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


(Front row, l-r): Brother Devin Smith, mom Tanya Smith, Lynell Smith, dad Lynell Smith, Sr., and Pastor Robert Simpson. (Back row): Some of the members of the FBCA varsity football team.

(Front row, l-r): Brother Devin Smith, mom Tanya Smith, Lynell Smith, dad Lynell Smith, Sr., and Pastor Robert Simpson. (Back row): Some of the members of the FBCA varsity football team.

FBCA FOOTBALL ATHLETE SIGNS NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT

Lynell Smith, Jr. will play football in the outside linebacker position next year for Trinity University, a Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference school in San Antonio. Lynell received All-District Honorable Mention-Linebacker recognition and maintained a 5.47 GPA his senior year. Because of his hard work on the field and in the classroom, Lynell received several scholarships, including Trinity’s Presiden­tial Scholarship award.

“I thank God for the opportunity that he has next year. He’s very excited and we are very proud of him,” said dad Lynell Smith, Sr. “His dream was to play college football so it’s a blessing that he is going to a top academic school, will get a great education and continue playing football. He is a perfect example that hard work pays off! He’s a great kid and I’m proud that he’s my son.” Lynell’s mom Tanya adds, “He is a humble kid who has a passion to learn and be successful. I am so proud of him.”

Lynell actively serves in the local community and at his church, Pilgrim Journey Baptist Church in Richmond. “He is a tremendous individual and a wonderful kid,” said Pastor Robert Simpson.

Steve Smith, FBCA defensive coordinator, commented, “Lynell was a pleasure to coach. He exemplified the acronym ICE — integrity, character, and example. He was the most improved player on the team this year and did an outstanding job all season long. He is well deserving of his chance to play at the collegiate level.”

Varsity Football Head Coach David Roberts praised Lynell, “He is great young man, student, Christian, and player. He is what we want from our players and is an example for players in the future.”

Lynell will major in chemical engineering and minor in physics.

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The Richmond AAU 7th grade basketball team and coaches.

The Richmond AAU 7th grade basketball team and coaches.

RICHMOND BASED AAU 7TH GRADE TEAM MAKING WAVES

The word is out on the SuperStars Elite 7th grade AAU team. A selection of 12 boys who work tremendously well with each other have left a “Champion” stamp on the last five tournaments they have played in. Led by head coach and founder Dwayne Williams and assistant coach Dre McCullough, these boys are drawing in the likes of some of High School coaches from all across Houston.

The following boys are students at Briscoe Junior High School in Richmond: Demari Williams #23, Jacob Bush #20, Sam Afowowe #0, Rubin Fatheree #40, Richard LaMothe #13, Will Lewis #9, and Tyler Onyedim #34. Jayden McCullough #7 attends Memorial Parkway Junior High in Katy; Sosa Irowa #10 attends Reading Junior High in Richmond; Darion Jones #35 attends Bind Junior High in Houston; Daylin Williams #18 attends Twin Creeks Junior High; and Sam Akinrelere #24 attends private school.

The team’s latest resume includes the following victories:

The Grassroots Warfare Championship in Spring held May 1,1st place; Big Foot Hoops H-Town Classic held April 17, 1st place; Future 150 held April 6, 1st place; Vypes Legend Tournament held March 20, 1st place; and Slater’s Tournament held March 5,1st place.

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Foster High School teacher Melanie Coffee.

Foster High School teacher Melanie Coffee.

FOSTER ART TEACHER TO STUDY RENAISSANCE PAINTING IN ITALY

Most teachers spend their summers honing their skills, preparing themselves for a new school year. Foster High School teacher Melanie Coffee is no different. Except she will do some of her teacher development in Florence, Italy.

The Fund for Teachers named Coffee a 2016 Fellow and awarded her almost $5,000 to learn Renaissance masters’ painting and preservation skills through an egg tempera painting workshop at the Centro Italiano Firenze in Florence. The workshop helps teachers increase student awareness of the connection
be­tween chemistry, math and the arts. Coffee was chosen out of thousands of applicants.

“This medium is well suited for all ages, is economical and creates beautiful long-lasting paintings that stand the test of time,” Coffee said. “We will be visiting museums in Rome, Florence, Venice and Paris to view and study the works of Renaissance masters.”

Coffee said the bulk of her time will be spent in Florence attending art classes at the Centro Italiano Firenze campus. Among the things she will learn are how to make egg tempera paint using historical pigments, how to prepare panels and canvases, the process of gilding and the painting techniques used by the masters. Coffee said she’d be blogging about her trip and then blogging as she applies what she has learned in her Foster classroom.

