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2018 AHS Graduates Win National Competition

Two recent Abilene High School graduates can add “national champions” to their portfolios. Quetzali Mota and Kaitlin Wood, members of the local chapter of Texas Association of Future Educators, captured first place in Children’s Literature K-3 at the 2018 Educators Rising National Conference held June 21-24 in Orlando. The AHS duo qualified to compete against the nation’s best by winning the statewide TAFE contest in February. At state, Mota and Wood finished ahead of the runner-up team from Laredo United, and the two Texas representatives finished 1-2 again in Florida. Third place went to a team from Cuyahoga Valley,...

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Dyess Elementary Salutes Veterans at “I Love America Day”

Area veterans and active duty military personnel were honored May 25 at the annual I Love America Day at Dyess Elementary School. This year’s performance, entitled “I Love America 2017 – “From Sea to Shining Sea,” highlighted military families. The program featured fifth graders dressed as Founding Fathers and Mothers and included a salute to current and former members of our Armed Forces. Following the musical presentation, all students participated in a patriotic parazde in front of the campus. This year’s I Love America also marked the final program under the leadership of music teacher Kayla Fowler, who is...

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Abilene High School Top Graduates

Israel Yolou Yale University Matthew Bos University of North Texas Eliana Pigott Southwestern University, Trinity (TX) University Kylee Barber University of North Texas Leslie Filorio Dallas Baptist University Hannah Pinson Abilene Christian University Chloe Batten Harding University Tara Duncan California Baptist University Esther Musonera Texas A&M University Andrew Ezzell Texas A&M University Robert Martinez Texas Tech University Hope Brown Texas A&M University Greyson Piersall Abilene Christian University Bradley Stevens Undecided Austin Stevenson Northwestern University Ashton Cheatham Pepperdine University Michael Lester Abilene Christian University Kristopher Finch Abilene Christian University Adrianne Pruit Texas A&M University-Galveston Sarah Sharp University of Texas Colby...

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Million Word Readers Celebrate With Fun Days

Approximately 800 students in Abilene ISD celebrated their reading accomplishments during the 2017-18 school year with Million Word Reader Celebrations. First, about 500 elementary students invaded the campus of Abilene Christian University on May 21 for a day of fun, learning and exercise. Also, on May 21, about 150 million word readers from Clack and Madison middle schools celebrated with similar activities at McMurry University. On May 23, part two of the middle school version of MWR was held at McMurry for students from Craig and Mann. AISD began the Million Word Reader incentive challenge eight years ago. Students...

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SPOTLIGHT: Johnston Students Taking Care of Business

The future became the present for a group of Johnston Elementary fourth and fifth grade gifted and talented students over the last few weeks. The 17 students became business owners. Working in pairs, or as individuals, these students were challenged to create a product to be purchased by their peers, advertise their products and then produce the products utilizing what they have learned about supply and demand. “We did our planning and made a supply list,” said fourth grader Brayden Henry. “We made backpack charms and sold them for $1.” For fifth grader Paisley Shaw, she used her love...

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