SHS Swimmer Places First in 5-A District Meet
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Swimmer Emily Manly competed in the District 12-5A swim meet at the Rockwall Aquatic Center.  Emily placed first in both the 200 IM and the 100 Backstroke and advanced to the Regional Swim Meet to be held on February 6th and 7th.  Congratulations, Emily!

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Valegrams Are Back - Sponsored by BPA
It's almost Valentine’s Day! You can buy a Sunnyvale student flowers! Print out the form below, fill it out, and bring it to any Sunnyvale campus! Carnations are $2 and come in three different colors and you can even add a personalized "Valegram" for 50 cents!! Forms are due Wednesday, January 28th! Please help support the Sunnyvale High School BPA. Go Raiders!

TMEA All-State Choir Members
Congrats to:
Senior, Miriam Easo
Sophomore, Jadee Hankins
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They have been selected to the inaugural Small School Choir, conducted by Z. Randall Stroope.  This group will perform at the annual TMEA Convention in San Antonio in February.

Six Named to All-State Band
Congratulations to the following Raider Pride Band members, who were d to the ATSSB All-State band on Saturday January 10th, at the area auditions at Argyle High School:  

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Ruby Cherian, 12th grade Clarinet, 3rd time placement Concert Band
Kelsey Pormasdoro, 9th grade Alto Saxophone, 1st time placement, Concert Band
Jimmie Henson, 11th grade Percussion, 2nd time placement, Concert Band
Daniel Marino, 11th grade Trumpet, 2nd time placement, Concert Band and Jazz Band
Margaret Dasari, 12th grade Baritone Saxophone, 1st time placement Jazz Band
Ryan DeShazo, 11th grade Percussion, 2nd time placement Jazz Band.
These students will be going to San Antonio on February 11th-14th to represent SHS at the Texas Music Educators Association convention.  This is the highest level of achievement for band students across the state of Texas.

DeShazo Named to Prestigious Drum and Bugle Corps

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Congrats to Raider Pride Band percussionist Ryan DeShazo. Ryan recently auditioned for the renowned Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps in anticipation for the 2015 DCI (Drum Corps International) season. Based in Austin Texas, Genesis has won the bronze medal in open class competition for the past two years. Ryan will be playing snare drum for the Genesis drumline this year and will be traveling nearly 10,000 miles during the summer, with 18 competitions across the United States. This is a high honor as Ryan is the first Sunnyvale Band member to make one of the DCI groups which are comprised mostly of college and high school talent. Congrats, Ryan!

Varsity Soccer Places 2nd in Princeton Tournament
The varsity boys soccer team competed in their first tournament of the season this past week, January 8th - 10th, at Princeton HS.  Congratulations, Raider Soccer on bringing home the 2nd place trophy!
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Disney's Mary Poppins

- A limited number of tickets will also be sold at the ticket table each night. 
- Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and no sooner. 
- Concessions and souvenirs will be sold each night; cash only please.  
- The personal videotaping or making of electronic or other audio and/or visual recordings of this production is strictly prohibited.  For an MTI-authorized video of this performance please see the Sunnyvale High School Theatre webpage for details.

Attention Seniors and Parents of Seniors:
The senior yearbook advertising deadline has been extended to Friday, February 14th. Seniors who wish to have an ad in the back of the 2014-2015 yearbook may submit their materials and payment to Mrs. Vanek no later than that date. Information may be found here. Special thanks to those parents and seniors who have already submitted their materials.

SHS History Day Results 
Congratulations to the SHS students whose projects placed in the SHS History Day presentations.  The presentations earning 1st and 2nd place will advance to the regional history competition. Representatives from Texas A&M Commerce and Eastfield College judged the projects and awarded the following:
First Place:
--Documentary, Jackie Robinson:  A Game Changing Legacy 
Leah Jeemon, Lydia Philip, Maysa Mustafa, Ben Philips 
--Exhibit, The Legacy of the Boston Tea Party
Bismi Kurien, Kezia Mathai, Thien Nguyen, Michael Wartberg 
--Performance,  The Leadership and Legacy of Nixon and Kent State
Madison Armstrong, Blanca Paloma, Michael Paul Flores, Kristen Schabel, Alex Hanson 
--Website, Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone: The Legacy of Women's Suffrage
Josna Gigi, Angel Alexander, Rachel Joseph, Christin Sajan 
2nd Place:
--Exhibit, The Hudson River School: Leading an American School of Art
Alina Vanphayboun 
--Website, The Statue of Liberty Legacy
Denissa Babu, Shelmy Thachet, Natalie Hanson, Sachin George
Honorable Mention:
--Exhibit, Madam C.J. Walker
Julie Nguyen, Grayson Hawkins, Lisa Evans, Kim Nguyen
--Exhibit, The Legacy of Jack the Ripper 
Jared Priolo, Allison Burton, Michael Shevland, Madison Rawlinson, Stephanie Figueroa, Anthony Purl
--Performance, Corrupt King Henry
Carley King Adrienne Kellogg, Brant Taylor, Taylor Wayne, Bria Johnson,  Maddie Collins
--Website, The Impact of the Assembly Line 
Bailey Miller, Jessica Dewey, Malorie Layton, Nicholas Nguyen, Gabrielle Allen

Reflections Entries Advance to Regionals
Congratulations to Chaeni Shin whose Reflections visual arts entry received the Award of Excellence and advanced to the regional-level judging level. 

