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Sports, and Students July 2017


The state champion Lady Eagles softball team celebrates the victory.

The state champion Lady Eagles softball team celebrates the victory.

FORT BEND CHRISTIAN ACADEMY LADY EAGLESWIN STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FOR SIXTH TIME!

The Lady Eagles of Fort Bend Christian Academy defeated the Dallas Christian School Chargers 6-2 in the TAPPS Division II Softball Championship game held on May 11 at Concordia University in Austin. The FBCA Eagles have earned six state championships in the past 10 years: 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2016 and now 2017. The team finished its season with a 24-8 record. Fort Bend Christian also defeated Dallas Christian 6-1 in last year’s title game.

The championship team members are Maridon Migl, MacLayne Rylands, Shelby McMillin, Riley Cargile, Natalie Bishara, Samantha Hoke, Stacy Hine, Jackie Jessup, Isabella Hernandez, Natalie Owens, Kenedy Kornegay, Kendall Bohny, Mabry Rylands, Sarah Hensen, Abby Cousins, Lauren Davis, Tessa Cantrell, Kati Ray Brown, Claire McKissik, Abbey Whatley, Emily Ferguson and Danielle Sonnier. Coaches are Kelly Carroll and Kelli Jacoby.

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BISD student participants of 2017 state VASE.

FBISD student participants of 2017 state VASE.

FORT BEND ISD STUDENTS WIN BIG AT 2017 STATE VASE

Sixty Fort Bend ISD high school students participated in the State Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE), held recently in San Antonio. The students advanced to state after scoring well at the area event, during which their artwork was evaluated based on originality, technical expertise, interpretation and understanding of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Of the 60 FBISD students to participate in state VASE, 18 of them were honored with Gold Seal medals in recognition of their outstanding artwork. Only 150 of the more than 32,000 entries received Gold Seal medals.

FBISD’s 2017 State VASE award winners are: Benjamin Castillo (Ridge Point), Spoorthi Cherivirala (Dulles, two medals), Nerissa Geng (Clements), Morgan Grigsby (Ridge Point), Betty Lambert (Clements), Maylyn Liu (Dulles), Olivia Ong (Dulles), Landon Richie (Dulles), Kaylah Shepherd (Clements), Chelsea Tang (Dulles), Madison Ward (Ridge Point), Ava Warren (Dulles, two medals), Andy Wei (Clements, two medals), Colton Williams (Clements), Lauren Yang (Dulles), Yang Yang (Clements), Christina Zhang (Clements) and Anton Zhou (Clements).

The following students also received scholarships ranging from $100-$1,500 for the high quality of their artwork: Lauren Yang, Dulles, The Jim Henderson Scholarship; and Clements students Anton Zhou, The Most Expressive Piece Scholarship; Andy Wei, The Sketchbook Challenge Scholarship; and Betty Lambert, Nerissa Geng and Christina Zhang, winners of 2D Drawing Scholarships.

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Varsity Squad (top row, l-r): Kiley Blanchard, Hannah Potter, Paige Estes, Jalynn Gerard, Maddie Roberts, Annie Matthews; (bottom row): Georgia Scott, Alysa Aldredge, Sydney Hendershot, Captain Peyton Kotch, Maci Winters, Captain Cory Bruns, Manoella Giovanaz, Giselle Warren and Skylar Shaw.

Varsity Squad (top row, l-r): Kiley Blanchard, Hannah Potter, Paige Estes, Jalynn Gerard, Maddie Roberts, Annie Matthews; (bottom row): Georgia Scott, Alysa Aldredge, Sydney Hendershot, Captain Peyton Kotch, Maci Winters, Captain Cory Bruns, Manoella Giovanaz, Giselle Warren and Skylar Shaw.

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JV Squad (top row, l-r): Naviah Dixon, Emma Temple, Kirby Harpster, Captain Lily Mancuso; (bottom row):   Kristen Pierson, Mandy Kamp and Shea Slovak.

