Fairfield ISD


Prihoda, Reed plan future at A&M

Valedictorian Rowan Prihoda and Salutatorian Jennifer Reed

Graduating at the top of their class was something both Fairfield students planned since junior high. Both are also planning to attend Texas A&M in the fall. Rowan Prihoda was named FHS' Class of 2016 Valedictorian with a 5.62 GPA, while Salutatorian Jennifer Reed earned a 5.50.
Prihoda plans to earn his degree in computer electrical engineering at A&M. “I just want to get out into the workforce, make a living, start a family,” said the senior. “Just go through life.”
Throughout his high school career, Prihoda earned numerous academic achievements including National Merit, UIL state math, and a first place at the state UIL Solo/Ensemble in band.
He was also named Student of the Year at January's Chamber of Commerce banquet, a title he says “caught him unexpectedly.”
“It was very surprising to be named student of the year,” he said.


Local student presents stroke info to school board

Cooper Craddick placed first in the District 8 4-H competition with her presentation "Kids have strokes too." She presented this to the FISD school board last week.

Photo courtesy of Melissa Cox

In recognition of Pediatric Stroke month and in honor of Fairfield resident Alex Ward, Cooper Craddick gave a presentation on the disease at last week's school board meeting. Craddick, an intermediate school student, discussed how strokes occur, what it can do to your body, and symptoms of a stroke.
Craddick is a Fairfield 4-H Club member and recently competed at the District 8 4-H Round Up in an educational presentation about health to let everyone know that “Kids have strokes, too.”
She placed first in this competition and was eager to do the presentation again during the month of May.
Strokes can happen at any age – young, old, and even to unborn babies. Strokes are one of the top 10 causes of childhood death and can have lasting effects. There are two main types of strokes, Ischemic and Hemorrhagic. Craddick also talked about TIA – or mini-strokes – which do not cause lasting damage, but should be a warning that a full blown stroke can occur.


Students place at regionals, head to state

Five Fairfield High School students placed at the Regional Academic Meet at the end of April, with two advancing to State Academic Meet on May 23-25 at University of Texas at Austin. Pictured are (front) junior Payton Carter, placed 4th in poetry; senior Lori Neill, placed 6th in poetry; and junior Matt Mooneyham, placed 1st in poetry; (back row) junior Nathan Davis, placed 6th in computer applications; and senior Rowan Prihoda, placed 5th in math. Both Mooneyham and Carter will advance to the state meet.
Photo by April Walker


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