Woodlands Schools, Sports, Students
TWCA CELEBRATES TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY
In honor of Texas Independence Day, students in Stephanie Koppleman’s fourth-grade classes celebrated all things Texas. Students made presentations dressed as Sam Houston, Davy Crockett and David G. Burnet, to name a few. Students sampled an assortment of the official state foods of Texas, including Blue Bell ice cream and Dr. Pepper. Original artwork, keynote presentations, documentary movies and board games rounded out the festivities. The Woodlands Christian Academy is an independent, college preparatory school serving students in PreK – 12th grade in the greater Woodlands area. For more information, visit twca.net.
CONROE ISD DESTINATION IMAGINATION TEAMS ADVANCE TO STATE TOURNAMENT
Over 172 teams from Conroe ISD competed in the Destination Imagination (D.I.) Regional Tournament held on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Oak Ridge High School with 19 CISD teams advancing to the D.I. State Tournament taking place April 7-8 in Lubbock.
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 across 16 D.I. Regions. Teams work from September until early spring to solve their challenge and then take their solution to a regional tournament to be appraised.
“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; Broadway Elementary – 1 team; Collins Intermediate – 2 teams; Cox Intermediate – 1 team; Deretchin Elementary – 2 teams; Houser Elementary – 1 team; Knox Junior High – 1 team; McCullough Junior High – 1 team; Mitchell Intermediate – 2 teams; Ride Elementary – 1 team; and Tough Elementary – 2 teams.
In May, state tournament winners will attend Global Finals held annually at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
CISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES RECOGNIZES ALL-STATE MUSICIANS
The Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees gave special recognition at its February meeting to the 24 students from Conroe High School, Oak Ridge High School, The Woodlands College Park High School, and The Woodlands High School named 2017 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State musicians.
The TMEA Texas All-State competition is a competitive process that begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 33 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advances from their Region to compete against musicians from other areas in seven TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians then perform in a TMEA All-State music group. These students participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally-recognized conductors during the TMEA Clinic/Convention before performing for thousands of attendees.
Over 1,600 students are selected through a process that begins with over 64,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs). Only the top 3 percent of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians, and 24 of these students are from Conroe ISD.
Conroe ISD All-State musicians are:
Conroe High School – Jaydon Archie, Kayla Swan, Brandon Veazey and Kyler West;
Oak Ridge High School – Ben Bowman and Susan Falconer;
The Woodlands College Park High School – Alan Boudreaux, Rachel Bradfute, Chris Chan, Amrutha Murthy, Kelly Orlando, Al Shaffer, Hannah Will and Matthew Winningham;
The Woodlands High School – Miranda Adcock, Paige DeJarnett, Derrick Eugenio, Varsha Iyer, Nathan Stanfield, Shelby Steele, Katie Stobbe, Kellyn Werner, Brandon Wiley and Jason Wolfe.
Dr. Robert Horton, coordinator of fine arts, introduced these outstanding musicians and their instructors. Trustee Scott Moore presented each student with an award on behalf of the Board.
SIX STUDENTS OF COOPER CLASS OF 2017 MOVE ON TO NATIONAL MERIT FINALIST STATUS
Six of the 104 students who make up The John Cooper School Class of 2017 have moved on to Finalist status in the 62nd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Mark Flanagan, Pamela Fojtasek, Victor Kareh, Kaitlyn Ramirez, Gina Valderrama and Jack Wade will continue in the competition for approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships that will be announced between April and July. These students are among 15,000 academically talented high school seniors from around the country who were named as Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, and they represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.
COOPER STUDENT’S ART ON DISPLAY IN STATE CAPITOL BUILDING
Kara Lothian’s colorful self-portrait created using oil-pastels and entitled “The White Haired Girl,” has been selected to be a part of the Texas Art Education Association’s Youth Art Month State Capital Artwork Exhibit in Austin. Lothian is a first-grade student at The John Cooper School and her teacher, Amy Dietrich, said the painting was part of a unit of study on the Cubist style that was made famous by Pablo Picasso.
The Youth Art Month Capital Artwork Exhibit showcases works of art from students in PK through Grade 12 from throughout the state of Texas. Artwork from Texas public school districts and private schools is represented in the exhibit that opened March 6 at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and continues through March 26 when there will be a special reception and awards ceremony. The 2017 exhibit will be displayed from March 29 to April 4 in the Lower Rotunda of the Texas State Capitol Building.
CISD TRUSTEES HONOR OAK RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADING TEAM
The Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees gave special recognition to the 2017 UIL 6A Band Dance State Champions at a recent board meeting.
The Oak Ridge High School Cheerleading Team competed in the UIL Spirit State Championships Jan. 10-12 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The team competed against over 120 6A teams and won the UIL 6A Band Dance Competition.
Members of the team are Amanda Wynn, Grace Blatney, Ashely Grewenig, Ally Alvarado, Destiny Clark, Laurel Loftin, Katie Luksa, Nicole Alebesun, Hannah Anderson, Jacey Gartner, Bri Stunda, Charli Uber, Brooke Hertzenberg, Amaya Bolanos, Lanisha Taylor, Maddy Gubser, Shelby Henry, Madi Prince, Sami Havemann, Abbey Rowe, Kameryn Granados, Skyler Carrell, Emily Noles, Cheyanne Parker, Daon Acosta, Jamie Derringer, Brittani Harvey, Tori Green, Bailey Moss and Kimberley Knight.
Tommy Johnson, Oak Ridge High School principal, introduced coach Sarah Parker to the board. “These girls are excellent members of our community not just on the field or on a competition mat, but also in the classroom,” shared Parker. “We do great work outside of the school and just found out that we are ranked in the top ten teams to raise money for St. Jude’s Hospital, and this year we raised over $16,000.”
After presenting the team with a plaque, Trustee John Husbands congratulated them on their accomplishments and spirit of giving back to the community.
THE WOODLANDS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY COMPETES IN CODEWARS
The Woodlands Christian Academy participated in the world-wide CodeWars competition hosted by Hewlett Packard (HP). Well represented by three Woodlands Christian teams, participants included Gregory Bunch, Cade Glover, John Harkins, Matt Michel, Nicholas O’Connor, Fischer Remy, Rio Robertson and Joshua Sweeney. The competition focused on STEM related programming problems. More than 600+ students from Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Spain enjoyed the competition.