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Parent Voice Oklahoma Launches in Wake of School Closures

OKLAHOMA CITY – Parents from across the state today held a rally to protest school closures and a lack of parent involvement in education decisions. Now, many of those parents have organized to launch a new group: Parent Voice Oklahoma. The group exists to elevate the role of parents in regard to educational decisions at the school, district, and state level. Parent Voice Oklahoma starts with chapters in Owasso, Deer Creek, and Stillwater. Parents from Heritage Academy, a new Epic Charter School program that emphasizes bilingual learning and Hispanic culture and heritage, have also launched a chapter. Dana Walsh, who attended today’s rally at the State Capitol, said she got involved with Parent Voice Oklahoma because she feels parents are being ignored by local school districts. “We are tired of not being listened to,” said Walsh, an Owasso parent. “Our school boards are making decisions that impact the health and wellbeing of our kids as well as our ability as parents to work. Continue Reading →

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TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR STUDENTS EARN TOP CHAIR PLACEMENTS IN ALL-REGION CHOIR

Texarkana, TX – Texas High School Varsity Choir participated in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region IV All-Region Choir virtual and submitted recording auditions.  Students were required to learn four pieces of music and then submit a recording of selections from three of the pieces which were then judged. Students earning placement include:  Madison Frost – 1st Chair, Alto 2; Madelyn Snow – 2nd Chair, Soprano 2; Jeremy Creek – 3rd Chair, Bass 2; Zane Johnston – 4th Chair, Bass 1; Darby Robertson – 6th Chair, Soprano 1; Isabel Silva – 6th Chair, Alto 1; Wisdom Alonge – 10th Chair, Alto 2. All students will now move forward in preparing four additional musical pieces for the Pre-Area round to be held virtually in December. 

The THS Choir is under the direction of Jennifer Colton-Fowler. Continue Reading →

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TEXAS MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND STUDENTS NAMED TO ALL-REGION BAND

Texarkana, TX – Nineteen members of the Texas Middle School Band earned 21 seat placements in the Texas Music Educators Association Region 4 All-Region Band during virtual and submitted recording auditions in November 2020. Named to the All-Region Concert Band were:  Xavier Briggs – 1st Chair Bari Sax and 3rd Chair Alto Sax; Itzel Hernandez – 1st Chair Flute; Eric Dominguez – 1st Chair Trombone; Sydney Swift – 2nd Chair Bassoon; Ryan Fuller – 2nd Chair Trombone; Madison Beaird – 4th Chair Clarinet; Samuel Baumgardner – 5th Chair Trumpet; Justin Gentry – 5th Chair Tuba; Miriam Martinez – 6th Chair Clarinet; Hayden Simon – 6th Chair Alto Sax; Kevin Golden – 8th Chair French Horn; Haley Waddell – 9th Chair Flute; Abigail Gold – 11th Chair Clarinet; Francisco Jinez –     12th Chair Trumpet. Students named to the All-Region Symphonic Band were: Xavier Briggs – 1st Chair Tenor Sax; Kason Henderson – 1st Chair Tuba; Ryker Meadows –              1st Chair Bassoon; Hayden Tyree – 2nd Chair Euphonium; Kristen Smith – 4th Chair Flute; Tulsi Patel – 7th Chair Flute. Left to Right:  Itzel Hernandez, Miriam Martinez, Tulsi Patel, Ryan Fuller, Eric Dominguez, Haley Waddell, Madison Beaird, Hayden Simon, Ryker Meadows, Kason Henderson, Samuel Baumgardner, Francisco Jinez, Abigail Gold, Xavier Briggs, Sydney Swift, Hayden Tyree, Kevin GoldenNot Pictured:  Justin Gentry, Kristen Smith
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TEXAS HIGH SPEECH DEBATE STUDENTS TAKE TOP POSITIONS DURING UIL REGIONAL STUDENT CONGRESS MEET

Macy Sloan and Doug Kyles

Texarkana, TX – Texas High School Speech & Debate students participated in the UIL Regional Student Congress meet in Pittsburg, TX on November 12. Team member Doug Kyles placed 4th and will serve as a First Alternate to the State meet.        

Macy Sloan placed 6th and won the Gavel for Top Presiding Officer of the District 5A Chamber (2nd year in a row), which is voted upon by all competitors within the 5A District. Students are coached by Amy Kemp. The District Student Congress program is an individual contest, in a large group setting, that models the legislative process of democracy, specifically, the United States Congress. Within the mock legislative assembly competition, contestants draft legislation (proposed laws and position statements) submitted to the tournament, and they research the docket of bills and resolutions dealing with real-world social and political policies prior to the contest to prepare their speeches. 

At the tournament, students caucus in committees, deliver formal disclosure on the merits and disadvantages of each piece of legislation, and vote to pass or defeat the measures they have examined.  Parliamentary procedure forms structure for the discourse, and students extemporaneously respond to others’ arguments over the course of a session. Continue Reading →

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TISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES NAMES DR. DOUG BRUBAKER LONE FINALIST FOR SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

Texarkana, TX – During a Tuesday, November 10, 2020 called meeting of the Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees, members unanimously approved the naming of Dr. Doug Brubaker as Lone Finalist for the position of Superintendent of Schools. “The TISD Board of Trustees is excited to bring Dr. Doug Brubaker to Texarkana,” said Fred Norton, Jr., President.  “We believe we have hit another home run with his selection, finding him to be a transformational servant-leader in the tradition of  Larry Sullivan, James Henry Russell and Paul Norton.”

