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The University of Texas at Tyler recently submitted a formal application to the National Collegiate Athletic Association for Division II membership. “We believe investing in a strong athletics program yields returns in several key areas including student and alumni engagement, brand awareness and school spirit,” said Dr. Michael Tidwell, UT Tyler president. “Playing at the more competitive Division II level will bring additional excitement to our athletics events, as well as provide new opportunities for new scholarships.” more
Several members of the Bullard High School Panther Band recently earned high honors for their musicianship, skills, and abilities, as the band’s members were recognized as members of the All-Region and All-Area Bands. “It’s a very big deal to have our students recognized for their musical talents,” said Jordan. “This year, we were able to earn a record number of chairs for our program in the All-Region Band at the high school level. more
A member of the award-winning Bullard High School Panther Band program will represent the organization on the state’s largest stage, as senior clarinetist Megan McCoy was recently selected as a member of the TMEA All-State Band. “I am very proud of Megan and her accomplishment as a TMEA All-State musician,” said Gary Jordan, Bullard ISD Director of Bands. “She is an extremely part of the Panther Band. She’s our first chair clarinet player and has served our program in a number of roles on a daily basis. This band would be severely handicapped without the work she puts in every single day.” more
As senior Maddie Rogers flies a plane for one of the first few times with her flight instructor and uncle, Craig Sampson, during the summer, she begins to feel some nerves. They ascend into the air, slowly growing further from the runway. As they are now 20 feet off of the ground, Rogers looks to her left and spots a bee just six inches away from her face, sitting on the window. more
Similar to its public school counterpart, the Universal Interscholastic League (UIL), the governing body for Texas private schools recently redrew the district boundary lines for several sports, which will affect athletics at The Brook Hill School for the next two school years. According to Brook Hill Athletic Director Wally Dawkins, although the lines have been changed somewhat for several sports, there’s a sense of familiarity due to the differences in number of opponents competing under the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools umbrella. more
The University Interscholastic League, the governing body of Texas public school sports, released the biennial UIL Reclassification and Realignment for football, volleyball, and basketball for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years Thursday, Feb. 1. With the release of the new UIL Reclassification and Realignment, Bullard athletic programs will face competition more similar to their size, with several changes being made around the three sports. more
During a special scheduled board meeting on Friday, Feb. 2, the Bullard Independent School District Board of Trustees appointed Donny Williams to serve as Interim Principal at Bullard High School for the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year. ““We are blessed to have Mr. Donny Williams step up and lead BHS,” said Todd Schneider, Bullard ISD Superintendent. “He is a man of tremendous character and passion for students and staff. We look forward to the positive impact he will immediately make on the campus and community.” more
The Bullard Education Foundation has announced details regarding the upcoming ninth annual BEF Strides for Excellence Fun Run, to be held 8 p.m. Friday, March 30, on the grounds of the Bullard Independent School District. “We are super excited about this year’s event because it’s always great to see the Bullard community come together to support a worthy cause such an organization giving back to students at Bullard ISD,” said Erin Thiem, BEF president. “It’s our biggest fundraiser event of the year. It’s a great family event that allows us to glow brightly for education at our local school district.” more
The jury trial for a former coach accused of enticing a player on his team in 2015 is expected to begin in a Smith County Courtroom next week. The trial of Ricky Eugene Clements, 63, also known as “Papa Ricky” to students at The Brook Hill School and in the community, was originally scheduled to begin in November 2017, but was delayed after a motion to delay was granted by Judge Randall Rogers in the Smith County Court at Law No. 2. The trial is now expected to begin on Monday, Feb. 5. more
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