All Saints Catholic School

The All Saints Eagles swooped down on the Private and Parochial School Arts Festival and flew off with numerous recognitions. The ASCS bands and choir received superior ratings and the following students received awards for art and photography: Kumari Brown, first place; Annie Bragg, first place; Mark Lewis, first place; Lauren Moore, first place; Bella Clark, second place; Sarah Hake, second place; Ashley Luttrell, second place; Marie Shadid, second place; and Matthew Macon, third place. All Saints alumni and current Mount St. Mary High School students John Danaher and Julie Bragg, both of Norman, also placed first in the arts festival.

The arts weren’t the only discipline celebrated by All Saints as several young scientific minds had a good showing at the regional science fair. Students selected for honors were: Michael Johnson, eighth grade, first place in Mathematics, Discovery Channel Award, Conoco Phillips cash award and delegate to State Science Fair; Katie Lenhart, sixth grade, first place in Botany/Zoology, Discovery Channel Award, Oklahoma State Wildlife Federation Award and Conoco Phillips cash award; Sarah Hake, sixth grade, second place in computer science; Discovery Channel Award and Conoco Phillips cash award; Noah Peppler, sixth grade, second place in Earth and Space Science; Discovery Channel Award and Conoco Phillips cash award; Ashley Robinson, seventh grade, second place in Behavioral, Social Science and Gerentology; Discovery Channel Award and Conoco Phillips cash award; Morgan McCalmon, sixth grade, third place in Engineering and Discovery Channel Award; Chris Renaud, sixth grade, third place in computer science; Matt Walsh, sixth grade, third place in Environmental Science; and Emily Taylor, seventh grade, Scientific American Award.

Former Eagle, Bragg, also attended the event and won second place in Engineering. She was selected for U.S. Navy Award and U.S. Air Force Award Bragg and other qualifiers will participate in the State Oklahoma Junior Academy of Science competition March 30 through April 1 in Ada.

Even more students had an opportunity to demonstrate their talents as the Odyssey of the Mind team placed third in the regional competition. Qualifying for the state competition in April were: Nate Trepagnier, Matthew McNeely, Robert Hopp, Matthew Macon and Tyler Alvarez.

Hopp also will represent All Saints at the State National Geographic Bee. He won the local bee earlier this year, took the qualifying test and then was selected to state competition. The state bee will be March 31 at the University of Oklahoma.

Jefferson

March has roared in like a lion at Jefferson as students and teachers have been busy with exciting events. Read Across America Day, which honors Dr. Seuss’s birthday, was celebrated March 2, with the first Cookies and Cocoa night. Teachers and students dressed as their favorite story book characters during the school day. Several OU students volunteered throughout the day by reading to students. Students wrote about and illustrated their favorite story book character for the first writing contest. The winners were: Chloe Brown, Julisa Velasco, Kyle Lytle, Justin Crews, Elliot Crynes, Bryan Dennis, Tralisa Walker, Riley McGinnis, Kiamichi Bond, Rachel Johnson, Rana Howard, Alejandra Velasco, Severin Kerr and Peter Armour.

The evening celebration included several teachers in character reading from their genre. Characters included Cat in the Hat, Pee Wee Reese, Hank the Cowdog, Captain Underpants, the Math Spiral Lady, Pizza Poetry, Amelia Earhart, Junie B. Jones and Alice in Wonderland. Students and their families enjoyed hot cocoa and cookies.

Author Susan Stevens Crummel delighted pre-k, first and second-graders with her puppetry and storytelling. Second-graders experimented with oil pastels on brown paper with artist and parent, Kimberlea Smith to prepare for Crummel’s visit. First-graders created shoe houses just like the little mouse in Shoe Town. Using Crummel’s story, “Tumbleweed Stew,” as a model, kindergartners wrote and illustrated their own story, “Ice Cube Sundaes.” Making plaid with crayons also was a fun activity after reading “Plaidypus Lost.”

The extended-day kindergarten class participated in the second Reading is Fundamental book distribution. They are reading the big books, “Big Red Barn” and “I Went Walking.” In math, kindergartners are working with the 100 chart, ordinal numbers and number name collections. This class recently was recognized for perfect attendance and celebrated with an ice cream party.

First-grade students are learning about the solar system. They have been observing their aquariums on each table and learning about the food chain. They have guppies, snails and plants. After Spring Break, they will plant seeds and celebrate the arrival of spring.

Second-graders worked hard on the performance of their play, “Dinomotion.” It was a wonderful learning experience as the other classes learned about dinosaurs from the songs. The second grade now will focus on the Irish culture and study the works of Tommie DePaola.

