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12/17/14 > Students of the Month for November
Please congratulate our November Students of the Month.

9th Grade
Annalin Martin
Tyson Hardin

10th Grade
Andres Orozco
Jacie Soberanis

11th Grade
Ali Ahmed Washington
Marissa Broome

12th Grade
Monica Riley
Thomas Calambas
12/08/14 > All City Band
Please congratulate the following 40 MacArthur students that were named to the All-City Band. After a rigorous audition process Monday and Tuesday, our MacArthur students had some outstanding results. MacArthur took 40 of the 62 chairs for 65% of the band. They also captured 9 of the 14 first chairs. Go Cardinals!

Name Grade Instrument Chair
Sarahi Figueroa 12 Piccolo 1 All-City
Kaitlin Kelley 10 Flute 3 All-City
Abeer Tijani 10 Flute 4 All-City
Obed De La Cruz 10 Oboe 1 All-City
Darious Sells 11 Clarinet 1 All-City
Aaron Anderson 12 Clarinet 2 All-City
Estefany Arana 11 Clarinet 3 All-City
Alexa Mendez 10 Clarinet 4 All-City
Jocelyn Madrigal 11 Clarinet 5 All-City
Jessie Merlos 12 Clarinet 6 All-City
Isaiah Vernon 12 Alto Saxophone 1 All-City
Sara Roman 12 Alto Saxophone 2 All-City
Edy Almendariz 12 Alto Saxophone 3 All-City
Antonia Lee 9 Alto Saxophone 4 All-City
Nia Chanel Brock 12 Tenor Saxophone 1 All-City
Jacob Worrall 9 Bari Saxophone 2 All-City
Ana Ordonez 11 Tenor Saxophone 3 All-City
Jonathan Quinones 10 Tenor Saxophone 4 All-City
Facundo Soria 12 Trumpet 2 All-City
Salvador Jimenez 11 Trumpet 6 All-City
Grace Heller 9 Trumpet 8 All-City
Jonathan Gonzalez 12 French Horn 3 All-City
David Cardenas 10 French Horn 4 All-City
Fahim Alam 12 Trombone 1 All-City
Parker Leon 10 Trombone 3 All-City
Benito Pena 11 Trombone 5 All-City
Raena Biggar 10 Trombone 6 All-City
Teresa Lindero 10 Trombone 8 All-City
Mauro Lindero 11 Bass Trombone 1 All-City
Nick Caicedo 12 Euphonium 1 All-City
Brandon Gipson 10 Euphonium 3 All-City
Joseph Trujillo 12 Tuba 1 All-City
Erick Trujillo 10 Tuba 2 All-City
Colin Elmore 9 Tuba 3 All-City
Ismael Rodriguez 11 Tuba 4 All-City
Kevin Tafran 11 Tuba 5 All-City
Wally Salaudeen 12 Percussion 3 All-City
David Shipley 12 Percussion 5 All-City
Carlos Lepe 12 Percussion 6 All-City
Nathan Aguirre 12 Percussion 9 All-City
12/08/14 > Monica Riley signs Gymnastics scholarship
12/08/14 > MacAdemics Success

The UIL MacAdemics team competed against 28 other schools in the area at Aubrey High School last Saturday. I am proud to announce that we finished #1 in overall score! Please congratulate these coaches and students on their great performances.

Currents Events Team – 1st place – Chad Smith
Individual Awards:
Joseph Trujillio – 1st
Iris Martinez – 2nd
Sam Dennehy – 4th
Hillary Alamene – 5th
Zach Nichols – 6th

Spelling and Vocabulary Team – 1st place – Janice Battles
Individual Awards:
Liz Parks – 1st
Alex Lee – 2nd
Jueria Mujeeb – 4th
Amena Jamali – 5th
Obed de la Cruz – 6th

Social Studies Team – 1st place – Cody Dollar
Individual Awards
Liliana Contreras – 1st
Amena Jamali – 2nd
Mikaela Baker – 3rd
Raquel Hernandez – 4th
Thomas Calambas – 5th
Sarah Huerta – 6th

Number Sense Team - 1st place – Jeff Tillerson
Individual Awards
Daniel Labarre - 3rd
Michael Arthur - 6th
Khalil Alsabag - 7th
Hamid Alsabag

Literary Criticism Team - Second Place – Janice Battles
Individual Awards
Estefany Arana – 2nd
Joseph Trujillo – 4th
Zach Cheyney – 6th

Calculator Team - 3rd place – Jeff Tillerson
Individual Awards
Monica Riley - 6th
Jennifer Luna - 8th

Math Team - 3rd place – Jeff Tillerson
Individual Awards
Daniel Labarre - 2nd
Khalil Alsabag - 6th
Michael Arthur - 10th

Science Team – Karina Martinez
Individual Awards
Wale Salaudeen – 4th

Speech Awards – Melissa Queen
Robert Guzman – 4th informative speaking
Chris de la Torre – 6th informative speaking

