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Special Olympics Area 20 State Bowling Competition took place February 1-2 at Highland Lanes and Westgate Lanes in Austin. New Braunfels ISD had seven athletes competing in two different age categories.
New Braunfels ISD athletes brought home two medals from state including one gold medal by Kristen Brown from NBMS and one bronze medal by Isaac Davis from NBHS. Along with these medalists, NBISD had five other athletes that placed including: Miguel Loyola and Joshua Arreguin 4th, Hunter Stone 6th, Jasin Mendoza 7th and Jonathan Cruz 8th.
Both state medalists were honored at the NBISD Board Meeting held on Feb. 11 along with their coaches – Jodi Coffey, Heather Hewitt, Jamie Young and Robin Neudek.
Kristen Brown, an 8th grader at NBMS, brought home a gold medal from the 2019 Special Olympics State Bowling Competition.
(L-R): Isaac Davis, Miguel Loyola, Jonathan Cruz, Jasin Mendoza, Robert Leyva
The NBHS Monoceras and Mystics dance teams competed to a sold-out Crowd Pleasers Dance Contest at Canyon High School on Feb. 8th and 9th. The girls earned the following awards:
Emmie Grieve - 2nd place 12th grade soloist
Monocera Officers - Super Sweepstakes
Best in Class (first place) Medium Officers - Contemporary, Jazz, and Prop
Grand Champion (first place) - Medium Officer Team
3rd place Overall - Officer Team
Monoceras - Super Sweepstakes Award
1st runner up Best in class- Monocera Jazz and Contemporary
2nd runner up Best in Class- Monocera Kick
4th runner up Grand Champion Medium Team
8th place over all
Mystics received a Superior Performance and Best in Class (first place) Junior Varsity Pom.
On Feb. 2, students in the German classes at New Braunfels High School participated in the annual Sprachfest competition held at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Several competitors placed in the Top Five that allows them to advance to the state level competition scheduled for Feb. 23 at Texas State University.
1st Place Polka Band: Coby Albrecht, John Armstrong, Joshua Congdon, Luke Liechty, Mackenzie Lusk, Jacob Leal, Joseph Pickett, Seth Underwood, Samuel Smith, Devan Brandalick, Nathanael Green
1st Place Upper Puppet Show: Coby Albrecht, Evan Erickson, Jacob Leal, Joseph Pickett, Foxx Sweeney, Kamberlyn Wilson
2nd Place Video Show: Alec Pennings, Mark Armstrong, Coby Albrecht, Camaryn Earle, Jacob Leal, Matthew Carreon, Phoenix Piercy, Evan Bowen
2nd Place Pass Auf! Varsity: Evan Bowen, Kaja Vollen, Devan Brandalick, Camaryn Earle, Alec Pennings, Nathan Bowen
2nd Place Original Model: Evan Bowen
2nd Place Vocal Solo: Samuel Smith
3rd Place Craft: Kaja Vollen and Camaryn Earle
4th Place Culture Test: Evan Bowen
4th Place Reading Comprehension: Evan Erickson
4th Place Photo Essay: Jenna Korpi and Alec Pennings
According to the NBHS German Club Sponsor Jennifer Bliss, the students have the option to compete in more than 40 events that encompass music, arts, speaking, dancing, as well as general knowledge of the German language and the culture of German speaking countries. They often compete in sometimes up to 4-5 events.
Pass Auf! is a trivia game that requires the contestants to know about German history as well as historical figures in science, math, art, music, literature, and politics. They also need to know the geography of Germany and other German speaking countries.
Students that compete in the arts events generally need to know a lot about German culture and have to tie that in to their art piece in some way. The original model needs to be a re-creation of something that can be found in a German speaking country. Evan Bowen decided to recreate a castle for his original model, so he had to research the castle and wrote a short report on the back of his model about that castle.
The Puppet Show includes writing an original script in German, creating the puppets, and memorizing the lines, so that they are able to perform in front of the judges.
