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In the Spotlight June

May 27, 2014 01:46PM ● Published by 16560

June 2014

Carroll Odyssey of the Mind Teams Advance to Finals

More than a handful of Carroll ISD Odyssey of the Mind teams advanced to the World Finals at Iowa State University. The tournament was held in Houston with more than 140 teams competing, including 13 teams from Carroll ISD. All 13 teams proudly represented CISD in four Problems in all three age divisions. Of the six teams at the World Finals, two are state champions in their Problem/Division, and one received the Renatra Fusca Award, which is the highest award in the program and given for exceptional creativity. Durham Intermediate School took home first place in Classics Problem.

Durham Intermediate School Impacts Families Around the Globe

The fifth grade Social Studies team at Durham Intermediate School is assisting global families with their involvement with Kiva, which allows people to make small loans to individuals or groups. DIS received a grant allowing it to make 45 loans, totaling $1,125 in 20 different countries. This project continues to raise social and global awareness for DIS students by expanding the classroom discussion on geography, world culture, current events and economics. The goal is to introduce students to real world money management and give them a greater understanding of various cultures.

CSHS History Teacher Earns State Award

Both the Daughters of Colonial Wars State of Texas and the Daughters of the American Revolution Southlake Chapter named John Irish U.S. History Teacher of the Year. To recognize Irish’s achievements, Carroll ISD Superintendent Dr. David Faltys presented him with a special certificate on behalf of the district. Each year, the Texas State Society Daughters of Colonial Wars selects one elementary, secondary, intermediate, high school and college educator to be named outstanding American History teacher. The award recognizes teachers who encourage patriotism and interest in American heritage to honor the study of American history.

Carroll Lady Dragon Golfers Head to State

The Carroll Lady Dragon golfers added another team bound for Austin and the Class 5A state tournament. Carroll finished second overall at the Region I meet on Thursday and qualified for the state meet. The team shot 303 and 313 for a 616 total. Leah Meza and Adriana Morillo led the Lady Dragons’ team. Both showed a two-day total of 150. Ellie Youree shot 157, Allison Alonzo finished at 159, and Lexi Smith shot 185.

GCISD Searches for New Instructional Leader

GCISD high school principal and district administrator Jerry Hollingsworth is leaving the school district after nine years to pursue a career as the new associate superintendent of educational operations in Burleson ISD. He will finish out the school year in GCISD. Hollingsworth joined GCISD in August 2005 as principal at Grapevine High School. In September 2011, he received the opportunity to expand his role in the district by serving as executive director of instructional leadership. In this role, he oversees and supports instructional programs at the middle and high schools. District leaders will immediately begin the process of finding the best candidate to continue the work of this important role in GCISD.

GCISD Names Head Football Coach

The GCISD Board of Trustees named Randy A. Jackson as the head football coach of Grapevine High School. Jackson comes to the district with 24 years of education experience; he served 14 of those years as Plano East High School’s head football coach. Prior to his role at Plano East, Jackson served as head football coach at Mesquite Poteet High School for three years and head football coach at Lone Oak High School for six years. In Jackson's 14 years as a head football coach, he has seen 119 wins against 51 losses. In 2010, Jackson earned five Coach of the Year awards from various organizations: Texas Sportswriters, Dallas Morning News, National Football Federation, The Old Coach website and District 15AAAA. 

74 Keller ISD Athletes Compete in Special Olympics Track Meet

Keller ISD athletes competed at the Special Olympics track meet at the University of Arlington, earning a total of 165 medals and ribbons, including 40 gold, 39 silver and 37 bronze. Ten student-athletes from Keller High School took home awards in events such as shot put, softball throw and girls relay. 

David Park Named 2014 Inductee to Keller Athletics Hall of Fame

Keller ISD Athletics Department named former Keller High School cross-country and track coach David Park as the 2014 inductee of its Athletics Hall of Fame. For 21 years, Park coached in Keller ISD and was the head coach of the cross-country and track and field programs for 14 years. With his induction, Park becomes the 10th Keller ISD coach to be welcomed into the Athletics Hall of Fame, joining the likes of A.K. Thetford, Bill Kidd and John Price. In the first 30 years of his coaching career, Park’s teams have amassed 32 district championships between cross-country and track and field, 14 of which came while he was at Keller High School. He has also seen 33 of his cross-country teams qualify for regionals and 15 of those qualify for state. 

Carroll Senior Becomes U.S Presidential Scholar Semifinalist

Carroll Senior High School student Djorn Patel was named a semifinalist in the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Patel is the son of Paresh and Trusa Patel. Patel was one of 565 students selected from more than 4,000 candidates on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character and involvement in community and school activities. He is Carroll ISD’s first-ever U.S. Presidential Scholar semifinalist. Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C. this month to receive the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in various activities and events held in their honor.

Carroll Choir Receives Perfect UIL Scores

All four Carroll Senior High School choirs that competed at UIL this year received perfect concert scores. Three of those choirs received Sweepstakes Awards, receiving superior ratings in Concert and Sight-reading. According to Carroll ISD Choir Director Marla Ringel and Associate Director Bradley Kerley, not only did the students perform beautifully, but they also represented Carroll Senior High very well with their behavior and professional demeanor.

GCISD Students Take Home Top Honors

More than 20 GCISD students won top honors at the Texas Future Problem Solving State Competition. Five of these students will be representing Texas at the International Future Problem Solving Competition June 12-15, held this year at Iowa State University. Winning first place and advancing to the International Competition in Global Issues Problem Solving is the team of Kayla Mock, Sierra Scott, Abby Tisdale and Andrew Wroble from Grapevine High School. These students are coached by Karen Moxley and competed in the senior division of Global Issues, grades 10-12. All four team members are seniors at GHS and have been competing in Future Problem Solving since they were in sixth grade. They attended the International FPS Competition as sixth grade students and will go again as high school seniors.

Colleyville Mom Becomes Texas Young Mother of the Year

Jessica Merrifield received the annual title of Texas Young Mother of the Year from the Texas chapter of American Mothers Inc. Her recommendation puts her up for a possible spot of national recognition. Merrifield spends her time with the children who always remind her that she’s doing a great job as a parent. Merrifield’s friend Jennifer Larson recommended that she apply for the recognition.

Southlake Appoints Community Engagement Committee

Southlake City Council approved the appointment of seven residents to the community engagement committee, which advises the council on issues involving the community and outreach programs. The following Southlake residents were chosen for the committee: Sherry Berman, Craig Rothmeier, Randy Robbins, Ben Siebach, David Alexander, Bobbie Heller and Monique Schill. The council discussed the applicants and what each one might bring to the table, including their contributions to the city and what boards the individuals already serve on.     
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