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  • Congratulations to the following BTW musicians for being selected to the TMEA Region 20 Bands!

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  • Congratulations to our Youngarts winners!

    Click on the image to see the names of the winners. ......................................................................

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  • National Merit Scholars

    We are pleased to announce the following BTW students who were named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Program. Click on the image for the names. ......................................................................

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  • Check out the Dance Department featured in Modern Luxury Magazine

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  • National Geographic Photographer, Explorer, and ER Doctor Jeff Gusky

    will be our next BTW Library Salon Series Speaker on December 6th. Click on the image for more information. ......................................................................

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  • Last year graduate Simon Waranch is having a one man show for his glass blowing and you are invited!

    Join LMB Art class for a one year anniversary celebration featuring a new collection from emerging Dallas artist. Click on the image for more information. ......................................................................

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  • College Showcase Week!

    Nov 14-17 BTWHSPVA welcomes over 100 colleges and over 150 college reps from around the country! ......................................................................

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  • Congrats to BTWHSPVA Wind Ensemble members

    Congratulations to the 49 BTWHSPVA Wind Ensemble members who earned who earned placement in the Dallas All City Bands. ......................................................................

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  • Dallas Arts District company features Booker T. student artwork

    charlieuniformtango invites Booker T. students to refresh the company's centerpiece chalkboard with new artwork. Click on the image for more information. ......................................................................

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  • New leaders of the Academic Conservatory

    Bryan Lindsey has been appointed the Director of the Academic Conservatory. Along with Assistant Director Niloo Jalilvand, he will lead a formal “Academic Conservatory”, established to underscore the importance of BTW academic departments in the development of our scholar artists. ......................................................................

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  • Booker T. Habitat Volunteers

    Kudos to Booker T. volunteers who participated in a cleanup of the Joppa neighborhood in advance of Habitat for Humanity building 24 houses! ......................................................................

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  • Artist Panel featuring Booker T. grads

    Does every artist find their way smoothly onto their career path? Not always. Listen to the stories of four graduates from Booker T. as they describe how their careers have evolved in surprising ways. Tuesday, October 17th, 7:00 PM. ......................................................................

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  • Booker T. Script Library receives a generous donation

    Booker T. received nearly 200 scripts/books that came to the Theatre Department via Kitchen Dog Theatre as a donation from former SMU/Juilliard professor Dr. Dale Moffitt Jr. ......................................................................

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  • Kudos to Booker T. Senior Demi Tomasides

    Over the summer Demi developed a special theatre therapy camp program at Bryan's House, for special needs kids. Click on the image for more information. .....................................................................

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  • BTW Junior, Tahja Belin was recently selected to perform in the 2017 CollabFest at UNT College of Music

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  • Booker T. Congressional Recognition

    Booker T. is commended by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson. Click to read more. ......................................................................

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  • Choir singers advanced into the second of the TMEA All-State

    Congratulations to the 45 Vocal students who have advanced to the TMEA All-State 2nd Round! Congratulations to the 45 Vocal students who have advanced to the TMEA All-Sate 2nd Round! ......................................................................

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  • Teacher of the Year

    CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2017-2018 TEACHER OF THE YEAR CAROL WINGARD. ......................................................................

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  • BTW Visual Artist Student Sophia Dubard in Patron Magazine photoshoot

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  • Check out the Fox 4 News story highlighting how Booker T. is helping HSPVA!

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  • Feature article on BTW's Julliard 5

    Dallas Paper City Magazine September issue features BTW's Julliard-bound students. ......................................................................

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  • Glowing review for Flying Horse Benefit

    "Booker T. students and alums stunned with one performance after another..." ......................................................................

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  • Parker Twomey profiled in Dallas' Modern Luxury

    Alt-country musician and Booker T. Junior, Parker Twomey is profiled in September's issue (p. 52) of Modern Luxury Magazine. ......................................................................

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  • BTW and Indie Comic Artists

    Dallas is an Epicenter of Latino Indie Comic Artists - Dallas Observer article features Booker T. Alumni and Staff. Read more... ......................................................................

