Denton ISD

Guyer senior nabs $20K Coca-Cola scholarship

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation recently awarded Guyer High School senior Saylor Snowden a $20,000 college scholarship and membership in the 30th class of Coca-Cola Scholars.

Snowden went through a three-round application process and an interview with Coca-Cola executives to win the scholarship.

The Lantana resident was chosen out of 14,000 applicants because of her superior leadership, selfless service and outstanding academics.

In addition to the scholarship prize, Snowden will visit the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta next month and attend the company's Leadership Development Institute.

Since the Coca-Cola Scholars began in 1986, the foundation has given $65.5 million in scholarships to more than 6,000 students.

New district director of support services hired

The Denton ISD school board hired current Decatur High School principal Jeff Russell to be the district's director of student and campus support services.

He will take over for Darrell Muncy, who will retire after 31 years in education.

"While I've enjoyed my time in Decatur, the opportunity to move to Denton and help mentor other school leaders was an opportunity too great for me to pass up," Russell said in a press release.

Russell served as the Decatur High principal for four years and will begin his role in Denton ISD on Monday after students return from spring break.

Prior to his time at Decatur, Russell served as a middle school principal in Birdville ISD for 11 years.

He also spent time in the classroom as a special education teacher at Birdville and Lewisville ISDs

After serving 10 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Russell received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master's degree from Texas Woman's University.

In addition, Russell is expected to complete his doctorate at Dallas Baptist University this May.

Denton Calvary Academy

Elementary students head to city science fair

Six Denton Calvary Academy students will get the chance to show off their science projects at the citywide fair next month after winning awards at the school's science fair last week.

Families of the fourth- and fifth-grade students were able to view each entry as the winners were announced during a ceremony on March 7.

The following students will represent Denton Calvary at the city science fair on April 7 at Texas Woman's University:

Fourth grade - Callie Decker, first place, "Diet & Egg Yolk Color"; Malachi Glaspell, second place, "How Many Shuffles"; Sophia Cruz-Whitworth, third place, "Melon Trauma"; and Sierra McCarty, honorable mention, "Does a Person's Perception of Time Change As They Get Older."

Fifth grade - Joshua Jones, first place, "Which Fruit or Vegetable Is the Best Battery?"; Jayce Hawkins, second place, "Which Shape Scatters the Most Light"; Jordan Lassiter, third place, "Got Antibodies?"; and Sophia Valderrey, honorable mention, "What Affects Memory?"

Liberty Christian School

Headmaster takes on role as school president

The Liberty Christian School board of directors recently announced that Headmaster Blair McCullough would become the second president in the school's history.

"Liberty has a rich history of Christ-centered education, and we plan on leveraging that foundation with more opportunities for continued academic excellence and spiritual growth for our students," McCullough said in a press release.

McCullough joined the Liberty Christian staff in 2014 as the Upper School vice principal and later moved to the role of headmaster and vice president of academics.

Before coming to Liberty, he held various jobs as a recruitment coordinator, special education teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal at the high school and college level.

He also lived in South Korea for seven years and started a special education program at one of the country's international schools.

He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Lee University in Tennessee, a master's degree in special education from Regent University in Virginia, an education specialist degree from Liberty University in Virginia and a doctorate in Christian education from Andersonville Theological Seminary in Georgia.

- Compiled by staff writer Caitlyn Jones

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