Archive April 2012

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Making a Difference in the Air Force and Merchant Marines: Michael Willcox (MNHS '07) and Connor Willcox (MBHS '11)

Brothers Michael and Connor Willcox chose to pursue a very different college experience from their friends when they elected to attend military service academies.

Board Approves McKinney High School Principal

McKinney, Texas - The McKinney ISD Board of Trustees approved Dr. Logan Faris as the new Principal of McKinney High School at their monthly board meeting on Tuesday night. Dr. Faris has been with McKinney ISD for six years, serving most recently as Principal at Dowell Middle School where he has led the campus of more than 1,200 students. Under his leadership, Dowell was recently named a 2012 Intel Schools of Distinction Finalist for their innovation in math instruction.

Jennifer Jarnagin of McKinney Boyd High School Named Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction

McKinney, Texas - McKinney Boyd High School Latin teacher, Jennifer Jarnagin, received a pleasant surprise in the mail recently. She opened an envelope containing what she assumed was a brochure and found something quite different and rather more rewarding -- a letter from the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) informing Jarnagin that she had been named a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction.

McKinney ISD 7th Graders Earn State and Grand Recognition in Duke University Talent Identification Program

McKinney, Texas - Last week, the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) 7th Grade Talent Search released information that a host of 7th graders and their parents have been eagerly awaiting: the 2011-12 Duke TIP score results. Just qualifying to participate in Duke TIP is impressive, but a number of local students have earned special recognition for their performance. Of the 224 McKinney ISD 7th graders who participated this year, 77 merited State recognition and 3 have earned Grand recognition.

McKinney ISD Students Among Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners

Evanston, Illinois - On April 18, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) released the names of the first group of winners in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 1,000 distinguished high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored NationalMerit Scholarship awards financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.Three McKinney ISD seniors were among those winners.

Minshew Elementary and Dowell Middle School Named Intel Schools of Distinction Finalists

McKinney, Texas - Dowell Middle School and Minshew Elementary School were named finalists this week in Intel Corporation’s 2012 Schools of Distinction Awards for their excellence in mathematics and science.

McKinney announces Healthy Challenge: Events across city aimed at helping make McKinney healthiest city in country

McKinney, Texas - McKinney has been named one of the best places to live in the country, but leaders from organizations across the city have another goal for the community. City Hall, the McKinney Independent School District and many non-profits and healthcare organizations are partnering to make McKinney the fittest community in the country.

Thirteen McKinney ISD Campuses Receive HealthierUS School Challenge Bronze Award

McKinney, Texas - Thirteen McKinney ISD schools received a USDA Bronze Award recently for their participation in the HealthierUS School Challenge. Ellen Carlisle, Regional Director for Special Nutrition Programs with USDA Food and Nutrition Services, presented the awards at the McKinney ISD School Board meeting on March 27. The principal of each campus received a plaque, a “HealthierUS Bronze Award” banner and $500 to go toward the School Nutrition Department’s efforts to promote a healthier school environment.

Scott Johnson Middle School Rocketry Group Takes a Shot at the Team America Rocketry Challenge

McKinney, Texas - The Scott Johnson Middle School Rocketry Group is lifting McKinney ISD’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program to new heights. And, while their scale-model rockets don’t exactly blast off into “the final frontier,” these creative 7th and 8th grade rocket builders have turned in a promising first-time performance in the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC).

Making a Difference at Cornell University - Keir Ross: MHS '07

“I always want to lead by example—working hard and being a guy who’s raising the competition in practice every day and just doing things right away from the rink—staying  on top of school, eating right and staying healthy."

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