“Fund for Teachers is a wonderful program,” said Coffee, “and we are honored to have been selected out of thousands of applicants from across the nation. The funds awarded enable us to have this opportunity that otherwise would not be possible on a teacher’s budget!”

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(L-R): YIP winners Kutter Korcynski and Wesley Williams.

(L-R): YIP winners Kutter Korcynski and Wesley Williams.

CALVARY EPISCOPAL STUDENTS ARE YOUTH IN PHILANTHROPY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Two Calvary Episcopal Preparatory Upper School students, Kutter Korcynski, a junior, and Wesley Williams, a senior, each won a $1500 scholarship from Youth in Philanthropy (YIP). The program is sponsored by the George Foundation to encourage leadership-minded youth to engage in meaningful community service activities during their junior and senior years of high school. Students in YIP are placed in different volunteer groups that travel to different service areas throughout Fort Bend County. Kutter’s group worked at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum, the Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse, and at local parks sponsored by the county. Wesley’s group served at Second Mile Mission Center, Richmond State Supported Living Center, and Fort Bend Family Promise.

YIP team members come from all over the county, and meet one Saturday per month to give their service and to learn about the day-to-day operations of the nonprofits to which they are assigned. At the end of the YIP Program, the students evaluate their experiences and put their newly gained philanthropy skills into action as they select and award monetary grants, with funds provided by the George Foundation, to nonprofits participating in the program. Other CEP students who completed the YIP program this year included Tristin Collum and Luiza Amaral.

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TRUSTEES APPROVE NAMES FOR NEXT LAMAR CISD SCHOOL

Lamar CISD’s Board of Trustees has approved names for the District’s next five elementary schools and next middle school.

The names for those six schools and a thumbnail biography for each person follow:

Elementary 24: Carl Briscoe Bentley – Decorated World War II veteran, mayor of Fulshear, helped found the Fulshear-Simonton Volunteer Fire Department and was Justice of the Peace for 35 years;

Elementary 25: Kathleen Joerger Lindsey – Helped found Fort Bend County Library System, including bookmobile, helped bring Richmond State School to the community;

Elementary 26: Don Carter – Decorated Vietnam-era veteran, coach/teacher at Lamar Consolidated HS, 1980-2006;

Elementary 27: Thomas R. Culver III – Fort Bend County Assistant District Attorney, County Court at Law Judge, 25 years as Judge of 240th District Court, teacher
at WCJC;

Elementary 28: Fletcher Morgan Jr. – Farmer and rancher; graduate of Prairie View A&M, World War II veteran, 25 years as the supervisor for the Fort Bend County USDA Farms Home Administration.

Middle School No. 5: James W. Roberts – Began career as a teacher, helped incorporate and was the first mayor of Fulshear, 18 years on Fort Bend County Library Board, 12 years on Lamar CISD Board of Trustees, including nine years as Board President.

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Mohammad Yunus

Mohammad Yunus

FOSTER HIGH ACTOR TOPS TOMMY TUNE AWARDS

Competing against talented students from across the Houston area, Foster High School senior Muhammad Yunus is the 2016 Tommy Tune Award-winner for Best Actor.

Yunus won the honor for his performance as “Usnavi,” the lead role in Foster’s production of “In the Heights.”

“It’s my favorite musical,” Yunus said. “I was already a rapper and a poet, so a hip hop musical really caught my interest. The story of family and discovering who you are is was relevant to me. It all kind of clicked.”

Other than two years in Alief schools, Yunus’ entire education has been at Lamar CISD schools: Huggins Elementary, Wertheimer Middle School, Briscoe Junior High and Foster.

He originally wasn’t that interested in theater when he enrolled at Foster, but after some coaxing, he tried out for “Beauty and the Beast” and ended up playing the villain.

Yunus thinks of himself as an actor who sings. “When you act, the emotions come from some place,” he said. “If you are in tune with your character as an actor, your singing becomes better. If you don’t believe, there’s no connection, the singing becomes one dimensional.”

Yunus loves how theater can bring the whole school together. “It’s not only theater students, but the choir and the band, the art department and the ag department that built the sets.”

As the Tommy Tune winner, Yunus will compete this summer in the Jimmy Awards, a national musical theater contest featuring the 64 best actor and actress winners from around the country. He will study with professors from New York University (NYU) and then compete on a Broadway stage for a chance for a scholarship to NYU.

