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Sports, and Students October 2017


Elkins High School Honors Band, directed by Chad Collins.

Elkins High School Honors Band, directed by Chad Collins.

ELKINS HIGH SCHOOL BAND NAMED FINALIST AT TMEA HONORS BAND COMPETITION

At the Texas Music Educators’ Association (TMEA) Honor Band Competition, held in July, the Elkins High School Honors Band, directed by Chad Collins, was named an Honor Band Finalist after earning 12th place at the competition that welcomed more than 250 Class 5A Texas bands. This is the band’s first time in school history to place at the state level.

TMEA hosts the Honor Band Competition every other year for Class 5A bands throughout the state. Participating bands record and submit their best work for judging at the regional level, with an opportunity to advance to area and state levels.

The EHS Honors Band began recording its entry in April following vigorous practices held before, during and after school. The band’s program included Scossa Elettrica (The Electric Shock) by Giacomo Puccini, Candide Suite by Leonard Bernstein and Donna Diana Overture by Emil von Reznicek.

“The literature our Honors Band performed was advanced for their age and on par with college-level material,” said Collins. “We submitted the recording of our performances to the regional competition, which was held June 8. Our band was one of only two in Region 13 to move on to area, which includes the entire Houston area.”

Based on its exemplary recording, the Elkins Honors Band earned first place at the area contest in June and received the honor of representing Houston at the state level. On July 20, TMEA announced Elkins as a State Honor Band Finalist after the band ranked 12th among competing bands. The Elkins band joins three other FBISD bands — Clements, Dulles and Ridge Point — selected as finalists.

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(Top row, l-r): Sensei Andres Sanabria, Sensei Nizar Albagdadi, Sensei Cassie Pham-Korman, Sensei Ramon Veras, Sensei Nathan Works; (bottom): Charlize Lopez , Christina Korman, Nalika Nana, Tyler Lopez, Jayden Good­­man, Akira Santoso, James Goodman, Jr. and Elaina Lan.

(Top row, l-r): Sensei Andres Sanabria, Sensei Nizar Albagdadi, Sensei Cassie Pham-Korman, Sensei Ramon Veras, Sensei Nathan Works; (bottom): Charlize Lopez , Christina Korman, Nalika Nana, Tyler Lopez, Jayden Good­­man, Akira Santoso, James Goodman, Jr. and Elaina Lan.

2017 USA KARATE NATIONALS CHAMPIONS NAMED IN FORT BEND ISD

More than 1,700 karatekas (karate atheltes) from across the country competed in Greenville, South Carolina, at the 2017 USA Karate National and Team Trials from July 19-23 – the largest and most prestigious competition in karate. Among them was a team of 12 athletes from Traditional Karate Center, seven of whom are from Fort Bend (FBISD) schools.

FBISD team members are James Goodman (Palmer Elementary), Jayden Goodman (Palmer Elementary), Elaina Lan (Quail Valley Middle School), Charlize Lopez (Settlers Way Elementary), Tyler Lopez (Sullivan Elementary), Nalika Nana (Oyster Creek Elementary) and Akira Santoso (Austin Parkway Elementary).

The FBISD students competed in Kata (which demonstrates the choreographed sequence of karate techniques), Team Kata and Kobudo (the weapon). The team won a total of 18 medals – four gold medals, five silver medals and nine bronze – as a result of countless hours training and sacrificing of both athletes and their families. The following students won awards:

James Goodman, gold (Kobudo) and bronze (Kata); Jayden Goodman, silver (Kobudo) and bronze ( Team Kata); Elaina Lan, bronze (Kata); Charlize Lopez , bronze (Kata); Tyler Lopez , silver (Kata) bronze (Team Kata); Nalika Nana, silver (Kata) and bronze (Team Kata); and Akira Santoso, bronze (Kata and Kobudo).

Other team members who received awards include Rylan Garza, silver (Kobudo); Christina Korman, gold (Kata and Kobudo); Sensei Cassie Pham-Korman, gold (Goyu Ryu Kata); Sensei Andres Sanabria, gold (Kumite); Sensei Clarissa Villanueva, silver (Goyu Ryu Kata) and bronze (Kata). Team members who also competed were Sensei Benny Garza and Sensei TJ Lopez.

