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North Lamar Brings Home Fourth In Drama at State

School NewsGreg Higgins
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The NL Cast of A Midsummer  Night's Dream represented North Lamar well at the 4A STATE Contest on Wednesday, April 12th in Round Rock, TX.  Maddie Doyal was awarded Outstanding Tech Award for all of 4A in the State of Texas, a first for North Lamar.

Josh Kok won a spot on the 4A State All Star Cast. Paul Bayer is the 2017

BEST ACTOR in the State of Texas. North Lamar is coming home with 4th place

in the 4A State Contest.

"What a year it has been!", High School Drama Teacher Cody Head said. "Thank you to Stephanie Easton for her work on this wild ride!

The drama department wants you to be a part of this performance. They have decided to do a "pay what you can" public performance on Tuesday, April 18 at 7pm in the NL Auditorium.

The cast and crew of "A MIdsummer Night's Dream":

Austin Cunningham

Jenny Clausen

Chaston Tomlin

Josh Kok

Seth Jones

Kylee Hilliard

Taylor White

Kylie Jackson

Savanah Birdwell

Paul Bayer

Kyle Stanley

Tate Bivens

Trent Fells

Grace Hignight

Kyran Hollje

Maddie Doyal

Bodee Robinson

Marlee Dority

Madison Turner

Aleeza Lee

NLHS Theatre is Headed to State

School NewsGreg Higgins
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NLHS Theatre's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream advanced to state after competing in Regional Contest Thursday.  Tate Bivens was awarded Honorable Mention All Star Cast.  Paul Bayer and Kyran Hollje were selected for the Region All Star Cast.  Kylee Hilliard won Region 2 4A Best Actress.  One Act competes at State on Wednesday, April 12 at 4:50pm in Austin.

North Lamar FBLA advances to nationals after winning state

School NewsGreg Higgins
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North Lamar’s Melody Shannon and Brock Garrison won the State Champion title at the 2017 Future Business Leadership of America Graphic Design and Presentation Competition.  The FBLA convention was held March 24-26 in San Antonio.  The two will compete at the National FBLA Competition in Anaheim, California, in June.  Yvonne Parson and Angela Shannon are the sponsors for FBLA.


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NLHS students reenact the trial of Joan of Arc

School NewsGreg Higgins
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Sophomores at North Lamar High School reenact the trial and execution of Joan of Arc in 1431 AD during Pre-AP World History class.  Above, Bishop Cauchon (Julian Tellez) condemns Joan of Arc (Alexis Moreland) to be burned at the stake for heresy as English officers (Will Rast, left of Joan, and Zach Figueroa, right of Joan) prevent her escape.


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North Lamar wins District UIL Academic Competition

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NLHS UIL Academic Team along with two of the ten coaches, Dennis Hodgkiss with trophy and Sandra Patterson, far right, gather after winning District 14 AAAA.

NLHS UIL Academic Team along with two of the ten coaches, Dennis Hodgkiss with trophy and Sandra Patterson, far right, gather after winning District 14 AAAA.


In the closest competition in the history of UIL District 14 4A, the North Lamar High School Academic Team earned the 2017 District Championship at Texarkana College on Friday, March 24.  The 28 member team from North Lamar edged out Pleasant Grove by 4 points to capture their 11th district championship in the last twelve years.

“Strong performances by students from North Lamar, Pleasant Grove, Atlanta, and Paris created an exciting see-saw battle that continued throughout the day,” said NL UIL coach Dennis Hodgkiss.  “The issue was not decided until the late afternoon on Friday when the last event was completed in an amazingly close competition during which three different schools held the lead at one time or the other.”

The top three individual winners and the top team in each event will go on to compete at region on Saturday, April 8, on the campus of Texas A&M University Commerce.  North Lamar students placing were:

Kylie Jackson – 10th in Accounting

Coral Smith – 12th in Accounting

Jess Chollet – 4th in Calculator, 10th in Mathematics, 6th in Number Sense

Heather Armstrong – 10th in Calculator, 2nd in Mathematics, 5th in Number Sense, 2nd

                    in Science, Top Chemistry Score, Top Physics Score

Rael Memnon – 11th in Calculator, 4th in Literary Criticism

Abraham Prado – 9th in Current Events

Sam Greenwell – 11th in Current Events, 9th in Mathematics, 12th in Number Sense

Colin Hodgkiss – 4th in Computer Applications, 12th in Social Studies

Mason Remaley – 6th in Computer Applications

Hope Ricketts – 2nd in Editorial Writing, 1st in Headline Writing

Alison Thrasher – 5th in Editorial Writing

Jericka Johnson – 5th in Feature Writing

Megan Grogan – 5th in Headline Writing

Taylor White – 1st in Literary Criticism

Kyra Conlin – 2nd in Literary Criticism

Landon Carter – 7th in Literary Criticism

Ty Rast – 10th in Science

Steele Musgrove – 1st in Spelling

Laura Carl – 8th in Spelling

          North Lamar Teams – 2nd in Science, 1st in Literary Criticism, 3rd in Calculator, 3rd in

                    Mathematics, 2nd in Number Sense

 

          North Lamar UIL Academic Coaches are Teresa Bussell (Science), Cody Head (One Act Play), Carolyn Hiller (Number Sense, Calculator, Math), Kristi Hodgkiss ( Speech and Debate),Steven Jones (Current Events), Cheryl LaRue (Journalism, Ready Writing), Sandra Patterson(Spelling), Pam Tuttle (Prose and Poetry), Dennis Hodgkiss (Social Studies), and Linda Winfrey (Literary Criticism).

