2016-2017 Awards & Accolades

Theta Nu Sigma

February 18, 2017. Another win!

Math/Science Team

The GHS Math/Science Team traveled to Longview HS and competed in their UIL contest (21 schools participated) Feb. 18. We placed first in Number Sense 623 to 174, first in Calculator 511 to 345, and first in Math 546 to 248.  

Individual honors:

Linh Nguyen placed first in NS (280), first in Calc (196), and first in Math (216).
Zachary Nguyen placed 2nd in NS (231), 2nd in Calc (161), and 2nd in Math (182).
Isaac Yu placed fourth in NS (112).
Tanzi Sakib placed sixth in NS (89) and fourth in Math (148).
Luz Martinez placed third in Calc (154).
Alicia Sebastian had good positive scores in NS and Math.
Tanzi Sakib placed first with a 100 in Science.
Linh Nguyen placed third with an 82 in Science.

Theta Nu Sigma

February 11, 2017 - Grand Champs


Please congratulate the Garland Owls Varsity Boys Basketball Coaches and players for their win against Naaman Forest on February 10th. The score was 74-57. This win puts the Owls in the Playoffs for the 8th time in 12 years.  


The Owls placed 5th on February 13, 2017, in the Richardson Spring Fling. Holden Wisener was the overall champ posting a one under 70.  Congratulations to Holden.  

Math/Science Team

The Math/Science Team traveled to Azle for a contest Saturday, February 11, 2017.
We placed first in Number Sense 809 to 358, first in Calculator 567 to 509, first in Math 608 to 268, first in Science 304 to 184, first in Computer Science 90 to 0 and first in Sweepstakes 2620 to 1441.  The team won five team trophies and also the Sweepstakes trophy.
Individual honors were by grade level except for Computer Science--
Linh Nguyen (senior) placed first in all five events.
Zachary Nguyen placed first in all the 9th grade events.
Norman Chung placed first in all the sophomore events.
Isaac Yu (9th grade) placed 2nd in Number Sense and Math and first in Science.
Alicia Sebastian  (9th grade) placed third in Math.
Raiye Mathewos (9th grade) placed fourth in Math and Science.
Aina Tieu (junior) placed 2nd in Calculator.
Tanzi Sakib (junior) placed 3rd in Number Sense, first in Math and Science.
Luz Martinez (senior) placed third in Calculator and second in Math and Science. 
We had three Austin Academy students that all competed in the 9th grade division and did great - Joshua Robert, Gia-Uyen Tran, and Brandon Pham.  Kudos go to Isaac Yu who won the Biology trophy and Tanzi who won both the Chemistry and Physics trophies!
The team travels to Texas Tech February 17-18 to compete against the perennial powerhouse Lubbock High!


The Garland HS Band had a fine outing on February 4, 2017, at the UIL Region 3 Solo/Ensemble Contest at North Garland HS.  The students brought home 114 First Division medals and 51 students qualified for the State Solo/Ensemble Contest in May.  That is almost a third of the entire band program.  Congrats to the GHS Band.


The Swim team finished their season at the regional championships the weekend of February 4, 2017, in Lewisville. The girls relay team competed in finals, Sabrina Palma, Summer Brooks, Luz Martinez-Lucas and Ariel Bellatin finished 15th in the 200 Medley Relay and then 14th in the 200 Free Relay. Summer Brooks also made the regional final in the 100 Breaststroke, placing 13th. The boys relay team also competed in the 200 Free relay and the 400 Free relay, placing 18th in the 400 was a season best time. Those team members were: Daniel Olguin, Max Lavinsky, Michael Reilly, Andy Zuniga and Khoa Pham.

AVID Students Named Dell Scholarship Semifinalists 

On February 1st, the Susan and Michael Dell Foundation released its list of roughly 1,000 Dell Scholarship semifinalists, and we are so excited to share that we have three (3) AVID Seniors in the running!  Three hundred (300) students will each go on to win a $20,000 scholarship, a laptop, and other resources for college success.  It is a tremendous honor to have multiple students make it to the final selection round, so please join us in extending a huge congratulations to: 

  • Hector Cazarez
  • Isabel Martinez, and
  • Amberlyn Torres.

If interested, more information on the scholarship can be found on the Dell Scholars website.  Thank you so much for supporting all of our AVID students’ college dreams.

Athletic Signings

The following athletes signed their college scholarships on February 8, 2017, and we are very proud of them.

