Avanti Senior Living Honors Best of the Best Physicians
Avanti Senior Living honored several local physicians on March 27 at a celebration reception: Best of the Best Physicians in Flower Mound. The honorees were Cherry Chandi, MD, internal medicine; David Cooke, M.D., neurologist; Hardeep S. Dhaliwal, M.D., internal medicine; Washim A. Haque, M.D., endocrinologist; Saira Jamal, M.D., family and geriatric medicine; Fareha A. Kazi, M.D., internal medicine; Najam Khan, M.D., internal medicine; Shirirang S. Neurgaonkar, M.D., internal medicine; Raul Santos, M.D., cardiologist; Dale G. Swanholm, M.D., family medicine; and Bryan L. Wasson, M.D., internal medicine.
Blair McCullough Named President of Liberty Christian School
The Liberty Christian board of directors is delighted to announce Blair McCullough as the newly appointed president of Liberty Christian School, only the second in the school’s history.
With McCullough’s leadership, the school will build on its strengths, foster collaboration and innovation, and continue to create exceptional student experiences. McCullough brings an extensive knowledge of and passion for leadership development on all levels.
McCullough came to Liberty in 2014 as the Upper School vice principal. He later served as headmaster/vice president of academics.
Before coming to Liberty, McCullough worked in education at the university and high school level, including positions such as recruitment coordinator, special education teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal.
McCullough received his bachelor’s in psychology at Lee University, his master’s in special education at Regent University, his education specialist degree at Liberty University and his doctorate in Christian education at Andersonville Theological Seminary.
He and his wife, Cristy, have two children, Taylor and Jackson, who are students at Liberty Christian School.
Cardio Partners Helps Texas Girl Scout Achieve Prestigious Gold Award
For more than a year, Jillian Rash, a junior at Flower Mound High School, worked to increase awareness about heart disease in women and to raise funds to purchase and donate an Automatic External Defibrillator to Twin Coves Park. Her Girl Scout Gold Award journey concluded when she made a presentation to members of city council.
Frank Mannino, a strategic account manager for Cardio Partners, helped Jillian identify the best AED for the park and worked to ensure she received the best pricing.
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement a Girl Scout can receive.
Lindsay Polyak Joins LEF
The Lewisville ISD Education Foundation is proud to announce the addition of Lindsay Polyak to its board of directors.
A Florida native turned Texan, she has worked with small businesses nearly 20 years. Currently, she is a business performance advisor with Insperity where she introduces small businesses to solutions that help them mitigate risks, minimize distractions and maximize talent.
Polyak and her husband, Zack (an ICU nurse at Arlington Memorial Hospital), have one son, Sawyer, who was diagnosed with high-functioning autism in 2016. After searching for the right school district and discovering that Lewisville ISD excels in education in the special needs community, the Polyaks purchased a home in Flower Mound in 2017.
Now, as a member of the LISD community, Polyak has a passion for mental health awareness and is excited to join LEF where she can use her skillset to help advance education in the community.
Lower School Students Win Top Awards at Math Olympics
Students from area schools who qualified from the more than 3,000 math tests submitted to the Association of Christian Schools International in December competed at a final area competition, with Liberty’s held February 16 at Prestonwood Christian Academy.
Competing against more than 10 area schools in either computation or reasoning, fourth-grade student Trey Stickl won first place and a superior ribbon in reasoning, and third-grade student Noah Spinks received third place and a superior ribbon in computation.
ACSI hosts the contest in each of its 11 areas across the country every year to stimulate interest in math and recognize the achievements of students in grades 3–8.
Congratulations to the Liberty students who competed, all earning either superior or excellent ribbons: Wyatt Keeler, Bradley Ross and Noah Spinks, third grade; Sam Panthagani, Madilyn Earle, Sarah Jane Sheldon and Trey Stickl, fourth grade; and Avery Baller, Zachary Chambers and Sebastian Simone, fifth grade.
Wrestling Warriors Run the Table in State Championships
The Liberty Christian Warriors wrestling team capped another strong year with two team state titles and six individual state crowns during a monthlong tour across the nation facing the best of the best at four different events. Leading that charge was a trio of stars, including two freshmen, who all won multiple state titles.
Junior Karston Johnson and freshmen Skylar Smith and Braeden Baller took home individual state titles at the Prep State meet in Houston. All three would double down on their first-place finishes by winning state titles at the TAPPS State Championships.
Skylar was named Outstanding Wrestler at the TAPPS tournament, and Liberty won the team title by more than 20 points over the second-place finisher. Overall, five Liberty wrestlers finished in the top two of their respective weight classes at the TAPPS meet.
This is the third straight year Liberty has won the TAPPS state title.