Journalism – Nina Glass
Miranda Sikora- 6th in Feature Writing
11/13/14 > Lakin Wolever Signs to Play Softball for Henderson State University
11/13/14 > Tana Driver Signs to play Basketball for Marshall
11/04/14 > Cross Country Season Ends
I just wanted to share with you that our season came to an end on Saturday at the Regional meet. It was one of our most successful years with all the individuals medals we won during the year and with a great performance at district two weeks ago. Members of our team that participated in the Regional meet had a great experience against some very talented competition in our new region. Senior Alma Juarez placed in the top 50 finishing in 41st place and Junior Jesus Martinez was our top boys finisher finishing in 120th in the boys race.
Thank to all those who made it out on Saturday to see the race.
11/04/14 > UIL Macademics Mansfield Meet

Our MacAdemics team took a few of our teams to Mansfield High School this weekend. Please congratulate the following students on their victories! Attached are a few pictures of the teams.

Current Issues and Events Team – Chad Smith
-1st place team
• Benedict Parks – 1st place individual
• Sam Dennehy – 3rd place individual
• Joseph Trujillo – 6th place individual
• Iris Martinez

Social Studies Team – Cody Dollar
-1st place team
• Liliana Contreras – 1st place individual
• Raquel Hernandez – 2nd place individual
• Purwa Baseer – 4th place individual
• Mikaela Baker – 5th place individual
• Sarah Huerta
10/31/14 > Cardinal of the Week - Sabrina Bereuter
10/31/14 > Cardinal of the Week - Falak Ajani
10/30/14 > Freshmen Class Officers
Congratulations to our new Freshmen Class Officers

Kim Pham

Vice President
Yohana Tesfaselassie

Angelina Molina

Allison Guevara

Kaylee Lunsford

Hala Issa
Ariana Gonzales
10/30/14 > MacArthur Halloween Baseball

Last night we had our first MacArthur Baseball Halloween game. We had a great turnout estimated between 275 – 325 people. Wanted to say thank you to all the staff that came out last night and brought their kids as well. The night could not have been successful without the help we received from numerous organizations. I wanted to personally thank Mrs. Wiseman and Porter for supervising the carnival game booths with their organizations Journeys and C SC. The amount of kids you had out to help and how flawlessly you ran the booths made the night a great time for all the young kids who attended. We also had volunteers from Student Council, The Fire Truck Crew (Thank You Mrs. Hill for bringing the truck), and CSI. If you would like to see pictures, visit our website at (click on or our photo album tab) or our facebook page: MacArthur Baseball. It was a great night and hope to see everyone again next year.
10/14/14 > Regional Orchestra Results
This past Saturday, our Region held the Region 20 All-Region Orchestra Try outs. We had a great showing of students and this year, we had 9 students make the Symphonic and Honors All-Region Orchestras.

Please help me in Congratulating the following students

Marissa Broome – First Violin
Valerie Kilburn – Second Violin
Dax Harris – Viola

Aaron Hermenegildo – Bass, Aaron placed SECOND in the Bass Section as a Freshman and is serving as
Assistant Principal for the bass section!!!
Emmanuel Bustos – Bass
Kimberley Iniguez – Viola
Yohana Tesfaselassie – Viola
Suley Mercado – 2nd Violin
Hamza Abdallah – 2nd Violin
10/14/14 > Teacher of the Month - Stephanie Strike
10/14/14 > Staffer of the Month - Mr. Moore
9/29/14 > Odyssey Sims makes USA World Champ Team

It’s official. The 12-member USA World Champ team was just finalized yesterday, September 23 and our very own Odyssey Sims just landed in Istanbul, Turkey to play for the USA Women’s National Team! Pictures and article attached! Enjoy!

 News Article
9/29/14 > Students of the Week for September 29
Please congratulate the following students of the week:

9th Grade - Alia Braxton
11th Grade - Gabby GregoryVillatorro
12th Grade - Angel Ikpatt and Jason
9/25/14 > Football Teachers of the Week

CONGRAULATIONS to the following Football teachers of the week:

Emily Ambachtsheer
Darrin Duff
Joe Eggers
Micki Hill
9/22/14 > Students of the Week for September 22
Please congratulate the following students for being students of the week for September 22.

Chelsea Velez
Carla Battaleme

Ian Mejia
Julius Hernandez
Francisca Izquierdo
Tijani Oluwaseun
9/22/14 > All Region Jazz Band Members
Congratulations are in order for the following Cardinal Band members for their selection to the All-Region Jazz Band at Saturday’s audition in Waxahachie.

