First-day photos

First Day Photos 1

Amanda West and her daughters, Talan and Addison smile for a first-day photo at Slidell Elementary Tuesday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

First Day Photos 2

Alex Markel snaps a photo of his daughter, Abby, as she starts a new school year at Slidell Elementary. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Ready Set Go 1

READY, SET, GO – Parents and students arrived to Slidell schools early Tuesday to kick off the new school year. Pre-kindergarten students (from left) Grady Williams, Paige Guantt and Riley Griffith calmed the butterflies in their tummies by browsing through storybooks. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Ready Set Go 2

Amanda West gives last-minute advice to daughter Addison as they walk down the hall. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Ready Set Go 3

Moms get last minute hugs before leaving their little ones at school. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

First Day Jitters 1

FIRST-DAY JITTERS – Slidell pre-kindergartner Zana Bonute appears unsure about staying at school, but her mother offers gentle reassurance. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

First Day Jitters 2

A student poses in front of a “Welcome Back!” bus, creating a classic first-day-of-school photo. Messenger photo by Joe Duty


Lightning strikes reported

Greenwood-Slidell firefighters responded to multiple reports of residences being struck by lightning as a storm rolled through Monday evening.

Greenwood-Slidell Chief Adam North said no structural damage was found at either home.

One at County Road 2822 did have a hot water heater burst causing minor flooding. At the other home on County Road 2723, the breaker was blown.

Greenwood-Slidell firefighters also had to remove a tree from Farm Road 455.

A resident in Greenwood reported 0.9 inches of rain Monday.

No rainfall was recorded at Decatur Municipal Airport.

Temperatures reached 101 at Decatur and Bridgeport Monday with heat indices between 102 and 108 in the afternoon.

Highs are expected to remain over 100 through Thursday. Saturday includes a 40 percent chance of rain with highs only reaching the low 90s.


School districts change calendars to fit state law

School districts change calendars to fit state law

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Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Schools across the county worked over the spring semester to change their 2016-2017 calendars, taking in consideration House Bill 2610.

The bill, passed by the 84th Texas Legislature in 2015, amended the Texas Education Code to require school districts to provide 75,600 minutes of instruction instead of the previously required 180 days.

For many districts, this means less days in class.


Alvord ISD Superintendent Randy Brown said the legislative change means several things for his district. Most importantly – flexibility.

“That’s a really good thing,” Brown said. “Staff development has been one of the biggest factors for us, and we’ve been able to increase that.”

The Alvord calendar’s groundwork came with input from both the community and the county. Alvord’s cooperative education program means that some students will spend time at other schools.

“We started with other schools in the county. With us being in co-op together, it helps to have calenders that are aligned to the best degree possible,” Brown said. “We also talked to other schools and our administrators here. They get input from their staff.”

Brown placed a calendar draft on the district website to get community input. When the decision came before the school board, Brown said summer release played heavily into the final discussion.

“What drives a lot of calendars is ‘when do you want to finish school?’ For us, it’s May. We don’t want to go into June,” he said.

The final Alvord calendar includes:

  • Lengthening school days at the middle school and elementary school by 20 minutes.
  • Lengthening the district’s pre-k program by 45 minutes.
  • Adjusting start times at the middle school and high school to 8:10 a.m.

School starts Aug. 22. Alvord is set to release students for summer break May 25, 2017.


Bridgeport ISD also coordinated its schedule to match other local districts.

“We’re almost all on the exact same schedule,” Superintendent Eddie Bland said. “Which to me is almost a bigger deal than the minutes thing.”

Bridgeport schools will have 171 days of instruction in 2016-2017, at seven-and-a-half hours per day. Four days will be spread throughout the year for staff development, which differs from previous years when development days were at the beginning of the school year.

Bland said this new schedule is an improvement for staff.

“You end up trying to cram all that staff development at the front, and any research will tell you that’s not how you learn,” Bland said. “It’s better to spread it throughout the year and build on what you learn.”

The schools will also have five bad weather days built into the calendar.

Bridgeport ISD classes begin Aug. 22. Students will be released May 25, 2017.


The state’s swap to a minutes-measured system will shorten Boyd ISD’s 2016-2017 instructional calendar by 10 days, Superintendent Ted West said.

“We’re moving to 170 teaching days,” he said. “Our teachers are still under contract for 180 days, so that’s basically going to give us 10 additional days for training and staff development.”

West said the staff members were instrumental in picking the district’s new calender.

“They voted and overwhelmingly picked the one we’ve gone with,” West said. “This whole process went through a committee. They came back with some recommendations and we proposed two to three calendars to the staff, who voted. It was a landslide as far as the one we approved.”

The district’s first day of class in 2016 will be Aug. 23, West said, which isn’t drastically different than its 2015 start date. “The biggest difference is when we graduate,” he said. “We’re going from June 3 this year to May 26 next year. That’s a full week. It’s enabled us to finish prior to Memorial Day, which is what we used to be able to do. The past five years we’ve had to go into June to meet our requirements.”


Like Boyd, Chico ISD school board also took its direction from faculty members.

“We coordinated with other superintendents in the county, especially those that we share services with,” former Superintendent Mike Jones said. “We brought back a couple of options and put it in front of all of our staff, teachers and custodians. They weighed in.

“Our staff came back and overwhelmingly picked a front-loaded calendar.”

The new calendar will shift the brunt of staff development days to the front of the school year. School release times will not be affected and the district’s last day is May 25, 2017. School starts Aug. 23.


Decatur Superintendent Rod Townsend talked about the calendar issue with the school board in February.

“We took our current schedule and converted it to minutes, and we were good with about three days over in the high school, a couple of days over in middle school and at the elementary we were actually short,” he said. “So we had to add about 10 to 15 minutes in a couple of places to the elementary schedule to make sure we were meeting the 75,600 minute mark.”

The new rules will also likely lead to an eight-period day Monday through Friday at the secondary level next year, without a modified block schedule on Thursdays or Fridays.

Parents of middle school students noticed a change in the length of the school day at the end of the year. In the spring of 2016, 10 minutes were added on Thursdays and Fridays to help meet the required minutes.

Middle School Principal Dewayne Tamplen said the additional time will give the school more flexibility in case of unexpected school closures such as bad weather.

Next year’s calendar is similar to other area schools, primarily due to Weatherford College’s schedule, Townsend explained.

“Our calendar is driven a whole lot by Weatherford College, and Weatherford College tends to follow Weatherford ISD’s calendar. It’s driven because of our dual-credit classes,” Townsend said.

Decatur ISD starts classes Aug. 22, and students will be released May 25, 2017. In previous years, Decatur classes ended in June.


Due to its six early release day waivers that won’t expire until 2016, Northwest ISD is eligible for 180 waiver minutes per release day, allowing the school to add 1,080 minutes back into the calendar.

Northwest ISD will have 173 instructional days in 2016-2017, and teachers will work 187 service days. Classes begin Aug. 22, and they end May 26, 2017.


Paradise ISD students can expect four less days in class next year, but that’s about the only scheduling change.

