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Fort Bend & Sugar Land Schools, Sports, and Students : October 2010

Austin High School band members prepare for the Bands of America Regional competition.

NATIONAL LEVEL COMPETITION FOR FIRST COLONY SWIMMERS – First Colony Swim Team Senior swimmers competed at the 2010 Conoco Phillips National Championships and the 2010 Speedo Junior National Championships in California. Overall,  the team had 24 best times and a record number of swimmers making finals, with numerous Top 10 national rankings.

In addition, while the 2012 Olympic Trial Standards have not yet been released, four swimmers beat the 2008 Olympic Trial standards. They are: Eegan Groome (400 free, 1500 free), Maddie Locus (50 free, 100 free), Simone Manuel (50 free), and Skylar Smith (100 breast, 200 breast, and 200 IM).

Swimmers with record breaking swims are: Manuel broke GULF and team records in the Girls 13-14 50 Free & 100 Free; Locus broke team records in the Girls 15-18 & Open 50 Free & 100 Free; Groome broke team records in the Boys 15-18 & Open 200 Free, 400 Free and 1500 Free; Kyle Yu broke team records in the Boys 15-18 & Open 200 Breast; and Smith broke the GULF record in the Girls 17-18 100 Breast.


Poonam Vaidya and Shama Tajani attend Microsoft’s DigiGirlz camp.

TEENS TOUR TECHNOLOGY LANDSCAPE THROUGH DIGIGIRLZ CAMP – Two Girl Scouts from Troop 721 of the Rainbow Stars Service Unit, Poonam Vaidya and Shama Tajani, attended Microsoft’s annual DigiGirlz camp, a technology camp for girls at various sites. DigiGirlz Technology Program series, now in its 10th year, was developed to inspire high school girls to explore careers in the technology field.

The girls had the opportunity to hear from Microsoft senior executives and community leaders including Sharon Stufflebeme, CIO of Radio Shack. In addition to classroom learning, the girls interacted one-on-one with Microsoft employees through product demonstrations (new product demonstrations such as Windows 2010), as well as tours and job shadowing of employees with similar interests.


(L-R) Wendy Mowry, prekindergarten teacher; students Shania Mitchell and Xavier Mejia; Cynthia von Tesmar, Fluor; and Pamela Shaw (standing), Fort Bend ISD volunteers and partnerships coordinator.

FLUOR’S GLOBAL BACKPACK PROJECT BENEFITS BLUE RIDGE ELEMENTARY STUDENTS – Employees from The Fluor Corporation helped welcome Blue Ridge Elementary students back to class by distributing backpacks filled with school supplies collected through its Global Backpack Project. Each student at the school received
a backpack filled with grade appropriate

Each year, Fluor employees donate, sort and distribute the backpacks and schools supplies to students at a selected Fort Bend ISD school.


(L-R, front row) Tomika Samuels, team members Kyle Friedman, Micah McCollum, Jared Samuels, Jaylen Samuels, Jeremiah McCollum, Bobbie Steinert; (back row) Dale Freeman, team members Ferris Green, Warren Green, Carter Friedman, R. J. Pardo, Enan Williform, Daybien Curry, Noah McCollum and Pamela Shaw.

SUGAR LAND COWBOYS HOLD DRIVE FOR SHARED DREAMS PROGRAM – The Sugar Land Cowboys youth football league donated six full boxes of back to school supplies to Fort Bend ISD’s Shared Dreams Program. For a two-day period during the summer, the SL Cowboys and their families purchased and donated items for its annual Cowboys Care School Supply Drive.

Each division of the 126-member team was responsible for donating particular items: the flag team – tooth paste and dental floss; freshmen – shampoo and shoe laces; sophomores – underwear and tooth brushes; juniors – bath soaps and personal razors; seniors – socks and deodorant; and cheerleaders – hair brushes and accessories.


Girls from Troop 608 in front of the Roman Coliseum

TRIP OF A LIFETIME FOR GIRL SCOUT TROOP 608 – Girl Scout Troop 608 from Rainbow Stars Service Unit traveled to Europe with EF Educational Tours during the summer. While in Rome, the girls toured the Roman Coliseum, the Roman Forum and the Vatican. The girls also visited Pompeii and toured the ruins of that ancient city as well as Florence.  Finally, the girls headed for Paris to tour the Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. On their final night in Europe, the girls took a cruise on the River Seine.

