Rollin' on the river

GreenFest always offers a range of activities for families, but the annual event at the Ray Roberts Lake Greenbelt also includes an educational element. At Saturday’s outdoor event, hosted by the Greenbelt Alliance, children and adults alike could climb a rock wall or go kayaking, while others could opt for the bicycle rally, run or try the equine obstacle challenge. But festival-goers also could hear a presentation on birds by representatives from the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center in Lucas. The presentations, held in the morning and afternoon, allowed visitors a chance to see raptors up close, including the peregrine falcon, the fastest animal on the planet, which has been clocked at more

Elite status

Aubrey High School senior Kalina Histand loves animals and manages a menagerie at home: frog, salamanders, geckos, dogs, cats and fish. She also works at a pet store in Denton. At school, she manages several activities and academics, and her achievement in academics has helped her become a National Merit semifinalist. Histand, 17, ranked second in her class, now will apply for National Merit finalist. She expects to be notified about her application in January. Students’ PSAT scores qualify them for semifinalist status. “It was really exciting, because I know that it really opened a lot of doors for me in terms of where I could go to college,” Histand said of gaining semifinalist status. “If

Red, white, blue and gold

Mikael Conn and Hud Morgan faced each other twice on the football field last week — once as friendly rivals and once as just friends. Both times, they had a sense of purpose The two FFA members — Conn, a sophomore from Aubrey, and Morgan, a sophomore from Pilot Point — came together with other FFA members and their two communities Friday night to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed almost 3,000 people in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. The FFA students from the two schools held an American flag during a ceremony in which other students participated. Morgan said it was “amazing” to get the opportunity to participate. The previous night, Conn and Morgan

Facing adversity

Adversity can come in many different forms. For the Pilot Point Bearcats, inexperience and lack of depth help explain two straight losses. In Pilot Point’s first two games against Krum and Muenster, the Bearcats were competitive in the first quarter. After that, they were outscored 51-6. “We’re playing about 15 people, and that’s hard,” head coach Rob Best said. “We’ve never had that before. “We’ve been a two-platoon team for years, and we just don’t have the numbers right now,” he said. On average, Pilot Point has carried about 16 seniors every year. This year, there are 11 on the roster. After Monday’s practice, Best and his staff spoke to their players about the adversity the program is f

Preventing another Taylor

After his son Taylor committed suicide in 2003, Don Hooton discovered the high school baseball player from Plano had been taking anabolic steroids in a misguided effort to improve his performance. Hooton also learned that parents and students alike weren’t aware of the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs. He started the Taylor Hooton Foundation to start spreading the word: appearance and performance enhancing drugs (APEDs) can be deadly. “We want to prevent what happened to our son from ever happening to any other family,” Hooton said. “It starts with being educated on the risks and dangers of this drug.” Hooton spoke at Aubrey High School Monday night. His talk was organized by the Aubre

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