Fine Arts Scholarship Winners
The City of Haltom City presented three Haltom City graduating seniors with a $500 Fine Arts Student Scholarship at the Northeast Tarrant County Chamber of Commerce’s May Scholarship luncheon. These scholarships are a way for the City to support the students of our community while also promoting the importance of Fine Arts in education. We recognize how important they are in building a strong community. Applicants were evaluated by their participation in the Fine Arts programs for at least two years, as well as their leadership in the community and academic performance. This year’s winner’s were Natalie Nounennady, Gavin Ricks and Kasey Romero.
Pictured at right, with Councilmember Bob Watkins, are:
Natalie Nounennady, pictured far left, was in the top 5% of her class, as well as being an AP scholar. She was a member of three choirs at Haltom, including the Show Choir and served as a Choir Officer, as well as being in the Pride of Haltom band for three years where she was a Squad Leader. She was President of the Prayer Club, Vice President of National Honor Society and an officer in the Humanitarian Club. Natalie had a 99 average and was ranked 24th in her class of 542. Natalie will be attending Dallas Baptist University with plans to study music education with a vocal emphasis and hopes to come back to Haltom High School to be the Choir Director. Natalie impressed us with her energy and incredible ability to do everything! She is a bright, shining star that will achieve anything she sets her mind to. Congratulations Natalie!
Gavin Ricks, pictured in the middle, told us he only took choir as a freshman to get his fine arts credit, but fell in love with it and has been in the school choir ever since. He was named as the most Outstanding Junior in the Ac-Capella Choir and also joined the Haltom Singers in 2016. Gavin was Captain of the varsity football and track teams and was also on the varsity wrestling team. He was chosen as the 2017 BISD Outstanding Core Citizen, as well as the Homecoming King. Gavin had a 94 average and was ranked 81st out of his class of 542. Gavin will be attending Texas Tech University in Lubbock and has plans to major in Business Management. Gavin impressed us with his positive outlook and how he wants to be an advocate for change and aspires to break stereotypes. Gavin has defined himself on his terms and because of that, we think he is already there. Congratulations Gavin!
Kasey Romero, pictured far right, has been part of the Pride of Haltom band for seven years, and served as Drum Major, Section Leader and Squad Leader. Kasey is a member of the National Honor Society and DECA, and also the President and founding member of the Haltom Humanitarian Society. In April, she coordinated Glam Girls with Rescue Her, a makeover event for middle schoolers that brought awareness to human trafficking. Kasey had a 95 average and is ranked 63rd out of her class of 542. She will be attending Concordia University in Austin and has plans to become a Medical Social Worker. She wants to change lives for the better and we are so proud that she is from Haltom. Congratulations Kasey!
Crossroads N'Letter - Aug/Sept '17
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NE Tarrant County’s Hometown Heroes
Congratulations to Dana Coffman, Christi Pruitt & Kristi Starn-Harris
The 2017 Hometown Heroes Annual Luncheon, held on May 18, 2017, celebrated more than 40 local Hometown Heroes from Northeast Tarrant County at the Hurst Conference Center. The event was co-hosted by Super Bowl XXX MVP Larry Brown & Channel 8 Meteorologist Colleen Coyle.
Haltom City selected three wonderful Hometown Heroes that work tirelessly on behalf of the citizens in Haltom City. Those recognized were Dana Coffman, Kristi Starn Harris and Christi Pruitt.
Dana Coffman is the Haltom City Parks Board Chair and has been an active member for five years. She is also the secretary of the Haltom City Girls Softball Association and a member of the Haltom City Citizens Police Academy. She works full time while homeschooling her daughter. Dana and her family are a fixture at all of our city special events where they volunteer wherever we need them.
Kristi Starn-Harris is in her 28th year of teaching in BISD, beginning at Haltom Middle School. She has been the Educational Diagnostician for Haltom Middle since 1997, working with special needs students and helping them get the services they need to be successful. She is also the PTA president of Haltom High School, where she helps to organize fundraising events, including the craft fair and the Drive for Your School with Five Star Ford. She received her undergraduate degree in education from UNT and her Masters from Texas Woman’s University.
