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Marble Falls school district names Teachers of the Year

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Marble Falls Independent School District named Lezlie Lust and Patrick Minor its Teachers of the Year. (more…)

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New Marble Falls High School head boys basketball coach Travis Crain (left) stands with retired Mustangs head basketball coach Larry Berkman, who is now a member of the Marble Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees. The board approved Crain’s hire May 9. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Travis Crain returns ‘home’ as Mustangs basketball coach

  CORRECTION: A previous headline for this story had coach Travis Crain’s name misspelled as Cain. DailyTrib.com apologizes for the error. STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Travis Crain is back in purple and gold — this time as the head boys basketball coach at Marble Falls High School. And he couldn’t be happier. (more…)

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Burnet High School’s Health Occupations Students of America are organizing their final blood drive of the school year to help Thiago Paxtor, the 3-year-old son of a Burnet Consolidated Independent School District teacher. The blood drive is 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Burnet High School, 1000 The Green Mile. HOSA students include Lucila Ortiz (front row, left), Mikayla Whitus, Samantha Robison; Lillian McLeod (back row, left), Stephanie Lemus, and Kathleen Fipps along with teacher Sharon Massey. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Burnet High School blood drive May 13 for Team Thiago

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Burnet High School’s Health Occupation Students of America say their upcoming blood drive has a greater significance than the ones they helped organize in the past. (more…)

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Barbara ‘Bobbie’ Steiner is the new R.J. Richey Elementary School principal, while Alicia Harris was named the new principal at Bertram Elementary School. Courtesy photos

Burnet school district hits ‘home run’ with new principals

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Superintendent Keith McBurnett described the Burnet school district’s two new principals in sports terms. “This is like getting two first-round draft picks for us,” he said. (more…)

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Not too late to register students for MFISD pre-K, kindergarten

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Parents and guardians who missed the Marble Falls Independent School District’s Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Roundup at elementary campuses on April 30 can still register their children. (more…)

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The 2019 Burnet Consolidated Independent School District Volunteers of the Year are Afton Floyd (front row, left) at Bertram Elementary School, Kristina Bailey at R.J. Richey Elementary School, Nancy Cranfill at the Parent Resource Center, Mark Barnard at Quest High School (back row, left), Gloria Flores at Burnet High School, Vicenta Stafford at Shady Grove Elementary School, and Craig Lindholm at Burnet Middle School. Thanks to the success of this program, Burnet CISD officials have created the Adopt-A-School program for businesses, churches, and the like to volunteer together at a campus of their choosing. Courtesy photo

Burnet CISD invites the community to ‘adopt’ a school

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District is inviting businesses and civic organizations to become more involved in campus life and boost student achievement through Adopt-A-School. (more…)

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The Faith Academy of Marble Falls middle school robotics students are preparing for the 2019 Global Conference on Educational Robotics, where they’ll compete on the world stage in the Botball tournament. The event draws teams from across the United States and as far away as China and Qatar. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Programmed to win: Faith Academy students in world Botball competition

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON The Faith Academy of Marble Falls robotics team swept the Texas Region Botball Tournament, winning first place and earning a trip to the Global Conference on Educational Robotics, where they’ll take on the world. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School theater students and teachers celebrate after a successful one-act play season. The troupe performed ‘The Storm in the Barn’ at the UIL one-act play 5A state meet April 24 at the Round Rock ISD Performing Arts Center. Though they didn’t win, the Marble Falls program was only one of eight 5A schools to earn a spot in the state contest. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls theater students have best performance at state

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON While the Marble Falls High School one-act play troupe didn’t win the state competition at the Round Rock ISD Performing Arts Center on April 24, actors hit a goal they and their directors had set. (more…)

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The Marble Falls High School theater troupe takes their production of ’The Storm in the Barn’ to the 5A state UIL one-act play contest Wednesday, April 24, at the Round Rock ISD Performing Arts Center, 5800 McNeil Drive in Austin. The students made it through four rounds to earn a spot in the state event, a first for the school. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls theater arts students take one-act play to state

