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Paris High School student brings home pentathlon gold

Paris High School junior, Timothy Nelson, competed May 24-27 at the 2012 Special Olympics Summer Games at the University of Texas at Arlington and is now the top male pentathlete for the state of Texas in Track and Field.

In the pentathlon, athletes receive points based on their times or marks and the highest total wins. Nelson competed in the 400 meter dash, 100 meter dash, running long jump, high jump and shot-put.  He excelled in all five events, ultimately winning first place with a gold medal-winning total of 2,735 points.

Nelson is coached by LaTonya McCarty and Elizabeth Cole.

The Games featured over 3,400 athletes from around the state.

Bailey WordMasters Competitors Among Top 2% in Nation

Bailey G.T. teacher, Drethia Parsons, recognizes her fifth grade students, Abbie Fischer, Kylie Jackson, and Will Rast for being among the top in the nation on the WordMasters Challenge.

Abbie Fischer and Will Rast, Bailey Intermediate 5thgraders, have been ranked among the top 2% of the National WordMasters Challenge for the Blue Division Challenge where almost 40,000 fifth graders competed.  Trailing closely in the top 10% and receiving honorable mention is Kylie Jackson.

The WordMasters Challenge is a national competition for students in grades 3-8 that encourages growth in vocabulary and verbal reasoning. Each year, nearly 250,000 students from some of the best public and private schools throughout the United States participate in the WordMasters Challenge.

Unlike other language arts competitions for this age group – which focus on grammar, punctuation, spelling and other language mechanics – the WordMasters Challenge helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically. The contest addresses higher-level word comprehension and verbal reasoning in two ways:

  • It challenges students to complete analogies based on relationships among words they have learned.
  • It bases the analogies on special vocabulary lists, developed for each grade and difficulty level by experienced teachers, which participants are encouraged to study before each meet.

Excellence in the competition requires both a mastery of the meanings of the vocabulary words (of a difficulty appropriate to each grade level) and thoughtful reasoning about the relationships between these words and more familiar language used in the competition’s analogies.

“G.T. students at Bailey have been participating in the WordMasters Challenge for many years,” said Bailey Gifted and Talented teacher Drethia Parson’s.  “I believe this gives students a leg-up on college entrance exams where the vocabulary test is analogy based.”  Bailey students participated individually and as a team.

“Bailey teams are always well above the median average,” said Parsons.

Others recognized for their participation in the WordMasters Challenge are Madelyn Clark, Desiree Fendley, Laura Carl, Jayden Franklin, Logan Liles, Madison Herron, and Peyton Wheeler.

Crockett 6th Grade Choir Rated “Superior”

Crockett 6th Grade Choir recently participated in the 36th annual Funfest at Sandy Lake Park in Carrollton, TX.  The choir was awarded the top rating of a “One” or “Superior”.

Students who participated are Front row:  Ann Barrios, Heather Kuykendall, Pourtia Deal, T.J. Spence, Tristan Sneed and Hannah Marshall.  2nd row: Roniesha Davis, Atajeni Barry, Jerimiah Taylor, Kameyel Franklin, Montashanier Wallace, Cedrice Williams, Kirstin Crites & Alexandra Folmar.  3rd row:  Montana Bennett, Dakota Donelen, Michaela Copeland, Jake Freelen, Felix Vasquez, Brooklyn Culpepper, Ashton Torres & Jessica Vaughn.  Back row:  Jalisa Boedigheimer, Mason Nye, Cole Miller, Zanesha Dangerfield, Heavenly Cutler & Sydney Yuknavage.

Not pictured are Mystory Smith, Natalie Little, Rachel Martin & Molly Law

Obituaries Wednesday June 6, 2012

William Henry Sullivan, 56, of Paris, died May 29, 2012 at his residence. At his wishes, Starrett Funeral Home provided cremation arrangements. No formal services will be held.


