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Jacquilyn Chambers (left) with Melissa Proctor, WBA’s vice president of scholarships.

Jacquilyn Chambers (left) with Melissa Proctor, WBA’s vice president of scholarships.

THE WOODLANDS BAR ASSOCIATION AWARDS 2015 FUTURE LAWYERS SCHOLARSHIP

The Woodlands Bar Association (WBA) recently selected two outstanding high school seniors from Montgomery County to receive $1,500 college scholarships as part of their 2015 Future Lawyers Scholarship Program. Amanda Lawson of Montgomery High School received The Future Lawyers Scholarship in Memoriam Kevin T. Shea and Jacquilyn Chambers of Caney Creek High School was awarded The Future Lawyers Scholarship in Memoriam Ida G. Stuart.

“We are pleased that we can help local students turn their dreams of practicing law into a reality,” said Kirby Hopkins, president of the WBA.

The scholarship recipients were chosen by a committee of attorneys based on the following criteria: financial need, academic achievement, community involvement and a strong desire to pursue a legal career.

Lawson is no stranger to success. She currently ranks in the top 10 percent of her graduating class of 450 students and earned the academic distinctions of AP Scholar, National Merit Commended Scholar, National Achievement Finalist and Academic Letterman. Throughout high school, Lawson participated in numerous community service projects and school clubs including the debate team, Superintendent’s Leadership Committee and the marching band, where she was the drum major.

Lawson has chosen to attend New York University where she plans to major in political science.

Chambers is a National Honor Society member and Academic Letterman who ranks in the top 5 percent of her graduating class of 345 students. She has logged more than 200 hours of community service and is involved in debate, varsity cheerleading, where she serves as captain, and band. Chambers plans on studying at Texas A&M University in the fall, pursuing a degree in strategic communication/political science. She hopes to attend Tulane University Law School for her J.D. She most recently interned at the law firm of Knighton & Stone, PLLC, in The Woodlands.

In 2016, the scholarship amount will double from $1,500 each to $3,000 each. For information about applying for the 2016 Future Lawyer Scholarship, email VPScholarships@woodlandsbarassociation.com. For more information on the WBA, visit woodlandsbarassociation.com.

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Anita Pilling (center), is hugged by two of her former students, Muna Uzodike (left), who gave the invocation at commencement, and Ashri Anurudran.

Anita Pilling (center), is hugged by two of her former students, Muna Uzodike (left), who gave the invocation at commencement, and Ashri Anurudran.

THREE HONORARY DEGREES AWARDED AT JOHN COOPER SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT

Commencement for The John Cooper School Class of 2015 included the awarding of three additional diplomas, in addition to the ones awarded to the 88 members of the graduating class. Two faculty members and the founding Head of Upper School, who have a combined 69 years of service to the school, were recognized with the honorary diplomas.

Commencement was held in Cooper’s Middle/Upper School Gymnasium on May 22. Choir and instrumental students provided the music for the ceremony, including the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance.” The band was conducted by Director Graham Tobin, members of the a capella group, VOX, sang the national anthem and as is a Cooper tradition, faculty and alumni joined the choir to sing “Old Irish Blessing” by Denes Agay, under the direction of Choir Director Rae Moses.

Senior Muna Uzodike gave the invocation, senior Douglas Ziman, elected by his fellow seniors, spoke on behalf of his class, and Brian Lue gave the valedictory address. Head of School Michael Maher and chair of the board of trustees Yvette Aquino awarded diplomas as Head of Upper School Joseph Broccoli read each graduate’s name. There were 29 seniors out of the Class of 2015 who were recognized as “Cooper Pioneers” for having attended the school continuously from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Broccoli, who is retiring after 24 years as the founding Head of The John Cooper Upper School (grades 9-12), was awarded an honorary diploma, as was Upper School social science teacher Anita Pilling, who is retiring after 20 years at Cooper and Ginger Ash, who is retiring after 25 years at Cooper. Following commencement, faculty, administrators and trustees formed a welcome line to congratulate each of the 88 graduates.

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(Front row, l-r): Macrina Trevino, Arianna Nimmocks, Molly Parham, Jodie Gill; (second row): Alyssa Lai, Oriana Garcia; (third row): Natalie Mattner, Cailin Frankland, Sarah Goossens, Cassidy Sellers, Nari Mathis; (fourth row): Grace Reagan, Emilie Novoa, Kyle Dunn; back row: Matthieu Trudell, Aiman Abdul Razak, Micheal Diemer, Said Aram.

(Front row, l-r): Macrina Trevino, Arianna Nimmocks, Molly Parham, Jodie Gill; (second row): Alyssa Lai, Oriana Garcia; (third row): Natalie Mattner, Cailin Frankland, Sarah Goossens, Cassidy Sellers, Nari Mathis; (fourth row): Grace Reagan, Emilie Novoa, Kyle Dunn; back row: Matthieu Trudell, Aiman Abdul Razak, Micheal Diemer, Said Aram.

COOPER FRENCH STUDENTS PLACE FIFTH AT TEXAS FRENCH SYMPOSIUM

Seventeen French students from The John Cooper School were among the Houston-area students from 37 schools who competed in individual and team events at the Texas French Symposium held at Klein Forest High School in March. The Cooper team finished in fifth place in the small school division. “We were especially pleased that everyone on the team made it through to at least a semi-final round in an event, meaning each team member scored points that contributed to the team placement,” said Upper School French teacher Jodie Gill, who attended with fellow French teacher Susan Dworaczyk.

The Texas French Symposium is recognized as the official state competition for high school students by the Texas Education Agency. The team of Cooper French 4 students Kylie Melodick, Caroline Kantis, Arianna Nimocks, Sarah Goossens, Marina Trevino, Olivia Fearon, Samantha Romero, Molly Parham and Madeleine Titus captured first place for a video they produced. Additional team wins included Aiman Abdul Razak and Emilie Novoa (drama) and Natalie Mattner and Cassidy Sellers (vocal).

Individually, Arianna Nimocks captured first place in the Level 4 Grammar test as well as placing in several other individual categories. Students who also placed individually included Said Aram, Michael Diemer, Kyle Dunn, Cailin Frankland, Oriana Garcia, Cassidy Sellers and Macrina Trevino.

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Daniela Rodgriguez

Daniela Rodgriguez

LOCAL STUDENT DANIELA I. RODRIGUEZ RECEIVES NATIONAL HONOR

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) has announced student Daniela I. Rodriguez from Spring has been selected to become a member of the esteemed organization. The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

“On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Daniela has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence,” said Nobel. “Daniela is now a member of a unique community of scholars – a community that represents our very best hope for the future.”

“We are proud to provide lifetime membership to young scholars to support their growth and development,” stated NSHSS President James W. Lewis. “We aim to help students like Daniela build on their academic success by connecting them with unique learning experiences and resources to help prepare them for college and meaningful careers.“

NSHSS members become lifetime members. At each step along the way – from high school to college to career – NSHSS connects outstanding young scholars with the resources they need to develop their strengths and pursue their passions.


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