26 Texas Schools Nominated for 2017 National Blue Ribbon Honors


AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency today announced the nomination of 26 Texas public schools for national 2017 Blue Ribbon Schools recognition.

Founded in 1982, Blue Ribbon Schools is a U.S. Department of Education program that recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels. The nominated schools in Texas include the following:

  • Amarillo ISD – Whittier Elementary School
  • Banquete ISD – Banquete Elementary School
  • Birdville ISD – Smithfield Elementary School

  • Dallas ISD – Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
  • Dallas ISD – Dallas Environmental Science Academy
  • Dallas ISD – Irma Lerma Rangel Women’s Leadership School
  • Edinburg CISD – Austin Elementary School
  • Edinburg CISD – Jefferson Elementary School
  • El Paso ISD – Green Elementary School
  • El Paso ISD – Silva Health Magnet
  • Galveston ISD – Austin Middle School
  • Gunter ISD – Gunter Elementary School
  • Houston ISD – Eastwood Academy
  • Houston ISD – Lyons Elementary School
  • Jim Ned CISD – Lawn Elementary School    
  • Judson ISD – Crestview Elementary School
  • KIPP Houston – KIPP Shine Prep
  • La Porte ISD – Jennie Reid Elementary School
  • Laredo ISD – Hector J. Garcia Early College High School
  • Los Fresnos ISD – Rancho Verde Elementary School
  • Montgomery ISD – Montgomery Intermediate School
  • Oakwood ISD – Oakwood Elementary School
  • San Antonio ISD – Travis Early College High School
  • Whitehouse ISD – Stanton-Smith Elementary School
  • Wylie ISD – RF Hartman Elementary School
  • Ysleta ISD – Valle Verde Early College High School

All schools that have been nominated for the 2017 honor were selected as exemplary high performing schools as measured by state assessments. Each school has an economically disadvantaged population of 22 percent or greater.

The nominated schools must now complete a rigorous application process through the U.S. Department of Education. Announcements of the national award winners will be made in September 2017.  Schools that receive the award are recognized at the Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

2017 High School Musicals



Birdville HS Fine Arts Department


Mary Poppins

January 19-21 @ 7 p.m.

January 22 @ 2:30 p.m.

Birdville HS Auditorium

One of the most popular Disney movies of all time as a live musical by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, and music composed by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman and Julian Fellowes!  Bert, the jack-of-all trades, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again.


Haltom HS Fine Arts Department


Damn Yankees

January 21 & 23 @ 7 p.m.

January 22 @ 3 p.m.

Haltom HS Auditorium

A musical based on the novel “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant” by Douglass Wallop. Joe Boyd sells his soul to the devil, Mr. Applegate, for “one good Long ball hitter” for his team, the Washington Senators. Mr. Applegate grants his wish, turning him into a 22-year-old sports superstar who must go back to his wife before 9 p.m. on the final game day if he doesn’t want Mr. Applegate to get his soul.


Richland HS Fine Arts Department



January 21 & 23 @ 7 p.m.

January 22 @ 2 p.m.

Richland HS Auditorium

A musical by Stephen Schwartz based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew.  A small group of people help Jesus tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and hefty doses of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’ life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.

Congratulations to the 2016 Birdville ISD All-District Football Selections


Birdville High School

First Team

Offensive Tackle – Jared Hocker

Free Safety – Derrius Franklin


Second Team

Offensive Guard – Trevor Shelton

Running Back – Isaiah Weatherspoon

Cornerback – Markael Gray

Wide Receiver – Xavier Beasley

Wide Receiver – Dillon Sterling

Defensive End – J.R. Lopez

Linebacker – Hunter Wageneck


Honorable Mention

Defensive End – Jeremy Stevenson

Defensive Lineman – Colton Brandt

Wide Receiver – Colby Feris

Linebacker – Chris Cadman

Linebacker – Andrew Rangel

Quarterback – Clayton Beeter


Haltom High School

First Team

Running Back – JQ Reed

Linebacker – Gavin Ricks

Wide Receiver – Braiden Harris

Defensive Line – Jaylan Davis

Fullback/Tight End – Taylor Lunkwitz


Second Team

Linebacker – Zacc Smith

Wide Receiver – Imiee Cooksey

Defensive Back – Jeffon Evans

Linebacker – Christopher Skinner

Defensive Back – Bradley Coker

Defensive Line – Brian Duran

Offensive Line – Jordan Ordaz


Honorable Mention

Defensive Back – Austin Cooksey

Quarterback – Cole Hays

Wide Receiver – Jacob Martinez

Defensive Back – Quenton Banks

Offensive Line – Kevin Ixpanel

Defensive Line – Braden Webb


Richland High School

Offensive MVP – Trey Self

Special Teams MVP – Shamar Johnson

Defensive Sophomore of Year – Ja’cory Ashley


First Team

Running Back – Rylee Johnson

Wide Receiver – Landon Le

Offensive Tackle – Jacob Young

Offensive Guard – Jaiden Rubio

Center – Isaac Torres

Defensive End – Antonio Burkhalter

Defensive Tackle – Chance Garner

Linebacker – Dashaun White

Linebacker – Howard Clay


Second Team

Wide Receiver – Rashee Rice

Tight End  – Caleb Wells

Offensive Tackle – Parker Shinsky

Offensive Guard – Manny Zamora-Richland

Defensive End – Zach Ramos

Defensive Tackle – Christian Garner

Linebacker – Larry Nixon

Safety – Kyle Itoka

Corner Back – James Evans

Kicker – Camden Lyons


Honorable Mention

Wide Receiver – Brett Bostick

Defensive End – Nate Graves

Safety – Aal Gray

Corner Back – Mekhi Jamison

Defensive Tackle – Dylan Pinkston

Wide Receiver – Kenneth Reeves