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Two out of three ain’t bad. In fact, for Marble Falls High School theater-arts students, two out of three is all they needed to make history. (more…)

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Burnet County Pct. 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery, a 1981 graduate of Marble Falls High School and a local licensed real estate provider, was the 2018 Outstanding Alumnus. The Marble Falls Education Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2019 honoree. Courtesy photo

Foundation accepting nominations for MFHS Outstanding Alumnus

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO No one knows the amazing graduates of Marble Falls High School better than the people within the community. In an effort to honor these exceptional individuals, the Marble Falls Education Foundation announced it is accepting nominations for Outstanding Alumnus now through May 3. (more…)

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Llano High School students Gauge Mills (left) and Elda Favela go over the steps when working with a patient. The school's health sciences program lets students explore a variety of health careers as well as study health-related topics. Ten of the 14 students gave up their Spring Break in March to complete the second week of the Certified Nursing Assistant course. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Llano High School health sciences program shot in the arm for students

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON When most of their classmates were enjoying the freedom of Spring Break, 10 Llano High School health sciences program students were spending several hours a day at Kingsland Hills Care Center and opening doors to a future career. (more…)

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YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond instructor Gretchen O’Brien works with a group of Shady Grove Elementary School second-graders during the Safe Around Water program. The local YMCA and Burnet Consolidated Independent School District offer the water safety instruction to all second-grade students in the district. The program is three days a week for two weeks. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

YMCA of the Highland Lakes, Burnet school district partner for water safety program

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON About a dozen Shady Grove Elementary School second-grade students lined up on the top step of the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond pool. Several looked excited, but a few seemed apprehensive. (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls junior high boys basketball coach Randy Parsons built a career in the computer world during which he got caught up in the grips of alcohol. He eventually followed God’s call to coach, but the specter of addiction followed him. Parsons credits God’s grace and Faith Academy officials for helping him break free of alcohol and get a new start. Staff photos by Daniel Clifton

Faith leads coach Randy Parsons down a path to recovery

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Randy Parsons sat alone in his pickup truck on the Faith Academy of Marble Falls campus as he’d done so many times before. Just as before, he pulled out a bottle of whiskey, took a swig, swished it around in his mouth, and gulped it down. Unlike other times, he didn’t follow […]

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Jeff Gasaway, assistant superintendent at Marble Falls Independent School District, talked to Marble Falls High School students about their thoughts on the traits the next head football coach should have. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls ISD gathers input on ideal head football coach

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO More than 50 people, including about five Marble Falls High School football players, attended a meeting April 1 for those interested in giving their input into the qualities the next Mustangs head football coach should have. (more…)

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Three members of the Colt Hamlets — Dempsey Evans (left), Gage Coleman, and Cadyn Jacobs — work on their poems with plans for a public reading Monday, March 25, at Numinous Coffee Roasters in Marble Falls. The Colt Hamlets currently consists of nine members who meet during lunch to work on poetry. The voluntary group was the brainchild of counselor Christina DeLoach as a way to help the boys learn better ways of managing their emotions. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Colt Hamlets poetry group helping boys manage emotions

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON After a few weeks into the regular lunch bunch poetry group, known as the Colt Hamlets, campus counselor Christina DeLoach decided they needed to skip a meeting. The program was completely voluntary, and so no grade held in the balance. (more…)

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Currently, Highland Lakes Elementary School students play soccer on campus on this field, located to the left of the main building. But a partnership between the city of Granite Shoals and Marble Falls Independent School District to build one or more fields will change that. Council members voted to extend the deadline to create a soccer field to Sept. 1, 2020. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Granite Shoals extends deadline for youth soccer field at Highland Lakes Elementary

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Soccer enthusiasts looking to get on the pitch at Highland Lakes Elementary School later this year might have to wait an additional 12 months after the city of Granite Shoals extended a timeline to build youth fields at the campus. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School color guard members Jenyfer Botello (front, left), Lauren France (right), and Kiara Woods (back) rehearse part of the team’s competitive routine, ‘Starry, Starry Moonlight.’ Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Back in action, Marble Falls color guard finding its rhythm

