2021-22 School Year
6A UIL State Track & Field Championships
The Flower Mound High School Girls Program won the 6A State title behind dominating performances from Natalie Cook, Riley Ward and Samantha Humphries. FMHS junior Abigail Counts also won gold medals in the wheelchair 100m and 400m competitions. In total, LISD student-athletes brought home 17 medals and racked up 31 top-ten finishes.
Parent Teacher Association
Bridlewood Elementary PTA achieved the Platinum Voice for Every Child Award – the highest membership award a local PTA can achieve at the state level.
Donald, Garden Ridge, Liberty Student Council
The National Association of Elementary School Principals recently announced Lewisville ISD’s Donald, Garden Ridge and Liberty Elementary schools as three of only 13 elementary schools nationwide to be named Honor Council of Excellence Winners.
This award recognizes outstanding achievement by student councils in the areas of community service, student leadership, citizenship, and school spirit based on a completed application encompassing activities from an entire school year.
With the guidance of campus administration, staff and parents, student councils are campus cornerstones, building partnerships and connections between its community and campus traditions.
Career and Technical Education Awards
Lewisville ISD is proud to offer groundbreaking Career and Technical Education opportunities to our students through two state-of-the-art career centers and innovative courses offered at LISD’s five high schools. This school year, more than 80 district CTE representatives have earned state or national achievements.
• American Rocketry Challenge: To qualify, the team had to build and launch a rocket to safely carry two raw eggs with a target flight duration of 41 to 44 seconds and an altitude of eight hundred and thirty-five feet.
• DECA: Marcus High School students collected 16 first-place medals and 16 second-place medals in the Texas DECA’s 2022 State Career Development Conference. To prepare for the competition, students spent months studying, completing practice exams, researching, writing and developing presentation visuals.
• TECC-West Culinary: This team, “The Three Amigas”, recently claimed the Breakfast of Champions state championship title by successfully preparing a breakfast dish in 30 minutes with minimal equipment and space. In addition, the team dominated the Taste of Cowboys competition, where five North Texas school districts had 75 minutes to create an appetizer, main course and dessert to be sampled by an esteemed panel of judges at AT&T Stadium. Overall, the team brought home a total of $16,000 in scholarships from the two competitions combined. Members of “The Three Amigas” are Kiersten Stout, Taylor Wilsey and Ariel Blount from Marcus High School and Jennifer Aguirre-Vasquez from Lewisville High School. The culinary students are under the direction of Chef Darron DeRosa.
• Skills USA Competition: TECC-West brought home three individual first-place medals, seven chapter project first-place medals and one second-place medal. TECC-West welding students Shad Nelson and Joseph Cheley earned State Superior, which is the highest ranking for an individual welding project.
• TSA Biotechnology: Flower Mound High School students Maanya Govil, Nithika Koka and Adhithi Shanker who claimed second place in the TSA State Competition’s Biotechnology Design category. Students were tasked to create a solution to control or eliminate blue-green algae. For months, the team researched, developed a solution and prototype and presented their results to claim second place in the competition.
LISD Fine Arts
The Colony High School Theater department recently claimed the silver medal for their performance of, “The Old Man and the Old Moon,” in the UIL One-Act Play state contest, which is one of the largest high school play production contests in the world. After weeks of selections and table reads, a weekend retreat and a rigorous rehearsal schedule to prepare, The Colony competed against 254 Texas high schools in the first zone contest before moving on to four additional rounds of competitions to become one of only eight Texas high schools to advance to state.
Texas Art Education Association’s VASE competition
11 LISD student artists earned awards in the Texas Art Education Association’s VASE competition. To earn these awards, a panel of jurors evaluates and rates each state entry to determine if the work demonstrates originality, technical expertise and more. Hebron 9th Grade Campus student Karen Chen earned a Gold Seal award, the highest honor one can earn in VASE. Her gold seal piece will be exhibited in a variety of venues across the state, culminating with the gold seal exhibition at the annual TAEA Fall Conference.
Marcus Academic Decathlon
Marcus High School’s Academic Decathlon team recently made history by becoming the first Lewisville ISD school to be invited to compete at the national level.
After crushing their previous state meet record, set in 1999, the Marcus team participated in the virtual national meet, ultimately claiming the silver medal.
To achieve this accomplishment, Marcus competed in a series of multiple-choice quizzes, interviews, essays and speeches that revolved around this year’s theme -- water.
In total, the team earned an impressive collection of individual medals, adding up to 27 at state and 26 at nationals.
Scholastic Art and Writing
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is one of the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative students. This year the contest received nearly 260,000 entries across the nation, of which only five percent received a Gold Key and nine percent received a Silver Key. LISD student artists claimed eight Gold Key and eight Silver Key awards at the regional, multi-state level. At the national competition, Marcus High School’s Lara Mick earned a Silver Medal and Flower Mound High School’s Annabelle Thomas and Cassidy Wong both won Gold Medals.
LISD Swimming and Diving UIL State Meet
Flower Mound High School: senior Julia Wozniak claimed the 200-yard individual medley championship title and took second place in the 100-yard breaststroke. Fellow teammate FMHS junior Halina Panczyszyn earned third place in the 100-yard backstroke. Both student athletes were also regional champs in their respective categories.
Marcus High School: freshman Paul Hong won the regional championship and also earned third place in one-meter diving at state - shattering the school’s record by more than 20 points.
The Colony High School: senior Kaleb Ikbal claimed third place in the 100-yard freestyle and broke six team records this school year.
