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Caraway Signs Letter of Intent to Play Football for TJC Apaches - June 23, 2015
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Tenaha’s' own Cobe Caraway signed a college letter of intent to play football for the Tyler Junior College Apaches on Monday. Family, Tenaha ISD faculty and friends gathered in the Tenaha ISD administration building’s Tiger den to witness the occasion.

During the ceremony, Tenaha ISD Superintendent Scott Tyner stated “Cobe, you’re a good athlete and if you work hard you can play at a junior college and then move on to a bigger program just like I did at OSU.”

“I’m looking forward to going to TJC. I am glad they made the offer and they’ve said they plan on using me to replace one of two people they will be losing next year,” said Caraway.

“Cobe, we will look forward to seeing you play next year and I would like to give you some advice. Stay late and arrive early for everything you are asked to do. You’ve worked hard here to earn the rewards you’ve been given and hard work will pay off there as well,” said THS Principal Judy Monroe.

On June 13, Caraway was named Offensive MVP of the Chick-fil-A Heart of a Champion Bowl all-star football game which was played at Longview’s Lobo Stadium. Caraway had two touchdowns of more than 70 yards during the contest including one near the end of the game which helped his Blue team win 17-10.

Caraway was a senior running back, and free safety, who carried for 2,458 yards for the Tenaha Tigers last season and helped them go 11-2 on the season before being defeated by Bremond 32-29 in the state semifinals. He averaged 11.3 yards per carry and 205 rushing yards per game. Caraway was a starting freshman safety on the 2011 Tenaha Tiger football team which won the state title at Cowboys Stadium.

The TJC Apaches have a 94 player roster and posted an 8-3 season last year.


Tenaha 5th Grade Beginner Band Performs Above Expectations - May 11, 2015
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

The Tenaha 5th grade beginner band attended the Sound Post Music Festival in Canton this past Friday, May 8th. The band performed two pieces of music that they had prepared over a two month period. They performed above expectations for a 5th grade beginner band, and received a division 1 (superior rating) from every judge!

Some of the judges’ comments were “Great characteristic tone qualities from all students- Bravo,” “This group is musical and plays well beyond their years,” “Nice sounds, solid fundamentals, and good concert tonally-very nice!” “Good listening skills apparent.” The students received a great experience and plenty of feedback to carry them into their second year of band next year.

The band then traveled to Splash Kingdom Water Park afterwards as a reward for their hard work and incredible performance! Brian Sours, Band Director


Caraway Selected to FCA Heart of a Champion All-Star Game by Cooper Ward - April 10, 2015
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Heart of a Champion All-Star game is for senior high school football players nominated by their coaches. Robert Bardin is the Area Director of FCA in Northeast Texas. According to Bardin, the purpose of the game is centered around three things: To bring glory to God, to share about the ministry of FCA, and to highlight the coaches and athletes in the area. He also added, “In addition to being on our campuses, FCA also focuses its’ ministry to and through coaches, camps, and in the community with select and travel teams.”

The 2015 football game will feature 18 coaches, 100 football players, and 16 cheerleaders from roughly 55 different high schools. “Some of the All-Stars who have played in the game see the opportunity as one more chance to strap on the pads in order to play the game they love,” Bardin said.

Last year, Coach Terry Ward was selected by the committee to be an assistant coach for the red squad, and J.R. Hill was drafted to play as well. This year Coach Ward has been asked to be the Head Coach of the Blue Team. Tenaha senior Cobe Caraway was selected as a running back.

When asked how he felt about getting drafted, Caraway replied, “I feel really good because I know I have talent, so I want to show people I know how to use it!”

The game will showcase all of the talents that these players have. Coach Ward stated, “We will incorporate the Tenaha playbook with a few changes. That means Cobe will have to start lifting weights, get back in shape, and start doing drills”.

The coaches and players already met in Tyler last month. “I loved getting to meet the coaches and fellow teammates.” Caraway said.

A banquet for the coaches and the players’ families was held Monday, April 6th in Tyler. Coach Josh Furlow, Kevin Cates, and Jeremy Parker will also be a part of the coaching staff, along with Jonathon Vick. The coaches and athletes will be together from June 10th through the 13th in Tyler for practice, fellowship, and fun. The game will be held Friday, June 13th in Longview at Lobo Stadium.


Tenaha ISD Anounces Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Roundup - April 9, 2015
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Tenaha ISD announces their Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Roundup which will be held on April 13-17, 2015 from 8 am – 2 pm

If you have a child or know a child living in the Tenaha School District, please come by the elementary office to register for enrollment. Students must be 3 yrs. old by September 1, 2015 to qualify for Pre-K3; 4 yrs. old by September 1, 2015 to qualify for Pre-K4, and 5 yrs. old by September 1, 2015 for Kindergarten.