J. L. Wideman, 83, of Sumner, passed away Monday, June 04, 2012, at Brentwood Terrace.

Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled services for 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 7th, at East Paris Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Fortenberry & Dr. Donnie Edwards officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Little Vine Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Wideman, the son of Rev. J. L. “Bill” Wideman & Lois Wartes Wideman, was born April 26, 1929, in Cone, Texas.

He served in the U. S. Navy with a career that spanned twenty-two years. He served during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He was stationed at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and with CINCPACFLT in Hawaii and later with the Blue Eagle Squadron in Hawaii. Following his retirement from the military he raised cattle and did commercial hay baling and was known as “Haymaker” and was also involved in commercial trucking. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and East Paris Baptist Church where he was a deacon.

His parents preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Camille Cook Wideman, whom he married on Aug. 30, 1953, three children, Gary Wideman of Sumner, Scotty Wideman & wife Justine of Sumner and Janie Sharrock & husband Richard of Novice, grandchildren, Justin & Stephanie Wideman, Curtis Wideman, Connor Wideman, Kristin & Craig Fendley, Jordan & Hailey Sharrock, Meagan & Stoney Musgrove, Jessi Wideman, Ryan & Kourtniee Johnson, Shawna Johnson & Jack Brown and Ryley Johnson, great grandchildren, Parker Wideman, Keegan, Case & Cole Fendley, Addison Sharrock, Mayzie & Andrie Musgrove and Ryder Johnson along with a plethora of friends.

Casket bearers will be: J. T. Stephens, Jimmy Lassiter, Mark Arnold, Mark Buster, Monte Meier, Marion Parker, Michael Julian & Paul Stuart. Honorary bearers will be: Donnie Crutchfield, Paul Bryan, Vester Crutchfield, the 7:30 Golf Buddies and the Men’s Adult II Sunday School Class at East Paris Baptist Church.

To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com.

Get Connected with Zone 32

North Lamar High School is planning a four day event for all high school students to get connected with Zone 32.  The free event, which is not limited to North Lamar students, will be June 11-14 (Monday – Thursday) from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at North Lamar High School.

“Zone 32 is about the hope that our young people can find the tools necessary to be successful in life,” said NLHS Principal Paul Allen.  Facilitated by professionals, Zone 32 provides a safe place for students to support and share among each other.

On the agenda, Allen said, “Each of the four days will focus on a topic lead by professionals.  There will be guest speakers, games that pertain to the daily subject, group sessions, food and prizes.”

Going on he said, “Day one will center on High School Survival Skills that will include Coping with Drama, Organization/Study Habits, Seeing the Big Picture, and Choices.  The following days will be on Family, Bullying, and Substance Use and Abuse.”

Among the professionals that will speak and assist in the four days will be Ronikaye Rusak, Ashley Womack, Luke Finch, Scott Finch, Mike Bishop, Lee Gill, Kathy Floyd and North Lamar High School instructors.  Other special speakers will be North Lamar parent, Robbie Wilson, and students, Mason McGill and Emily Springer.

Each day prizes totaling $200 will be given away from a drawing of those present.  Prizes will include gift cards from area businesses, gas cards, and an iPad on the last day.  The first 100 students to sign up and attend will receive a free Zone 32 T-shirt.

“Lunch will be provided to parents and participants on the last day,” said Allen.  “We will also make available all the counseling resources that Lamar County has to offer on this day.”

Zone 32 Summer Event Sponsors are Guaranty Bond Bank, Kenneth, Patti & Cameron Haley, First Federal Community Bank, R&R Plumbing, Deano’s Barbeque #9, Insight Counseling and Psychological Assessment, Screen Graphics, Lamar National Bank, Ballard Insurance Agency, Dylan’s Drivers, Counseling Professionals of Northeast Texas, Forrest Signs & Graphics, Lark Heat Treating and Verison.

Students may register online at www.northlamar.net and clicking on 2012 NLISD Summer Camps.  For more information, please call North Lamar High School at 903.737.2011.