Second Vandal Service Day set for May 12, 13

Vandal Service Day is a student volunteer event to express Van ISD’s sincere gratitude in remembrance of all who came to the school district’s aid after the devastating tornado that struck the school district on May 10, 2015.

Through service-oriented projects, Vandal Service Day fosters campus and community unity as students come together to show their selfless spirit and gratitude to the communities of Van ISD.

Conducted near the anniversary of the tornado, the Van Vandals will serve in the spirit of “Looking Back, Moving Forward.”

From raking yards, planting trees, weeding flowerbeds to hauling debris, Vandal Service Day will unite students with community members in need.

Many of the projects will be carried out in the spirit of “Looking Back” in working to repair damage done by the tornado, however, many projects will be done in the spirit of “Moving Forward” with jobs done to help any community members in need.


Lemus member of Apache Chiefs

TJC’s Apache Chiefs took top honors in the National Orientation Directors Association’s Region IV Conference held in Dallas last weekend. Apache Chiefs, the College’s orientation leaders organization, was awarded the “Spirit of NODA Award,” the conference’s highest honor for an institution.

Lily Lemus  from Van is a member of the Apache Chiefs.


Weird science

J.E. Rhodes Elementary School students in Mrs. Toni Rhodes and Mrs. Vicki Tompkins kindergarten classes enjoyed making a substance called “Oobleck” March 8. Oobleck gets its name from the Dr. Seuss book “Bartholomew and the Oobleck where a gooey green substance, Oobleck, fell from the sky and wreaked havoc in the kingdom.


Unconditional: A story of perseverance

Over the last few months, three students from Van High School have been working towards the UIL Focus on Film contest. Dallas McGlaun entered a documentary film and a narrative film, Colton Allison entered a narrative film, and Dylan Turner entered a documentary film. Over 800 films from Division 1 and 2 were submitted, and only 100 advanced. To become a quarter-finalist, each film is presented before a panel of three judges and must receive a Superior rating from at least two of them. All four VHS entries made it to the UIL State Quarter-finals. This week Turner’s film “Unconditional” advanced to the State Semi-Finals.

It was amazing that all four films advanced,” VHS adviser Jeanette Germany said. “Then getting the news that Dylan advanced to the semi-final level was outstanding. I am so proud of my video team.”


University News

Stephen F. Austin University

The following students from Van have been named to the Dean’s List at Stephen F. Austin University for the fall semester.

To be eligible for this honor, a student must be enrolled in 12 or more semester hours and maintain a grade-point average of 3.5.

Alexandra Kauble, Animal Science

Austin Lockwood, Sports Business

Wichita State University

Wichita State University has announced the dean’s honor roll for the fall semester of 2016.

To be eligible for this honor, a student must be enrolled in 12 or more semester hours and maintain a grade-point average of at least a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Named to the Dean’s List from Van is Brianna H. King.


University News: SFA

Kelley Willis of was named to the president’s list at Stephen F. Austin University for the fall semester.
To be eligible for this honor, a student must be enrolled in 12 or more semester hours and maintain a grade-point average of 4.0.

The following students from Van received degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University during December commencement exercises.
Scott Carter, BSIS, Interdisciplinary Studies, James I. Perkins College of Education
Austin Lockwood, BBA, Sports Business, Nelson Rusche College of Business

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Vandal cheerleaders perform

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Eustace Cheer hosted a cheerleading show Saturday, Jan. 7. There were 10 schools participating in preparation for the Jan. 11 UIL State Competition in Fort Worth.
Participating in the show were the Van Vandals, Brownsboro Bears, Buffalo Bisons, Sunnyvale Raiders, Mabank Panthers, Crandall Pirates, Malakoff Tigers, Ferris Yellowjackets and Kerens Bobcats. The squads displayed three different cheers including band dance, game cheer and fight song.

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Eaton wins 2016 Patriotic Art contest

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Ke'lah Eaton and Martins Mill Principal Don Layton

The 2016 local Patriotic Art winner was Ka'lah Eaton, a junior from Martins Mill. Her art was exceptional in creativity and was sent to the state level for judging.  It did not place in state competition, but was enjoyed by all who saw it. She is the daughter of Sheila and Ryan Hanson of Van.
Each year the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 9171 of Canton offers the contest to local high school students, grades 9-12 to compete for $21,000 in national scholarships.
Students begin by submitting original artwork on paper or canvas. Forms are distributed to the students with all rules listed. It is then judged and the first-place art is sent to the State for judging.


Second, third graders earn spot in Vandal University

A Honor Roll

Students named to the second grade president’s list are, Alayna Boyd, Jacob Flodder, Townes Hamman, Brady Mayne, Jesse Sanchez, Tyler Soria, Phthia Caldwell, Redleigh Carpenter,Brayden Brown, Camdon Justice, Jadyn Reeves, Alyana Trejo, Yanderi Arroyo, Micah Busch, Bella Cauthron, Caiden McCoy, Roo McNiel, Destinee Mitchum, David Rodriguez, Gus Stewart, Jack Taylor, Jaynie Wright, McKenzi Crawford, Macey Ramirez, Coltin Rote, Ti’ler Williams, Chase Reasoner, Brynley Baetz, Emma Duncan, Cruz Esquivel, Jessica Helton, Danika Herzog, Colby Reeves, Jonathan Sanchez, Hannah Stewart, Hudson Adkison, Boston Blalock, Stephanie Castellon, Sadie Cooley, Jordan Flodder, Dylan Johnson, Max Mitchell, Cadence Raglin, Rexi Sandifer, Coby Bellanger, Ian Hopson, Charles Martin, Lanna Tschirhart

Carter Admire, Lillie Ayers, Charlie Davis, Esteban Espinoza, Sebastian Gonzalez, Turner Jones and Lilly Sola.


University of the Ozarks hires Van graduate as shooting sports head coach

Caleb Hemphill has been named as the head coach of the men’s and women’s shooting sports programs at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas.

The announcement of Hemphill, a 2011 graduate of Van High School, was made by the athletic department at the University of the Ozarks.

According to the announcement, Hemphill helped build the program to what it is now as a standout member of the team for four years.

Last season, Hemphill tied for third in American Trap (Class C) at the Association of College Unions International Collegiate National Tournament in San Antonio. He also helped the team to three first-place finishes at the Arkansas State Collegiate Shoot.


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