Please bring their birth certificate, social security card, and immunization records. Space is limited for Pre-K and is on a first come first serve basis so register early.


2015-2016 Tenaha Junior High Cheerleaders - April 6, 2015
Submitted by Judy Monroe

Pictured left are the 2015-2016 Tenaha Junior High Cheerleaders: front row (from left) Mahalia Raymond, Katie Wagstaff, Harley Eubank, Drew Henry and Courtney Page. Pictured in the second row (left to right) are Morgan Allen, Jalynn Durbin, Teambria Suell, Kamari Gray and Paige Estes. Third row (from left) are Azjha Glenn, Gracie Martinson, Hunter Collins, Paige Watson and Marneisha Rasberry. Fourth row (from left) are Kimberleigh Reed, Anna Holland, Brea Woods, Destynee Washington and Banner Warr. The Junior High Cheerleader sponsors are Carrie Jenkins and Amy Collins (not pictured).



Tenaha JH Band Preparing to Attend UIL Contest - March 31, 2015
Submitted by Judy Monroe

Tenaha’s 7th grade band will be attending UIL Concert & Sight-Reading on April 7th at Chapel Hill. The performance will be at 10:00 A.M. with Sight-Reading immediately following.

The students have been working very hard to prepare for this contest. They have put in their own practice time, as well as giving 110% to many clinicians that have come to help them.

This past Thursday, the band went to Pre-UIL Contest in Carthage and received a lot of positive feedback from judges.
One judge commented “Wow-impressive work with this band. Well rehearsed – you’re doing the right things just keep moving forward.” Another judge stated “Nice reading in low brass section.” referring to our sight-reading piece.

Band director Brandi Swann stated, “We still have things to fix, but with their continued hard work, I’m sure they will be successful for UIL. If you are able to, please come show your support for the continued growth of our future Roarin’ Band from Tigerland.”


Tenaha HS Varsity Cheerleaders for 2015-16 - March 31, 2015
Submitted by Judy Monroe

Tenaha High School Cheerleader tryouts were held March 13th. The 2015-2016 Varsity Cheerleader are pictured above from left to right; Bianca Ramirez, Arlicia Roland, Christina Patterson, Alexis Shires, Calicia Roland, Jaden Washington, Brooke McClure, Madison Hicks (mascot), Macy Fitzgerald, Rebekah Potter, Kyesha Perry,LaPorsha Perry and Katelyn Keller. Cheerleader sponsors (not pictured) are Amy Collins and Carrie Jenkins. Congratulations to the new Tiger Varsity cheerleaders!


Fantastic Teeth Fan Club in Tenaha ES - February 17, 2015
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Members of the Tenaha & Joaquin Masonic Lodges sponsored and handed out dental kits through the Fantastic Teeth Fan Club to Tenaha 1st Graders last week.

The Fantastic Teeth Fan Club is a program created by Masonic Home and School of Texas (MHS) to help children and parents learn to prevent painful dental problems.

Each kit included a timer, toothpaste, floss, and a new toothbrush. 1st graders were given a brief lesson by Mrs. Crystal Linebarger on how to use their kits and how to properly care for their teeth.

Special Thanks to Mr. Jerry Agnew, Mr. Jay Wilson, Mr. Vance Jordan, Mr. Les Gill, & Mr. Ron Barker for presenting the kits to Tenaha 1st Graders!


Tenaha HS Band Students Perform at Regionals - February 11, 2015
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

This past Saturday,February 7, 14 Roarin' Band Students performed in three small ensembles at the Region 21 UIL Solo & Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin University.

All three groups performed well, and received helpful comments.

A woodwind quartet consisting of Chyenne Koller, Janeth Trejo, Mercedes Rountree, and Ariday Hernandez (Katelyn Keller-alternate) received a division 1 and advanced to the Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest!

We are very proud of all of these students for their efforts, and for setting the standard higher for the future of the Roarin' Band program.

State Solo & Ensemble will be at Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville in late May! This may also be the first small ensemble to advance to State Solo & Ensemble in Tenaha history. Brian Sours, Director of Bands & Fine Arts Instruction


Tenaha Student Makes All-State Band - January 12, 2015
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Roarin' Band trombone player, Jacob Samford, placed second at All-Area tryouts Saturday, and advanced to the ATSSB Texas All-State Band.

He also is the first band student from Tenaha to make the All-state band. This is an extremely difficult contest that requires students to play collegiate level music in competition against other students from 3A, 2A, and 1A schools (over 100 trombone players competed in this area, and two made it to state, including Jacob)!

Join us in congratulating Jacob. What a huge and historic accomplishment.

Brian Sours
Tenaha ISD
Director of Bands & Fine Arts Instruction


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