Local teacher, student receive awards

On Dec. 19, a teacher and student from Jennie Barker Elementary School received awards from the Kansas Masonic Foundation.

Jennifer Taylor, a math teacher at Jennie Barker Elementary, was the recipient of the Exemplary Teacher Award and Eva Klassen was the recipient of the Exemplary Student Award.

Taylor was selected because she utilizes many methods to bring math

concepts alive for students.

Klassen was selected because she is a model student who works hard everyday in all subjects and because she treats students and staff with respect.

Stucky named

Daktronics NAIA scholar-athlete

Sarah Stucky, a former Garden City student, has been named a 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Womenís Soccer Scholar-Athlete.

Stucky is a senior at Newman University, majoring in Human Services/Psychology, and joins 577 other athletes nationwide to earn a distinction.

On the field, Stucky played in 14 games (starting three) and scored a pair of goals for the Falcons on seven shots.

Student-athletes must maintain a 3.50 GPA and have achieved junior academic standing to be nominated by their institutionís head coach or sports information director for the honor.

GCHS debate team takes first place at Hays tournament

The Garden City High School debate team took first place in team sweepstakes at the TMP/Hays Monarch Classic on Dec. 13 in Hays.

The team had a nine and one win/loss record during the tournament.

In addition, the following individual students won awards: Amanda Serafin/Isabel Serafin, first place (five wins/no losses); Jaziel Armenta/Brianna Calderon, second place (four wins/one loss); Long Nguyen, third place in open (four wins/one loss); Isabel Serafin, first place speaker; Jaziel Armenta, second place Speaker; Brianna Calderon, third place, speaker; and Amanda Serafin, fourth place, speaker.

Students also participated at the West Kansas National Forensic League national qualifier in McPherson on Dec. 13.

Maggie Unruh and Mary Lynn Buchele took third place and are the first alternates for a national qualification in debate. Emily Unruh and Kaitlynn Smith took seventh place.

GCHS choir

students qualify for state

Thirty-two Garden City High School choir students performed at the southwest district concert in Dodge City on Dec. 6.

It was recently announced that the following GCHS students scored high enough to qualify for state: sopranos, Columba Martinez, senior, (second year at state) and Haley Mayfield, senior, (second year at state); altos, Baylee Almos, sophomore, Lexi Blackburn, junior, and Erica Ramos, sophomore; tenor, Michael Partridge, senior; bass, Dakota Brungardt, junior and Mario Ortega, senior, (second year at state).

Damian Perez, bass, junior and Rafael Diaz, tenor, junior were named alternates.

The top eight district singers from each section (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass) will advance on to state.

They will rehearse in conjunction with the Kansas Music Educators Association Conference in February and perform in a concert on March 1, 2015.

GCHS debate coach receives fourth

Diamond Award

Garden City High School debate coach, Russ Tidwell, received his fourth Diamond Award from the National Speech and Debate Association, after earning 12,183 points.

A Diamond award recognizes a professional career that combines excellence and longevity. The Association provides Diamond awards based on coach points received. Coaches receive one-tenth of the points earned by their students and one-tenth of the points earned as a student member of the association. After a minimum of five years as a National Speech and Debate Association member, a coach who attains 1,500 points is awarded a first Diamond; he or she receives a second Diamond for 3,000 points, a third for 6,000 points, and so on. Five years must pass between each Diamond award.

On June 18, 2015, Tidwell will receive special recognition at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Dallas, Texas. Each year, the tournament draws more than 5,000 students, coaches, and parents from across the nation.