Amy Nixon Awarded Southeast's STAR Staff of the Week

Southeast Elementary honors Mrs. Amy Nixon as STAR Staff of the week! According to Principal Peggy Elliott, "Mrs. Nixon has a passion for kids and her super positive attitude is contagious. Thank you Mrs. Nixon for making Southeast Elementary a great place to be Sweetwater Strong!"

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Cherry and Heaton Present Winning Casa Ideal Project

Gewel Cherry and Ashley Heaton's Casa Ideal project was voted best by their fellow Spanish 3 students. 

In groups of 2 or 3, students had to design and draw their dream house.  After all of the houses were numbered and hung on the wall, students walked around the room looking at the house presentations in order to decide which would sell the fastest and then wrote about it in 140 characters or less.

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SHS FCCLA Students Compete at Regional Star Event

On Monday, Sweetwater High FCCLA students traveled to Waco to participate in the Region II Star Event Competition. Carissa Adkins, Family and Consumer Science Teacher and FCCLA Advisor commented, "All students did an amazing job preparing and presenting their projects. I am one lucky advisor to have such amazing students. We will be headed to Corpus in April, so please wish these students luck!"

National Programs in Action: " Don't Drive InTEXTicaded" - Alyssa Villanueva, Marisa Moncada, and Payton Moore. This group received third place and will advance to state.

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Serving Up Success - Angelica Montamayor. She received sixth place and will advance to state.

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Chapter Service Project: "Caring Hearts, Helping Hands" - Alaina Andrews, Mickenzie Brownlow. According Adkins, "These girls did not place in the top six, but I have never had two girls work so hard on a project."

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SHS DECA Teams Head To State Competition in Dallas

Sweetwater High School had a big send off for DECA teams headed to Dallas for State Competition this week. 

Founded in 1946, DECA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization with more than 185,000 high school members, 4,500 advisors, and 15,000 postsecondary collegiate division members around the world. The student members of DECA are smart, dedicated individuals already actively involved in preparing for successful careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.  

DECA members are experienced in workplace skills and are proven leaders within their peer groups and their neighborhood communities. DECA is not extracurricular. Rather, DECA is co-curricular and designed to be an integral part of the classroom instructional program.  DECA provides teachers and members with educational and leadership development activities to merge with the classroom instructional program, teaching the skills that a successful career in business requires. Working hand-in-hand with the educational and business communities, DECA’s goal is for its members to develop a “career success kit” to carry into their professional and personal lives after graduation.

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Sweetwater High Students Celebrate National FFA Week

Sweetwater FFA members sharing their appreciation and sweets during National FFA Week.
(L to R) Ashley Parker, Morgan Browning, Larissa Locklar, Alyssa Soles

Each year, FFA chapters around the country celebrate National FFA Week. The week-long tradition began in 1947 when the National FFA Board of Directors designated the week of George Washington's birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer. The first National FFA Week was held in 1948. Today, FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Feb. 22, Washington’s birthday.

National FFA Week did not start out as a week-long event. At first it was National FFA Day. The 1933 National FFA Convention proceedings records the beginning of FFA Day in this way: "Stewart of Montana requested the floor at this time to present a matter of general interest. He suggested the idea of having a special Future Farmer Day some time during 1934, preferably on one of the regular national FFA broadcasting days. It was pointed out that the various state associations could perhaps plan special state broadcasts also on that day and that chapters might plan their father and son banquets on the date specified. The idea seemed to meet with general delegate approval and after some discussion it was moved by Stewart that the Board of Trustees arrange for such a day; motion passed."

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SHS Students Compete In Visual Art Scholastic Event

Natalie Cox, Alejandro Gamez, William Hardin, Keegan Von Atzigan and Kala Wofford participated with their artwork in the Visual Art Scholastic Event held at Abilene High over the weekend. They received four superior ratings and two excellent. Keegan's Pet Portrait (not shown) advanced to state VASE which will be held April 4-5 at Bryan High School.

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East Ridge and Southeast Elementary Receive Awards

East Ridge Elementary was designated a World Class School by Imagine Learning at January's School Board Board Meeting. Southeast Elementary also received special recognition from the company.

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