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Stephen F. Austin University

The following students have been named to the dean’s list at Stephen F. Austin University for the fall semester.To be eligible for this honor, a student must be enrolled in 12 or more semester hours and maintain a grade-point average of 3.5.

Ben Wheeler-Madison Daniel, Hospitality Administration; Edgewood-Chase Cairns Mathematics and  Phebe Foster, Interdisciplinary Studies; and Grand Saline-Celeste Person, Interdisciplinary Studies.


The following student from Grand Saline received a degree from Stephen F. Austin State University during December commencement exercises.
Emily Rohrman, BA, Theatre, College of Fine Arts.

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EISD Mindset team caps first

Six Edgewood High School students traveled to Tyler on Feb. 3 to compete in Round 2 of the East Texas Academic Rodeo Mindset Competition against several large schools.  The competition tests the participant’s ability to think creatively on their feet and to solve a problem within a set time period.  Points are awarded for teamwork, creativity, and the solution generated by the team. J\uniors Mary Sharf, Jordan Beckham, Danae Rivers, and Kassidy Snyder, along with freshmen Ashlie Thorn and Kenzie Smith, won the competition beating out five other teams in this play-off round.  Each particpant is now eligible to apply for a scholarship sponsored by The East Texas Academic Rodeo.  On Friday, Feb. 24, the students will head to Tyler once again for the awards ceremony.

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Martins Mill ISD recognizes board

Junior high student of the month Tanner Waynick with Principal Don Layton.

As another new year begins, the Martin’s Mill board members were recognized for their service to the district.  As board members entered the administration building for their regular meeting on Jan. 19, they were greeted with various gifts of appreciation from students and staff.  Board members said they were “appreciative of the gift card, shirts and fresh baked goodies.”

During the principal's report, the students of the month for January were recognized.  Elementary students Abigail Solsbery and Cole Cooper were awarded certificates by Principal Suzzette Stringer.   Junior high student Tanner Waynick was presented a certificate by Principal Don Layton.  Martins Mill  High school student R. C. Holleman was unable to attend and will be introduced to the board members next meeting. 

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FJH presents at TSTEM Academy

Courtesy photo Fruitvale ISD STEM advisors.

Fruitvale Junior High and High School Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics Academies were selected to present at the 10th  annual Dallas TSTEM Academy Jan. 19-21.

Their presentation was titled ”Providing Innovative Courses for Rural School Students.” Presenters were principal Charles Harford, Counselor Amanda Masterson, and Curriculum Director Dr. Michelle Cline.  Fruitvale has been a TSTEM Academy for nine years and offers all five graduation pathways including STEM, Business and Industry, Multi-Disciplinary, Arts and Humanities, and Public Service.

Fruitvale Junior High earned five distinctions from TEA last year and the FHS earned three distinctions. Fruitvale Junior High was also named a Title I reward school. At the conference, there were over 1,100 participants in attendance from schools all across the state of Texas, said school officials.


TVEC seeks entries for trip

It may seem early for high school students to start thinking about summer plans, but planning ahead will really pay off for two area teens. Sophomores, juniors and seniors in the Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative service area have until Feb. 6 to submit entries to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Austin and Washington, D.C. for the Government-in-Action Youth Tour this June.

“It is so much more than just a tourist trip,” said TVEC Manager of Public Relations Bobbi Byford, who will act as a chaperone for the fifth time this year. “I see these kids leave their comfort zone at the beginning of the trip, and within nine days they see the world from a new perspective. They see that they can conquer college, they can get to know people they’ve never met, they can go into unfamiliar territory and really thrive.”


Martins Mill Elementary receives grant from Patterson

Martins Mill Elementary School received a grant from best-selling author James Patterson to support its school library.

In addition, the Scholastic Reading Club will match each dollar of Patterson’s donation with "bonus points" that teachers can use to acquire books and other materials for their classrooms. Martins Mill Elementary was selected amongst thousands of applications for funding grants.

First graders at Martins Mill start checking out books weekly at the beginning of the school year. Martins Mill Library will be using the Patterson Grant monies to purchase 89 new Rookie Reader books to start students on their reading journey.  These books will build reading confidence and increase fluency and reading for comprehension.  Since the library will have more books in this series, more students will have access to them and our students will achieve their reading level faster.


EHS holds NHS induction

Photo by Tracy Erwin

Edgewood High School held a National Honor Society Induction Ceremony Jan. 12. New inductees included Haylee Allen, Jedidiah Barker, Trey Erwin, Matthew Fields, Lauren Gravis, Tyler Johnson, Nicole Neal, Danae Rivers, Abraham Salinas, Mitchel Simmons, Nobel Smith and Kassidy Snyder.

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Baylor University 

More than 3, 900 Baylor University students were named to the Dean's Academic Honor Roll for the 2016 fall semester. To be named to the dean's list, a student must be an undergraduate with a minimum grade-point average of 3.7, while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours.  Cassidy Jo McCoy, Hankamer School of Business, Ben Wheeler, was named to the Dean’s Academic Honor Roll for the 2016 fall semester.

Victoria Anese Corley, of Ben Wheeler, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Baylor University during fall commencement exercises, Dec. 17, 2016, in the Ferrell Center on the Baylor campus.

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Edgewood Intermediate School releases honor lists

On the A Honor Roll were 3rd grade – Dani Barbee, Maggie Bennett, Kaylee Coker, Brady Francis, Ethan James, Crew Jones, Maggie Jones, Kirsten Pearson, Lucas Pippin, Ty Rotan, Allison Valentine, Jadyn Vega, Jacob Williams

4th grade- Connor Baker, Braxton Bass, Vanessa DeLapaz, Rusty Evans, Marissa Furrh, Drea Gamboa, Natalie Jameson, Jaela Kelley, Heaven Love, Alex Martinez, Alex Moore, Travis Nelson, Kaydence Oldfield, Zoey Pippin, Savannah Sanders, Isabella Sanderson, Sydni Schley, Trinity Shipp, Ema’Lee Sills, Devyn Snipes-Wallace, Aishah Stallworth, Brayden Trlica, Madison Tyndell, Gunter Wilson.


Eaton wins 2016 Patriotic Art contest

Courtesy photo

The 2016 local Patriotic Art winner was Ka'lah Eaton, a junior from Martins Mill. Her art was exceptional in creativity and was sent to the state level for judging.  It did not place in state competition, but was enjoyed by all who saw it. She is the daughter of Sheila and Ryan Hanson of Van.

Each year the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 9171 of Canton offers the contest to local high school students, grades 9-12 to compete for $21,000 in national scholarships.

Students begin by submitting original artwork on paper or canvas. Forms are distributed to the students with all rules listed. It is then judged and the first-place art is sent to the State for judging.


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