Keller ISD Fine Arts Notes

A weekly newsletter from Keller ISD Fine Arts

Vol. 2 No. 13 November 16, 2015

Bands of America Grand Nationals

The Keller High and Keller Central Bands ended their seasons on high notes last weekend at the Bands of America Grand Nationals Competition at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana!

The BOA competition featured approximately 100 bands from throughout the county! Thirty-four bands were selected from the three day preliminary contest to perform in semi-finals competition. And twelve of the semi-finalist bands moved on to the Saturday night Finals Competition.

Both Keller High and Keller Central qualified for the prestigious Semi-Finals Contest, where Keller High was named a Grand Nationals Finalist Band, finishing the night in 11th place!

Keller ISD is proud to have both of these incredible band programs represent our state, city, and school district at this national event! Thanks to the band staffs, parents, administrators, and students for their hard and dedication throughout the year!

Pictures are courtesy of Keller High and Keller Central Facebook Pages

KISD 7th Grade District Honor Band Results

Congratulations to the following students who qualified for the KISD 7th Grade District Honor Band (** - Denotes alternate):


Kenya Meza HMS

Heather Hudiburg ISMS

Hannah McCracken TSMS

Manika Homagain FHMS

Nicolas Nguyen TMS

Farah Itani ISMS

Brooke Rowland TMS

Sarah Flanary HMS

Emma Pfrimmer HMS

Ayana Tasby HMS

Kylie Traylor TSMS

Ashley Her TSMS

Madeline Baker** KMS


Aiden Fitzgerald TSMS

Emory Phu ISMS

Abigail Cormier ISMS

Jack Mull ISMS

Matthew Dinh** HMS


Susannah Plucinski ISMS

Sara Nagireddy ISMS

Quinn Walker ISMS

Gina Hinthorn HMS

Luke Nelson** TSMS


Sandani Kottegoda ISMS

Alexee Bautista TSMS

Andrew Nguyen KMS

Lauren Poston TSMS

Ella Skrovan KMS

Grace Park TSMS

Rachel Hagen ISMS

Chase Kocian KMS

Elizabeth Bos TSMS

Barbara Ulloa Gonzales KMS

Christine Park TSMS

Reese Halfmann ISMS

Reegan Brewer TSMS

Dawson Huynh FHMS

Claudia Cantrell ISMS

Karen Robles HMS

Alyson Anderson** KMS

Bass Clarinet

Katherine Head ISMS

Laura Conklin HMS

Alto Saxophone

Catherine Oles ISMS

Evan Saunders HMS

Benicio Swann HMS

Michelle Nguyen FHMS

Courtney Stanbury KMS

Grace Adu TSMS

Jessica Galvan** TSMS

Tenor Saxophone

Sofia Reyes TSMS

Blake Thompson ISMS

Joe Capelli** KMS

Bari Saxophone

Blake Klein HMS


Nathan Ward KMS

Daniel Cho KMS

Lauren Woolfolk ISMS

Diego Mujica HMS

Joshua Bort ISMS

William Robbins TSMS

Josh Woods ISMS

Berit Hazleton KMS

Cameron Short TMS

Gavin Cox ISMS

Axel Guajardo Caballero ISMS

Madelyn Garinger ISMS

Elise Poling** TMS


Allison Whetstine KMS

Ben Platz ISMS

Daisy Riggs FHMS

Amanda Whitley ISMS

Daniel Kang TSMS

Rae Dugger KMS

Jaelyn Wegner KMS

Braydon Thomas TSMS

Amber Jensen** FHMS


Ian Egbert ISMS

Abby Barr ISMS

Sophie Moore FHMS

Andrew Altrock FHMS

Will Williams KMS

Tyler Shields FHMS

Asha Washington TSMS

Caden Davies KMS

Jaxson Foster HMS

Langston Westbrook** TMS


Luke Kostohryz ISMS

Kayla Khotsombath TSMS

Luke Wilkins ISMS

Taylor Thompson TSMS

Faith Staskus** TSMS


Mason Fellingham ISMS

Deanna Roberts KMS

Zach Semlow KMS

Jordan Benavidez TSMS

Bob Hafele ISMS

Will Ward KMS

Colton Pruitt** ISMS


Corbin Richardson HMS

Kevin Jeong TSMS

Alex Johnson TSMS

Alex Vu HMS

Humberto Ochoa KMS

Wade Jensen TMS

Max Greco KMS

Aden Medina** ISMS

Keller Central Speech and Debate Take 2nd Place in Qualifying Events Tournament

The Keller Central Speech and Debate Team was named the 2nd Place Team at the Texas Forensic Association Individual Qualifying Events Tournament at Byron Nelson High School on November 7, 2015.


