Education

Thu
22
Jun

University News

Ayers earns Ph.D. in Egyptian Archaeology

Natasha Ayers earned her Ph.D. in Egyptian Archaeology from the University of Chicago with Honors for her dissertation “Cultural Change in Upper Egypt from the late Middle Kingdom through the Second Intermediate Period: A New Analysis of the Ceramic Material.” The doctoral hooding took place on June 9, 2017, at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago, and degrees were conferred at the university-wide convocation on June 10, 2017. Ayers teaches at the University of Chicago and excavates at the ancient provincial capital of Tell Edfu in Egypt. She is the daughter of Gerald and Molly Ayers of Grand Saline and a 1999 graduate of Grand Saline High School.

Tue
23
May

Varsity Majorette Line

Van High School recently announced its varsity majorette line for the 2017-18 school year. The line includes Julianne Johnson, captain; Carli Davidson, Brooklynn Devisscher, Emily Fry, Abigale Rumbo, Bethany Tompkins, Michele Campa and Casi Davidson. The instructor is Paige Redmond.

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Thu
27
Apr

VHS Theatre to host summer kids camp

The Van High School Theatre Department is announcing its 10th annual Summer Theatre Kids Camp which will be held May 22-26 at the Van ISD Auditorium.

“The purpose of the kids theatre camp will be to instruct students in the basics of performance with each participant featured in a final production in the auditorium Friday, May 26 at 7 p.m.,” pointed out VHS Theatre instructor Larry Wisdom. “Students will learn basics in characterization, interpretation, voice, movement and play production. Students will also experience theatre activities that foster self-confidence and positive self-image, explore a character in a play and learn the value of ensemble. The final performance will the last day of camp on Friday evening, May 26.”

Mon
10
Apr

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.

Mon
20
Mar

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.

Sun
19
Mar

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.

Mon
27
Feb

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.”

Mon
13
Feb

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.

Wed
08
Feb

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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Sun
15
Jan

Vandal cheerleaders perform

Courtesy photos

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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