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  • Visual Arts Junior, Abraham Hernandez has his winning design at One Arts Plaza!

    Thompson & Knight LLP recently unveiled a series of three banners outside its One Arts Plaza offices to commemorate the firm's 130th anniversary. The banners were designed by Abraham Hernandez, a Visual Arts Student at BTW! ......................................................................

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  • Booker T. begins its 41st school year!

    An amazing photo essay of our first day of school from Dallas Morning News! ......................................................................

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  • Leonard Hayes at the Gateways Music Festival

    Leonard Hayes, Director of Piano Studies participated in the Gateways Music Festival in Association with the Eastman School of Music. Click on the image for more information. ......................................................................

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  • Senior Zanelli in Steinway Hall Master Class

    Booker T. Senior, Salvatore Zanelli, will participate in the Steinway Hall Master Class with Alexander Kobrin. Click on the image for more information. ......................................................................

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  • Booker T. Grad Zane Unger's Inspiring Journey to Juilliard

    A passion for dance has become the driving force behind Zane Unger's life. Click on the image to read more from NBC 5. ......................................................................

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  • planoprofile deep dive with two of the "J Five"

    Michael Garcia Jr. and Zane Unger are heading to The Juilliard School, but the path there wasn’t so graceful... Click to read more! ......................................................................

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  • U.S. Presidential Scholars 2017 Highlights

    National YoungArts Foundation presents A Salute to the U.S. Presidential Scholars 2017 Highlights, featuring Booker students Todd Baker and Kade Cummings. ......................................................................

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  • Old Navy turns Nathan Myers into a Rock Star this Back-to-School Season

    Music Cluster Coordinator Nathan Myers was hand picked by Old Navy as one of eight inpirational extraordinary teachers from all over the country for their "cause platform" ONward!. Click to watch the video or read more about the nonprofit support and fundraising campaign. ......................................................................

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  • Booker T. senior selected "Outstanding Performer"!

    Senior flute player Joeli Schilling was selected as an "Outstanding Performer" at the UIL Texas State Solo Contest in May. Congratulations! ......................................................................

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  • Scholarships For Students Top 60 Million$!

    Congratulations to our remarkable Booker T. scholars! 100% of our seniors graduated, 100% applied to college and universities, and 177 of the 212 graduates received scholarship offers. The 1107 offers received add up to an amazing 62.7 million dollars! ......................................................................

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  • Booker T. student, singer/songwriter Parker Twomey takes the Good Morning Texas Stage

    Click on the image to watch segment from GMT. ......................................................................

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  • Congratulations to our Wind Ensemble students

    for earning medals at the Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest in Austin. Click on the image for more information. ......................................................................

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  • Students Selected For Grammy Camp

    Two Booker students, Sam Wood, and Liza Kaye, have been selected among talented high school applicants from all over the US, for the 13th annual GRAMMY Camp® program, a unique summer program bringing youth together with outstanding artists and music industry professionals. .....................................................................

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  • Fox 4 Features Booker Student

    Fox 4 celebrated Music In Our Schools month by featuring Booker classical piano student Madison Anglin preparing for state competition, May 27th in Austin. .....................................................................

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  • Booker T. student, Julia Woltjen, designed a sterling silver Pegasus charm

    and is offering to sell them for $25! Perfect gift for graduates, teachers, alumni, or landmark enthusiasts. Contact Julia Woltjen for more details at juleswoltjen@gmail.com. .....................................................................

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  • The Dallas Art Dealers Association Scholarship Award Ceremony was held last week

    Jackson Daughety and Margaret King won awards and Julie Torres won the $5,000 Edith Baker Art Scholarship Award! The exhibit is at One Arts Plaza until May 27! .....................................................................

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  • WRR Classical 101.1 featured Senior Pianist Cameron Berta

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  • Five students from Booker T. headed to Juilliard

    chasing a dream of being professional dancers! .....................................................................

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  • 2017 US Presidential Scholars in the Arts

    Congratulations to Todd Baker and Kade Cummings for being selected as 2017 US Presidential Scholars in the Arts! .....................................................................

