Woodlands Schools, Sports, Students May 2016
COOPER STUDENT HEADS TO CARNEGIE HALL AS NATIONAL FINALIST FOR SCULPTURE
Grace Reagan, a junior at The John Cooper School, has earned a national recognition in the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a Gold Medal for her sculpture, entitled “The Last Straw.” Approximately 320,000 works of art and writing were submitted to this year’s competition and only the top one percent has been awarded at the national level.
Reagan and her teacher, Visual Arts Department Chair Bob Mosier, have been invited to an awards ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on June 2 and will attend with students from around the country who will be recognized. Also achieving national recognition were two juniors awarded Silver Medals: Sadie Robb for her short story, “Chasing Trains,” and Grace Lawson, for her photograph, entitled “Life and Liberty.”
Since 1923, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have recognized students in grades 7-12 from across the country. Noted recipients include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Lena Dunham and filmmaker Ken Burns, who will receive the Alumni Achievement Award this year’s ceremony in New York City.
ACSI REGIONAL JR. HIGH SPEECH MEET RESULTS
The ACSI Jr. High Regional Speech Meet took place on March 11, hosted by Rosehill Christian School. It was a great time of fun, competition and fellowship as the school welcomed 11 other schools throughout the region. Students in grades 7-8 competed in 10 different categories, and each student was allowed to enter up to four events, with a maximum of three entries per event per school. The top three presenters in each category that also scored an average rating of “superior” from all three judges received gold, silver, and bronze medals.
The RCS medalists were as follows:
Scripture Memorization and Application – Chloe Geil (7th grade) Gold and Kelly Bartlett (7th) Bronze; Humorous Poetry – Abby Turney (7th) Bronze; Humorous Reading – Anna Alexander (8th) Silver; Dramatic Reading – Sara Thomas (8th) Gold (perfect scores);
Puppets (in teams) ”Cover 2 Cover,” Silver – team tembers: Amanda Delanater (8th), Caleb Salazar (8th), Samantha Strange (7th), Sara Thomas (8th) and Abby Turney (7th); and “The Kooks of Gizzard,” Bronze – team members: Brooke Knighten (8th), Claire Nabors (7th), Ashley Shaver (8th) and Lela Torres (8th);
Dramatic Costumed Monologue – Chloe Geil (7th) Gold and Shelby Dupree (8th) Silver; Original Speech – Sara Thomas (8th) Silver; Visual Aid – Lela Torres (8th) Silver and Brooke Knighten (8th) Bronze.
SAOPCS STUDENT TAKES SIXTH IN SPELLING BEE
Annie Perry, fourth-grader at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, placed sixth overall in the third through fifth grade category of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Spelling Bee. Annie advanced as the first place participant in the SAOPCS Bee, competing against the top contenders of the 51 PreK3 through eighth grade schools in the Archdiocese.
SPRING CO-CHAMPION TO COMPETE AT SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE
After competing in 14 rounds with 53 total spellers from 42 Texas counties, Shourav Dasari, a Spring resident and seventh-grader at McCullough Jr. High in Conroe ISD, and Nihar Janga, an Austin resident and fifth-grader at River Ridge Elementary in Leander ISD were awarded co-champion titles from the 2016 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee. The two spellers will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 22-27 in Washington, D.C., with an all-expenses-paid trip to “Bee Week.”
“Guaguanche” was the winning word for Dasari in the Houston bee, the nation’s second-largest local spelling bee. The bee went on for more than four hours and was broadcast live on Houston Public Media TV 8 and streamed live online.
“I’m excited and proud to represent Houston,” said Dasari. “I hope I can do my best in Washington, D.C.” This is Dasari’s second time to compete; he tied for third place in the 2014 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee.
This will be the first year that Dasari competes at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, where he will be speller No. 233. He will join hundreds of contestant spellers from across the country at the 89th national bee, aiming for the victory and prizes worth more than $30,000. The bee will broadcast live nationally on ESPN during “Bee Week.”
