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Fort Bend & Sugar Land Schools,
Sports, and Students Jan 2016

(L-R) Tammie Sander, school nurse; club officers Tiffany Chan, Jackie Rosenthal, Nathan Schaper, Alexis Chan and Malia Thompson, club sponsor. Not pictured is club member Raymond Johnson.

(L-R) Tammie Sander, school nurse; club officers Tiffany Chan, Jackie Rosenthal, Nathan Schaper, Alexis Chan and Malia Thompson, club sponsor. Not pictured is club member Raymond Johnson.


The Elkins High School Republicans, a chapter of the High School Republicans of Texas, recently joined their school’s clinical staff in sponsoring a school-wide supply drive to benefit the District’s Shared Dreams program. The school supply drive supports the club’s desire to give back to the community.

Combined, the Elkins students and staff collected several large boxes full of pencils, pens, crayons, notebooks, folders and binders, tissue, index cards, rulers, glue and flash lights to support students throughout the District.



Fort Bend Dulles High School right-handed pitcher Jacob “Jake Baseball” Holland signed a national letter of intent Nov. 17 to
play for the University of the Ozarks in the fall of 2016. Jake, the son of Scott and Samantha Holland, is a three-year letterman for the Vikings and played for the Kyle Chapman organization. He plans to major in political science and law.

The University of the Ozarks is a Division III school located in Clarksville, Ark. As an Eagle, Jake will play for Head Baseball Coach Aaron Gentry and Assistant Coach Nathan Bacon.


(Back row, l-r): Assistant Principal Tommy Bellard, Principal Lavanta Williams and Assistant Principal Nancy Sanchez; (front row): Maddox Gardner, Ethan Rodriguez, Evelyne Leon, Natalie Leon and Silma Hernandez.

(Back row, l-r): Assistant Principal Tommy Bellard, Principal Lavanta Williams and Assistant Principal Nancy Sanchez; (front row): Maddox Gardner, Ethan Rodriguez, Evelyne Leon, Natalie Leon and Silma Hernandez.


Heritage Rose Elementary opened more than books during its recent Literacy Night; it opened the eyes of both parents and students to the wonders of storytelling. The evening, which saw parents and students working together to complete grade-level activities centered on literacy, capped a full day of creative events that brought favorite storybook characters to life.

Students and teachers dressed as characters from their favorite books and paraded the halls during the day to celebrate books and authors, said principal Lavanta Williams. Grade levels picked themes to explore and completed a variety of activities around the theme.

“In first grade, the theme was superheroes,” Williams said. “The students read and wrote about superheroes, made a superhero mask and did other activities that got them excited and strengthened their reading and comprehension skills.”

That evening, parents joined students at the school and started off with a Turkey Trot to win 12 turkeys donated by Whole Foods. They then headed to classrooms for interactive games, work sheets and more. Halls were also filled with displays of students’ written pieces and drawings.

“This was a way to get parents engaged in the good work we are doing on campus,” Williams said. “Teachers wanted to demonstrate the learning methods we are using and encourage parents to continue these endeavors at home.”

Heritage Rose Elementary is one of four elementary schools of the Fort Bend Independent School District that serve Sienna Plantation.


Santiago Garcia

Santiago Garcia


Foster High School senior Santiago Garcia is a finalist in the QuestBridge College Match Scholarship program. Scholarship recipients are granted admission to one of QuestBridge’s partner colleges with a full, four-year scholarship worth more than $200,000. Partner colleges use a combination of their own funds as well as state and federal aid to fund the scholarship.

Partner colleges include Brown, the California Institute of Technology, Columbia, Dartmouth, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern, Princeton, Rice, Stanford, Notre Dame, the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania, Southern California, Vanderbilt and Yale.

QuestBridge is a national nonprofit organization that connects exceptional students from low-income backgrounds with admission and full scholarships to selective colleges. By serving as the bridge between students and institutions of higher education, QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation’s best universities.

This scholarship is offered as part of a generous financial aid package provided by the QuestBridge partner college that covers the cost of attendance, including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies and travel expenses.

All College Match scholarship packages come with no parental contribution and no student loans.




Bridge Prep Academy, a nonprofit, college preparatory Christian school for special needs/gifted students between third and ninth grade, is accepting applications for the spring, hoping to welcome as many as 20 new students to its inaugural class that began in August.

“With the motto, ‘Challenges Accepted,’ and a team of experienced, out-of-the-box thinking educators, our school is committed to teaching students who learn differently through a personal, rigorous, Biblically integrated program that capitalizes on individual learning styles, strengths and affinities, “ says co-founder Jackie Lockett, former U.S. Navy attorney and former school administrator.

Jackie and her husband Jeff Lockett, co-founder and fellow educator, envisioned a school that meets the needs of students with language-based learning and developmental challenges, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, high-functioning autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, gifted and talented, twice-exceptional – any student who would benefit from small classes, personal attention and hands-on instruction. Researched-based instructional strategies include creative scheduling to allow for breaks throughout the day, intentional physical movement, innovative seating, “study bars” for those who prefer standing, and assistive technology.

“In this smaller, more secure environment, Bridge Prep students can focus on their strengths and learn to manage weaknesses on their own by establishing good academic strategies and practicing positive social interactions,” says Lockett.

The school meets at Friendship Community Bible Church, 420 Wood Street in Sugar Land, across from Kempner Stadium.

More information, including the date and time of the next parent meeting, can be obtained at bridgeprepacademy.org.


Paige Swinney (center) in control of the ball. (Photo - Wilfred Wong)

Paige Swinney (center) in control of the ball. (Photo – Wilfred Wong)


Mallory Nicholson (#12) in action. (Photo - Wilfred Wong)

Mallory Nicholson (#12) in action. (Photo – Wilfred Wong)


he last of the accolades for the 2015 Austin High School Bulldogs volleyball team and repeat 6A-23 Champions came Dec. 2, and fans won’t be disappointed as two individuals were named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association 6A Volleyball All-State team.

Seniors Paige Swinney and Mallory Nicholson made the cut for the prestigious honor, which included no other players from Fort Bend ISD. Athletes for the TGCA All-State teams are nominated by member coaches and are selected by the TGCA All-State Committee at the annual meeting during the UIL State.

Swinney and Nicholson helped lead the Bulldogs to their first state tournament appearance before falling to state champion Lewisville Hebron. Nicholson, with senior Madison Rhoder, was also named to the Volleyball State Championship All-Tourna­ment Teams selected by the Texas Girls Coaches Association Volleyball Committee. Amy Cataline, coach of the Austin Bulldogs, said, “The seniors are leaving an inspirational legacy of leadership, passion and excellence. I am beyond proud of each player for their accomplishments and their commitment to being team focused.”

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