The girls earned money for this trip over a 3-year period with fundraisers including the New Territory Father Daughter Dance, Halloween Fun Night, garage sales and selling many Girl Scout cookies and fall products.


Alicia Finnigan qualifies for NCSA Junior Nationals.

FIRST COLONY SWIM TEAM SETS NEW RECORDS AT MEETS – Eleven swimmers from First Colony Swim Team traveled to Atlanta to compete for the GULF in the Southern Zones Meet. FCST swimmers broke two new team records and achieved two new NCSA Junior National Times. Five FCST swimmers scored in 14 events for the GULF helping the team to a seventh-place finish overall.

Alicia Finnigan took home five individual medals. Alicia claimed the 11-12 Girls 100 Fly title with a time of 1:05.15, which also qualifies her for NCSA Junior Nationals. In addition to her first place finish Alicia also placed third in the 50 Fly, fourth in the 200 Free, fifth in the 200 IM, and seventh in the 400 Free. Teammates Michael Lin, Asia Quentin, Kaitlyn Swinney and Madison Varsico placed in the top 10 in individual events.

Varisco also earned her NCSA Junior National time in the 100 Fly with a time of 1:05.01, while Brett Pinfold broke the FCST Team record in the 15-18 Boys 50 Back with a time of 29.34.

At the TAGS meet in Austin, FCST broke one state record, one Gulf record, and five team records. In addition to these record breaking swims, FCST achieved one new Junior National time and numerous Top 8 finishes.

Finnigan broke the Texas State record in the 11-12 Girls 200 Fly with a time of 2:21.29.  Alicia’s success continued as she also broke the 11-12 Girls 200 IM team record as well as earned four Gold Medals (11-12 Girls 50 Fly, 100 Fly, 200 Fly, and 200 Free) and two Silver Medals (200 IM and 400 Free). Teammates Madison Varisco broke the 13-14 Girls 100 Back team record with a time of 1:06.68, while Madi Lacy, Kile Carriger, Alicia Finnigan and Bryanna Vasquez broke the 11-12 Girls 200 Medley and 400 Medley Relay records.

Placing in the Top 8 are: Asia Quentin, Kaitlyn Swinney, Madison Varisco, Kile Carriger, Alicia Finnigan, Ashley Harmon, Madi Lacy, Bryanna Vasquez, Michael Lin and Claire Donovan. Relays that finished in the Top 8 included the 11-12 Girls 400 Free Relay of Julia Ahrns, Bryanna Vasquez, Alicia Finnigan and Madi Lacy, which won the Gold Medal. Other Top 8 relay swimmers include: Delia Weber, Heather Yeung and Alexis Aikens.


(L-R, front row) Will Dolan, Jackson Jobes, Nick Cassapo, Michael Imhoff, Hunter Shultz, Ryan Grace; (middle row) Ty Maida, Brandon Kostelnik, Kam Mohmand, Jeffrey Greer, Justin Webb; (back row) Manager Greg Imhoff, Coach John Cassapo, Coach Sam Maida and Coach Jason Jobes. Not pictured is Tyler Diamond.

LAMAR LEGENDS PLAY IN BACK TO SCHOOL BASH – The Lamar Legends 9U select baseball team placed second in the Lamar Little League Back to School Bash.  Earlier in the season, the team then playing as the Lamar Legends 8U, won second place in the Sugar Land Summer Splash.


Silver Award recipients from Troop 721 are: (l-r, front row) Sarah Munson, Shama Tajani, Poonam Vaidya, Prerana Jasti, Megan Whitworth; (back row) Ellyn Sinicropi, Krisha Desai, Bina Patel, Samantha Lane and Courtney Kohanski.

LOCAL GIRLS EARN DOUBLE SILVER AWARD – Ten Girl Scouts from Sugar Land received the Girl Scout Silver Award. The girls from Troop 721 from Rainbow Stars Service Unit were honored at a

Not only did the girls receive the Girl Scout Silver Award, they also received the President’s Volunteer Service Award- Silver Level. To earn this award the girls had to perform more than  75 hours of community service. The hours were achieved by helping with LPGA tour, Girl Scouting events and other community activities.


