AHS band to send 49 to state
The Aubrey High School marching band earned 49 first-division medals after Saturday’s UIL Solo and Ensemble Competition in Fort Worth. All 49 medalists will advance to the state competition in May.
“I am extremely proud of our band students and the entire program,” Band Director Ron Chapman said. “The kids work diligently on all aspects of their music and have earned so many honors. It seems that year-in and year-out, our band program continues to bring pride to our community.”
Nine performing ensembles earned state bids after Saturday’s competition. That includes the quartet of Ashley Davis, Hayley Ditmar, Erin Mears and Kara Powell; and the quartet of Nathan Hetrick, Alyssa Mears, Kayla Wessels and Trey Wilthers.
Soloists Robert Provost, Brenan Davis, Hayley Clark, Dalton Dodson and Davis Smith are also headed to state.
The woodwind ensemble, which includes Canyon Benne, Dodson, Kayla Franco, Erich Harrington, Mallory Glover, Nick Goddard, Mitzy Mack, Erin Mears, Chris Phillips, Matthew Robinson, Ditmar, Brenda Smith, Brayden Ward, Parker Wills, Wilthers and Elizabeth Wooley, will also advance to state.
James Barth, David Borella, Clark, Amanda Cooper, Brenan Davis, Dodson, Franco, Bradley Kunkleman, Alyssa Mears, Jacob Mersereau, Provost, Brandon Powell, Matthew Robinson, Dalton Sanford, Davis Smith, John Trissell, Wessels, Wooley and Matthew Wilson of the brass ensemble are also state-bound.
In addition, the band earned 23 first-division ratings that did not qualify for state.
D.O.G.S head to Pilot Point
Pilot Point Elementary School will kick off a new program called WATCH D.O.G.S. at 6 p.m. Monday, March 17, with a pizza launch party.
All dads are invited to attend the party, which will introduce WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students). The program was created in 1998 at George Elementary School in Springdale, Ark., and has spread to more than 3,790 schools through the United States and the world.
WATCH D.O.G.S is an educational initiative of the National Center For Fathering. Through the program, fathers, grandfathers, uncles and other father figures volunteer at least one day at their child’s school during the school year. The program at Pilot Point Elementary School will be overseen by “Top Dog” Todd Witte, school counselor Stephanie Porter and elementary principal Rae Ann Strittmatter.
The goals of WATCH D.O.G.S. are to provide positive male role models for the students, to demonstrate by their presence that education is important, and to add an extra set of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.
The WATCH D.O.G.S. volunteers will perform a variety of tasks during their volunteer day, including monitoring the school entrance, assisting with unloading and loading of buses and cars and monitoring the lunchroom. They will also be in the classroom with a teacher’s guidance working with small groups of students on homework, flashcards or spelling.
More information is available online at www.fathers.com/watchdogs or by from Strittmatter at 686-8710.
AHS UIL wins in Callisburg
The Aubrey High School UIL academics team earned wins in the Callisburg Invitational tournament Saturday.
Venus Hong, Hanyu Lai and Crystal Wang earned a second-place finish as members of the accounting team. The math team, comprised of members Idania Carranza, Lai and Wang, also took home second place. Lai, Wang and Abby Brewer took home second for the social studies team as well.
Individual winners were Tarissa Ensminger, first place, prose; Baylee Friday, first place, poetry; Monica Diaz, first place, informative speaking; Aspen Brock, third place, prose; Morgan Miller, third place, poetry; Hong, fourth place, accounting; Lai, fourth place, math; Juanita Sanchez, fourth place, informative speaking; Evan Moore, sixth place, science; and Becca Trissell, sixth place, informative speaking.
AHS will travel to Argyle March 21 for their district tournament.
Library plans break events
The Pilot Point Community Library has free events scheduled to keep parents and kids busy during Spring Break.
The library will screen “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” Tuesday at 2 p.m. All ages are invited to attend.
Kids age 5 through 12 can learn how to make bird kites from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday and insect hand puppets from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the library. Supplies will be provided.
The Pilot Point Community Library is located at 324 S. Washington St. and can be reached at 940-686-5004.