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  • Booker T. awarded US News Gold Medal

    We are in the top 100! This year Booker T. was ranked #92 in the Nation, #13 in Texas, and #25 in Magnet High Schools. Click on the image for more information. .....................................................................

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  • The Dallas Art Dealers Association will honor thirteen Booker T. students!

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  • Young Arts Honorable Mention awardee, Victoria Biro, attends YoungArts New York

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  • Cathy Vernon and her team recognized for outstanding yearbook!

    The 2016 yearbook produced by Cathy Vernon and our yearbook staff will be featured in the 2017 Jostens Look Book! .....................................................................

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  • Congratulations to Visual Arts Student Aisha Mpiana!

    Aisha Mpiana (10th) won 1st place and a trip to Washington D.C. in the Eddie Bernice Johnson Congressional Art Competition. .....................................................................

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  • Booker T. students compete in Photography Invitational

    Fourteen Booker T. students entered the Retail As Art Photography Invitational. Each student had their work on display at the Goss-Michael Foundation, and several won scholarships and internships. Click on the image to read about the awards. .....................................................................

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  • Nathan Myers featured on NBC

    This week, our Music Cluster Coordinator Nathan Myers, and the Booker T. Gospel Choir, were featured on an NBC 5 News Series focusing on faith in Texas. Click for video. ......................................................................

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  • Six Visual Arts students received awards in the 2017 Young American Talent (YAT) competition.

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  • Congratulations to our Wind Ensemble

    for earning the UIL Sweepstakes Award at the Region 20 Concert and Sight-Reading contest held at Duncanville High School. ......................................................................

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  • New book celebrates 40 years of Booker T. grads

    A newly released book titled "Fulfilling the Vision: Celebrating One Dallas Art School's Impact on the World" tells the stories of dozens of successful graduates from Booker T. In Dallas and around the world, they continue to excel in a variety of careers. Portraits and in-depth interviews, 176 pages, full-color coffee-table size book. Click on the image for more information. ......................................................................

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  • Jackson Rogers receives the Eagle Scout Award!

    Jackson has received the Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America, the highest award a scout can attain. He was granted his Eagle Scout Award for holding a food drive for Woodrow Wilson High School Students. Congratulations, Jackson! .....................................................................

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  • Case Cockrell receives the Eagle Scout Award!

    Case has received the Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America. He was granted his Eagle Scout Award for collecting hygiene products for veterans in need at Veterans Hospital. Congratulations, Case! .....................................................................

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  • Emily Anderson receives the Gold Award!

    Emily has received the Gold Award from the Girl Scouts of America. She was granted her Girl Scout Gold Award for teaching fourth- and fifth-grade students at Advantage Academy tap and dance etiquette as a fun way to exercise. Congratulations, Emily! .....................................................................

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  • Class Act of the Week

    Booker T. student Saul Flores is featured on the CW television network, as The CW33 “Class Act of the Week”! Click on the image to view the video coverage and more information. ......................................................................

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  • 2017 YAT Competition

    Many Booker T. Art students' works are currently being displayed at El Centro College at H Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery. The Gallery exhibit runs through March 22 and the Award's Ceremony will be on the last night of the show. ......................................................................

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  • 2017 Young Masters Exhibition

    The 2017 Young Masters AP fine arts exhibition is on display February 25-April 16 in the Concourse Gallery of the Dallas Museum of Art! We have 12 students in the exhibit and 1 Art History essay. ......................................................................

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  • Art Contest at the Texas Discovery Gardens

    Students from selected VA classes entered the Nature Abounds Art Contest at the Texas Discovery Gardens. Sophmore, Isa Vaughn, has her art work featured on their invitation. ......................................................................

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  • Visual Arts Senior Awarded a Jury Merit Award!

    Visual Art Senior, Julie Torres, was awarded a Jury Merit award for her submission to this year's 2D3D National Art + Design Competition! ......................................................................

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  • Congratulations to our student musicians!

    Congrats to everyone for their participation at the UIL Solo and Ensemble contest.Click on the image for more information. ......................................................................

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  • Congratulations to Arianna Cadeddu

    who placed second at the Regional English Speaking Union's Shakespeare Competition held on Saturday, February 25, at Highland Park High School. ......................................................................