The Traditional students train under Sensei Ramon Veras (chief instructor), Sensei Nizar Albagdadi (senior instructor) Sensei Nathan Work (senior instructor), Sensei Pedro Gutierrez, Sensei Cassie Pham-Korman and Sensei Andres Sanabria.

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(L-R): Thomas Le, Daniel Mock, Alex Alwais, Daniel Lavery, Ryan Knowles, Vinit Reddy, Matthew Ward and Zach Nalley.

(L-R): Thomas Le, Daniel Mock, Alex Alwais, Daniel Lavery, Ryan Knowles, Vinit Reddy, Matthew Ward and Zach Nalley.

SUGAR LAND BOY SCOUTS EARN EAGLE SCOUT RANKING

Alex Alwais, Ryan Knowles, Daniel Lavery, Thomas Le, Daniel Mock, Zach Nalley, Vinit Reddy and Matthew Ward, members of Boy Scout Troop #828 and residents of Sugar Land, have earned the honor of Eagle Scout, the highest rank that the Boy Scouts offers. Only 3 to 4 percent of Boy Scout members ever attain this prestigious honor.

To achieve Eagle Scout, a candidate must be active in his troop, hold a leadership position, earn at least 21 merit badges (including 12 Eagle required badges), complete a leadership service project benefiting the community and receive several letters of recommendation. After the scout works up through the ranks, he performs an Eagle project to develop his leadership skills while providing a community service.

The projects for these Scouts were varied and benefited many nonprofit organizations. Alwais organized a community blood drive benefiting the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. Knowles’ project consisted of constructing and installing a six-foot picnic table for Fort Bend Family Promise to be used in their garden. Lavery built two shelves for the food pantry at Casa Juan Diego in Houston. Le’s project involved building a courtyard for the Vietnamese Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Convent in Stafford. Mock organized a used-shoe drive collecting over 500 pairs of shoes that were donated to FBISD Shared Dreams. He also organized the construction of a collection box for Shared Dreams that was placed at Clements High School.

Nalley’s project included the landscaping of transplanted roses in an area of Our Lady of the Guadalupe Catholic School. Reddy organized the clearing out of invasive plant life at the Houston Arboretum after an extended drought had devastated the green space. Ward’s project focused on the importance of keeping storm drain water clean because it flows directly into our local waterways untreated. This was achieved by placing physical markers on 143 drains as well as placing informative door knob holders on 388 doors. He also prepared and presented a PowerPoint presentation to Troop 828 explaining the importance of the project.Many valuable lessons were learned by these young men as they planned and prepared their projects. During more than 700 volunteer hours, 72 fellow scouts, family members and friends also worked to help complete these projects that benefited religious institutions, schools and the community. The eight Scouts earned a total of 204 merit badges during their course of time as Boy Scouts and would like to thank all those involved in helping them along the way to achieve their goal of Eagle Scout.

An Eagle Court of Honor ceremony honoring these young men took place on July 24 at St. Laurence Parish in Sugar Land. More than 100 friends and family members attended including SHAC Field Director Brian McGuire, BSA District Executive Monica Carroll, Retired US Navy Lt. Commander John Kendall, and Fr. Truong Son Nguyen, the Parochial Vicar of St. Laurence Catholic Church.

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(Front row, l-r): Nancy Porter, Ana Alegria, Martha Lesikar; (middle row): Lynda Roulin, Gus Evans, Daphne Pemberton; (back row): Carl Peters, Karen Rice, Carol McDonough, Elizabeth Stevenson, Theresa McCown, Diana Urbanovsky and Joyce Sutherland.

(Front row, l-r): Nancy Porter, Ana Alegria, Martha Lesikar; (middle row): Lynda Roulin, Gus Evans, Daphne Pemberton; (back row): Carl Peters, Karen Rice, Carol McDonough, Elizabeth Stevenson, Theresa McCown, Diana Urbanovsky and Joyce Sutherland.

FORT BEND-HARRIS RETIRED EDUCATORS WELCOME NEW RETIREES

The Fort Bend- Harris Retired Educators welcomed new retirees to the “Oh Happy Day Luncheon” held Aug. 22, the first day of school. A pot-luck lunch was served and entertainment was provided by The Sugar Sisters. A legislative update was given by Marcy Cann, TRTA secretary/treasurer. The group also met on Sept. 14 at First United Methodist Church, Sugar Land where Dr. Charles Dupre, FBISD superintendent spoke on ways retirees can help in Fort Bend schools.


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