  • Jennifer Contreras - Volleyball - Eastfield College
  • Donavan Benzenhafer - Football - Kansas Wesleyan
  • Josh Chaves - Football - Sterling College
  • Josh Thompson - Football - Stephan F. Austin


Please offer your congratulations to the following Orchestra members who received a first division rating in solo performance at the UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest held this past Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Mesquite High School.
Temi Akande
Kaitlyn Aldridge*
Julia de la Rosa 
Jorel Decipulo*
Havynne Durand
Devon Evertson*
Rachael Felton
Patricia Felton
Landon Jones
Nicholas Jones*
Jacqueline Manessier
Lizette Mendez
Linh Nguyen
Zachary Nguyen*
Cecilia Parker 
Rachel Peacock*
Khai Thinh*
Scott Tran
Nam Troung  
Jayson Ramos
Isaac Yu*
The students marked with a asterisk met the requirements to advance to the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest, which will be held in May at the University of Texas at Austin.
The GHS String Quartet (Katlyn Aldridge, Jorel Decipulo, Jonah Robinson, Khai Thinh) also received a first division rating and will advance to the state contest.


The Guitar Department had a fantastic showing at the Region 3 UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest in Mesquite on Saturday, January 28, 2017.  All of the listed students received superior ratings for their performances, and six soloists and three ensembles are qualified to enter the State Contest in May.  Please congratulate these fine musicians when you see them.

David Ambriz (State Certified)
Diego Figueroa (State Certified)
Ryan Mulqueen (State Certified)
Claudio Pinilla (State Certified)
Janssy Sanchez (State Certified)
Noah Webb (State Certified)
Milton Amaya
Edith Campa
Jerrod de la Cruz
Jonathan Lara
Elijah Radabaugh
Bernabe Roman

State Certified Ensembles:
Milton Amaya
Elijah Radabaugh
Noah Webb 
Ryan Mulqueen
Diego Figueroa
David Ambriz
Melissa Singletary
Quinn Sherer
Jacqueline Patino

Speech & Debate

As we finish our qualifying season, we have 15 students attending the Texas Forensic Association STATE Meet in March at Plano West and 12 attending the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions in May in Kansas City, MO.  Coming up: UIL District, Region, State and National Speech & Debate Assoc. District & Nationals.  GHS Speech & Debate Coaches: Lory Stewart, Tammy Claeson & Edgar Segura.

TFA State Qualifiers: 

Khoa Pham - Varsity LD Debate
Chinenye Agbakwu - Dramatic & Duet ActingChukwudi Agbakwu - Humorous & Duet Acting
Jason Bobadilla - Dramatic & Humorous Interp
Emily Crow - Dramatic Interp
Fidencio Hernandez & Mason Stem - Duet Acting
Taylor Laredo - Original Oratory
Noah Stevens & Trevor Stewart - Duet Acting
Campbell Urrutia & Savannah Youngblood - Duet Acting
Benji Varnan - Humorous Interp
Bethany Bass - Prose
Saketh Venattu - Congressional Debate

National Qualifiers: 

Chinenye Agbakwu - Dramatic & Duet Acting
Chukwudi Agbakwu - Humorous & Duet Acting
Jason Bobadilla - Dramatic & Humorous Interp
Trevor Stewart & Safwan Chowdhury - Duo Acting
Fidencio Hernandez & Mason Stem - Duet
Campbell Urrutia & Savannah Youngblood - Duet Acting
Nozi Nkolomi - Original Oratory
Benji Varnan & Trevor Stewart - Duet Acting
Safwan Chowdhury & Emily Crow - Duet Acting
Becca Harrison - Dramatic Interp (qualified but not attending due to IB testing conflict)

Flower Mound and Flower Mound 9 Results:

Chukwudi Agbakwu - 1st in Humorous & 4th in Humorous
Chinenye & Chukwudi Agbakwu - 3rd in Duet Acting
Benji Varnan - 4th in Humorous
Emily Crow - 5th place in Dramatic Interp
Trevor Stewart & Safwan Chowdhury - Duo Acting
Danita Mathew & Jaela Solomon - Octos (Top 16) Varsity PD debate 

GHS Swim

The Swim Team represented Garland HS very well on January 27 and 28, 2017, at the District Championship Swim Meet. Summer Brooks won the 100 breaststroke and lowered her school record in the process. She will represent Garland Friday and Saturday at the Regional Championship Meet in Lewisville. Joining her on relays will also be Amy Quach, Ariel Bellatin, Luz Martinez-Lucas, Sabrina Palma, Kimberly Le, Jessica Nguyen and Tabitha Griffin. Many of the young ladies had season and personal best swims. The Boys Team also had some very good swims with many season and personal best swims. The following young men will move on to the Regional Meet in relays as well: Daniel Olguin, Khoa Pham, Max Lavinsky, Steven Doan, Andy Zuniga, Carson Cruse and Michael Reilly.