Participating spellers in the 2016 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee included 25 girls and 28 boys ranging in age from 9 to 14 and in grades third through eighth, representing 1,130 schools in Texas.
As part of the organization’s commitment to education, Houston Public Media (HPM) conducts, hosts and broadcasts this major spelling bee competition annually. “We are so proud of all the students that competed in our spelling bee today – they’ve all worked so hard to get here,” said Lisa Trapani Shumate, associate vice president and general manager of Houston Public Media. “It’s an honor to conduct and televise this highly competitive academic competition that showcases so many of their talents beyond vocabulary and grammar.”
For more information on the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee, visit houstonpublicmedia.org/spellingbee.
RCS STATE TAPPS ART RESULTS
The Rosehill Christian School (RCS) Art team had a strong showing at the TAPPS State Art Meet, which was held April 4-5 in Waco. The competition was very strong with more than 600 entries in the RCS classification. Art teacher Kathleen Hughes expressed pride in the attitude and effort demonstrated by the students, many of whom were freshmen. The team also demonstrated their servant’s hearts by volunteering to keep time for speech events, which tremendously helped not only RCS speech competitors, but the entire state speech meet. TAPPS officials running the meet repeatedly noted RCS students’ exceptional behavior, service and professionalism. As a team, RCS Art placed 12th overall out of all TAPPS 2A schools.
Individual results are as follows: Printmaking/2D Mixed Media – Paxton Martin, 1st place (State Champion); Senior Portfolio – Hunter Juneau-Kepp, 4th place and Mei Ling Valdes, 8th place; Seek & Sketch (Color) – Chloe Tribe, 7th place; Photography (Color) – Chloe Christmas, Honorable Mention.
COOPER’S EMPTY BOWLS PROJECT RAISES RECORD AMOUNT FOR HUNGER RELIEF
The John Cooper School chapter of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) hosted a successful 11th annual Empty Bowls Project on Feb. 20, raising a record-breaking $12,000 for the Interfaith Food Pantry.
Dr. Ann Snyder, president and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands, and Missy Herndon, Interfaith’s director of programs, attended a Lower School assembly at The John Cooper Lower School on March 2 to thank the school community and the event organizers. Lower School students create a large percentage of the handmade bowls for the event each year and Snyder shared with them the impact of their generosity.
Cooper students in Prekindergarten through Grade 12, plus faculty, parents and staff, created bowls for guests to take home from the luncheon that featured a simple lunch of soup and bread and a silent art auction.
Snyder shared her gratitude that over the past eight years, Cooper’s Empty Bowls Project has given over $60,000 to the Interfaith Food Pantry and this year’s donation brings the total to $72,000. The Imagine Render Group, a nonprofit organization, founded the Empty Bowls Projects that now take place globally.
CONROE ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES RECOGNIZES STATE CHAMPIONS
The Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees gave special recognition to three State Champions at the Board meeting on March 22.
Monica Gumina, a sophomore at The Woodlands College Park High School, won the 2016 6A Girls’ 100-Yard Freestyle State Championship at the Texas Swim Center in Austin on Saturday, Feb. 20 when she finished the race in 50.21 seconds.
That same day, Victoria Hunt, a junior at The Woodlands College Park High School, won the 2016 6A Girls’ 100-Yard Breaststroke State Championship when she finished the race in 1:03.91 seconds. The Woodlands High School College Park principal, Dr. Mark Murrell, introduced these young women and her coach, Rachel Banes.
Also recognized at the meeting was The Woodlands High School’s Lucie Nordmann who won the 2016 6A Girls’ 50-Yard Freestyle State Championship at the tournament when she finished the race in 23.09 seconds. She also won her second consecutive 6A Girls’ 100-Yard Backstroke State Championship when she finished the race in 53.34 seconds, .04 seconds faster than her 2015 state championship time. The Woodlands High School principal, Gregg Colschen, introduced Lucie and her coach, Kent Kirchner.
After presenting the students with their plaques, trustee Datren Williams commented, “It is such a privilege to see such fine student athletes. You represent our district in such a great way. We’d just like to say thank you.”