“There’s not a lot of change in our schedule from 2015-2016 to 2016-2017,” Superintendent Mac Edwards said.

Paradise students had 175 school days in 2015-2016 and will have 171 days in 2016-2017. The bell schedule at all campuses will remain unchanged, with no earlier or later start and stop times.

“Our days will stay the same,” Edwards said. “Just based on the way we let school out and the way the buses have to run, it will have to stay the same.”

Paradise also worked their schedule around the schedules of Weatherford College Wise County and other local districts as well as they could.

“We tried really hard in the county to make those school schedules match as much as possible,” Edwards said.

Classes in Paradise begin Aug. 22 and end May 25, 2017.


Slidell ISD will start its instruction period Aug. 16, and classes end May 19.


Under construction: Fire hall project slow, but steady

WORKING THROUGH IT – Greenwood-Slidell Fire Chief Adam North stands in his department’s partially-completed fire hall. Work on the building has been dependent on donations and volunteers, but North said he hopes to see it mostly finished by the end of summer. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Adam North’s to-do list just keeps growing. The Greenwood-Slidell Fire Department chief has a running list of jobs needed to complete his department’s new fire hall.

“I’ve got my notes on my phone full of stuff,” North said, “like when I think of it I just jot it down. We have volunteers that come up when they’ve got time, so we’ve got a checklist on a white board with what we need to do and what we’ve done. The other night they came up and finished out all the insulation. We’ve still got a lot of work to do.”

The department purchased a portable building in January after its previous home, an old church, was declared unsafe by insurance adjusters in November. Firemen have been meeting next door in the metal building that houses the department’s trucks during the arduous construction process. North said they plan to move in after the electricity, plumbing and sheet rock are completed.

“Our goal is to be able to be inside it by the end of the summer,” he said. “It’s taking longer than what we wanted but the volunteers are up here as fast as they can because they’ve got jobs during the day. To save on labor, we’re doing a lot of it ourselves. That’s helped us to stretch things further.”

The portable building was a hollow shell, but volunteer crews worked in their off time to build interior walls. While the costs and labor associated with building a new fire hall aren’t ideal, he said, the project does give the department a chance to make their new headquarters better than what they had before.

“Our goal is to be able to have training for us but also to be able to invite outside organizations in for training,” he said. “Eventually we’d like to be able to host CPR classes for the community.”

North and the department have big plans for their new headquarters, from a laundry room for cleaning gear to a small bedroom so exhausted firemen can rest after a call. One room, he said, takes priority over others.

“We’re still without a bathroom right now,” he said. “The new hall will have two, and a shower. That way, if they do get back from a call that involves bodily fluids or a hazmat situation, they can clean up instead of taking that stuff where their family is.

“We’re not a paid department, but a lot of volunteers are starting to stay at their station on days they’re available. It’s a home away from home,” he said. “In the past, if we’ve been on standby, we had to sit up here. This is something for the guys to come up if there’s some type of bad weather or droughts. They have a spot for a bed if they need it. We’d have a bathroom and training rooms and a computer to file our reports.”

To make the dream happen, North said community members from Wise County and beyond have stepped up to donate time and materials for the fire hall.

“Some people have said, ‘you buy the parts, and we’ll help with the labor,’ or vice versa, he said. “One air conditioner on the end works. One does not. We have a guy helping us out from Alvord. We’ve still got to do the sheetrock. I’ve got to come up with about 100 sheets of sheetrock.

“It’s something for the future. People will say, ‘do y’all really need that right now?’ But in five years we don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said. “If we have the room now and the money donated to plan for the future, we plan.”

To donate to the Greenwood-Slidell Volunteer Fire Department, email or find them on Facebook. The department’s mailing address is P.O. Box 153, Slidell, TX 76276.


  • Drop ceiling materials and help with installation
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Cabinets
  • Countertops
  • Paint
  • Sheetrock and tape and bed
  • Handicap toilet
  • 1×4 wood trim
  • Standup washer/dryer
  • Gravel for parking lot
  • Refrigerator
  • Electric stove

If you can help acquire and/or install these items, email the Greenwood-Slidell Volunteer Fire Department at You can also find them on Facebook.


Students honored at MSU

Local students were honored for academic achievement in the 2016 spring semester at Midwestern State University.

Isabel G. Perez of Decatur was named to the president’s honor roll. To make the president’s honor roll, a student must complete at least 12 hours and maintain a 4.0.

Richard R. Roberts of Decatur and Morgan L. Barnes of Slidell made the provost’s honor roll. To make the provost’s honor roll, a student must take at least 12 hours and have a grade-point average of 3.75 to 3.99.


Upcoming Sports Camps

DECATUR GIRLS BASKETBALL – The Decatur Lady Eagle basketball camp will be June 13-16 at the Decatur High School gym.

Billy Garner and his coaching staff will put on the camp in two sessions: 10 a.m. to noon for players in grades 2 through 5; and 1 to 3 p.m. for players in grades 6 through 9.

The cost is $60 for the first session and $65 for the second. Each additional sibling gets a $10 discount.

Registration can be mailed to Billy Garner at 705 W. Mulberry, Decatur, TX 76234.

For information, call Garner, 940-393-7230.

CHICO BASEBALL – The Chico Dragon baseball camp for players in grades 2 through 9 will be held at the Chico baseball field 9 to 11 a.m. June 6-9. Registration is $30.
For information, call Brian McBeth, 254-258-4533.

PANTHER FOOTBALL – Ronnie Gage will hold three sessions of the Panther Football Camp this summer at the Paradise practice field. The first session is for players in grades 1-5, from 8 to 10 a.m. June 6-9. Session two is for players in grades 6-8 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 6-9. The final session for incoming freshmen is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 25-28. The cost is $60. Registration forms are available at or at the school offices. For information, call 940-969-2501, ext. 5055.

LADY PANTHERS BASKETBALL – New Paradise girls coach Chad Woodard will hold a basketball camp June 6-9 at Paradise High School gym. The cost is $40. Players in grades 2-5 are to attend the 9:30-11:30 a.m. session. Players in grades 6-9 are to attend the 1-3 p.m. session. Registration forms available at or at the school offices. For information, call 940-969-5034.

SLIDELL BASKETBALL – Slidell basketball coach Todd McCormick will hold a basketball clinic for boys and girls June 6-9 at Slidell High School. Players in grades 1-5 are to attend the 8:15-10 a.m. session. The session for players in grades 6-9 is from 10:15 a.m. to noon. The cost is $10. For information, call 940-466-3118, ext. 247.

JACKET VOLLEYBALL – Boyd volleyball coach Dusty Crafton will hold a pair of volleyball camps June 20-22 at the Boyd High School gym. The first camp for players in grades 4-6 is from noon to 1:30 p.m. A session for players in grades 7-8 will follow from 2:30-4 p.m. The cost is $35. For information, call 830-279-9996.


Vanover and teammates fight fatigue to bring home accolades

All Stars

ALL-STARS – Shelby Vanover and Taylor Davis were named reserve all-star cast members in Class A at the UIL state one-act play contest Monday. Submitted photo

Starbucks coffee fueled Shelby Vanover’s computer science victory at the UIL state academic meet this week.

