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July 2017


(L-R): TWHS Coach Craig Smith, Gavin Webster, Roy Kelley, CHS Coach Corrian Thompson, CHS Coach Shawn Halloran and CISD Trustee Datren Williams.

(L-R): TWHS Coach Craig Smith, Gavin Webster, Roy Kelley, CHS Coach Corrian Thompson, CHS Coach Shawn Halloran and CISD Trustee Datren Williams.

POWERLIFTERS HONORED BY CISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees gave special recognition to two 2017 Division I Boys’ Powerlifting State Champions at their meeting on Tuesday, April 18.

Conroe High School powerlifter Roy Kelley was named Division I Boys’ 198-lb Weight Class Powerlifting State Champion on Saturday, March 25, at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene. Kelley’s combined lifts totaled 1,640 pounds, topping 32 other lifters. His totals in the three events were 665 (squat), 340 (bench), and 635 (dead lift). Dr. Mark Weatherly, Conroe High School principal, introduced Shawn Halloran and Corrian Thompson, Conroe High School powerlifting coaches, to the Board. The coaches presented Kelley to the Trustees.

Also recognized was The Woodlands High School powerlifter Gavin Webster who competed at the event in Abilene. For the second year, Webster was named Division I Boys’ 148-lb Weight Class Powerlifting State Champion. Webster’s combined lifts totaled 1,475 pounds, 95 pounds more than his combined lifts for his 2016 championship. His totals in the three events this year were 585 (squat), 350 (bench), and 540 (dead lift). Gregg Colschen, The Woodlands High School principal, introduced Craig Smith, The Woodlands High School powerlifting coach, to the Board. Coach Smith presented Webster to the Trustees.

After presenting the students with their plaques, Trustee Datren Williams commented, “You guys have done an outstanding job. On behalf of Dr. Stockton and the School Board, we just can’t say enough about how proud we are of you. You represent us well.”

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(L-R): Cadet Avery Kieso, junior at Oakridge High School; Pat Spackey, vice president of the Thomas Bay Chapter, National Society United States Daughters of 1812; and Cadet John M Culley, graduating senior at Oakridge High School.

(L-R): Cadet Avery Kieso, junior at Oakridge High School; Pat Spackey, vice president of the Thomas Bay Chapter, National Society United States Daughters of 1812; and Cadet John M Culley, graduating senior at Oakridge High School.

THE NATIONAL SOCIETY UNITED STATES DAUGHTERS OF 1812 HONORS LOCAL AFJROTC CADETS

During the recent Oakridge High School AFJROTC Banquet and Awards Ceremonies held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, many patriotic organizations that support and honor the JROTC programs in area high schools each year honor outstanding cadets by presenting certificates and medals in addition to the awards presented by the schools.

The National Society United States Daughters of 1812 joins the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, Veterans of Foreign Wars, veterans, military organizations, Memorial Hermann Hospital and other patriotic organizations to honor outstanding cadets. Pat Spackey, vice president of the Thomas Bay Chapter of the United States Daughters of 1812, represented the organization and presented awards to Cadet Avery Kieso, who is a junior, and to Cadet John M. Culley, graduating senior. Both Kieso and Culley have excelled in the Air Force JROTC program at Oakridge High School.

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Student artists from Montgomery County schools were awarded scholarships by The Woodlands Arts Council.

Student artists from Montgomery County schools were awarded scholarships by The Woodlands Arts Council.

THE WOODLANDS ARTS COUNCIL AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDENT ARTISTS

Student artists from Montgomery County high schools were awarded $21,000 in scholarships by The Woodlands Arts Council (TWAC) and had their work exhibited at The 2017 Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, April 7-9.

Local high school juniors and seniors submitted their work to TWAC annual Student Art Scholarship competition in the categories of Painting, 2D Mixed Media, 3D Multi-Media, Drawing, Digital Art and Photography.

Scholarships were awarded for first, second
and third place winners in the amounts of $2,000, $1,000 and $500 respectively and honorable mention award winners were invited to display their work at the festival.

“We are grateful to be able to facilitate this opportunity for art students through our “Mentoring Youth” initiative in conjunction with our education and outreach programs,” said TWAC board member Kim Lacayo. “We are also appreciate the sponsors and donors who make it possible to give over $20,000 annually so students can continue their education and pursuit of art.”

Awarded first, second and third place respectively in Painting: Obie Amudo (John Cooper), Lily Taylor (Woodlands-College Park) and Sarah Grace Brecher (Oak Ridge); Mixed Media, 2D: Fernando Osuna (Woodlands-College Park), Aailyah Martinez (Oak Ridge), Marin Markel (Woodlands); Drawing: Patrick Medina, Claire Zhang and Mishal Siddiqui (Woodlands-College Park); Mixed Media, 3D: William Liebbe, Madison Price, and Grace Ritch (John Cooper); Photography: Kristen Drake (Caney Creek), Andi Bailey and Michael Bohnet (Woodlands-College Park); Digital Art: Nicole Chacon, Alexander Nutt (Woodlands-College Park)and Sarvani Desabhotla (John Cooper).

