Fort Bend & Sugar Land Schools,
Sports, and Students Dec 2015
CALVARY EPISCOPAL PREP HEARS AUTHOR CALLISTA GINGRICH
Calvary Episcopal Preparatory students, along with those from Shady Oak Christian School, were honored to have author Callista Gingrich read her new book, Christmas in America. Gingrich and Ellis the Elephant read their story and also signed books for students and answered a wide variety of the students’ questions. Calvary also had a special surprise for the author, as the school’s lyrical dancers performed an interpretive dance to “Let Freedom Ring” by Abby Anderson. The students had been preparing the number for their Veteran’s Day program on Nov. 11 and were honored to showcase the debut of their performance for Gingrich.
LONGHORN DUO NAMED NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS
George Ranch High School’s Hasnain Ali and Jerry Yang are semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program.
The two students now have the opportunity to compete for National Merit Scholarships, Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Awards and College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Awards.
To become semifinalists, the students competed with more than 1.5 million high school juniors in nearly 22,000 high schools across the country by taking the PSAT/National Merit Qualifying Test. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of current U.S. high school seniors. More than 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin or religious preference.
THREE MISSOURI CITY TEENS EARN PRESTIGIOUS EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
Three Missouri City teens, Ethan Spendlove (17), Matheus Meneses (18) and Tyler Echard (15) were recently awarded the Eagle Scout designation at a Court of Honor conducted at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sienna Plantation. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration. The teens belong to Troop 395 of the Greater Sam Houston Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Spendlove is a senior at Ridge Point High School. His Eagle Scout project was to build a shade canopy using donated and recycled materials for the Seeds of Inspiration Community Garden. People gather for gardening, yoga classes and a produce co-op at the garden. “As a Boy Scout, I enjoyed camping and learning outdoor survival skills,” said Spendlove, who earned 29 merit badges on the path to Eagle Scout.
Meneses, a senior at Elkins High School, earned 21 merit badges. For his Eagle Scout project, he built a corral trap for hogs at TexasAgrilife, a nature preserve, using metal rods and wire meshwork that will contain the hogs in order to safely remove them from the property. “Scouting has given me training in many different ways, from leadership skills, time management, communication skills, and setting goals,” Meneses said.
Echard is a sophomore at Ridge Point High School. Building bat houses at Camp Sienna was his Eagle Scout project, which benefited the people and children that work and play there by lowering the mosquito population. Echard, who earned 23 merit badges said, “I have learned many leadership and architectural skills. I believe that all boys should take scouting because it can build good career/job habits for their future.”
Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program. Since the first Boy Scout earned his Eagle award in 1912, the distinction has been earned by more than two million young men. Requirements include earning at least 21 badges and demonstrating ideals of service and leadership. Fewer than five percent of Boy Scouts nationwide attain this illustrious rank.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAMS DONATE BREAST CANCER SHIRTS
Two Fort Bend ISD high school football squads recently made generous donations to the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s breast cancer patients.
Football athletes from Clements and Stephen F. Austin donated a number of post-mastectomy, pocketed shirts. The shirts are specially designed for the unique needs of women who have undergone a mastectomy; they will be given to patients over the next year.
“All of us at the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital admire the selflessness, generosity and kindness that these young men have demonstrated through their donation,” said Maria Socci, breast care navigator. “Their donation will enable us to provide these special shirts to our patients free of charge as a show of support from the community for their fight against breast cancer.”
Clements Head Coach Keith Knowles began the effort three years ago, when his team captains wanted to use a portion of the money they raised to buy post-mastectomy shirts rather than more football equipment.
“I always try and teach our players the importance of giving back to the community,” said Knowles. “We are fortunate to have a great deal of support, and this is one way we can pass it along. I am amazed every day at the character and quality of our young men.”
Austin Head Coach Dan Schreiber said he was impressed when his team captains suggested they use some of their funding for the post-mastectomy shirts.
“The players’ willingness to make a donation like this demonstrates a great deal of maturity and compassion,” he said. “These young men recognize that fighting cancer is a difficult task, and they wanted to do their part to make it a little bit easier for women fighting breast cancer in our community.”
LAMAR CISD STUDENTS EARN HISPANIC SCHOLAR RECOGNITION
Five Lamar CISD students have been named National Hispanic Scholars.
George Ranch High School’s Alesondra Cruz and Katy Rodriguez, and Foster High School’s Devin Lemaster and Joseph Saad and Terry High School’s Greg Alvarez all qualified for the program.
The National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. Each year, the NHRP honors about 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from more than 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT. These students are from the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Mariana Islands and the Marshall Islands, as well as U.S. citizens attending schools abroad.
Although the NHRP does not provide a financial reward, being named is an important academic recognition, and this achievement should be indicated on college applications. NHRP honors outstanding students and makes the information available to subscribing colleges and universities that are particularly interested in communicating with academically exceptional Hispanic/Latino students.
LUNCH WITH DVICIO AT AUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL
DVICIO is a band of five friends who accomplished overnight stardom in Spain with their hit single “Paraiso.” The group is hoping to be the next pop-rock sensation with a combination of talent, dedication and of course, good looks. The group’s talent is apparent with their full band ensemble and song writing skills. Their passion for music is evident and the group is now focused on taking the United States by storm with their recent “Lunch Time U.S. Tour.”