The senior maintained a rigorous competition schedule in Austin as he performed in the school’s one-act play Monday night, competed in computer science Tuesday and crafted a composition Wednesday in the ready writing contest.

“I drank a lot of coffee, kept caffeinated, kept alert and tried to sleep when I could,” he said.

The one-act play contest didn’t end until after midnight Monday, and they had to leave the hotel at 9:15 a.m. the next morning for critiques. Just after lunch, Vanover settled in for the computer science contest.

“We’ve been studying really hard every day,” he said.

But Vanover was still surprised by the win.

“I’ve always been second on our team, so it was out of the blue,” he said.

Vanover has regularly finished second to teammate Sarah Beaver, and he said even on her “off day,” she can usually beat him. Beaver finished fourth. They garnered enough points to win the team computer science title.

Vanover didn’t have much time to enjoy the spoils of victory, though. Ready writing followed on Wednesday, and he was the defending state champion. This year he came in second.

“I normally shoot for five pages, and I only got three,” he said. “But I felt good about what I had.”

And to top it off, Vanover, along with castmate Taylor Davis, were named reserved all-stars for their performance in “Mariner.”

“I’ve had an amazing senior year, and this just puts the cherry on it,” Vanover said.

Although the play did not place, he noted that they had “an outstanding performance.”

Slidell’s UIL academic team placed third overall in the meet with 106 points. They finished behind first-place Knippa with 134.5 points and Moulton’s 109 in second.

Academic Powerhouse

ACADEMIC POWERHOUSE – The Slidell High School UIL academic team placed third overall with 106 points. Submitted photo

Other contest results include:

  • Sarah Beaver – second place in computer applications, second place in number sense
  • Mason Maynard – fourth place in computer applications
  • Shelby Johnson – third place in persuasive speaking
  • Taylor Davis – fifth place in poetry interpretation
State Stage

STATE STAGE – Slidell High School’s one-act play returned to state competition this year with “Mariner.” Submitted photo


Slidell: Vanover, Beaver rise to the top

All the Right Ingredients

ALL THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS – Valedictorian Shelby Vanover (left) and Salutatorian Sarah Beaver found the recipe for success in high school and are looking forward to their collegiate pursuits next year. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Like many students at Slidell High School, valedictorian Shelby Vanover and salutatorian Sarah Beaver lent their talents to various activities, from athletics to academic contests.

But next year they look forward to specializing and embarking on paths focused on their future careers.

“I’m excited about it,” said Beaver, who will attend Midwestern State University, majoring in computer science and mechanical engineering. “We’re going to a slightly bigger atmosphere, so there will be more people. Like here, we don’t really have groups, like ‘jocks’ and stuff.”

“We just have students [in general],” Vanover added with a laugh.

Their graduating class has 18 students.

Beaver said she anticipates meeting more people who share her interests.

Vanover echoed the sentiment. He’s attending the University of Texas at Arlington, majoring in aerospace engineering and minoring in computer science. He was accepted into a freshman interest group, which means he’ll be living with a group of students in the same course of study.

“Hopefully that will allow me to make friends and meet people who are interested in doing the same stuff I am,” he said. “There will be challenges because I won’t know everybody’s name, and there won’t be that ‘home’ feel. But there’s a lot of opportunity there.”

Vanover, who grew up in Slidell, said he will miss the small-town feel and wide open spaces of northern Wise County, but he’ll adjust.

“We live on 600 acres, so the closest non-family members are literally a half-mile away, so to go from that to 5 feet away [in a dorm], is a pretty big step,” he said. “Going out there into the real world will be a shock, but I’ll get used to it.”

Beaver moved to the Slidell school district when she was in third grade, and although she anticipates missing her hometown, there’s not just one thing weighing on her mind.

“I’m just not there yet,” she said. “I’m sure I’ll start to think about it over the summer, but right now my mind is more focused on the fact that we’re about to go to state in a couple of weeks.”

Both Beaver and Vanover are part of Slidell’s dynamic UIL academic team. They won the Class A University Interscholastic League academic title last year and are hoping for a repeat in 2016.

Vanover and Beaver both competed this week in computer applications and computer science at the state UIL academic meet in Austin. Vanover also put his writing skills to the test in the ready writing contest, and he was in Slidell’s one-act play that advanced to state.

Their participation in UIL events fostered their future career choices and has led to some of their favorite high school memories.

“Winning one-act play at regionals last year is probably my favorite memory because we had never done it before and we were so unsure we were going to make it,” he said. “They were announcing schools, and there was just one more spot left. It was us, and our entire cast just exploded.”

Beaver recalled a similar experience when she learned she was going to state in computer applications.

“It’s always been my dream to go to state in something,” she said.

Beaver is already using her computer skills in the real world as an intern at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.

“I find that I enjoy the challenge it provides,” she said. “I fix bugs in their computers and sometimes just help install camera systems in their vehicles, stuff like that.”

She hopes to one day work for the CIA and “hack into people’s computers.”

Vanover announced he hoped she didn’t hack his. His dream job is flight vehicle design for NASA.

“I’ve always loved flight, and I used to build airplanes and spaceships with my Legos all the time,” he said. “Just the realization that I can do sort of the same thing in real life, but on a much grander scale, really interests me.”

They leave their fellow students with words of inspiration to explore their interests and apply themselves in all endeavors.

“A lot of things we do – UIL, basketball – it’s not going to carry over into college for most of us,” Beaver said. “So it’s really your last time to enjoy doing things and explore what interests you and what’s fun for you.”

Vanover added that the key to success in any of these things is perseverance.

“I honestly believe that as far as high school goes, as far as intelligence and class rank, it’s more a matter of application than genetics or how smart you are.

“If you work hard, you can achieve great things.”


Greyhounds defend state academic title


STATEBOUND – The Slidell High School UIL academic team will travel to Austin for the state UIL academic meet next week. They are the defending Class A champions. Messenger photo by Kristen Tribe

The Slidell Greyhounds will take Austin by storm next week as they defend their Class A University Interscholastic League academic title.

The district is sending 25 students to the 2016 state meet May 23-25 where they will compete in 16 events, as well as one-act play.

Slidell UIL coordinator Sherrie Enis said it will be close, but a second championship is within reach.

“On all the objective stuff, we’re good,” she said. “But you never can tell on the subjective with writing and speaking. We have four possibilities of points in speaking and two in writing, so you have no idea how it’s going to go.”

Another contest that’s open to interpretation is one-act play.

Slidell has had another successful year on stage and will perform “Mariner” late Monday night.

Theater arts teacher and director Beth Dill said the dark comedy, which is about Christopher Columbus agonizing over past decisions, is not the type of play SHS traditionally performs.

But the students embraced it and have worked hard to bring their characters to life. The boys have grown out their hair, and two students have been sporting beards for months in support of their roles.

Sierra Hargrave said acting is a release.

“You get to let go and be something else,” she said. “You don’t have to be normal. It’s a creative thing to do and a way to explore literature.”

