Woodlands Schools, Sports, Students April 2016
SACRED HEART AWARDED DAVID GUITE MEMORIAL AWARD
Raising more than $50,000 is something to celebrate alone, but Sacred Heart Catholic School was recently awarded the David Guite Memorial Spirit Award at the 11th annual Steps for Students 5K race event hosted in Houston at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
Steps for Students is an annual archdiocesan-wide event bringing more than 60 schools and over 12,000 participants in the Archdiocese of Galveston Houston together as one to support Catholic education and awareness. It is a day of family fun that includes a 5K USA Track and Field Association sanctioned race, Sunrise Mass, the Catholic Schools Village for Pre and Post Race celebrations and the David K. Guite Memorial presentation.
The David Guite Spirit Award is the highest honor given by the Steps for Students race committee and is in memory of David Guite who was a strong advocate for Catholic education and a founding member of the Steps for Students event. The Steps for Students committee along with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo and the Guite family welcomed both Sacred Heart from Conroe and Assumption from Houston to join them on stage to begin the race and to present the schools with the David Guite Spirit Award, the first tie in the event’s history.
“Receiving the David Guite Spirit award is more than an honor,” said Principal Deb Brown. “It is a true blessing reflecting the dedication and love of all of our wonderful families and friends and is truly a moment to remember and celebrate for Sacred Heart.”
OAK RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS COOK FOR ASTRONAUTS
Oak Ridge High School (ORHS) Culinary Arts students spent the day preparing falafel for the NASA food scientists and astronauts at the Johnson Space Center on Feb. 19. These students were participating in the High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) Program’s Culinary Challenge Event.
The HUNCH Culinary Challenge required the preparation of a tasty, vegetarian entrée that met the rigorous NASA nutrition standards while taking into consideration additional factors such as the meal working well in a microgravity environment. The students were also tasked with writing a paper about the entrée demonstrating their knowledge about food science and preparing an informational video.
HUNCH is an instructional partnership between NASA and educational institutions benefiting both NASA and the students. NASA receives cost-effective hardware and soft-goods, while students receive real-world hands-on experiences. The program hopes to inspire future explorers and scientists.
The winners of the HUNCH Culinary Challenge will be announced in May.
CONROE ISD DESTINATION IMAGINATION TEAMS ADVANCE TO STATE
The Destination Imagination (D.I.) Regional Tournament took place Saturday, Feb. 20 at Oak Ridge High School. Approximately 197 teams participated, with 162 of the teams being from Conroe ISD. Nineteen Conroe ISD teams advanced to the D.I. State Tournament, which will be held April 1-2 in Anna, Texas.
“We’re so proud of the hard work put in by all participants in developing solutions to the Destination Imagination Challenges which integrate the core content areas with music, drama, art, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills,” stated Chris Reichelt, Conroe ISD Gifted Programs Specialist. “The application of these skills will benefit them throughout their academic career.”
Schools with teams advancing to State: Academy of Science and Technology – 5 teams; Collins Intermediate – 2 teams; Cox Intermediate – 1 team; David Elementary – 1 team; Grangerland Intermediate – 1 team; Knox JHS – 3 teams; Mitchell Intermediate – 2 teams; Tough Elementary – 3 teams; Vogel Intermediate – 1 team.
D.I. is an extraordinary, extracurricular competition where student teams, grades kindergarten through 12, solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at competitive tournaments. D.I. has a high alignment with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
Additionally, the program is in more than 30 countries, and every year more than 150,000 students across the U.S. participate. In Texas alone, the program reaches over 20,000 students annually.
Texas is divided into 16 D.I. Regions. Teams work from September until early spring to solve their challenge. Teams then take their solution to a regional tournament to be appraised. In May, state tournament winners will attend Global Finals held annually at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
CONROE ISD JUNIOR HIGH SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS
Over 1,100 junior high students from across Conroe ISD participated in the Junior High Science Fair as part of the recent SCI://TECH event series. This event combined with the SCI://TECH Senior High Science Fair serves as CISD’s science fair and is the largest in Texas, and one of the largest in the nation. Seventh- and eighth-grade students submit research projects in one of the life science or physical science categories. Volunteer judges then rank students on their research and presentation skills, and award prizes.
