Woodlands Schools, Sports, Students May 2012
COOPER STUDENTS RECOGNIZED IN NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM – Approximately one-fourth of The John Cooper School’s 78-member Class of 2012 were recognized by the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. Five seniors — Daniel Clark, Neil Iyer, Spencer Morris, Alessandro Portela and Michelle Tiu – are among the 15,000 students from across the country named as Finalists in the competition to be awarded merit scholarships.
Also from The John Cooper School, Cameron Friday was named a National Merit Semifinalist and the following 13 students were named Commended Scholars in the program: Chandler Abshire, Christina Bray, Nicholas Carlson, Sean Choksi, Clark Connett, Cody Guinn, Ellena Malek, Stephanie Manceor, Timesh Patel, Oliver Quintero, Taylor Schmidt, Mattias Turner and Neha Verma.
LADY HIGHLANDERS HAVE RECORD SEASON – The 2011-12 Woodlands Lady Highlanders basketball team completed a record setting season with a school record 32-3 season. The post season playoff run matched a school best appearance in the Regional semifinals. Earning first All-district honors were Paige Bradley, Anna Strickland, Kelsey Lang, Maghen Lormand and Ashlyn Hargraves. Kara Evans earned second team, while Nicole Lademarco was named Honorable Mention. Coach Dana Bruton was selected as District 14-5A Coach of the Year and Anna Strickland was chosen as Top Defensive Player.
The graduating seniors who will continue their careers in college are Paige Bradley (Denver), Anna Strickland (Harding), Ashlyn Hargraves (Lubbock Christian), and Maghen Lormand (Concordia). Christina Ray is deciding between McNeese State and Austin College.
KIDS NIGHT OUT AT WOODLANDS PREP – Lower School students at The Woodlands Preparatory School had ooey, gooey, messy fun at Kids Night Out when they made silly putty, bobbed for donuts, and dug face first into their spaghetti dinner.
TWHS THEATER STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN TFA STATE CONTEST – Ten acting students in 10 events qualified for the 2012 Texas Forensic Association State Contest held in Amarillo. The Woodlands High School Theatre Department qualified in 10 events for the TFA State contest and placed three in the All-State category with five students. Andrew Hollinger and Aaron Evens, Rachel Ricks and Soraya Herbert placed their duet acting in quarter finals, as well as Holly Rogers in dramatic interpretation. All five students were thus named All-State.
Also competing, but not placing, were Rachel Schardt and Christie Beauchemin, Jonah Yohana and Katlin Newman in duet acting, and Gwen Jones in Humorous interpretation. Theater Department chair Carlen Gilseth sponsored the team.
Advanced Theatre Arts student Sydney Elias qualified for State in the costume design division of the University Interscholastic League Technical Contest. She competed with other finalists from Texas at the University of Texas at Austin in March.
Sydney, a junior, has designed costumes for every TWHS main stage show this year. In addition, Sydney qualified for Nationals at the International Thespian Festival in December in costume construction with her design from Meet Me in St. Louis. With required costume designs from A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Elias designed costumes for Oberon, Hermia and Puck. She will compete at the State UIL level in May.
ST. ANTHONY PARTICIPATES IN TRACK MEET – St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School participated in the GHCCa track qualifier meet. Students placing in the meet were: Logan Stokes, Luke Kursonis, Chris Denison and Travis Lein, fourth place sixth grade Boys’ Relay; Logan Stokes, second place sixth grade Boys’ Long Jump; Travis Lein, fourth place sixth grade Boys’ Shot Put; Audrey Schleicher, second place sixth grade Girls’ 100m Dash and third place sixth Grade Girls’ 200m & 400 M Dashes; Allie Fitzgerald, third place eighth grade Girls’ 800m Run; Shannon Stokes, first place eighth grade Girls’ 100m & 200m Dashes; Ricardo Diaz, second place eighth grade Boys’ 200m Dash and third place eighth grade Boys’ 100m Dash.
WOODLANDS YOUNG LEARNERS ACADEMY STUDENTS LEARN HEALTHY EATING HABITS – Children at The Woodlands Young Learners Academy are learning healthy eating habits and trying new foods from Chef Yoli, the newest addition to the TWYLA team.
Chef Yoli prepares and serves fresh, healthy meals that provide TWYLA kids with the nutrients they need to stay energized throughout the day. “The kiddos love the new menus,” said Dan Altom, TWYLA co-founder. “Parents are commenting that their children are eating more vegetables because Chef Yoli made them at school and they liked them prepared that way. It’s a great way to encourage healthy eating, although Chef Yoli also makes awesome chocolate chip cookies.”