The group practices for at least two hours every day and said the endeavor is truly a team effort – from helping each other get ready to running lines before a performance.

Actress Bailey Meyer said it’s joined students of all interests.

“At Slidell there’s the athletic kids and the non-athletic kids and this has brought us all together and given us something to talk about,” she said.

The connection between the students shines on stage, and this year’s production makes the most of this year’s acting talent.

Last year the group finished 7th, but they hope to dominate this year. Lead actor Norberto Martinez said he won’t be satisfied with less.

“I’m proud of what we’ve done, but I won’t feel like we’ve ‘done it’ unless we win it,” he declared.

The sentiment of his battle cry was echoed by Enis.

“I would say there was a bit more pressure to prepare this year because we’ve been successful, and you don’t want to go the opposite way,” she said.

But it’s a fleeting thought, as the students have put in hours of preparation, study and rehearals to make sure that second championship is within reach.


one-act play
Pre-competition ritual: We always walk in a circle while going over lines and say a prayer.

one-act play
Good-luck charm: My turtle bracelet and cross necklace.

one-act play, news writing, number sense
Key to success: Practicing one-act play for at least two hours per day and a class period each day for UIL.

computer applications
Pre-competition ritual: Snacking

current events
Pre-competition ritual: I just sit down and study SpeechGeek off of my phone.

computer science
Good-luck charm: I always wear my orange Nikes.

one-act play
Pre-competition ritual: Secret nap

one-act play, literary criticism
Key to success: Studying very hard every day and always pushing each other to be the best.

one-act play
Good-luck charm: I believe that our good-luck charms are our wonderful directors, Mrs. Dill and Mrs. Cope. My personal charm is my cross necklace and Bible.

current events
Good-luck charm: My pencil that I use every competition

one-act play
Pre-competition ritual: Vocal warm-up

one-act play, theatrical design
Key to success: Being hungry for success is what drives our school to be great in what we do. We are so competitive with rival schools in our district, which floods over to beat other schools in our region and state. That is a major key.

one-act play, persuasive speaking, poetry
Key to success: The fact that we have such talented directors and coaches gives us an opportunity that most schools don’t get. That and the fact that we all are so fiercely competitive.

current issues and events, social studies
Pre-competition ritual: Sleep, lots of sleep

one-act play, literary criticism
Good-luck charm: A necklace given to me by my parents for my 16th birthday

one-act play
Good-luck charm: Kayson Roof

literary criticism, one-act play
Pre-competition ritual: My mom has come to every one of my one-act play shows, so I’m convinced she plays some role in our success.

one-act play, informative speaking, poetry interpretation
Key to success: The teachers really push us to succeed in every competition and offer as much support as possible. It also takes a lot of determination and self-motivation.

current events and one-act play
Pre-competition ritual: Reviewing information that might be on the test

one-act play, literary criticism
Pre-competition ritual: Study, get a good night’s sleep, eat a good breakfast

ready writing, computer science, theatrical design, one-act play
Pre-competition ritual: Drawing on the scratch paper, mostly spaceships

number sense, computer applications, computer science
Good-luck charm: Mr. McGregor

one-act play, number sense, theatrical design
Key to success: Both the students and the teachers are driven. We all have the same goal, and we all put in the time and effort to reach it. The teachers truly lead us to success, and our ambition keeps us motivated. We set high goals from day one and work hard to reach them.

computer science, computer applications, number sense
Pre-competition ritual: For all my events, I listen to music beforehand. While waiting to go into number sense, I do a pre-test or warm-up sheet. For computer applications, I do a typing test. For computer science written, I go over key items.

one-act play
Pre-competition ritual: I get Francisco (our stage manager) to slap me in the face to wake me up. I listen to the “1492” album to get in character.


Track: Slidell’s Roof finishes fifth at state

Track: Slidell’s Roof finishes fifth at state

Final Hurdles

FINAL HURDLES – Slidell’s Kayson Roof clears a hurdle near the finish of the Class A 300 hurdles Saturday. Roof took fifth in the race. Messenger photo by David Flynn

Heavy rains and lightning delayed Slidell’s Kayson Roof hitting the Mike Myers Stadium track for the Class A 300 hurdles finals by nearly six hours.

“We were supposed to run at 2 [p.m.] and didn’t run until after 8,” Roof said. “It was a six-hour delay. It was so tiring.”

When Roof finally got on the track, the three-time state qualifier got off to a fast start before an injury midway through slowed her. Roof finished fifth in 48.26.

Aspermont’s Jacy Sparks ran a 46.922 to edge out Blum’s Hope Thomas for the gold medal. Thomas turned in a 46.927. Both Sparks and Thomas were under the previous state record for the class of 47.24.

Roof said she was uncomfortable in the blocks and felt something pull in her hip early in the middle of the race.

“I started off weird in the blocks,” Roof said. “Over the fourth hurdle, I hurt my hip. I was in first or second and slowed to fifth.

“It was disappointing that it had to happen during the race.”

Tuesday morning, Roof said the hip was still sore. She was working with the trainer to get over the soreness.

It was the third state appearance for the junior. Roof finished second in the race as a sophomore. “It’s a big accomplishment. It makes me proud to be there three years,” Roof said.

She’s already eying a trip back to Austin next year.

“I told my friend that I’m going to get first next year. I’m determined to do that,” Roof said. “I’m going to eat right and keep in shape.”

Northwest’s Caden McDonald finished fifth in the 6A boys discus with a throw of 187-2.

The Northwest junior landed his best throw on his second effort. His second-best throw was 182-03.

Coppell’s Colin Echols won the gold medal with a throw of 195-5.


Track: Stating her case – Roof earns third trip to Austin

Kayson Roof will be the lone Wise County representative to take the track at Mike Myers Stadium in Austin over the weekend of May 12-14 at the University Interscholastic League championships.

HEADED BACK SOUTH – Slidell junior Kayson Roof earned a silver medal at the Class A Region III meet Saturday and will run in the state meet May 12-14 in Austin. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

It’s an honor the Slidell junior does not take lightly.

“It’s crazy. It just makes me want to win more and represent Wise County,” Roof said.

Roof earned her third trip to the state meet Saturday, finishing second in the 300 hurdles at the Class A Region III meet at Tarleton State University in Stephenville. Roof ran a season-best 47.92 to garner the silver medal.

“It was definitely my best time of the season,” Roof said. “I’ve been at 50 to 52. I dropped three seconds really quick.”

Roof, the 2015 Class A silver medalist, turned in a 48.04 in prelims. She went into Saturday’s finals second to Blum’s Hope Thomas. Thomas ran a 47.15 in the finals to edge out Roof for the gold medal.

“I was motivated to stay with her,” Roof said. “I didn’t hit any hurdles. She was one stride length in front of me.”

Roof is proud to be making a third state trip. As a freshman and sophomore, she qualified for state in the pole vault and 300 hurdles. She elected not to pole vault this year.

“[Going to state] means a lot. As a freshman, it meant a lot,” Roof said. “To do three years in a row is crazy. No one I know has done that.”