As part of this tour, DVICIO visited Austin High School on Oct. 19 for an amazing opportunity for the students and for the group. Andres said,” This is one of those days that you will never forget.” When the group arrived in the auditorium at Austin High School, it looked like a Texas homecoming football pep rally – something the band had never seen before. The drumline was playing and the cheerleaders and Austin Angels dance team had made a tunnel from them to run through on their way to the stage. While on the stage, DVICIO was treated to another Texas tradition, the homecoming garter. The event was organized by Jennifer Chong, AP Spanish teacher and Adrian Rodriguez, the choir teacher.
The benefits of the band’s visit were exposing the students to the music and also the Spanish students having an opportunity to meet the group as part of their preparation for the cultural portion of the AP Spanish test. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course has been designed to provide advanced high school students with a rich opportunity to study the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world.
Chong took the task of teaching Spanish to a new level last year when through multimedia (in particular Google Hangout), she connected the Spanish classes at Austin with DVICIO. Due to the persistence of Chong, DVICIO made Austin High School a major stop on their ”Lunch Time U.S. Tour.” Chong said, “Students have made global connections through music and language learning while creating memories that will last a lifetime. To witness the excitement on the students faces and hear them using the language was incredible. It was a very special day.”
GEORGE RANCH LONGHORN’S TULLOS NAMED HONDA COACH OF THE WEEK
George Ranch High School head football coach Ricky Tullos earned Houston area Honda’s Coach of the Week honors as the Longhorns continue their undefeated season. A representative of Fort Bend Honda, along with television station KUBE, presented Coach Tullos with the check and a trophy.
MISSION GLEN ELEMENTARY STUDENTS RECEIVE BOOKS FROM RETIRED EDUCATORS
On Sept. 9, the TRTA local unit, Fort Bend Harris Retired Educators (FBHRE), presented over 325 new books to Mission Glen Elementary students in grades Pre-K, K, first and second grades. The Children’s Book Project is a state wide service activity carried out through Texas Retired Teachers Association. FBHRE will continue to collect books to present new books to Mission Glen Elementary third, fourth and fifth grade students next spring.
AHS MARCHING BAND WINS LONESTAR MARCHING CONTEST
The Austin HS Bulldog Marching Band and Angels Dance Team was named Grand Champion at the Lone Star Preview Marching Contest on Oct. 17 at Woodforest Bank Stadium in Conroe. Competing against 22 other bands, the AHS Band and Angels scored first place overall (in preliminary competition and finals competition) and won the captions for Outstanding Visual Performance and Outstanding General Effect.
The Bulldog Band finished three points ahead of second place, Lafayette High School from Lafayette, Louisiana. This is the second time in a row AHS has won this contest having come in fifth place in 2013. The title of this year’s show was “Home of the Brave” and featured “The Pacific” by Hans Zimmer, Symphony No. 2 by Samuel Barber, Amber Waves by Morton Gould and Symphony for Organ and Orchestra by Aaron Copland. The awarding winning show this year was powerful and emotional, reaching the audience like never before.
Other FBISD bands competing included Clements, Dulles, Kempner, and Travis with Clements and Kempner also making finals.
Band Director Bob Chreste has been telling the students all season, “You must believe that anything is possible with hard work and dedication.” The commitment to excellence from the students was rewarded with another win. For more information or to support the AHS band, go to sfaband.org.
LEXINGTON CREEK ES STUDENTS SHOW “B.I.G. LOVE” FOR CANCER PATIENTS
Lexington Creek Elementary School students recently participated in the B.I.G. Love Fun Run/Walk, sponsored by B.I.G. Love Cancer Care Services, and collected nearly $5,000 in donations to support cancer kids and their families at Texas Children’s Hospital.
Through B.I.G. Love Cancer Care Services, cancer kids and their families receive basic necessities and personalized care to help make their hospital stay more enjoyable. Program services include weekly wish list, new diagnosis bags, holiday gift baskets, catered meals, parking passes/gas cards, cancer clinic toy closet, family kitchen supplies and grief support services. This is the first year of Lexington Creek Elementary School’s involvement in the Fun Run/Walk.
“To kick off our participation in the Fun Run/Walk, we showed students videos of cancer patients sharing their personal stories,” said Natalie Cadenhead, LCE physical education teacher and Fun/Run event coordinator. “The stories touched the hearts of our students and they gave their full support.”
The LCE students took part in the Fun Run/Walk during their outclass time. They came prepared with water bottles, healthy snacks and applications of sunscreen and bug spray. To keep students motivated, teachers played party music and lined the school track with inspirational poster boards that read “You got this!” “Way to go!” “Super Job!” and “You are Awesome!”
“We appreciate Lexington Creek Elementary School students for being so supportive of B.I.G. Love Cancer Care Services,” said Claire Rider, director of development.
To reward the students for their participation, LCE awarded the 20 students who raised the most money with a pizza party, and the class with the most participation in each grade level received a Kona Ice party.
To support B.I.G. Love Cancer Care Services, visit biglovecancercare.org