Woodlands Schools, Sports, Students Jan 2016
SCHOLARS HONORED AT BOARD MEETING
The Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees gave special recognition to the 2015-2016 Conroe ISD National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists and National Hispanic Recognition Recipients at the November board meeting.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), a test which serves as an initial screening of approximately 1.5 million entrants.
The National Hispanic Recognition Program identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. Each year, the NHRP honors nearly 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from approximately 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT.
Conroe ISD semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program are:
Conroe High School – April Artrip.
The Woodlands College Park – William Beaty, Christine Castagna, Travis Dill, Nicholas Esposito, Makenzie Higdon, Matthew Liu, Shray Mittal, Venkatesh Muppaneni, Margaret Steiner, Dylan Stobart, Jackson Valencia, Edward Xie, Yichen Yang, Srihari Yenamawdra and Nicholas Zhao.
The Woodlands High School – Ryan Billedo, Peter Davidson, James Doherty Samuel Dollar, Annelise Hushka, Matthew McClellan and Sabrina Pickert.
The National Hispanic Recognition Program recipients are:
Conroe High School – Glenna Hirvela, Kyle Leon and Lydia Rodriguez.
Oak Ridge High School – Dakotah Arnold.
The Woodlands College Park High School – David Floris, Fernando Montes, Santiago Quevedo Sanchez, Emily Roth, Gabriella Sauceda, Jackson Valencia and Jasmine Workman.
The Woodlands High School – Roberto Saldivar, Luis Martinez, Victoria Rosado, Alberto Hinojos-Rivera, Jorge Albert Chico, Ashley Salinas, Alejandra Solis-Zavala, Sebastian Echegaray, Andres Ballesteros, Davin Martinez, Hugo Casillas, Isaac Harrelson, Claudio Melchiorre, Diego Morales, Priscilla Munoz, Taylor Stoute, Austin Alvarez, Balbina De La Garza-Vil, Roxana Evans and Elizabeth De Alba.
Dr. Curtis Null, assistant superintendent for secondary education, introduced the Scholars, and Trustee Ray Sanders presented each with a certificate.
“EYE-OPENING” INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE FOR BYU STUDENT AT MC UNITED WAY
Adding to the long list of wonderful student interns from well-respected universities is Brigham Young University senior, Joshua Jacobs. A graduate of Oak Ridge High School, Josh attends BYU Idaho majoring in communications with a minor in photography and is poised to graduate in May of 2016.
Josh originally sought an opportunity for internship at Montgomery County United Way (MCUW) hoping to gain valuable connections with their partner corporations. Julie Adcock, vice president of marketing at MCUW, interviewed him and right away determined he would be a great fit for the organization. “I noticed Josh’s ambition as soon as I was introduced to him and shook his hand. But, after sitting down with him and listening to his story, I quickly learned that he was a great kid and would make a valuable addition to our team.”
Through his internship, Josh gained a vast amount of insight into the world of marketing and communications. His experiences included exposure and participation in graphic design, radio interviews, event photography, planning and strategy meetings, data research and input and public relations. Josh was a key member of the planning committee for MCUW’s internal fundraising campaign and led their food drive effort for the Montgomery County Food Bank.
On Josh’s final day of the internship, he wrote this about his experience:
“My internship at Montgomery County United Way has taught me many things related to my field of study, but it has opened my eyes to so much more. It has made me aware of the many needs in my community and what is being done to address those needs. It has shown me the willpower that is behind united programs, collaborations, and agencies, dedicated to serving Montgomery County. It has given me an appreciation for the many things I have taken for granted, but most importantly, my internship has granted me access to the people behind the scenes. I was blessed to interact with a large group of people that did not say ‘What’s in it for me?’ but sincerely asked ‘What can benefit Montgomery County, and how can I help?’
Their example has not only opened my eyes, but has given me a new perspective on life and what I can do to improve the lives of others.”
President of Montgomery County United Way, Julie Martineau, states, “Josh has made an imprint on this organization, and he will truly be missed. We are so proud of what he was able to accomplish here and look forward to seeing what he does in the future.”
