Woodlands Schools, Sports, Students May 2016
2016 TSTA-CONROE ISD TEACHERS OF THE YEAR NAMED
The Conroe Chapter of the Texas State Teacher Association (TSTA) held its “Salute to Education” Banquet on May 3 at the Lone Star Convention Center to honor outstanding employees, teachers, and volunteers who make a difference in the lives of students and provide a positive influence on the culture of the schools they serve.
Humanitarians of the Year, Teachers of the Year and Friends of Education were recognized at the annual event.
During the evening, Araelia Betler, a 5th grade language arts and social studies teacher at Grangerland Intermediate, was named Conroe ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Zachary Taylor, an English II and III teacher at Caney Creek High School, was named Conroe ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year.
Prior to the annual banquet, each campus selects a Teacher of the Year. The nominees then write essays about why they became a teacher or how they hope to impact the teaching profession. Those essays are read by a committee that makes the final selection on the Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year for the District.
COOPER TEACHER NAMED JUNIOR DIVISION TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Stephanie Groves, a middle school science teacher at The John Cooper School has been named The University of Houston 2016 Melinda Mills Teacher of the Year in the Junior Division of the Science Engineering Fair of Houston. The award is given annually to a teacher whose students consistently qualify and participate in the annual competition.
Groves, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Lutheran University and a Masters of Education from Grand Canyon University, has taught at Cooper for five years. She is pleased with the participation of her students in the SCI://Tech and Houston science fairs.
“Forty-one seventh- and eighth-grade Cooper students competed in the SCI://Tech science fair competition in Montgomery County this year, and of those, 34, or 83 percent, qualified to participate in the Science Engineering Fair of Houston,” Groves said.
“The number of Cooper students who have participated at the fair has consistently increased, and I think it shows the strength of our program,” she continued. “I am very honored to have been recognized.”
CONROE ISD ATHLETES PARTICIPATE IN SPECIAL OLYMPICS SPRING GAMES
Athletes from Conroe ISD’s Conroe Stars Team participated in the 2016 Area Special Olympics Track Meet at College Station High School in College Station on April 22 and 23. The Conroe Stars had 29 athletes compete in the event.
During the Opening Ceremonies, Aerianna Deluna, from Conroe High School, was presented with the Female Athlete of the Year award. On Friday, the three 4X100 meter relay teams each took first place in their divisions.
“These events are a great opportunity to bring together athletes and their families, Conroe ISD administration and staff, as well as members of our community in support of such a wonderful competition,” stated Conroe ISD Stars coach David Kight. “We are so proud of each and every one of our athletes.”
For more information about the 2016 Summer Games, visit sotx.org.
TWCA VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN
The Woodlands Christian Academy has announced the valedictorian and salutatorian for the graduating class of 2016. Matthew Dew has been named valedictorian, and Hannah Bub has been named salutatorian.
Dew will be attending Texas A&M University in the fall and plans to study nuclear engineering. Bub will be attending New York University as a member of their varsity swim team.
CONROE ISD STUDENTS WIN BIG AT HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO
On Saturday, March 5, at the NRG Center, Conroe ISD students were honored at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) Award Ceremony for their outstanding artwork.
Each year the HLSR School Art program gives more than $1 million to students in the form of scholarships, workshop opportunities, and awards. The program culls 718 of the best student artwork from over 100 school districts and 60 private schools for display at the Hayloft Gallery for the duration of the rodeo. Conroe ISD had 12 student winners in all, three of which were selected for the art auction held on Sunday, March 13 at the NRG Arena. They are as follows:
Anderson Elementary School: Belinda Rodriguez, Elementary Best of Show, Glassell Winner; “Getting Ready for Rodeo”
Caney Creek High School: Katrina Cumanan, High School Best of Show, Auction Lot #22; “Cow of Many Colors”
Giesinger Elementary School: Craig Prentice, Elementary Gold Medal; “You Looking at Me?”