FBCA 2017-18 VARSITY & JV CHEER SQUADS ANNOUNCED

The Fort Bend Christian Academy recently held tryouts and elections for its 2017-18 Varsity and Junior Varsity (JV) Cheerleading Squads. The Varsity Squad, consisting of 15 cheerleaders, will be co-captained by Peyton Kotch and Cory Bruns. The JV Squad, consisting of seven cheerleaders, will be captained by Lily Mancuso.

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SIX FORT BEND ISD SENIORS NAMED 2017 NATIONAL MERIT $2,500 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced this year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners, and six Fort Bend ISD graduating seniors are among the honorees. They represent the 2,500 Merit Scholar designees chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

FBISD’s 2017 National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners (and their chosen career fields) include Shreyas Balaji, Dulles High School, Mathematics; Dhruva Karkada, Clements High School, Science/Research; Rahul Kilambi, Dulles High School, Mechanical Engineering; Meredith Streeter, Ridge Point High School, Engineering; Kevin Rao, Clements High School, Academia; and Alexander W. Zhao, Austin High School, Computer Programming

These six scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

This is the second announcement of winners in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. In April, FBISD announced the names of nine students who were named 2017 Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners. In June and July, some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners will be announced. By the conclusion of this year’s competition, approximately 7,500 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million.

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Michael Pozzi

Michael Pozzi

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Kendall Matthews

 

 

FORT BEND CHRISTIAN ACADEMY CLASS OF 2017 VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN

The Fort Bend Christian Academy Class of 2017 Valedictorian is Michael Pozzi. Pozzi has attended FBCA for 13 years and has been involved in a wide variety of school organizations including the theatre program, swim team, National Honor Society (NHS), National English Honor Society (NEHS) and Interact Club, a service organization. He has also served as the president of Rho Kappa and of International Thespian Society.

Pozzi has been recognized with many awards for his outstanding performance in his various activities. His accomplishments include numerous awards and participation in a variety of service opportunities.

Pozzi will attend the University of Southern California in the fall, and he plans to major in Electrical Engineering. Pozzi is the son of Mona and John Pozzi of Sugar Land

The Class of 2017 Salutatorian is Kendall Matthews. Matthews has attended FBCA for seven years. She has been involved in multiple organizations and has served in various roles of leadership, including Student Body President as a senior.

Matthews cheered on the varsity squad all four years of high school and served as Captain her senior year. She also served as President of National English Honor Society (NEHS) and was a member of National Honor Society (NHS), Mu Alpha Theta, Rho Kappa, Interact Club and National Spanish Honor Society. Over the course of her high school career, Matthews has won many awards and had many educational and service opportunities.

Matthews will attend the University of Texas at Austin in the fall and plans to major in Business Honors. After her undergraduate experience, she plans to attend law school and pursue a career in advocacy. Matthews is the daughter of Rose and Ellis Sink of Sugar Land and Tom and Stephanie Matthews of Richmond.

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Arshaan Ali, a junior at George Ranch High School, earned a Gold medal at MathCON.

Arshaan Ali, a junior at George Ranch High School, earned a Gold medal at MathCON.

GRHS JUNIOR BRINGS HOME GOLD FROM MATHCON

Seven Lamar CISD “mathletes” journeyed to Chicago to take part in the nation’s most prestigious math competition. One, Arshaan Ali, a junior at George Ranch High School, earned a Gold medal with the second highest score among all of the juniors attending the event.

MathCON is a prestigious academic competition hosted every year by Concept Schools. Approximately, 50,000 students nationwide competed in the online round of MathCON this year and the top 1 percent (576 students) were invited to the MathCON finals at the University of Illinois Chicago on April 22.