Christi Pruitt has been working for the City of Haltom City for 12 years and was recently promoted to the Parks & Recreation Director. She is a graduate from Texas Christian University with a degree in Kinesiology and she bleeds TCU purple! Christi is a founding member of the annual Haltom City Back to School Health Fair, which gives our local elementary and middle school students a free backpack, school supplies, and health screenings. Over the past seven and a half years, her efforts have raised over $170,000! Christi has been happily married to Jeff for 15 years and they have two daughters.
Thank you to Dana, Kristi and Christi for your continued involvement in our city and your outstanding examples of community engagement and leadership.
Birdville Museum Summer Hours
the museum will be closed from June 2 - August 18
The Birdville Museum, located at 6030 Walker St., in Haltom City, will be closed for the summer break from June 2nd thru August 18th. They will resume normal hours on August 22nd. If you wish to visit the museum during this time, they will be happy to meet you. Please call 817-547-5498 to set up an appointment.
The museum, run by volunteers, appreciate your interest in the history of the Birdville area.
WT Francisco - Clean Campus
WT Francisco earned Clean campus Award for 2016-17 school year
W.T. Francisco Elementary has been awarded $500 for being the Cleanest Campus in Haltom City for the 2016-17 school year. Keep Haltom City Beautiful (KHCB) rated the local school campuses on having litter-free grounds, available litter and recycling barrels, and the general appearance of their campuses. Each school also submitted their current projects, events and activities that support the KHCB mission, along with photos.
Some of the programs at W. T. include the courtyard committee, which determined the needs and projects for the courtyard garden and coordinated with student and teachers to complete the projects. Their campus courtyard is utilized by the students and staff for outdoor teaching and animal observation. They have a student leadership team that regularly collect trash and recyclables on campus grounds in order to keep the campus clean. BISD introduced a district-wide recycling program in 2016-17, and students at W. T. are responsible for recycling class materials daily in the school’s recycling receptacles.
Second graders observed the butterfly life cycle and released them into the campus courtyard. They also bring recyclable items from home to build “recycle-bots”. Third grade students grew tomato plants in the campus courtyard, as well as observed larvae turning into ladybugs. Fifth graders attended Camp Grady Spruce, a science camp, where they learned science and environmental objectives.
Congratulations to W. T. Francisco Elementary staff and students for their commitment to protecting our environment and Keeping Haltom City Beautiful.
Donation to Haltom High Band
At the 2017 Haltom City Carfest, we were pleased to welcome the Haltom High School drumline to entertain the crowd, and they were definitely a highlight of the event. The City presented them with a $2,000 donation to help meet the band’s financial needs. We also wanted to thank them for being so generous with their time for Haltom City events and functions.
The Pride of Haltom, the Haltom High School band, has become a regular participant in Christmas on Broadway, Carfest, Gallery Night, the Haltom City Fire/Rescue Banquet and other community events. The City wants to support their program and the impact the arts have on the students of Haltom City, as well as in the community. Thank you to Haltom Band Directors, Donnie Hull, Greg Hull, Lynna Russell, Kristen Wilkirson, and Percussion Coordinator, Casey O’Neal.
2017 CarFest Wrap-Up
$13,000 Raised for 2017 Back to School Fair
The 8th annual Haltom City CarFest, held on Saturday, April 1st, was a great success! A record 118 vehicle registered and approximately 1500 people attended this annual fundraising event. Through 36 business sponsorships and 118 vehicle registrations, CarFest raised approximately $13,000 for the Back to School Health Fair, which will be held Saturday, July 29th.
A Facebook photo album of the event can be viewed here.
A special thank you to 2nd Opinion Auto and the Haltom City Police Department for being our title sponsors, as well as Sam’s Furniture, and Late Model Auto Salvage for their generous sponsorships. All of the sponsors are listed below:
Big Bopper (title sponsor) - $1,500
Hood Ornament - $1,000
Fender Bender - $500
DFW Cast Stone
Component Construction Company
AA Wrecker Service
B & S Fence
Classic Dice - $250
Clyde James Cycles
Vibrant Smiles Family Dentistry
Snow Operating Co.
Discount Auto Parts Specialist
British Auto Specialist
Cohn & Gregory
All Pro Truck & Tool Accessories
Shotwell & Sons
Vendors - $100
Toys R Us
Donihoo's Speed Shop
NRH Modern Dentistry
Jim Lollar & Associates, PC
Sam Pack's 5 Star Ford
All Pro Truck & Accessories - 121 Airport Fwy.