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  • Congrats to our National Merit Finalist Frances Garnett!

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  • August Wilson Monologue Competition

    Congratulations to Senior Zalayna Jenkins who won the August Wilson Monologue Competition! She will advance to the national competition at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway in April. ......................................................................

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  • Special Valentine Surprise

    On Valentine's Day the entire Theatre Department at Booker T. Washington gathered in the Black Box Theatre for a very special Valentine surprise. Click on the image to read more ......................................................................

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  • Congratulations to the Winners of the VASE Regional Art Competition

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  • Scrap Can Be Beautiful!

    For the past 39 years, Commercial Metals has sponsored the metal program at BTW and they host the Scrap Can Be Beautiful exhibit with cash prizes for the winning students. Congratulations to the winners, whose metal sculptures will be exhibited at their corporate headquarters for the year! ......................................................................

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  • Black History Month exhibit features Booker students

    The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will host "Art Past and Present: From a Black Artist's Perspective", February 9-23. Among the featured artists it will include four exceptional Booker art students: Taylor Jenkins, Andrew Perez, Julie Torres, and Aleah Washington. ......................................................................

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  • Dance students candidates for Presidential Scholar

    Congratulations to the Dance Department! Dance students, Todd Baker and Kade Cummings, have been selected by the YoungArts Foundation as candidates for PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR! ......................................................................

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  • BTW Gospel Choir on Stage with Kristin Chenoweth

    Our amazing BTW Gospel Choir had the honor of performing at the Winspear Opera House on January 25th with Tony Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth! What a great performance! ......................................................................

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  • Booker T. Mock Trial team made the top 8 in DISD

    Congratulations! Under Mr. Victory's able leadership, our students earned their way into the Top 8 teams, and will compete at district/regional this Thursday evening! ..................................................................

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  • Dallas Black Dance Theatre Selects Booker T. Alumna

    We are excited to share the announcement that Dallas Black Dance Theatre, one of the oldest and largest such in the country, has selected Booker T. alumna and former Dance Faculty member Bridget L. Moore as their new Artistic Director. Click on the image for more information. ..................................................................

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  • Congratulations to the 2017 TMEA All-State Choir and Band Students

    We are proud to announce that the following students have made to the prestigious Texas All-State Band and Choir and will perform at the TMEA Conference Feb. 8-11 in San Antonio. Click on the image for more information. ..................................................................

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  • All Region/Area Certification Results

    Congratulations to the Booker T. students for earning placement in the TMEA Region 20 All Region Band and a special congratulations to the also listed students for being certified to the TMEA Area D audition on Jan. 7 for the opportunity to earn a spot in the prestigious Texas All State Band! Click on the image for more information. ..................................................................

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  • BTW Visual Arts students @ 2017 Young Masters Exhibition

    The 23rd annual Young Masters Exhibition, hosted by The Dallas Museum of Art, O'Donnell Foundation, and AP Strategies, will feature 12 studio art works from Booker T's Visual Arts Department, and one art history essay. They began with over 601 digital submissions, and all 104 works selected for the preliminary round deserve special recognition for their confident articulation of form and ideas. ..................................................................

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  • YoungArts Award Winners

    Congratulations to the following Booker T. students who have been named YoungArts Award Winners! Gabrielle Booker, Dance Finalist; Nicholas Cummings, Dance Finalist; Ricardo Hartley, Dance Finalist; Londyn Alexander Dance Honorable Mention; Victoria Biro, Dance Honorable Mention; Arianna Cadeddu, Cinematic Arts Merit; Emily Miller, Cinematic Arts Merit; Jackson Daughety, Visual Arts Merit; Tea Devereaux, Dance Merit; Anna Musgrove, Voice Merit ...................................................................

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  • Students make regional orchestra

    Congratulations to Joeli Schilling (flute), Lauren Brady (piccolo), and Cameron Berta (french horn) for earning chairs in the Region 20 Wind Section of the TMEA Region Orchestra! Both Joeli and Lauren finished 1st in their sections and earned the automatic berth to the TMEA Area audition to be held on Jan. 7. ......................................................................