Student winners are as follows: Animal Science – Helene Sietses, Manal Khattak, Ryan Schroeder; Behavioral/Social Science – Ethan Yu, Abby Frederickson, Chloe Jones,Jackson Sorenson, Carla Cobos, Awanee Gaspar, Andrew Nemeth, Ross Dixon, Avery Palacios, Connor McLean; Chemistry – Rohan Vaidya, Vishnu Murthy, Joseph Templet, Caitlyn Roberts, Mateusz Kozlowski, Angelina Lenz, Arwa Kolsawala; Computer Science – Kabir Jolly; Earth/Space Science – Michela Bracci , Arman Sharma; Energy & Transportation – Andrew Le, Ian Pedroza, Evan Rees, Andrew Mahler, Andrew Jones; Engineering – Aaron Vieraitis, Nathan Nguyen, Aparna Tampi, Jamie Lee; Environmental Science – Shyla Mohan, Rylie Voyles, Ashlee Jarvis, Jared Ali, Keerthi Bhoda, Kaitlyn Trushenski; Mathematics – Shourav Dasari; Medicine/Health – Esha Chakraborti, Grace Farrell, Sascha Mohan, Devon Wendle, Tyler Clough, David Castro, Alexander Kang, Bolurin Ojofeitimi, Edward Winstanley; Physics & Astronomy – Olivia Fleming, Gabriel Bustos, Harry Crocker, Chase Kontranowski, Anna Wertz, Rithvik Asani, Ellen Crawford; Plant Science – Caden Pfluger, Kate Tabor, Patricio Trevino, Sarah Winnier, Robert Ross-Kirov, Madison Garriss, Owen Velkoff; Team Botany/Environment/Zoology – Jimmy Chui, Matthew York; Team Engineering/ Computers/Math – Olivia Anderson, Sophie Hulett; Team Physical Science – Matthew Rahlfs, Carson Ruediger; Team Behavioral/ Biochem/Medicine – Angela Diep, Alena Tas, Geneva Allison and Delaney May.
COOPER FOURTH-GRADER’S DRAWING TO HANG IN STATE CAPITOL, BULLOCK MUSEUM
March is National Youth Art Month and the state of Texas has been a leader in Youth Art Month celebrations since it began. Timothy Lu, a fourth-grade student at The John Cooper School, had his charcoal and pastel drawing, titled “Glinting Bottles,” selected to be among 100 pieces of student artwork which was exhibited in the state Capitol from Feb. 28-March 5. The exhibit then moved to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum where it will hang through April 3, when there will be a special reception and awards ceremony.
COOPER STUDENTS DEMONSTRATE SKILLS IN MATH, SCIENCE, ROBOTICS COMPETITIONS
Upper School students from The John Cooper School competed in biotech and robotics competitions held on Feb. 13 as part of the EfTA SCI://Tech Exposition. Eight students competed in two-person teams in the Biotechnology Competition held at Lone Star-Montgomery College. The team of Sonya Bhatia and Cassidy Sellers placed first and Aiman Abdul Rhman and Alyssa Lai placed second in the Data Analysis category. Overall, Nathaniel Wu and Jason Weinstein placed third and Mark Flanagan and Alex George placed fifth. Claire Varnai and Emma Hashemi also teamed up for the biotech competition.
In another building, seven Cooper students competed against 26 other teams and placed eighth overall in the EfTA Engineering Design Competition. Meanwhile, another Cooper robotics team competed in the VEX “Battle by the Beach” competition that was held at Ball High School in Galveston.
The previous week, six Upper School students represented Cooper at the EfTA SCI://Tech Math Bowl. Each student served on teams with students from other schools, sharing what they knew of statistics, calculus, pre-calculus, algebra 2 and geometry. Jack Wade finished on the 1st place team and Michael Dobson finished on the 2nd place team.
TWCA SWIM TEAM PLACES 2ND IN STATE
The Woodlands Christian Warrior Swim Team competed in the TAPPS Division III State Championship on Feb.12 in San Antonio. The team’s combined score earned 2nd Place.
Senior Colin Murphy was named East Region Swimmer of the Meet and State Competitor of the Meet. Senior Hannah Bub was named East Region Swimmer of the Meet. The Boys team finished State Runners Up. The Girls team finished 4th overall.
State Champions: Hannah Bub – 200 Freestyle; Colin Murphy – 200 and 500 Freestyles with new state records in both; Boys’ 200 Free Relay – Jake Copeland, Mason Swanner, Danyon Decker and Colin Murphy.
Silver Medalists: Jake Copeland-100 Freestyle; Girls’ 400 Free Relay – Hannah Bub, Hailey Hanigan, Meredith Frey and Katie Albertson; Boys’ 400 Free Relay – Jake Copeland, Mason Swanner, Danyon Decker and Colin Murphy.
Bronze Medalists: Hannah Bub – 500 Frestyle; Hailey Hanigan -100 Backstroke.