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


Members of the Calvary chapter of the Art Honor Society and the Junior Art Honor Society are (l-r): Sarah Nguyen, Anya Gerdes, Ryanne Dobbs, Angelo Paca, Joey Cook, Simon Harper, Monica Pena, Reese McBride, Nicole Sampson, Leo Wall and art teacher Mary Jean DuVal.

Members of the Calvary chapter of the Art Honor Society and the Junior Art Honor Society are (l-r): Sarah Nguyen, Anya Gerdes, Ryanne Dobbs, Angelo Paca, Joey Cook, Simon Harper, Monica Pena, Reese McBride, Nicole Sampson, Leo Wall and art teacher Mary Jean DuVal.

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Wall’s District Best of Art Show artwork.

CALVARY EPISCOPAL PREP ART STUDENTS RECEIVE AWARDS

Art teacher Mary Jean DuVal recently inducted several new members into Calvary Episcopal Preparatory’s chapters of the National Art Honor Society and the National Junior Art Honor Society. According to the organization’s website, the National Art Education Association “began the National Art Honor Society program to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The NAHS strives to aid members in attaining the highest standards in art scholarships, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community.”

Additionally, Leo Wall, eighth-grader at Calvary Episcopal Preparatory, won District Best of Show at the Houston Livestock and Rodeo. His piece will be displayed at the Hayloft Gallery during the rodeo in March. Sixth-grader Katelyn Benoit’s art received a finalist ribbon and a number of elementary students received 1st and 2nd place awards. Their artwork is on display at Calvary school in Richmond.

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Ian MacIntyre, Gold Award advisor, with Kalpana Vaidya, coordinator.

Ian MacIntyre, Gold Award advisor, with Kalpana Vaidya, coordinator.

FOURTH ANNUAL “WORLD OF SCIENCE” AT SARTARTIA MS

Students saw amazing feats before their very eyes at the 4th Annual World of Science at Sartartia Middle School, such as a hydrogen rocket demonstrated by Matt Wilson, Austin High School physics teacher. The event, which was a continuation of Kalpana Vaidya’s Girl Scout Gold Award project, was a fun way to spark an interest in science in elementary school students. Objectives were to encourage scientific exploration in fun ways and demonstrate how elementary school science concepts connect to the world around us. The free event was sponsored by Girl Scouts and Sartartia’s Science and Robotics Club.

This year, the new addition of a 3-D printing demonstration by FBISD employee Chris Abraham was big hit. Community groups demonstrated the coolest aspects of their scientific areas and talked about how they connect to classroom science concepts, how some of those activities were developed, how someone becomes a scientist in that field and what kinds of activities they do at work. The event particularly sought out programs that enriched classroom learning, but provided experiences that are unique from any classroom activity.

Vaidya said, “I wanted students to come away with the idea that science is fun, an enriched sense of what science means and how they can become scientists, engineers and technologists.”

Over 300 students and parents worked together to explore science activities. The Fort Bend Beekeepers Association taught students about the life of a queen bee, and the Fort Bend Astronomy Club taught about meteors and the moon phase. Nalco Champions and the Houston Museum of Natural Science–Sugar Land set up a chemistry demonstration to teach such concepts as acids and base solutions. Other participants included Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Fort Bend Master Gardeners, and the Fort Bend ISD Police and IT departments. For more information, email Kalpana Vaidya at vaidyas@msn.com or go to wofscience.weebly.com.

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Adela DePavia

Adela DePavia

LOCAL STUDENT WINS SECOND PLACE IN NATIONAL ESSAY CONTEST

The Awty International School’s Adela DePavia won second place in the Joe Foss Institute’s 2015 Donna W. Foss Scholarship Essay Contest for her submission titled “United.”

The Joe Foss Institute (JFI) awarded DePavia the Donna W. Foss Scholarship in late 2015 for her compelling execution of the contest’s theme of “A Proud American: What it Means to Me.” DePavia’s essay illustrated the revelation of seeing America, often pulled apart by its diversities, come together in the face of terror and tragedy. She states in her essay, “Being American means that, at the end of the day, despite the trials and tribulations we visit upon one another, we stand together.”