McCullough Junior High School: Abby Bonzon, Junior High Best of Show; “Don’t Tread on Me”; Vinnie Tombari, Junior High Gold Medal; “The Old Western Wagon”
Oak Ridge High School: Marion Nece, High School Gold Medal; “Flowers at the Picnic”; Kallista Mertins, High School Special Merit; “Eye of the Land”; Kayla Whipple, High School Special Merit; “Chicken Scratch”
The Woodlands College Park High School: Jessica Zhang, High School Gold Medal, Auction Lot #32; “Flying High”; Morgan Newsoroff, High School Special Merit; “Synergy”
The Woodlands High School: Helen Wang, High School Special Merit; “Sunny Day”; Chloe Pascual, High School Special Merit, Auction Lot #23, Kerrville Western Art Academy Scholarship Winner; “No Boundaries”
The District was also awarded the Super Show Award for the second consecutive year for outstanding presentation and organization of the Conroe ISD District Western Art Show.
TWELVE CONROE ISD DESTINATION IMAGINATION TEAMS ADVANCE TO GLOBAL FINALS
Conroe ISD had another successful year at the Texas Destination Imagination Affiliate State Tournament in Anna, Texas. Twenty-three teams represented Conroe ISD at the tournament, and 12 of those teams qualified to continue to the Global Tournament in Knoxville on May 25-28.
Destination Imagination is a leader in project-based learning opportunities that blend STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with the arts and social entrepreneurship. Its academic challenges teach kids in grades K-12 how to solve open-ended problems and present their solutions at competitive tournaments. DI’s mission is to develop opportunities that inspire the global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st century skills and creativity.
Teams work from September until early spring to solve their challenges prior to taking their solution to a regional tournament to be appraised. Regional tournament winners advance to the state tournament, and state tournament winners continue to the Global Tournament in May.
Conroe ISD schools with teams advancing to Globals are as follows: Academy of Science and Technology – 5 teams; Knox Junior High – 2 teams; Bozman Intermediate – 1 team; Collins Intermediate – 1 team; David Elementary – 1 team; and Tough Elementary – 2 teams.
Destination Imagination has had a positive impact on more than 1.5 million students who have taken part in its acclaimed Challenge program. This year, 150,000 students have participated in tournaments throughout the U.S. and 30 countries in hopes of earning a spot at the Global Finals competition. In Texas, over 20,000 students participate in DI annually, making the state the largest participant in the organization.
For more information, visit globalfinals.org.
2016 MONTGOMERY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FEMALE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
Carol Gooch, founder and executive director of the Montgomery County Association of Business Women has announced the 2016 scholarship winners. MCABW annually awards scholarships to graduating female seniors from Montgomery County high schools. “We are so proud of all these young ladies and their accomplishments. It’s an honor for us to be able to help them go to college and further their dreams. MCABW is all about Women Helping Women. We are your local business sorority as we help each other grow our businesses and give back to the community”, said Gooch. To learn more, go to mcabw.org.
POWERLIFTING STATE CHAMPION RECOGNIZED BY CISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees gave special recognition to the 2016 Division I Boys’ 148-lb. Weight Class Powerlifting State Champion at their meeting on Tuesday, April 19.
The Woodlands High School powerlifter Gavin Webster was named Division I Boys’ 148-lb Weight Class Powerlifting State Champion on Saturday, April 2, at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene. Webster’s combined lifts totaled 1,380 pounds, topping 21 other lifters and setting a school record. His totals in the three events were a 510-pound squat, a 330-pound bench-press, and a 540-pound dead lift.
Gregg Colschen, The Woodlands High School principal, introduced Craig Smith, The Woodlands High School powerlifting coach, to the board. In his remarks, Smith stated, “In addition to winning the State Championship, one of the most impressive things that I can say about what he did this year is that for his season, he was a perfect 45 for 45 on all of his lifts. Thank you for helping me recognize your 148-lb. State Champion, Gavin Webster.”