Italy High School’s UIL Winners

Image: UIL Medal Winners — Italy HS’s UIL medal winners show off their hardware.

From the past and present seasons of victories in sports, Italy’s academics was out to prove its point, and on March 23 that is exactly what it did. The Gladiators headed to Mexia to compete in the UIL Competitions last Monday and came home with plenty of awards.

IHS Junior Parent Meeting

Tonight, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. there will be a Junior Parent Meeting in the Italy High School Library. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss graduation requirements, dual credit courses, ACT and SAT testing and college preparation. All parents/guardians of current 11th grade students at Italy High School are urged to attend.

Blood Drive Taking Donations Until 5:00

Image: Chase Michaels donates — Carter Blood Center is in town on Thursday until 5:00 pm.  Enough time for you to give blood.

Have you given blood lately? If not, it’s not too late. You can head over to Italy High School and walk right into the dome. Carter Blood Center is in town today and will remain until 5pm this afternoon.

Italy students fare well in academic competition

Image: IHS Small Schools Teams — Pictured (left to right): Annalee Lyons (sr), Zach Hernandez (jr), Tyler Boyd (sr),   Marjorie Bridge (Coach), Lexie Miller (jr), Courtney Westbrook (jr) and Taylor Benevidez (jr) 
Not Pictured: Jonathon Levy (jr), Cori Jeffords (jr) and Shane Cotter (sr)

For the last several years, Italy High School has been represented by several students in the Small Schools Academic Competition. The name has changed to the Texas Association of Community Schools Academic Competition, but the new name did not make the competition any easier. This year several IHS students fared very well and earned scholarship monies.

Italy Students have success at Junior High UIL competition

Image: 7th & 8th grade Junior High UIL Competition participants

Over forty 6th, 7th and 8th grade students from Stafford Elementary and Italy High School traveled to Wortham to participate in the A-plus Academic UIL meet on December 4 & 11. They participated as individuals and teams in events covering a wide variety of topics from math and science to speech and journalism.

Mardi Gras King Cakes

Image: Sharan Farmer Presenting Cake — Sharan Farmer is presenting the King Cake.

Mardi Gras beads, King Cakes and lots and lots of students were all in the library at Italy High School Tuesday morning around 8:45. Everyone was there getting a slice of King Cake hoping to find a plastic baby. If they were lucky enough to find the baby in their slice of cake any library fines the student had would be dismissed.

Italy youth receives local DAR award

Image: DAR Luncheon — Left to Right: Vivian Moreland, Tina Richards, Tyler Boyd and Marjorie Bridge

On Sunday, February 8, 2009, the Ellis County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recognized seniors from each school in Ellis County. Tyler Boyd, son of Ricky and Monica Boyd, is the Italy High School student that was selected as one of the recipients of the award this year.

Scholarship Meeting for IHS Seniors

On Tuesday, February 17th there will be a Scholarship Meeting at the Italy High School. All seniors and their parents/guardians are invited and urged to attend. Representatives from the entities that award scholarships each year to Italy’s seniors will attend the meeting as well.

Italy folks and what makes them unique – Tyler Boyd

Image: Tyler Boyd — Italy High School Senior 2009

Tyler Boyd is not your typical high school senior. In fact, he enjoys being unique and different from other young people. While many teenagers only think of today, Tyler has known what he wanted to do with his life for a long time. He wants to teach history on the college level.

“National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week”

The week of February 2 – 6, 2009 has been declared as this year’s “National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week.” Designed to increase public awareness and education regarding teen dating violence this initiative was first established in 2006. Italy High School will be participating by providing daily tips and educational material to the student body.

ASVAB test at Italy High School

ASVAB test will be administered on January 26 at Italy High School. The ASVAB Program recently was re-designed to be helpful to virtually all students, whether they are planning on immediate employment after high school in civilian or military occupations, or further education at a university, community college, or vocational institution.

NHS and Student Council sponsors fundraiser

Italy High School is thinking about recycling, which is a good thing these days. NHS and Student Council are pulling together their resources to help our town. If you are interested in eliminating a little clutter around your house, maybe you can coordinate with these students.

