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Students attend YAK Fest

Members of the Mount Vernon High School Book Club and Mount Vernon Junior High Book ClubMembers of the Mount Vernon High School Book Club (Novel Bunch) and Mount Vernon Junior High Book Club (Cover to Cover) attended the 2014 YAK Fest at Central High School in Keller on Saturday, January 25.

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Maitland Rutledge, Grant Lowry are Rotary Students for January

Maitland Rutledge and Grant LowryMaitland Rutledge and Grant Lowry were named Rotary Students of the Month for January at Mount Vernon High School. For details about these students, see the Jan. 30 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

School board members recognized for their service

School board member Steve Asay accepts a shirt and gift certificate to a local restaurant.School board member Steve Asay accepts a shirt and gift certificate to a local restaurant. Members of the Mount Vernon School Board were presented with button down shirts with the school logo and gift certificate to a local restaurant in recognition of School Board Appreciation Month.

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Buddy Bench

Savannah Maxton, at right, with the help of her dad, Byron, created a Buddy Bench for the Mount Vernon Elementary playgroundSavannah Maxton, a second grade student at Mount Vernon Elementary, recently read an article on Scholastic.com about a Buddy Bench. The story related how a second grader in Pennsylvania, Christian Buck, got a Buddy Bench installed on his school’s playground.

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Million Word Challenge continues

Mount Vernon Intermediate School million word readersThe Million Word Challenge reading contest continues for students at Mount Vernon Intermediate School. Since early October, students have been challenged to read one million words in Accelerated Reader books.

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Lowry named to Football Academic All State

Grant LowryGrant Lowry, a senior at Mount Vernon High School, has been named to the Football Academic All-State team. To be considered, an eligible football player must be of good moral character, a senior, and have an overall grade point average of 92 or above.

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Siddens brothers place well at 4-H rabbit show

Kristopher and Marcus Siddens  of the Franklin County 4-H Club showed rabbits in several classes at the Texas State 4-H Rabbit Extravaganza in Gatesville and Franklin County 4-H had two individuals compete at the show.

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School board moves closer to calling for bond election

Superintendent John Kaufman, left, and architect Steve Husley look at possible locations for the proposed competition gym during Monday’s special called meeting Superintendent John Kaufman, left, and architect Steve Husley look at possible locations for the proposed competition gym during Monday’s special called meeting.

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Gifts for residents

Members of the Mount Vernon High School Spanish ClubMembers of the Mount Vernon High School Spanish Club visited Mission Manor Nursing Home last week and  distributed gifts to residents. This year marks the fourth year the organization has partnered with Mission Manor and Mount Vernon House to deliver gifts to local residents at Christmas.

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