Corvette Club of Texas
Veronica Mendoza - State Farm Insurance
Ron Sturgeon Real Estate
Troy Dunn Insurance
Etched in Stone
Planning for the 2018 CarFest will be happening soon, so please contact Julie Orebaugh if you are interested in joining in the excitement!
Crossroads N'Letter - April/May '17
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Crossroads N'Letter - June/July '17
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2017 Photo Contest Winners
Judges have studied the 141 entries in the 2017 Images of Haltom City Photo Contest and have chosen the winners. Best of Show honors (at right) went to Maria Krupa for her photograph outside of The Café here in Haltom City. Ms. Krumpa will receive a $200 cash prize for her winning entry.
Photos are separated into nine categories, with those taken in Haltom City (red) eligible for the Best of Show honor.
The entries can be viewed below by clicking on any picture and scrolling through the slideshow.
A big thank you to our judges this year, Cos Deleo, Ting Huang and Gary Blocker. The winners and all of the contest entries are currently on display at the Haltom City Library (3809 Haltom Rd.) through the month of March.
Thank you to all the participants during this year’s photo contest and winners will be contacted in April regarding their entries and cash prize awards. Photographers may pick up their photo entries at the Haltom City Recreation Center (4839 Broadway Ave) beginning Monday, May 1st during their normal business hours. Entries not picked up by Friday, June 2, 2017 will be discarded.
Best of Show
Haltom City Scenes
Winner – Brian Bagnall
Honorable Mention – Emma Grace Rinard
People & Their Activities
Winner – Maria Krupa
Honorable Mention – Sarah White
Haltom City Animals
Winner – Phillip Cagle
Honorable Mention – Emily Howsley
Haltom Has Heart
Winner – Grace Snyder
Honorable Mention – Heather Hudson
Landscapes/Nature (On the Road)
Winner – Susan Roe
Honorable Mention – Haley Hathcock
Architecture (On the Road)
Winner – Kaylee Knights
Honorable Mention – Sofie Wurss
Documentary (On the Road)
Winner – Bob Oatman
Honorable Mention – Zachary Smith
Still-life (On the Road)
Winner – Sarah Waite
Honorable Mention – Kaylee Knights
Portraits (On the Road)
Winner – Zachary Smith
Honorable Mention – Brena Friteen
KHCB Business of 1Q - Starbucks
Representatives from Keep Haltom City Beautiful and the city of Haltom City joined Mayor Pro-Tem Bob Watkins to present Starbucks with the Business of the Quarter Award for the first quarter of 2017, Starbucks is located in Haltom City at 6151 Denton Hwy. Starbucks offers some of the world’s finest fresh-roasted whole bean coffees, as well as everything else that goes with a full and rewarding coffeehouse experience. They offer a selection of premium teas, fine pastries and other delectable treats to please the taste buds....and they have a drive-thru!
Starbucks received the Business of the Quarter award because they serve as an example for the city’s economic development prospects that all businesses maintain their landscaping, provide a safe environment and a welcoming atmosphere. Starbucks company mission statement is "to inspire and nurture the human spirit - one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time." Thank you Starbucks for being a local business committed to keeping your property clean and serving as an example for others along a well-traveled thoroughfare in our city and for being a business our citizens can be extremely proud of.
To learn more about Starbucks, visit their website, call them at 817-281-7076, or stop by during their store hours: 5:00 am to 10:00 pm, 7 days a week.
Be sure to "Like" them on Facebook.
KHCB Business of 2Q - Taco Bell
Taco Bell is Located in Haltom City at 2808 Denton Hwy.
Representatives from Keep Haltom City Beautiful and the city of Haltom City joined Mayor Pro-Tem, Bob Watkins, and Council Member, Dr. An Truong, to present Taco Bell with the Business of the Quarter Award for the second quarter of 2017. Taco Bell is located in Haltom City at 2808 Denton Hwy. and offers a variety of Tex-Mex foods, including tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, other specialty items, and a variety of “value menu” items. They want you “Live Mas”! To learn more about Taco Bell, visit www.TacoBell.com.
This great Haltom City business serves as an example of the importance to the city’s economic development prospects that all businesses maintain their landscaping, and provide a safe environment and a welcoming atmosphere. Thank you Taco Bell for being committed to keeping your property clean and serving as an example for other businesses along a well-traveled thoroughfare in our city. Taco Bell is a business that citizens can be extremely proud of.”