Aubrey Middle School Junior Beta Club members show off their Rapid Response project that qualified them for the national contest in Oklahoma City this June. Junior Beta Club is a national organization that focuses on leadership, academics and service.

Staff Writer

Aubrey ISD

Middle school Betas advance to nationals

Eleven students in the Aubrey Middle School Junior Beta Club will head to Oklahoma this summer to compete in leadership challenges at the service club’s national convention.

The students posted qualifying scores at a Leadership Summit in Grapevine last month in the Rapid Response Challenge and Lead Outside the Box Challenge. They all advanced to the National Junior Beta Convention, which will take place in June in Oklahoma City.

During the Rapid Response Challenge, students had to use critical thinking skills in a short time frame to come up with a response to an issue. In the Lead Outside the Box Challenge, judges tasked students with solving a real-world problem and they had one day to prepare for a two-minute presentation about their solution.

The Aubrey students who advanced were Lauren Drinnon, Hillary Koeman, Rory Duncan, Sophie Huggins, Brooke Velez, Natalie Tucker, Ashlynn Reynolds, Hannah K. Smith, Brody Burton, Pieter Koeman and Ethan Yarter.


Lewisville school retirees to host monthly meeting

The Lewisville Area Retired School Personnel Association will have its monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Lewisville Church of Christ, 901 College Parkway in Lewisville.

Diana Mason, a chemistry professor at the University of North Texas, will use her science skills to talk about Texas facts, fiction and folk stories during the program portion of the meeting.

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 more information, call 972-436-7907.

Liberty Christian

‘Screenagers’ documentary screening next month

Area families are invited to attend a screening of Screenagers next month as part of Liberty Christian School’s inaugural Family for Life series.

The film looks at the use of technology in the household, how it impacts child development and the challenges today’s parents face in a digital world. The documentary is suitable for anyone above the age of 10.

The screening will start at 6 p.m. on Nov. 27 at Liberty Christian, located at 1301 U.S. Highway 377 in Argyle. To RSVP, contact the school at 940-294-2000.

Liberty kicked off the Family for Life series in October with a talk from Liberty parents and authors Don and Suzanne Manning, who co-wrote the book Crazy Cool Family.

The Mannings spoke about how to strengthen relationships with God in the household and how to look for opportunities to tie Biblical lessons into parenting roles.

Pilot Point

Local foundation to host annual benefit dinner

The Friends of Vail Foundation, a Pilot Point-based nonprofit, will host its 3rd annual Thanks and Giving Benefit Auction and Dinner.

The organization was started by Susan and Chad Chance, whose daughter Vail Johnson passed away suddenly in 2016 at the age of 9. Money from the foundation helps fund special projects for Pilot Point ISD and local sports organizations. The Chances also give out scholarships to students who compete in horse shows, one of Vail’s favorite activities.

The benefit will start at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, located at 400 St. Thomas Aquinas Ave. in Pilot Point.

Tickets are $40 at the door for individuals 18 and older. The dress code is casual.

Ticket prices include dinner and drinks at the event. Specialty items will be auctioned off and country musician Kody West will perform.

For more information about the event or the foundation, go to www.friendsofvail.com.

— Staff reports

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

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