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Just Making a Point

| July 1, 2013
Just Making a Point

WIT AND WRITING SKILLS EARN TITLES FOR CINCO RANCH NEWS EDITOR By Cindy Ziervogel The Life and Times of Trevor Nichols could be the title spoofing the Cinco Ranch High School recent graduate, news editor and award-winning writer, but it’s not a spoof. Rather, if there were such a title it would be more like […]

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Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students Jun 2013

| June 1, 2013
Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students Jun 2013

BECK JH STUDENTS PERFORM LITTLE MERMAID – Beck Backstage presented the Little Mermaid to a sold-out crowd. Eighth-grader Angelina DeRose was Ariel, and Prince Eric was played by eighth-grader Michael Sporkin. The duo also gave a backstage tour to two winners from Williams Elementary. ______________________________________________________________________________ KATY ISD STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN TRIATHLON – More than 40 […]

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Wrestle Mania!

| June 1, 2013
Wrestle Mania!

Mary-Kate Cooper hits the mat and slams the competition By Cindy Ziervogel Oh what a difference a mat can make. Mary-Kate Cooper used to put in a lot of hours of hard work on a mat, perfecting her moves to beat the competition. She’s still clocking in the long practice hours and giving it her […]

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Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students May 2013

| May 1, 2013
Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students May 2013

CINCO RANCH HS CHOIR STUDENTS RECEIVE ALL-STATE RECOGNITION – Four Cinco Ranch High School Choir students advanced through the rigorous audition process and received placement in the All-State Choir. These students, David Tait, Hannah Ballard, Lauren Marlow and Eubie Pabilona, also performed at the Texas Music Educator’s Association convention in February. _________________________________________________________________________________ KEVIN LOCH EARNS […]

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Techie Kid Goes on Alley Theatre Road

| May 1, 2013
Techie Kid Goes on Alley Theatre Road

Sound designer hears opportunity loud and clear By Cindy Ziervogel Austin Fullmer’s two-month stint with the Alley Theatre was a dream job for a self-described “techie” kid. He snatched the envied position doing sound design as he traveled around the city with a passionate group of theatre kids. Austin was chosen to work for the […]

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Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students Apr 2013

| April 1, 2013
Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students Apr 2013

CREECH SOCK HOP BROUGHT OUT STARS FROM ’50S THROUGH ’90S – Creech Elementary held its annual Sock Hop party, coordinated by the PTA and school administration. More than 700 children and adults dressed in fashions from the ’50s through the ’90s attended the fundraiser, which included a live DJ spinning tunes in the gym, face […]

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Chalk One Up to Talent

| April 1, 2013
Chalk One Up to Talent

Art student wins chance to draw on the streets of Houston By Cindy Ziervogel Ready, set, draw was nearly all the instruction Samrath Kaur received when her art teacher asked her and other students to enter a drawing contest. The challenging part was that the artwork was due the next day. But for Samrath, even […]

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Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students Mar 2013

| March 1, 2013
Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students Mar 2013

Members of the Morton Ranch High School Academic Decathlon team. MORTON RANCH HS ACADEMIC DECATHLON TEAM EARNS 17 MEDALS – THE MORTON RANCH ACADEMIC DECATHLON team had a historic performance at the Regional competition held at Cinco Ranch High School. The team earned 17 individual medals (the previous high was four), tied for first place […]

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Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students Feb 2013

| February 1, 2013
Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students Feb 2013

GIRL SCOUTS PARTICIPATE IN TEDDY BEAR CLINIC Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus hosted 160 girls from West Houston Girls Scout troops for the inaugural Teddy Bear Clinic. From daisies to brownies to juniors, each girl earned a Teddy Bear Clinic badge by visiting nine different medical stations to learn about various pediatric subspecialties. The stations […]

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Katy Tigers Win a 7th State Championship!

| February 1, 2013
Katy Tigers Win a 7th State Championship!

By Lainey Hightower Photography by Diana Porter With all the great high schools in the district, why does Katy High consistently win at football? We asked school board member Henry Dibrell this question after the Tigers won the state championships on  Saturday, December 22, 2012. As background, the victory against Cedar Hill was nothing short […]

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Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students Jan 2013

| January 1, 2013
Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students Jan 2013

MAYDE CREEK HS JOURNALISM STUDENTS EARN HONORS AT COMPETITION – MAYDE CREEK HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM students Jennifer Hernandez and Sarah Kent attended the NSPA/JEA National Journalism Write Offs. They competed with more than 100 students from all over the country, in their respective categories. Jennifer received a third-place rank for News Writing and Sarah received second-place honors for Feature […]

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Working on CRyptonite

| January 1, 2013
Working on CRyptonite

Team VP has a long history with robots By Cindy Ziervogel Ben Button-Edelson tagged along with his mom, Lorrie Button-Edelson after school when he was a 5th grader. If mom went to an event, Ben went to the event. Ben’s mom got to play with robots. So did Ben. Mrs. Button-Edelson, a former teacher at […]

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Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students Dec 2012

| December 1, 2012
Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students Dec 2012

