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Around Town June 2010

LOCAL TEEN WINS PAGEANT. Kaity Bakke from Humble, won the title of Miss Teen Texas-World 2010. During the three-day event, Bakke competed in interview, swimsuit and evening gown competition along with many other contestants. She will go on to compete at the Miss Teen United States-World Pageant in Houston on June 25.

During the week-long event representing Texas, she will be compete in the same three areas of competition. The winner of the Miss Teen United States-World Pageant will go on to represent the country in the 2010 Miss Teen World Pageant.

Bakke is in the top 7 percent of her class and been active in cheerleading for the past 10 years. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the French Club and Diamond Dolls. Bakke has been a member and volunteer for the National Charity League Organization for the past four years and has held the positions of historian, treasurer, vice president of philanthropies and corresponding secretary.

She plans to pursue a career in broadcasting and would like to attend New York University.


COOPER STUDENTS NAMED FINALISTS IN NATIONAL HISPANIC RECOGNITION PROGRAM. The 2009-10 National Hispanic Recognition Program selected John Cooper School seniors Luis Flores-Castillo and Alexander Juszczak as finalists.

Established in 1983, the National Hispanic Recognition Program is a College Board program that provides national recognition of the exceptional academic achievements of Hispanic/Latino high school seniors and identifies them for post-secondary institutions. Both students were designated with Honorable Mention distinctions.

Patrons enjoyed the food and entertainment at the crawfish festival in Town Green Park.

FIRST ANNUAL CRAWFISH FESTIVAL BENEFITS PHA. The 1st Annual Crawfish Festival held at Town Green Park was a huge success. Event attendees enjoyed 6,000 pounds of crawfish, 160 pounds of fried alligator, nearly 2,000 Raising Cane’s chicken fingers, jambalaya, desserts and a variety of refreshments while listening to live music. Kids played on giant moonwalks and enjoyed snow cones and popcorn.

The festival was created as a community partnership between the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s local fundraiser, Cure PH, and the South Montgomery County/Woodlands Chamber’s Young Professionals Network.

Cure PH raises funds for research to help find a cure for pulmonary hypertension. Since its inception in 1999, Cure PH’s local fundraising events have raised more than $1.7 million for research. For more information, go to www.PHAssociation.org.



Scholarship recipients are pictured at the Junior Volunteer Banquet with the Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital Auxiliary’s Scholarship chair Mary Ruisard (far left) and the Auxiliary’s president Anita Ray (far right).

HOSPITAL AUXILIARY AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS. The Volunteer Auxiliary at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital presented 13 scholarships at its Junior Volunteer Banquet to recognize academic achievement and dedication to the hospital’s volunteer program. Each year, the Auxiliary assigns dedicated funds for scholarships, which graduating seniors can apply for during their senior year of high school. Awards were based on volunteer service at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands and in the community, leadership and character. A total of $15,000 was awarded.

Those receiving scholarships from Oak Ridge High School were: Alex Griffith, Araly Olvera and Landon Morris; College Park High School: Annie Flynn, Daniel Lapid, Pooja Magadi and Matthew Kim; The Woodlands High School: Umaima Suteria, Sindu Subramanian and Sarah Sheasby. Additionally, home-schooled student Ian Handfelt, Klein Collins senior Aalia Farukhi and Spring High School senior Derrick Alexander received scholarships.



US Oncology employees volunteer at the Montgomery County Food Bank.

US ONCOLOGY ASSISTS MC FOOD BANK. US Oncology, the nation’s premier oncology services company located in The Woodlands, provided 29 employees to assist the Montgomery County Food Bank with sorting food items for easier distribution to those in need. The Montgomery County Food Bank is a nonprofit center for food distribution. The MCFB procures donated surplus food and transfers all food items in usable quantities to 39 nonprofit agencies and 24 schools in Montgomery County.

For more information  call 936-539-6686.


Sandra Muery displays her blue ribbons.

TFC VOLUNTEER WINS BLUE RIBBONS AT THE COUNTY FAIR. Sandra Muery won six ribbons for her handiwork at the Senior Day at the Fair during the Montgomery County Fair and Rodeo—the most ribbons awarded to any senior. In addition to making jewelry, Muery also volunteers at The Friendsip Center.


Kris Dimlich, TFC Woman of Distinction, and husband, Steve.

2010 WOMAN OF DISTINCTION NAMED BY FRIENDSHIP CENTER. Hundreds of hours of volunteer service to The Friendship Center paid off for Kris Dimlich when she was honored as The Friendship Center’s Woman of Distinction at the Women of Distinction Luncheon, sponsored by the Montgomery County Women’s Council of Organizations. Kris serves as The Friendship Center’s co-chair on its marketing committee, where she helped design the agency’s new Web page. Additionally, Kris founded and chairs the agency’s Kibbles on Wheels pet food project, an endeavor that provides food for the animals of home-bound Meals-On-Wheels clients who have pets. For more information, call 936-441-2982 or go to www.tfc-seniorservices.org.