1st Place in Humorous Interpretation Bobby Rochelle

1st Place in Dramatic Interpretation Blake Grissom

2nd Place in Prose Interpretation Bobby Rochelle

3rd Place in Prose Interpretation Braeden Langlois

3rd Place in Novice Lincoln Douglas Debate Austin Mitchell

3rd Place in Dramatic Interpretation Delaney Brinkley

4th Place in Humorous Interpretation Delaney Brinkley

5th Place in Duet Acting Britain Stibora and Bobby Rochelle

6th Place in Prose Interpretation Maya Hingorani

6th Place in Duet Acting Hayley Dugan and Katy Roberson

6th Place Poetry Interpretation Blake Grissom

Humorous Interpretation Semifinalist: Emma Brennan

Prose Interpretation Semifinalist: Lauren Ward

Poetry Semifinalists: Tanner Worley Braeden Langlois

Also contributing to the team sweepstakes award: Asa Jones, Andre Williams, Arayla Littlejohn, Megan Hertz, Lauren Ward, Camryn Schepps, Zac Ehardt, Caleb Chasteen, Luke Gary and Neena Hingorani

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Keller High School Debate Team Results

The Keller High School Debate Team has been busy this semester, competing in several tournaments throughout the season. Congratulations to these talented students:

This weekend, November 7th, four junior varsity debate teams competed in the tournament at Byron Nelson. Out of 32 schools present, first year Public Forum Debate team of Emily Eagle and Emma Tamer (AKA Eagle Tamer) walked away with the first place championship!

Past Results

Plano Senior High Sept 5th:

Nick Hadsell--Fourth place in Lincoln Douglas Debate

Lovejoy Sept 19th:

Ryan Lee and Camden Hoyle—First Place Public Forum Debate

Jason Castillo and Colton Cianci—Third Place Public Forum Debate

Kellen Jones--5th place Student Congress

Lindale Sept. 26th:

Ryan Lee and Colton Lang--First Place Public Forum Debate

Colton Lang--Top Speaker Award

Ryan Lee--2nd Speaker Award

Cynthia Lacey and Tom Keating--Second Place Public Forum Debate

Cynthia Lacey--3rd Place Top Speaker

Melana Brown and Gabby Marta--Third Place Public Forum (A PF Sweep)

Sarah Weatherford--Fourth Place Student Congress Debate

Alex Buell and Ross Scanio--8th Place Public Forum

Nick Hadsell--Third Place Lincoln Douglas Debate (earning State points)

Naaman Forest Oct. 24th:

Nick Hadsell (Senior) went undefeated for the entire tournament! This is incredibly hard to do and a rare occurrence. He did not drop a single ballot, getting perfect scores on all but two of them (all eight rounds, 16 ballots)! He also won first place and won Top Speaker, which qualified him for State in March!!!!

University of North Texas Oct. 30-31:

Kellen Jones--8th place Impromptu Speaking

KISD Elementary School Holiday Card Contest

Congratulations to 2nd grade student Laurisa Mares and her art teacher, Cheri Baxter from Lone Star Elementary! She was the winner of this year's KISD Holiday Card Contest!

Second and Third place finalists were Emerson Groene (Kindergarten, Eagle Ridge Elementary) and Christine Jeong (3rd grade, Independence Elementary).

These artists' work, as well as that of the finalists from each elementary campus, will be on display to the public in the lobby of the KISD Education Center December 1-17.

Artwork and artists, from left to right: Laurisa Mares, Emerson Groene, and Christine Jeong

KISD Upcoming Productions:

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Special production for elementary students. Parents are free with paid student ticket!
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Some of our famous, and not-so famous, holiday celebrities have gone on strike! Come join us at Trinity Springs Middle School for find out why! TSMS's Titan Theatre Troupe will be performing the play Expose: Holiday Celebrities Tell All! on Friday, December 11th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students. Concessions will be sold for $1.00 each. KISD employees get in free! Contact Shayna Coyne at TSMS if you have any questions.


Click here to view the official KISD fine arts events calendar online. If you have an event you would like listed, please email us, or click the "Spread the Word" link

Monday, November 16

Florence Elementary 2nd Grade Musical, 8:00 am/6:30 pm

Lone Star Elementary 3rd Grade Music Performance, 2:00 pm/6:00 pm

Keller Early Learning Center Music Performance, 5:30 pm

Keller Middle School Choir Concert, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, November 17

Independence Elementary 3rd Grade Musical, 6:30 pm

Thursday, November 19

Basswood Elementary Family Art Night, 6:00 pm

Ridgeview Elementary 2nd Grade Theatre Performance, 6:00 pm

Fossil Hill Middle School Percussion Concert, 6:00 pm at FRHS

South Keller Intermediate Choir Winter Concert, 7:00 pm

Bear Creek Intermediate Choir Winter Concert, 7:00 pm

Friday, November 20

High School All-Region Jazz Clinic and Concert at Eaton High School

High School Choir Pre-Area Auditions, TWU

Saturday, November 21

High School All-Region Jazz Clinic and Concert at Eaton High School

High School All-District/Region Clinic and Concert, TWU

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