The second grade will discover Ireland in the classroom, but the fourth grade will venture into the world with field trips. They will visit the Fred Jones Art Museum and the Harn Homestead. The class also will participate in a poetry slam April 3. Between events, they will study: Oklahoma history, food chains and food webs, work on poetry in Language and on the concepts of area, perimeter and percent in Math. They also will prepare for the CRT test April 17-18.

The winners of the Skating Party Poetry Contest recently were announced. Claiming prizes were: Cheyenne Van Wassenhove, Paige Ublaker, Emily Curtis, and Jodie Stewart.

The new Jefferson administration is set. Josh McGill is the new president, Kodi Calvert, vice president, and Lindsay Ricketts, treasurer. Other representatives are: Tabetha Howard, Katelyn Holden, Crystian Clinton, Abrah Scott, Dylan Kramer, Crissy Williamson, Daniel Chantland, Aubrey Crynes, Jodie Stewart, Jay Webb, Victoria Richard, Jordan Nicks, Emily Curtis, Nina Campbell, Kylie Clouse, Joe Taylor and Hannah Carel.

The Jefferson community is preparing for the Oklahoma City Memorial Kids’ Marathon. Students, parents and teachers will run or walk 25 miles by April 30. They then will walk or run the last 1.2 miles together to complete the marathon. The focus will be on building healthy hearts by running, as well as making healthy positive decisions.



Alcott Middle School

Students from all over Oklahoma, grades first through ninth, were invited to attend the Invention Exposition at Rose State College Feb. 21. All sixth-grade students from Alcott Middle School had to invent something by Oct. 11.

Out of the 200 students, administration and staff selected the following 20 inventions to represent Alcott Middle School at this event. They had to make an example of their invention, create a tri-fold display, as well as write a journal of how they created the invention. Students and their inventions were: Ryan Barrett, Football Launcher; Ryan Roth, Puppy Pager; Bryan Stuck, The Unplug Helper; Madison Ward, Dog Pooper Scooper and Leash; Tanner Satterthwaite, Spontaneous Shades; Barrett Wilson, The Card Holder; Kaleb Benda, Weighted Shoes; Con Christian, Mail Box With Spring; Kelcie Scarberry, No Dog Trash Can; Kaylynn Creighton, Lefty Binder Cover; Helen Grammer, Wheel Chair See-Behind; Harrison Madden, Prater-Chair Cool Pack; Michaela DeFord, Desk Space Saver; and Amanda Pickel, Chicken Feeder Coat.

Alysa Hooper, Sunflower Seed Dispenser, won the division champion, $100, a trophy and a medal. Other winners were: Beau Dismukes, No Dog Digging Fence, second place, $25 and a trophy; Landon Richards, Dog Bath Cap, third place and $20 and a trophy; Ava Maag, Page Turner for Handicapped, fifth place, $10 and a trophy; Garrett Sickles, Golf Tee Picker Upper, honorable mention, $5 and a medal; and Conner Koepp, Shoe Dryer Refresher, honorable mention for health invention.



Veritas Classical Academy

Veritas staff reminded parents about new student applications. Beginning March 20 through June 1, Veritas will accept new student applications for the 2006-07 academic year. Enrollment is open to students entering kindergarten through the eighth grade. For more information or to download an application, visit Veritas’ Web site at www.veritasnorman.org and refer to the admissions tab.



Norman High School

Norman High traveled across town to Norman North for their annual speech contest Feb. 24-25, the last OSSAA qualifying contest on the schedule. The Tigers walked away with first in qualifying sweepstakes, second in champ sweepstakes and 14 regional qualifiers.

The winners in both divisions were: Qualifying Division, Luke Reese, fourth, LD Debate; Sarah McGuffee, first, Original Oratory; Ariana Azimi, first, Standard Oratory; Sarah Colijn, third, Standard Oratory; Stephen Ibach, first, Humorous Interp; Morgan Biddick, second, Dramatic Interp; Phil Grantham, third, Foreign Extemp; Heather Barfield, first, Domestic Extemp; Chris Hamburger, second, Prose; Kassie Carroll, second, Poetry; Alex Cerda, fourth, Monologue; Stephen Ibach and Kassie Carroll, second, Humorous Duet; Leslie Stewart and Morgan Biddick, second, Dramatic Duet; and Caroline Horton and Maria Kenney, third, Dramatic Duet.

Champ Division, Cory Copeland and Jonathan Whalen tied for first with Austin Vance and John Romanishin in CX Debate; Micah Smith, second, Standard Oratory; Caroline Horton, third, Standard Oratory; Kassie Carroll, second, Dramatic Interp; Jen Cox, third, Domestic Extemp; and Stephen Ibach, first, Monologue.

