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


(Top row, l-r): Lillie Webster, Reid Richter, Ryan Jafri, Dominique Mallo, Hope Burford, HR Alexander Emanuel, Charlize Lopez, Evelyn Dravis; (bottom row): Benjamin Castano, Selah Coursey, Mehek Mathur, Tiffany Sellers, Mahira Mathur, Ellie Su and Krishna Bhadriraju.

(Top row, l-r): Lillie Webster, Reid Richter, Ryan Jafri, Dominique Mallo, Hope Burford, HR Alexander Emanuel, Charlize Lopez, Evelyn Dravis; (bottom row): Benjamin Castano, Selah Coursey, Mehek Mathur, Tiffany Sellers, Mahira Mathur, Ellie Su and Krishna Bhadriraju.

FORT BEND CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY CENTER SELECTS FIRST KIDS’ COMMITTEE

The first group of members of the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center (FBCDC) Kids’ Committee has been chosen from across Fort Bend County. Eleven of the 14 selected students are from Fort Bend ISD.

Members of the FBCDC Kids’ Committee are: Krishna Bhadriraju – third-grader from Honor Roll School; HR Alexander Emanuel – third-grader from Jan Schiff Elementary; Mahira Mathur – third-grader from Cornerstone Elementary; Mehek Mathur – third-grader from Corner­stone Elementary; Ellie Su – third-grader from Cornerstone Elementary; Benjamin Castano – fourth-grader from Jan Schiff Elementary; Selah Coursey – fourth-grader, homeschooled; Charlize Lopez – fourth-grader from Settler’s Way Elementary; Tiffany Sellers – fourth-grader from Tom Wilson Elementary; Lillie Webster – fourth-grader from Highlands Elementary; Hope Burford – fifth-grader from Highlands Elementary; Ryan Jafri – fifth-grader from Settler’s Way Elementary; Reid Richter – fifth-grader from Austin Parkway Elementary; and Dominque Mallo – sixth-grader from Sugar Land Middle School.

Children ages 8-12 who are enrolled in third to seventh grade during the 2016-17 school year were selected to be part of the first FBCDC kids’ committee. The FBCDC is dedicated to helping the Museum be a better place for children. The committee members are asked to provide a kid’s perspective for the museum on everything from exhibit development to programming, helping the Center to remain child-centered.

The Committee will also serve as ambassadors of the Museum within the Fort Bend County community through their volunteer leadership and outreach events.

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(L-R): Ari Cogdell, Champion Allison, Kahmari Montgomery and Will London.

(L-R): Ari Cogdell, Champion Allison, Kahmari Montgomery and Will London.

CHAMPION ALLISON OF GEORGE RANCH HS EARNS GOLD AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

George Ranch Longhorn senior Champion Allison was a part of the gold medal-winning USA 4x400m relay team at the International Association of Athletics Federations Under 20 World Championships in Poland.

The USA won an eighth successive 4x400m relay title after a thrilling homestretch battle with Botswana to drop the curtain on the IAAF World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016.

The quartet of Allison, Ari Cogdell, Kahmari Montgomery and Will London out-dueled the Botswana squad 3:02.39 to 3:02.81. The time is the fastest U20 performance of the year. Allison ran the first leg, handing off the baton after giving the USA the early lead. His lap was clocked at 45.44.

Allison, the reigning state champ in the 400-meter dash, also represented his country this summer at a track meet in Cuba.

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Congressman Pete Olson with Eagle Scouts (l-r) Justin Lee, Joshua Ku, Kenneth Lin, Nerius Mehta and Tristan Bauer.

Congressman Pete Olson with Eagle Scouts (l-r) Justin Lee, Joshua Ku, Kenneth Lin, Nerius Mehta and Tristan Bauer.

NEW EAGLE SCOUTS NAMED IN TROOP 1845

Justin Lee, Joshua Ku, Kenneth Lin, Nerius Mehta and Tristan Bauer of Boy Scout Troop 1845 received the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank awarded by the Boy Scouts of America, in a Court of Honor on April 30. Congressman Pete Olson spoke at the ceremony and presented a Congressional Recognition to each Scout.

These young men, sophomores at Clements High School and Hightower High School, began their Scouting journey as Cub Scouts.  Lee, Ku, Mehta and Bauer began as Tigers in 2006 with Pack 1882 at Common­wealth Elementary School and completed their Arrow of Light in 2010. Lin started as a Webelos II in 5th grade with Pack 1882.

Their path to Eagle Scout involved numerous camping nights, merit badges, leadership positions and service activities. As part of the Eagle requirement, each Scout is required to complete a project demonstrating planning skills and leadership.

