Woodlands Schools, Sports, Students December 2015
SACRED HEART CATHOLIC SCHOOL HONORS VETERANS
Sacred Heart Catholic School recently welcomed community veterans to the school’s third annual Veteran’s Day celebration featuring an honor guard presentation by Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack 1517 and a TAPS trumpet dedication by students Thomas Farrell and Troy Horn.
“I look forward to our Veteran’s Day celebration each year because it gives the students a sense of pride and shares a part of our hearts with the community and our veterans,” said Principal Deb Brown.
After Pack 1517 escorted and posted the national colors, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class and Retired Sacred Heart librarian Stuart Ormsbee led the school in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Pledge to the Texas flag. Afterwards, Brown then led the assembly in prayer and honored the local veterans with a tribute and dedication from the Veteran’s Day Proclamation.
Each grade level participated in the celebration. The PreK-3rd grade students made posters and decorations honoring the veterans with vibrant works of art for the dedication event. The fourth through eighth grade students were assigned a Veteran’s Day essay contest. The three winners––fourth grader Marie Ashby, fifth grader Annie Johnston and seventh grader Lily Collora––all stood and read their essays to the audience attributing many words of honor and patriotism.
After all veterans and active military were asked to come forward and introduce themselves, the Sacred Heart choir performed a medley of patriotic songs and finished with the crowd joining them to sing “America the Beautiful.” Following the ceremony, a brunch was hosted by the Sacred Heart Parent Teacher Organization.
CONROE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AT BOARD MEETING
The Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees recognized Christopher Dyer, Jose Munguia, Chance Plumlee and Luis Villarreal at the Oct. 20 board meeting for their selfless actions in helping a stranger in need.
On Sept. 10, these four Conroe High School students walked across the street to assist a truck that had run out of gas in the middle of the road on a rainy afternoon. The driver of the truck waved Dyer over and asked for a push out of the road. Dyer was quickly followed by fellow CHS students and friends Plumlee and Munguia. Villarreal observed what the three were doing and joined them.
The actions of these students embodies the type of caring citizens Conroe High School and Conroe ISD strive to produce.
Dr. Mark Weatherly, principal of Conroe High School, introduced the students to the board of trustees. Board President John Husbands presented each student with a plaque and a pie.
COOPER JUNIOR SINGS IN NATIONAL CHOIR AT GRAND OLE OPRY
Last year Jack Whitney sang in Nashville thinking it was a “once in a lifetime” experience. Not so. For the second consecutive year, Whitney, now a junior, was named to the All-National Honor Ensemble sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and sang on the world-famous Grand Ole Opry House stage. Whitney qualified as a tenor for the 2014 choir and sang as a bass in the 2015 choir. He was one of two students selected from Texas.
Whitney joined 673 students from 49 states and U.S. territories who showcased their musicianship in concert at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville on October 29. Whitney was among those named “best of the best” out of approximately 2.5 million students nationwide that competed in local, district and state music competitions. Whitney, who has been singing in the John Cooper School choir since the eighth grade, qualified to audition for a place in the mixed choir by being named to the TPSMEA All-State Choir last year.
“What makes this especially noteworthy is that Jack has qualified for this national honor in two different voice classifications,” said choir director Rae Moses. “He is a terrific ambassador of The John Cooper School, and a perfect example of the ‘whole child,’ recognized for his academic, athletic and artistic endeavors.” Whitney planned to attend workshops and rehearsals in Nashville for three days leading up to the concert.
CONROE ISD STUDENTS CELEBRATE WALK TO SCHOOL MONTH
Many Conroe ISD Schools participated in International Walk to School Month during October. The observance gives children, parents, educators, and community leaders an opportunity to be part of a global event that celebrates the many benefits of walking. International Walk to School Month began in the United States in 1997 as Walk to School Day, a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need to walkable communities. Today, thousands of schools across America and in more than 40 countries worldwide celebrate Walk to School Month every October. Numerous Conroe ISD schools held their own Walk to School Day where walking or riding a bike to school was encouraged. Although the planned day was focused on walking, all forms of active transportation to school, such as bike riding, were encouraged.