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The North Lamar Academic Team recently received the second place 3A UIL State Academic trophy for scoring 81 points at the state tournament. Seventy-four 3A Academic Teams from across Texas competed at the state meet on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin on May 20 and 21. Only Argyle scored more points than North Lamar.
“This is the highest ranking the North Lamar Academic Team has ever recorded, capping a very successful year that saw two state academic champions, four second place finishes, one third place finish, one fourth place finish, and one fifth place finish at state,” said UIL Coach Dennis Hodgkiss. “Considering the thousands of students who compete in the 23 UIL Academic events each year; this puts the North Lamar competitors in very select company.”
In addition, the year ended with North Lamar’s UIL Coach Kristi Hodgkiss being named as the National Speech and Debate Coach of the Year. She was earlier presented a plaque for her national recognition by UIL’s State Director Riggins.
North Lamar academic coaches for the 2013-2014 year include: Jan Bell, Computer Applications and Spelling; Teresa Bussell, Science; Cody Head, One Act Play; Dennis Hodgkiss, Social Studies and Current Events; Kristi Hodgkiss, Cross Examination Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Persuasive Speaking and Informative Speaking; Cheryl LaRue, Journalism and Ready Writing; Yvonne Parson, Accounting and Computer Science; Whitney Shackelford, Number Sense; Neil Stellpflug, Calculator and Math; Pam Tuttle, Prose and Poetry; and Linda Winfrey, Literary Criticism.
Encompassing all UIL district and state championships in academics, athletics, and fine arts, North Lamar ended the year placing eighth in the 3A Lone Star Cup standings. Categories included State and Area Marching Band, Team Tennis, Cross Country, Volleyball, Football, Swimming and Diving, Wrestling, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Soccer, Golf, Track and Field, Academics, One Act Play, Softball, and Baseball.
n an email to all North Lamar staff, NLISD Superintendent James A. Dawson expressed his pleasure in the dedicated leadership and student performance, “What an accomplishment for our high school; finishing 8th of 183 AAA schools in Texas. Congratulations to the staff at the high school and all the other campuses who prepare our students for the level of excellence we have achieved.”
New bicycles donated by Pierson and Fendley Insurance were given to AR readers from a drawing of top readers in the second and third grades at Everett Elementary School.
For each 25 points a student accumulated with their AR reading, their name went into a drawing. A boy and girl from each grade were drawn as winners.
The second grade bicycle winners were Mason Kelley and Zoey Figueroa. Buddy Harville and Chloe Emeyabbi were chosen for the third grade.
Top AR readers from each grade were second grader Rylee Mahon with 300.7 points and third grader Ella Boudrie with 338.2 points.
The Stone Middle School Choir ended the semester with various individuals and groups receiving trophies, plaques and certificates from the spring competitions.
The Beginner Choir received a 1st Division rating at Sandy Lake Funfest in Dallas. Members are Corban Adams, Caleb Ashley, Trenton Barnett, Jaythan Brownfield, Michael Carpenter, Clay Carr, Julian Castillo, Cameron Clark, Zach Cobb, Kris Dickson, Glenix Dunken, JD Frey, Trevor Gilliam, Dakota Hudson, Ethan Jones, Ycielio Peralta, Chris Pina, Rustin Shelton, Rhett Story, Blake Weathers, Charles Balazs, Sterling Burchinal, Tyler Davis, Kenyon Fortner, Sea Gist, Juan Gonzalez, Ryan Hutchings, Hudson Jones, Kris Kirby, Aaron Meredith, Camron Milner, Jerron Newberry, Wrangler Priest, Mason Stephens, Sarad Thapa, Trevor Wright, Dalton Young, Alexis Carroll, Celina Cervantes, Kaitlyn Chappell, Kaitlyn Conlin, Katlyn Copeland, Bailee Dawes, Amanda Dean, Catlyn Exum, Charleigh Haley, Ginny Haley, Reyna HIldreth, Katie Holley, Brea Icenogle, Jerika Johnson, Harley Kyle, Breanna Langford, Aspen Linville, Lillian McMellon, Kelsey Morrison, Tiffany Parish, Carley Pickering, Kylie Pool, Bailee Pynes, Jaiden Pynes, LaDonna Trull, Laney Young, Sydnee Adams, Bailey Ballard, Mallory Blake, Allie Blount, Lexie Brown, Faith Brown, Skylar Coursey, Katelyn Crites, Kimrie Dean, Trinity Dority, Harmony Edwards, Melody Edwards, Alexus Eudy, Oriana Godsey, Rebecca Golightly, Brittany Harrison, Aliyah Johnson, Sophia Johnson, Tori Jones, Haily Jones, Kaylynn McKitrick, Hannah Pardee, Krista Pescalia, Erin Pokorski, Mandi Posey, Jaycie Proctor, Bryana Randall, Jada Rogers, Aleeza Seng, Avery Tawater, and Audrey Turk.
