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EHS excelling on all fronts

Ennis ISD is demonstrating its excellence in many areas –– from high academic ratings and state and regional awards for the district itself to the competitive spirit and achievements of the student body and faculty alike.
EHS has led with many of the accolades. In the field of agricultural science and technology, students have excelled. Future Farmers of America members competed in the Ellis County Fall Preview Show this weekend and won championships.
In the Ellis County exhibition, Ryan Rhodes (Junior) won Champion Exotic Steer and went on to win Grand Champion Steer. Nick Dixon (Junior) also won Showmanship Champion, second place Medium Weight, Exotic Steer. Victoria Rachall (Sophomore) won third Place Heavy Weight British Steer, while Cody Fisher (Sophomore) won second place Exotic Heifer.
In addition two students won Champion and Reserve Champion at the North Texas State Fair in August. These were Victoria Rachall who won for Reserve Champion Polled Hereford Steer and Cody Fisher, Reserve Champion Simmental Heifer.
The students’ instructor is Amber Huckabee.
The EHS Band is also a bright spot in school pride, having recently been awarded top spots in the UIL Marching Contest. Unanimous superior first division ratings were received during the UIL event held in Midlothian. The distinction is historic: according to band director Gary Goodwin, “it’s the 52nd time in the last 53 years— and the 33rd consecutive year— that the EHS Band has received a first division superior rating at UIL.”
“Congratulations are extended to our band students for upholding the long-standing tradition,” Goodwin said. “Also, thanks to the Ennis community and school district for the many years of support of our band program.”
The band is composed of some of the most talented young musicians in Ennis. Drum majors are Sarah Shivers and Emily Pool. Squad leaders are Katie Allen, Essence Beasley, Rebecca Pate, Elizabeth Stanford, Katie Evenbly, Laura Prewitt, Laura Seale, Colleen Shaffer, Kristen Gaddis, Jennifer Lane, Matt Duren, Franchely Cornejo, Josh Lantrip, Molly Yocum, Elizabeth Cleveland, Becky Manion, Marie Nelson, Aaron Schumacher, Don Wesley, Taylor Goodwin, Katie Kadlubar, Claire Alston, Eric Alvarado, Justin Munn, Bennie Smith, Bianca Garza, Josh Hughes, and Eddie Lane. High School band directors are Gary Goodwin, Steve Shoop, and Ron Stokes.
The EHS Choir is no less distinguished. Under the direction of Shannon Eddins, it has achieved much in a short time. One of the latest feathers in the choir’s cap is Aaron Schumacher’s winning number three vocalist in Region XX.
“He is now advancing to the pre-area auditions,” said Eddins, “making it the first time Ennis choirs have auditioned at this level. We are proud of Aaron!”
Eddins is also excited about the placement of six female members in the Region XX 9th grade Honor Choir.
Eddins said all six who auditioned last week were placed. The students are: Amanda Fleming, Yolanda Herrera, Takentria King, Michelle Liggett, Grace Nelson and Kristel Strickland.
“Our students definitely represent the EHS choir well,” said Eddins.
In alumni news, EISD Communications Director Henry Martinez reports that Walt Cathey, a 1996 graduate of Ennis High School, was named recently as “an up-and-coming leader by the Young Professionals of Greater Lubbock.” Cathey, employed in the Lubbock area by Covenant Health System, was among 20 candidates to receive the “20 Under 40” award from the group, formed as a networking outlet for young Lubbock businessmen and women.

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