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AHS FFA sixth at state

January 20, 2016
AHS FFA sixth at state

Placing sixth in a state FFA event – with adviser Allison Wicker – were (l-r) Zoe Martin, Abigail House, Abigail Bates, Tara Sheets, Jack Kortokrax, Mikenzie Pruitt, and Will DeShazo.

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
A seven-member team of Azle Future Farmers of America just missed the finals at a state event.
Azle FFA finished sixth at the semifinals of the Junior Chapter Conducting Contest.
Adviser Allison Wicker told the AISD school board Jan. 18 that the sixth place finish was just one off from qualifying for the finals.
Still, the AHS representatives – first year ag students Abigail Bates, Tara Sheets, Jack Kortokrax, Abigail House, Zoe Martin, Mikenzie Pruitt, and Will DeShazo – topped scores of many other groups in the junior parliamentary procedure contest.… Read the rest

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Three seniors named All-State musicians

January 20, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Azle High School will be well represented at the Texas Music Educators Association Annual Clinic and Convention Feb. 10-13 in San Antonio.
Three AHS seniors have earned spots as Texas All-State Musicians and will perform in concert with their respective ensembles during the annual convention.
Earning the elite honor were singer Wyatt Massey, trumpeter Brandy Carlson and trombonist Jacob Derting.
Massey, a member of the AHS chorale, earned a spot in the Texas All-State Men’s Choir.
He is a student of Dr. Allison Stanford and sings at school under the direction of J. Brent McCartney.
This is Massey’s first time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization.… Read the rest

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CT’s Top Spellers

January 20, 2016
CT’s Top Spellers

Sarae Perez (left) won the Cross Timbers Elementary School’s annual spelling bee Jan. 15. The runner-up was Allison Wright.

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A head start on college

January 20, 2016
A head start on college

Counselors Laurie Wheeler (left) and Heather Huffaker direct the dual credit program. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

AISD ‘dual credit’ program benefits many

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
How would you like to leave Azle High School as a graduating senior and know you’d already earned as many as 30 hours toward a college degree?
That’s an option many AHS 12th graders are enjoying today thanks to Azle ISD’s dual credit program.
Working with Tarrant County College, students – mostly seniors and juniors – can take classes online; others are taught by AHS instructors.
Success means credits at TCC or other universities.… Read the rest

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Two AHS seniors are Optimists’ top students

January 20, 2016
Two AHS seniors are Optimists’ top students

The Azle Optimist Club named Stephanie Lopez (second from left) and Bradley Hart as its January Students of the Month. Presenting the certificates were Edwin Newton (left) and club president Brian Rogers (right).

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
The Azle Optimist Club honored two AHS seniors as the group’s January Students of the Month.
The winners were Stephanie Lopez and Bradley Hart.
Lopez, daughter of Yessica Arreaga, is a captain on the successful Emerald Dazzler dance team where she has performed all four years in high school.
While taking Advanced Placement classes, she continues to hold the office of vice-president of the National Honor Society.… Read the rest

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Senior Spotlight

January 20, 2016

BY SUE TURNIPSEED
Those over 60 years of age miss a lot of fun and information when they do not come to the B. J. Clark Community Center.
The Azle Senior Center is a good place to have a nutritional meal for a voluntary donation of $2 Monday through Friday each week. Salads are optional on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for a $2.75 contribution. The meals need one day’s previous notice and the salads need one week advance notice.
Call 817-444-0070 to find out what is going on at the Center or to make reservation to eat.
There will be an AARP Drivers Education class on Thursday Jan.… Read the rest

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Howard on elite list

January 20, 2016

Tanner Howard, a graduate of Lake Country Christian School and son of Clint and Rona Howard of Azle, was named to Austin College’s Dean’s List for the fall term of 2015.
The Dean’s List recognizes the top 20 percent of students taking a minimum of three graded, full-credit courses; 254 individuals were honored for the fall term of 2015.… Read the rest

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Elementary principal resigns, replacement search underway

January 20, 2016

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL

The search for a new principal is underway in Azle ISD.
With the resignation of Azle Elementary Principal Erin Deel effective Jan. 29, the district has begun to seek her replacement.
Tanya Anderson, assistant superintendent of curriculum and human resources, said the position has been posted online.
She added that internal candidates would also be considered. “We want the best person for the job,” Anderson said.
In other activity at the monthly school board meeting, trustees returned from executive session and unanimously approved recommendations on “Azle ISD safety procedures” as discussed in their secluded gathering.
The same vote okayed a one-year extension to the contract of Superintendent Dr.… Read the rest

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Annual school board kudos loom

January 13, 2016

January 2016 is School Board Recognition Month, and Azle ISD joins other districts across the state as they honor the countless contributions of these locally elected advocates for public education.
“Serving on a local school board is no easy task, particularly in today’s climate of rapid change and financial uncertainties,” said Dr. Ray Lea, Azle ISD Superintendent.
“These men and women are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for our public schools. They tackle a difficult job and shoulder enormous responsibilities.”
He added, “Overall, they represent you and take their leadership roles seriously by attending lengthy meetings; broadening their knowledge at conferences and seminars; and talking about the schools with business leaders, parents, and neighbors.… Read the rest

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Azle Aggie Performing Locally

January 13, 2016
Azle Aggie Performing Locally

David Newton, a 2013 graduate of Azle High School and son of Jeff and Shelley Newton of Azle, will perform at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 with the Texas A&M Singing Cadets at Broadway Baptist Church, 305 West Broadway Avenue in Fort Worth. The Cadets are directed by David L. Kipp. Known as the “Voice of Aggieland,” the Singing Cadets is an all-male chorus that performs approximately 60 concerts each year throughout Texas, the United States, and even overseas. The Emmy award-winning group has members from across Texas and the United States. Newton is a Renewable Natural Resource and Forestry major and a member of the Texas A&M class of 2017.

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