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Senior Thesis Presentation and Defense 2018

Congratulations to the Regents seniors for successfully defending their 2018 Senior Theses!

The Senior Thesis offers students a culminating opportunity to expand critical thinking, research, and rhetorical abilities by preparing, presenting, and defending a substantive argument on a scholarly, debatable question. Students are expected to prepare a paper as formal evidence of learning and skill acquired at Regents Academy. As such, the paper is the most lengthy and most carefully documented essay written so far; students research, discuss, and write their theses throughout their senior year.

There are five stages in the completion of the senior thesis: first, students select and do preliminary research on a topic to be proposed to the thesis teacher; second, students work with the thesis teacher to develop an outline and perform further research on the approved topic; third, students write the thesis in a series of drafts that are reviewed by the teacher in preparation for an essay that adequately defends a position on the issues relevant to a chosen topic; fourth, students carefully prepare a final draft of the essay; and fifth, students present and defend the completed essay before faculty and invited guests at the Senior Thesis Presentation and Defense.


DAR American History 5th grade Essay Winner

Regents Academy is proud of 5th grader Benjamin Satir, son of Dr. Cengiz and Dr. Vicki Satir, who won the fifth grade division of this year’s American History essay contest sponsored by the Nacogdoches Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The theme of this year’s essay contest was “World War I: Remembering the War to End All Wars.” Pictured with Ben are headmaster David Bryant and his fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Lori Cunyus.

Congratulations, Ben!

VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest Winners

Congratulations to Regents Academy for sweeping this year’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Patriot’s Pen essay contest once again.

VFW Post #3893 Commander Don Kirkley presented plaques and checks to this year’s winners, who wrote essays celebrating “America’s Gift to My Generation.” Winning first place for her essay was 8th grader Sydney Cunyus, daughter of Michael and Lori Cunyus. Placing second was 8th grader Isabella Baker, daughter of Dr. Richard and Cherry Baker. Placing third was 7th grader Karys Alders, daughter of David and Nicole Alders.
Pictured (from left) are Isabella Baker, Don Kirkley, Sydney Cunyus, and Karys Alders.

Texas Outdoor Writer’s Association Essay Contest Winners

Congratulations to our Regents Academy students, who won four of the six places in this year’s Texas Outdoor Writer’s Association (TOWA) youth essay contest!

The students write about a favorite outdoor experience and are judged from other entries in their division from around the state. In the junior high division, eighth grader Carolyn Young placed 2nd, and seventh grader Karys Alders tied for 3rd place. In the high school division, eleventh grader Luke Riley won first place, and ninth grader Leah Vermillion won 3rd place. Luke won a new laptop computer, and the other students will be awarded cash prizes for their winning entries.
We are so pleased to see our students awarded for their work inside and outside the classroom.

Spelling Bee Champs!

Regents Academy enjoyed success at the annual five-county district Spelling Bee sponsored by the Lufkin Kiwanis Club. Seventh grader Noah Satir, son of Dr. Cengiz and Dr. Vicki Satir, placed second in the individual official Scripps spelling bee. The fourth grade team led by Meena Shanmugam, along with teammates Jericho Maness and Nicholas Shatwell, won first place in their 1st-5th grade team division.

We are very proud of these stellar spellers!


Congratulations, All-Region Musicians!

Three Regents Academy students were recently selected for the Texas Music Educators Association Region 4/21 orchestras.

Ninth grader Shelby Rotramel was selected from dozens of violinists who auditioned for the All-Region high school orchestra. Eighth grader Mason Baker was selected 2nd chair in the double bass section of the middle school orchestra, and seventh grader Karys Alders was selected for the middle school orchestra first violin section.
Congratulations, Shelby, Mason, and Karys! We are very proud of you!
Pictured, from left, are Karys Alders, Mason Baker, and Shelby Rotramel.

 

 

 


Haiku Contest Winners

Regents Academy 4th-8th graders celebrated two of God’s most magnificent gifts — poetry and autumn — with a haiku writing contest. The students each wrote autumn-themed haiku and submitted them in two categories: 4th-6th grades and 7th-8th grades. The poems are simply delightful to read, but the seniors were tasked with judging them, which was a difficult job indeed. The winning haiku were announced in Morning Assembly:

  • 4th-6th grade: 1st place, Mary Kate Hill; 2nd place, Sydney Rotramel; 3rd place, Ella Furniss.
  • 7th-8th grade: 1st place, Sydney Cunyus; 2nd place, Holden Kelly; 3rd place, Christian Castleberry.

And here are the winning haiku (Mary Kate’s above, and Sydney’s below):

Thank you, 1st and 2nd graders, for coloring the lovely fall leaves, and thank you, Sherry Wiggins, Lori Cunyus, and Tanya Kelly, for teaching haiku writing!