Fairfield ISD

Wed
01
Jun

FJH winners named for various awards

Junior high students were honored with various end-of-year awards last week, as well as the prestigious awards that go to an individual from each grade level. Sixth grader Leah King earned the Suzann Leadbetter award; the Johnnie Pye award went to seventh grader Cristal Rosales; and eighth graders Emi Bonner, Erin Rachel, and Conner Jackson earned the Elton Moore award, John Perona Award, and the Jeff McBay award, respectively.
Other awards were given to:

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Wed
01
Jun

Retirements abound at FISD

Alicia Smith (center) talks retirement plans with her party guests last week at the elementary school. Smith, pictured with her husband, Ed (left) are planning to travel and spend more time with their grandchildren.

Photo by April Walker

Five of Fairfield ISD's beloved staff have retired after at least 30 years in the teaching game. Retirements include Alicia Smith, Betty Gentry, Dennis Walsh, Melinda Black, and Brenda Hagen.
Smith spent 25 years as the P.E. teacher at the elementary school.

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Wed
18
May

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.

Wed
18
May

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.

Wed
04
May

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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