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON When Marble Falls High School senior Ashton Reyes was a freshman, she jumped at the chance to join the color guard and quickly fell in love with it. (more…)

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Democratic women’s group offering three $1,000 scholarships to female students

The Highland Lakes Democratic Women are offering three $1,000 scholarships to area women. (more…)

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Realtors association offering multiple $1,000 scholarships

FROM STAFF REPORTS Applications are being accepted through June 1 for ten $1,000 scholarships to be awarded from the Highland Lakes Association of Realtors. (more…)

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Eight students graduated from the Texas Tech University TechTeach program last July from the school’s Marble Falls and Fredericksburg campuses: Tavana Grady (left), Shelcee Clark, Emily Poor, Brittany Hitt, Kaitlan Blankenship, Leah Foster, and Jacqueline Cruz. Four of the graduates landed teaching jobs with Marble Falls Independent School District, one teaches at McCamey ISD, and two others got jobs with Ingram ISD. The TechTeach program helps school districts like MFISD ‘grow their own’ teachers. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls ISD ‘growing’ its own teachers through grant

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON As Marble Falls schools Assistant Superintendent Wes Cunningham sees it, it’s important for a school district to “grow their own” teachers. (more…)

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Ballerina Jade Gaither of Harmony School of Creative Arts will spend July in the the American Ballet Theatre intensive program on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Photo courtesy of Jenna Petty Photography

With intensive invites, teen ballerinas stay en pointe toward professional dance dreams

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO As ballerinas Jade Gaither and Emma Porterfield politely waited for dance teacher Jane Huber to finish a conversation with a visitor, Emma began light stretching and small dance gestures to warm up. Jade inadvertently pointed her toes outward then stood on them. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School aerospace science students Ivan Sanchez (left), Sebastian Evridge Pope, Tyler Wooten, and Damian Cunningham examine components for a rocket they are designing and building in class. The goal is to construct a rocket that will travel at transonic speed — breaking the sound barrier — but not exceed 13,000 feet. And they have to do it on a budget of $1,000 or less. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Marble Falls High School’s aerospace program launchpad for future careers

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Marble Falls High School senior Ivan Sanchez has a problem, but it’s not an everyday high school problem. Sanchez and his aerospace science classmates must build a rocket that can hit transonic speed but not break a 13,000-foot ceiling. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School junior Cole Schmidt enjoys career and technical education classes such as construction trades and engineering where he can learn by tackling hands-on projects. The junior helped build this table for one of the elementary school campuses, but has also constructed a full-size tack shed that the high school tennis program will likely use for storage. Schmidt is also learning robotics in an engineering class. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Career and technical education building framework for future

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON When Marble Falls High School junior Cole Schmidt and his classmates tackle projects for their construction trades class, they aren’t just building something for a grade; they’re building the framework for a well-paid and fulfilling career after high school or college. (more…)

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Claire LeBeau gets into the dancer's pose during yoga class at Marble Falls Middle School. The class serves as the physical education course for seventh-grade girls, but if you think it’s a way to get out of exercising, think again. Teacher and yoga instructor Trenton DeSpain has the students moving through a number of poses that challenge the girls physically and mentally. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Marble Falls Middle School yoga class stretches beyond physical education requirements

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON The girls streamed into Marble Falls Middle School teacher Trenton DeSpain’s classroom, bringing with them all of the worries seventh-graders carry, some more serious than others. (more…)

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U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Alyssa Plunk, a 2017 Faith Academy of Marble Falls graduate, earned the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for her leadership during training exercises last fall. The Marine is assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 4, which is stationed in Camp Foster in Okinawa, Japan. The training, however, was conducted at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joshua Pinkey

Faith Academy graduate receives Marine Corps medal for leadership beyond her years

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON  Just over a year into her enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps, Faith Academy of Marble Falls graduate Alyssa “Joy” Plunk demonstrated a level of leadership not usually expected from a Marine of her experience and rank. (more…)

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Burnet school district hires new assistant superintendent

FROM STAFF REPORTS In December, Burnet Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Keith McBurnett announced a number of administrative changes, including the addition of an assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. (more…)

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