EDITOR’S NOTE: Glimpse of Global is a weekly feature written by the students and faculty of Waxahachie Global High School to share information about the school, its curriculum and programs while highlighting the accomplishments of its students. Waxahachie Global High, in its second year of operation, is one of 38 Texas STEM Academies placing an emphasis on college preparation with a primary focus in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Recently, Global High School students have participated in both local community events and state competitions.

Relay for Life

Friday, May 15, the 2009 Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, was held at Lumpkins Stadium at Waxahachie High School.

Global High faculty sponsors April Moon and Jalynn Chapman, along with more than 40 students, parents and other faculty members, marched, danced and sang with the crowd of participants in Relay events.

This year’s theme was “1985,” so the Global team chose to use “Super Mario Brothers” as their team symbol.

Global chose the slogan “Power Up Against Cancer” and raised $1,835 for the American Cancer Society.

To raise funds for the event, students held a garage sale, sold raffle tickets, and held onsite fundraisers the night of Relay itself.

There were two teams of Global students at Relay, headed by Chris Valle, Relay chair, and Ashlee Mullenix.

Two of the onsite Relay contests, “Mr. Relay,” and the derby race, were won by Global.

TSA

On Monday and Tuesday, May 19-20, 18 students from Global High School, along with two of their sponsors, April Moon and Scott Warren, traveled to Waco for the 2009 TSA State Competition.

They competed in the areas of: Imaging Technology, Structural Engineering, Trebuchet, Flight Endurance, System Control Design, Prepared and Extemporaneous Presentation, Debating Technological Issues, Technology Bowl, Problem Solving and Technical Sketching.

Three students will advance to TSA national competition this summer in Denver, Colo., at the end of June. The winners were:

• Rylee Werchan, freshman, placed 1st (“Best in State”) in “Imaging Technology.” 

The theme was “Going Green in America.” Rylee commented that her “largest picture is a rose from our school courtyard.  I made the background black and white while leaving the rose bright pink.  This contest has challenged me to sharpen my photography, listening, and computer skills.”

April Moon, one of the Global TSA sponsors, noted that “Rylee’s board is very impressive.  It included an eye catching picture, titled “One with the Earth,” of a girl lying on the ground.

Rylee manipulated it to look like she is melting into the grass.

Wind power, recycling, rainwater harvesting, drip irrigation, solar power, and other energy saving efforts, such as riding a bicycle, were also captured in her project.

• Loren Page and Will Porter, sophomores, placed 2nd (out of 13 teams) in “Debating Technological Issues.” 

The debate topic questioned whether “foreign countries are ahead of the United States in mathematics and science at the high school level.”

Because of the overall success of its teams, Global High placed second among all 1-A schools who entered the competition.

In addition, Deaven Miranda and Melanie Vazquez joined the state Leadership Team!

Deaven commented, “I like meeting people from different schools and the other officer candidates.  I am excited about being on the state Leadership Team.  It will be a great experience, and it makes me want to work harder to become a state officer.”

Waxahachie Global High is looking forward to welcoming current eighth grade and freshman applicants from Waxahachie ISD, homeschool and private school students and students from the Metroplex area and introducing them to the young men and women who already make Global High School a unique center of learning for Ellis County students. We welcome applications from homeschool and private school students both within and outside of the Waxahachie Independent School District. For more information on Waxahachie Global High, contact the school office at 972-923-4761. Global High is located at 600 W. Second St., Waxahachie.

Upcoming Global events

For more information on Global High seminars and events, or how to attend, contact the school office at 972-923-4761.