She also earned the state bid while balancing a busy schedule that’s included tennis, one-act play and UIL academics. She advanced to regionals in tennis and is on the crew of Slidell’s state-qualifying one-act play.

“I pretty much live here,” Roof said about her routine 10-plus hour days at school with her varied activities.

She plans to spend more time on the track in the next two weeks to prepare for the state meet and a shot to bring a medal back to Wise County.

“The next two weeks I have to work hard. I’ve got to drop some time,” Roof said.




100 hurdles: 6. Bailey Meyer, 18.30

300 hurdles: 2. Kayson Roof, 48.04

4×200: 8. Slidell, 2:02.01

High jump: 10. Kayler Talamantes, 4-6; 12. Bailey Meyer, 4-4

Long jump: 10. Bailey Meyer, 14-8.5

Shot put: 15. Lexi Swift, 25-2.5


800: 6. Kyler Carnes, 2:13.44

1600: 12. Hunter Horner, 5:19.11

3200: 9. Hunter Horner, 11:22.91

Shot put: 14. Isaiah DeLuna, 34-1.5

Discus: 16. Isaiah DeLuna, 92-10


Greyhounds sweep regionals

Slidell academic competitors dominated the Region 3-A UIL meet April 23, netting a composite 324 points to claim the overall win, beating second-place Savoy by 146 points.

The top-three places in each event will advance to the state meet, where the Greyhounds will compete in 14 individual events.

Slidell’s One Act Play will also compete for state honors.

Slidell swept computer applications, with Sarah Beaver, Mason Maynard and Kayler Talamantes netting first, second and third, respectively.

Beaver and Shelby Vanover also took the top two spots in computer science, with Maynard finishing fifth.

Vanover would go on to win ready writing.

Taylor Davis and Shelby Johnson won informative and persuasive speaking, respectively.

While Kevin Oney took second in current issues, Maynard finished second in number sense with Beaver fifth.

Oney will also head to state in social studies after taking third in the event. Layton Shelton took third in news writing.

Taylor Davis and Johnson will advance after finishing second and third in poetry interpretation.

As teams, the Greyhounds won five events – current issues, computer science, literary criticism, number sense and speech. Slidell also finished well in spelling and vocabulary, taking second.

In Region 2-2A, Chico’s Austin Richey will continue to the state meet after taking second in computer applications.

In Region 2-3A, Avery Caddell’s third place in headline writing will advance the Paradise competitor to Austin.

Bridgeport’s Noah Peterson won Region 1-4A Biology. He will be joined at the state meet by Decatur’s Mickey Drewry who finished third in headline writing. The Eagles’ Current Issues and journalism teams both placed second.


Accounting: 6. Dorian Balk

Current Issues: 2. Kevin Oney

Current Issues Team: 1. Slidell

Computer Applications: 1. Sarah Beaver, 2. Mason Maynard, 3. Kayler Talamantes

Computer Science: 1. Sarah Beaver, 2. Shelby Vanover, 5. Mason Maynard

Computer Science Team: 1. Slidell

Feature Writing: 4. Savannah Gray

Informative Speaking: 1. Taylor Davis

Literary Criticism: 4. Sydney Keating, 5. Sierra Hargrave, 6. Sydney Engle

Literary Criticism Team: 1. Slidell

Mathematics: 5. Mason Maynard

Number Sense: 2. Mason Maynard, 5. Sarah Beaver

Number Sense Team: 1. Slidell

News Writing: 3. Layton Shelton

Persuasive Speaking: 1. Shelby Johnson

Speech Team: 1. Slidell

Poetry Interpretation: 2. Taylor Davis, 3. Shelby Johnson

Ready Writing: 1. Shelby Vanover

Social Studies: 3. Kevin Oney

Spelling and Vocabulary: 4. Rosa Verdugo, 5. Ashley Mayabb, 6. Erick Gutierrez

Spelling and Vocabulary Team: 2. Slidell


Tennis: Slidell duo earns state bid

Ready for Tennis

READY FOR STATE – The Lady Greyhounds doubles team of Kylie Franklin and Megan Garcia qualified for the state tennis tournament with their second-place regional finish. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

After finishing third last year at the Class A Region III tournament, Kylie Franklin and Megan Garcia set a state tournament as their only goal this year.

The Slidell seniors accomplished that goal last week, finishing second at regionals.

“Our goal the whole year was to get to state,” Franklin said. “We knew we had to work hard to get second and play for the championship.”

The pair head to the University Interscholastic League tennis championships May 16-17 at Texas A&M in College Station.

“We’re excited. We’ve never been,” Franklin said.

She and Garcia started playing tennis together in seventh grade. It’s just one of the sports in which they are teammates.

“We have a good chemistry,” Franklin said. “We play basketball together and run track and cross country.”

After starting with doubles, they never tried singles.

“[Doubles] is easier and fun,” Garcia said.

The two feel they complement each other well with their varying strengths.

“Kylie is good at the net and I’m good at the back line with my backhand,” Garcia said.

Franklin adds: “She serves harder. I serve lower. I’d say she’s the stronger server.”

At regionals, the pair fought their way into the championship match. Before the match, they found out they had a spot at state wrapped up.

“We split sets. Coach [Dennis] Stroud told us how the other match went and that we were going to state,” Franklin said. “We were trying to win but in the back of our minds we knew we had made it.”

Since wrapping up a state spot, the pair’s practice time has been limited. Franklin finished out last week at the UIL academics meet, helping the number sense team earn a state spot. She also won the region sound tech award as part of the state qualifying crew of the Slidell one-act play.

The pair are not just happy with making it to the state tournament. They are hoping to bring home some hardware from College Station.

“We want to leave with a medal,” Franklin said.


Slidell Elementary 5th Six Weeks Honor Roll



Jerry H., Addison P., Jaden H., Madeline V.


Jack M.


Caroline D., Kenlea H., Madison M., Avery W.



Azahel C., Mylee F., Julissa G., Blake O., Bobbi W., Cole E., Keaton G., Kylie H. and Haylee O.


Giisela C., Hazel D., Rebecca H., Keller P., Seth R., Christian T., Rachel G., Catherine H., Isabelle S., and Noah V.


Alexis C., Shaylee D., Teygan H., Legend J., Dooley L., Sulema R., and Trayden W.




Hannah S., Jaden C., James H., Novalee P. Ashton C., Jayden E., Warren J., Jerl M., Madison M., Alicia C., Bailey K., Slayton P., Bailey M., Stone C., Taylor D., Sydney E., Layton S., Adina Z., Sarah B., Franscisco M., Norberto M., Shelby V.


Samuel B., Jayson E., Jasmine G., Frankie M., Brianna W., Jorge C., Rosa C. Adriana D., Carley F., Andria F., Raven F., Kristal G., Fisher H., Dylan L., Jaden M., Tyler P., Collin R., Aaron R., Landry S., Michael D., Cameron D., Brock H., Jennifer L., Chloe M., Yesenia V., Aurora D., Ellexas F., Elexia G., Kayson R., Amber S., Kayler T., Dustin D., Kylie F., Megan G., Jaden H., Humberto H., Tristyn T., Carson F., Savannah G., William H., Chasey M., Kaitlyn R., Alexis S., Shelby J., Sydney K., Reanna F., Erik G., Ian L., Lisbet L., Kevin O.