The Photo Essay includes writing an original story in German and writing it on a poster board with pictures that illustrate the story.
The Video Show was a new event for the students and again included writing an original script in German and then filming the video. The general theme of the Video Show is a documentary or an original screenplay. The Video Show group this year decided to do a historical piece with Bigfoot stealing an actress and falling in love with her.
The Polka Band has to play polka pieces originally written by German speaking composers. The Polka Band was under the direction of Mr. Jorge Flores this year. All of the Polka Band members also competed in Solo and Ensemble on the same day.
“Everyone is truly dedicated and they put a lot of time and effort into their entries,” said Bliss.
For those that have advanced to state, they have the opportunity to use critique sheets from the judges to improve their entry for the state competition.
Top Ten Finishers:
6th Place Culture Test: Nathan Bowen
6th Place Poetry Reading: Esther Santee
9th Place Prose Reading: Devan Brandalick
9th Place Vocal Solo: Matthew Carreon
10th Place Culture Test: Evan Erickson
The club sponsor is Jennifer Bliss and the polka band director is Jorge Flores.
CAPTION: Students in the German classes at New Braunfels High School participated in the annual Sprachfest competition held at The University of Texas at San Antonio on Feb. 2.
For the second year in a row, the students in 2nd-5th grade at Klein Road Elementary competed in a hockey tournament at school. There is not an ice rink at the school, but that did not stop the kids from fully experiencing the sport.
Leading up to the event, the students did one week of skill work and held scrimmages over a two-week period before the championships. To prepare for the competition, the students would draw plays during class, practiced at recess and research how to get better.
The tournament standings were announced throughout the week leading up to the Championships in order to generate excitement. During the matches, the entire grade level would come out to watch their classmates compete for a spot in the Championships.
“I really enjoy this event because I like seeing the more competitive side of the kids and how they learn to work as a team,” said Nathan Novsek, the P.E. teacher at Klein Road Elementary. “Many kids don’t get this kind of experience at this age level. This is a great way to teach sportsmanship, working as a team and winning and losing with dignity.”
Novsek hosted the same type of hockey tournament at the previous school he taught at in Illinois. He decided to implement the same program here so he could expose the kids to a sport that not many are familiar with.
The tournament is run like a real sporting event including ticket admission, walkout music, hype music and the playing of the national anthem. The student audience members added to the experience and came out with signs, team shirts and even painted their faces to help cheer on their classmates.
“I have a very supportive faculty that gets behind this event as well as drives it,” added Novsek.
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CAPTION: The 4th Grade Championship Game with the Blue Corvettes vs. the Yellow Dragons took place on Feb. 1. The Corvettes won 3-2 in overtime. The Corvettes were a mix of Mr. Curtain, Mrs. Cohen, and Mrs. Moore's students and Dragons a mix of Mrs. Leita, Ms. Elliot, and Mrs. Moore.
NBISD is now seeking nominations for the 2019 Silver Unicorn Award until the deadline of 4 p.m. on February 15. The Silver Unicorn, the highest honor presented by the NBISD Board of Trustees since 1965, is given annually to recognize individuals who have rendered outstanding service to the children and youth of NBISD. To date, more than 300 individuals have been presented with this prestigious award.
Nominators must complete a nomination form and include a written recommendation stating why the individual should receive this special honor. Up to three individuals will be selected by a selection committee.
Current NBISD employees are eligible to be nominated after five years of service to the district. Board members are eligible after serving a minimum of two (2) terms or six years on the Board and having completed their current term. Current Board members are not eligible. Any member of the community is eligible. The Silver Unicorn may also be presented posthumously.
Nomination forms are available online or at the NBISD Education Center, located at 430 W. Mill St., New Braunfels, TX 78130. Completed forms can be hand-delivered or mailed to the NBISD Education Center. If mailing, please postmark by February 15, 2019, and mail to ATTENTION: Silver Unicorn Award Committee.