(L-R) Maya Nelson, Zachary Short, Ty Maida, Caroline Rao, Trinity Pace and Elizabeth Fogarty.

ST. LAWRENCE CATHOLIC SCHOOL  STUDENTS PARTI­CIPATE IN SERVICE PROJECTS – Students in grades 1-8 at St. Laurence Catholic School participated in service projects. Second-graders worked on prayer cards and care packages to comfort and acknowledge individuals needing prayers. This program is called “Heavens Hands” and it is their year-long service project. Hand-made cards from the children were sent to grandparents in nursing homes, military personnel and families suffering the loss of a loved one.

Near the end of the year, one drawing from each child was printed into a set of cards. Families and friends of the children could buy the set of cards. The money raised was given to the sixth-graders who went out into the community to fix up a school for special needs children, a Providence School. They cleaned up the yard area, planted flowers/shrubs, made wind chimes, and worked on a play house. More than $1,500 was earned this year.


Daniel Graviss achieves his first USA Summer Junior National time in the 800 Free.

FIRST COLONY SWIM TEAM COMPETES AT SECTIONALS – First Colony Swim Team swimmers broke five New Team records and achieved one New Short Course National Time, one new Summer Junior National Time, and three new NCSA Junior National Times at the Sectional Meet in The Woodlands.

Colleen Lord, Romy Lan­deck and Madeline Locus broke team records. Colleen broke the 15-18 Girls 100 Back with a time of 1:08.28, Romy broke the 15-18 Girls & Women’s Open 100 Breast with a time of 1:13.68, and Madeline broke the 15-18 Girls & Women’s Open 400 IM with a time of 5:00.66.  Madeline’s 400 IM time also qualifies her for USA Short Course Nationals.

In addition, Daniel Graviss achieved his first USA Summer Junior Nationals time in the 800 Free with a time of 8:29.54, and achieved an NCSA Junior National time in the 400 Free.  Teammates Eric Ahrns and Kyle Yu earned new NCSA Junior National times. Eric achieved his time in the 100 Fly while Kyle Yu achieved his time in the 100 Back.


LCESA AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS – The Lamar Conso­lidated Educational Secretaries Association awarded three $500 scholarships. This year’s scholarship recipients are Terry High School’s Megan Hartensteiner, Foster High School’s Ashley Hayes and Lamar Consolidated High’s Victor Silva.


Troop 92 members with turnips are: (l-r) Vanisha, Emily, co-leader Dwight Janoff, Varnika, Sarah, Katie, Robyn and co-leader Tracy Pereira.

SUGAR LAND CHURCH HELPS GIRL SCOUTS EARN HARVEST AWARD – Senior Girl Scout Troop 92 earned the Harvest Award with help from Mark Larson of Christ United Methodist Church’s Community Garden in Sugar Land. Larson and fellow gardeners, Brice Alexander and Gregg Pepin, helped the girls identify and execute their project, which began with the purchase of five large pots and garden soil. Larson provided Asian cucumber seeds and showed the girls how to plant, fertilize, weed, harvest and weigh their crop. The girls helped deliver more than 70 pounds of fresh cucumbers to the Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry’s food bank. They also helped cultivate greens, turnips, chard, tomatoes, okra, peppers, eggplant and green beans. The girls also toured the food bank and learned that 25 percent of the people in Fort Bend County are living below the poverty line.


Lamar Rookies 13 U team

LAMAR ROOKIES 13U TAKE TOP HONORS – The Lamar Rookies 13U team took first place at the Missouri City High Heater Classic in August.

Team members are: Cole Montgomery, Adrian Hernandez, Simon Murski, Tommy Duggan, Dallon D’Ambra, Tyler Seymore, Keller Ferguson, Ryan Bagley, Casey Mushinski, Zack Stone, Beau Kingrey and Christian Elizondo. Coaches are Randy Bagley, Larry Montgomery and Jason D’Ambra.