SHS Band Members Make All-Region
On Tuesday, December 8th, 2014, SHS Band members auditioned at Kemp HS for the ATSSB Region 3 Band and area qualifying contest. The Raider Band had an amazing showing for Sunnyvale with 33 students making region and an incredible 22 area qualifiers.  These 22 band members will move up to area auditions at Argyle HS on January 10th, 2015.  Congratulations, Raider Band!
Sunnyvale HS Region Band Members and Area Qualifiers
Sophie Deshazo, 5th Flute Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Sophie Hanson, 2nd Flute Concert Band
Vivian Tang, 1st Oboe Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Ruby Cherian, 1st Clarinet Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Michael Paul Flores, 4th Clarinet Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Matthew Le, 4th Clarinet Concert
Jacob Miller, 10th Concert, Area Qualifier
April Pate, 13th Clarinet Concert
Kayla Pormasdoro, 9th Alto Sax Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Claire Salser, 5th Clarinet Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Vinni Swad, 3rd Bass Clarinet Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Mitchell Belz, 3rd Alto Sax Concert Band
Seth Fredrickson, 3rd Alto Sax, Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Nicholas Nguyen, 4th Alto Sax Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Elsie Norlie, 2nd Alto Sax Concert
Kelsey Pormasdoro, 2nd Alto Sax, Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Gabrielle Allen, 3rd Tenor Sax Concert
Margaret Dasari, 1st Bari Sax, Symphonic, Bari Sax ATSSB All State Jazz Band
Logan Jacobs, 5th Trumpet Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Daniel Marino, 1st Trumpet Symphonic, Trumpet ATSSB All State Jazz Band
Kali McDermett, 5th Trumpet, Concert 
Lincoln Fitzgerald,  6th Horn, Concert, Area Qualifier
Lilly Rivera, 1st Horn Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Paul Baker, 1st Trombone Concert, Area Qualifier
Jacob Bradford, 3rd Trombone Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Jack Moore, 2nd Trombone, Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Grayson Hawkins, 4th Euphonium Concert, Area Qualifier
Tai Tran, 5th Euphonium Concert, Area Qualifier
Alan George, 6th Tuba Concert
Jacob Clements, 2nd Percussion Concert, Area Qualifier
Jimmie Henson, 5th Percussion Symphonic, Area Qualifier
Michael Marino, 1st Percussion Concert, Area Qualifier
Lydia Phillips, 7th Percussion Concert
Ryan DeShazo, 1st Chair Drumset, ATSSB All State Jazz Band

FFA logo FFA News
Thursday, January 22, marks the first day at the Fort Worth Stock Show for Sunnyvale FFA!
Heifers leave for Fort Worth on Thursday, January 22nd at 8:00 a.m. from SHS
Shorthorn Show: January 24th, 8:00 .am. - West Arena
Angus Show: January 25th, 1:00 p.m. - West Arena
Red Angus Show: Janurary 25th, 1:00 p.m. - East Arena
Chickens leave for Fort Worth on Friday, January 23rd.
Shows begin at 9 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, January 24th and 25th.
Goats leave for Fort Worth on Wednesday, January 28th at 2:00 p.m.
Light Weight & Medium Weight Goat Show: January 31st, 10:00 a.m. (Start) - Goat Barn
Heavy Weight Goat Show: February 1st, 10:00 a.m. (Start) - Goat Barn
Calf Scramble participants will leave for Fort Worth on Monday, February 2nd at 10:00 a.m.
Scramble Meeting: 1:30 p.m.
Rodeo: 2:00 p.m.
Rabbits will be leaving for Fort Worth on Thursday, February 5th, at 9:00 a.m.
Show order and date are decided after arrival of animals. 
Show starts both Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 a.m.
Fort Worth Stock Show is held at Will Rogers Coliseum, not the Stockyards.


ACT / SAT Mock Exams:
SHS will be offering mock exams for the ACT & SAT. Please click on the link to learn more information about the mock exams. Students can register for one or both if they would like to. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Mitchell. Click the link to sign up for the mock exams (

Test Dates:
SAT - February 25th 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
ACT - April 11th 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost - $10 per mock exam

2015 College Tour Bus Trip:
Save the date for the 2015 College Tour Bus Trip, June 8th - 10th. More information will be coming in the near future.
PrepMe Test Prep:  We have a great resource available to all students at Sunnyvale High School to assist students as they prepare for standardized exams. We received a SEF Grant for PrepMe software in Naviance. PrepMe is a test prep program that students can use as they prepare for the ACT and SAT exams. Students can use the PrepMe program multiple times for ACT or SAT throughout the year. I have attached a document on my website that will help you complete the steps to get started with your test prep process. This is an excellent opportunity for students to take advantage of, and we are excited to offer this program to all high school students.
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Mitchell at

Scholarships: The list of scholarships has been updated in Naviance. Please take the time to check out the scholarship list and see if you qualify for any.