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Rotary Club Students of the Year named at Cooper School.

Rotary Club Students of the Year named at Cooper School.

COOPER STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AS ROTARY CLUB STUDENTS OF THE YEAR

Eight students from The John Cooper Upper School were recognized as Rotary Club Students of the Year at the May 18 luncheon of Rotary Club of The Woodlands. Students are nominated and selected based on their leadership and involvement in various organizations, both in the community and at school, while displaying a sense of fairness, honesty and integrity.

The following students were recognized: Isabel Sands and Preston Hodges (12th Grade), Shilpa Rumalla and T.J. Gill (11th Grade), Cadan Hanson (9th Grade), Christopher McDonald (10th Grade), Aleena Fayaz (9th Grade) and Diva Kohli (10th Grade). Rotarian and Head of The John Cooper School Michael Maher and Interact Club faculty advisors Deb Parks and Jodie Gill attended the luncheon with the student honorees.

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The Woodlands College Park High School’s JROTC Marine Corps and Academic Team was recognized by The Wood­lands Township Board of Directors as 2017 National Drill and Academics Champions.

The Woodlands College Park High School’s JROTC Marine Corps and Academic Team was recognized by The Wood­lands Township Board of Directors as 2017 National Drill and Academics Champions.

Team members and coaches from The Woodlands Youth Rugby were recognized by The Woodlands Township Board of Directors with a proclamation for winning the Texas State High School Championship.

Team members and coaches from The Woodlands Youth Rugby were recognized by The Woodlands Township Board of Directors with a proclamation for winning the Texas State High School Championship.

The Woodlands College Park High School’s JROTC Marine Corps and Academic Team was recognized by The Wood­lands Township Board of Directors as 2017 National Drill and Academics Champions.

The Woodlands Township Board of Directors recognized The Woodlands High School with a proclamation for winning the Class 6A Texas Track and Field Championship.

TOWNSHIP BOARD RECOGNIZES STUDENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

The Woodlands Township Board of Directors recognized several accomplishments in the community at its May 24 meeting:

  • Approved a proclamation acknowledging The Woodlands College Park High School’s JROTC Marine Corps and Academic Team as the 2017 National Drill and Academics Champions. College Park was one of only 15 of the 265 eligible schools nationwide to compete for the national championship. With a total of 39 students participating in the championship, this was an unexpected and unprecedented victory for a program in only its third year of existence. This remarkable victory is a credit to the leadership of Principal Dr. Mark Murrell, Senior Marine Instructor Major Cody Stewart, Marine Instructor Sergeant Major Christopher Combs, and all the members of the College Park High School Marine Corps JROTC Drill and Academic Team. The 2017 The Woodlands College Park High School Marine Corps JROTC Drill and Academic Team participants are: Alan Andhavarapu, Michael Beadle, Roger Bennett, Emily Bratton, Corbin Bubb, Ken Bundy, Alec Bushong, Meleah Caron, Rheanna Caron, Devin Clifton, Jose Conde, Paul Curcio, Ryan Dejournet, Manny Figueredo, John Gill, Richard Hairgrove, Ashlyn Hendryx, Ethan Hernandez, Kenneth Kikuchi, Ashlynn Krigbaum, Braedon Leshe, Jesus Lopez, William Lynch, Cristina Morilla, Carola Murguia, Jaylyn Myles, Jessica Ojendiz, Vanessa Ortiz, Jaden Peterson, Stacey Peuplie, Desiree Rigoli, Brianna Robohn, Cooper Snyder, Tjaden Stanosheck, Clayton Stewart, Zakary Villarreal, Nicholas Watson, Cole Wells and Mykela Williams.
  • Approved a proclamation acknowledging The Woodlands High School for winning the Class 6A Texas Track and Field Championship. The nine athletes representing the Highlanders left Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin this year with a total of 60 points, eclipsing George Ranch High School by six points followed by Converse Judson High School, and Oak Ridge High School. Cecil Gregg earned gold in the long jump with a personal best 24 feet, 1 inch; Adrian Peperi earned a gold in shot put with a throw of 68 feet, 3.75 inches and a silver in discus, and Kesean Carter claimed gold for a blistering time of 10:32 in the 100-meter dash. The Highlanders capped of the final event of the championships by snapping a 10-year Class 6A record with a time of 1:23:81 in the 4×200 enroute to recording the second fastest ever in the U.S. High School history with Ethan Bonner, Jacob Barrett, Jake Lanier and Kesean Carter. The Highlanders are under the direction of Coach Juris Green who now follows in the footsteps of his father Dan Green in leading the Highlanders to a Track and Field State Championship.
  • Approved a proclamation acknowledging The Woodlands Youth Rugby in winning the Texas State High School Championship. The Woodlands Youth Rugby team is ranked fifth in the country. The Woodlands Youth Rugby team had a perfect season, undefeated; scoring a total of 621 points and 162 scored against the team. All practices and games are held at Alden Bridge Sports Park and The Woodlands Youth Rugby is an approved organization per the park rules. Head Coach Phil Beck, Forwards Coach Frank Rizzo and Backs Coach Doug Mooneyham led the team to a 48-15 win for the final game against the Dallas Harlequins Colts. The coaches gave player-of-the-game honors to the entire team. Sipi Sipilano, Luke Rizzo, Anthony Tanguma, Timothy Brantley, Callum Rock, Jack Holdsworth, Alex Rayton, Stijn Albers, Ian Martinez, Kieran Farmer, Matthew Myers, Tyler Watson, Eugene Bizer, Stephen Butler, Tyler Gartner, Joshua Triestman, Jonathon Jackson, Nicolas Corsico, Oliver Scheerhorn, Evan Conlon, Langden Smith, Manuel Sanchez, Leni Sanft and Derian Roper played in the final game against the Dallas Harlequins Colts. Thomas Dixon, Simone Feletoa, Mitchel Hoyer, Will Paxton, Dylan Vaughn and Tyler Baker played during the season.