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  • Learning Through Dance

    At Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, a residency program with Lar Lubovitch Dance Company culminates with four performances.Click on the Image to learn more. ......................................................................

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  • Student Spotlight

    Volunteer Spotlight on Lily Edwards. Visual Arts Junior Lily Edwards recently spent time putting a huge smile on the face of a 5 year old! Click on the image for more info. ......................................................................

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  • Congrats to Booker T. student Frances Garnett

    for being one of the 16 National Merit Semifinalists in DISD! Click on the image to learn more. ......................................................................

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  • Booker T. Student Council President, Alex Poscente, also becomes President of the Dallas ISD Teen Board for the 2016-17 School Year

    At their October meeting, the Dallas ISD Teen School Board elected officers for the 2016-2017 school year. Click on the image to learn more. ......................................................................

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  • Students attend DBA Symposium

    Mock trial members attended the Dallas Bar Association's Education Symposium and luncheon at the Belo Mansion on October 14, 2016. ......................................................................

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  • Booziotis Best Design Award

    The award is given annually by Booziotis & Company Architects to a visual arts student to enrich that individual’s learning experience and support their artistic development. Congratulations to Matt Bradley for this prestigious honor! ......................................................................

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  • 2016 Teacher of the Year!

    We're proud to announce Anna Gay (Freshmen English) as our 2016 Teacher of the Year! ......................................................................

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  • What Makes the Arts Magnet Special?

    BTWHSPVA featured in the Fall Highland Park Village magazine issue. Click for more. ......................................................................

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  • Wind Ensemble - Mark of Excellence

    Exciting news! Our Wind Ensemble has been selected as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence recording competition organized by the Foundation for Music Education. Congratulations to Mr. Schnitzer and his students on this prestigious honor! ......................................................................

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  • Comerica Grant supports Patron of the Arts Magnet program

    On August 24, 2016, Cassandra McKinney, SVP, National Director of Retail Bank Operations, presented Dr. Scott Rudes, Principal and Lisa Walker, Executive Director Arts Magnet Advisory Board from Booker T. Washington HSPVA with a grant in front of 200+ seniors, for Comerica's continued support of the Patron of the Arts Magnet program. Over the past eight years, Comerica has provided more than $85,000 to our school to fund scholarships, financial assistance and enrichment programs - from the most basic needs to extraordinary learning experiences - for our extremely bright and talented students. ...................................................................

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  • Riana Pellicane-Hart receives the Gold Award!

    Riana has received the Gold Award from the Girl Scouts of America, the highest award a scout can attain. She was granted her Girl Scout Gold Award for creating a 60 ft by 40 ft Meditation and Herb Garden for the Agape Resource Center which serves homeless women and families. It took Riana over a year and 200+ hours plus several thousand dollars in donations to complete the Garden. Both the residents and employees are enamored with the Garden and find respite there. Click the announcement title to see a Vimeo featuring the Garden. Congratulations, Riana! ...................................................................

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  • Presidential Scholars in the Arts announced

    Congratulations to Jared Brown and Kaylin Sturtevant for being selected as Presidential Scholars in the Arts for 2016! These two outstanding dance students will attend the presentation ceremony in June to receive their awards. Congratulations Jared and Kaylin! .....................................................................

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  • Townsel receives second NEH grant

    Melody Townsel, Social Studies Teacher at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts has been selected to attend a five-week seminar on “Existentialism” to be held at Mount Holyoke College this summer in South Hadley, Massachusetts. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) allows teachers to apply for two programs, then requires the teacher to select a program if selected as a participant for both. Ms. Townsel was one of 15 teachers selected nationwide for both programs: one on “Communism in America” to be held at Emory University and the other on “Existentialism” at Mt. Holyoke. The program will be directed by Thomas E. Wartenberg, Director of the Department of Philosophy at Mount Holyoke. Ms. Townsel previously was selected to attend an NEH-funded Teacher Institute at the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 designed to help teachers use music as a primary source to teach US History. She is a sixth year teacher in DISD and a designated DISD distinguished teacher. ...................................................................

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