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Congratulations to Jimmy Walker, a 1997 Canyon High School graduate, for capturing the fourth and final major golf championship of the year – the PGA Championship at historic Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield Township, New Jersey on Sunday.

Walker, a current Boerne resident who turned professional in 2003, is seen here proudly holding up the PGA Championship’s Wanamaker Trophy.

The Texas Cultural Trust, in partnership with UT-Austin College of Fine Arts, awarded Canyon High School fine arts teacher Jenna Stephenson a 2016 Arts & Digital Literacy Classroom Technology Grant.

Heading into the new school year, this $3,000 award is designed to alleviate costs associated with implementing the Arts & Digital Literacy Initiative in the classroom and on the campus. Stephenson is one of 10 fine arts teachers across the state awarded this grant.

“We are so pleased to learn of Ms. Stephenson’s selection for this grant, which will afford students new opportunities to grow in their technological use in the fine arts classrooms at Canyon,” said Superintendent Andrew Kim.

Arts & Digital Literacy Initiative

The Arts & Digital Literacy Initiative involves project-based fine arts courses for high school students that connect fine arts learning with digital media. Winners of the grant must be committed to teaching the next three years and incorporating technology into their classrooms.

“As the world around us continues to modernize, we know our students will be at the forefront of digital literacy thanks to the efforts of Ms. Stephenson and the Comal ISD Fine Arts department as a whole,” Kim said.

Community Partnerships

House Bill 5 requires schools teach 21st century learning skills, develop community partnerships and focus on digital learning. These courses are designed to address HB5 requirements and are aligned with current TEKS standards for fine arts.

This week, Stephenson is attending the 2nd annual Arts & Digital Literacy Institute, Digital Pioneers, in Austin, earning her 20 CPE hours and countless new tools for encouraging student learning.

Founded in 1995, the Texas Cultural Trust is a nonprofit organization that encourages the arts in education. The Trust has found that students participating in the arts have higher attendance and graduation rates, are more likely to pass standardized tests and more likely to go on to higher education opportunities.

“Your efforts to support this innovative curricula are transforming how we educate our youth today and preparing them for the technologically advanced workforce of tomorrow,” said Jennifer Ransom Rice, Executive Director.

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