Basketball: Patterson makes all-state – Seven players receive region honors

Bridgeport senior Devonte Patterson led the Bulls with 19 points per game and grabbed seven rebounds on their way to 8-4A title and the area round of the playoffs.

The versatile Patterson earned a spot on the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ 4A team. He was also selected for the association’s 4A Region squad.

He was joined on the all-region team by Decatur junior forward Parker Hicks, who averaged 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds for the 4A Region I quarterfinalists.

Northwest’s Tavien Ezell made the 6A Region I squad after averaging 14 points per contest.

Slidell’s Colton Crane was a Class A Region III selection. Crane, the 22-A Offensive Player of the Year, scored 17.6 points per game.

Three Wise County girls were all-region picks. Decatur’s Macee Reed made the 4A Region I team after averaging 11.1 points and grabbing 3.8 boards.

Slidell’s Kayler Talamantes and Kylie Franklin earned spots on the Class A Region III squad. Talamantes, the 21-A MVP, poured in 15.9 points per game and hit 72 3-pointers. Franklin averaged better than 12 points per game.


Acting brings student body together on stage

Area Bound

AREA-BOUND – Norberto Martinez (front, right) and Taylor Davis perform a scene in the Slidell High School one act play, “Mariner.” Also pictured are Shelby Vanover (back, left) and Sierra Hargrave. Students will perform the play at area competition Saturday, April 9. Submitted photo

The Slidell High School theater arts department brings students together from every academic interest and athletic competition to build a creative team.

Their show-stopping talent is in the spotlight this week as their one-act play, “Mariner” by Don Nigro, advances to area competition.

Last year Slidell advanced to the state stage, and they’ve made it to regional competition the last five years.

“The kids here seem to really enjoy it,” said Beth Dill, theater arts teacher and one act play director. “They put their whole hearts into it, which is good because without it, all they have is the academic UIL activities and athletics. This gives them another avenue.”

Dill, who has been with Slidell ISD for nine years, said theater arts builds confidence and allows students to explore their identity.

“I like the fact that it pulls the kids that are in a shell, and they don’t have an avenue. It provides an avenue for them to open up and realize who they are,” she said.

“And the good thing about doing this in a small school is it puts the athletic kids with the kids that are not really into athletics and makes them understand that they do have a connection.”

The connection between the Slidell High students shines on stage, and this year’s production makes the most of the current students and their talents.

“The Mariner,” which is about Christopher Columbus agonizing over past decisions, is not the type of play SHS traditionally performs.

“We usually do true realism, and this isn’t true realism,” Dill said. “It has comedic elements, mixed with the historical part of it. It’s kind of twisted.”

The young actors are already racking up accolades with Norberto Martinez named best actor and Taylor Davis making all-star cast at district competition.

Individual awards at the bi-district contest included Martinez and Sydney Keating, all-star cast; and Davis and Shelby Vanover, honorable mention all-star cast.

Area competition is Saturday, April 9, at Grayson County College in Sherman.


Slidell ISD Student Spotlights for Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Allison Weathers


GRADE: 1st

PARENTS: Matthew and Rhonda Weathers


ACTIVITIES: Playing outside, PIP performances, piano lessons, playing basketball

“Allison is an extremely hard worker and always eager to learn. She excels in our Accelerated Reader program, coming in at the top of the charts in her class. Allison is a great teacher assistant and always willing to help her peers when needed. She has received multiple Excellence Awards throughout the school year for her overall academic achievement and positive attitude. She is also very active outside of school participating in piano, little league basketball and PIPs, where she recently received multiple awards at the PIP Festival in Wichita Falls. We are very proud to have Allison as part of our Greyhound team!” – Principal Taylor Williams

Jorge Cabrera


GRADE: 6th

PARENTS: Eli Cabrera and Dora Cabrera


ACTIVITIES: Origami, cleaning my room, helping my parents, reading, playing video games

“Jorge is an especially kind and thoughtful young man. He serves as an excellent role model for other students by always giving his full effort in the classroom, being polite and friendly, and helpful to his peers and teachers.” – Principal Marty Hair

Sarah Beaver


GRADE: 12th

PARENTS: Renee and Travis Beaver

FAVORITE SUBJECT: Computer science

ACTIVITIES: Riding horses, tennis, UIL – number sense, computer science, computer applications, captain of the Wise County Explorer Program, reading

“Sarah is a remarkably intelligent young lady. Demonstrating a tremendous work ethic, she excels in all that she does and promotes good citizenship through her activities with the Wise County Explorer Program.” – Principal Marty Hair


Greyhounds win district UIL academic meet

Slidell dominated the District 21-A UIL academic meet March 23, winning eight events in defense of their 2015 state title.

The Greyhounds finished with 595.5 points, and Tioga was second with 501.5. The two schools finished comfortably ahead of Bellevue at 106.

Slidell scored team victories in current issues, journalism, literary criticism, number sense, social studies and spelling and vocabulary, with 11 individuals taking district titles.

Sarah Beaver, Mason Maynard, Sierra Hargrave and Shelby Johnson grabbed two district titles each.

Beaver won computer applications and computer science, while Maynard took top honors in mathematics and number sense.

Johnson snagged victories in persuasive speaking and poetry interpretation, and Hargrave won ready writing and literary criticism.

First through third places advance to regional competition.

Complete results are as follows:

Accounting: 3. Walker Gladden; 4. Adina Zidermanis; 6. Kimberly Bostick

Accounting Team: 2. Slidell

Calculator Applications: 5. Rosa Verdugo; 6. Dorian Balk

Calculator Applications Team: 2. Slidell

Current Issues: 4. Dustin Davis; 5. Kevin Oney

Current Issues Team: 1. Slidell

Computer Applications: 1. Sarah Beaver; 2. Mason Maynard; 3. Kayler Talamantes

Computer Science: 1. Sarah Beaver; 2. Shelby Vanover; 4. Stone Coston; 6. Mason Maynard

Computer Science Team: 1. Slidell

Editorial Writing: 3. Brooklyn Rambsel; 5. Lisbet Licea

Feature Writing: 1. Savannah Gray; 6. Reanna Fortune

Headline Writing: 2. Colton Crane; 3. Bailey Meyer

News Writing: 1. Carson Franklin; 2. Layton Shelton; 3. Alvaro Rayas

Journalism Team: 1. Slidell

Informative Speaking: 2. Taylor Davis; 4. Kaitlyn Reynolds; 5. Lexi Swift

Literary Criticism: 1. Sierra Hargrave; 2. Sydney Keating; 4. Kayson Roof; 5. Sydney Engle

Literary Criticism Team: 1. Slidell

Mathematics: 1. Mason Maynard; 4. Kylie Franklin

Mathematics Team: 2. Slidell

Number Sense: 1. Mason Maynard; 3. Sarah Beaver

Number Sense Team: 1. Slidell

Persuasive Speaking: 1. Shelby Johnson; 4. Madison Splawn; 5. Chasey Malone

Speech Team: 2. Slidell

Poetry Interpretation: 1. Shelby Johnson; 3. Taylor Davis; 4. Norberto Martinez

Prose Interpretation: 4. Sydney Keating; 5. Sydney Engle; 6. Kaitlyn Reynolds

Ready Writing: 1. Sierra Hargrave; 2. Shelby Vanover; 4. Lisbet Licea

Science: 5. Shelby Vanover; 6. Francisco Martinez

Science Team: 2. Slidell

Social Studies: 3. Kevin Oney; 6. Alvaro Rayas

Social Studies Team: 1. Slidell

Spelling and Vocabulary: 1. Rosa Verdugo; 2. Amber Sylvera; 3. Ashley Mayabb; 4. Erick Gutierrez

Spelling and Vocabulary Team: 1. Slidell

Slidell’s one act play is also advancing.