Eight Lamar CISD students were in the top 1 percent and seven made the trip to Chicago to take the final written exam. Students had 80 minutes to complete 50 challenging math problems spanning several mathematical disciplines: algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis, number systems and pre-calculus. Medals were awarded to the top performers in each grade level.

Earning honorable mentions at the competition were: Ryon Middle School sixth-grader Zaina Ali, who is Arshaan’s sister; Reading Junior High eighth-graders Millan Misra and Stefan Pham; and George Ranch senior Alexander Stockman.

Lamar Consolidated High School junior Haily Arteaga and Foster High School freshman Meggie Wang were also in the 1 percent of the nation’s math whizzes who made the trip to Chicago.

We are incredibly proud when any of our students earn recognition for their accomplishments, and we are so excited seven of our students proudly represented Lamar CISD in the finals,” said Katie Marchena-Roldan, the District’s Math Coordinator. “The STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) field is such an important part of the future, and we actively encourage our teachers and students to find fun ways to use STEM inside and outside of the classroom.”

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Zachary Guo, Sugar Land resident, recently raised $2,000 for Trees for Houston.

Zachary Guo, Sugar Land resident, recently raised $2,000 for Trees for Houston.

TREES FOR HOUSTON ARBOR AWARD RECIPIENTS INCLUDE EIGHTH-GRADER ZACHERY GUO

Trees for Houston (TFH) honored the recipients of the 2017 Arbor Awards on May 18. Individuals and organizations demonstrating an exceptional commitment to preserving Houston’s green landscape were honored.

Eighth-grader Zachery Guo raised more than $2,000 for TFH. Guo raised funds by running in the Bridgeway Run Houston! For A Cause. Zachery lives in Sugar Land and goes to the Baylor School of Medicine Academy at Ryan in Houston’s Third Ward, near the University of Houston.

“Industrialization over the last few centuries has shortened the lifespan of the Earth drastically. Because of this I want to help the overall health of this planet,” said Guo. “I support Trees for Houston because of the effect of trees on the environment: their intake of carbon dioxide and release of oxygen regulates pollution. Houston’s air quality is one of the worst in the U.S but can be improved by growing more trees.”

Among the award recipients were the Super Bowl LI Urban Forestry Program for contributing to over 4500 local planting projects in Houston. Trees For Houston Board President, Sheila Condon presented the award to Sallie Sargent, president of the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee. Additionally, Paul Chapman accepted an award on behalf of Scenic Houston for the Broadway/Hobby Corridor Redevelopment Project. Four hundred new trees were planted along the two-mile road connecting Hobby Airport to I-45.

Established in 2000, the Arbor Awards recognize Houstonians who have demonstrated their commitment to planting, protecting and promoting trees.

Nominations are received from TFH members and voted on by the board. Consideration is based upon tree planting efforts, preservation work and financial support for green projects.

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(L-R): Dr. Molly Cordeau, TEA professional service provider; Dr. Marla Sheppard, FBISD assistant superintendent; Deanna Olson, Briargate Elementary principal; Saché Cantu, George Foundation Grant associate; Dr. Phillys Hill, FBISD chief academic officer; Ammie Blahuta, George Foundation director of special programs; Dr. Megan Evans, FBISD director of innovation and continuous improvement; John Null, George Foundation board chairman; Quynh-Anh McMahan, George Foundation grant officer; and Jim Condrey, George Foundation board trustee.

(L-R): Dr. Molly Cordeau, TEA professional service provider; Dr. Marla Sheppard, FBISD assistant superintendent; Deanna Olson, Briargate Elementary principal; Saché Cantu, George Foundation Grant associate; Dr. Phillys Hill, FBISD chief academic officer; Ammie Blahuta, George Foundation director of special programs; Dr. Megan Evans, FBISD director of innovation and continuous improvement; John Null, George Foundation board chairman; Quynh-Anh McMahan, George Foundation grant officer; and Jim Condrey, George Foundation board trustee.