The Stone Middle School Girls Honor Choir received 2nd Division ratings at UIL Concert Contest and 1st Division ratings at UIL Sight-reading contest. Members of the choir are Ryan Akard, Tatiana Asberry, Payton Barnett, Marissa Barr, Gracie Blake, Cassie Brock, Hope Brown, Kallyn Burchinal, Alexis Cearly, Ashley Charman, Ayanna Cox, Laura Daniel, Autum Davis, Angel Dorries, Sadi English, Kathy Fehr, Starlin Finley, Emily Foster, Bailey Fowler, Elizabeth Gilbert, Mary Gilbert, Brianna Grissom, Lexxi Hagge, Iyanla Hawkins, Tori Hess, Kylee Hilliard, Teagan Holley, Kara Holubok, Harli Kelley, Shambrica King, Emily Love, Jessica Martinez, Serrenna Moody, Haley Nelams, Rory Peek, Kenzie Proctor, Kaitlyn Robinson, Jacie Sparks, Mackenzie Staggs, Klayre Steed, and Sam Wisham-Peregrina.
The Stone Boys Tenor/Bass Choir received 2nd Division rating at UIL Concert contest and 1st Division ratings at UIL Sight-reading contest. Members of the choir are Trevor Banister, Austin Beck, Palmer Campbell, Ronnie Carroll, Seth Carter, Ashton Carter, Cade Collard, Cody Coward, Ben Dong, Trent Fells, Zack Figueroa, Mason Flick, Logan Frazier, Parker Freeman, Korbin Hamner, Alex Hicks, Zachary Huffman, Nate Johnston, Seth Jones, Josh Kok, Layne Lankford, Chase Lester, Jay Mason-Walters, Nick McCloud, Keylan Melvin, Matthew Meredith, Nick Middleton, Rino Moore, Brad Murray, Canyon Parker, Felix Peralta, Eathan Perdue, Hunter Perry, Cade Shawhart, Jaxon Shelton, River Slagle, Kyle Stanley, Julian Tellez, Trevor Toppings, and Pierson Yoster.
The Stone Girls Treble Choir received 2nd Division ratings at UIL Concert contest. Members of this choir are Mai Albo, Makayla Allee, Britany Ballard, Haleigh Blackshear, Abby Bryan, Alexus Chappell, Philicity Chennault, Kendra Douglas, Julia Dyck, Courtney Esqueda, Kelcey Fitzgerald, Autumn Flick, Emily Futral, Chancey Hunt, Kim Jackson, Emily Jones, Grace Kuykendall, Chelbe Kyle, Randalyn Kyle, Klaire Lambert, Logan Liles, Olivia Manuel, McKenzie Mitchell, Alexis Moreland, Alyssa Morton, Skyler Nance, Shelby Niblett, Bryce Petkus, Ashley Pokorski, Autumn Price, Beth Ratliff, Kim Robinson, Cheyenne Sanchez, Keragahn Scott, Randa Stevens, Jordan Thomas, and Natalee Wise.
The Girls Honor Choir, Boys Tenor/Bass Choir, and the Girls Treble Choir received combined 1st Division ratings at the Director’s Choice Music Festival in Dallas. Leading the middle school groups are Stone Choir Director Michelle Anderson, North Lamar High School Choir Director Rebecca Hildreth, accompanist Pat Fowzer, and NLHS Peer Mentor Dayton Thibodeaux.
The book-lovers were treated to a special luncheon in the library and received T-shirts for reaching this accomplishment.
Wearing their new blue shirts on the front steps of Parker beginning front row left are Justin Jenkins, James Laster, Alex Nava, Riley Rutz, Mallory Miller, Derek Wright, Evan West, Kacen Baker and Paige Burris; second row, Principal Tammie Bates, Mackenzie Miller, Wyatt Hutcheson, Ryan Jenkins, Hayden Miller, Evan Braziel (2 million words) and Chase Abbott; back row, Aaron Scully, Elleigh Rutz (3 million words), Riley Moore (3 million words), Kallen Barber, Carter Renfro and Connor Brannan (2 million words).
It was David Buster’s love for children that spurred the generous group to contribute a jungle gym and swing set in his memory.
Seated on top of the jungle gym from left are Higgins students Parker Scott, McKennon Price, and Carter Whitten with Ashlyn Phifer standing.