Education

Sun
26
Mar

‘Color me fun’ runs at Cannon

Participants in D.C. Cannon Elementary School’s second annual 5K Color Run and community event recently ran through clouds of color that produced happy smiles all around.

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Wed
22
Mar

Building excitement for the arts

W.H. Ford High School art students were captivated Wednesday, March 8, by a presentation by Alyssa Marone, a representative from Savannah School of Art and Design. Marone gave Art II, III and IV students an in-depth look inside this prestigious university geared toward educating young men and women interested in a career in the field of art. She presented students with a plethora of information ranging from careers in studio art and comic book design, to movies and fashion, summer workshops, studies abroad, scholarship opportunities and much more. FHS art is taught by Thelma Scribner. Shown are Emily Bermudez, Katherine Hood, Katrina Elliott, Kyler Nunley, Zack King, Val Leal and Sara Leano.

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Tue
21
Mar

Quinlan Ford Bands earn UIL honors

Symphonic ‘Excellent’; Wind Ensemble, ‘Division 1 Sweepstakes’

The Quinlan Ford Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble competed Thursday, March 2, in the UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest at Canton High School.

There are two parts of this contest — 1) a prepared portion where the band presents three pieces prescribed by UIL; and 2) a portion where the band gets a piece of music they have never seen before and has to study it and perform it for a panel of judges one time, according to Director of Bands Marty Filip.

“During the sightreading portion of the contest, the band has eight minutes to study a new piece of music they have never seen before. The director has eight minutes to explain the piece, demonstrate rhythms, explain style, discuss dynamics, identify accidentals, discuss tempo and key changes, identify articulations, and discuss balance and blend.,” Filip said.

Thu
16
Mar

FHS History students advance to State

Each year thousands of students statewide participate in the National History Day program in Texas.

Under the leadership of W.H. Ford High School History Department Chairman Maxey Hooks, 13 students traveled to a regional contest on Feb. 27 at Texas A&M Commerce with their projects for Texas History Day.

Texas History Day, an affiliate of NHD is a highly regarded academic program for sixth- through 12th-grade students.

“The students did very well and several brought home medals who will advance to the state NHD competition held at the end April,” said Hooks.

FHS contestants at Regional History Day include Emily Bermudez, Laighla Gassner, Sabina Ayala, Pathik Bhakta, Jordan Cummings, James Carney, Kamie Lee, Jonathan Morris Adrianna Jones, Madison Smith, Victoria Castruita, Trinity Hart and Bryce Sandman.

Thu
16
Mar

FFA students educate sixth graders

C.B. Thompson Middle School FFA officers executed a recruitment program this past week as a part of National FFA Week to Quinlan Independent School District sixth graders explaining what FFA and agriculture education is all about. “FFA is a strong and viable organization available to Quinlan ISD students beginning in sixth grade,” said Tiffony Upchurch, Quinlan ISD Director of School Community Relations. Shown are Steven Lane, student advisor; Emylie Miller, treasurer; Hanna Westmoreland, president; Ammarai Nowlin; Breauna Radney, secretary; Abraham Guevara, reporter; and Enrique Reyes, sentinel.

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Wed
15
Mar

QISD Communications wins Gold, Silver

The Quinlan Independent School District Communications Department was recognized with top awards recently at the 2017 Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) Conference in Galveston.

QISD Director of School Community RelationsTiffony Upchurch has been an active member for 17 years of the professional organization for public information, communications and media specialists in an educational environment. The 2017 was boasted the largest conference in the organization’s history.

Each year, members from across the state gather to strategize with one another, to learn from one another, and to compete with one another over the projects they supported from the previous school year.

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Thu
09
Mar

Winterguard wins Superior 1

The Quinlan Ford Winterguard made a Superior 1 at the Marching Auxiliaries North Texas Regional 4 Competition, held on Saturday at Liberty High School. The routine is featured on the Quinlan Independent School District Facebook page, according to Tiffony Upchurch, Quinlan ISD Director of School Community Relations.

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Tue
07
Mar

22 FHS Choir students going to State

Twenty-nine members of the W.H. Ford High School Choir competed Saturday in the UIL Vocal Solo and Ensemble Contest at West Mesquite High School. They brought home 27 medals, and 22 advanced to the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest in May. Advancing to State with their ensemble are Garrett Autrey, Paige Fry, Austin Garrick, Taylor Laster, Valerie Leal, James Mulanax and Amber Probst. Advancing to State with their ensemble are Jonathan Allen, Bradlie Clem, Joshua Cortes, Danya Cruse, Austin Irwin, Melanie Lim, Peyton Rogers and Christopher Ross. Advancing to State with their ensemble are Coltyn Duke, Tegan Konopka, Briana Lira, Hannah Overly, Jaycob Pritchett, Thaddeus Serrano and Sydney Short. Advancing to State with their solos are Bradlie Clem, Austin Garrick, Jaycob Pritchett, Thaddeus Serrano and Sydney Short. Not pictured are Tegan Konopka, Peyton Rogers, Briana Lira and Joshua Cortes.

Mon
06
Mar

Blue Belles win overall Grand Champion, again

The W.H. Ford High School Blue Belles drill team competed Saturday at the Texas Championship in Desoto. Tiffony Upchurch, Quinlan ISD Director of School Community Relations, announced the team competed in four team routines. The Elite team had a medium ensemble and the Belles had four soloists. The Elite team earned a Division 1 rating. All four soloists also earned a Division 1 rating.  The soloists were freshman Jesslyn Autrey, sophomores Brianna Rodio and Kristen Hazelwood and senior Hailey Stiles. The team earned a Best in Category for Kick, Pom, Open and Jazz.  They also earned the Sweepstakes and Judges Award. The Kick routine is featured on the QISD Facebook page. They also earned Overall Grand Champions. Upchurch said, “Next, the Belles are off to Nationals March 25-26, 2017, at Moody Gardens in Galveston. We are very proud of our Fine Art programs in Quinlan ISD. Our students are excelling, competing and winning.

Wed
22
Feb

Bryant wins Fort Worth Stock Show calf scramble

Matthew Bryant, a member of Quinlan FFA, caught a calf during Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo’s Calf Scramble.

Bryant was awarded a $500 purchase certificate for a show heifer and the chance for up to $10,000 in scholarship awards with the win.

He is the son of Keith and Tammy Bryant. Bryant’s award was sponsored by Lone Star Ag Credit of Fort Worth.

“During each of the 28 rodeo performances, the calf scramble gives 16 Texas 4-H and FFA members the opportunity to catch eight calves in one of the most thrilling and unpredictable events,” a spokesperson said.

The Stock Show’s Calf Scramble scholarship awards range from $500 to $10,000 to participants who demonstrate dedication and hard work through monthly reports and a final essay submitted to their sponsors and the Calf Scramble Committee.

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