Aubrey Middle School
Students advancing to national convention
Eleven students from Aubrey Middle School placed among the top three competitors in various events during the recent Texas Junior Beta Club Convention.
Caleb McWhorter, Jack Goble, Clement Weaver and Nicholas Karle took first place in the quiz bowl. Brody Burton took first place in eighth-grade social studies, and Brook Valez came in first in seventh-grade language arts.
Daly Galvan placed second in apparel design, and Rory Duncan was second in sixth-grade language arts.
Emma Capelle and Sarah Stem, who took third place as a performing arts duo, were invited to be premier performers and participate in the national convention opening ceremony.
All those who placed in the top three spots will advance to the national junior convention in Oklahoma City in June.
The national club hosts annual conventions in 18 states with activities ranging from academic contests to quiz bowls and talent competitions.
The Texas Junior Convention took place Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Grapevine.
Aubrey High School
Debate students head to state UIL meet
Aubrey High School senior Avery Simmons and junior Joseph Wofford qualified for a statewide debate competition.
The pair placed second at the UIL cross-examination debate district meet Jan. 30 at Celina High School.
Simmons and Wofford are the first Aubrey High debate team to advance to the state level in three years.
The state meet will be held March 22-23 in Austin.
Harmony Moura Burk and Savannah Torres placed fourth, and Jacan Farmer and Rachael Housewright were sixth.
Middle and high school cheerleaders place
Argyle Middle School cheerleaders competed at the National Cheerleaders Association Senior and Junior High School National Championship Game Day on Jan. 26.
Competing against 13 other middle school teams, they took eighth place in game day cheer, sixth in band chant and sixth in fight song.
Aubrey High School cheerleaders placed fourth out of 84 teams at the recent statewide University Interscholastic League Class 4A competition. The team earned first place in crowd leading.
Argyle High School
Debaters take gold at district meet
Morgan Stone and Savanna Lessley took first place in the cross-examination debate event for District 8.
Callie Crosslin and Tristan Ball placed second, while Landry McClure and Alec Allen placed third.
The top two teams will advance to the state competition, while the third-place team will serve as a competition alternate.
Band members moving on to All-State Band
Of the 28 Argyle High School band members who auditioned at the Area Round for the All-State Band, 10 are moving on.
Those 10, along with Cole McCue making it into the All-State Jazz Band, are the most students to make the state-level band since 2008.
Timothy Davis, Karter Hennigan, Audry Livingston, Chloe Livingston, McCue, Collin Nielsen, Preston Rushford, Walker Santone, Hailey Schnabel, Micah Splain and Zachary Tait will represent their high school with the state bands.
In the area
Cotillion classes offered for students
Fourth- though seventh-grade students can take cotillion lessons beginning March 24.
Hosted at the Denton Country Club, the Denton Cotillion will host lessons in classical, swing and Latin dancing, as well as courses in table etiquette, leadership skills and codes of conduct.
The offering, which is hoped will become an annual tradition, is directed by JDW Cotillions, a group with a history of leading cotillion courses across the country.
Lewisville area retired staff, faculty to meet
The Lewisville Area Retired School Personnel Association will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Lewisville Church of Christ at 901 College Parkway in Lewisville.
All area retired school personnel are invited to attend. Guest speaker Mary Hunt, diabetes coordinator and nutritional/lifestyle educator with Flower Mound Pharmacy, will present a program, “The Benefits of Having a Holistic Pharmacy Manage Your Health.”
Light refreshments will be served, and door prize drawings will be conducted for attendees.
Attendees are asked to bring new or gently used books for the Children’s Book Project, as well as nonperishable food items to be donated to a local food bank.
For more information, call 972-436-7907.
7th GOAL Copa Familia at Calhoun on Feb. 23
North Texas’ largest parent-child soccer tournament will be back at Calhoun Middle School in Denton on Saturday, Feb. 23.
During the seventh annual GOAL Copa Familia from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., families will be able to play soccer and advantage of numerous services, including voter registration, free health screenings and appearances from several area groups.
Families from Sanger, Denton, Little Elm, Lake Dallas and Lewisville are expected to attend, according to a press release. All students will receive complimentary snacks and T-shirts.