Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students, August 2016

| August 1, 2016

(Front row, L-R): Nikki Puno (21), Mackenzie Gilder (45), Caitlyn D'Addieco (23), Mackenzie Watson (4), Madison Presley (11), Lauren Maxwell (50), Julia Mlodzianowski (22), Ruke Ogbevire (1); (Back row): Melinda Winston (32) and Coach Tony D'Addieco. Not pictured are Chloe Howe (25) and Coach Patrick Howe.

(Front row, L-R): Nikki Puno (21), Mackenzie Gilder (45), Caitlyn D’Addieco (23), Mackenzie Watson (4), Madison Presley (11), Lauren Maxwell (50), Julia Mlodzianowski (22), Ruke Ogbevire (1); (Back row): Melinda Winston (32) and Coach Tony D’Addieco. Not pictured are Chloe Howe (25) and Coach Patrick Howe.

KATY REBELS-D’ADDIECO TEAM WINS AAS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN 4TH GRADE SILVER DIVISION

The Katy Rebels-D’Addieco girls basketball team won the 2016 All-American Sports National Championship July 8-10 in the 4th grade silver division in San Antonio. A brand new team this year consisting almost entirely of girls in their first year of AAU basketball, the Rebels went to AAS Nationals with the hopes of just gaining their first National tournament experience. Instead, they walked away with the championship.

The team of Melinda Winston, Ruke Ogbevire, Madison Presley, Mackenzie Watson, Caitlyn D’Addieco, Mackenzie Gilder, Julie Mlodzianowski, Nikki Puno, Lauren Maxwell and Chloe Howe played phenomenal team basketball on both sides of the court on their way to claiming their first ever National Championship.

In the first game of the tournament, the Katy Rebels faced a very fast and athletic team from Monterrey, Mexico. The Rebels opened the game with the lead, and held that lead until the last four seconds of the game. The opponent hit what turned out to be the game-winning shot from 17 feet. The Rebels lost with a final score of 18-19. This 1-point loss would ultimately send the Rebels to the silver bracket.

The Rebels bounced back from that opening loss to post their best scoring output and largest margin of victory of the season, de­feating their second opponent 32-4, which included a 19-0 second half. In the semi-final game, the Rebels found themselves in a defensive battle early against a very aggressive, physical team. The Rebels met and then exceeded their intensity, and opened up the lead to win the game with a final score of 22-9, setting themselves up for the championship game.

Riding their momentum into the final game, the Rebels opened up the contest with a 17-0 run, en route to a 26-5 victory to claim the championship.

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Rachel Bjerkaas, a senior at Cinco Ranch High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Rachel Bjerkaas, a senior at Cinco Ranch High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award.

CINCO RANCH STUDENT EARNS GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD

Rachel Bjerkaas, a senior at Cinco Ranch High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. The award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable community service projects that require a minimum of 80 hours to complete. Less than 5 percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.

To earn the award, Bjerkaas rallied more than 25 volunteers to raise awareness about habitat loss, in hope of changing long-term actions within her community. According to the National Wildlife Federation, habitat loss due to destruction, fragmentation or degradation of habit, is the primary threat to the survival of wildlife in the U.S.

“To address [habitat loss], I held a workshop for 2nd and 5th grade students, where in addition to learning about the causes and consequences of habitat loss, each student built their own nesting box from kits my team helped me create,” said Bjerkaas. “I also hosted a series of very successful supply drives for the Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to help with its mission of rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife with the goal of returning these animals to the wild.”

To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, which turns 100 in 2016, visit girlscouts.org.

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This year’s grant recipients and their projects were recognized at May 23 Katy ISD Board of Trustees meeting.

This year’s grant recipients and their projects were recognized at May 23 Katy ISD Board of Trustees meeting.

KATY ISD EDUCATION FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES TEACHER GRANT RECIPIENTS

The Katy ISD Education Foundation recently announced its fourth year of Inspiring Imagination teacher grant recipients. Two hundred Katy ISD teachers at 33 different campuses were chosen for grants this year. Grant activities range from school gardens to robotics and extend to all subjects and grade levels. Funding will be provided for the 2016-2017 school year.

In its first four years of activity, the Katy ISD Education Foundation has awarded more than $725,000 in Inspiring Imagination grants to teachers at campuses all over Katy ISD. The Foundation exists to raise support for and manage the grant program, an initiative created by the Foundation’s Board of Directors to provide funding for innovative classroom experiences not possible within the parameters of a school district budget.

Grants are made possible by annual pledges from business and community investors, one-time contributions and events. The Foundation hosts two major fundraising events every year: Fireflies and Foodtrucks, slated this year for Sept. 15, and its spring GROOVE jazz event. BP, the Foundation’s Cornerstone Investor, funded multiple grants for its BP STEM Grant Program.

The Katy ISD Education Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization for which donations are tax deductible. Visit katyisdeducationfoundation.org to learn more and for a full listing of award recipients and projects.

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(Top row, l-r): Head track & field coach Jeremy Dye, sister Ariel Williams, assistant track & field coach Kenneth Decuir and athletic coordinator Tony Tademy; (bottom row): Mom Tina Williams, Avery Williams and dad Arthur Williams.

(Top row, l-r): Head track & field coach Jeremy Dye, sister Ariel Williams, assistant track & field coach Kenneth Decuir and athletic coordinator Tony Tademy; (bottom row): Mom Tina Williams, Avery Williams and dad Arthur Williams.

TOMPKINS HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT

Avery Williams, Tompkins High School senior, has signed a letter of intent to attend Abilene Christian University on a Track & Field Scholarship. He was joined at the signing ceremony by his parents, his sister and his high school track & field coaches Dye and Decuir, as well as Tony Tademy, district athletic coordinator.

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(L-R): Claudia Ribera and Alyssa Washington.

(L-R): Claudia Ribera and Alyssa Washington.

MCHS DEBATE STUDENTS PLACE AT NATIONALS

The Mayde Creek High School Debate team recently had two students place in the World’s School Debate at the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament in Salt Lake City.

Claudia Ribera, a12th-grader, placed 6th in the nation and went on to make the South Texas NDSA team (one of three in Houston). She was also on a team of five (with two students from Bellaire High School and two from Lamar High School). Ribera debated a number of prepared and impromptu topics. Her team was 5-1 in prelims and advanced through three more rounds of debate before falling in quarterfinals. The team ended up 6th out of more than100 national and international teams. This is the highest placing of any Mayde Creek student at Nationals.

Alyssa Washington, a12th-grader, also had a great showing. Washington competed in 6 rounds of POI and also excelled in Poetry, advancing five rounds of double elimination competition.

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Ethan Le

Ethan Le

KATY STUDENT SELECTED TO NYO-USA

Ethan Le was chosen this past spring by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute to be a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) for its 2016 season. NYO-USA boasts a tuition-free program in which members tour Europe and play at Carnegie Hall.

This summer, the orchestra will perform at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium Perelman Stage with National Symphony Orchestra director Christoph Eschenbach and internationally acclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax. Representing the United States, they will then embark on a 12-day European tour and perform in many of Europe’s music capitals – Amsterdam, Montpellier, Copenhagen, and Prague. Le will attend Stanford University in the fall.


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