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May 2017


The Woodlands High School Girls’ Swimming Team was recognized at the March CISD Board of Trustees Meeting.

The Woodlands High School Girls’ Swimming Team was recognized at the March CISD Board of Trustees Meeting.

CONROE ISD TRUSTEES RECOGNIZE SWIMMING CHAMPIONS

The Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees gave special recognition to The Woodlands High School girls’ swimming team at its meeting on March 21. The team competed in the 2017 6A Girls’ State Championship at the Texas Swimming Center in Austin on Feb. 18 against 49 6A teams and won the 2017 UIL Class 6A Girls’ Swimming State Championship by over 60 points.

Members of the swim team include Karsten Fields, Payton Neff, Lillie Nordmann, Lucie Nordmann, Emily Reese, Caitlin Reynera, Sydney Roycraft, Valerie Anne Staffeldt and Vivian Yu.

The Woodlands HS Principal Gregg Colschen introduced Coach Kent Kirchner who presented this talented and deserving team along with Assistant Coach Kathryne Thom to the Board. Trustee Ray Sanders presentedplaques of recognition on behalf of the Board.

The team won championships in several events at the meet. The 200-Yard Medley Relay team comprised of Lucie Nordmann, Karsten Fields, Emily Reese, and Valerie Anne Staffeldt won the 2017 6A Girls’ State Championship and set a new state record when they finished the race in 1:41.83 seconds, approximately one second faster than the second place team.

Members of the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay team, Lucie Nordmann, Emily Reese, Payton Neff, and Lillie Nordmann,won the 2017 6A Girls’ 400-Yard Freestyle Relay State Champion­ship setting a new state record when they finished the race in 3:21.06 seconds, over five seconds faster than the second place team.

Lucie Nordmann won the 2017 6A Girls’ 50-Yard Freestyle State Championship by completing the race in 22.69 seconds, .40 seconds faster than her 2016 state championship time. She also won her third consecutive 6A Girls’ 100-Yard Backstroke State Champ­ion­ship when she finished the race in 52.48 seconds, .86 seconds faster than her 2016 state championship time. Both of Lucie’s championship swims set state records.

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Select eighth-graders from The Woodlands Christian Academy laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Select eighth-graders from The Woodlands Christian Academy laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

WOODLANDS CHRISTIAN STUDENTS LAY WREATH AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

The Woodlands Christian Academy eighth-grade class honored the armed forces by participating in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during their recent class trip to Washington, D.C. The students selected to participate in the ceremony were Lawson Canter, Preston Culberson, Chloe Van Til and Reese Ray.

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Karen Lothian with her self-portrait.

Karen Lothian with her self-portrait.

FIRST-GRADER¹S SELF PORTRAIT SELECTED FOR DISPLAY AT STATE CAPITOL FOR YOUTH ART MONTH

Kara Lothian’s colorful self-portrait she created using oil-pastels and entitled “The White Haired Girl,” has been selected to be a part of the Texas Art Education Association’s Youth Art Month State Capital Artwork Exhibit in Austin.

Lothian is a first-grade student at The John Cooper School, and her teacher, Amy Dietrich, said the painting was part of a unit of study on the Cubist style that was made famous by Pablo Picasso.

The Youth Art Month Capital Artwork Exhibit showcases works of art from students in PK- grade 12 from throughout the state of Texas. Artwork from Texas public school districts and private schools was represented in the exhibit that opened on March 6 at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and ran through March 26, when there was a special reception and awards ceremony. The exhibit was then displayed from March 29-April 4 in the Lower Rotunda of the Texas State Capitol Building.

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CSPA recipients (l-r): Sam Brus, Alex Swanbeck, Claire Cromley and Heather Scotti.

CSPA recipients (l-r): Sam Brus, Alex Swanbeck, Claire Cromley and Heather Scotti.

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NSPA 2016 Inkblots editors (l-r): Nina Rivela, Gibson Field, Nikki Juszczak, Sadie Robb and Claire Cromley.