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Pancakes, Pancakes, and more Pancakes!

School NewsGreg Higgins
Kingstan Kain and Jaydon Garite of Tiffanie Bell’s first grade class at Higgins enjoy their pancakes.

Kingstan Kain and Jaydon Garite of Tiffanie Bell’s first grade class at Higgins enjoy their pancakes.

The Kiwanis Pancake Day is a day anxiously awaited by people of all ages. However, the smiles of students let you know that having pancakes and sausage during school makes it one of the best days ever.  Generous donors allow classes to attend each year.  This year the first grade classes at Higgins Elementary were sponsored by Sydney and Gary Young, Terry Spangler, Marla and Woody Sessums, Tire City, Brad Archer at Archer Construction and Design, Gamestop, School Brothers BBQ, Advanced Automotive and Diesel, LLC, and Pitcock’s Wrecker Service.

North Lamar High School HOSA volunteer, Cade Shawhart, pours milk for Higgins first graders Landon Kessel, Jared Franklin, Avree Bennett, Andrea Gilbert, and Hagan Dockery.

North Lamar High School HOSA volunteer, Cade Shawhart, pours milk for Higgins first graders Landon Kessel, Jared Franklin, Avree Bennett, Andrea Gilbert, and Hagan Dockery.

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NLHS Choir Teams Up with the Frisco Rough Riders

School NewsGreg Higgins
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What does baseball and music have in common?  Pitch?  Hall of famers?  A symphony coming together for greatness?  Maybe a crescendo created by a triple play? One thing we all know is that baseball wouldn’t be the same without music. 

On Saturday, May 20 beginning at 7:05 p.m., the Frisco RoughRiders, Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, will play the Corpus Christi Hooks.  North Lamar High School Chamber Singers have been invited to sing the National Anthem at the game that evening and are encouraging support through ticket sales.

Tickets for the game and an evening of family fun are $20 each.  Included are unlimited hot dogs, brats, chips, peanuts, sodas, and water.  Every ticket holder will also receive a limited-edition RoughRiders souvenir.

          Support the North Lamar Choir by purchasing tickets today.  An order form may be found at www.northlamar.net on the North Lamar High School webpage. Tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis.  Orders must be placed together to sit together.  Deadline to order is Friday, May 5.  For questions or to order tickets, contact Kaitlyn Cox at 972.334.1906 or kcox@ridersbaseball.com.

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There's no magic to healthy dental care

School NewsGreg Higgins
Higgins Elementary kindergarten studentMason Montezassists Dr. Robert White with a magic trick.

Higgins Elementary kindergarten studentMason Montezassists Dr. Robert White with a magic trick.



During the month of February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.  Dr. Robert White volunteers his time to speak to the students at Higgins Elementary about the importance of developing good dental habits and getting regular dental exams.  He often has a few magic tricks up his sleeve during his presentations.

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North Lamar's Colorguard prepares for the competition season

School NewsGreg Higgins
Pleased with their second place win at the NTCA competition in Frisco, Texas, are North Lamar Colorguard Head Captain Rebekah Reed (left) and Co-Captain Nancy Castillo.

Pleased with their second place win at the NTCA competition in Frisco, Texas, are North Lamar Colorguard Head Captain Rebekah Reed (left) and Co-Captain Nancy Castillo.


North Lamar High School Colorguard placed second in their division after competing against 5A and 6A schools at Wakeland High School in Frisco, Texas, on February 25. During the competition season and performing independently from the school’s marching band, North Lamar’s Colorguard is part of the North Texas Colorguard Association circuit in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex.

“The girls have been hard at work since December, and I am glad that their hard work is paying off and that the audience and judges enjoy watching our show,” said NLHS Colorguard Director Cristian Gomez.  “I am looking forward to seeing their growth going into our last month of the Winterguard season.”

The colorguard will compete on March 10 at Red Oak High School and conclude their season at State Championships on April 1 at Coppell High School.

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North Lamar’s Doyal to compete at Beta National Convention

School NewsGreg Higgins
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Beta students from North Lamar High School attended the Texas State Beta Convention in Frisco, Texas, on February 24 and 25.  Junior Maddie Doyal placed second in Special Talent and will attend the national convention in Orlando, Florida, June 29 through July 2.  Bailey Fowler, also a junior, ran for vice president.  Beta sponsors for North Lamar are Tiffany Page and Whitney Blount.

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Attending the Beta State Convention from North Lamar High School beginning front row left are Emily Lamonica, Kaitlyn Dority, and Trenton Wheeler.  In back are Raegan Booker, Alex Jenkins, Bailey Fowler, Takeyah Griffin, Tristian Wheeler, Maddie Doyal, and Kylee Scudder.  Not pictured is Rael Mennon

Attending the Beta State Convention from North Lamar High School beginning front row left are Emily Lamonica, Kaitlyn Dority, and Trenton Wheeler.  In back are Raegan Booker, Alex Jenkins, Bailey Fowler, Takeyah Griffin, Tristian Wheeler, Maddie Doyal, and Kylee Scudder.  Not pictured is Rael Mennon

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