KINDERGARTEN-SENIOR ADOPTION PROJECT UNITES PK-12 COOPER COMMUNITY
The John Cooper School Class of 2016 was officially “adopted” by the Class of 2028 by official decree at a ceremony on Oct. 5 that kicked off Cooper’s Kindergarten-Senior Adoption Project. Kindergartners and seniors are teamed up in groups of two, three or four to share fun educational experiences together at least monthly throughout the school year. The following week, the kindergartners toured the Upper School with their seniors and enjoyed their first outing of the year, to Chuck E. Cheese where they got to know one another by playing games and sharing a pizza lunch.
COOPER STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN HOLIDAY OUTREACH EVENTS
Students in all three divisions of The John Cooper School shared the gift of giving during the holidays through a variety of outreach opportunities. As is a long-standing tradition in Lower School (grades PK-5) Cooper families participated in the Angel Tree program through the Salvation Army that collected gifts for children, youth and senior citizens.
This holiday season, led by Pablo Flower and Avery Schlichter, the Middle School Student Council members also held a drive to collect for the Salvation Army Giving Tree. Upper School students (grades 9-12) in the SPAM Club (Students Preventing Animal Mistreatment) held their annual Santa Paws photo session that raised funds for Smart Rescue, a local all-breed rescue organization.
VOCATIONS DIRECTOR VISITS SAOPCS
Father Jonathan Raia, vocations director for the Diocese of Austin, presided at Mass last Friday attended by St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School’s students, faculty and staff. Father Jonathan is a former student of SAOPCS’ Principal Renee’ B. Nunez when Nunez worked as a fourth grade teacher at St. John Paul II. For more information on St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, visit staopcs.org or call 281-296-0300.
STUDENTS NAMED SCHOLARS BY NATIONAL HISPANIC RECOGNITION PROGRAM
The 2015 National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) named John Cooper School seniors Francisco Masuelli and Hannah Weinstein with Scholar recognitions. Established in 1983, the National Hispanic Recognition Program is a College Board program that provides national recognition of the exceptional academic achievements of Hispanic/Latino high school seniors and identifies them for post-secondary institutions.
Upon graduation next May, Masuelli will be named a Cooper Pioneer, meaning he has attended the pre-k through grade 12 independent school continuously since kindergarten. Masuelli has been actively involved in high school as an officer on the school’s Quiz Bowl and Robotics teams and sings in the choir. Masuelli volunteers off campus through the National Charity Roundtable service organization, recently earning recognition for the most hours served in his chapter. Weinstein has attended Cooper since ninth grade and is actively involved in the Student Diversity Committee. Weinstein is also a leader on the school’s Honor Council, to which she was elected as a junior and senior. She plays tennis year-round, including as a member of Cooper’s tennis team.
Every year, the NHRP recognizes about 5,000 of the 250,000 Hispanic/Latino students who take the PSAT/NMSQT as juniors in order to be identified for the academic recognition.
COOPER ART CHAIR, FIBER ARTIST SHOWS AT INTERNATIONAL ART TEXTILE EXHIBITION
Bob Mosier, visual arts department chair at The John Cooper School, continues to earn accolades for his fiber art. “Different Perspectives Two” was selected by jury to be exhibited at the “Fibremen 5” International Art Textile Art Exhibition in Kherson, Ukraine.
Artists were selected from Austria, Brazil, France, Great Britain, Nigeria, Turkey, Ukraine and the U.S. Mosier’s work is a 26- by 32-inch piece that was intricately created using a thread painting technique on a stationary sewing machine.
Mosier has had fabric entries accepted into the International Quilt Show, held annually in Houston, for three consecutive years and his quilts “Lennon,” “Different Perspectives One” and “Lazarus” have been featured in two books and a magazine about quilting. “Lennon” was auctioned at a Cooper Gala and donated back to the school and now hangs in the Glenn Performing Arts Center on campus. A 17-year faculty member at Cooper, Mosier currently teaches Sculpture I, II, 3-D Studio and AP Studio-3D.