Educational Gala planned for April
The Pilot Point Educational Foundation will hold the 17th annual Benefit Gala on Saturday, April 12, at the Embassy Suites, located at 7600 John Q. Hammons Dr. in Frisco.
A silent auction and cocktails will begin at 5:45 p.m. and the gala will begin at 6 p.m. After 5/Great Gatsby attire is requested.
The Satin Strings, an elite strolling ensemble of musicians hailing from Permian High School in Odessa, TX, will perform during the event.
Tickets are available for $75 each or $150 for two.
Table sponsorships are also available at the Bronze level, which includes four tickets for $350; the Silver level, which includes six tickets for $500; the Gold level, which includes eight tickets for $700; or the Platinum level, which includes 10 tickets for $1,050.
Discounted room rates are available.
Information is available online at www.pilotpointeducationalfoundation.org or by phone at 940-686-2238. To donate an item for the auction, contact Brett Kuhn at 940-686-5023.
Library to host trivia night
The Aubrey Area Library will host a trivia night on Saturday, March 15.
Table set-up begins at 6 p.m. Teams of up to eight players can register for $80. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place.
This event is BYOB, but other beverages and snacks will be provided. A $40 prize will be awarded to the best-decorated table.
Tickets to the event will be available at the door. Information is available from the Aubrey Area Library at 940-365-9162.
Library starts program for teens
Each Wednesday, the Aubrey Area Library will host an afterschool program called Possibili-Teens from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at its location at 226 Countryside Dr. in Aubrey.
The library will offer games, snacks and homework help during the program.
Bettis earns scholarship
Lauralyn Bettis of Aubrey received a merit-based scholarship from Oklahoma City University for the semester based on her grade point average and ACT/SAT scores.
Oklahoma City University awards merit-based scholarships to freshmen who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and potential. Awards range from $1,500 to $7,500.
Park plans full week for spring break
Ray Roberts Lake State Park has planned a week’s worth of spring break activities, which kick off this weekend.
Doris “the Eagle Lady” Mager will be at the Isle du Bois unit of the park Friday at 6 p.m. for an Owl Prowl night hike and again Saturday at 9 a.m. for a live bird of prey exhibit. Both events begin at the Lost Pines Amphitheater.
Rangers will lead a talk about snakes at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Interpretive Center. Attendees can meet a non-venomous milk snake during the event.
Isle du Bois events will continue into the week with a hike along the Lost Pines Nature Trail set to begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday. A kid-friendly talk about animal behavior will follow Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the park’s Interpretive Center.
Wednesday, a Habitats and History guided hike starts at 10 a.m. on the Randy Bell Scenic Trail. A class on zebra mussels, an invasive aquatic species that has found its way into Lake Ray Roberts, starts at 2 p.m. at the Interpretive Center.
A class on nature journaling begins at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Lost Pines Amphitheater. Attendees should bring along a notebook and writing utensil for this adult- and kid-friendly class.
Geocaching 101 runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Interpretive Center. GPS units will be provided.
The Isle du Bois unit of the park is located off of FM 455 and can be reached at 940-686-2148.
At the Johnson Branch, a beginners’ kayaking class runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the boat ramp. Single- and double-seat boats are available and the park will provide life jackets and paddles. Reservations are not required but the park has a limited number of boats so attendees are encouraged to arrive early. This class is for boaters age 4 and up and children must be accompanied by an adult.
Boaters can bring their own kayak Tuesday for an 11:30 a.m. guided paddle on the lake. Attendees should meet at the boat ramp. An Owl Prowl campfire talk will follow at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the amphitheater.
Wednesday, a sunrise hike begins at 7:30 a.m. at Picnic Pavilion 1. A nature journaling class will follow at 2 p.m. at the pavilion. Attendees are encouraged to bring along their own writing and art supplies.
Thursday, a geocaching class begins at 9 a.m. at Picnic Pavilion 1. Park rangers will demonstrate how to use GPS units to locate hidden items in the park. The Fast and the Furriest ranger talk, which features information about local mammal species, will follow at 1 p.m. at the pavilion.
The Johnson Branch is located off FM 3002 and can be reached at 940-637-2636.
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