COOPER 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 was announced in March at its 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. 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.”

The NSPA gave the annual publication an All-American Rating on its Member Critique for the fifth consecutive year, with Marks of Distinction awarded in four of five categories: Writing and Editing, Photography, Art, Graphics/Typography, Layout and Concept.

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(L-R): TWCA middle school golfers Jake Melber, Aaron Pounds, Davis Johnson, Mark Wyrick, Jake Maggert.

(L-R): TWCA middle school golfers Jake Melber, Aaron Pounds, Davis Johnson, Mark Wyrick, Jake Maggert.

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Katherine Milian, TWCA11th-grader, with her award-winning drawing.

THE WOODLANDS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY CELEBRATES STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

Several of The Woodlands Christian Academy (TWCA) students received awards in previous months.

TWCA middle school golf team earned the district championship in a tournament held on April 3 at the Heron Lakes Golf Course. The team won the event with a score of 174, a full 26 strokes ahead of the second place team. In the individual competition, Aaron Pounds earned first place by shooting a 36. Coming in a close second was Jake Maggert who shot a 37. Mark Wyrick added to the strong showing with his fourth place finish, shooting a 45.

Additionally, Katherine Milian, an 11th grade student at TWCA, was awarded first place honors for her pastel drawing of St. Basil’s Cathedral by the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools during their annual statewide art competition.

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(L-R): Adelaide Herman, Mady Tozer, Samantha Sardina, Sarah Lalani, Anjali Gulasingam, Alicia Aranguren, Alessandra Ramirez and Sara Tindell.

(L-R): Adelaide Herman, Mady Tozer, Samantha Sardina, Sarah Lalani, Anjali Gulasingam, Alicia Aranguren, Alessandra Ramirez and Sara Tindell.

COOPER TEAM WINS INAUGURAL MIDDLE SCHOOL ETHICS BOWL IN HOUSTON

After practicing for several weeks, The John Cooper Middle School Ethics Bowl team competed on April 1 in the first ever Middle School Ethics Bowl that was held at Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School in Houston. The team captured first place, making them the first Middle School Ethics Bowl champions.

Cooper‘s Ethics Bowl team members included eighth-graders Alicia Aranguren, Kirthi Chandra, Sabrina Frusco, Anjali Gulasingam, Adelaide Herman, Sarah Lalani, Alessandra Ramirez, Samantha Sardina, Haley Sailor, Sarah Tindell and Mady Tozer. English teacher Adam Valenstein is the faculty sponsor.

Ethics Bowl is a competitive, yet collaborative, event in which students analyze and discuss real-life, and timely, ethical issues. An Ethics Bowl differs from a debate in that students are not assigned opposing views; rather they defend whatever position they believe is right. They win by showing they have thought more carefully, deeply and perceptively about the cases in question.

The Cooper team presented on three questions, in three separate rounds. The questions were:

  1. Does real experience have more value than virtual or augmented experience?
  2. Is it morally permissible to breed Munchkin cats for the purpose of selling them?
  3. Is it morally permissible for a single parent to go to work sick if his/her job does not have paid time off?

The event is described as a way to promote ethical awareness, critical thinking skills, civil discourse, civic engagement and an appreciation for diverse points of view. To view a listing and explanation of the 2016-17 Middle School cases, log on to ethicsbowlms.weebly.ms

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Students from the Academy of Science & Technology participate in the Texas Science & Engineering Fair in San Antonio.

Students from the Academy of Science & Technology participate in the Texas Science & Engineering Fair in San Antonio.

CONROE ISD STUDENTS COMPETE IN REGIONAL AND STATE SCIENCE FAIRS

Over 250 students from Conroe ISD competed at the 58th Annual Science & Engineering Fair of Houston held Feb. 24-25 at the University of Houston. The junior and senior high students qualified for this regional event at the CISD Science Fair earlier in the month.

