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Five Viper FFA teams going to state

The Vandegrift FFA entomology team (L-R) Aurod Ounsinegad, Alex Beaucamp, Michael Maher, and James Autry placed 2nd overall at their contest at Texas A&M University on April 6 and qualified for state on April 27 at Texas Tech University. Individually, Autry placed 1st, Ounsinegad 5th, Maher 11th, and Beaucamp 12th. This contest requires that students correctly identify insects, order, their mouthparts, metamorphosis, and significance. The competitors must also take a general knowledge exam over entomology as well. Joe Lemmons coaches entomology.
The Vandegrift FFA vet sciences team L-R Shane Shockley, Jessica Powell, Gyliana Larracuente Arroyo, and Samuel Weiss placed 3rd at their area contest hosted at Blinn College on April 5 and qualified for state on May 4 at Texas A&M. This will be Vandegrift FFA’s 4th consecutive appearance at the state vet science contest. Magan Escamilla, VHS agriscience teacher and FFA advisor, is the vet sciences coach.
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VHS Art Club gets commissioned for Earth Day sculpture

Vandegrift sophomores Emily Huang and Nidhi Katta building their commissioned piece called “Ariel”. THAO ROTH

By CODI FARMER, Vandegrift Voice

Vandegrift sophomores Emily Huang and Nidhi Katta started celebrating Earth Day early this year. The VHS Art Club they lead received a check from the Leander Parks and Recreation board for a sculpture of wings entitled “Ariel”. The piece was made entirely out of recycled materials and was submitted for an Earth Day sculpture competition last year. Not only did the club win first place for their category, but it also got commissioned to create a more durable version of the wings to be placed in the new Leander park being designed called Lakewood Park.

“Originally, we made it out of cans and cardboard and the cans were cut into feathers,” Huang said. “We ended up winning first place in the wall hanging category of the competition and we were paid extra money to make another set that would be more durable so it could be put outside.”

The Leander Public Arts Commission had been searching for sculptures for the park and after not getting many responses from area artists, the commission decided to go searching in school competitions.

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VHS trombonist releases electronic dance music

Kurt Wokoek, a junior trombone player at Vandegrift, writes electronic dance music and is being represented by AWAL out of London.

Kurt Wokoek, a junior at Vandegrift, got his first big break in December. He’s been writing EDM, electronic dance music, for several years but during Christmas break, Wokoek received the email he’d been anxiously waiting for, AWAL was going to represent him.

AWAL is a British distribution company and record label with its headquarters in London. They handle distribution, data analytics, artist marketing, playlist and radio, and funding of the artists they represent.

AWAL handles some big names like Don Diablo, deadmau5, R3HAB, and Madison Beer, to name a few.

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