Lee’s project benefits the residents of the Gracewood Women’s Shelter with the construction of a concrete walkway that connects a campus driveway to Patti’s Place Boutique, a shop that provides clothing and other resources for mothers and children in residence. His project allows better accessibility between the driveway and the boutique. Lee recruited, instructed and supervised 14 Scouts and church youth to assist in the construction of this walkway.

Ku’s project consisted of the design and construction of a Pop Tabs collection box for Clements High School. The collection of soda pop tabs benefits The Ronald McDonald House. The pop tabs collection program teaches kids about philanthropy and the importance of recycling. Through this program, RMHC has raised thousands of dollars to give families a place to stay close by their hospitalized children at little or no cost.

Lin’s project benefited Colony Meadows Elementary School. He led Scouts in the painting of the mascot paw prints on the sidewalks and painting of squares, with the school initials, at the car pool line. The various squares enable the teachers to direct students for an orderly pick up after school.

Mehta’s project consisted of construction of a display shelving unit at the Zoroastrian Association of Houston. Placed outside the prayer room, this unit holds all the prayer books and prayer caps. Mehta led a group of ZAH members to assist in constructing of the shelves to replace an old and very small shelf with a much-needed, bigger unit.

Bauer’s project consisted of the design and construction of a Shared Dreams box and a Box Top for Education collection box for Clements High School. He designed and led 14 Scouts in the making of the two boxes. Shared Dreams benefits those in need through collection donations of clothing, toiletry items etc.

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(Top row, l-r): Sensei Nizar Albagdadi, Charlize Lopez, Ronny Zapata, Elaina Lan, Kaito Sengoku James Goodman Jr., Andres Sanabria; (middle row): Nilika Nana, Sensei Cassie Pham-Korman, Sensei Rommel Gargoles, Rylan Garza, Devashih Akhare, David Hisay, Akira Santoso; (bottom row): Christina Korman, Jayden Goodman and Tyler Lopez.

(Top row, l-r): Sensei Nizar Albagdadi, Charlize Lopez, Ronny Zapata, Elaina Lan, Kaito Sengoku James Goodman Jr., Andres Sanabria; (middle row): Nilika Nana, Sensei Cassie Pham-Korman, Sensei Rommel Gargoles, Rylan Garza, Devashih Akhare, David Hisay, Akira Santoso; (bottom row): Christina Korman, Jayden Goodman and Tyler Lopez.

2016 TEXAS NATIONAL STATE KARATE CHAMPIONS

A team of 16 students, including 11 from Fort Bend ISD, took part in the 2016 Texas National State Karate Championship and Qualifier. Winners of the competition will represent Texas in 2016 USA National Championships and US Team Trials in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Three hundred athletes from all over Texas gathered in Irving for the largest and most prestigious karate tournament in Texas. Athletes ranged from 4-60 years old and fell under 100 different divisions in kata, or form, which is the essence and foundation of karate; kumite, or combat, which is a training method that puts into practice the attack and defense techniques learned in the katas; and kobudo, which refers to the weapon systems of martial arts.

Tyler Lopez, a kindergarten student from Settler’s Way Elementary, won Gold in Kumite; Nalika Nana, a first-grader from Oyster Creek Elementary, won Gold in Kata; Akira Santoso, a third-grader from Commonwealth Elementary, won Gold in Kata and Silver in Kobudo; Kaito Sengoku, a third-grader from Austin Parkway Elementary, won Gold in Kobudo and Bronze in Kata; Charlize Lopez, a fourth-grader from Settler’s Way Elementary, won Silver in Kobudo and Bronze in Kata; David Hisay, a fourth-grader won gold in Kata and Kumite; James Goodman Jr., a fourth-grader from Palmer Elementary, won Gold in Kobudo and Silver in Kata; Christina Korman, a fifth-grader from Lutheran South Academy, won Silver in Kata; Elaina Lan, a seventh-grader from Quail Valley Middle School, won Silver in Kata and Bronze in Kumite; Devashish Akhare, an eighth-grader from Dulles Middle School, won Bronze in Kata; Rylan Garza, a ninth-grader from Morton Ranch High School (Katy ISD), won Silver in Kobudo and Bronze in Kata; Ronny Zapata, a ninth-grader from Galena Park High School (Galena Park ISD), won Silver in Kobudo and Bronze in Kata; Andres Sanabria won Bronze in Kata; Jayden Goodman, a second-grader from Palmer Elementary also competed; Sensei Cassie Pham-Korman won Gold in Kata and Sensei Rommel Gargoles won Gold in Kobudo and Bronze in Kata.

“Karate is a form of moving meditation to relax your body and bring tranquility to your mind,” said Sensei Ramon Veras, the chief instructor of Traditional Karate Center of Sugar Land. “It teaches kids a lifetime of personal improvement skill like discipline, self-defense and self-control.”