“His commitment to public education began when he was a new fourth grade teacher at Birdville ISD in Ft. Worth, TX, and his record of success in every position he has served since perfectly prepared him for the opportunities presented at TISD. He is uncommonly bright, energetic and innovative, and we know he will love our kids and work tirelessly to ensure their success as much as we do. Dr. Brubaker and our strong Leadership Team will complement each other as they continue to make TISD the place to be,” continued Norton. Continue Reading →

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TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL TO HOST SIGNING DAY FOR SEVEN STUDENT-ATHLETES

Texarkana, TX – Texas High School Athletic Department will host a Signing Day event for seven student-athletes. 

Letters of Intent will be signed during ceremonies on Wednesday, November 11 at 9:00 a.m. at the Texas High School Multi-Purpose Facility. 

Athletes signing include Ben DePriest (Baseball – Ouachita Baptist University); Jackson Halter (Baseball – Texas Tech University); Graci Henard (Golf – Dallas Baptist University); Rian High-Cellers (Baseball – Texas Tech University); Mollie Johnson (Softball – Central Baptist College); Trey Lavender (Baseball – Cameron University); Clayton Smith (Football – University of Oklahoma). Continue Reading →

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TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA STUDENTS EARN PLACEMENT IN REGIONAL ORCHESTRA

Texarkana, TX – Texas High School Orchestra students have earned placement in the Texas Music Educators Association All-Region Honor Orchestra during the recent virtual/pre-recorded auditions. Nicolai De Guzman earned placement on viola and qualified for Pre-Area advancing to the Texas All-State Orchestra auditions. Teagan Jones earned placement on violin. These students, along with other top orchestra players in Region 4 and 21, will perform in an All-Region concert on Saturday, January 16 in Tyler, TX. Continue Reading →

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TIGER THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS PUFFS…THE PLAY

Texarkana, TX – For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil.  This, however, is not his story.  This is the story of the Puffs…who just happened to be there too.  It is a tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world. Texas High School’s Tiger Theatre Company production of Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic is a 2015 original play by New York-based playwright Matt Cox.  The play is a comedic retelling of the Harry Potter book series by J.K. Rowling, but from the Puffs’ perspective.  The show has been praised for its comedy and staging. This clever and inventive play “never goes more than a minute without a laugh” (Nerdist) giving the audience a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three potential heroes just trying to make it through a magic school that proves to be very dangerous for children.  Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal outsiders with a thing for badgers “who are so lovable and relatable, you’ll leave the theatre wishing they were in the stories all along” (Hollywood Life).  Their “hilariously heartfelt!” (Metro) and epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be. Cate Rounds, Tiger Theatre Company member and senior Texas High School student takes her first undertaking into directing the production.  After seeing the show last fall, Rounds, a self-confessed “Potterhead,” knew it was something she wanted to do for her senior year. “I have had the most fun with my first time directing,” said Rounds.  “It has been a blast being able to work directly with Mrs. Newton, Mr. Hanna and Mrs. Flieder, along with all of my friends, to create a show that is truly magical.  This show will make you laugh, cry and it will keep you rooting for the underdogs.”

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Performances will be Saturday and Monday, November 7 & 9 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m. in the John Thomas Theatre, 3941 Summerhill Road.  Tiger Theatre Company will also offer a Live Stream via https://ttcths.booktix.com on Sunday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m.

  The play is the young wizards version but does come with a parental guidance suggestion due to character deaths. Continue Reading →

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STRIKE UP THE BAND… FOUR STATES INVITATIONAL MARCHING CONTEST SLATED FOR SATURDAY

Texarkana, TX – Tiger Stadium at Grim Park will be the host for the Four States Invitational Marching Contest on Saturday, October 24.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only a limited number of band fans will be able to attend with each band.  However, everyone who enjoys marching music will have the opportunity to see the contest as it will be livestreamed via www.tigervision.org. Participating bands will wow viewers with their unique marching abilities from    10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Judges for this year’s contest are:  Benny Davis, Retired Band Director for Desoto High School, Waxahachie High School and Rockwall Heath High School all in TX;            Jim Lloyd, Instructor of Music & Athletic Band Director at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR; Mark Minton, Band Director of Parkway High School in Bossier City, LA. Percussion judge will be: Mike Britt, Director of Percussion for Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, AR; Color Guards will be judged by Alexandra Schoeffel, former member of Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps in Allentown, PA. Schedule of performances are as follows:

10:30 a.m.                 Texas High School

11:00 a.m.                 Redwater High School

11:20 a.m.                 Maud High School

11:40 a.m.                 Simms High School

Noon                          Linden-Kildare High School

12:20 p.m.                 DeKalb High School

12:40 p.m.                 Ashdown High School

1:00 – 1:20 p.m.       BREAK

1:20 p.m.                   Hooks High School

1:40 p.m.                   New Boston High School

2:00 p.m.                   Harleton High School

2:20 p.m.                   Queen City High School

2:40 p.m.                   New Diana High School

3:00 p.m.                   Winnsboro High School

3:20 p.m.                   Pleasant Grove High School

3:40 p.m.                   DeQueen High School

4:00 p.m.                   Arkadelphia High School

4:20 p.m.                   Lake Hamilton High School

4:40 p.m.                   Texas High School

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TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR NAMED COMMENDED STUDENT IN 2021 NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Zane Johnston

Texarkana, TX – Texas High School 2021 senior, Zane Johnston, has been named a Commended Student in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)

“Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC.  “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.  We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

Johnston is the son of Jaclyn Canada and Brian & Brittney Johnston. Continue Reading →

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