March 2019


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INSIDE Martin HS Prepares forTrial + SHS CelebratesAfricanAmerican Heritage Month + Classroom Spotlights Jump Start March 2019 Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show Success for Arlington FFA The Arlington FFA had 53 students participate in the Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show well. This program allows special needs children to show animals alongside high school FFA students. February 28th - March 2nd at the Will Eleven students made the sale with Rogers Memorial Event Center with buyers purchasing their animals for a to- over 150 projects entered. Students tal of $15,000. The money goes straight showed goats, lambs, heifers, breeding to the student and is usually spent on col- and market rabbits, fancy chickens, and lege or toward their next animal project. broiler chickens. Students also compet- Alumni buyers included AISD school ed in the youth fair in photography, flo- board member Bowie Hogg. Congrat- ral arrangements, ag mechanics, metal ulations to the following students who and leather art, and baked goods. made sale: Kaleb J. Emma F., Kaitlyn S., Students were given the unique Connor N., Colton W., Jacob B., Hayley opportunity of participating in Help- W., Sophia B., Danette M., Ryan S., and ing Hands during the livestock show as Turner H. @CTEArlingtonISD


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Martin High School Prepares for Trial Did Lee Harvey Oswald assassinate President John F. Kennedy? If Oswald was tried in a court of law, would the jury find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt or would they acquit? These questions will never be answered since Jack Ruby shot and killed Oswald shortly after his arrest. This minute detail did not stop Patrick McCray’s Law Enforcement classes from holding a mock trial for Lee Harvey Oswald. Students were able to speak with former criminal defense attorney Robert Shapiro for strategies and legal advice. To prepare for the conference call with Shapiro and impending trial, students extensively studied the entire case from viewing the film Parkland, to analyzing witness testimonies, to touring the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas. “Talking to an intelligent and Students were all smiles after spending more than 30 minutes on the phone with the well-known former criminal defense attorney Robert Shapiro. sucessful attorney who knows how to Robert Shapiro is most recognized influence a jury has proven to be very as being a member of O.J. Simpson’s helpful when learning how to present defense team in 1995. Since then he your evidence during a trial,” says has turned to civil litigation and sophomore Rylee R. of the experience. “Martin Trial” continued on page 4 CTC Programs Represented at the City of Arlington’s Aging Well Exposition Students from left to right: Madison M., Jack S., Richy T., Katy C., and Brenda R. CTC Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, and Health Science students represented the Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center at the Aging Well Expo organized by the City of Arlington Parks and Recreation Department on February 21st. The show featured over 100 health and wellness vendors, fitness demonstrations, educational presentations, information on volunteering in Arlington, Arlington housing resources, health screens and more. Culinary Arts student Richy T. greeted guests and promoted the various public services available at the CTC. Cosmetology students Madison M. and Jack S. provided complimentary hand massages and conversation while Health Science students Katy C. and Brenda R. provided blood pressure and pulse checks. All five students were gracious hosts and took time with each guest to provide information, answer questions, and enjoy conversations. Mayor Jeff Williams had his blood pressure checked and spoke to students about their roles in the community. He was very complementary of the work teachers and students are doing to make sure students are ready to enter the workforce and community of Arlington as productive citizens. Page 2 CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION


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BHS and MHS TSA will travel to Forth Worth next month for the state competition. Congratulations to Carter JH’s first BPA state winners. Daphne S. placed 2nd in Financial Literacy. She will compete at the national competition in Anaheim, California. Aaliyah P. placed 5th in Business Fundamentals. BHS BPA sponsor Chris Caldwell was recognized at the BPA State Leadership Conference as an Area 1 2019 Outstanding Advisor this month. SHS students interested in unique learning opportunities in Criminal Justice can now join the Criminal Justice Club. Please contact Mr. Holguin at for details. LHS Accounting won 1st place at the Mansfield UIL Tournament in February. Students from left to right: Kendal B., Corinne M., Mariana A. and Lance N. SHHS FCS and Photography students surprised patients at Cook Children’s Hospital with Valentine’s Day cards and mailboxes. CTC Culinary Arts students will have their award-winning Kids Fit menu featured on Cotton Patch Café’s menus beginning this month. The students were invited to the North Richland Hills location to see the menu for the first time, sign autographs, and spend time back in the kitchen preparing the dishes for service. Wade College presented SHHS Fashion Design a trophy and check for $1,250 for winning the GloUp Fashion Design Challenge. The Gaylord Hotel and Resort in Grapevine on-boarded three CTC practicum students last month, two for Engineering and one for Culinary Arts. Congratulations to BHS BPA for having students advance to the national competition in Anaheim, California. SHHS BPA The following students placed at the state competition in Dallas March 7th - 9th and will travel to Anaheim, California to compete at the national competition. Bridget M., Medical Office Procedures, 1st place Eduardo T., Digital Publishing, 4th place Gabby H., Graphic Design Promotion, 2nd place Gbemisola R., Admin Support Research Project, 2nd place Katherine T., Intermediate Word Processing, 5th place Lesley O., Advanced Interview Skills, 2nd place Sharon A., Fundamental Word Processing, 4th place Victoria I., Entrepreneurship, 3rd place Wendy A., Computer Network Technology, 5th place Victoria I., Bridget M., Lesley O., and Rogelio V. Administrative Support Team, 2nd place Sharon A., Victoria I., and Eduardo T., Website Design Team, 1st place CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION Page 3


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Seguin High School Celebrates African American History Month Fun was had by all as Montez Jones of Tez Jones Training Solutions sponsored a knowledge bowl on African American history and heritage in Felicia Hailey’s Mapping Your Future class. Five teams competed for the African American Heritage Knowledge Bowl champion medallions. Team names were chosen by the students and included the Arlington Mavericks, Bag Chasers, Finkleynators, Forgotten, and Wandering Minds. The Finkleynators came out on top to receive the coveted medallions and to be named the African American Heritage Knowledge Bowl Champions. The winning team consisted of Zakayah B., Elayna F., Emily R., and Ariyah T. The narrators for the competition were the University of Texas at Arlington Senior Director Linda Thompson and Area 2 Games business owner Yinka Alade. Eric Phillips of AISD’s Parent and Community Engagement Department served as the judge while Khirstian Satcher offered her assistance as a volunteer. Khirstian is involved in the UTA Upward Bound Program that helps students overcome the financial barriers of a college education. Tez Jones Training Solutions is a member of the John Maxwell Global Youth Initiative whose goals include providing training and tools for tomorrow’s leaders. Tez Jones speaks with Ms. Hailey’s students regularly covering such important topics as having a growth mindset, making positive choices, the importance of being a lifelong learner, and how a positive attitude can help anyone overcome challenges. Mapping Your Future is available to juniors and seniors and is designed to prepare students for the transition from high school to career and/or college. For more information, please see your high school counselor or contact Sandy Hitt at The winners of the African American Heritage Knowledge Bowl proudly display their medals with the professionals who made the event possible. Back row from left to right: Yinka Alade, Eric Phillips and Montez Jones. Team Finkleynators from left to right: Emily R., Zakayah B., Elayna F., and Ariyah T. with Linda Thompson and Khirstian Satcher. “Martin Trial” continued from page 2 founded the Brent Shapiro Foundation and Pickford Lofts. The Brent Shapiro Foundation focuses on drug and alcohol abuse prevention. Pickford Lofts is a rehabilitation facility. Despite Shapiro’s time away from criminal law, he offered valuable advice on the importance of jury selection, how to present a compelling opening statement, and even how students can best prepare to become attorneys. “I think the most important thing to study in school is English because everything that you do as an attorney has to do with your ability to converse and your ability to write,” advises Shapiro. He encourages rising lawyers to spend as much time as possible viewing trials and visiting courtrooms but also says, “It may be helpful for people to take some courses in acting and to learn how to project and come across as the person that you want the jury to believe you are.” While the world will never have the opportunity to try Lee Harvey Oswald, MHS Law Enforcement students are grateful for the opportunity to view the case from multiple perspectives while exploring the judicial process. Instructor Patrick McCray says, “I feel the experience gave the students real insight into criminal defense and trial. I also feel like it gave clear goals and directions for students considering that career path. I think we definitely have some attorneys in the making!” Students listened intently as Robert Shapiro answered prepared student questions via Mr. McCray’s cell phone.



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