Fort Bend & Sugar Land Schools, Sports, and Students
CLEMENTS HS SENIOR NAMED FINALIST IN NATIONAL THEATER ARTS COMPETITION – Ryan Brophy, a theater student at Fort Bend ISD’s Clements High School, was recently named a National YoungArts Foundation Finalist in theater for his monologue performance at the 33rd annual YoungArts Week in Miami, Fla. Ryan was among 171 finalists chosen from more than 10,000 students across the U.S. to participate and compete at the event.
Based on his participation in YoungArts Week, Ryan was named one of 60 finalists for the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Twenty winners will be named U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts and will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to perform at the Kennedy Center and attend an awards ceremony at the capital in May.
The National YoungArts Foundation was established to identify and nurture the next generation of artists in the literary, performing, visual and design arts, and to contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by supporting the artistic development of talented young artists. Each year, YoungArts receives approximately 10,000 applications from students in grades 10-12. From this pool, approximately 700 winners are selected and eligible to participate in YoungArts programs in Miami, New York and Los Angeles.
HLSR POULTRY AUCTION NETS BIG SALE FOR TERRY STUDENT – Grant Hruzek, who is part of B.F. Terry’s FFA in Rosenberg, saw buyer Beverly Wren pay $125,000 for his Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Pen of Broilers. Grant’s potential maximum payment for this is $20,000; he is guaranteed $15,000. The world record price of $140,000 was set in 2007.
AUSTIN PARKWAY STUDENTS ARE WILD ABOUT MATH – Austin Parkway Elementary School held its 15th Annual Family Math Night that welcomed more than 1,500 participants. This year’s theme was “Wild about Math” and students were invited to come dressed in theme-inspired clothing as they took part in fun, grade-appropriate activities, such as Tarzan’s Tree House, Boa Constrictor, Going Bananas, Jungle Jewels, and Toucan Patterning.
SUGAR LAND MS CELEBRATES CULTURES AT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL – The Sugar Land Middle School community came together for a celebration of cultural diversity during its first International Festival. More than 300 students, parents and community members attended the event and enjoyed festive music, dance, food and cultural exhibits featuring artifacts from the various countries represented.
The evening began with a Countries Exhibit hosted by SLMS student clubs and organizations in the school’s gym. Festival-goers watched 19 different cultural performances showcasing student talents as well as performances by community groups, including Lee’s Golden Dragon Lion Dance Troupe, the Brazilian Arts Foundation, and Mixteco Ballet Folklorico. The event was sponsored by SLMS English teacher Alma Diaz Wu and theater teacher Destyne Miller, with assistance from the school’s PTO.
FORT SETTLEMENT MS WINS SECOND PLACE AT REGIONAL SCIENCE BOWL – The Fort Settlement Middle School science bowl team earned second place at the Regional Science Bowl at Texas A&M University. The team includes seventh-graders Rafay Ashary, Gilbert Fan, Sameer Rajesh, Abhijith Venkat, Eric Wu and Coach Karen Staley. This was the team’s first year to compete in the Science Bowl, which welcomed more than 30 school teams.
The National Science Bowl was created in 1991 by the U.S. Department of Energy to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and pursue careers in these fields. It is the nation’s largest science competition.
AMELIA BEDELIA AUTHOR VISITS LONG ELEMENTARY – Herman Parish, author of the popular Amelia Bedelia series of children’s books, visited Jane Long Elementary as part of Texas Public School Week. Amelia Bedelia also made an appearance on campus. Parish’s visit was funded by a grant from L.E.A.F.
Parish is the nephew of Peggy Parish, the original author of the Amelia Bedelia series. Parish spent the day at Long Elementary talking and visiting with students, reading excerpts from Amelia Bedelia books, and signing autographs.
CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY STUDENTS RECEIVE DUKE TIP’S STATE RECOGNITION – Leah Marut and Lanz Reyes, students at Cornerstone Christian Academy, have received state recognition as part of the Duke TIP 7th grade talent search. Leah scored a 1590 on the SAT and has been invited to participate in the Center for Summer Studies. Lanz scored a 19 on the ACT and has been invited to participate in the Academy for Summer Studies. Both students will be invited to a special awards ceremony where they will receive medals for their accomplishments.
The Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) is a global leader in identifying academically gifted students and providing them with opportunities to support their development.
CLEMENTS HS SENIORS EARN EAGLE SCOUT RANK – Five Clements High School seniors were honored at Troop 1631’s Court of Honor for earning their Eagle Scout ranks: Trey Gifford, Daniel Ngo, Zach Saunders, Kyle Tollestrup and Michael Wang. Troop 1631, the first troop chartered in First Colony more than 30 years ago, with145 boys achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.
L.E.A.F. GRANT HELPS JACKSON ELEMENTARY STUDENTS – Fourth-grade students from Lamar CISD’s Jackson Elementary will always “Remember the Alamo” after a recent trip to San Antonio. Students learned about Texas history by watching the IMAX film Alamo: The Price of Freedom. The 45-minute film took students on a journey back in time to witness the historic Battle of the Alamo. After the film, the Jets toured the Alamo, where Texas history truly came alive for the students. Teachers Allyson Spencer, Julia Bridges and Ana Marie Hix received a $2,700 grant from the Lamar Educational Awards Foundation (L.E.A.F.) to take students on the trip.
FBISD MS STUDENTS SHOWCASE TALENTS AT SPRING FEST CONTEST – Bowie Middle School scored 167 points to take home top honors at the first FBISD Spring Fest Middle School Contest hosted by the Crockett Fine Arts Department. Crockett scored 108 points to finish second in the overall standings. Approximately 300 students representing nine schools competed in theatre arts, art and/or journalism events.
Bowie totaled 100 points in the theatre arts events followed by Baines (97), Garcia (83), Hodges Bend (66), Sartartia (38), Crockett (37), Sugar Land (33), Dulles (25) and Missouri City (15). Crockett took top honors in the journalism events with 40 points to edge Bowie who earned 37. Sugar Land finished with 25 points to lead the art contest. Crockett (21), Bowie (20) and Dulles (15) rounded out the art event.