Woodlands Schools, Sports, Students
CISD STUDENTS CELEBRATE FINE ARTS EDUCATION DAY AT THE PAVILION
Over 5,100 Conroe ISD students from across 34 campuses participated in Fine Arts Education Day on Oct. 6 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.
Fine Arts Education Day is a free educational concert featuring the Houston Symphony sponsored by The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The event is designed to introduce fourth-grade students to orchestral music and the various instruments in band and orchestra before they choose an elective in fifth grade. Some fifth and sixth-graders are invited to watch where their studies could take them if they continue their pursuit of music in junior high.
“Fine Arts Education Day is a unique opportunity for collaboration between Conroe ISD, the Pavilion, and the Houston Symphony. Conroe ISD believes in educating the whole child, and recognizes that the Arts are an integral part of a high quality education,” stated CISD Fine Arts Coordinator Dr. Robert Horton. “We are proud of the opportunities we’re afforded such as Fine Arts Day, and grateful for the many groups that support experiences like this for our students.” Visit finearts.conroeisd.net or woodlandscenter.org/education for more information.
COOPER VOCALISTS PARTICIPATE IN TPSMEA CLINIC AND CONCERT
Choir students from The John Cooper School participated in the Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) Clinic and Concert at First Christian Church in Houston on Nov. 4 and 5. The Children’s Honor Choir was comprised of students in grades 5 and 6 and the Middle School Honor Choir was comprised of students in grades 7 and 8. Cooper Director of Choirs Rae Moses was the accompanist for the Middle School Honor Choir and Lower School Music Director Debra Moses was the Alto Section Leader for the Children’s Honor Choir.
Members of the TPSMEA All-State Children’s Honor Choir and Middle School Honor Choir from The John Cooper School included: fifth-graders Maya Berthiaux, Anna Blanchard, Sophie Brown, Carlos Calderon, Amelie Godfrey, Stella Katz, Shivali Kotecha, Dylan Mathew, Sharlenn Meixeiro, Sruthi Panja, Graham Perkins, Morgan Robson, Felicity Sebastian and Laney Shea; sixth-graders Grant Bergman, Valentina Brazon, Maggie Flinn, Sophie Kantis, Walker Nichols, Haley Slocum, Abby Stanosheck, Abby Weisoly and Chloe Yiannis; seventh-graders Matthew Breaux, Nick Cartwright, Claire Glymph, Brie Leavitt, Rebecca Melin, Marcello Raffo, Brennan Robson, Isabelle Stanosheck and Joey Stricker; and eighth-graders Paris Allison, Alicia Aranguren, Ally Coulton, Ben Currin, Maci Flanagan, Adelaide Herman, Dorothea Johnson, Rebecca Juranek, Joaquin Paz, Alessandra Ramirez, Samantha Sardina, Oliver Tipler, Mady Tozer and Alexis Wetzel.
PINK MEANS GIVING AT THE JOHN COOPER SCHOOL
For the sixth consecutive year, the JV and Varsity volleyball teams at The John Cooper School have generated a week-long campus-wide event with pink attitude in the spirit of giving to breast cancer research.
The week of pink-themed activities on campus, culminated in Dig Pink games against Southwest Preparatory Conference rival, St. John’s on Oct. 20. The annual event raised funds to fight breast cancer research, specifically for stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, through the SideOut Foundation. Funds also go locally to The Rose, a Houston organization that provides screening, diagnostics and treatment services, regardless of ability to pay.
The entire school got into the pink spirit. The team raised funds and awareness throughout the week with wristband, bandana and t-shirt sales and the Middle School volleyball teams sold cookies.
Game day, in addition to pre-game festivities sponsored by the Dragon Booster Club and staffed by Upper School Interact members, Lower School students sang the national anthem with senior vocalist Emily Moses, Middle School dancers performed, and the stands were filled with Dragon fans in all shades of pink.
Special guests on hand were Eleanor Kent and Julie Mathews from the SideOut Foundation headquarters in Virginia; a representative from The Rose, Sarah Dorenbach; and Rhonda Salerno, a Cooper parent and breast cancer survivor, who gave an impactful talk about the importance and impact of raising funds for breast cancer research.