All 16 karate athletes train at Traditional Karate Center under the instruction of Veras, Sensei Nizar Albagdadi (senior instructor), Sensei Nathan Work (senior instructor), Sensei Cassie Korman, Sensei Pedro Gutierrez, Sensei Christine Work and Rebecca Uzick.

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Carolin Wootres

Carolin Wootres

Aaliyah Jenkins

Aaliyah Jenkins

LCISD HS STUDENT A NATIONAL CHAMPION AT INTERNATIONAL THESPIAN FESTIVAL

Carolin Wootres, a 2016 Lamar Consolidated High School graduate, was crowned as a National Champion at the International Thespian Festival, June 20-25 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Wootres’ Theatre Marketing concept for the Mustang Playhouse’s fall 2015 production of “Noises Off” earned her a Superior ranking and was the only entry selected to be featured in the Mainstage Showcase at the end of the week

Aaliyah Jenkins, the Salutatorian of the class of 2016 at LCHS, earned a Superior ranking for her Stage Management of “Noises Off.”

Contact Claudia McCotter, director of theatre arts at cmccotter@lcisd.org or 832-223-3137 for more information regarding theatre arts at Lamar Consolidated High School.

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Saaket Poray

Saaket Poray

Ali Shirazi

Ali Shirazi

STUDENTS REACH SEMI-FINALS IN INTERNATIONAL YOUTH INNOVATION COMPETITION

Saaket Poray and Ali Shirazi from Sugar Land were semi-finalists in The Paradigm Challenge, one of the largest youth innovation competitions in the world. The competition challenged students aged 7 to 18 to use STEM skills plus kindness, creativity and collaboration to generate new ideas to prevent injuries and fatalities from home fires – America’s No. 1 disaster threat. Poray (15) and Shirazi (16) competed against more than 50,000 students who participated in this year’s challenge. Fewer than 5 percent of participants were selected as semi-finalists.

“The number of youth who stepped up to accept our inaugural Challenge to help save lives truly is inspiring,” said Jeff Richardson, Project Paradigm’s founder and CEO. “We commend the semi-finalists for the energy, creativity, and critical thinking skills they put into their solutions to this real-life problem. Their winning ideas can help save lives in communities around the world.” Their solutions included inventions, community events, mobile apps, videos, posters, and songs.

The Paradigm Challenge is a new annual competition created by Project Paradigm, a national private foundation headquartered in Los Angeles, in collaboration with the American Red Cross and supported by partners, including Youth Changing the World and the National Youth Leadership Council. The current theme, which changes annually, is home fires. Project Paradigm aims to identify, support and collaborate with passionate individuals and organizations to inspire, lead and facilitate para­digm shifts in the approaches to global challenges.

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Students performed Exploring Our Cultures at Seguin Elementary in a program which represented China, Vietnam, India, Nigeria, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S.

Students performed Exploring Our Cultures at Seguin Elementary in a program which represented China, Vietnam, India, Nigeria, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S.

Students performed Exploring Our Cultures at Seguin Elementary in a program which represented China, Vietnam, India, Nigeria, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S.

Students performed Exploring Our Cultures at Seguin Elementary in a program which represented China, Vietnam, India, Nigeria, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S.

SUMMER SCHOOL STUDENTS HOST CULTURAL CELEBRATION AT SEGUIN ELEMENTARY

The students in the Bilingual/English as a Second Language program at Seguin Elementary took part in a performance this summer to showcase and celebrate the many cultures from around the world. Families and staff filled the cafeteria as the students took them on a musical journey to the many countries represented by FBISD students, including some students dressed in traditional clothing representative of their native land.

Mariolga Parra, summer school principal at Seguin Elementary, enjoyed the performances as she sang along to familiar songs from her childhood.

“We wanted to highlight the diversity of our staff and students,” Parra said. “The teachers and students learned various aspects of cultural traditions as they showcased seven countries.”

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(L-R): Melissa Mehall, Mission Glen's assistant principal; Keila Castello, third-grader; Erica Parker, third- grade team leader; and Sue Bridges, FBHRE Book Project chairman.

(L-R): Melissa Mehall, Mission Glen’s assistant principal; Keila Castello, third-grader; Erica Parker, third- grade team leader; and Sue Bridges, FBHRE Book Project chairman.

MISSION GLEN STUDENTS GET DONATIONS OF NEW BOOKS

Fort Bend-Harris Retired Educators completed their 2015 -2016 Book Project on May 24 by presenting Mission Glen third, fourth, and fifth-grade students with 285 new books. In September 2015, 325 new books were given to grades Pre-K, K, first and second. The 610 books were accepted with great enthusiasm.

The Children’s Book Project is a statewide service activity carried out by local units of the Texas Retired Teachers Association. Retired public school employees are invited to join the local group’s Kickoff Brunch Social on Monday, Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. at the First UMC, 431 Eldridge Road, in the Great Hall.


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