Basketball: Hicks garners top honors in 8-4A

In leading the Decatur Eagles to the Class 4A Region I quarterfinal, forward Parker Hicks tossed in 20.2 points per game.

Hicks also pulled down 7.8 boards and handed out 1.8 assists per night.

TOP BILLING – Decatur’s Parker Hicks earned the 8-4A MVP award after averaging 22 points for the Eagles. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

The Decatur junior earned the District 8-4A MVP for his efforts in helping the Eagles to a 6-2 finish in the league.

A pair of Bridgeport Bulls garnered superlative awards after the team rolled through the league unbeaten at 8-0.

Senior forward Devonte Patterson earned the Offensive Player of the Year, averaging 19.1 points with 7.3 rebounds along with 2.3 steals and 1.9 assists. Patterson shot 61 percent from the field.

Senior guard Keenan Holdman was the named the Defensive Player of the Year. The lockdown defender averaged two steals per game to go along with his 13.7 points, five boards and 4.5 assists.

Decatur sophomore point guard Dane Fitzgerald was the league’s top newcomer. The Eagles’ Drew Coffman was the Coach of the Year.


Macee Reed was the Decatur Lady Eagles’ top offensive threat though the season, averaging 11.1 points along with 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists.

Reed, who helped the Lady Eagles to the second round of the playoffs, was named 8-4A MVP.

Posts for the league champion Bridgeport Sissies took the top offensive and defensive honors. Senior Gabby Mindieta earned Offensive Player of the Year, averaging 15 points with seven rebounds. Junior Abbi Hatton was the Defensive Player of the Year with her three blocks and two steals per contest. She also averaged 14 points and eight boards.

Bridgeport’s Dallas Taylor garnered Coach of the Year, leading the Sissies to a 7-1 district record and 22 wins.

Decatur’s Abbie Heiens was named the league’s top reserve.


Three members of the District 9-3A co-champion Paradise Lady Panthers garnered superlative awards.

Senior guard Aliyah Read earned a share of the Defensive Player of the Year award with Bowie’s Kamryn Cantwell. Read averaged 4.1 steals with her 5.9 points and 2.2 rebounds.

Freshman point guard Maddie Mitschke was the Newcomer of the Year. The first-year player provided 6.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.8 steals per game.

April Coursey garnered the Sixth Player of the Year with her 5.6 points and 2.5 steals per game off the bench.

Kevin Pope and his coaching staff shared Staff of the Year with Bowie.


Slidell junior guard Kayler Talamantes paced the Lady Greyhounds on their unbeaten run through District 21-A and to the Region III quarterfinal.

Talamantes was named the league’s MVP, averaging 15.9 points and 2.1 assists. She hit 77 3-pointers.

Lance Shelton earned Coach of the Year, leading Slidell to a 28-5 record in his first year on the Lady Greyhounds’ bench.

The Slidell Greyhounds’ Colton Crane was named Offensive Player of the Year in the boys 21-A honors. Crane averaged 17.6 points and 4.4 rebounds.



Lauren Heard, Guyer; Bre Wickware, Guyer

Ryanne Johnson, Keller

Julia McKeathen, Ryan; Megan Vincent, Keller

Ky’lie Pitts, Ryan


Grayson Bright, Fossil Ridge; Alexus Brigham, Northwest; Equayla Smith, Northwest; Traeli Calhoun, Ryan; Mallory Lockhart, Keller; Sydney Meador, Guyer


Sam Cary, Central; Hunter Roach, Byron Nelson; Ty Henry, Fossil Ridge; Tara Crumpton, Northwest; Tija Burns, Ryan; Mackenzie Wieberg, Keller


Macee Reed, senior, Decatur

Gabby Mindieta, senior, Bridgeport

Abbi Hatton, junior, Bridgeport

Karlee Eddy, sophomore, Springtown

Abbie Heiens, junior, Decatur

Dallas Taylor


Khristin Mote, junior, Springtown; Molly Gideon, sophomore, Springtown; Nahomi Tresvizo, senior, Castleberry; Morgan Campbell, freshman, Castleberry; Taylor Marshall, senior, Lake Worth; Hannah Dunning, junior, Decatur; Shaylee Smith, junior, Decatur; Elaina Peyton, senior, Bridgeport


Raena Slate, junior, Decatur; Bailey Willett, junior, Springtown; Breanna Castaneda, sophomore, Castleberry; Gabby Terry, junior, Springtown; Taylor Stone, senior, Bridgeport; Natalie Smith, junior, Bridgeport; Katie Torres, junior, Bridgeport; Kristen Grooms, freshman, Bridgeport


Bridgeport: Morgen Davidson, Shelby Preston

Decatur: Sidney Carter


Courtney Brady, senior, Bowie

Addy Cook, junior, Bowie; Breianna Jackson, senior, City View

Kamryn Cantwell, sophomore, Bowie; Aliyah Read, senior, Paradise

April Coursey, junior, Paradise

Maddie Mitschke, freshman, Paradise

Bowie, Paradise


Jaren Parker, senior, Holliday; T Smith, senior, City View; River Romine, senior, Bowie; Henslee Ogle, junior, Bowie; Kamryn Weaver, senior, Henrietta; Maddie Brown, sophomore, Henrietta; Makenzie Franklin, senior, Nocona; Emma Meekins, sophomore, Nocona; Lindsey Thorpe, junior, Boyd; Amber French, senior, Paradise; Taylor Richards, senior, Paradise; Madie Horne, senior, Paradise; Jaden Richardson, senior, Jacksboro


Madison Contreras, senior, City View; Madison Hill, sophomore, Bowie; Hollie Thomas, junior, Henrietta; Bayley Richardson, senior, Jacksboro; Kalyn Crow, senior, Nocona; Sherese Price, senior, Nocona; Jamie Carpenter, senior, Nocona; Karlyn Kinsey, senior, Boyd; Brooke Coltrain, junior, Holliday; Taygen Henderson, senior, Holliday; Mackenzie Neal, junior, Holliday


