Woodlands Schools, Sports, Students August 2011
AREA THEATRE STUDENTS BEGIN THEIR DREAM – Stage manager Kyle Gates of the Atlantic, assistant director Stephanie Kinch of The Office, and actor Tristan Colton auditioned at the International Thespian Festivalin during their senior year at The Woodlands High School, winning placement at their first-choice schools, and are now working in their dream jobs.
Coached by Sandra Erlandson, the former TWHS theater teacher, John Cooper graduate Whitney Brandt won placement last fall to the prestigious University of Michigan Musical Theatre program; this year, Aaron Boudreaux from College Park will join former TWHS student Connor McCollum in the Musical Theatre program at the University of Oklahoma; Jessica Trinque from TWHS will join Paige Wharton from ORHS in the BFA Acting ensemble at the University of Houston; and Paige Breshears from ORHS will join Carrie Vaughan, also from ORHS, at Webster Conservatory in St. Louis.
In addition, four theater students from TWHS won the Pavilion scholarship this year: Joe Dougherty, Jessica Trinque, Vic Shuttee from The Woodlands, and Aaron Boudreaux from College Park. Boudreaux also won the Texas Thespian State Scholarship. Shuttee was finalist of the national YoungArts scholarship, and Allison McKinney won Honorable Mention. Shuttee will go to UH in playwriting, and McKinney will go to Rutgers in the BFA Actor training program. Last year, Keith Hale joined Jimmy Dolphin at Elon University.
This summer, Erlandson coached five students and all received more than 20 callbacks each to the universities that were auditioning the more than 400 auditionees at the International Thespian Festival. Sponsored by TWHS theater chair Carlen Gilseth and Magnolia HS chair Greg Stanley, TWHS seniors Cecily Breaux and Katelyn Mattingly received numerous callbacks, as did Jeremy Foster, Christa McWhirter, and Jeannie Moffitt from Magnolia. In addition, Breaux already received a substantial scholarship and early acceptance to the University of Evansville.
TOWNSHIP RECOGNIZES LADY HIGHLANDERS – The Woodlands Township Board of Directors honored The Woodlands High School Lady Highlander 2011 Varsity Softball Team’s class 5A State Championship during the Township’s board workshop in June. The Lady Highlanders were also honored for being ranked the No. 1 high school girls softball team in the nation by Powerade FAB 50 ESPN Rise.
GIRLS SOFTBALL TEAM PARTICIPATES IN TEXAS STATE USFA TOURNAMENT – The Texas Thunder 14U softball team took runner-up honors in Texas State USFA Tournament in Beaumont. Team members are Devon Stratton, Brook Gilliard, Angie Johnson, Courtney Simpson, Desman DePaulis, Taylor McDade, Taylor Do-Welch, Ashley Moreno, (mascot) Truett Napolitano, Jessica Vlasek, Lexi Shaw and Taylor Saldivar. The coaches are Scott Perry, Derek Shaw and Ed Gilliard.
GIRL SCOUTS DONATE $500 TO INTERFAITH OF THE WOODLANDS – Local Girl Scout Troop 11296 donated $500 to Interfaith of The Woodlands to help improve the lives of individuals in the community.
Through cookie sales and fundraisers, the girls decided to donate the funds to a charitable organization and chose Interfaith of The Woodlands.
“Interfaith greatly appreciates the kind donation from the Girl Scouts,” said Dr. Ann Snyder, president and CEO of Interfaith. “Their determination to do good and generosity to help others is tremendous.”
THE WOODLANDS HS THEATER DONATES TO MONTGOMERY COUNTY WOMEN’S CENTer – The Woodlands High School Theater Department collected a truck full of clothing that was donated to Something Special, the resale shop that supports The Montgomery County Women’s Shelter. In addition, Principal Gregg Colschen and theater director Connie Godwin donated $1,000 of proceeds from The Angelina Project to the Montgomery County Women’s Center.