“Adela showcased great passion and pride for our country throughout her submission and genuinely exemplified what the Joe Foss Institute strives to do every day with America’s youth and that is to be civically minded,” said JFI’s South Central Regional Director Ron Banks. “We are excited to recognize her talents with the Donna W. Foss Scholarship.”

For winning second place out of over 1,200 essay entries, DePavia will receive $2,500 from JFI to the accredited U.S. college or university of her choice.

JFI grants 15 college scholarships each year totaling $42,500 to aid in the nonprofit’s efforts to prepare young individuals to be engaged citizens.

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(L-R): Matt Jackson, Jim Li, Youfeng Li (Jim's mom), and David Yaffie. (Photo - Caroline Bordelon)

(L-R): Matt Jackson, Jim Li, Youfeng Li (Jim’s mom), and David Yaffie. (Photo – Caroline Bordelon)

 

(L-R): Angela Lin, business education teacher Greg Eppes and Jonathan Chang receive checks from H&R Block.

(L-R): Angela Lin, business education teacher Greg Eppes and Jonathan Chang receive checks from H&R Block.

CLEMENTS HS RECEIVES GRANT FROM H&R BLOCK

Clements High School in Sugar Land will receive a $2,500 grant and students Jonathan Chang and Angela Lin will each be awarded a $20,000 scholarship from the H&R Block Budget Challenge ­­–– a free, interactive, real-life simulation personal financial education program that rewards students for mastering real-world budgeting and personal finance decision-making.

H&R Block representatives presented the school and students with their award checks at a gathering of participating teachers and students at a special check presentation on January 26.

Texas is one of the six states that require high school student testing of personal finance concepts, which means teens across the country are graduating without basic financial skills — like how to pay bills and save for the future. This free program helps students master real-world budgeting and personal finance decision making – crucial skills for post-graduation.

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LOCAL TEEN WINS HOMECOMING CROWN; SCHOOL WINS AWARD

Matt Jackson, the executive director of Hope For Three, recently presented the “Caring Friends Award” to Clements High School. David Yaffie, residing principal, crowned Jim Li, who is on the autism spectrum, as Homecoming King. Jim Porter from the special education department has been a crucial supporter of Li. Porter made shirts emblazoned with “Jim the King,” for the entire Clements High School Class of 2016. Hope For Three, Clements High School, Li’s family and classmates honored Li for being awesome! For more information, visit hopeforthree.org.

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Joel C. Harmon leads the Youth Financial Literacy Empowerment class in Sugar Land.

Joel C. Harmon leads the Youth Financial Literacy Empowerment class in Sugar Land.

STUDENTS LEARN FINANCIAL LITERACY

Suburban Sugar Land Women (SSLW) presented its Youth Financial Literacy Empowerment class on Saturday, Jan. 23 at the University Branch Library on the campus of the University of Houston in Sugar Land. Students from Fort Bend County between sixth and 12th grade and their parents were invited to attend.

Joel C. Harmon, who has taught Youth Literacy internationally, provided 25 students and adults life-empowering knowledge and skills. All participants also were given a CD to take home. The CD gives practical knowledge on what students might expect based on their potential career choice, geographic location, salary and lifestyle.

The Youth Financial Literacy Empower­ment class is held twice a year, in January and September. For more information visit sslw.org or call 713-256-7953.

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Elkins High School Marching Band.

Elkins High School Marching Band.

FORT BEND ISD HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BANDS WIN TOP HONORS IN VARIOUS COMPETITIONS

Fort Bend ISD has announced the accomplishments of its high school marching bands. These talented groups ended their fall competition season with a blast, earning numerous awards and honors at region, area and state competitions. Following are competition results from the marching bands representing Austin, Clements, Elkins, Kempner and Ridge Point High Schools.