Boyd: Kayleigh Pappajohn

Paradise: Katlyn Melvin


Tracy Johnson, senior, Poolville

Bailey Klement, junior, Muenster; Hayley Knabe, senior, Era

Claire Schneider, senior, Muenster; Savanna Schniederjan, senior, Valley View

Randi Taylor, junior, Alvord

Natalie Dangelmayr, sophomore, Muenster



Cierra Rangel, junior, Alvord; Brittney Gayler, junior, Alvord; Allie York, senior, Chico; Raegan Dietz, junior, Era; Liz Hellman, junior, Lindsay; Mady Burnett, senior, Muenster; Allie Walterscheid, senior, Muenster; Katie Pagel, senior, Muenster; Katie Cumbie, senior, Poolville; Lauren Bierschenk, senior, Valley View


Bailey Hamilton, senior, Alvord; Mikena Mader, senior, Alvord; Whitney Renfro, junior, Chico; Laci Muller, junior, Era; Karlee Tucker, freshman, Era; Alaina Kubis, sophomore, Muenster; Morgan Eldridge, junior, Muenster; Kallee Cumbie, junior, Poolville; Ryan Jennings, sophomore, Poolville


Alvord: Paycee Edgett, sophomore; Reagan Guthrie, senior


Kayler Talamantes, junior, Slidell

Ally Corwin, junior, Bellevue

Alexia Britain, sophomore, Forestburg

Freedom Morris, freshman, Bellevue

Lance Shelton, Slidell


Kylie Franklin, senior, Slidell; Kayson Roof, junior, Slidell; Kari Hughes, senior, Tioga; Devon Cassetty, senior, Bellevue; Emily Trail, junior, Bellevue; MaKayla Mason, junior, Forestburg; Megan Terry, junior, Midway


Charity Brawner, freshman, Saint Jo; Taylor Davis, sophomore, Slidell; Megan Brown, sophomore, Bellevue; Kaylee Choate, sophomore, Forestburg; Hope Phipps, junior, Forestburg; Brooklyn Messer, sophomore, Prairie Valley




Tavien Ezell, Northwest; Avery Anderson, Northwest


Javon Lipscombe, Northwest; Darrell Simpson, Northwest


Parker Hicks, Decatur

Devonte Patterson, Bridgeport

Keenan Holdman, Bridgeport

Dane Fitzgerald, Decatur

Drew Coffman, Decatur


Dawson Meek, Springtown; Trent Partain, Springtown; Shaun Fernandez, Castleberry; Frank Taylor, Lake Worth; Dillion Gannon, Lake Worth; Mason Hix, Decatur; Cade Lamirand, Decatur; Jacob DelAngel, Bridgeport


Bryce Elder, Decatur; Ethan Chapman, Bridgeport; Logan McPherson, Springtown; Tanner Jackson, Decatur; Andrew Horton, Bridgeport; Wilson Hicks, Decatur; Devin Session, Lake Worth; Travis Clark, Lake Worth; Jordan Rivera, Castleberry


Bridgeport: Jason Faulkenberry, Jacob Tibbels

Decatur: Ethan Sij


Jeffery Howard, sophomore, Bowie; Kameron Hill, senior, Nocona

Logan Carter, senior, Henrietta

Carson Rogers, junior, Holliday

Clay Botello, sophomore, Jacksboro; Cade Breeze, sophomore, Nocona

Nick Offield, senior, Henrietta; Trey Henderson, junior, Holliday


Noah Parker, sophomore, Holliday; John Dyes, junior, Holliday; Payton Laake, sophomore, Jacksboro; Riley McCasland, sophomore, Nocona; Brenton Vineyard, junior, Nocona; Brayden Ford, senior, Paradise; Hayden Barkley, senior, Paradise; Trace Hardee, senior, Bowie; Zeke Vaughan, senior, Bowie; Keck Jones, sophomore, Bowie; Trace Moran, senior, Boyd; Cody Fletcher, senior, Henrietta


Trey Honea, senior, Holliday; Caleb Martin, senior, Jacksboro; John Bridgeman, senior, Paradise; Kaden Ogle, senior, Bowie; Reece Jordan, junior, Boyd; Tamell Monroe, junior, City View; Abbas Muhammed, junior, City View; Jaylon Curtis, senior, Henrietta; Skyler Velasquez, senior, Henrietta; Ethan Scholl, junior, Henrietta; Marcus Carter, junior, Nocona


Boyd: Garrett Moran, Trevor Drake

Paradise: Spencer Forsyth, Patrick Dorado


Logan Cook, junior, Muenster

Coy O’Boyle, senior, Poolville; Andy Dieter, senior, Lindsay

Jesus Hernandez, junior, Collinsville

Josh Wallace, sophomore, Lindsay; John Weger, sophomore, Muenster

Clay Stevens, sophomore, Muenster

Lynn Cook, Muenster


Damon Ledet, senior, Alvord; Tannice Fuller, junior, Era; John Rohmer, junior, Lindsay; Blake Hoepfner, sophomore, Muenster; Blayne Jones, junior, Muenster; Jacob Claytor, senior, Collinsville; Roy McCleery, junior, Poolville; Rusty Shell, senior, Valley View; Hootie Pembroke, senior, Valley View


Jarod Blanks, sophomore, Chico; Cameron Weatherly, junior, Chico; Cooper Smith, sophomore, Collinsville; Noah Thompson, senior, Era; Luke Metzler, junior, Lindsay; Cal York, sophomore, Muenster; Landon Smith, junior, Poolville; Roshan Patel, junior, Lindsay


Alvord: Ryan Bartholomew


Jakob Watkins, Bellevue

Colton Crane, Slidell

Skyler Sandusky, Forestburg

Javier Rivera, Tioga; Kyler Wyatt, Midway


Layne Morris, Bellevue; Justin Rodriguez, Tioga; Austin Sprayberry, Tioga; Gilbert Olivarez, Midway; Bear Osteen, Forestburg; Malaci Moore, Forestburg; Gabriel Garza, Bellevue


Mason Maynard, Slidell; Taten Vann, Forestburg; Marc Schafer, Midway; Cade Gibson, Tioga; Dalton Dubose, Bellevue; Layton Shelton, Slidell


Slidell: Shelby Johnson


Slidell Elementary Fourth Six Weeks Honor Roll


SECOND GRADE – Jerry Hardin, Addison Prince, Madeline Van Vaklenburg

THIRD GRADE – Hazel Davis, Jack McCormick, Seth Richards, Isabelle Shackelford

FOURTH GRADE – Alexis Culberson, Caroline Dinger, Kenlea Hardin, Madison McCullough, Avery Weathers


SECOND GRADE – Azahel Castillo, Cole Emert, Mylee Fletcher, Julissa Gonzalez, Kylie Hood, Jaden Horner, Bobbi Jo Webb

THIRD GRADE – Giisela Castillo, Paige Ewing, Rachel Gomez, Roxana Gomez, Fabian Gonzalez, Beckie Hunter, Keller Pruett, Christian Torres, Noah Vogel

FOURTH GRADE – Caleb Davis, Tegyan Hillary, Legend Juarez, Brenna Keating, Dooley Lance, Dakota Smith



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