On Monday, the T/Th 4th graders went to the Arboretum for a field trip. After attending a “Nature’s Works of Art” workshop where they explored color, shape, and texture in nature, they became the artists themselves. Inspired by Lewis and Clark’s journal pages where they would sketch and write observations about plants and animals that they found on their expedition, the students sat in a nature spot of their choice where they sketched and wrote observations about the organism they selected.
CDA Freshman Jacob Brower had the opportunity to compete in the American Taekwondo Association's (ATA) Spring Nationals in Dallas over spring break. It was the largest tournament in ATA history, with well over two thousand competitors from around the world. Jacob earned first place in the traditional forms competition in the second and third degree black belt 13-14 years old boys division. Jacob is currently ranked in the top ten in the state of Texas in traditional forms, traditional weapons, combat weapons, creative weapons, extreme forms, and extreme weapons. If Jacob maintains his current ranking with just one regional tournament left in the season, he will be qualified to compete for a District Championship title in June in each of those areas of competition. The District Championships will be held in Allen, TX.
It was an amazing day at Solo & Ensemble competition! We had 17 soloists and 13 small ensembles participating, and EACH made a superior rating, which is the highest rating possible. In addition, we had 9 soloists and 7 of our small ensembles advance to the State Solo and Ensemble Competition, which takes place May 27! To be able to advance to State is a real honor and speaks very highly of the musicianship of our students.
Last night we celebrated the inaugural Word Wielder Festival, honoring students from 5th - 12th grade who had submitted written work on the topic of "New Life in Christ." Representatives from each grade read their work aloud; we heard excellent poetry and a theological essay excerpt, too. The event was emceed by Sophomore poet, Luke Salladin, and Senior poet, Maggie Vowell.
We were thrilled by attendance that exceeded our expectations! The evening was enthusiastically received, and the students' work beautifully exemplified our hopes for this generation to "impact culture for the glory of God."
This past weekend, 7 students from the CDA-Collin County band attended TPSMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest. Of those 7 soloists who competed, all made excellent and superior ratings! Seth Bell (bass clarinet), Avery Meazell (trumpet), and Jasmine Yeh (clarinet) will advance to the State level competition in May, having received a division 1 rating on a class 1 (hard) solo. Congrats to these CDA Band members on their fine playing!
Three CC students, Georgia Kiser, Everett Colby, and Julie Naizer, competed this past weekend at the TPSMEA Solo and Ensemble contest. Each of the three earned a I, the highest rating, for their performances. Congratulations to our rhetoric students and thank you for representing CDA well!
This past weekend, 8 members of the CDA-Collin County Band program attended the Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) All-Region Band event in Addison at the Greenhill School. These musicians were ranked as the top players in our entire region, spanning from the Austin area all the way to the panhandle. Students at both the Logic and Rhetoric levels represented the Intermediate and Symphonic Bands as they attended rehearsals run by renown clinicians, and then gave an outstanding concert on Saturday afternoon. Many congratulations to these very accomplished band members on Making Music that Glorifies!
CDA FM senior Nya McDowell has advanced to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship competition. Out of over 1.5 million students, she placed in the top 16,000 for the 2021 PSAT/NMSQT exam. She is now among about 15,000 being considered for the National Merit Scholarship. Approximately, 7,250 students will be chosen. Congratulations, Nya!
The CDA band participated in the north All Region Honor Band clinic and concert this past weekend. Our CDA students performed well, were a blessing and a light to those at the event, and they rose to the top of the region band competition!
January 26-28, nine students from the CDA Flower Mound band and one student from the CDA Flower Mound choir attended the TPSMEA All-State Clinic and Concert event in Richardson, Texas. Students spent Thursday and Friday in clinics and rehearsals with amazing clinicians, and then performed an absolutely beautiful concert on Saturday afternoon in the Eisemann Center Theater.
Dust off the clubs and grab 3 friends or get the family together and come play as a foursome in the 5th edition of the Collin County Scramble Golf Tournament. This year's tournament will be played on March 31st at Firewheel Golf Club on the Lakes Course. There will be awesome food from Desperados Mexican catered in for lunch and lots of fun guaranteed.
This event is a great community builder and raises support for our athletics department and our teams. So, if you are interested in sponsoring the event or buying a foursome or individual spot, go to the link below and make it happen! All the funds raised go to support our amazing student-athletes!
CDA FM Senior Lauren Joseph was selected to perform with the Texas All-State 4A Concert Band in San Antonio, Saturday, February 11, as part of the 2023 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention.