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Dean Scholarship - TCU Honors

Senior Accepted with $18K Dean Scholarship to TCU Honors!

Former Timarron student and Southlake Carroll Senior, Craig Miller, has earned the TCU Dean’s Scholarship of $18,000 annually and will be attending TCU as an honors student. Mom Cindy says that “it’s all thanks to his ACT score and GPA.” Craig recounts, “I improved my overall ACT composite score by five points on my second try with a 34 in Math and a 33 in Science. Thank you Bobbie and Timarron College Prep!”

By attending TCU, Craig continues a proud family tradition, following his father and uncle’s footsteps. Mom says “this school is the perfect fit for him both academically and in spirit . . . we’re all bleeding purple over here! Way to go Frogs!” Through the honors program, Craig will be paired up with his college professors to do research during his last years at TCU. His major of choice is Finance, possibly followed up by an MBA or a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program.

Craig is a Southlake resident and the son of Cindy and Blake Miller. His extra-curricular activities include Play it Forward, Scholars & Athletes Serving Others (SASO), Peer Assistance & Leadership (PALs), National Honors Society, and the National Society of High School Scholars. “We will miss him while he’s away, but we couldn’t be happier with Craig’s college choice!”

Student Earns Prestigious Nomination

U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess has selected Gabby Carpenito as a congressional nominee to the United States Military Academy at West Point. This prestigious honor is reserved for students who excel both academically and physically. Although a congressional nomination does not guarantee a spot at West Point for Gabby, it's a great step forward in the service academy process. Each U.S. Congressman nominates up to 10 students and, by law, just one is selected from the group. Obtaining an appointment is extremely competitive - particularly for females (approximately 18% of appointments at West Point are given to women). Finalists are expected to be announced in March 2013.
 
Timarron College Prep has tutored Gabby since 2009. She is an outstanding senior at Westlake Academy and involved in a variety of leadership and community activities. She is a member of the National Honor Society and volunteers at the Keller Community Storehouse. Gabby aspires to study Economics and Political Science at West Point. She hopes to one day serve with Military Intelligence or Military Police. Gabby resides in Keller and is the daughter of Phil and Roxanne Carpenito.

School Uses Videogame-Based Lessons To Teach

The Quest to Learn school opened last September in Manhattan, welcoming the first class of sixth-graders who will learn almost entirely through videogame inspired activities, an educational strategy geared to keep kids engaged and prepare them for high-tech careers.
 
Videogames outperform teachers in one key way: They command attention for hours.
When kids face tough problems in school, they sometimes just give up, which is partly why only a third of eighth-graders earn "proficient" math scores on national assessment tests.
 
Institute of Play, a nonprofit collaboration of game designers and learning experts who create games to teach school material, tested Quest to Learn within the New York City Department of Education with overwhelming results.
 
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Education Success Story

Mesquite ISD has won a lot of statewide and national recognition lately.  In April, the Quality Texas Foundation gave the school district a 2011 Texas Award for Performance Excellence, and last month Texas Comptroller Susan Combs named Mesquite ISD one of only three districts to receive a five-star rating in recognition of its high academic progress while maintaining low levels of spending.  Just a few weeks ago, the National School Boards Association recognized Mesquite ISD as the winner of the 2011 Council of Urban Boards of Education Award for Urban School Board Excellence.  Congratulations to Mesquite ISD leaders, students, and faculty driving these successes!