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McWhorter honored by Rotary and Tribune-Herald for service above self

“Service above self” is a motto – and now an award – that fits Rapoport Academy senior Matthew McWhorter to a tee. McWhorter recently was honored for his exceptional community volunteering efforts by the Rotary Club of Waco and by the Waco Tribune-Herald.

Accompanied by Dean Jared Gould, McWhorter recently attended a Rotary luncheon honoring his efforts, and received scholarship money along with the award.

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Gould birthday = doughnuts for all

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Students triumph on National Latin Exam

photo (61)Twelve High School and four eighth grade Latin students won national awards on this spring’s National Latin Exam.  The NLE is a contest based on 40 question multiple choice tests for each level of Latin.  Of the 39 Rapoport students tested, 16 won awards.  Those students are:

Zachary Bartek, silver medal, Latin I *
Jonathan Fish, silver medal, Latin I
Layton Coker, magna cum laude, Latin I *
Evan Alexander, magna cum laude, Latin I *
David Thomas, magna cum laude, Latin I
Kyle Montes de Oca, cum laude, Latin I *
James Cody, gold medal, Latin II
Kasia Cross, silver medal, Latin II
Charis Garman, silver medal, Latin II
Oscar Aquino-Moreno, silver medal, Latin II
Joseph Cody, magna cum laude, Latin II
Sierra Remington, magna cum laude, Latin II
Lauren Hejl, cum laude, Latin II
Colby Thomas, cum laude, Latin II
James Cody, gold medal, Latin III
Paul Schattschneider, cum laude, Latin III
Eighty percent of the high school Latin II class won a national award.  In addition, by winning a gold medal on the Latin III exam, James Cody becomes the first Rapoport student to qualify for the National Latin Exam scholarship competition, which awards 15 scholarships worth $1000 renewable for four years. Congratulations to these students for their hard work!
* indicates eighth grade students

SGC’s Hunger Games: H20 fights and Stone Soup skits


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Thanks to all SGC members and parents – and to sponsor David Corkill – for a fantastic night!

The man, the myth: Nason stops by RAPS

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Track team having incredible season

photo (2)by Faith Ward, Special Events Editor

The upcoming district track meet is the sole focus of the Rapoport Academy track team – that, and the amazing accomplishments of team member Blaine Listach. After training for weeks now, they have high hopes of placing well at the meet.

“We’re proud of all the track students. Blaine has had an especially amazing year. He’s trained so hard and produced incredible results,” coach Gil Beckham said.

Last week Listach competed at the Austin relays, winning first place in the event with his 7′ 1″ jump. Listach who credits his coaches for his success, shared his feelings about his jump.

“I wasn’t nervous at all, but I didn’t think I was going to win or place,” Listach said

The team has been preparing using a number of different training methods.

“In athletics we do a lot of different stuff. We do jumping stuff, aerobics, we do strength training like lifting weights, things to work out our legs,” sophomore Kasia Cross, who participates in the 800-meter dash and high jump, said.

If the team is as successful at the district meet as they hope, they will move on to regionals shortly thereafter.

Corkill’s teaching honored by award

1901813_660940760636721_452243171_nby Devon Motley, Athletics Editor

David Corkill, Meyer High teacher, is a major award winner for his creative lesson plans that keep students intrigued and guessing. Corkill was nominated by Superintendent Matthew Polk for the 2013 Award for Outstanding Early Career Teaching. Corkill received this award on Valentine’s Day 2014 in front of the entire Meyer High community during morning meeting.

“They must have made a mistake…Texas is very large…I was very honored,” Corkill said of the win, which comes with a significant cash prize.

Polk was impressed with Corkill’s teaching and felt he deserved the honor.

“I nominated Mr. Corkill for the award because I appreciate his passion for what he teaches. It’s obvious that he really enjoys history, and I think that makes it more likely that students will enjoy it, too. I appreciate his creativity when it comes to his lessons,” Polk said.

Not only does the superintendent appreciate Corkill’s hard work and charisma, but students believe he deserved the award as well.

“Mr. Corkill is a great teacher, and always has unique and interesting ways to teach his lessons,” junior Alexis Diaz said.

Sophomore Ashley Burris said Corkill’s effort and caring are always evident.

“I believe Corkill deserved this award in so many ways, he works so hard to be a wonderful teacher and there would be no way he wouldn’t have won this award,” Burris said.


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