National Hispanic Scholars

GHS has eight (8) National Hispanic Scholars.  Students who earned this honor are Francisco Zapata Alvarez, Valeria Reyna Salaices, Ronaldo Rodriguez, Sofia Olivas, Audrey Escobedo, Jacobe Beltran, Desiree Lopez, and Rafael Garcia. Congratulations to all!


Please congratulate the following DECA students.  They competed at District competition in Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurship on Saturday, January 21.  They will be advancing to compete at State Competition in San Antonio in February.

  • Evelyn Ruiz
  • Ashaunte' Powers
  • Abrielle Williams
  • Brian Tran
  • Alacea Woods
  • Marie Manickath
  • Hridita Hossain
  • Jessica Ngo
  • Francisco Zapata
  • Shamira Kabir
  • Kathy Tran

Speech & Debate


Emily Crow - Dramatic Interp
Benji Varnan - Humorous Interp
Noah Stevens & Trevor Stewart - Duet Acting
Becca Harrison - Poetry Interp  

Brandon Molina - Varsity LD Debate!!!
Jason Bobadilla - Humorous Interp
Fidencio "Jesse" Hernandez & Mason Stem - Duet Acting
Meghan Settle & Jackie Oronia - Duo Acting
Noah Stevens - Prose Interp

Matthew Vo - Poetry 

Becca Harrison - Dramatic Interp
Taylor Laredo - Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
Chuk Agbakwu & Chin Agbakwu - Duo Acting

Safwan Chowdhury & Trevor Stewart - Duo Acting

Jason Bobadilla - Dramatic Interp
Chuk & Chin Agbakwu - Duet Acting
Taylor Laredo & Kirsten DeLoach - Duo Acting

Top 8 (Quarters)
Saketh Venattu - Varsity LD Debate

Top 16 (Octos)
Esther Thomas & Anthony Samuel - Varsity PF Debate

Top 36 (Double Octos)
Ishan Rereddy - Varsity LD Debate

Step Team

Congratulate a member of Garland High School Step Program for taking first place in Killeen, TX. Our students showed up and showed out in a phenomenal performance. The next performance will take place at Baylor University on Jan 28. 

Math Team

The Math Team traveled to Princeton on January 7, 2017.  GHS won and went 5-0 this year!

The Number Sense Team placed first 796 to 421.
First place-Linh Nguyen (349), Second-Andrew Doan (225), Third-Norman Chung (222), Fourth-Zach Nguyen (216).
The Calculator Team placed first 616 to 490.
First place-Linh (224), Second-Andrew (196), Fourth-Zach (196), Seventh-Norman (154), Eighth-Alina Tieu (147).
Gia-Uyen Tran, a 7th grader, scored 90 on a HS Number Sense test.  Tanzi, a 11th grader, scored 117 on his first Number Sense test.  
Linh Nguyen won the "Top-Gun" plaque!  She won it as an 8th grader and now as a senior.

Speech & Debate

First place sweepstakes at Creekview! We now have nine (9) National (NIETOC) qualifiers. Thank you for your support: Lory, Tammy & Edgar - S&D Coaching Team.

Jason Bobadilla - Humorous Interp

Campbell Urrutia & Savannah Youngblood - Duet Acting
Chinenye Agbakwu - Poetry Interp
Taylor Laredo - Informative Speaking
Ishan Rereddy - 2nd Top Speaker Novice LD Debate

Khoa Pham - Varsity LD Debate & 3rd Top Speaker Varsity LD
Jason Bobadilla - Dramatic Interp
Safwan Chowdhury & Trevor Stewart - Duo Acting
Chinenye Agbakwu - Program Oral Interp
Bethany Bass - Informative Speaking

Chinenye Agbakwu - Dramatic Interp
Fidencio "Jesse" Hernandez & Mason Stem - Duo Acting
Becca Harrison - Poetry Interp
Jae'la Solomon - Informative Speaking

Kennedy Wallace - Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
Mason Stem & Benji Varnan - Duo Acting
Ishan Rereddy - Novice LD Debate

Taylor Laredo & Kirsten DeLoach - Duo Acting
Andy Ly - Humorous Interp

Math Club

GHS Math Team participated in a math contest in Paradise and placed first in Number Sense 721 to 293 and first in Calculator 593 to 253. In Number Sense, Linh Nguyen placed first with 295, Andrew Doan placed second with 229, Zachary Nguyen placed third with 197, Norman Chung placed fourth with 157, and Issac Yu placed seventh with 79. In Calculator Linh placed first with 229, Zach placed second with 189, Andrew Doan placed fourth with 175, Luz Martinez placed fifth with 161.6, Norman Chung placed sixth with 162.5, and Alina Tieu placed seventh with 135. More results that came in after our return to GHS:  First - Linh Nguyen - 256; Second - Andrew Doan - 226; Third - Zach Nguyen - 188; Fourth - Norman Chung - 162; Fifth - Isaac Yu - 135.  Congratulations, GHS Math Team.