CREECH ELEMENTARY CELEBRATES SUE CREECH DAY – Creech Elementary celebrated Sue Creech Day in honor of its namesake, the late Betty Sue Creech, who was a teacher at Katy Junior High for 28 years. Creech’s daughter Susan Stormer joined the staff and students on her mother’s special day to help induct the 2012-13 Student Council […]

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Active Teen Keeps Kids Connected

| December 1, 2012
Active Teen Keeps Kids Connected

Caitlyn Mortus gives pediatric patients a connection to the power of social healing By Cindy Ziervogel Caitlyn Mortus has returned to the type of life she knew before cancer. In a word: busy. Caitlyn is a 16-year-old junior at Seven Lakes High School and living a very busy cancer-free life. Her days are full of […]

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Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students Nov 2013

| November 1, 2012
Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students Nov 2013

MITCHELL ANDERSON ACHIEVES HIS EAGLE SCOUT RANK – Mitchell Anderson, a Katy High School graduate, earns his Eagle Rank. He began Cub Scouts in 2001 with Pack 1700 in Sugar Land and earned his Arrow of Light. After Cub Scouts, Mitchell joined Troop 230 in Katy and  attended summer camps at El Rancho Cima in […]

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Petite Girl Tries Taekwondo Just For Kicks

| November 1, 2012
Petite Girl Tries Taekwondo Just For Kicks

By Cindy Ziervogel B ig success can come from small packages. Take 8-year-old Mikayla Francisco, for instance. The measurement of her focus and determination far exceeds the size of her petite build. Mikayla is 58 pounds, 48 inches short (and that might even be with her shoes on). Even more importantly, Mikayla is not just […]

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Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students Oct 2012

| October 1, 2012
Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students Oct 2012

ALLY MCCOLLAM KICKS OFF DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH – Ally McCollam, who attends Michael L. Griffin Elementary, appeared in the bright lights of Broadway on Sept. 22 as part of the National Down Syndrome Society annual Times Square Video Presentation, which embodies the NDSS mission to promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with […]

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Sports Legends of Katy

| October 1, 2012
Sports Legends of Katy

Stellar former athletes from Katy have climbed to great career heights This tribute is to the football, basketball and baseball players who hail from the community, and includes short snippets on their high schools, colleges and current leagues. Enjoy this homage to greatness, focus, tenacity and spirit which defines the sports legends of Katy.   […]

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Art-Smart Student Hauls in the Awards

| October 1, 2012
Art-Smart Student Hauls in the Awards

Trains, planes and all transportation modes get Sai Senapathi’s artistic motor running By Cindy Ziervogel Talented 9-year-old Sai Senapathi has won enough art awards that he should really be twice as old. His rodeo art received an award last year, and so did his Google logo. He had a drawing on display at the Youth […]

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Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students Sep 2012

| September 1, 2012
Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students Sep 2012

SEVEN LAKES HS FBLA BRINGS HOME NATIONAL AWARDS – Twenty-nine students from the Seven Lakes High School Future Business Leaders of America attended the National Leadership Conference. This year Texas played host to more than 8,000 FBLA members from all over the nation. During the week, students competed in various events, made new friendships, and […]

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Architectural Student Designs Prize-Winning Museum

| September 1, 2012
Architectural Student Designs Prize-Winning Museum

What a difference a year made for Gabe Traknyak By Cindy Ziervogel When Gabe Traknyak was in the Engineering, Design and Development program at Katy ISD’s Miller Career and Technology Center, he designed a museum that earned him first place in a prestigious, citywide competition. The Houston chapter of the American Institute of Architecture sponsors […]

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Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students Aug 2012

| August 1, 2012
Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students Aug 2012

CINCO RANCH HS NAMES CHEER SQUAD MEMBERS – Cinco Ranch High School announced its 2012-13 Varsity and Junior Varsity cheerleading squads. Varsity team members are Erika Brown, Madison Cook, Kayleigh Fisher, Co-Captain Melanie French, Ali Haddix, Co-Captain Maddie Kalenits, Captain Ashley Kirby, Lauren Littlejohn, Kory Luna, Taylor Morrison, Brittany Nguyen, Jordan Peterson, Ashlyn Wagner and […]

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He’s a Poet and He Knows It — and So Does the Competition

| August 1, 2012
He’s a Poet and He Knows It — and So Does the Competition

Yet poetry is just one of the many things at which John Liner excels By Cindy Ziervogel John Liner is a kid with a list of achievements so long and seemingly unrelated it would be easy to wonder if has an identical twin or even a triplet. He doesn’t. John has a way with words. […]

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Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students Jul 2012

| July 1, 2012
Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students Jul 2012

MORTON RANCH HS GRAD COMPLETES INTERNSHIP – Hannah Nerdin, a Morton Ranch High School graduate, is on her way to Brigham Young University after completing an internship at Hyperlinks Media. Her journalism teacher Kim Lynch nominated her for the internship based on Hannah’s communication and people skills. During her internship, Hannah was introduced to book […]

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