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The Year in Review – 2005-2006 (June, 2006)

On the night of August 6 as FISD prepares for a new school year, Pizza Hut Park opened and FISD elected officials and administrators were special guests at this event. FISD partnered with the city and Hunt Sports Group to help bring this venue to Frisco.

The 2005-2006 year got off to a great start with the Convocation Ceremony being held at the new Frisco Convention Center at the Embassy Suites. The convention hall was filled with FISD teachers and employees ready to kick off a new year.

Patience LeBlanc, Staley Middle School history teacher, was awarded the Leon Jarworski Award by the Texas Bar Association.

The nation was stunned as Hurricane Katrina left residents of Louisiana and Mississippi without homes. FISD welcomed more than 200 evacuees into the district and schools began collecting pennies, toys, clothes and household items to help with the disaster.

FISD dedicated four new schools in the fall of 2005. The new schools were Pink Elementary, named for Dr. Erwin and Elizabeth Pink. Dr. Pink was a long-time school board member and Mrs. Pink is a former teacher and PTA volunteer. Ashley Elementary named for the late Lucille Ashley, a beloved teacher, Bledsoe Elementary, named for Calvin Bledsoe, former school board member. Bledsoe was able to attend the dedication but died just months later. FISD also dedicated Roach Middle School for Sam Roach, also a former school board member, and the late Ann Roach.

Boals Elementary Honor Choir was selected as one of the top four choirs in the state after submitting a recording to the Texas Music Educators Association. The choir performed at the annual convention in San Antonio in February.

Centennial High School seniors Yinda Bi and Lauren Couch were named National Merit Semifinalist.

Cletus Bristol, Frisco’s oldest resident, was awarded an honorary diploma by the district. Bristol dropped out of Frisco High School but went on to be a successful employee of Safeway, managing several grocery stores. The story gained national attention.

Titan TV at Centennial High School took top honors from the National Scholastic Press Association in the high school competition.

Frisco High School volleyball coach, Janie Litchford, was honored by FISD for celebrating her 400th win at FHS.

Frisco High School Art teacher June Waggener was honored with the Outstanding Youth Art Month Observance Award.

Susanna Burke, Independent Study and Mentorship student at Centennial High School, won at the local level and took second place at the national level in the Teen Fashion Innovators Search for her handbag design.

Vicki Vu of Centennial High School was awarded a four-year scholarship to the University of Dallas by the With Love, It’s a Small World organization.

Allison Miller, office secretary to Superintendent Dr. Rick Reedy, was honored by the Frisco Chamber of Commerce with the Golden Eagle Award for her volunteer work in the community.

Pink Field, named in honor of Dr. Erwin Pink, former school board president and long-time team doctor, was dedicated at Pizza Hut Park. Dr. Pink was in good spirits at the dedication. Earlier in the school year he had been instrumental in founding the Pink Anderson Stern Scholarship.

Emmie France, new Frisco High School student, was the 20,000th student to enroll in FISD, setting a new enrollment record for the district.

Steven Zhu of Frisco High School had a perfect score on his SAT exam.

Centennial High School’s Academic Decathlon team took 1st at regional competition and 2nd at state in the 4A school division. Frisco High’s Academic Decathlon team took 2nd at regional level and 5th at state in the 4A division.

Christina Wagner, Staley Middle School choir and orchestra teacher, was named the Metroplex Children’s Choir Teacher of the Year.

Daryl Trent, long-time band instructor at Frisco High School, was named Director Fine Arts.

Three FISD soccer players, Kate Marr and Abbey Niehaus of Centennial High School, and Josh Mikulewicz of Frisco High School, are signed to play college soccer.

Logan Fair and Blake O’Brian of Frisco High School and David De Anda and Justin Silvestre of Centennial traveled to Austin for the Youth Art Month Celebration, where they had works displayed. Fair designed a flag that was selected to be flown over the state capitol during the event and then in over the nation’s capitol. This was the ninth year FISD had a flag design selected.

The Frisco High School Boys Swim and Dive team brought home the state swim championship and set a state record in the 200 free relay, with the Centennial Swim Team also advancing to state for a great aquatic year for FISD. The Centennial Boys and Girls and the Frisco High Girls Wrestling teams also went to state and performed extremely well with FHS student Vanessa Epps setting a record 45-0/40 pins. The Centennial German Team came in Third in state competition.

Coach Bruce Eubanks of Frisco High School was named Boys and Girls Swim Coach of the Year for district and region, Diving Coach of the Year for the region and State Boys Swim Coach of the year. Coach Ronnie Rogers of Centennial was named District, Regional and State Girls Swim Coach of the Year.

Curtsinger and Smith Elementary Schools are nominated for the Blue Ribbon School Designation. Announcement of the schools chosen for designation is expected in the fall.

The Frisco Roughriders donated $10,000 to Frisco Education Foundation as their new season began.

Frisco says goodbye to a beloved supporter, Dr. Erwin Pink, who died in his sleep on April 20th. A memorial was held in his honor at Centennial High School where the Pink Elementary School Choir sang the Pink School Song.

The FISD All-City Choir attended the DC Festival Lone Star Showcase competition and received a superior rating and was named Outstanding in Class for elementary choirs.

Garrett Casey of Shawnee Trail Elementary School had his butterfly design chosen at the annual Wimberley Butterfly Festival as the design that will be used on next year’s t-shirt. Elli Aldrich, also of Shawnee Trail, had her picture selected by the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center Art Contest for use on holiday and note cards.

The Centennial German students founded Centennial’s first National German Honor Society group at their school. Justin Silvestre won a cash award for his performance at state competition.

Dr. Rick Reedy celebrates 30 years at FISD, while Doug Zambiasi and Alta Davis are not far behind with 25 years working in the district. Service pins to other employees with 20, 15, and 10 years were given out at a special ceremony in May at the Frisco Convention Center. Persons with five years received their pins on campus.

The 2006 proposed bond program passed in May! FISD will be able to continue to grow to meet the needs of our students!

The FISD Middle Schools reported the many students who were selected by the Duke Talent Search and also many students performed well as team members at the state Math and Science competition.

Eric Stromm of FHS gets appointment to the United States Navel Academy.

FISD says goodbye to retiring principals, Debra Carroll-Boyce of Curtsinger and LaDonna Polston of Anderson and Stevie Pudick, retiring assistant principal at Smith Elementary.

Centennial High School’s first graduating class received diplomas on May 26.