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Cardinal Brief: Feb. 26-March 1

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Rachel Nelson
Junior Owen Hollenbeck squats 700 lbs at the Community High School powerlifting meet on Feb. 16. Hollenbeck won first place in his weight class lifting a total of 1,685 lbs.

Cardinal Update

  • JUNIORS: Students in the Class of 2025 have the opportunity to attend a life-changing camp this summer: Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award). Camp RYLA provides an opportunity for students who exhibit exceptional leadership qualities to enhance those skills working together. Applications are due Feb. 28 to the Interact Club sponsor Mrs. Hare in A411.
  • HOSA BOOK DRIVE: The Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) club is holding a book drive from March 4-8 to benefit the Children’s Medical Center of Plano. Donation boxes will be located in Mrs. Venner’s and Mrs. Fox’s classrooms, as well as in the library. All book donations must be appropriate for children and in good condition.
  • SAT SCHOOL DAY: Juniors and seniors interested in taking the SAT for free on March 27 need to complete this Google Form by Friday, March 1 at 4 p.m. Students do NOT need to register through College Board.
  • ASVAB: MHS will host the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) on March 7. The ASVAB is not only for military use, but may be used for career exploration as well. The ASVAB is a standardized test that reveals areas of strength and ability in science, math and language, while also helping to predict future academic and occupational success. The deadline to register is March 1. Click HERE to complete the Google Form registration.
  • LETTER JACKETS: Fittings for letter jackets will take place on Monday, March 25, during Mega Lunch. If students believe they qualify for a jacket, they should speak to their coach so the coach can submit their names.
  • MHS MAGAZINE SUBMISSIONS: The brand new MHS Fine Arts Magazine is currently accepting submissions of short stories, poems, essays or any other forms of creative writing. This is a great opportunity for students to showcase their work to peers and the entire community of Melissa. All submissions are due by April 3. Click HERE to make a submission.
  • SENIORS: Cap and gown photos are now available to view and purchase through CADY Photography. The deadline to order to receive the items before graduation is April 4.
  • IB PROGRAM: The IB Diploma Programme (IB DP) is coming to Melissa High School starting in the fall of 2025.  This year’s 9th grade will be the first cohort. Students will apply in the spring of 10th grade for this rigorous two-year curriculum.  After taking six two-year courses and completing the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge course and a service component, they can earn a separate diploma from the MHS diploma.  Texas Senate Bill 111 guarantees an IB Diploma recipient a minimum of 24 credit hours at all Texas public universities and colleges.
  • IB MEETING: The next informational meeting to learn “What is IB?” will be held March 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Melissa Middle School.

Upcoming Events

  • Feb. 27 – Girls Golf @ Bridges Golf Club
  • Feb. 27 – JV & Varsity Baseball vs THESA – 4:30 & 7:30 p.m. – Senior Night
  • Feb. 27 – JV & Varsity Softball @ Plano West – 5 & 7 p.m.
  • Feb. 27 – Varsity & JV Boys Soccer @ Greenville – 5:30 & 7:15 p.m.
  • Feb. 27 – Varsity & JV Girls Soccer vs Greenville – 5:30 & 7 p.m.
  • Feb. 28 – Boys Golf @ Waterview Golf Club – Rowlett
  • Feb. 28 – Girls Regional Powerlifting @ Prosper HS – 1 p.m.
  • Feb. 29 – JV Tennis @ Midlothian Heritage
  • Feb. 29-March 2 – Varsity Baseball @ BSN Classic Tournament
  • Feb. 29-March 2 – Varsity Softball @ Wylie HS Tournament
  • Feb. 29-March 2 – Freshman & JV Baseball @ Melissa TMT
  • March 1 – Varsity Tennis @ Midlothian Heritage
  • March 1 – Freshman, Varsity & JV Boys Soccer vs Sherman – 4, 5:30 & 7:15 p.m.
  • March 1 – Varsity & JV Girls Soccer @ Sherman – 5:30 & 7 p.m.
  • March 1-2 – Boys Golf @ Texas Classic Match Play
  • March 1-2 – District One Act Play – MAC
  • March 2 – Winter Guard NTCA Contest @ Timber Creek
  • March 2 – Track @ Lovejoy Invitational
  • March 4 – Senior Cap/Gown Pickup – MAC – during lunch
  • March 4-8 – HOSA Book Drive
  • March 5 & 7 – “Tuck Everlasting: The Musical” Performances – 7 p.m.– purchase tickets here
  • March 11-15 – Spring Break – No School
  • March 25 – Spring Letter Jacket Fittings – MAC – during lunch
  • March 26 – What is IB? Informational Meeting – Melissa Middle School – 6:30 p.m.
  • March 28 – Bad Weather Day (No School)
  • March 29 – Good Friday Holiday (No School)

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Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
Miranda Sirota is a senior this year at Melissa High School. This is her third year writing for the Cardinal Connection. Miranda is also involved in other extracurriculars including Band, HOSA, NHS, academic UIL, and Book Club. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, cooking, and binge-watching her favorite TV shows. After graduating, Miranda plans to study Dental Hygiene to become a registered hygienist.

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