Zoie's Place celebration

Hannah Joiner, a new Denton High School graduate, has a laugh during a May 19 graduation party held by Zoie’s Place.

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Zoie’s Place residents celebrate graduation

Seven Zoie’s Place residents were celebrated during a May 19 graduation party.

The nonprofit serves as a transitional home for women aging out of the foster care system.

Three residents graduated from the University of North Texas, two from Guyer High School and two from Denton High School. They were celebrated with a party at Little Elm Beach.

They enjoyed food, drinks and games to celebrate the occasion, in Zoie’s Place’s first such event for graduates.

According to the National Foster Youth Institute, only 50% of foster children go on to earn their high school diploma, and less than 3% graduate with a four-year degree.

Denton ISD

Musician receives $1,000 scholarship

Jordan Meza was the recipient of the Carroll McMath Band Scholarship for outstanding achievement in the musical arts, academics and leadership.

Meza, a euphonium player and graduate of Guyer High School, plans to attend the University of North Texas to study music education. He previously earned a spot in the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Symphonic Band in 2018 and 2019.

Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science

Four students named Goldwater Scholars

Jonathan Lu, Rishi Shridharan, Ellen Qian and David Yue were named 2019 Goldwater Scholars.

Each was a student researcher working out of the University of North Texas’ Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science during the 2018-19 school year.

UNT leads Texas universities in the number of Goldwater Scholars since 1996.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 to serve as a living memorial to honor the lifetime work of U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Arizona, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years in the U.S. Senate.

— Compiled by Marshall Reid

MARSHALL REID can be reached at 940-566-6862 and via Twitter at @MarshallKReid.

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