(Front row) James Anderson, Zach Ellis, Aidan Thomas, Kyle Roosa, Jacob Garcia, Alex Febre; (middle row) Sean Snyder, Will Pendergrass, Zac Vazquez, Justin Paul, Carter Aycock, Christian Hyde, Wendell Shepherd Jr., Seth Brotherton; (back row) Coach Danny Vazquez, Coach Arnold Febre, Manager Wendell Shepherd Sr., Coach Shane Brotherton and Coach Stefan Roosa.

SIENNA 8U ALL-STAR TEAM WINS SECOND PLACE – The Sienna Youth Baseball 8U All-Star team completed its tournament season with a second-place finish in the Katy American Little League Tournament.  The 8U team lost a close 8-5 decision to the Columbus Cardinals in the championship game. The Sienna 8Us defeated the Cardinals 8-3 in a prior game to reach the championship game.

Overall, the team completed play with a 4-2 record in tournament play, including a semifinal appearance in the Battle at the Beach. The Sienna 8Us avenged their one other loss by defeating the Magnolia Pirates 12-10 in the Katy tournament.


Blaire Boydstun

ELKINS GRADUATE BECOMES NSCS MEMBERBlaire Boydstun, a 2008 graduate from Elkins High School, accepted membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars . Blaire will be honored during an Induction Convocation this fall on the campus of Texas A&M University.

Membership gives students access to a number of benefits including career and networking resources, scholarships, travel and service projects both on campus and in the community.

NSCS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is the nation’s only interdisciplinary honors organization for first- and second-year college students. Membership is by invitation only, based on grade point average and class standing.


Sean Hardin will play Robin Hood at Fort Bend Theatre.

GEORGE RANCH STUDENT AP­PEARS IN THEATER PRODUCTIONS – George Ranch High School freshman Sean Hardin appeared in Theatre Under The Stars’ and Humphreys School of Musical Theatre’s production The Who’s Tommy, based on the 1969 rock opera album Tommy by Pete Townshend in September.

Hardin was last seen at TUTS in the southwest regional premiere of 13 – The Musical as Archie.

When he is not on stage, Sean works on many volunteer projects to help others. In March, he hosted a benefit concert for Compassion International Haiti Earthquake Relief and raised more than $4,000. Sean also recorded an original song, Alive, as a part of the Stop Drunk Driving Now campaign for kids.

Sean is set to play Robin Hood at Fort Bend Theatre the first two weekends of October.


Webelos Scouts from Den 12 visit the Morton Street Art Gallery.

WEBELOS SCOUTS VISIT LOCAL ART MUSEUM – Webelos Scouts from Den 12 of Cub Scout Pack 616 visited the Morton Street Art Gallery in Richmond and learned firsthand about the various types of art media while receiving a personal tour from owner Fran Knueppel—all while achieving their Webelos Artist pin.

The boys learned about oil and water-painting techniques, sculpting and glasswork, and toured the private artist studio and frame shop in the museum.


Boy Scout Troop 38 in Alaska

TROOP 38 ALASKA HIGH ADVENTURE TREK – High Adventure boys from Boy Scout Troop 38 experienced life in the pristine wilderness of Alaska this summer.  Scouts sea kayaked in the fjords near Juneau viewing wildlife including whales, sea lions and bald eagles. The boys also hiked to a nearby glacier and embarked on an ice climbing trek, which included repelling into an ice cave. In Juneau, the boys soared through the Alaskan rainforest on a zip line, traveled to the top of Mount Roberts, and experienced fly fishing along the coast.


Austin High School band members prepare for the Bands of America Regional competition.

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN MARCHING BAND AND ANGELS DANCE TEAM PREPARE FOR GRAND NATIONALS – The Stephen F. Austin Marching Band and Angels Dance Team will defend their Bands of America Regional title on Oct. 9 in Conroe.

Last October, Austin was once again crowned the Bands of America Regional Champions (a feat they have accomplished five times). They went on to compete at the BOA Super Regional in San Antonio and won first place in the AAA Division.

After competing in the BOA Regional Championship this season, Austin High School will be the only Houston area representative to compete at the BOA Grand Nationals in Indianapolis, Ind., in November. The BOA Grand National Championships is recognized as the premier marching band event in the nation.

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