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Community Spotlight - March

Mar 12, 2014 09:20AM ● By Dia

Spring Volleyball Gears Up for March

The Southlake Parks and Recreation Youth Volleyball program offers two different girls volleyball leagues — Division I and Division II — and three age divisions, including 8, 10 and 12 years old. Division I is for players with more advanced skills who want to sharper their skills in preparation for school tryouts in the fall. Division II is a recreational league that introduces the sport to new players.

Carroll UIL Ranks High at Invitational

The Carroll Academic Team placed third in overall standings following the Flower Mound High School UIL A Invitational Meet. Southlake ranks third out of 25 schools that competed. The team is now gearing up for its next match at Denton Ryan High School UIL B Invitational Meet.

Carroll Senior Sings into All-State Choir

Carroll senior Colton Hess was selected to represent Carroll Choirs in the 2014 All-State Mixed Choir at the Texas Music Educators Association convention. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. More than 1,500 students are chosen among more than 55,000 students from around the state, competing for this honor to perform in one of 13 ensembles.

Westlake Students Attend International Leadership Symposium

Six Westlake Academy students are on a mission to share the importance of water conservation. At the beginning of the New Year, the students and two Westlake leaders returned from Muscat, Oman after attending the International Leadership Symposium at American-British Academy. Going forward, the students will now educate others about efforts that will make a difference in their community. As a result, the Westlake Academy students are now on a mission to share the importance of water conservation by educating others about efforts that will make a difference in their community. Westlake Academy student Gabi Swistara explains that attending the symposium allowed her gain awareness about the need to conserve water. Additionally, she learned the important roles water plays in everyday life, besides showering and drinking purposes. The six Westlake Academy students are currently in the process of starting a club that is focuses on water conservation, cultural awareness and human rights. 

Dragon Soccer Coach Receives National Honor

 The National Federation of State High School Coaches Association named Carroll Dragon coach Greg Oglesby the National Boys Soccer Coach of the Year. Oglesby is one of 21 coaches across the country honored in boys and girls sports. The award recognizes the 2012-2013 school year. Last season, the Dragons went 21-4-4 and finished as Class 5A Region I semifinalists. 

Pantera Director Earns Director of the Year Award

Colleyville Heritage High School’s Pantera director Kelli Woodruff was named the Texas Dance Educators Association (TDEA) Director of the Year. Woodruff was nominated by a TDEA member and was named as one of three semifinalists. To receive the honor, the candidate must receive the majority votes from the more than 500 members of TDEA who attend the annual convention.

GCISD Students Named All-State Musicians

The Grapevine Colleyville Independent School District Fine Arts department announced six All-State Musicians for 2013-2014. These students were selected at the final audition from more than 15,000 across Texas. All-State students will perform a grand concert with their organization at the annual Texas Music Educators convention. 

BNHS Earns Finalist Spot for Scholarship

Madison Edwards is one of the Davey O’Brien Foundation finalists for its 2013 Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship Award. The scholarship is presented each year to an exceptional senior student-athlete in the North Texas area. The recipient of the award will receive a $30,000 scholarship. The foundation will also award a $2,500 scholarship to each of the four remaining finalists.

NISD Award ASBO Meritorious Budget Award

The Northwest Independent School District received the Association of School Business Officials International Meritorious Budget Award for the 13th consecutive year. The district received the award for its 2013-2014 annual budget that was submitted for rigorous review, which focuses on the district’s skills in development, analyzing and presenting of the budget.

Robotics Team Eyes Regional Championship

The Carroll Dragon Robotics team qualified for the Regional Championship tournament following a successful finish in the FTC Regional Qualifiers in Mansfield. Carroll had two of the 20 robots entered in the event. Additionally Carroll also earned the Connect Award, which is given to teams that are most connected with their local community and engineering community. Additionally, the Robotics team earned the Inspire Award, which focuses on the team that embodies the challenge of the FTC program.

 Colleyville Discusses New Water and Sewage Plan

Colleyville City Council members agreed to consider updating the city’s water master plan by developing a new sewage master plan. The original water master plan dates back to 1998 and received an update in 2002. A recently adopted Capital Improvement Plan allots $1 million annually for water and sewer infrastructure renewal, which will be used to create a new master plan.

