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Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry hands a certificate of recognition on Tool Elementary School's national Blue Ribbon recognition from U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to Principal Christal Calhoun during a celebration ceremony Wednesday

Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry hands a certificate of recognition on Tool Elementary School’s national Blue Ribbon recognition from U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to Principal Christal Calhoun during a celebration ceremony Wednesday

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
TOOL–About 100 community members joined students and staff at Tool Elementary School Wednesday to celebrate its selection as a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. As such it is one of 279 public schools nationwide selected for the recognition.
“We’ve proven all schools can achieve high performance,” Principal Christal Calhoun said. That was said with confidence, since last year, the Malakoff school district, of which the Tool school is a part, produced its first Blue Ribbon award winner in Malakoff Elementary School, under the direction of Principal Ronny Snow.
The U.S. Department of Education program began in 1982, targeting best practices in high-achieving schools with 40 percent or more students identified as economically disadvantaged. Calhoun said 80 percent of the student body at Tool falls into that category.
Calhoun and three of her teaching staff recently returned from Washington D.C., where they were recognized and received a beautiful plaque, depicting the department’s official seal, a Texas live oak. The official tree and seal symbolize the Department of Education’s mission to promote student achievement and foster educational excellence.
“Getting recognition on a national level is very awesome,” Calhoun said. “I have the most amazing staff in the world.”
The National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The National Blue Ribbon Schools flag gracing a school’s building is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning. National Blue Ribbon Schools are an inspiration and a model for schools still striving for excellence. Now in its 34th year, the U. S. Department of Education has bestowed this coveted award on fewer than 8,500 schools.
About 221 students entered the cafeteria in an orderly manner, climbing the risers, wearing very striking blue T-shirts with the Department of Education Seal and the slogan “We Dream Big” on the front. After leading the room in the pledges to the flags, students performed songs to celebrate their big win, including “Happy” and “Celebrate.”
In a phone call the next day, Calhoun attributed the school’s success to inventorying each student’s weaknesses and strengths, designing an individual plan for each one and then following through on that plan. “We just build on to that all through the year,” she concluded.
During the celebration, the school received many words of congratulations from U.S. Representative Jeb Hensarling, State Representatives John Wray and Lance Gooden and from State Sen. Robert Nichols.
“I don’t have to look too far to see that Texas has a bright future,” Nichols said. Tool Elementary School serves as a model of Best Practices for schools across the state.”
Calhoun recognized all the support her students receive from mentors, volunteers, coaches and local businesses, identifying members of the school board, which “play a large role in our success;” Shirley Leone of Dairy Queen, VFW Post 4376, Dave Bullard, president of the Malakoff Education Foundation; daily morning greeter Fran Sonka, Stanley Brown and Jennifer Rudolf and First State Bank, which provided refreshments for students and visitors.

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Eustace senior basketball player Sydnee Wynn (seated center) signs a letter of intent to play baskeball at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Pictured are back row (left to right), Kelsey Wynn, sister, Monica Wynn, step-mother, Coach LLoyd Mahaffey, Coach Samantha Harris, Coach Tiffany Kiser, Carlton Justice, step-father, front row- seated (left to right), Rasheem Wynn, father and Michelle Justice, mother.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 18, 2016

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By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Mabank Lady Panthers used a balanced scoring attack and stellar defense to beat Kilgore 53-31 on Nov. 15 at Mabank High School gymnasium.
The Lady Panthers improve to 1-1 on the young season.
Kilgore ran out to a quick 6-0 lead to begin the game, as the Lady Panthers didn’t score a point until senior guard Savannah Chapman nailed a three-pointer with 4:42 left in the opening quarter. Senior post Kylie Neighbors hit two shots and added a free throw for the final five points of the quarter for the Lady Panthers, who trailed 11-8 at the end of the opening frame.
In the second quarter, the Lady Panthers turned up the defensive intensity, hounding Kilgore into multiple turnovers and missed shots. The Lady Panther defense gave up only three points in the second quarter, and the offense started hitting shots.
With Kilgore up 14-8 early in the second quarter, senior guard Jill Odom and Chapman hit back-to-back three pointers to tie the game at 14-14 with 3:09 left in the half.
The Lady Panthers took the lead for the first time in the game on a free throw by Odom, giving them a 15-14 lead with 2:40 left in the half.
Senior guard Carson Marsh then drove to the basket for a lay-up and a three-point Lady Panther lead.
A free throw by Chapman and a lay-up by sophomore guard Brianna Martin put the Lady Panthers up 23-14 with just 38 seconds left before halftime. Neighbors gave the Lady Panthers a double-digit lead with a bucket with just seconds left in the half. Mabank led 25-14 at the half, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 17-3 in the second quarter.
Early in the third quarter, Odom drove down the middle of the lane to score the first points of the quarter, prompting a quick timeout from Kilgore with just seconds gone. A short jumper in the lane by senior post Leigh Cunningham widened the margin to 15 points.
A free throw by junior guard Izzy Hardy, a three-pointer by Chapman and two free throws by Martin put the Lady Panthers up 35-20 at the end of the third quarter. Mabank’s defense did not let up in the quarter, as the Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Bulldogs 10-6 in the third.
Junior guard Kathryne German got in on the scoring in the fourth quarter, scoring all six of her points in the period. The Lady Panthers continued playing good defense and shooting well, extending the lead to 22 points, and eventually winning by that margin, 53-31.
The Lady Panthers were led in scoring by Savannah Chapman, who scored 12 points in the game, including three three-pointers. Marsh, Martin and Neighbors each had eight points. German and Odom each added six points in the game, with Odom also hitting a three. Cunningham finished the night with four points and Hardy added one point.
The Lady Panthers will be back in action on Monday, Nov. 21 when they go on the road to face Mexia. The game will begin at 6:30 p.m.