Fort Bend & Sugar Land Schools,
Sports, and Students February 2017
FORT BEND HARRIS RETIREDEDUCATORS CHILDREN’S BOOK PROJECT
The Texas Retired Teacher’s Association’s (TRTA) local unit, Fort Bend Harris Retired Educators (FBHRE), on Dec. 8 presented over 285 new books to E. A. Jones students in kindergarten, first and second grades for its Children’s Book Project (CBP), a state-wide service activity carried out through TRTA to put new books into the hands of children. In May 2016, 285 new books were presented to third, fourth and fifth grade students at Mission Glen Elementary.
With this project, retired public school personnel continue to be a part of the education of Texas school children. CBP began in 1998 and since that time has provided more than 600,000 books to children who otherwise might never have a book to call their own. The FBHRE places approximately 500 new books a year to FBISD school children, targeting at-risk schools with age-appropriate books selected under the leadership of retired librarians.
The CBP is ongoing and anyone who wishes may contribute. Interested parties should contact FBHRE at localunits,org/FortBendHarris or on the Facebook page. The group meets the second Thursday of the month from 1-3 p.m. in the Great Hall of Sugar Land First United Methodist Church.
LAMAR CISD DEDICATES TWO NEWEST SCHOOLS
Lamar CISD dedicated its two newest schools Dec. 2, honoring a member of the Old 300 and one of the area’s most generous benefactors. Churchill Fulshear Jr. High School and Dean Leaman Junior High were both dedicated in
Fulshear principal Daniel Ward spoke about Churchill Fulshear’s pioneer spirit, noting his service in the Texas Revolution while a teenager.
“I feel sorry for Santa Anna,” Ward said. “I deal with teens every day and I know how troublesome they can be.” Ward also called the facilities the best he’s seen in his career in academics.
Fulshear went on to be a major land owner and donated the land for the railroad which helped the town become organized.
Lee Leaman spoke about his father’s generosity and love for the community. He thanked the District for honoring his father with the naming of school. Leaman, his brother Ken and their families got a full tour of the junior high school, accompanied by many family friends.
Leaman JH Principal Mike Semmler said, “Both Mr. Ward and I are excited to be part of a growing, vibrant community that has already rallied around both schools.”
SCHOLARSHIP, PHILANTHROPY CELEBRATED AT UH SUGAR LAND 15TH ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP DINNER
The future is not only bright; it’s Cougar Red. Fort Bend County and University of Houston dignitaries gathered at the UH Sugar Land Campus to recognize the academic accomplishments of students at the UH Sugar Land 15th Annual Scholarship Dinner.
“We congratulate all of our scholarship recipients and express our sincerest thanks to the generous donors who support their academic dedication,” said Robert McPherson, UH Sugar Land Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Operations.
The event, underwritten by the Fred and Mabel Parks Foundation, was held at the UH Sugar Land Campus Brazos Hall and featured dinner service from Safari Texas Ranch.
The students represented a number of disciplines including the UH Sugar Land inaugural programs from the School of Nursing and the College of Technology’s Digital Media program.
For more information and a complete list of scholarship/award recipients, visit uh.edu/sugarland, and click on News to find the Scholarship Dinner article.
BOY SCOUT TROOP 1631 NAMES SIX NEW EAGLE SCOUTS
On Dec. 5, Troop 1631 in Sugar Land recognized six new Eagle Scouts at its Court of Honor ceremony. The new Eagle Scouts are Mitchell Nguyen, Zack Dagnall, Tejas Murali, Spencer Reitz, Danny Penczak, and
For these six young men, their path to Eagle involved a collective total of 361 camping nights, 571 miles hiked, 193 volunteer hours, 194 merit badges, and high adventure treks such as Philmont and Sea Base, and many leadership activities.
Also at this Court of Honor, other scouts received honors, including 45 new merit badges, and 12 rank advancements.
Over the 100+ year history of scouting in the US, only approximately two million boys have reached Eagle – well under half of 1 percent of the male population.
Troop 1631 is 35 years old, has launched over 150 Eagles, is non-denominational, very diverse and growing. The sponsor organization is the Optimist Club of Sugar Land. To learn more or join the group, visit troop1631.trooptrack.com.
TRENT INTERNATIONALE SCHOOL HOLDS ANNUAL TALENT SHOW
It was a busy day for Trent Internationale School students on Dec. 16. The school just wrapped up its CQT testing the day before, and on this morning, the children and parents were entering the Chinese Civic Center awaiting the annual Trent Talent Show. The anticipation was high, as the participants worked very hard for a month in preparation for the show.
The various talents the children displayed included singing, cultural dancing, piano playing, taekwondo, karate, and group performances. The parents and teachers cheered and clapped in support, and everyone really enjoyed the show!
CALVARY SENDS YOUNGEST THESPIAN TO NATIONALS
The state of Texas holds the second-largest Thespian Festival and Competition in the country. This year Dallas hosted 7,300 predominantly high school students for workshops, college auditions and individual theatre competitions. It was Calvary Episcopal Preparatory School’s first year to attend the full four-day convention and send students to compete. Calvary took 32 middle school students and 6 high school students who performed monologues, solo musicals, group musicals, and dance.
Even though this was Calvary’s first attempt at such a large theatrical event, all the competing students received “excellent” ratings. Paul Lazarou received a “superior” rating in solo musical and became a National Qualifier. The 11-year-old sixth-grader will represent Calvary and Texas at the International Convention at the University of Nebraska this summer with the song “Just to Get my Name in Lights” from the musical Boy From Oz. To top off the event, “Cookie” Paula Smith, Calvary’s music/theatre teacher was awarded the 2016 Eric Bailey Outstanding Theatre Troupe Director.
CLEMENTS HS UNICEF RAISES MORE THAN $3,000 DURING FUNDRAISER
The Clements High School UNICEF students took part in the Trick or Trick for UNICEF fundraiser in October and raised $3,348.16.
“By encouraging a school-wide classroom competition, as well as efforts of UNICEF members on Halloween night, Clements High School staff and students came together to collect change and to raise awareness for UNICEF efforts around the globe,” said Esther Lite, Clements High School UNICEF sponsor.
Lite says this year’s event is the most successful fundraiser to date for the organization. The students have presented a check to UNICEF.
LAMAR CISD STUDENTS FINALISTS IN QUESTBRIDGE SCHOLAR PROGRAM
Terry High School’s Romeesa Khan and George Ranch High School’s Omolara Olabisi, both seniors, are both finalists in the National QuestBridge Scholar Program.
Founded in 1994, QuestBridge is a national nonprofit based in Palo Alto, California that connects the nation’s most exceptional, low-income youth with leading colleges and opportunities. By working with these students — beginning in high school through college to their first job —QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation’s best colleges and to support them to achieve success in their careers and communities.
CLEMENTS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION
Kristina Burgos, a sophomore at Clements High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting. The award recognizes girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable community service projects that require a minimum of 80 hours to complete. Less than five percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.
To earn the award, Burgos built a granite pathway in the Jardin de La Vida located at the Boys & Girls Club of Richmond-Rosenberg to make the garden more accessible for people with disabilities who are wheelchair bound or need assistance from crutches. To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, which turned 100 in 2016, visit girlscouts.org.