CHHS Junior Earns Perfect ACT Score

Colleyville Heritage High School junior John Moynihan received the highest possible score on his ACT. Less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all test takers earns the top score of 36. A stellar score will help Moynihan to begin his search for the best college. He hopes to study either chemical or aerospace engineering.

2014 Carroll ISD Board Election Filing is Underway

The Carroll Independent School District General Trustee Election is slated for May 10; however, election filings are in process. Candidates are required to file an application for a place on the ballot. The school board consists of seven trustees elected at-large to serve three-year terms. Members are elected by position with terms staggering a three-year term. The last day to register to vote in the general election will be April 10.

Carroll Diving and Swimming Teams Earn District Championship

The Carroll Independent School District swimming and diving teams held on to their top spot rank, earning 4-5A District championship. The teams will now advance to the region championship. Last year, the Dragons and coach Kevin Murphy continued its state role in swimming and diving, setting meet point records.

Brett Lepicier Receives Stalcup Award

Carroll Dragon senior Brett Lepicier earned the 2012-2013 Stalcup Award. This award is in memory of Dragon football coach Charlie Stalcup, who earned a reputation of dedication, perseverance and determination. As a result, Brett also represents these quality characteristics. The Kiwanis Club of Southlake awarded the cup and a $1,500 scholarship to Brett.

Archer Family Leads GRACE Gala Campaign

Stacy and Chris Archer will lead the 2014 GRACE Gala. The Archer’s, through their company, Associated Time & Parking Controls, have a history of sponsoring the Gala for several years. Last year, Stacy and Chris chaired the Table Sales Committee, attributing to the highest attendees GRACE Gala has witnessed. Stacy is president of the Dawson Middle School Parent-Teacher Organization. Additionally, Chris was elected to the Carroll ISD School Board in 2012. Additionally, Stacy chairs the annual Fashion Show for the National Charity League in Southlake. Meanwhile, Chris serves as a member of the Southlake Executive Form and sits on the School Health Advisory Council. Together, the dynamic duo are sponsors and volunteers for groups such as the Young Men's Service League, Southlake's Art in the Square, the Carroll Education Foundation and Promises for Tomorrow. 

13 Student Athletes Participate in National Signing Day

More than a dozen Carroll Dragon athletes signed scholarships in football, cross country and soccer at Carroll Senior High School. The signees include cross country and track stars Connor Henderickson, Jacob Pickle and Samantha Young who will all attend the University of Texas. Carroll Dragon seniors Adaryan Jones and JB Copeland are committed to New Mexico State and will continue to be football powerhouses for the Aggies. Similarly, Dragon captain senior Evan Brown signed with Southern Methodist University. Future Husker Drew Brown is following in his big brother Kris Brown's footsteps. Son of former Dallas Cowboy A.J. Tolbert will carry on the family tradition at Abilene Christian University. Steven Bergmark accepted a scholarship from Tarleton State where he will continue to be a powerhouse for the Texas Rider defensive line. Other student athletes include soccer stars Walker Beasley, Alya Shams and Emma Scheffler. 

Grapevine High School Football Coach Heads to Denton

Football coach and boys athletic director at Grapevine High School Dan Henigan accepted a coaching job at Ryan High School in Denton Independent School District. GHS Assistant Head Coach Kyle Burch will take over as head coach in an interim role and spring activities will continue. District and campus leaders are in the process of finding the best candidate to take over Henigan’s position. GHS principal Shannon Tovar said Henigan’s influence extended far beyond athletics and his legacy will continue under the leadership of Burch and the experience of the football coaching team.

Dragon Senior Wrester Takes Home State Title

Carroll Dragon senior wrestler Michael Basler entered the UIL state-wrestling tournament ranked No. 3, but put out his best effort in the state when it counted most. Michael won the state championship by pinning Arlington Bowie’s Abbas Moundshed at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland. He finished third at the regional tournament and set his sights on taking home the state title. Michael ended his high school career with two state tournament appearances.

Westlake Academy Appoints Executive Principal/Director of Education

Westlake Academy recently appointed Executive Principal/Director of Education Mechelle Bryson. Bryson will serve as the senior on-campus educational leader at Westlake Academy. She will have direct oversight of the G11-12 Diploma Programme. She believes the development of individuals and teams is critical for the overall success of any school. Bryson has experience with various educational initiatives that she gained at her time with Coppell Independent School District.