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Top Row: John Herrmann, Nick Burns, Blake McNeal, Zak Moore
2nd Row: Brandon Gillen, Brianna Massey, Dee Newsom, Erin Hurst
3rd Row: Jayme Caudill, Makala Methvin, Brooklyn Nance, Kiefer Boyer
Bottom Row: Michaela Clark, Amelia Preston, Ethan Peters, Mauricio Ibarra
Not Pictured: Randa Som, Kinsey Hutto
State Qualifiers to the Academic UIL Meet to be held in Austin on the campus of UT on May 21 and 22.
Number Sense Team – John Herrmann, Brandon Gillen, Brianna Massey, and Nick Burns.
The Number Sense team won the regional title and Brianna Massey is the individual regional champion.
Social Studies Team – Randa Som, Blake McNeal, Kiefer Boyer, and Brandon Gillen.
The Social Studies team won the regional title and Blake McNeal is the individual regional champion.
John Herrmann, Nick Burns, Blake McNeal, Brandon Gillen, Brianna Massey, Kiefer Boyer
State Qualifiers Picture (left to right): top row-John Herrmann, Nick Burns, Blake McNeal
Bottom row- Brandon Gillen, Brianna Massey, and Kiefer Boyer
Chisum High School Senior, Randa Som, has been chosen to receive the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship. He is one of 1,000 students across the nation to receive this scholarship. The Gates Millennium Scholarship was founded by Bill Gates, Sr. and his wife, Melinda Gates. As a Gates Millennium Scholar, Randa will receive a full scholarship to attend any U. S. college or university of his choice. This scholarship is renewable throughout his undergraduate studies, and he may be eligible for fellowship funding through master’s and doctoral levels as well.
“I am very honored to receive such a coveted scholarship. First, I would like to personally thank Mr. Bill Gates and Mrs. Melinda Gates for the endless opportunities this scholarship will open for me. I would also like to personally acknowledge the following teachers and my counselor for their generosity in nominating and recommending me for the scholarship and colleges: Mrs. Sherri Gribble, Mrs. Pamela Stotts, Mr. James VanDeaver, Mrs. Kim Smith, Mr. Jack Brown, and Mrs. Amy Johnson, Counselor. I highly respect their golden standard in teaching, in which they have prepared me to become a scholar in a competitive, global society. With their help, I am proud to have gained acceptance to many of the nation’s most recognized universities, including some Ivy League colleges.”
Sherri Gribble had this to say about Randa, “I was so excited and proud to hear that Randa had won this muc- coveted scholarship! Randa is a dedicated student who gives 100% in all he does. Along with maintaining top grades, he spends time volunteering at the hospital and takes on many leadership roles including Vice President of the Beta Club that I work with. I know that Randa will accomplish whatever he sets his mind to.”
The GMS program also provides other resources to its scholars including the GMS Freshmen Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C, Academic Empowerment services (ACE) to support academic success, graduate school planning, and a mentoring program.
Randa has been accepted to many prestigious colleges and universities across the nation. His top choice schools include the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), Boston College, Brown University, Cornell University, Rice University, Emory University, Duke University, University of California, Los Angeles, Texas A&M University Honors-College Station, and the University of Texas-Austin. In college, Randa plans to pursue a major in biology and participate in undergraduate research, specifically in biochemistry and molecular biology. After undergraduate matriculation Randa plans to further his studies in medical school, and ultimately specialize to become a cardiologist.
Pictured (from left to right) are seniors, Whitney Myers, Bo Nichols, Alex Miller, Kerry Washington, Shelbi Rose, Chance Neal and Lexi Matthews with a few of the items to be auctioned off during the Chisum Education Foundation Banquet on Saturday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m. in the high school gym.
Tickets are $20.00 each (children under age five are free) and include a catered meal from Crawford Hole in the Wall, live music, alumni recognition from the classes of 53,63,73, 83 ,93, 03 of Delmar, West Lamar and Chisum.
During the banquet, Alumni from Delmar, West Lamar, and Chisum who graduated in 1953, 1963, 1973, 1983, 1993, and 2003 will be recognized and honored with a dinner.
Registration and meal tickets will also be available on April 20th. Additional family members are welcome and encouraged to attend, but you will need to pay the full ticket price of $20.00. Children 5 years old and younger are free.
The Chisum education banquet usually lasts two hours and consists of:
As indicated in the CHIPS brochure, the Chisum education foundation directly benefits graduates who continue their education beyond high school. Chisum ISD wishes to thank you in advance for your support and look forward to honoring you and your classmates during the banquet.
Chisum ISD has announced the recipients of this year’s Teacher of the Year Award. The recipients are Elementary Teacher of the Year, Sandy Deupree (left), and Secondary Teacher of the Year, Julie Swaim.
Both are natural choices for the award spending many dedicated years to teaching children — over thirty between the two of them (Over 10 years for Swaim and around 20 for Deupree).
Secondary Teacher of the Year, Julie Swaim, who teaches English I at Chisum High School, has the personal philosophy for teaching that, ‘…you must make a connection with the students’, she stated in her Nomination Form for Teacher of the Year to the Texas Rural Education Association.
“I wholeheartedly believe that if I stand at my door and greet each student as they enter my classroom with a smile and a positive comment, they will feel good about themselves and my class,” she went on to say in her application.
Learning and knowing the personalities of each and every student that goes through her door, while teaching them, is her goal as an educator.
Since winning Chisum ISD’s Secondary Teacher of the Year — likewise for Sandy Deupree with the Teacher of the Year award win — both of the ladies will be added to the nomination list for both Texas Rural Education Association’s Teacher of the Year and the Texas Teachers of the Year awards. The winners of these two prestigious awards will be announced by May 1st.
When asking for Sandy Deupree’s philosophy of teaching children she says, ‘If student’s cannot learn the way we teach, then we must teach the way they learn.’
“Rural schools have many benefits. Our school is like a family,” stated Deupree, who was a Chisum Elementary teacher for 15 years before becoming a licensed Dyslexia Therapist, now practicing that for the last 3 years at Chisum ISD. ”Not only do we know our students, we know the students in the other classrooms and all the teachers work together to provide the best education possible.
“I’ve always heard it takes a village to raise a child,” she continued in her application to TREA, “This is what rural education is all about.”
Both teachers are loved by their students and the Chisum ISD staff.
“Teachers of the Year are nominated and voted on each year by their peers,” stated Principal Tommy Chalaire.