FHS wins District UIL, 26 head to Regionals

Twenty six students advanced to regional in 15 academic events. Pictured: Erica McQuinn, Kathryn Bogle, Garridan Henderson, Kealie House, Victoria Donohoo, Lauran Adcock, Abbie Cunningham, Ashlyn Partain, Jack Ezell, Anna Kaye Williams, David Thomas, Brittani Oglesbee, Emma Copeland, Melanie Pina, Kailyn Partain, Ty Bachtel, Tristyn Kahrs, Michelle Rosales, Cody Anderson, Katelynn Mensch, and Brodrick Rose.
Photo by Eagle Publications

Story by Kaytlyn Brewer, FHS senior and Eagle Beat copy editor


Branch signs with Southern Nazarene University

Eagle multi-sport standout Kolbe Branch is shown signing his football letter of intent to Southern Nazarene University, in Bethany, Oklahoma last week at the film room in the Johnson Activity Center in Fairfield. Looking on with understandable pride are his mother, LaMonica Branch and his grandmother, Lois Gatson. Branch's brother, Keiston Gatson, and his college scout are seated to his right. Southern is a mid-size DII school in the Great American Conference, with a football program that is on the rise under head coach, Andy Lambert, who has seen his first three seasons improve from (1-10), to (2-9), and (4-7), from two consecutive (0-11) campaigns before he arrived. Branch's exciting brand of play should help that improvement continue.

Photo by Roy Peterson


Project Grad tickets on sale

Fairfield Project Graduation is offering the chance to win $10,000 in pre-paid Visa gift cards just in time for Christmas! A drawing will be held for the following Visa gift cards:
- $10,000
- $2,000
- $1,000
Winners will be announced Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Christmas on the Square event in Fairfield. Winners need not be present to win. Only 300 tickets are sold – so odds of winning are 1 in 300. Tickets are a $100 donation cash or check made payable to Fairfield Project Graduation and can be purchased from an junior class parent.

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School board OKs new hires

Fairfield school board last week approved the hire of five new staff members for various positions throughout the district. The 2016-17 school year is set to begin Wednesday, Aug. 24. New hires


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PTO, counselors honored at meeting

Fairfield High School Principal Von Wade (center) awarded FHS counselors Cindy Kirgan (left) and Lindy Neill (right) certificates for their selfless support of the students and the district.

Photo by April Walker

Local principals recognized several people associated with the school district at last week's board meeting for selfless acts to make the district a better place. Fairfield High School Principal Von Wade honored FHS counselors Cindy Kirgan and Lindy Neill for their work with students, including social and curriculum counseling, administering the STAAR, TSI, ACT, and many other tests, plus much more.

I trust them completely. That doesn't come easily for me,” said Wade. He went onto say the women were good sounding boards and did unbelievable jobs as counselors.

Also recognized for their fund raising efforts were Fairfield Elementary School PTO members Bekah Ballard, Wendy Zachary, and Linda Nesbitt. The Parent-Teacher Organization recently held a Mother-Son Dance fundraiser to pay for the upcoming May 27 Beach Bash.


Recycle electronics, medicine at this month's One Stop Drop event

This month getting rid of electronics, old medication, batteries, and more will be much easier for Freestone County residents. In recognition of Earth Day, the monthly recycle event is accepting various items for disposal from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, April 22, and 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at the FHS bus loop.

Recyclable items this month include:


FHS grad named to NSCS

Nichole Pruitt is a 2015 graduate of Fairfield High School. She is the daughter of Ken and Terry Pruitt.

Courtesy photo

Nichole Elise Pruitt, of Fairfield, has accepted membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). “NSCS is more than just a symbol of academic achievement. Membership gives students access to a number of amazing benefits including career and networking, resources, scholarships, travel, and service projects both on campus and in the community,” says Stephen E. Loflin, NSCS Founder and Chief Executive Officer.

NSCS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is the nation's only interdisciplinary honors organization for first-year and second-year college students.



Eagle athletes garner basketball awards

These three smiling Lady Eagles have received post season basketball honors for the 2015-16 season. From left is Stacy Griffin, Erica Lyles, and Dameka Shed.

Two Lady Eagles hardcourt stars and their team manager have been honored by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, and Dominic Brackens by the Waco Tribune for their prowess on the court, and their academic acumen in the classroom this past season!

Erica Llyles was named to the prestigious 4A, All-State Academic team, while Dameka Shed and Stacy Griffin were named to the TABC 4A, All-Region III Team. This past season, Lyles averaged 7.8 rebounds and 5.1 points per game, while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and a 36 out of 113 class ranking in school.

Shed, who also attained post season accolades in volleyball and consistently garnered top point honors at meets for the Lady Eagles track team, averaged 11.1 points, three assists, and 2.4 steals per game.


FHS brings home #1 win in Academic UIL events

Fairfield High School has been named the District Academic champion once again after UIL recent competitions. FHS has taken this title for the past 25 of 26 years. Fairfield Academic Regional competitors will travel to Huntsville to compete at Sam Houston State University Saturday, April 23.

Placing in events for FHS are:


Only one week until Tribute

There is only one more week to get your tickets to the George Strait Tribute, sponsored by the Fairfield History Club. The event is slated for 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the FHS auditorium, with a meet-and-greet scheduled to follow at the Moody Bradley House.

Impersonator Derek Spence, of Nacogdoches, spent years performing all over from Fiesta Texas to the Grand Ole Opry.

Two major labels are said to have turned him down because he looked so much like George Strait. Spence earned a degree in performing arts production in 1993 from South Plains College. His music experience includes bandleader, vocal instructor, lead guitarist, vocalist, and producer/director.

Tickets for this event are $30 for general admission; $50 for general admission including a meet and greet with Spence at the Moody Bradley House in Fairfield.


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