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


(L-R): Ryan Polhemus, John Eric Casilang and Justin Manangan.

(L-R): Ryan Polhemus, John Eric Casilang and Justin Manangan.

SUGAR LAND HAS THREE NEW EAGLE SCOUTS

Sugar Land’s Boy Scout Troop 911 recently added three new Eagle Scouts to its ranks: Ryan Polhemus, John Eric Casilang, and Justin Manangan. Troop 911 is sponsored by St. Theresa’s Catholic Church. The troop was founded in 1997 with five boys, all of whom earned the Eagle rank. To date, the troop has produced 59 Eagles.

In order to earn the Eagle award, a scout must complete 21 merit badges; learn a number of useful skills such as first aid, orienteering, and knot tying; participate in many outdoor adventures; and complete an Eagle project for the benefit of the community –– all while demonstrating leadership and character.

For his Eagle project, Polhemus built and installed four dog waste stations along the walking trail in the Sugar Mill subdivision. Casilang built book storage cabinets for Sugar Mill Elementary School. Manangan created a decorative stone border and installed landscaping to beautify the sign at Southwest Calvary Baptist Church.

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“Splash,” by Foster High artist Sonali Puri, winner of the Commemorative Art Award at the Dr. Mari Jon Filla Art Contest at the World Series of Dog Shows.

“Splash,” by Foster High artist Sonali Puri, winner of the Commemorative Art Award at the Dr. Mari Jon Filla Art Contest at the World Series of Dog Shows.

LAMAR CISD ARTISTS EARN ART HONORS AT WORLD SERIES OF DOG SHOWS

Lamar CISD students earned accolades for their artworks at the 2016 Houston World Series of Dog Shows.

The students were part of the Dr. Mari Jon Filla Student Art Exhibit and Contest. Artwork was on display at the Brazos Crossing Administration Building, 3911 Avenue I in Rosenberg through the end of August.

Foster High School’s Sonali Puri won the Commemorative Art Award, earning a $350 scholarship. The artwork of George Ranch student Jessica Flores was named best among all the 12th-grade entries, earning a $100 scholarship. Dylan Rolon from Foster High School won a Committee’s Choice Award and a $50 scholarship.

Ryon Middle School’s Kaitlyn Rose and Lamar Junior High’s Virginia Liu won Blue Ribbon Excellence Awards. Beasley Elementary School’s Avery Brewer, Ryon’s Katherine Le, Briscoe Junior High’s Tristan Davis and Lamar Junior High’s Kira Chance won Red Ribbon Merit Awards.

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David accepts his scholarship award from Mr. Pace.

David accepts his scholarship award from Mr. Pace.

ELKINS HS GRADUATE RECEIVES ROTARY CLUB’S ARTHUR L. PACE, SR. SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

David Sander, 2016 graduate of Elkins High, is the first recipient of the Arthur L. Pace, Sr. Scholarship award, presented by the Oyster Creek Rotary Club in June. The $2,500 scholarship is named in honor of former educator, Fort Bend ISD board member and Oyster Creek Rotarian, Arthur L. Pace, Sr.

“We are honored that David is the first recipient of this scholarship,” said parents Tammie and Russell Sander. “We are proud of him and the hard work he has accomplished over the past few years and for the recognition this scholarship brings.”

To qualify for the scholarship, Sander was required to submit an essay, along with details of his academic record, letters of recommendation and community service involvement.

While in school, Sander participated in school supply and clothing drives, beautification projects and other community service endeavors as a member of Boy Scout Venture Crew 140, Student Council and the Young Republicans Club. His proudest moment in community service was during his freshman year of high school when he completed his Eagle Scout project that involved leading a team of scouts in building a rock garden on the grounds of Fire Station #4 in Missouri City.

In December 2015, Sander became a volunteer firefighter with the City of Stafford Fire and Rescue team. As a volunteer firefighter, he had to become fully committed, juggling school life with his volunteer duties.

Sander learned about the volunteer firefighter program while attending the Fire Academy program at FBISD’s Technical Education Center during his junior and senior year of high school. His dream has always been to follow in the footsteps of his father, the current Fire Chief of Marble Falls Fire Rescue. In the fall, Sander will attend Blinn College to pursue a degree in Fire Science. While in college, he plans to continue his drive to Stafford each week to fulfill his volunteer firefighter duties, and will join the Marble Falls Volunteer Fire Department team as well.

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(Top row, l-r): James Goodman, Sensei Nizar Albagdadi, Ronny Zapata, Rylan Garza, Rommel Gargoles; (bottom row): Sensei Cassie Pham, Kaito Sengoku, Nalika Nana, Akira Santoso and Christina Korman.

(Top row, l-r): James Goodman, Sensei Nizar Albagdadi, Ronny Zapata, Rylan Garza, Rommel Gargoles; (bottom row): Sensei Cassie Pham, Kaito Sengoku, Nalika Nana, Akira Santoso and Christina Korman.

FORT BEND STUDENTS COMPETE AT 2016 USA NATIONAL KARATE FEDERATION CHAMPIONSHIPS

Fort Bend ISD students recently competed in the USA National Karate Championship and USA Team Trials. Sugar Land’s Traditional Karate Center, led by nationally renowned director/lead instructor, Sensei Ramon Veras (7th Dan), specializes in Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate, a form of Okinawan Karate used to discipline and strengthen the body and mind.

