Spring 2016

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Page 6 of 43 | 7 winter 2015 R E G I O N A L R O U N D U P : HEADLINES FROM ACROSS THE STATE 1 Lubbock high school student performs on National Public Radio Lubbock High School fute player Yuna Langehenning was featured on "From the Top," a weekly NPR broadcast featuring the performances of exceptional young musicians. The 16-year-old also received the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, which includes a $10,000 scholarship. Yuna has earned Texas All-State Band honors two years in a row. 2 Lampasas elementary students meet Frosty the Snowman Kline Whitis Elementary students were greeted by Frosty the Snowman and a blizzard of "snow" this past winter. Lampasas saw no real snow during the holidays, but staf at the school were happy to make a winter wonderland possible for their students. School staf tell ATPE News that a video clip of Frosty's visit was viewed more than 2,000 times on their district's Facebook page. 3 Grand Prairie ISD superintendent is a Texan of the Year fnalist Grand Prairie ISD superintendent Dr. Susan Simpson Hull was named by the Dallas Morning News as a fnalist for the 2015 Texan of the Year. According to the newspaper, Hull, who has been leading the district for eight years, has a reputation for innovation. Hull's work earned her a spot on a list of candidates for Texas education commissioner. 4 Skidmore students collect nearly 200 coats for neighbors in need The Skidmore-Tynan Junior High Student Council collected 197 coats as part of a coat drive to give back to their community. The students partnered with the Lions Club, which distributed the coats to those in need. Student Council advisor Stella Resio was pleased with the students' eforts and said, "It's amazing what can happen when a community of people come together with generous hearts to help those in need!" 5 College Station student participates in prestigious program Cassie He of A&M Consolidated High School in College Station attended the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute during the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium. Cassie presented a paper on the theme "Sustainably Feeding 9 Billion by 2050." 6 Marfa student creates ball for New Year's Eve celebration Marfa High School Senior Alejandra Hernandez created the ball used for Marfa's New Year's celebration at El Cosmico campgrounds. Alejandra began welding in the eighth grade and has won awards for her work in stock and agricultural mechanics shows. This three-week project, culminating in the New Year's Eve ball drop, was overseen by welding instructor Josh Steinberg. Alexandra says she couldn't have completed the project without his encouragement. PHOTOS COURTESY OF: 1. LUBBOCK ISD; 2. LAMPASAS ISD; 3. GRAND PRAIRE ISD; 4. SKIDMORE-TYNAN ISD; 5. COLLEGE STATION ISD; 6. MARFA ISD

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