65 high school band, choir and orchestra students from across the district recently earned the distinction of 2022 Texas Music Educator Association All-State Musician.
These students have earned the highest honor available to high school musicians in the State of Texas. Their achievement represents the foundational music education programs and development through the district’s elementary, middle, and high school settings.
National Cross Country Championships
Flower Mound High School Senior Natalie Cook claimed the Garmin RunningLane Cross Country Championship (16:03.93) and the Eastbay Cross Country Championship (17:15) in the span of just seven days. She became the first female to ever accomplish this feat.
Sandy Hook Promise Start With Hello Week Awards
Lewisville ISD STEM Academy at Valley Ridge was one of eight schools selected for the Sandy Hook Promise Start With Hello Week Awards. Sandy Hook Promise, a leading youth violence prevention organization, launched the awards in tandem with “Start with Hello Week,” its national campaign to recognize school efforts to prevent bullying. To qualify for the award, Valley Ridge had to demonstrate active student leadership, creativity of expression, broad community reach, and concrete plans and commitment to continue the "Start with Hello" program. Valley Ridge received an award plaque, cash prize, and free admission to the Annual SAVE Summit to share its stories and activities with students from across the country.
6A UIL State Marching Band Contest
Congratulations to the Hebron High School, Marcus High School and Flower Mound High School Bands for earning 1st, 3rd, and 4th place respectively at the 2020 6A UIL State Marching Band Contest held at the Alamodome in San Antonio Texas on Nov. 10.
Hebron HS – 1st place, Gold Medalist; Program Title: ‘PENstriped’; Director of Bands: Andy Sealy; Associate Directors: Travis Pruitt, Brock Alsaffar, Zach Houston, Justin Sullivan, Adam Davis, Sarah Hinderliter; and Drum Majors: Andie San Luis, Carolin Yoo, Megan Ramos, Jada Williams, Suhani Rana
Marcus HS – 3rd place, Bronze Medalist; Program Title: ‘The Missing Piece’; Director of Bands: Jeffrey D. Jones; Associate Directors: Kennan Wylie, Nick VandenBush, Logan Stalcup, John Leonard; and Drum Majors: Matthew Bailey, Stella Bologna, Dina Bratanovic, Kenzie Knafelz
Flower Mound HS – 4th place; Program Title: ‘The Band Show’; Director of Bands: Brent Biskup; Associate Directors: Jana Harvey, Kyle Ayoub, David Gronneberg, Nick Vizza, Taylor Davis; and Drum Majors: Lindsey Kim, Lilla Odom, Joey Risberg, Mitchell Robinson, Kathir Seralaathan
6A Cross Country State Championship
Flower Mound High School claimed the University Interscholastic League Class 6A girls cross country state championship on Nov. 6 at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock. It was the second girls cross country state title for the Lady Jags, who also claimed the championship in 2020 and have posted top-5 finishes in the last five championship meets. The Lady Jags totaled 41 points, well ahead of runner-up Prosper (109) and The Woodlands (120) on the five-kilometer (3.1-mile) course. The FMHS team was compiled of Ally Buemi, Natalie Cook, Alexandra Fox, Eva Hirniak, Nicole Humphries, Samantha Humphries and Virginia Knight. Cook, who is the daughter of head coach Andrew Cook, led the way with a time of 16 minutes, 32.4 seconds. Her time earned her first place overall. Both Nicole and Samantha Humphries also placed in the top ten overall, finishing fourth and ninth place, respectively.
Hebron HS Band named Exemplary High School Band Program
The Hebron High School Band was named the Texas Bandmaster's Association Exemplary High School Band Program in Texas for 2021.The Exemplary Band Program Award is presented by the TBA Board of Directors to a band program and director that have proven to have been a consistent exemplary performing band program in Texas for a long period of time.
Castle Hills, Highland Village, Liberty, Southridge, Timber Creek and Forestwood MS named National PTA Schools of Excellence.
Six LISD schools earned the designation of National PTA School of Excellence. The National PTA School of Excellence recognition program opens the lines of communication and critical thinking within school communities to make data-driven decisions that yield positive, long-term results. School of Excellence is committed to supporting and recognizing partnerships between local PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students. To learn more, click here.
LISD's Drinkwater Named Bandmaster of the Year
LISD Director of Fine Arts Amanda Drinkwater has been named 2020 Texas Bandmasters Association Bandmaster of the Year. The award is presented each year to a Texas band director who has shown excellence in musicianship, leadership and responsibility. To learn more about the award, click here.
Flower Mound High School Graduate Kluthe Takmes Silver at Ceriport Competition
Flower Mound High School 2021 graduate Ethan Kluthe took second place in the Microsoft Word portion of Certipoint's annual national contest. Kluthe earned $1,500, and Xbox Series X and a silver mdeal. To learn more, click here.
Hebron High School Graduate Peterson Earns National Honor
Hebron High School 2021 graduate Lindsay Peterson was named the Destination Imaginiation 2021 Graduate of the Year. She becomes the first student from LISD to win the prestigous award, which is the highest honor given by the orginization. To watch the creative repsonse she submitted to win the award, click here.
Going Above and Beyond
LISD nurses, the COVID Call Center employees, and the Accountability and Evaluation team were recognized at the Aug. 9 Board Meeting for going above and beyond, and continuing to do so, to ensure the safety of students and staff. Watch the Board Recognition highlight video here.
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