Italy High School has decked the halls

Image: Junior class wins contest — IHS sponsored a decoration contest and the junior class won.  Pizza for everyone!

The trees are trimmed, the stockings are hung and the mistletoe proudly suspends from the ceiling in the hallway. The students of Italy High School have adorned the walls with various decorations and it is wonderful to walk around the school just to enjoy the scenery.

IHS hosts read-a-thon

Image: IHS host reading marathon — Everything is prepared. The easy chair and quiet corner are awaiting the students, faculty and staff to begin the Reading Marathon scheduled Dec 8-12. Popcorn and a drink are other perks to reading in the week-long event.

The fourth annual Reading Marathon will be in full swing Dec 8-12 at the Italy High School Library! Students, faculty and staff will be participating in a week-long event that will have someone constantly reading in the “Reading Parlor” in the library from 8 a.m. Monday morning until school dismisses at 3:20 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12.

Party held to honor Josh Milligan

Image: Essay Winner — Josh Milligan and Navarro College Professor Jodi Price pose for a picture during the party honoring Josh’s Essay Contest win.

Josh was honored on Monday morning at Italy High School with a breakfast party during the class. Dr. Harold Nolte, President of Navarro College in Waxahachie, paid for all the refreshments to celebrate Josh’s win.

IHS Seniors Take Last Walk At Willis Field

Image: Coach Sollers Consoles — Coach Sollers consoled Curtis Cole after a difficult loss against Itasca.  Curtis will also graduate this year from Italy High School.

The Italy Gladiators played football Friday night but they also finished another chapter in their high school books. Senior football players made their last tackle, cheerleaders yelled their last football chant and the band marched for their last halftime performance. And, yes, there were tears…

IHS mock election registration

The government class at Italy High School is sponsoring a Presidential “Mock Election”, on election day Tuesday, November 4 during A & B lunch. We are going to be registering students Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday — October 29-31 during A & B Lunch. Students, forgetting to register is giving up your right to vote. Protect that right, register.

Colors today, Spirit tomorrow

Image: IHS Principal, Scott Herald — Friendly smile and colorful tie, Mr. Herald welcomes everyone to Color Day during Homecoming Week.  Also, if you check, all of the colors of the classes are represented in his neckwear.

At Italy High School, you can see colors running everywhere. The contest is to see how many students dress in the color assigned to their class. Mrs. Ann Hyles, freshman sponsor, said, “This is TAKS retesting week, as well as Homecoming. The main objective is to teach. But we are still wanting to have some fun, but we keep it low key.”

Whack-A-Car is a hit

Image: Whack-A-Car — The sophomore class is hosting the fundraiser “Whack-A-Car”.  They will be raising money for prom and their senior trip.  The car was donated by A Wright Way Tire Service of Italy.

Well, apparently it is a lot of fun to hit an object with a sledge hammer. It doesn’t matter if you are male or female. Just ask the students at Italy High School.

Italy spirit and excitement growing

Image: Artist Barry Byers — Original drawings by Barry Byers promote Homecoming spirit.

Gladiator fever has hit and is definitely evident around town. You know when you drive down Main Street that it is Homecoming week because of the displays on the merchant’s windows. Shiny gold bows also have been tied around posts to boost spirit.

IHS 9th grade has fundraiser

Image: Autographed NFL Cowboys football — 2008 Cowboys’ football will be given away during halftime at Homecoming.

Homecoming in Italy is October 24 and not only is it a time for tradition, alumni, crowns and bragging rights, it is a time for fundraising — and is this a good one. Think Christmas gift.

Local scholarship fundraiser

The George Scott Memorial Scholarship Dinner will be held on Friday, October 24, 2008 from 5-7 p.m. The dinner will be held in the high school cafeteria at 300 S. College Street prior to the Homecoming game against Wortham.

Spirit soars among IHS students

Image: ITALY PRIDE  — ITALY PRIDE shines through these freshmen.  This is the original group.

If you have attended any Gladiator football game this year, you probably noticed a group of young men that stand out among the crowd. They are young; however, that does not stop acts of pride and loyalty to their school from shining through. The young men are none other than “ITALY PRIDE”, freshman from Italy High School with an idea they would like to convey.