Austin High School “Bulldog” Band and Angels Dance Team

Friendswood Marching Contest – 1st place, Outstanding Visual, Outstanding General Effect in finals competition.

Bands of America Conroe Regional – 4th place overall in finals competition.

Lone Star Preview Marching Contest – 1st place, Outstanding Visual, Outstan­ding General Effect in both preliminary and finals competition.

UIL Region 13 Marching Contest – Superior ratings in all categories.

U.S. Bands Conroe Marching Contest – Preliminary Competition: Outstanding Music, Outstanding Visual, Outstanding General Effect, Outstanding Percussion and Outstanding Color Guard, 1st in Class; Finals Competition: Outstanding Visual, Outstanding Color Guard and 3rd place overall.

Clements High School “Ranger” Band

Bands of America Super Regional Cham­pionships – 7th place out of 41 bands, 4th place in Music Effect during the preliminary competition; and 11th place in the finals competition (this season was the first time in 16 years that the Clements Band had advanced to the finals competition at the BOA event, and the first time ever to place in the finals at a BOA Super Regional).

Lamar Invitational Marching Contest – 1st place, Overall Champion, Outstanding Color Guard and Outstanding Percussion.

Lone Star Preview – 4th place in the finals competition.

Elkins High School Marching Band

Katy ISD Marching Festival – 1st place division award, Class 5A Runner-Up, Class 5A Outstanding Drum Majors.

U.S. Bands Sugar Land Showcase – 1st place in Class, Best Music, Best Overall Effect, Best Percussion,   and also   Best Color Guard.

Region 13 UIL Marching Contest – 1st division win (awarded by all three judges).

UIL Area E Marching Contest – Finalist (5th place out of 11 bands).

Kempner High School Band

Battle at the Berry Marching Contest – 2nd place in Class (first time in band’s history).

UIL Marching Contest – Superior Ratings (based on unanimous judges’ results).

Lone Star Preview – Top 10 in Finals (first time in the band’s history), 8th place finish (improvement from last year’s 23rd overall win).

Ridge Point HIgh School Marching Band

Friendswood Marching Festival – 3rd place in Class 5A Division, Outstanding Auxiliary Unit.

Sam Houston State University Marching Festival – 3rd place in preliminary competition, 4th place in finals competition.

UIL Region 13 Marching Contest – Superior Ratings (awarded by all judges).

UIL Area E Marching Contest – 2nd place finish.

UIL State Marching Band Contest – The band’s second appearance at the contest.

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SOUTH DAKOTA STATE ANNOUNCES LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

South Dakota State University announced Paula Salmon of Missouri City has received the Myron and Joan Van Buskirk Nursing Endowed Scholarship for the academic year.

Salmon, daughter of Don and Lynette Salmon, is a junior nursing student. A graduate of Lawrence E. Elkins High School, Salmon is involved in Jacks for Life and Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive school of higher education. SDSU confers degrees from six different colleges representing more than 175 majors, minors and specializations. The institution also offers 33 master’s degree programs, 15 Ph.D. and two professional programs.

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The Youth in Philanthropy student group and community volunteers who worked on the medication lock boxes.

The Youth in Philanthropy student group and community volunteers who worked on the medication lock boxes.

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Medication lock boxes created by the YIP group.

FBCPC HOSTS DIY PROJECT LOCK BOX DAY WITH YOUTH IN PHILANTHROPY KIDS

Fort Bend Community Prevention Coalition and Fort Bend Regional Council had the pleasure of hosting 21 amazing students from the Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program for a fun-filled day. In an effort to spread awareness about prescription drug abuse and to encourage secure medication storage in homes, the YIP kids and community volunteers spent their Saturday morning constructing medication lock boxes from scratch.

After a morning consumed with safety lessons, wood and tools, the students used their creativity and vision to personally design more than 40 of the lock boxes they built. Each box was created with a unique sense of style, character and positive thoughts.

The YIP kids did an incredible job, and because of their hard work, FBRC will be able to distribute these lock boxes to members in the community that are in need of a way to safely store their medication.


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