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Students pose with Gerald Irons after he spoke to the 11th class of students participating in Conroe ISD’s Student Leadership Academy.

Students pose with Gerald Irons after he spoke to the 11th class of students participating in Conroe ISD’s Student Leadership Academy.

CONROE ISD HOLDS 11TH ANNUAL STUDENT LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Conroe ISD held its 11th Annual Student Leader­ship Academy at the Deane L. Sadler Administration Building during the week of June 5. An array of notable guests, including retired NFL Player Gerald Irons, the Honorable Judge Kathleen Hamilton, and Congressman Kevin Brady, spoke at the four-day conference for 60 eighth-grade students from Irons, Knox, McCullough, Moorhead, Peet, Washington, and York Junior High Schools. Throughout the week, students participated in numerous leadership activities such as mock interviews and panel discussions.

“I like the program because I like to go out of my comfort zone,” one participant said. “It’s fun to meet new people, especially outside of school.”

The young leaders began the Leadership Academy in a discussion with Superintendent Don Stockton, who continued to commence each day with some words of wisdom for the young leaders. Irons, longtime school board member and the eponym of Irons Jr. High, spoke to the students about the importance of hard work, perseverance, and positive associations. Being the youngest of seven children, Irons never thought college was possible until he attained a football scholarship. He proceeded to pursue both business and law degrees while playing for the NFL, defying all precedents and proving his critics wrong.

“I see my face in the faces in the audience. The Student Leadership Academy is so important because it helps students to know, as a group, that everyone in that group is looking to achieve things. They talk to each other and encourage each other. It goes back to building positive associations,” Irons said.

Judge Hamilton greeted the students on day two, by discussing the importance of leadership and doing what is right in any career path. Shortly after, students were taken to the Conroe ISD Juvenile Detention Center, where they toured the facilities and learned that smart decision making can prevent a shattered future.

On Wednesday, the students went to Conroe North Regional Airport, where they explored the U.S. Army Reserve Aviation Unit and listened to a speech from Air Force Sgt. John William Heimburger. From the airport, the students were taken to Lone Star College. The deans met with the students to answer questions about college readiness, scholarships, and courses of study/career paths. To end the day, the students were given the opportunity to talk with Congressman Brady via live video chat from Washington, D.C. He was impressed by the students’ questions, which covered matters from educational policy to current foreign affairs. Brady spoke highly of the school district and congratulated the young leaders, who were hand-selected for the program, on a successful week.

Students began their final day at the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) with a tour of the dam, where they explored and learned about water treatment, regulation, and environmental processes from Jace Houston, general manager of the facility. The students spent the day engaging in leadership activities before putting their team building and leadership skills to the test at the Challenge Course. Finally, the students let loose and finished the program at Incredible Pizza with fun, food, and new friends.

Text by Gabrielle Dufrene, The Woodlands High School Senior & EfTA Intern

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Board President Melanie Bush presents Cadet Brianna Robohn with a plaque in recognition of College Park Marine Corps JROTC’s recent accomplishments.

Board President Melanie Bush presents Cadet Brianna Robohn with a plaque in recognition of College Park Marine Corps JROTC’s recent accomplishments.

MARINE CORPS JROTC HONORED BY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The Conroe ISD Board of Trustees gave special recognition to the 2017 Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) National Champions from The Woodlands College Park High School at a recent board meeting. On April 22, The Woodlands College Park High School’s Marine Corps JROTC participated in the inaugural Marine Corps JROTC National Championship in Irving. Of the 256 eligible schools nationwide, the team was one of 15 who qualified to compete for the championship.

