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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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Members of the Burnet High School football team on Jan. 21 helped two Lake LBJ residents in Kingsland affected by the October flood. Players bagged trash and put debris into burn piles. Courtesy photo

Burnet students put Dr. King’s words into action on service day

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Be the best you can be so you can best help the team. That’s what Burnet High School head football coach Jerod Rye repeated to his players over and over again the past several weeks. It struck him, however, that maybe actions were better than words. (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls holds its annual gala Saturday, Jan. 26, at Escondido Golf and Lake Club, 9090 FM 2147 in Horseshoe Bay. Individual reservations are $100 per person with several table sponsorships available from $1,500 to $5,000. The event benefits school scholarships and services for students. Courtesy photo

The Gala is ‘financial lifeblood’ of Faith Academy of Marble Falls

FROM STAFF REPORTS With so many great things going on at Faith Academy of Marble Falls, sometimes it’s nice to take time and celebrate the accomplishments as well as gear up for an exciting future. People can do just that during the annual The Gala, the private-parochial school’s biggest fundraiser of the year. (more…)

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Filing starts for spots on Highland Lakes school boards

Filing starts for spots on Highland Lakes school boards

FROM STAFF REPORTS While they don’t always get a lot of appreciation, the Highland Lakes public school board members help guide the educational direction of thousands of students. It’s actually a pretty important role in the community. (more…)

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Marble Falls Middle School Principal Roger Barr addresses students during an assembly Jan. 8. It was a ‘behavior reset’ so the principal could remind the students about three tenets for which the campus strives: be safe, be responsible, and be respectful. Barr and his staff are making an intentional and overt effort to emphasize positive behavior. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Marble Falls Middle School reinforces positive over punishment

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON When disciplining students, schools are well-versed in punishment. Pick up a student handbook from any school across the country, and it will outline the consequences for every infraction. (more…)

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Remi, a visually impaired dog, enjoyed a lot of attention during a stop at Colt Elementary School on Jan. 9. Crystal and Steve Mitchell brought Remi to meet the campus's Colt Student Leadership. The leadership students raised more than $400 to purchase pet supplies for Stray Acres Sanctuary and Animal Rescue, which the Mitchells operate. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Colt students raise more than $400 for Bertram animal rescue

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR Who knew selling 50-cent bags of popcorn could help change the lives of homeless dogs and cats, but it did. (more…)

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Using questions that elicit student responses, the Peace Path helps youth with conflict resolution. School officials have noticed that many students don’t learn basic skills such as conflict resolution at home or don’t see the process enough to understand how to do it themselves. Programs such as the Peace Path, which is a piece of the campus’s overall behavior system, helps students learn how to solve conflicts and issues in meaningful ways. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Colt Elementary School’s Peace Path puts conflict resolution in hands of students

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Facing each other, Colt Elementary School counselor Christina DeLoach and Marble Falls Independent School District behavioral specialist Ibiine Ogbanga take up their spots on the Peace Path. (more…)

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Llano High School students Laura Garcia (left) and Yasmin Perez came up with the idea of Buddy Benches for Llano Elementary School students. During recess, if a student doesn’t have anyone to play with or feels left out, he or she can sit on one of the two Buddy Benches and other students will invite them to play. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Buddy Benches project to tackle social isolation sits well at Llano Elementary School

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Llano High School students Yasmin Perez and Laura Garcia hated the idea that an elementary school student could go through the day, or recess, with no one to play with. But what could they do from the high school? (more…)

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