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Tears of joy flowed from many faces on Friday, Nov. 17, as the Prize Patrol, accompanied by cheerleaders, First Ladies and a drum line, visited schools handing out checks to individual recipients of WISD Education Foundation grants. None of the awardees knew of their status as winners until the patrol stopped at their classroom doors. more
Troup High School hosted a college fair for the 10th year this past Wednesday, Nov. 15. Approximately 30 colleges and schools from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi were represented and both juniors and seniors were invited, according to Troup High School counselor, Tracye Martin. more
Higgins Elementary third graders held their Veteran’s Day program Friday, Nov. 10. Music teacher, Pam Williams, stated the five third grade classes, which meet for music only once a week, had rehearsed for two months. The program opened with the presenting of colors by Cub Scout Pack 359, immediately followed by the pledge of allegiance. The first song, “Bells of Liberty,” was accompanied by several students playing xylophones. After singing “Over There,” twenty girls danced along with the singing of “Don’t Sit under the Apple Tree.” Those songs were followed by “One Nation” and the playing of “Taps” by Tyler Junior College student, Kyle Bennett. more
WISD board members considered construction updates during the Monday, Nov. 13, meeting. Aerial photographs and video of the various sites were shown along with the updates by WRL representatives. “We’re in good shape. We’ve been blessed with good weather. We had a rough spring and rough early summer, but since the weather’s been good, we’ve been able to make up some of the ground so people are on track,” Steve Hickey of WRL General Contractors stated when questioned if the work was on schedule. more
• Thursday, Nov. 16 – Choir pre-area contest, Hallsville High School; 8 a.m., Girl’s gold at Hallsville Tournament, Woodhollow Golf course; 8:00-11:15 a.m., Whitehouse college Fair, cafeteria; 6-8 p.m., Wildcat bonfire, First Baptist Church, Whitehouse. more
Art students at Troup High School recently held an in-house contest. Each entrant was to sketch a classic vehicle. The resulting artwork, over 60 drawings, was placed on display near the school office. First place winner, Thomas Neely, a junior, has been in art classes throughout his high school years and says he enjoys art because it gives him the opportunity to use his imagination. more
Brown Elementary fifth grader Ryder Kelly has been raising funds each year since first grade in order to support a member of the United States military, according to his mother Heather Kelly. Though one might suspect Ryder’s involvement came as a part of some organization, mom says, “he came to it on his own.” Kelly stated her son had a special relationship with his great-grandfather, Robert Garfield Ernst, who served in the army and often told stories of his experiences. According to Kelly, Ernst served as an engineer in the Air Force when it was still the Army Air Corps. more
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