STUDENTS, TEACHERS AT FBISD’S EDGE CAMPUSES BENEFIT FROM GEORGE FOUNDATION GRANT

Students at Fort Bend ISD’s two EDGE campuses are benefiting from an innovative instructional model, made possible in part by a generous $153,000 grant from the George Foundation. The Educators Dedicated to Growing Excellence (EDGE) instructional model was introduced at Briargate Elementary and Ridgemont Elementary at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. Representatives from the George Foundation recently visited Briargate to observe its unique learning environment.

As part of the EDGE model, students have a team of highly qualified teachers delivering instruction that is targeted and individualized based on student’s learning styles, content mastery or interests. Master, mentor and EDGE teachers receive stipends as part of a team approach and share planning duties as well as ownership in all students’ success. The master teacher leads the team, teaching students and coaching others, thus creating a new model of support and growth for their fellow teachers. The George Foundation grant awarded to Fort Bend ISD funds stipends for 17 of the District’s 24 mentor teachers.

“Students and staff are excited about the EDGE model, as we believe it is a more holistic approach to learning,” said Dr. Phillys Hill, Chief Academic Officer for Fort Bend ISD. “Fort Bend ISD is thankful to the George Foundation for partnering with us in this innovative program that helps both students and teachers achieve success.”

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Emily Wang

Emily Wang

SUGAR LAND GIRL SCOUT EARNS NATIONAL SERVICE AWARD FOR LITERACY CAMPAIGN

Emily Wang, a junior at Stephen F. Austin 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 5 percent of Girl Scouts accomplish this achievement.

To earn the award, Wang hosted a nationwide book drive in conjunction with the Alliance of Youth Leaders in the United States to raise awareness about the effects of illiteracy. More than 10,000 books have been collected nationwide.

“I grew up obsessed with reading, so literacy is a subject close to my heart,” said Wang. “I always had a book in my hand, so when I realized how much of an issue illiteracy is, especially in the greater Houston area, I wanted to help out.”

Wang also hosted a local book drive in support of Memorial Hermann Hospital’s Child Life department. More than 200 books were donated. Wang, with assistance from volunteers and staff at Memorial Hermann, later organized the books, distributed them and read to pediatric patients receiving care.

After graduating from high school in spring 2018, Wang plans to attend a four-year university and pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).

To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, visit girlscouts.org.

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(L-R): Isaac Zamorano, Raquel Portillo, Giovanni Pineda and Isabella Rioux.

(L-R): Isaac Zamorano, Raquel Portillo, Giovanni Pineda and Isabella Rioux.

LAMAR STUDENTS FINISH HIGH AT STATE THEATRICAL DESIGN COMPETITION

Lamar Consolidated High School students ranked among the state’s best at the UIL State Theatrical Design Competition held April 11-14 in Austin.

One student and one group finished in the top six in a competition featuring more than 700 entries. Gwyneth DePass finished sixth in Costume Design.

The team of Giovanni Pineda, Raquel Portillo, Isabella Rioux and Isaac Zamorano finished sixth in Team Theatrical Design, in which a team of four competitors designs a play in its entirety with each member designing a different aspect. The four categories they must design are marketing, set, costume and hair and makeup. Claudia McCotter is the Director of Theatre Arts at Lamar Consolidated High School.

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Chimoma Orakwue

Chimoma Orakwue

Chelsea-Kalkomey

Chelsea Kalkomey

LAMAR CONSOLIDATED HIGH SCHOOL 2017 VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN

Chimoma Orakwue is the Valedictorian for the Class of 2017 at Lamar Consolidated High School. She is the daughter of Alexander and Maryrose Orakwue. While at Lamar Consolidated, she was active in Interact Service Club, the National Honor Society, the Criminal Justice Association, Student Council, the National Technical Society, UIL and Leadership High School. She will attend the University of North Texas and study business.

Chelsea Kalkomey is the Salutatorian for the Class of 2017 at Lamar Consolidated High School. She is the daughter of Chris and
Martha Kalkomey.