The following night, the Dragon football team topped off the week at the home football game versus Fort Worth Country Day, with the crowd donning pink yet again to generate awareness and funds for breast cancer research.
In the past five years, the Cooper community has raised over $80,000 for this cause. Last year, Cooper’s Dig Pink effort raised more than any school in the nation.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STAR DEDICATES SEASON TO CHILDREN’S CANCER RESEARCH
One local teen is devoting his last season of high school football to further pediatric cancer research. Hayden Yezak, 17, is a breakout star on the Concordia Lutheran High School football team. Hayden has enlisted the help of his younger brother Hudson and the two have joined forces with Kick-It for Cancer to support research on a local and national level.
The star kicker is playing the game that he loves to raise money for a cause that is close to his heart. Hayden, who has some of the most impressive statistics in his district, decided to devote his season to Isabelle Nicole, who passed away after her battle with pediatric cancer. Hayden is incredibly close to Isabelle’s family. Isabelle’s aunt, Rebecca Callahan, was a classmate of Hayden’s, and her grandmother worked at Concordia Lutheran High School.
“I saw what her family went through, and so when I had the chance to help raise money for pediatric cancer I signed up right away,” Hayden said.
Once he began his Kick-It campaign, he knew he had to enlist his brother, Hudson. Hudson has also joined Kick-It in support of pediatric cancer research, and is playing his season to honor the memory of Jake Hickford, a young boy who was a member of the Trinity Lutheran School family where Hudson now kicks.
“So little money goes to childhood cancer research,” Hayden lamented. “When I heard the statistics it blew my mind. I would love for the support of childhood cancer research to gain traction. I really hope that being a Kick-It Champion will at least help raise awareness.”
The brothers’ efforts have already raised more than $1,700, and Hayden is incredibly proud to be sharing this experience with his brother. The two are both Kick-It Champions, and their dedication to serving their community is inspiring.
THE WOODLANDS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY BOOSTERS ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Woodlands Christian Academy Warrior Boosters celebrated their 5th Annual Golf Tournament on Oct. 24 at Augusta Pines Golf Club. Approximately 100 golfers participated in the event to raise funds for the school’s Warrior Athletic Program. Pro golfer Jeff Maggert played with the Title Sponsor, Waste Connections, Inc. The winners of the tournament were Eric Martin, Thomas Marcotte, Matt Adams, and James Cooper.
The Woodlands Christian Academy is located in The Woodlands and serves approximately 600 students in PreK- 12th grade. Woodlands Christian is an independent, Christ-centered college preparatory school that integrates learning with biblical faith and challenges students to reach their highest potential.
WOODLANDS GIRL SCOUT INSPIRES STUDENTS, CREATES COMMUNITY CENTER PROGRAM
Mia Moore, a senior at The Woodlands College Park High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest service award a Girl Scout can earn. The award recognizes girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable community service projects that require a minimum of 80 hours to complete. Less than five percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.
Moore wanted to address the lack of access to extracurricular programs such as art enrichment for children living in economically disadvantaged communities, so to earn the recognition, she developed and launched an art enrichment program for students seeking afterschool services at Tamina Community Center.
The program consisted of weekly classes taught by a team of volunteers that Moore recruited. She also hosted a supply drive to collect items used during the sessions. Students learned confidence as they completed their projects.
“It is very easy to be dissuaded from pursuing art, especially when you lack confidence in your work,” said Moore. “Quite often the students would ask me to make them a heart or draw something for them because they considered my style to be better, but I emphasized to them that they must take pride in their own creations. No one’s form of self-expression is better than yours.”
“I learned to work with different age groups and earn their respect by asserting myself, all while being comfortable with giving instructions,” said Moore. “I have an unfaltering love of creativity that drove my passion to educate these children about the beauty of art.”
To learn more about Girl Scouts’ community service awards, visit gssjc.org.
CONROE ISD STUDENTS CELEBRATE WALK TO SCHOOL MONTH
Many Conroe ISD schools participated in International Walk to School Month during October.
Organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America, Walk to School Day in the USA began in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities. In 2000, the event became international when the UK and Canada (both of which had already been promoting walking to school) and the USA joined together for the first International Walk to School Day. Growing interest in participation all over the world led the International Walk to School Committee to shifts its promotion to International Walk to School Month for the entire month of October.