Woodlands Schools, Sports, Students
AP MICROECONOMICS CLASSES RAISE FUNDS FOR CLASS DONATION TO MEALS ON WHEELS
Allison Hulett, executive director for Meals on Wheels Montgomery County, attended an assembly at The John Cooper School in December to accept a $4,000 donation to the local nonprofit organization from the junior class. Meals on Wheels Montgomery County provides home-delivered meals, safety checks, and transportation services to homebound seniors living in Montgomery County.
In the fall, 11th grade students took a tour of the Meals on Wheels facilities in The Woodlands, then helped prepare and deliver meals to better understand the organization they have designated to raise funds for this school year. A large portion of the donation was raised from a student-driven class project through three AP Microeconomics classes that competed in a Bake Sale Project. Driven to make the highest profits while minimizing costs, teams of students created a store design and then sold baked goods to peers, and ultimately all profits were donated to Meals on Wheels Montgomery County (mowmc.org).
CISD HOLDS DISTRICT WESTERN ART SHOW COMPETITION
The Conroe Independent School District Western Art Show competition was held on Saturday, Jan. 7, at Oak Ridge High School 9th Grade Campus. The event, sponsored by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) Association, featured approximately 650 student art pieces portraying a western theme. Conroe ISD students in grades K-12 across all 60 campuses were showcased in the display prepared by District art teachers for judging by a team from the HLSR Association. Winners are:
- BEST OF SHOW
High School 3D – Yarezti Lopez, “Equinox,” Conroe HS, Teacher: Kris Canestrop; High School 2D – Kristyn Hauser, “Prickly Pair,” The Woodlands HS, Teacher: Jenny Lucas; Junior High – Jacqueline Lee, “Sun-kissed,” McCullough JH, Teacher: Cindy Moss; Elementary – Estefani Martinez, “The Shining Alamo,” Oak Ridge Elementary, Teacher: Dusti Moran;
- GOLD MEDAL
High School – Hattie Zapalac, “Taite,” The Woodlands HS – 9, Teacher: Amanda Casey; Claire Zhang, “The Seventh Second,” The Woodlands College Park HS, Teacher: Leslie Lewis; Junior High – Tobi Miller, “Perceptive,” McCullough JH, Teacher: Cindy Moss; Elementary – Chrishaad Hill, “Rockin Rooster?” Runyan Elementary, Teacher: Paul Giordano
- SPECIAL MERIT
High School – Ithza Lopez, “El Gallo,” The Woodlands College Park HS, Teacher:Leslie Lewis; Ivanna Licona, “Yellow Cactus Flower,” Conroe HS, Teacher: Jamie Landry; Kennedy Zapalac, “Hay Girl,” The Woodlands HS – 9, Teacher: Amanda Casey; Jenny Qu, “Bulldoggin’,” The Woodlands College Park HS, Teacher: Leslie Lewis; Olivia Rominger, “Waiting for the Show,” The Woodlands College Park HS, Teacher: Leslie Lewis.
CADET RECEIVES MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT RIBBON
The Caney Creek High School Navy Junior ROTC (NJROTC) program took a moment at their Annual Military Inspection on Feb. 8 to recognize one of their own. Cadet Chief Elijah Berger was presented the NJROTC Meritorious Achievement Ribbon at the event.
In his introduction, Lt. Cmdr. Louis Cortez, NJROTC teacher at Caney Creek High School (CCHS), shared that on Thursday, January 19, 2017, Cadet Berger was in the cafeteria at school when he noticed a fellow cadet pointing to her throat and whispering that she couldn’t breathe. Without hesitation, Berger dropped his backpack and performed the Heimlich maneuver, dislodging the food item.
“Cadet Berger is in his second year of NJROTC. He is the assistant supply chief for his unit, the color guard JV commander, and the guide for the drill team. His professional performance is in keeping with the highest tradition of this unit. His outstanding achievement reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, his school, and the Navy’s Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Program,” stated Cortez.