While at Lamar Consolidated, Chelsea was
in the Mustang Band, played volleyball, took a mission trip to Africa and competed in UIL Science. She will attend the University of Texas
at Dallas, studying biology. She plans to go to medical school.

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DULLES HIGH SCHOOL’S ANGELA HAYES RETIRES AFTER 28 YEARS OF SUCCESS

After 28 successful years of tireless effort, Angela Hayes, director of the Dulles Dolls Dance Team, is retiring. The Dulles High School Band and Dance Team began the marching year paying tribute to Hayes with the show “The Promise,” a collection of Aaron Copland, one of her favorite composers and ended the year with a surprise performance of the Dulles Fight Song at the Dulles Dolls Spring Show.

Ms. Hayes is loved by many and her legacy will live on with each and every student, parent and member of the Dulles High School community that has had the honor of knowing her. May 12 and 13 marked the final Dulles Dolls Spring Show under Hayes.

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Jade Bryant

Jade Bryant

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Elizabeth Zhang

AUSTIN HS STUDENTS EARN GIRL SCOUTS’ HIGHEST HONOR

Jade Bryant, a junior at Austin 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 5 percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.

According to the March of Dimes, in the United States the preterm birth rate among black women is 48 percent higher than the rate among all other women. Bryant was born premature and wanted to share her personal testimony with her community to raise awareness about the importance of prenatal care and living a healthy lifestyle. To earn the Gold Award, she hosted five seminars on the topic in underserved communities of Houston and Galveston and created a video presentation that can be shared with several organizations for continued education purposes.

“My goal was to educate and motivate each person that attended my seminars to take every precaution necessary to have a full-term and healthy pregnancy,” said Bryant.

After graduating from high school in 2018, she wants to pursue a career in nursing.

Elizabeth Zhang, a junior at Stephen F. Austin High School, has also earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. To earn the award, Zhang hosted five concerts across Houston to provide communities with access to live music.

“Not everyone is able to enjoy live music because they are too busy or unable to go to concerts, so I brought music to the community and senior residents at retirement homes,” said Zhang.

Zhang organized a group of musicians in elementary through high school to sing and play instruments. She found sheet music, made programs and rehearsed ensembles. Zhang also contacted nursing homes to schedule concerts.

“Music is a universal language that spreads happiness,” said Zhang. “By going out into the community and performing, we are encouraging young people all around the world to be an example and use their talent to give back to the community. This shows people that music should be available to everyone.”

Zhang has been in orchestra since she was in fourth grade. She plays the violin and the ruan, a Chinese instrument used to play cultural music. She is a member of the North American Youth Chinese Orchestra, which performs at museums and festivals. Her involvement with that organization inspired her project.

Through earning the Gold Award, Zhang said she developed life-long skills and inspired kids to want to perform and share their talents with others.

“Making someone’s day by spreading music not only makes people around me happy but it also makes myself happy,” said Zhang. “I’m very grateful for this opportunity to use my skills to share my passions and inspire more kids to get out there and spread music.”

To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, visit girlscouts.org.

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Mary Catherine Watson accepting her award at the May ADL luncheon.

Mary Catherine Watson accepting her award at the May ADL luncheon.

TERRY TEACHER HONORED BY ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE

Each year, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) presents the Walter Kase Teacher Excellence Award to three Region IV educators for their outstanding efforts to create an atmosphere in their schools that rejects prejudice and regards diversity as a strength.

Terry High School English teacher Mary Catherine Watson co-sponsor of the Terry High School’s No Place for Hate Club, was honored May 3 at the group’s annual Kase Award Luncheon. In addition to a commemorative plaque, Watson receives a $500 stipend and ADL will provide a World of Difference Institute Workshop at Terry High School.

The Club’s 2016-2017 campaign was based on the school’s motto: All in!

