Baroque and Classical Piano finalists

From left, Baroque and Classical Piano Festival finalists Amelia Wingfield, Joshua Plunkett, Sunny Kim, Isaac Hill and Brian VanHouten.

East Texas bus driver competition

Pine Tree ISD in March hosted the East Texas School Bus Driver Safety Competition with the East Texas Association for Pupil Transportation at Pirate Stadium.

In the event, school bus drivers from around East Texas competed for top honors and recognition in the region while showing off their skills in various categories.

This event begins with a general knowledge and vehicle inspection written test designed to gauge the contestant’s comprehension of state requirements and laws. Contestants perform behind the wheel to demonstrate their personal ability to maneuver a school bus around various driving obstacle courses. The events are timed.

Winners by category:

Special Needs:

1st: Driver Tess Pierce and attendant Julia Wasson, Pine Tree

2nd: Driver Stormie Wesley and attendant Debbie Ledbetter, Gilmer


1st: Hunter Hopkins, Pine Tree

2nd: Summer Blackmon, Pine Tree

3rd: Kourtney Hopkins, Pine Tree

Alternate: Sharon Gordon, Pine Tree


1st: Jan Brigman, Gilmer

2nd: Lisa Coburn, Wills Point

3rd: Beth Green, Tatum

Alternate: Frank Brazeal, Tatum

Baroque and Classical Piano Festival finalists announced

Five finalists were selected March 30 at the Kilgore College Baroque and Classical Piano Festival, a piano competition open to elementary to high school-age students from around East Texas.

Contestants performed original piano compositions from the Baroque and Classical eras.

Judges then selected outstanding students to perform in a “Winner’s Recital” and awarded trophies to each of the finalists.


Isaac Hill, 13, Henderson, student of Sylvia Bolding

Sunny Kim, 9, Longview, student of Lydia Lim

Joshua Plunkett, 18, Gilmer, student of Sherrye Coles

Brian VanHouten, 15, Gladewater, student of Sherrye Coles

Amelia Wingfield, 15, Longview, student of Sherrye Coles