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Teachers of the Year Announced

Union Public Schools has announced its 2014-2015 school site Teachers of the Year. They are:

Andersen Elementary – Faith Hamilton, first grade
Boevers Elementary – Diana Bayona, kindergarten
Briarglen Elementary – Melissa Saffell, first grade
Cedar Ridge Elementary – Beth Turner, fifth grade
Clark Elementary – Charity Covey, reading specialist
Darnaby Elementary – Kristen Robinson, third grade
Grove Elementary – Sarah Rhodes, fourth grade
Jarman Elementary – Geri Stites, music
Jefferson Elementary – Mandy Lewis, first grade
McAuliffe Elementary – Caroline Quinonez, reading specialist
Moore Elementary – Jen Marple, art
Peters Elementary – Linda Cunningham, fourth grade
Rosa Parks Elementary – Janna Hamilton, kindergarten
Rosa Parks Early Childhood Education Center – Nicole Hill, pre-kindergarten
6th Grade – Amanda Kennedy, language arts
7th Grade – Meghan Bender, science
8th Grade – Tamarah Danzy, science
Union Alternative School – Ami Reynolds, English
9th Grade Center – Millie Gamble, algebra
High School – Courtney McCartney, English.

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Teachers of the Year Announced

Union Public Schools has announced its 2014-2015 school site Teachers of the Year. They are:

Andersen Elementary – Faith Hamilton, first grade
Boevers Elementary – Diana Bayona, kindergarten
Briarglen Elementary – Melissa Saffell, first grade
Cedar Ridge Elementary – Beth Turner, fifth grade
Clark Elementary – Charity Covey, reading specialist
Darnaby Elementary – Kristen Robinson, third grade
Grove Elementary – Sarah Rhodes, fourth grade
Jarman Elementary – Geri Stites, music
Jefferson Elementary – Mandy Lewis, first grade
McAuliffe Elementary – Caroline Quinonez, reading specialist
Moore Elementary – Jen Marple, art
Peters Elementary – Linda Cunningham, fourth grade
Rosa Parks Elementary – Janna Hamilton, kindergarten
Rosa Parks Early Childhood Education Center – Nicole Hill, pre-kindergarten
6th Grade – Amanda Kennedy, language arts
7th Grade – Meghan Bender, science
8th Grade – Tamarah Danzy, science
Union Alternative School – Ami Reynolds, English
9th Grade Center – Millie Gamble, algebra
High School – Courtney McCartney, English.

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Union Cheer Zone

Alex Pitchford is in her third year as a Union Varsity Cheerleader. She has cheered for Union since first grade.

She is a team member of Union’s State, National, and Grand National Championship Cheer Squad and has been named an All American Cheerleader multiple times. She is a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, where she is involved in small groups and mission trips. Alex plans to attend the University of Oklahoma in the fall.

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Students Qualify for Nationals

On March 8, at the National Forensic League (NFL) East Oklahoma District Tournament, two Union students qualified to the national tournament in June: Liuyi Chen and Maureen Haynes. NFL Nationals is the largest academic competition in the world. This summer it will be held in Kansas City.

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Mr. and Miss Union Crowned

On March 12, Union High School seniors Jeffery Mead and Hope Atyia were named Mr. and Miss Union: the highest honor a student can receive at Union High School.

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District Teacher of the Year Named

Emmet Bowen, fifth grade teacher at Peters Elementary School, was named the 2013-2014 Union Public School’s District Teacher of the Year on March 12.

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Darnaby to Help Pilot National Programs

Darnaby Elementary School, 7625 E. 87th St., has been selected as one of 44 schools in the United States to pilot the newest science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program for fifth grade for the 2013-14 school year.

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Band Student Anticipates National Parade

Union High School student Stephen Klaassen will be among the band members performing in Union’s marching band in the upcoming Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Klaassen will be a senior for the 2013-14 school year and has grown up in the Union school district; he has been playing percussion in band since sixth grade. He was captain of the drum line for the 2012-13 school year, and he will hold that position in the coming school year. Academically, he ranks at the top of his class—a place where Klaassen plans to remain through his senior year, even with his busy schedule.

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High Honors for Union Grads

Union High School held its graduation May 15. Pictured above are its valedictorians and salutatorians, students in the top one percent and two percent of their class respectively: Tara Cain, Rahul Chidurala, Abigail Kay, Se Yeon Kim, Katherine Nguyen, Phoi Nguyen, Roshni Suthar, Jeanie Ta, Sarah Wymer, and Mohammad Zaidi.

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