Aubrey High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members Megan Childs, left, Laura Kate Holliger and Aniesa Omar gather canned goods during a food drive at the school. Students brought in 1,352 pounds of food in one week for the H.O.P.E. Food and Clothing Bank in Aubrey.


Cross Roads student

wins poster contest

Gloria Liu, an 8-year-old Cross Roads resident, was recently named one of three winners of the first Live & Breathe Texas Kids Poster Contest.

The contest, sponsored by the Automotive Service Association and Advance Auto Parts, asked students in kindergarten through 12th grade to design a poster encouraging Texans to stop the spread of harmful emissions and advocate for cleaner air.

The home-schooled third-grader drew a group of people carpooling together with the phrase, “Cars have passenger seats for a reason.” Her entry was chosen as winner of the kindergarten through fifth-grade category.

She was formally recognized at a luncheon earlier this month in Fort Worth and received a $500 prize.

Aubrey ISD

FFA quiz team advances to state-level contest

The Aubrey High School Future Farmers of America Quiz Team will compete at the state Leadership Development Contest after finishing second at the area event.

The team of four — freshman Sydney Blankenship, freshman Heather Hough, senior Brenden Hough and freshman Maddy Hill — also won the district contest to get to the area level.

The quiz event tasks teams with answering questions about agricultural education, current agricultural events and parliamentary procedure.

The state contest will take place Friday and Saturday at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.

Denton Christian Preschool

New Horizons to perform at benefit

The Denton New Horizons Band will take on some Christmas classics at their holiday concert next week.

New Horizons began in 1998 at the Denton Senior Center and is comprised of senior residents playing instruments used in traditional wind ensembles. They are under the direction of University of North Texas professors and music students.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at First Presbyterian Church, 1114 W. University Drive. Admission to the event is free and donations will benefit Denton Christian Preschool.

Denton ISD

Students get field trip to sea turtle preserve

Sixth-graders at Strickland Middle School won a field trip for their entire grade to Sea Life Grapevine after participating in a Sea Turtle Rescue contest.

The contest corresponded with America Recycles Day and the aquarium’s new exhibit that rehabilitates sick or injured turtles and releases them back into the wild.

Students were asked to create an art project made from reused materials that are considered harmful to sea life.

Strickland’s entry was a collaborative effort between sixth-grade science teacher Jessica Bejarano and art teacher Esther Bourgeois.

During the field trip, students will get a behind-the-scenes tour and participate in workshops. Their artwork will also be on display in the aquarium lobby.

District sets schedule for holiday concerts

As the holiday season approaches, fine arts groups in Denton ISD are practicing for their semester-end winter concerts.

The following is a schedule of upcoming high school performances. Parents with students in lower grades can contact their individual campuses for holiday performances.

Braswell High School

BHS Choir Winter Concert

Monday, Dec.10, at 7 p.m.

BHS Orchestra Winter Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m.

BHS Band Winter Bliss Concert

Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m.

Denton High School

DHS Choir Craft Fair

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

DHS Band and Orchestra Concert

Tuesday, Dec.11, at 6:30 p.m.

DHS Choir Winter Concert

Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m.

Guyer High School

GHS Holiday Dinner Theater

Saturday, Dec. 8, at 12:30 p.m. (matinee) and 6:30 p.m. (evening)

GHS Holiday Mosaic Concert (band and orchestra)

Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m.

Ryan High School

RHS Choir Winter Concert

Monday, Dec.17, at 7 p.m.

Lake Dallas ISD


Lake Dallas Middle School band students recently competed with 1,369 other students for a position in the Region 2 Middle School All-Region Band. Pictured are region winners Trevor Watkins, left, Matthew Paro, Trey Phillips, Dylan McKinney, Levi Koele, Junhwi Goo, John Anderson, Jacob Dunn and Naomi Kitamura.

Board recognizes students for November

The Lake Dallas ISD school board spotlighted several students during its November general meeting.

At Lake Dallas Elementary, board members honored Safety Patrol students Aily McDowell, Robby Bene, Tyler Orosco, Reed Vanzura, Edwin De La Rosa, Monserrat Ulloa and Zues Alonso.

Lake Dallas High School cross country runner Sam Dao was recognized as a district medalist and regional contest qualifier.

Head volleyball coach Jason Roemer got a shout-out for his new position as the president of the Texas Girls Coaches Association this year.

— Compiled by Caitlyn Jones.

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