The Norman High squad traveled next to OU for the West Oklahoma NFL District contest, and received first in Sweepstakes, notched five qualifying slots to the national NFL tournament this June in Dallas.

Winners were: Cory Copeland and Jonathan Whalen, Policy Debate; Jennifer Cox, Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Kassie Carroll and Shannon Hall, Duo Interp; Alex Cerda and Caitlin Campbell, Duo Interp; and Andrea Farnan, United States Extemp. This will be the second national tournament for Copeland, Whalen, Carrol and Hall.

Norman High also competed in the state DECA competition Feb. 28 - March 1. Norman winners were: Tessa Breder, State Parlimentarian for 2006-2007; Breder, Brittni Shull, Kateri Zapp, first, Public Relations; Tony Cowart, first, Virtual Business; T.C. Bread, top 8, Technical Sales; Sophia Calhoun, top 8, Apparel and Accessories Management Level; Matt Gonzales and Cowart, top 8, Creative Marketing; Hailey Murphy, top 8, Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan; Lauren Vaught and Essi Woganoku, top 8, Hospitality Services Management Team Decision Making; Paige Weber and Katie Crane, gold level for School Based Enterprise; and the Norman Chapter received a bronze level for the Program of Work.

First place winners received a $6,000 scholarship from Oklahoma City University.



Lexington

Lexington High School senior Tyler Coker was among the 250 students selected nationwide to compete for cash scholarships from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

Coker was tapped from a field of more than 2,100 semifinalists by the foundation based on his academic excellence, school and community extracurricular activities. On April 6, Coker will join other finalists as they travel to Atlanta, the headquarters for the Coca-Cola Company, to compete for 50 four-year college scholarships of $20,000 and 200 four-year scholarships of $4,000. Over the four-day period, finalists will interview with a National Selection Committee, tour the city, meet with former Coca-Cola Scholars and participate in a range of activities including a community service project. Additionally, the 2006 Class of Coca-Cola Scholars will be recognized at a banquet hosted by Coca-Cola, educators, local dignitaries and friends of the Scholars Foundation.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation was created in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola and to establish a legacy for the education of tomorrow’s leaders through college scholarships. In 2006, the Foundation marks the 20th anniversary of its creation. To date, more than 3,500 young scholars nationwide have benefited from nearly $28 million that the Coca-Cola Scholarship Foundation has provided.



Moore Norman

Technology Center

It’s not to early to make summer plans as Moore Norman Technology Center will begin enrollment for its 11th annual Summer Youth Academy 7:30 a.m. April 3.

The summer program provides educational opportunities for students. Children ages 9-14 will have more than 120 classes to choose from such areas as technical and engineering; health and medical; and personal interest. Week-long classes are scheduled from either 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The first sessions begin June 5 and the last runs the week of July 10.

All classes are $65 and MNTC provides all materials and supplies. The exception is the MASH Camp, which is $99, and students are in class for day-long sessions 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Classes are age-appropriate and instruction is delivered through guided activities, hands-on-practice and lab activities. Instructors are Moore, Norman and Metro area school teachers, former students and local professionals. All classes are limited to a maximum of 10 students. Girl and Boy Scouts also may check with their leaders, as many of the classes meet their merit badge requirements.

Enrollment is available over the phone at 364-5763, ext. 7260; online at enroll@mntechnology.com; or in person at MNTC’s Information and Enrollment Center.

Seventeen Moore Norman Technology Center students enrolled in the Entrepreneurship program earned top-10 placements during the State DECA Conference in Tulsa. Twelve of them earned a spot to compete at the National DECA Conference this April in Dallas. Divisions, placement and students were: Jon Cunningham and Evan Bottoms, first, E-Commerce; Tyler Pabst and Emily Estes, first, Hospitality and Tourism; Laura Humphrey, Keri Rice and Chase Crowgey, first, School Based Enterprise; Neight Huffer, Preston Miller and Julian Peters, first, Chapter Awards Program; Courtney Gentry, second, Entrepreneurship Participating Event; Sandra Mensah, sixth, Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan; Amanda Ewing, sixth, Entrepreneurship Written Event; Brittiny Shuffield, fifth, Civic Consciousness Project; and Chase Crowgey and Laura Humphrey, eighth, Hospitality and Recreation Marketing Research. Additionally, the new State DECA Reporter representing MNTC is Brittiny Shuffield.

DECA is a national student organization for high school students and adults enrolled in business and marketing-related programs. Its purpose is to prepare students for the marketing, entrepreneurship and management industries through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills. For information about MNTC’s Entrepreneurship program, call 364-5763 or visit www.mntechnology.com.

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