“We have 10 days of training, then put on a show on Broadway,” he said. “It’s mind-blowing.” Yunus said he had considered studying engineering, but now thinks it would be a discredit to himself. “It’s not what I love,” he said. “Not what I live.”

Muhammad is the son of Adrisman Yunus and Nenny Khaerani.

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It's a family affair (l-r): Monica Riley, Cerina Riley, Monica’s father and Chirelle Riley.

It’s a family affair (l-r): Monica Riley, Cerina Riley, Monica’s father and Chirelle Riley.

Kris Walters (far left) and Monica Riley (far right) joined the National Art Honor Society Aspiring Artists.

Kris Walters (far left) and Monica Riley (far right) joined the National Art Honor Society Aspiring Artists.

SUBURBAN SUGAR LAND WOMEN SUPPORTS ASPIRING ARTISTS – THE NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY (NAHS)

The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) Beyond Creativity, Sugar Land Chapter recently held its inaugural “Evening of the Arts “ at the Music Academy of Houston.

Fifteen teenaged aspiring artists were featured: Joseph Cook, Maria-Louise Cook, Hannah Gentry, Rebecca Heredia, Cassidy Irwin, Will Irwin, Nathalie Kruut, Britlee Kuhn (pianist), Rylee Kuhn (dancer), Carys Martin, Rebecca Morris, Noelle Moise, Cerina Riley, Chirelle Riley (artist and dancer) and Amari Wright showcased their paintings, art designs and dancing talents. Another goal of this event was for the young artists to practice their communication skills in describing and selling their art.

Art was available for purchase with all proceeds going directly to individual artist. The event was free and open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres were served. SSLW gave special thanks to Kris Walters, co-founder of the Music Academy of Houston, for his in-kind donation of his facility, and Monica Riley, NAHS sponsor and coordinator for her efforts, energy and leadership.

For more information, visit sslw.org or call 713-256-7953.

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Evan Morris receives the Judge Jodie Stavinhoa Award from Tece Stark, Judge Stavinoha’s daughter.

Evan Morris receives the Judge Jodie Stavinhoa Award from Tece Stark, Judge Stavinoha’s daughter.

 

Margo Pasko receives the Volunteer of the Year award from Dr. Michael Milstead, principal at LCHS.

Margo Pasko receives the Volunteer of the Year award from Dr. Michael Milstead, principal at LCHS.

MORRIS, PASKO HONORED AT LAMAR CISD SPECIAL OLYMPICS

A talented athlete and a dedicated volunteer were honored as part of the 35th Lamar CISD Invitational Track Meet, where more than 100 special athletes competed.

The Judge Jodie Stavinhoa Award is given every year to the outstanding Special Athlete in Lamar CISD. Stavinoha was a long-time supporter of the Lamar CISD Special Olympics program and the award was created in his honor shortly after his passing.

Evan Morris received this year’s award from Judge Stavinoha’s daughter Tece Stark. Margo Pasko received the Volunteer of the Year Award from Lamar Consolidated High School Principal Dr. Michael Milstead.

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Trinity Pace was named Junior HIgh Champion and won a scholarship to Glassell School of Art.

Trinity Pace was named Junior HIgh Champion and won a scholarship to Glassell School of Art.

Emily Fiedler was awarded “Best In Show” at the Junior High Level and won a scholarship to Glassell School of Art.

Emily Fiedler was awarded “Best In Show” at the Junior High Level and won a scholarship to Glassell School of Art.

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Emily Fiedler “Best in Show” artwork – Holy Cow

ST. LAURENCE STUDENTS WIN HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODE0 ART AWARDS
Two talented students from St. Laurence Catholic School received highly recognized awards from the 2016 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Contest. Over 600 art students from around the Houston area entered the Quick Draw Art Contest of which only 26 junior high students were selected to advance and compete in a timed 50-minute still life sketch. This highly selective contest chooses the best drawings by middle school students. Trinity Pace, 8th grade student, won first place and received the title of “Junior High Champion” along with a cash prize and scholarship to Glassell Junior Art School. She also received a Gold Ribbon of Excellence at the Junior High Level.

Emily Fiedler, also an eighth-grader, was awarded “Best in Show” at the Junior High Level with her creation Holy Cow. This is a top honor and an extremely competitive achievement. She also was given a scholarship to the Glassell School of Art.

For more than 50 years, the Rodeo Art Program has challenged students and schools to think outside the box. The Show recognizes the importance of extracurricular activities and the School Art Program aligns with the Show’s mission to support the education of Texas youth.


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