Monthly Archives: December 2019


Congratulating VFW Contest Winners

Regents Academy students won the top prize in the high school division and swept the junior high division of the 2019 Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) youth competitions which focused on this year’s theme, “What Makes America Great?” VFW Post 3893 Commander Don Kirkley presented awards to the winning students at Friday’s morning assembly.

Sydney Rotramel, daughter of Blaine and Melissa Rotramel, won first place and was awarded a plaque and a check for $100. Jack Mayfield, son of Brian and Jodie Mayfield, placed second and was also awarded a plaque and a check for $75. Third place – which also was accompanied by a plaque and a check for $50 – was secured by Rachel Cunyus, daughter of Michael and Lori Cunyus. All three students are members of Miss Jenna Herrington’s 7th grade writing class.

Commander Kirkley also awarded junior Caroline Alders, daughter of David and Nicole Alders, a first place plaque for her winning audio essay. Caroline also won a $500 scholarship which will be presented to her upon her graduation next May. 

Pictured with the students (from left) are Headmaster David Bryant, Miss Jenna Herrington, Rachel Cunyus, Jack Mayfield, Sydney Rotramel, Commander Don Kirkley, and Caroline Alders.

Congratulations, students!

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Let’s Celebrate Books

Books are a big part of what makes Regents Academy the school it is. In a digital world that seems to be making books obsolete, we persist with a love for good books – paper, glue, ink, and all.

C.S. Lewis famously wrote, “Literature exists to teach what is useful, to honour what deserves honour, to appreciate what is delightful.” Reading shapes students’ loves, character, and imagination, and this is a big part of why Regents students read so much, both in and out of class.

One of our goals as a school is to graduate students who are literate, with broad exposure to books. As our Vision for a Graduate observes, “Educated people are well-read and able to discuss and relate to central works of literature.”

And then, books are powerful. When a book opens, children enter other worlds. Poet David McCord said it best:

Books fall open,

you fall in,

delighted where

you’ve never been.

Hear voices

not once heard before,

Reach world through world,

through door on door.

Find unexpected

keys to things,

locked up beyond

imaginings….

True books will venture,

Dare you out,

Whisper secrets,

Maybe shout,

across the gloom,

to you in need

Who hanker for

a book to read.

This week we are celebrating books. Our library is sponsoring two big happenings:

  • The Book Fair. A wide variety of Usborne books will be available Monday through Wednesday of this week (just in time for Christmas). Students and parents alike can come find a treasured book that will spark imagination and learning.
  • Favorite Fictional Character Day is Wednesday. Students and teachers will come to school dressed as their favorite character from literature. What a delightful way to experience the characters we love in the books we read.

Let me encourage you, parents, to nurture a love for books in your children. Turn off the screens as often as you can and read with your children. Read the books they are reading and read aloud from books you love. Talk at dinner about the books your children are reading.

What a great gift books are!

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Spelling Bee Champ!

Fifth grader Dennis Choi edged out runner-up Jean Choi (yes, his older sister!) in the 14th round of the individual spelling bee to be named the Regents Academy Spelling Champion last week. Dennis correctly spelled “foppery” for his winning word. He will represent Regents Academy in the Scripps area spelling bee sponsored by the Lufkin Kiwanis Club on Saturday, February 1, 2020. The winner of this area competition will win a BIG trophy, a nice lunch at Crown Colony, and will go on to compete in the Houston regional bee in March.

Second through 7th grade teams will also represent Regents Academy at the Kiwanis area bee on February 1st, but this competition is just for fun. The winners of the K-5th grade and 6th-8th grade divisions will win trophies and a free lunch at Crown Colony, but they won’t have any more competitions after this.

We are thankful to the ladies who served as judges for this year’s spelling bee. Mrs. Pat Vanover, Mrs. Anna Polk, and Dr. Carmen Mackey spent their Tuesday morning helping to ensure that the bee ran smoothly. Thank you for your service!

Again, congratulations to Dennis Choi for winning our school spelling bee, and hurray for his sister Jean for winning runner-up! We are proud of both of you!

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