Cassandra Welch, age 9 v Lelah Hornick, age 5 v Miranda Hake, age 8. v Marcella Mayeur and the Bonnet Belles v Jenna, 5, and Alyssa Zandstra v Betty Chandler and Marcella Mayeur

Cassandra Welch, age 9 • Lelah Hornick, age 5 • Miranda Hake, age 8. • Marcella Mayeur and the Bonnet Belles • Jenna, 5,
and Alyssa Zandstra • Betty Chandler and Marcella Mayeur

MARCELLA’S TEA PARTY FOR YOUNG LADIES. Twenty-five young girls from Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church became “young ladies” in their pretty hats, dresses and white gloves when they attended Marcella’s Tea Party at The Woodlands Country Club. Marcella Mayeur calls the group her “Bonnet Belles.”

Mothers and invited guests were served “tea party” delights with the best manners used that day. Each girl was asked to draw a picture of a hat and bring it to the party for all to see.

As each young lady was introduced by Betty Chandler, she was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up.

Thomas Miller, Lincoln Halford and Jacob Kirchoff sang and danced. SOJ Belle Taryn Lenert sang and played the guitar, and Eric Smith serenaded the ladies as he played his guitar.

Each girl left with a souvenir miniature tea cup.


Junior Nicholas Homonko wins a Scholastic Art Gold Medal for his sculpture Would Wood Flow.

COOPER VISUAL ARTS STUDENTS HEAD TO NYC TO ACCEPT SCHOLASTIC ART GOLD MEDALS. A record five Cooper art students were awarded Gold Medals at the national adjudication level of the art portion of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, out of 19 such medals awarded to students statewide. Elena Malek (photography), Tim Cousins (drawing), Nicholas Homonko (sculpture), Caroline Lindley (digital) and Suzanne Varughese (design) will travel to Carnegie Hall in New York City, along with instructors Bob Mosier and Karen Fearon, to be honored among the top young artists in the country and around the world. Ten additional art students were awarded the highest level of recognition, a Gold Key, at the Regional-at-large level of the awards.

Student artists were awarded a total of $8,000 for work entered in The Woodlands Waterway Art Festival Student Scholarship Competition. Suzanne Varghese (mixed media), Caroline Lindley (photography) and Merlene Robertson (sculpture) were awarded $2,000 for placing first; Nick Homonko was awarded $1,000 for placing second; and Lauren Medina and Lauren Rice were each awarded $500 for placing third.


(L-R) Contest judge Cliff Roe of Cliff Roe Photography; Tom Skeen holding his winning entry; Don Rueter, president of The Woodlands Photography Club; and contest judge Valerie Yaklin-Brown, photography instructor at Lone Star College.

CAMERA CLUB CONTEST WINNER NAMED. Tom Skeen won Best of Show in The Woodlands Photography Club’s semi-annual Camera Club Contest for his photo entitled Spring, Texas. For more information about The Woodlands Photography Club, visit www.woodlandsphoto.org.


Mary Carl, an Interfaith volunteer, spends a few hours each month playing games and socializing with Copperwood residents.

INTERFAITH VOLUNTEER BRINGS JOY TO COPPERWOOD SENIORS. Once a month residents living at Copper-wood Apartments look forward to a fun visit from Interfaith volunteer Mary Carl. As part of Interfaith’s Senior Services Care and Wellness programs, Carl volunteers her time entertaining the seniors with a variety of games including Pictionary and Trivial Pursuit.

“I volunteer with Interfaith because it is a good way to get involved in the community,” says Carl. “I particularly enjoy Games Day at Copperwood. I find that the participants make new friends and become acquainted with old friends.”

(L-R) Signatures committee members, Jenny Tait, Pat Schwartz, Michaela Durisek, Joanne Tikkanen and Isela Atwood.

JCS AUTHOR SERIES AIDS R.E.A.D. Each year, a portion of the proceeds from The John Cooper School’s Signatures Author Series is given to a literary organization. The 5th Annual Signatures Author Series featured Marley and Me author John Grogan, and the Montgomery Pet Partners’ Reading Educa-tion Assistance Dogs program was the designated beneficiary of a portion of the proceeds. Isela Atwood, 2009 Signatures chairperson, presented a check for $2,000 to MPP President Michaela Durisek. The MPP R.E.A.D. program promotes the development of literacy through certified teams who work one-on-one with emerging readers and students identified as at-risk, to help improve reading skills. Nicholas Sparks, author of The Notebook and a diverse array of bestsellers, will be the featured speaker for the 6th Annual Signatures Author Series on Nov. 12.


Aaron Brooks receives NBA’s Most Improved Player recognition.

ROCKETS POINT GUARD EARNS HONOR FOLLOWING BREAK-OUT SEASON. Houston Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player. With 19.6 points per game—good for an increase of 11.2 points per contest from his scoring average of a season ago— he is by far and away the biggest leap in the league among minimum qualifiers.

His impressive stats include 39 games scoring at least 20 points and 10 contests, which witnessed him post 30 points or more—this after entering the season with a mere 11 20-point games over his first two seasons combined.

He is the sixth player in NBA history to make at least 200 three-pointers and dish out at least 400 assists in the same season.

In addition, he set the Rockets’ single-season record for three-pointers made with 209, while also establishing the Rockets single-game mark for most 3-pointers made without a miss (7) during a March 17 game against Memphis.

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