All nominators and recipients of this year’s Silver Unicorn Award will be notified by mail of the results after March 18, 2019. The Board will recognize the recipients on April 15, 2019. For more information, call (830) 643-5705 or email email@example.com.
Visit the Silver Unicorn web page to view a list of past winners, download the nomination form, and read more information about the recognition program.
A total of five twirlers from New Braunfels High School have advanced to the state level of competition after competing in the UIL Twirling Solo and Ensemble competition held Jan. 27 at Cuero High School.
Brooke Davis, Mia Villegas, Kimberly Clayburne, Kaitlyn Black and Maggie Kroesche each earned a first division rating on their solos and also as an ensemble. They will now compete at the State Solo and Ensemble competition in Austin on June 1-3.
Most of the girls on the team have spent years honing their craft through endless hours of practice and training. They kick off their season in the summer preparing for football game appearances where they perform alongside the band at all of the varsity games.
Each girl was influenced to become a twirler based on different life experiences such as having an older sister who was a twirler like Black, or having two of your closest friends who were twirlers like Villegas had. For Clayburne, she knew after taking her first class that she wanted to be a twirler. As for Kroesche, she became interested at a young age after noticing the twirlers at the football game. She took her first twirling class nearly 10 years ago through the NBISD Community Education Department while attending Carl Schurz Elementary.
In the spring, the girls ramp up their practice sessions to prepare for the UIL competitions and rehearse almost daily in the weeks leading up to the competition.
“UIL helps us to grow as a group of twirlers but also as individual twirlers,” said Kroesche.
With one last big competition this May and tryouts this spring, the girls still work together often.
“There are only five of us girls so we are pretty close which makes competitions more exciting because we are all rooting each other on,” said Clayburne.
When asked what their favorite part of being a twirler for NBHS was, Villegas shared that baton twirling has been such an amazing experience and she hopes more little girls in New Braunfels can someday share the same passion she and the other girls do.
The support the girls get from their fellow band members and the directors is also something they cherish. Additionally, there are very few schools that have twirlers so that makes NBHS unique; besides being the unicorns!
A small delegation of students and staff from New Braunfels High School along with members from the Technology Department participated in the Texas Capitol Schoolhouse event on Jan. 28 at the Texas State Capitol. Texas Capitol Schoolhouse Foundation sponsors the event to provide an opportunity for students and teachers from across Texas to demonstrate how educational technology is being used in classrooms everyday.
Representing NBHS were seniors Jordan Stewart, Nathan Downey and Jackson Lichlyter along with their teacher Paul Vera. They demonstrated the different phases it took them to create a 3D animation short that earned them a National Championship Award through the Business Professional Association (BPA). Their demonstration took their visitors from concept to design, prototype, rigging, animation and facial motion capture using a helmet/video camera rig they created.
"The Texas Capitol Schoolhouse was a great opportunity for our students to showcase their innovative work in the field of 3D design and animation,” said Carrie Hyland, NBISD mobile device integration specialist. “These young men were able to collaborate with other districts throughout Texas, expand their sense of community beyond the classroom walls, teach others about the advanced work they are doing inside the classroom, and receive feedback from representatives on how they can productively apply these skills in their future endeavors.”
A total of 10 school districts and 15 schools were a part of this year’s event. They each set up a table in the Texas State Capitol Basement Rotunda to share their projects with the members of the Legislature and other Schoolhouse visitors.
“We bring the schools together to show our legislators the wonderful things that technology funding has done for Texas classrooms,” said Dr. Deborah Jolly, the Schoolhouse organizer and Executive Director. “This year we highlighted STEM education and STEM careers of the future. Each time the event becomes more and more impressive as the technology use becomes more and more sophisticated.”
Other participating districts include: Coleman ISD, Coppell ISD, Denton ISD, Deer Park ISD, Ysleta ISD, Galveston ISD, Pasadena ISD, Temple ISD and the Texas School for the Deaf.
CAPTION: Paul Vera, Jackson Lichlyter, Nathan Downey, Jordan Stewart, Carrie Hyland, Deborah Jolly
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