“All In” may be a short message, but it has a tall definition,” Watson said at the luncheon. “In fact, our school has become passionate in its approach to spreading love, rather than hate; celebrating diversity, rather than separateness; and, generating the mindset of acceptance, rather than intolerance.The heartbeat of B. F. Terry High School is ‘acceptance.’ We lift our hands to help another, inspire others, speak kindly, and celebrate friendships; because at B. F. Terry High School, there is ‘no place for hate’ – only love.”

The Award is named after Holocaust survivor Walter Kase, who has dedicated much of his life to speaking to youth, educators, and community leaders about the dangers of hate and the importance of love, respect and understanding.

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TWELVE FBISD SCHOOLS NAMED 2016 TEXAS HONOR ROLL SCHOOLS

Twelve FBISD schools have been recognized as 2016 Honor Roll School by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE). Congratulations to Clements High School, First Colony Middle School, Fort Settlement Middle School, Quail Valley Middle School, Sartartia Middle School, Brazos Bend Elementary, Colony Meadows Elementary, Commonwealth Elementary, Cornerstone Elementary, Scanlan Oaks Elementary, Settlers Way Elementary and Walker Station Elementary.

The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. Schools receiving this distinction from leaders in the Texas academic and business communities have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. For high schools, the Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness.

The Honor Roll is comprised of two different awards, the “Star Schools” Award and “Scholar Schools” Award. Star Schools are those with significant populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students that have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency over time. Scholar Schools are schools that are showing significant levels of academic achievement, but do not have a significant socio-economically disadvantaged student population.

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Ethan Walker (left) played Captain Hook and Hayden Roberts (right) was Peter Pan. Other cast members included students in grades 5-12.

Ethan Walker (left) played Captain Hook and Hayden Roberts (right) was Peter Pan. Other cast members included students in grades 5-12.

FORT BEND CHRISTIAN ACADEMY STUDENTS ENJOY PERFORMANCE OF PETER PAN JR.

Fort Bend Christian Academy Performing Arts Department performed three shows of Peter Pan JR., a musical based on J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up over the weekend of April 6. Opening night, Friday, April 7, sold out and concluded with a standing ovation.

Students ranging in grades 5-12 performed major roles in the play and worked behind-the-scenes as crew. Junior Hayden Roberts starred as the lead, Peter Pan, and fifth-grader Gracie Peschel played Tinkerbell. Senior Olivia Good­man starred alongside Roberts as Wendy and senior Ethan Walker played the villain, Captain Hook. Drama and Theatre Arts Teacher Lana Thompson served as director and Middle/High School Choral Director Dr. Cindy Harrison served as the musical director. Middle School administrative assistant Michelle Walker served as the assistant director and choreographer.

“Peter Pan was an amazing show to create, and Cindy and I have so many wonderful memories from the beginning to the end,” Thompson said. “I am incredibly proud of the students and how they were able to bring the characters from this classic childhood story to life.”

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The Clements High School Navy JROTC Team.

The Clements High School Navy JROTC Team.

CLEMENTS NAVY JROTC ACADEMICS TEAM TO COMPETE IN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

The Clements High School Navy JROTC Academics team is heading to Washington, D.C. this summer after qualifying for the National Joint Service Academic Bowl Championship. The Championship will take place at the Catholic University of America from June 23-27.

The teamed earned top scores out of the over 100 U.S. Navy JROTC teams that competed. Clements is one of only eight teams in the United States to qualify for this honor. This is also the team’s first trip to a Bowl Championship.

“I am genuinely impressed by the focus, hard work and discipline of the Clements cadets,” said Captain Craig Anthony. “Our cadets put in the time and energy to ensure consistent success, and they have built a reputation of exemplary performance that is now recognized throughout the state of Texas.”

During the two fast-paced preliminary rounds, students were tested on their knowledge of JROTC curriculum, English, math and science. One of the main goals of the JROTC Academic Bowl is to prepare students for state exit/graduation exams as well as college entrance exams, such as the SAT and ACT.