National Merit Commended Students

GHS Speech & Debate

GHS Speech & Debate competed @ Sachse HS and won FIRST PLACE SWEEPSTAKES! 

Chukwudi Agbakwu & Chinenye Agbackwu - Duet Acting
Chukwudi Agbakwu - Humorous Interp
Chinenye Agbakwu - Dramatic Interp & Poetry (Tied the record for 3 first places at 1 tourney!)
Emily Crow - Prose Interp
Ishan Rereddy - Novice LD Debate

Nia Carter - Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
Savannah Youngblood - Dramatic Interp
Savannah Youngblood & Campbell Urrutia - Duet Acting
Ishan Rereddy - 2nd Top Speaker Novice LD Debate
Danita Mathew - Novice Extemporaneous Speaking
Kylie Lavinsky - Poetry Interp

Nia Carter - 3rd Top Speaker Varsity LD Debate
Stephanie Alejandre - Humorous Interp
Danita Mathew & Jae'la Solomon - Varsity PF Debate

Emily Crow - Dramatic Interp
Jackie Oronia & Meghan Settle - Duo Acting
Taylor Laredo - Original Oratory

Kirsten DeLoach & Taylor Laredo - Duo Acting
Andy Ly - Humorous Interp

Becca Harrison - Dramatic Interp
Anthony Samuel - Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking
Bernabe Roman - Humorous Interp
Tim Thomas - Novice Extemporaneous Speaking
Jackie Oronia - Poetry Interp
Jackie Oronia & Emily Crow - Duet Acting

Nozi Nkolomi - Original Oratory
Matthew Vo & Andy Ly - Duet Acting

Top 8 (Quarterfinalists)
Nia Carter - Varsity LD Debate
Nicholas Bacon & Hannah Weiner - Varsity PF Debate

All Region 9th Grade Band

Congratulations to the new members of the 9th Grade TMEA All Region Band.  

Andrews, Jennifer


4th chair

Assis, Matthew


3rd chair

Bean, Nolan


3rd Chair

Degefa, Joshua


1st chair

Galvez, David


(18 chair)

Garcia, Airam

F. Horn

(23 chair)

Garcia, Daniel


6th chair

Goins, Aaron


4th chair

Guzman, Miguel

Tenor Sax

1st chair

Hill,  Allison

Alto Sax

1st chair

Johnson, Carley

F. Horn

1st chair

Keating, Hunter

Bari Sax

2nd alternate 4th chair

Melendez, Dixy


(28 chair)

Mendoza, Michelle


2nd chair

Sebastian, Alicia


(9th chair)

Smithey, Eryn

F. Horn

(32nd chair)

Math Club

We took 6 students (4 from GHS and 2 from AA) to Corsicana on Saturday, November 12, 2016.  GHS placed first in Number Sense (607-125)and first in Calculator (510-224) and first in Math.

Number Sense

1st—Linh Nguyen—231
2nd—Norman Chung—206
3rd—Zachary Nguyen—170
4th—Isaac Yu—136
5th—Joshua Robert (AA)—78
8th—Gia-Uyen Tran (AA)—61   


1st--Linh Nguyen—269
2nd—Zach Nguyen—143
4th—Norman Chung—108
10th—Joshua Robert—66
15th—Gia-Uyen Tran—30 


1st—Linh Nguyen
2nd—Zachary Nguyen
3rd—Norman Chung
4th—Isaac Yu

GHS Guitar

GHS Golf

Congratulations to Holden Wisener for winning his second golf tournament. He shot 71, one under par at Waterview on 10/25/2016.

Speech & Debate

Second Place Sweepstakes at Naaman Forest. 

