State competitors honored by WISD board

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Two students of the Whitehouse UIL academic team became state champions and were noted at the WISD board meeting Monday, May 14. Tasnia Bari was first in the biology contest in science and was recognized during the meeting. Kate McLeod won in the news writing portion of the journalism contests, but was not present at the meeting.

“To be the state champion in anything in Texas is a big deal and we’ve got two state champions this year in UIL academics,” said Dr. Chris Moran, WISD superintendent. “We are so proud of you.”

Other UIL academic team members included Christopher Knight, who placed third individually in literary criticism, and along with Morgan Gage and Nick McIntyre placed third as a team.

Jazmin Ray was recognized for her participation in the state track meet Friday, May 11, where she placed eighth overall with a triple jump of 37-3.

Five speakers signed up for open forum and each one spoke in support of continuing a wrestling program within the district, not as a club, but as a UIL sport.

Bryan Pannagl, Rick Green, Drew Arthur, Jim Moulton and Hung Arthur all spoke to the benefits of wrestling and encouraged the trustees to give due consideration to their plea to be the first district in East Texas to have UIL wrestling. The individual speakers noted the relatively low cost in relation to other sports, the opportunity for anyone to participate and 100 percent participation rate, the complementary nature of wrestling with football and especially the growth and accomplishments of their own children who participated in the club this year.

The STAAR scores were discussed with many improvements noted by campus leaders. The progress was attributed to PLCs and the aligned curriculum. PLC, or Professional Learning Communities,iis a group of educators meeting regularly to share expertise and work collaboratively to improve teaching skills and academic performance of students.

The construction update from WRL indicated progress had been made on the various campuses and was proceeding on schedule.

Consent items were approved which included a new course, Welding 2, and two out-of-state-trips, one each for the FCCLA and the high school student council.

As there was no opposition to either Place 4 or Place 5 on the board of trustees, no election was held. Greg Hood, Place 4, and Wade Weathers, Place 5, will remain as trustees and serve for the next three years.

The June and July board meetings will be temporarily moved to the cafeteria on the Holloway Middle School campus due to re-roofing that will take place at the high school.

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