These Karatekas (students of karate) won multiple medals at the Texas State Qualifiers which earned them an entry to the 2016 NKF (National Karate Federation)- USA National Championships and Team Trials held July 14-17 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The young Karatekas represented their Dojo and Texas in the following events: Kata (a routine consisting of strikes, blocks, and kicks), Kobudo (weapons kata), and/or Kumite (fighting).

The event was attended by around 1,400 athletes from all over the country competing to earn the right to be called the best in the nation. In preparation for the event, and aside from regular afternoon training, the Karatekas underwent a vigorous three hours training, three times a week for four weeks, led by Veras and instructions carried forth by Sensei Nathan Work (4th Dan), Sensei Nizar Albagdahdi (5th Dan), Sensei Christine Lesslar-Work (3r Dan), Sensei Rebecca Uzick (3rd Dan), and Sensei Cassie Pham-Korman (2nd Dan). All their hard work and diligence paid off as these students of Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate came back as National Champions. Also, for those who think that karate is only for children, it is never too early or late to learn Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate as evidenced by the two-time medal winner Sensei Korman.

A total of 14 medals were won:

Age 6, Female Beginner Kata, Bronze – Nalika Nana, Oyster Creek Elementary;

Age 9, Male Novice Kata, Silver and Male Novice Kumite, Bronze – Kaito Sengoku, Austin Parkway Elementary;

Age 9-10, Male Beg/Nov Bo-Bronze – Akira Santoso, Comonwealth Elementary;

Age 10, Male Beginner Kata, Gold, Beginner Kumite, Bronze, Beg/Nov Kobudo (weapons), Bronze – James Goodman Jr., Palmer Elementary;

Age 11, Female Beginner Kata, Gold – Christina Korman, Lutheran South Acadmy;

Age 15, Male Advanced Kata, Bronze – Ronny Zapata, Galena Park High;

Age 16-17, Male Advanced Bo, Bronze – Rylan Garza, Morton Ranch High;

Age 18-35, Male Advanced Bo, Bronze and Male Int/Adv Kata, Bronze – Rommel Gargoles

Age 45+, Female Int/Adv Kata, Gold and Female Adv GoJu Ryu Kata, Silver – Cassie Pham-Korman. Visit sugarlandkarate.net for more information.

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The S.F. Austin High School Bulldog Marching Band & Angels Dance Team performing this year’s show.

The S.F. Austin High School Bulldog Marching Band & Angels Dance Team performing this year’s show.

AUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND & ANGELS DANCE TEAM PRESENT “SUMMERTIME!”

While most students were still enjoying their summer, the members of the S.F.Austin High School Bulldog Marching Band and Angels Dance Team were back at school getting ready for football season. For these students, school started on July 28. The Bulldog Band and Angels Dance Team play during football games, including a halftime show, and have competitions throughout the fall. This year the Austin High School show is entitled “Summertime!”

The music in the show comes from the well-known American composer, George Gershwin. Musical selections include: “Rhapsody in Blue,” “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess, “Second Rhapsody,” and “An American in Paris.” The show is all about having fun in the summer.

To see the show, check the FBISD football schedule, or catch the band and Angels at the following contests: Friendswood Marching Contest (9/24), Lone Star Preview Marching Contest (10/15), and UIL Region 13 Marching Contest (10/22). For more information or to find out ways to support the AHS band, go to sfaband.org.

The marching band and Angels formations are led this year by drum majors Willy Xu and Jackson Neal. The Austin High School Director of Bands is Bob Chreste. Show designers are Bob Chreste, Leon May and Andrew Markworth, and choreographers are Mysha Corb (Austin Angels – Director) and Ashlee Williamson (Austin Angels–Assistant Director).

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A rendering of the new Visual Arts Pavilion exterior at Fort Bend Christian Academy.

A rendering of the new Visual Arts Pavilion exterior at Fort Bend Christian Academy.

A rendering of the new Pavilion’s interior.

A rendering of the new Pavilion’s interior.

FORT BEND CHRISTIAN ACADEMY EXPANDS VISUAL ARTS PAVILION

Fort Bend Christian Academy (FBCA) in Sugar Land has been strengthening and expanding the fine arts on campus this year with the addition of several important projects. These include the installation of new floor-to-ceiling curtains for the stage at the South Campus, additional lighting and sound equipment, purchasing additional band instruments, hiring an outstand­­ing new choir director, and most recently, the kick-off of an expansion of a state-of-the-art Visual Arts Pavilion at the Seven Oaks Campus.

The Visual Arts Pavilion encompasses approximately 7,000 square feet that will be used as multi-purpose space for art, sculpture, jewelry making, industrial design and other varieties of mediums. The Pavilion will also be utilized for showcasing the Arts on the FBCA campus – providing space for collaborating school, university, and community art exhibitions, lectures and symposiums, building unique sets and backdrops for drama performances,establishing a robotics club to increase educational opportunities for engineering students, as well as providing upper level experiences for middle and elementary art classes. A Grand Opening is planned in November.

The fine arts projects, culminating in the expansion of the Visual Arts Pavilion, represent the strong commitment that FBCA has made to strengthen the arts on campus. FBCA is a college preparatory Christian school for grades PK-12.


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