Campbell Urrutia & Savannah Youngblood - Duet Acting - NATIONALS BID
Chin Agbakwu - Poetry Interp

Bethany Bass - Informative Speaking
Chuk Agbakwu - Program Oral Interp

Nicholas Bacon & Hannah Weiner - Varsity PF Debate
Bethany Bass & Sabrina Palma - Varsity PF Debate
Chin Agbakwu - Program Oral Interp

Chin Agbakwu - Dramatic Interp - NATIONALS BID
Brandon Molina - Novice Extemporaneous Speaking
Noah Stevens - Prose Interp

Becca Harrison - Poetry Interp
Khoa Pham - Varsity LD Debate 

Nozi Nkolomi - Original Oratory - NATIONALS BID
Sabrina Palma - Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking
Kennedy Wallace - Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
Mason Stem & Benji Varnan - Duo Acting
Jae'la Solomon - Informative Speaking

Kirsten DeLoach & Taylor Laredo - Duo Acting
Tim Thomas - Informative Speaking

Esther Thomas - Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking

Octafinalist (Top 16)
John Hunt - Novice LD Debate

GHS Orchestra

Congratulations to these 17 Orchestra students who won a seat in the 2016 TMEA Region 3 Orchestra.  They competed with students from Richardson and Mesquite ISD to earn their place.  They will present a concert on Saturday, December 10, at 4:00 pm in the GHS Auditorium.

Katherine Sloan was selected as 1st chair harp.
Landon Jones was picked to be first alternate in the double bass section.

Kaitlyn Adridge
Julia de la Rosa
Jorel Decipulo
Devon Evertson
Rachael Felton
Nicholas Jones
Lauren Jones
Jacqueline Manessier
Linh Nguyen
Zachary Nguyen
Nam-Y Nguyen
Vincent Pham
Jonah Robinson
Katherine Sloan
Khai Trinh
Linh Trinh
Isaac Yu

Speech & Debate

ARLINGTON competition on October 15, 2016 results:

Chinenye Agbakwu – Program Oral Interp
Taylor Loraedo – Informative Speaking

Galen Bouguyon – Informative Speaking

Chinenye Agbakwu – Poetry Interp
Nicholas Bacon – Informative Speaking

Jason Bobadilla – Dramatic Interp
Taylor Laredo – Original Oratory
Tim Thomas – Informative Speaking

Chinenye Agbakwu – Dramatic Interp

Octofinalist (Top 16)
Khoa Pham – Varsity LD Debate

Math Contest Results

The Math Team competed at a contest in Princeton on October 8th.  The results are:

First in Number Sense 1146 to 464.  We won by 682 points--a record!
First in Calculator 590 to 487.
First in Mathematics 750 to 594.
In Number Sense--Zach Nguyen scored 400 (a perfect score!).  He won!  Linh Nguyen and Norman Chung both scored 373 and tied for second.  Andrew Doan placed fifth and scored 319.
In Calculator--Linh placed first with 227, Andrew placed second with 185, and Zach tied for third with 178.
In Mathematics--Linh placed second with 272, Andrew placed third with 270, and Norman placed fourth with 208.

National Merit Commended Students

Congratulations to the 14 National Merit Commended students at GHS. Students who earned this honor are Gabrielle Alovera, Zain Hamid, Rebecca Harrison, Desiree Lopez, Luz Martinez-Lucas, Salvador Neri, Jessica Nguyen, Emma Parker, Katherine Ryce, Caleb Shi, Mabel Thai, Patrick Vu, Victor Vu, and Francisco Zapata-Alvarez.  

Speech & Debate at Newman Smith

2nd Place Sweepstakes!

First Place
Noah Stevens and Trevor Stewart - Duet Acting

Noah Stevens - Prose Interpretation
Chinenye Agbakwu - Poetry Interpretation 

Second Place
Chukwudi Agbakwu - Humorous Interpretation 

Chukwudi Agbakwu and Chinenye Agbakwu - Duet Acting

Third Place
Brandon Molina - Novice LD
Tim Thomas - Novice LD 

Chinenye Agbakwu - Dramatic Interp

Hannah Weiner and Nicholas Bacon - PF Debate
Emily Crow - Dramatic Interp
Taylor Laredo - Original Oratory
Mason Stem and Fidencio "Jesse" Hernandez - Duet Acting

Taylor Laredo and Kirsten DeLoach - Duo Acting

National Merit Semi Finalists

Congratulations National Merit Semi Finalists at GHS.

Back Row (left to right)
Katherine Sloan, Khanh-Linh Nguyen, and Jones Kalarickal

Front Row (left to right)
William Nguyen and Freya Hammar


GHS Speech & Debate

GHS Speech & Debate places 3rd in Sweepstakes @ Princeton on 9/10/2016. See all of the Speech & Debate News here.  



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