Danielle Williams, a counselor at CCHS who observed the event, stated, “Without hesitation or delay, he stepped up and did what he had to do. I have never seen someone so young act so bravely and quickly.”
The Meritorious Achievement Ribbon is the highest honor the NJROTC can bestow upon a cadet and is awarded to any NJROTC cadet who distinguishes him/herself only by outstanding meritorious achievement or performance of a meritorious act.
Captain Michael A. Carambas, USN, commanding officer and professor of naval science at Rice University, presented Berger with the NJROTC Meritorious Achievement Ribbon and certificate.
ART/LITERARY MAGAZINE HONORED BY SCHOLASTIC PRESS
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) and National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) have each recognized the 2016 edition of Inkblots, the art and literary magazine of The John Cooper School, with top honors.
Inkblots, Volume XIX, “Silent Symphonies,” was nominated by CSPA for its highest honor, a Scholastic Crown, that will be announced in March at CSPA’s annual spring convention at Columbia University. For the eighth consecutive year, the magazine has received the highest ranking of Gold Medal in the CSPA Medalist Critique. Senior Sadie Robb was editor-in-chief of the 156-page magazine, and Gibson Field and Nikki Juszczak were assistant editors.
Cooper student artists and writers were also recognized with eight Gold Circle Awards. Senior Claire Cromley was awarded two third place awards; in Free Form Poetry for “The Artist” and Traditional Poetry for “Dress Code.” Certificates of Merit were awarded in Photography to Sam Brus for his single photo, “Soulful” and to Heather Scotti for her portfolio of photography and Alex Swanbeck for Portfolio Illustration. Students from Cooper’s Class of 2016 who were awarded Certificates of Merit were Seth Dickens and Marina Ferguson for design, and Meredith Brus for her Experimental Fiction piece, “Open Ocean.”
CONROE ISD HOLDS SCIENCE FAIR
Over 1,300 junior high and high school students from across Conroe ISD participated in the District’s Science Fair on Friday, Feb. 3 as part of the Education for Tomorrow Alliance’s (EfTA) SCI://TECHevent series.
For this event, the largest science fair in Texas and one of the largest in the nation, seventh through 12th grade students submitted research projects in one of the life science or physical science categories. Volunteer judges then ranked the students on their research and presentation skills.
“Doing research is an opportunity for the student to dig deeper into material they might not have time to explore in class,” states Dr. Susan Caffery, EfTA Board Member and Headmaster of Conroe ISD’s Academy of Science and Technology. “This experience provides opportunities to learn resilience and to keep challenging himself. The student learns to communicate ideas effectively through a written technical paper and in presenting the project to various audiences.”
At the awards ceremony held on Feb. 4, U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady along with Conroe ISD Superintendent Dr. Don Stockton and Judge Craig Doyal congratulated the High School Science Fair first-place winners.
Each year, approximately one quarter of the students who participate in the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston qualify through their participation in the science fair held during SCI://TECH. Conroe ISD is sending more than 250 junior high and high school students to compete in the 58th Annual Science Engineering Fair of Houston Feb. 24 – 25.
Additional information about the Science Engineering Fair and a list of winners can be found at sefhouston.org. For information about Sci://Tech, visit efta-us.org/events/2017-sci-tech-exposition.
COOPER ADMINISTRATORS EXPERIENCE A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A STUDENT
In conjunction with Groundhog Day and National Job Shadowing Day on February 2, Cooper administrators experienced a day in the life of one of their students. They followed one student’s schedule for the day, attending classes and all that a full day on campus entails. Middle School Dean of Students Charles Williams learned a locker combination from eighth-grader Amera Finnie; Assistant Head of Lower School James Choi chatted with some friends, including fourth-grader Alexis Seymour at lunch; and Middle School Learning Coordinator Mia Valenstein chatted with sixth-grader Timi Omoniwa during recess. Dean Williams said shooting hoops with his buddies during recess was great fun.