Fahim Alam – 3rd Chair Trombone + All-Area Jazz
Ben Parks – 2nd Chair Piano
Eduardo Almendariz – Bari Sax Alternate
Facundo Soria – Trumpet Alternate

Go Cardinals!
The boy’s and girl’s cross country team both competed in the 8th annual Gary Horner Invitational last Saturday. The race was hosted by Dallas Molina High School. This was the first time the Cardinal program participated in this event.
The boy’s varsity team had the first race and only ran four varsity members. Junior Iran Aguirre placed 13th overall in the 140 runner field. Other members of the varsity team included Jamal Omar, Jose Rodriguez and Oscar Vidales. Aguirre was the only one to medal for the Cardinals in the boy’s race.
On the girl’s side, Senior Alma Juarez placed 1st overall and won the girl’s 6A/5A Varsity division. This is the first time that a varsity member has won a meet since Marianne Fusselman won a meet in 2003. Finishing 2nd overall was Sophomore Madeleine Rowe who finished about 10 seconds behind Alma. The other members of the girl’s team included Freshmen Alexandria Castillo; Seniors Nicole Rojas and Senior Cindy Fonseca. Castillo finished 18th overall. Rojas would finish 26th and Fonseca finished 33rd. Together the five runners scored an official score of 78 to place them 2nd overall team behind McKinney High School, who scored 45 points. “This is the first time a Girl’s varsity team has earned a team trophy with a full team in six years,” comments Coach Alonzo. “This goes to show that every member of this seven-runner team will be important when it comes to District competition in five weeks,” he adds.
Congratulations to this group of girls who made a little history in earning a team trophy for the first time in the last six years. Hopefully, this will be a sign to come that many more trophies will be won in the near future.
9/22/14 > Football Coach Spotlight

Congratulations to Coach Trent Nickerson on receiving the Fire Truck Crew Teacher of the Week (Plano) and Cardette Teacher of the Week (Richland). Coach Nickerson (Houston) graduated from MacAr-thur High School in 2005. Coach Nickerson teaches AVID and is also on the superintendent committee, campus improvement committee, and the PBIS committee. Last year he also won the Apple Award for the Best Sense of Humor. His twin brother, Brent, is also a teacher and coach at Mac. Congrats Coach T-Nick!
9/22/14 > MacArthur 34—Richland 30
The MacArthur football team picked up its first win of the season in the last non-district game against Richland. After being down 17-0 at halftime, the Cardinals came back to win 34-30 after Kane Hardin (Travis) threw a touchdown to Jeshua Hodges (Travis) with 20 seconds left to win the game. Other notable statistics from the game:
Kane Hardin completed 17 passes on 29 attempts with 222 yards and 2 touchdowns. Artiss Henderson (Travis) scored 2 touchdowns and Chris Ward (Houston) rushed for 1 touch-down as each rushed for 110 yards. Jeshua Hodges led the team in receptions with 4 accumulating 88 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jose Soto (Houston) was 4 for 4 on PAT at-tempts along with a kickoff in the 4th quarter that resulted in a touchback.
Thank you to all of the fans that sat through the weather and cheered us on to victory! We Will Win!
9/15/14 > Student of the Week 9/15
Congratulations to the following Students of the Week!

Collin Duffey
Spencer Smith

Allison Bannister
Alyson Gamez
Efrahim Montesino
Rafael Saavedra

Natalie Frazier
Kobe Payton
Kayla Lopez

Alondra Fuentes
Denisse Ugarte
Lauren Bogard
MaryAlice Sheets
9/10/14 > IGNITE Enriches MacArthur High School Students

IGNITE Texas has signed on as an official Partner in Education of MacArthur High School. An after-school curriculum has been established for year-round student engagement. The program will provide high school girls civic education, exposure to women in political leadership, hands on training and work opportunities, and a peer network of women who support and nurture each other's aspirations for civic and political leadership.
9/08/14 > Students of the Week
Please congratulate our students of the week for September 8.

9th Grade - Zach Nichols
10th Grade - Maria Limon, Kris Terry, Edward Parker Leon, Gisselle Barreto and Yusuke Jackson
11th Grade - Liz Parks and Hector Vasquez
12th Grade - Tana Driver, Eduardo Almendariz, Merlin Abraham and Kadima Kwila
8/28/14 > MacArthur Student Leadership Camp

100 MacArthur Student Leaders attended Leadership camp over the summer in order to achieve the skills necessary to have a successful school year. The 3 day camp provided our students with the knowledge and tools to become more effective leaders in our school. The camp also focused on the importance of school cohesion and unity, providing an opportunity for students to work together towards common goals. The camp ended with teambuilding at a ropes course.
8/28/14 > Top High School Recognition

MacArthur High School was recently named to The Daily Beast's 2014 list of top high schools. Six indicators pulled from school surveys were used to compare public high schools in the U.S., with graduation and college acceptance rates weighed most heavily. Other criteria included college-level courses and exams, percentage of students with free or reduced lunch, as well as SAT and ACT scores - another mark of how well a school prepares students for college.

In addition, MacArthur High School was named to the Top 100 list for schools with a high percentage of graduate students from the free and reduced lunch program.