The Glen Rose ISD Board of Trustees honored five students, Coach Sheree Hill and the committee at Glen Rose Elementary School that staged the successful "It's a Small World" educational event last month at the campus. 

Senior Taylor Rhodes was singled out for being named to Academic All-State Basketball. Rhodes also has served as captain of the cheerleaders team and lettered in volleyball, track and basketball. She plans to attend Texas A&M University in the fall and major in biology.

Lady Tigers Basketball Coach Sheree Hill also received a certificate of recognition from the board.

Coach Hill praised Rhodes for her role as a leader and said she will be missed when she graduates.

"The thing that blew me away was her leadership skill," Hill said.

Also honored were the students on the CX Debate team. Each high school could select up to four teams to send to district and Glen Rose took first, second, third and fourth places in CX Debate.

The top two teams will advance to state.

Taking second place were Jacqui Condy and Elizabeth Wiseman. And first place went to Austin Hoodenpyle and Nathan Burroughs.

GRES Principal Debbie Morris and the team that put together this year's Family Involvement Night with the international theme "It's a Small World" also received certificates of recognition.

This was the third year GRES staged the production that combines interactive learning stations with activities and costumes. The previous productions were themed the "Magic School Bus" and "Night at the Museum."

"Every year they do something that I don't think they'll top, but they do," Superintendent Wayne Rotan said.

The staff members recognized were teachers Debbie Cathey, Tracie Hansen, Bridget Holder, Jean Otto, Teresa Toney, Linda Dunbar and Ginger Whitehead.

Otto guided students to make a video about the event, which the board viewed.

"We have Steven Spielberg at GRES, also known as Jean Otto," Morris told the board.

She also expressed appreciation for support from the community. The Kat's Meow donated giraffe figures, Cheerful Heart provided fountains, Air Evac flew in its helicopter, which landed on the front lawn, CareFlite contributed the helipad and flight suits, the City of Glen Rose provided lights and Luminant paid for the big sign welcoming parents, students, families and friends to "GRES International Airport."

"Learning is innovative and interactive - that's what we focus on in our big learning events," Morris said.

"It takes a lot of work to pull it off and my heroes are my staff," Morris added. "It takes that whole staff to do it. It's a production."