“This belongs to the cadets and all the hard work they did in preparation for the contest. I am so very proud of each of these students,” said Chief Petty Officer Jason Gorsuch.

Cadet team members include Team Commander Arnav Trivedi, Brihu Sundararaman, Cyrus Eradi, Elizabeth Kunisch, Steven Chen and Parinaz Aga.

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Katie Clack

Katie Clack

FOSTER’S KATIE CLACK BANKS $1,500 IN FEDERAL RESERVE BANK ESSAY CONTEST

Foster High School senior Katie Clack won 1st place in the Houston Federal Reserve Bank Essay Contest earning $1,500.

The Federal Reserve Essay Contest is an annual contest during the FED’s financial literacy money week. The topic this year was “What is the Connection Between Financial Health and Physical Health?” The event was held at the Federal Reserve Building in Houston.

In addition to the check and recognition during Houston Money Week, Clack had the opportunity to meet NBA great Magic Johnson.

A Foster High School student has won the last three essay contests.

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Eagle Scout Sam Decal

Eagle Scout Sam Decal

SAM DECAL EARNS EAGLE SCOUT RANK

Sam Decal presented his Eagle Scout Project Proposal to the Greatwood HOA Board at the Board’s November 2016 monthly meeting. The Board approved his project for a picnic table to be built and installed at Knoll Park playground. Sam worked with the advice and approval of the Boy Scout District, Boy Scout Troop 1630 and the Greatwood HOA Board on all phases of his project.

Sam decided on the Knoll Park playground for the site of his project. He not only built the table but also included a concrete pad. The pad is 10’ x 12’ X 4” and reinforced utilizing 3/8-inch rebar. Allied Concrete generously provided its services at a significantly discounted rate for the project. Jason Giordano of Giordano Construction donated skilled labor services and materials for the concrete slab to ensure a quality job.

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Cara Hoffman

Cara Hoffman

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Mashal Mithani

2017 GEORGE RANCH HS VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN

Cara Hoffman is the Valedictorian for the Class of 2017 at George Ranch High School. She is the daughter of Sandra and Jim Elkins and Brinson and Christy Coffman.

While at George Ranch, she was a member of the George Ranch High School Marching Band, drum major, marching leader/band librarian, a member of GRHS Flute choir and GRHS musical orchestra and GRHS marching percussion. She was also involved in National Honor Society, UIL social studies and competed at the finalist level at Texas French Symposium.

She will attend the University of Arkansas to study economics and accounting and plans to attend medical school.

Mashal Mithani is the Salutatorian for the Class of 2017 at George Ranch High School. She is the daughter of Rubina and Farid Mithani.

While at George Ranch, she was National Honor Society President of Tutoring, UNICEF Co-president, Mu Alpha Theta (National Math Honor Society) member and Science Olympiad.

She will attend Texas A&M University to study biomedical engineering and plans to be a genetic engineer.

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Andrea Nguyen

Andrea Nguyen

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Jade Kanemitsu

FOSTER HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2017 VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN

Andrea Nguyen is the Valedictorian for the Class of
2017 at Foster High School. She is the daughter of David and Linh Nguyen.

While at Foster, she was a member of the National Honor Society, the Power Set Club, the Interact Service Club, UIL
Science and the tennis team. She will attend the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in electrical engineering and computer engineering.

Jade Kanemitsu is the Salutatorian for the Class of 2017
at Foster High School. She is the daughter of Wayne and Connie Kanemitsu.

While at Foster, she played tennis, was treasurer of the National Honor Society, a member of the Workforce Industry and Technology Club, the Green Club, Interact Service Club, the Asian-American Culture Club, Transcultural Club, Foster Friends and Academic Decathlon.

She will attend Rice University to study biological sciences and statistics, and then plans to attend medical school.


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