Of those 250 students, 55 advanced to the state science fair, the Texas Science & Engineering Fair (TSEF), that was held in San Antonio March 31-April 1.

Eight Conroe ISD students also qualified for the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) as a result of their strong showing at the Science & Engineering Fair of Houston. These students are:

Life Sciences – Bioengineering: Andrew Kim, Academy of Science and Technology; Behavioral: Amaha Ghide, Academy of Science and Technology.

Physical Sciences – Chemical Engineering: Jill Bohnet, The Woodlands College Park High School; Chemistry: Roshni Sen, Academy of Science and Technology; Mathematics: Shobha Dasari, Academy of Science and Technology.

Team Life Science – Ajitha Anand, Nandika Nair, and Sreshta Margan, Academy of Science
and Technology.

These students will join other Grand Award winners from the Houston area in Los Angeles, California to compete in ISEF May 14-19.

Of the 55 students who competed at TSEF, 12 were recognized with special and/or place awards:

Special Awards – Broadcom Masters: Jack Northcott, McCullough JH; Caden Pfluger, Peet JH; Lauren Coonrod, McCullough JH; and Hayley Jue, Knox JH; Junior Stockholm Water Prize: Hudson Nash, Academy of Science & Technology; Office of Naval Research: Nathan Nguyen, McCullough JH; Steven Drabbant, Irons JH; Hannah Meiseles, Academy of Science & Technology; and Praneel Joshi, Academy of Science & Technology; Texas Academy of Audiology: Abby Frederickson and Alena Tas, McCullough JH; Texas Society of Statistics: Sithija Manage, Academy of Science & Technology.

Place Awards – Animal Sciences: Jack Northcott, 1st place, McCullough JH; Behavioral and Social Sciences: Hayley Jue, 2nd place, Knox JH; Energy-Chemical: Hannah Meiseles, 2nd place, Academy of Science & Technology; Energy-Physical: Praneel Joshi, 2nd place, Academy of Science & Technology; Environmental Science: Hudson Nash, 2nd place, Academy of Science & Technology; Mathematics: Lauren Coonrod, 2nd place, McCullough JH; Sithija Manage, 2nd place, Academy of Science & Technology; Physics and Astronomy: Steven Drabbant, 3rd place, Irons JH; and Plant Sciences: Caden Pfluger, 1st place, Peet JH.

“It is truly a recognition of the students’ hard work and dedication along with the support of their parents and teachers,” commented Sheryl Hime, Conroe ISD science coordinator. “We are so honored to have students representing Conroe ISD at ISEF.”

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Fourteen-year-old Shourav Dasari with his parents.

Fourteen-year-old Shourav Dasari with his parents.

MCCULLOUGH EIGHTH-GRADER HEADING TO NATIONAL SPELLING BEE

After competing in nine rounds with 56 total spellers representing 42 Texas counties, Shourav Dasari, a resident of The Woodlands and an eighth-grader at McCullough Jr. High in Conroe ISD, emerged as the champion of the 2017 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee held on April 1. He will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 28- June 2 in the Washington, D.C. area, with an all-expenses-paid trip to “Bee Week.”

“Rafraîchissoir” was the winning word for Dasari during the championship round of the competition of the Houston bee, the nation’s largest local spelling bee. The final rounds were broadcast live on Houston Public Media TV 8 and streamed live online.

“I’m excited to go back to Scripps because it’s very fun and the bee you want to win so I’m happy to be able to go try again,” said Dasari.

This is Dasari’s third year to compete at the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee and his second year to make it to Scripps National Spelling Bee. He tied for 11th place at Scripps in 2016.

Dasari will be speller No. 200 at the 90th national bee where he will join more than 280 spellers from across the country, aiming for the victory and prizes worth more than $40,000. The bee will broadcast live nationally on ESPN.

Participating spellers in the 2017 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee included 29 girls and 27 boys ranging in age from 8 to 15 and in grades third through eighth, representing 1,151 schools in Texas. For more information, visit houstonpublicmedia.org/spellingbee


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