By LIBBY CLUETT
At many of this year's Mineral Wells ISD School Board meetings, students start the meeting with the pledge and spotlight one of the schools' programs.
Tuesday night's board meeting featured Houston Elementary musicians who, accompanied by their music instructor, Adam Hull, sang an original Hull character song, “You Can Be a Good Citizen.”
Children waved their hands as they sang, “So put your hands up high and wave 'em to-and-fro;
Be a good neighbor to the ones you know; Don't be afraid to let your good self show; Oh no.”
Hull wrote and recorded several songs to help his students understand character attributes through music. The group shared a CD with each board member. The character songs Hull wrote for Houston students are available for listening at www.reverbnation.com/adamhullmusic/songs.
In other business, MWISD trustees heard about history-making Mineral Wells High School students who placed first in district at the University Interscholastic League academic meet.
UIL Academic sponsor Peggy Harvey displayed the numerous trophies and plaques students won at the district meet, which she brought to the meeting carefully wrapped in a large box riding on a luggage dolly.
Harvey called this “an awesome year.” She said seven years ago MWHS's UIL academic team was small and received seven points. Six years ago the team took 30 points. They steadily rose and broke 100, then, last year, she said, they scored close to 275 points and took second place.
This March the team scored a total of 477 points, which includes nearly 50 points from the MWHS One-Act-Play company. In all, MWHS has 21 students advancing to the regional meet, possibly more if the theater students advance from area One-Act-Play competition.
At Tuesday's meeting, trustees also:
• Honored Nancy and Richard Stuart, of Chicken Express, and Richard Ritchie as April Partners in Education. Public Relations Director Mary Creighton said Ritchie has been a supporter of football programs and provided funds for team travel.