The following results combined for the awarding of the overall National Champion title: 1st Place and National Champions, Academics; 1st Place and National Champions, Unarmed Drill Regulation; 2nd Place, Armed Drill Regulation; and 3rd Place, Color Guard. Special Awards received include: Best Unarmed Drill Commander, Carola Murguia; and Best Color Guard Commander, Tjaden Stanosheck. A total of 39 students participated in the championship.

Regional Director of the Marine Corps JROTC Lt. Col. Stroman shared, “Across the nation, we have 265 Marine Corps Junior ROTC programs with over 40,000 young men and women that are participating in them. In the State of Texas, we have 40 schools that carry the Marine Corps JROTC brand. You all
have some really great young men and women in your school district. You all should be really proud
of them.”

The Woodlands College Park High School Principal Dr. Mark Murrell and instructors Maj. Cody Stewart and Sgt. Maj. Christopher Combs were also in attendance for the recognition.

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(Front row, l-r): Kaitlyn Ramirez, John Wade, Ayelah Iqbal, Marie Berthiaux, Isabel Sands, Jason Weinstein; (second row): Mark Flanagan, Said Aram, Nathaniel Wu, Sanjena Venkatesh, Alfredo Garcia Sanchez, Christina Rivela, Sonya Bhatia; (third row): Will DuCharme, Victor Kareh, Abhishek Potdar, Michael Diemer, Gina Valderrama, Jessie Brown, Grace Ritch, John Whitney.

(Front row, l-r): Kaitlyn Ramirez, John Wade, Ayelah Iqbal, Marie Berthiaux, Isabel Sands, Jason Weinstein; (second row): Mark Flanagan, Said Aram, Nathaniel Wu, Sanjena Venkatesh, Alfredo Garcia Sanchez, Christina Rivela, Sonya Bhatia; (third row): Will DuCharme, Victor Kareh, Abhishek Potdar, Michael Diemer, Gina Valderrama, Jessie Brown, Grace Ritch, John Whitney.

COOPER CUM LAUDE SOCIETY INDUCTS SENIORS, RECOGNIZES ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

Head of Upper School Stephen Popp welcomed students, parents, faculty and administrators to a dinner and induction ceremony for The John Cooper School Chapter of The Cum Laude Society that was held on campus on May 16.

The Cum Laude Committee selected two students to speak who embody the spirit of Cum Laude. Senior Gina Valderrama spoke about her journey “From Curiosity to Wisdom,” and fellow senior Will DuCharme gave a touching tribute to parents.

Director of College Counseling and Secretary of the JCS Cum Laude Society Laura Schroeder joined fellow Society member Stephen Popp to present certificates and induct the following seniors into the prestigious honor society: Said Aram, Marie Berthiaux, Sonya Bhatia, Jessie Brown, Michael Diemer, William DuCharme, Mark Flanagan, Alfredo Garcia Sanchez, Ayelah Iqbal, Victor Kareh, Abhishek Potdar, Kaitlyn Ramirez, Grace Ritch, Christina Rivela, Isabel Sands, Gina Valderrama, Sanjena Venkatesh, John Wade, Jason Weinstein, John Whitney and Nathaniel Wu.

Faculty member Jenny Glenn was inducted into the Cooper Cum Laude Chapter that also includes Head of School Michael Maher and faculty members Shannon Wiley, Dr. Tina Davies, Lilia Gallivan, Kim Larance and Peter Perretti. Maher concluded the ceremony with closing remarks. The John Cooper School is an independent, college preparatory school for students in Pre-K through Grade 12.

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(L-R, back row): Coastal Bend College Assistant Coach & Recruiting Coordinator Chili Barbaro, Woodlands Christian Head Baseball Coach Emrick Jagneaux; (seated) Jordan Wofford, Zackary Patton, and Knight Newcomb.

(L-R, back row): Coastal Bend College Assistant Coach & Recruiting Coordinator Chili Barbaro, Woodlands Christian Head Baseball Coach Emrick Jagneaux; (seated) Jordan Wofford, Zackary Patton, and Knight Newcomb.

WOODLANDS CHRISTIAN ATHLETES SIGN

The Woodlands Christian Academy baseball players Jordan Wofford, Zackary Patton, and Knight Newcomb have signed to play baseball at Coastal Bend College in Beeville. Wofford (center field and pitcher) was named 1st team All-District. Patton (first base, pitcher and outfield) was named All-Tournament at State Tournament and 1st Team All-District. Newcomb (third base and pitcher) was named All-Tournament at State Tournament, 1st Team All-District, and District MVP. The Woodlands Christian Warrior team advanced to the State Championship game against Lubbock Christian and finished the season with a 26-6 record.


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