Student Recognition

Lufkin native a finalist for Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders squad

Thu, May 7, 2015 - 7:28am

A Lufkin woman who was the first black captain of the high school dance team is seeing her dream to become a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader take another step.Khalyn Cole is a finalist in the competition to attend the squad's training camp.The public can vote for one finalist to receive an automatic bid to go to training camp by voting here.Cole graduated from Lufkin High in 2012 and is finishing up her third year as a dancer at North Texas.However, a young Khalyn Cole wasn't sure if dance was for her."She didn't want to to dance," said mother Melinda Cole. "She...

Mother, 49, achieves dream and joins her daughters at UNT

Sun, May 3, 2015 - 3:38pm

 In a first-floor room inside Transitions Hall on the University of North Texas campus lives a 49-year-old woman, living out her dream deferred.

"There was always that voice inside me that said, 'You're supposed to have a college education, that's something that's on your to-do list,'" said Darla Ray of Fort Worth.

For more than 20 years, Ray had been living her life for her daughters. She was a single mother, sometimes living with relatives and working the overnight shift just so she could be there when her children were awake.

"I'd put them to bed at 9 o'clock, and I'd lay with them and let them go to...

Plano brothers both get a perfect 2400 score on SAT

Thu, Apr 30, 2015 - 12:18pm

It’s not every day that someone gets a perfect score on the SAT. For the Hashe family in Plano, it’s happened twice: brothers Michael and David Hashe both earned a 2400.

The percentage of students in the class of 2014 who earned a perfect score that year, both nationally and statewide, is about 0.3 percent.

Sitting side-by-side, the brothers say they’re still amazed.

“I was not expecting that,” Michael, 18, said.

“Me neither,” David, 17, said.

Their mother agreed.

“I still think we got really lucky,” Donna Hashe said. “We never thought Michael would get a perfect score, and then that...

Three Teams Take Top Honors in Desal Prize At the Bureau of Reclamation's Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility

Thu, Apr 23, 2015 - 7:06am

The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Agency for International Development have announced the April 9 to 11 Desal Prize winners—Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)/Jain Irrigation Systems, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Center for Inland Desalination System, and Green Desal.

Five finalist innovator teams had competed for $200,000 in prize funds in head-to-head demonstrations at Reclamation's Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo. However, only the top three teams will receive grant funds totaling $400,000 to implement pilot projects in late summer or early fall with...

Moss signs with North Texas

Tue, Apr 21, 2015 - 1:23pm

As Chanse Moss sat down at a table front of coaches, friends and family in the Graham High School library, he couldn’t help but crack a smile. Moss was moments away from officially becoming a Division I track and field athlete. That meant all the time and energy spent in the hot, Texas sun at the shot put pit was about to pay off. “It’s just kind of a big deal,” Moss said. “There’s a lot of hard work put into all the athletics we’re put through in Graham. It’s just really good to see it paying off for me.”Moss signed with the University of North Texas on Wednesday, April 15, just days after breaking a 59-year-old school shot put...