets are available at the learning center, 415 Tisdell Lane in Aubrey. For questions or more information, call the center at 940-668-0066.

Denton ISD

Grad awarded women’s group scholarship

Swastika Sah, a recent Denton High School graduate, will take a $2,500 Philanthropic Educational Organization STAR scholarship with her to the University of Texas at Austin this fall.

The scholarship, given out by the Denton BK chapter of 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 out more than $283 million in financial assistance.

Sah is the daughter of Amarnath Sah and Sabnam Kumari. She will study finance in the McCombs School of Business at UT-Austin this fall.

Lake Dallas ISD

Teacher selected for summer NASA program

Olivia Stalnaker, a science teacher at Lake Dallas Middle School, will head to Austin this summer after being chosen for a state-funded STEM educator internship program.

The competitive program, sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium, will be at the University of Texas at Austin this summer with follow-up training during the fall semester.

Stalnaker is one of 400 teachers who will work with NASA officials to learn more about real-world scientific applications they can bring back to their classroom. They’ll also learn about career opportunities in science, math, technology and engineering sectors.

— Compiled by staff writer Caitlyn Jones

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

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