Education

Sun
26
Mar

JH Tigerettes announced

Wills Point Junior High Tigerettes for the 2017-’18 school year are set to include: (back row, l-r)​ Emma Sallee, Abigail Cervantes, Aylin Rodriguez, Katie Ryder, Kenzie Samples, sponsor Stacy Porter, Brooklyn Tanner, Victoria Hernandez, Abby Barker, Alexus Clark, Faith Peterson, Brooklynn Fugate, (middle row, l-r) Tara Hinrichsen, Jasmine Matthews, Madi King, Brooklynn Sims, Madison Dixon, Ava Ewins, Alexis Roberts, Nevaeh Standard, (front row, l-r) Sierra Jones, Emma Hall, Beka Osborn, Hailey Brannon and Breanna DuBose.

Thu
23
Mar

Dr. Seuss day at WPISD

Students at Woods Intermediate were recently greeted by a familiar face as Debbie Deen, the recently retired Wills Point Primary School principal, came and read to Chasity Mixon's third grade class for Dr. Seuss Day. The event included participation from several community members as well as administrators that came to read books to WPISD students.

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Thu
09
Mar

Winter Guard competes at Coppell High School

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The Wills Point Winter Guard finished 14th overall during their most recent competition Winter Guard International Dallas Regional held at Coppell High School Feb. 18.

The Wills Point Tiger Winter Guard took the road once again Feb. 18, heading to Coppell to compete at the most recent Winter Guard International Dallas Regional.

Wills Point students put together another excellent effort, finishing 14th overall in the finals of the event out of 30 participating schools.

Winter Guard director Nathan Ascano stated, “Judging at the event is conducted in a variety of captions, including movement, equipment and design analysis. Additionally, the contest includes two general effect judges. They look at what the performers are asked to do, and how well they do it.

“For WGI events, there are only four classifications of scholastic (high school) competition: Scholastic Regional A, Scholastic A, Scholastic Open, and Scholastic World. We were the only 4A scholastic group to make finals. The classifications are based on level of ability and complexity of show design, and have no relation to the size of the school.

Wed
08
Mar

WPISD celebrates Black History Month

Woods Intermediate has been celebrating Black History Month all of February with readings from all grade levels on the announcements, new posters highlighting inventors, artists, entertainers in the main hallway, and a celebration and inspirational message from Stephen Mackey. Second grade students performed a dance and song, Third grade students spoke about famous African Americans, and Fourth grade students read poetry.

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Mon
06
Mar

Ag mechanics team competes in San Antonio

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Jesse Brown, Bryan Mitchell and Grant Malone display their blue ribbon winning tractor mounted boom

The Wills Point FFA ag mechanics team traveled to the San Antonio Agricultural Mechanics Show recently, bringing home numerous top finishes in a variety of categories at the event.

The ag mechanics team members making the trip to San Antonio included Cody Carroll, Grant Malone, Bryan Mitchell, Jesse Brown, Noe Gomez, Josh Hull, Trevor Harrell and Seth Sherwood.

Results included the team of team of Josh Hull and Jesse Brown receiving first place with their 8' cattle feeder on skids in Class 304; the team of Trevor Harrell, Noe Gomez and Seth Sherwood winning second place with their 8'x16' backyard shop; the team of Jesse Brown, Bryan Mitchell and Grant Malone receiving a blue ribbon for exhibiting their tractor mounted boom; and Cody Carroll and Grant Malone receiving a blue ribbon for their 12' entry gate.

The ag mechanics team will look to build on its success in March as they travel to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for competition. 

Thu
02
Mar

University News

Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University at College Station has named its honor students for the fall semester, recognizing them for academic performance.  The dean’s list recognizes students taking at least 15 semester hours during the fall semester who have maintained a 3.75 or higher GPA out of a possible 4.

Heather Raun was recognized on the dean’s List.  She is the daughter of Kim Sparks Raun and granddaughter of Wynona (Sparks) and Charles James of Wills Point.

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Thu
02
Mar

WPHS principal receives honor

Photo by David Kapitan

The International Student Exchange Program, represented by La Juan Dixon, presented Wills Point High School Principal Jeff Smith with a plaque recognizing the district’s “assistance and support.”

Wills Point High School Principal Jeff Smith received a special honor Feb. 16, receiving a plaque of appreciation from La Juan Dixon and the International Student Exchange Program designating the high school campus as a partnership school for its continued and enthusiastic support of exchange programs.

In presenting the award, Dixon, a Regional Manager of ISE, stated, “Our organization appreciates the school and community in cross-cultural and international knowledge, attitudes, as part of the present and a heritage for the broad range of human experience and celebrate the diversity of the human spirit.”

Dixon added, “We have seven international students attending Wills Point High School at this time. Our future goal is continuing to connect and encourage interaction to allow them to demonstrate an understanding of a set of cultural values and beliefs other than their own.”

Thu
23
Feb

High flyers

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Entrants in the Senior Category of this year’s Van Zandt County Regional Airport Aviation Art Contest included students in Stacy Porter and Karin Davis’ art classes. Local winners included Johnny Godinez, third place Senior category, and Uriel Valdez, first place Senior category. Winners in all categories will receive a free airplane ride during the Oct. 14 VZCRA Fly-In event.

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Wed
22
Feb

High flyers

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The Van Zandt County Regional Airport recently hosted its annual Aviation Art Contest. Winning entrants included entrants from classes taught by Karin Davis at the high school, Stacy Porter at the junior high and Tamara Hiler at the middle school class. Winners included: George Castaneda, second place Senior category; Olga Martinez, third place Intermediate category; Kamryn Kilgore, first place Intermediate; and Emily Cockerham, second place Intermediate.

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Tue
21
Feb

JH Tigerettes

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The Wills Point Junior High Tigerettes were Sweepstakes winners and recipients of the Gussie Nell Davis Award of Excellence for their performance at the Rockwall Heath American Dance/Drill Team Competition held Feb. 4. JH Tigerette team members include Abby Barker, Alyssa Lee, Ava Ewins, Brooklyn Tanner, Cheyenne Bocook, Daley Smith, Emily Hernandez, Gracie Cross, Hailey Brannon, Haleigh Jones, Jackie Ryder, Jamesiah Cobb, Katie Ryder, Kenzie Samples, Lucy Lusk, Madie King, Miena Cervantes, Ryann Goldberg, Sierra Wilson, Victoria Young and Violet Ibarra.

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