Posted by : February 19, 2015| On :
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Top students from Mabank High School, who qualify for acceptance to Yale and Harvard universities, were given the opportunity to visit those prestigeous schools while competing in a national debate meet held at Harvard University.
They were housed with 485 competitors from all over the country. Mabank Scholar Institute students and debate team members ranked in the top third during the contest.
For many of the Mabank students this was not only their first experience with really deep, cold snowy weather, five of them had never been up in an airplane before.
Sponsor Jason Caldwell said the trip really opened eyes and hearts to the possibility of attending ivy-league schools and helped students glimpse their true potential.
The nine students were able to raise half the cost, while the debate teams’ October Speech and Debate Invitational meet raised the other half.
A trip to the New Haven Museum’s “Monuments Men” exhibit, styled after the 2014 Summer movie of the same name, was also an educational highlight of the trip; but perhaps nothing matches the Sunday blizzard in Boston.
Posted by : February 19, 2015| On :
24 students advance to state competition
Special to The Monitor
KEMP–Fifty band students from Kemp High School (one from the junior high school) competed in the UIL regional solo and ensemble competition at Mesquite High School Feb. 7. Of that number, nearly half advanced to the state level of competition.
“We are very proud of all those who participated and are very excited that 24 of these young musicians are advancing to the State Level of competition in May,” band director Marc Christy said.
“Congratulations to all of our students for their hard work and success.”
The contest is divided into three classes, with Class 3 being the easiest and Class 1 the most challenging selections to perform. Students are rated on their performance with Divisions 1-5, with Division 1 being the highest or best possible rating.
Here is a list of those who advanced to state with Division 1 ratings:
Class 3, Division 1 recipients:
Flute: freshmen Jaylin Contreras, Savannah Henderson and Veronica Herrera,
Clarinet: freshmen Ariana McDonald and Harlie Tarno,
Trumpet: freshman Kassie Mast,
Class 2, Division 1 recipients:
Flute: freshman Kaden McSpedden,
Clarinet: sophomore Allison Kent,
Alto Sax: freshman Justin Tyler, sophomore Karen Quezada,
Class 1, Division 1 recipients:
Clarinet: senior Ryder Busby,
Trumpet: freshman Donna Hyde,
French Horn: senior Cameron Polk,
Tuba: senior Emily Kelley,
Percussion: sophomore Amanda Sparks,
Busby and Polk performed completely from memory.
Class 1 Division 1 recipients:
Flute Trio: sophomore Alyssa Fisher, junior Jenafer Matich and freshman Kaden McSpedden.
Clarinet Quintet: seniors Ryder Busby and Austin Dennie, freshmen Kasey Cockrell, Camron Elliott (alto clarinet) and Alex Glass (bass clarinet).
Brass Ensemble: sophomore Rebeca Galvez and freshman Donna Hyde (trumpet), senior Cameron Polk-(Eb horn), sophomore Wyatt Bynum, junior Justin Glass and senior Sly Blankenship (trombone), freshman Jordon Rabon (French horn), and Emily Kelley (tuba).
Percussion Ensemble: seniors Dilan Tanner and Mason Hyde, juniors Beau Dancer and Kyle Keathley, sophomores Amanda Sparks and Rhonda Harper, freshman Malia Cantrell and eighth grader Maria Mireles.
“Congrats again, to all for representing Kemp Schools extremely well!”
Posted by : February 5, 2015| On :
Second graders named as January Students of the Month are (from left) Kaylee Fullington, Leslie Lujan, Justin McCool, Caelyn McDonald and Emmanuel Pate.
More photos can be found in the Thursday, February 5, 2015 issue of The Monitor.