Katy Texas Schools, Sports,
Students, Dec 2015

| December 1, 2015

(L-R): Alexis Kramer (JV co-captain), Brooke Dumas, Abby Wallace, Hadley Flessner, Addi Russo, Kaitlyn Buffa, Maddie Willey, Sarah Harvey, Caroline Green, Alyssa Wessels, Sarah Jeffries, Reagan Oehler and Gabby Borrego (JV captain).

(L-R): Alexis Kramer (JV co-captain), Brooke Dumas, Abby Wallace, Hadley Flessner, Addi Russo, Kaitlyn Buffa, Maddie Willey, Sarah Harvey, Caroline Green, Alyssa Wessels, Sarah Jeffries, Reagan Oehler and Gabby Borrego (JV captain).

CINCO RANCH CHEERLEADERS HOST ACTIVITIES

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, The Cinco Ranch High School Cheerleaders took part in the largest ‘Pink Out’ event in Katy ISD history that raised thousands of dollars for breast cancer awareness and prevention.

The cheerleaders sported pink in some form at their football games throughout the month, such as pink socks, bows, or pompons. In addition, CRHS encouraged all students, staff and community members to show their support for breast cancer awareness and prevention by wearing pink and purchasing their limited edition T-shirts. They sold the limited edition Pink Out T-shirts and donated the proceeds to The Rose, a nonprofit organization aimed at diagnosis and care for women. Information about The Rose can be found at the-rose.org.

On Oct. 10, the cheerleaders held a cheer clinic to teach cheerleading techniques and different ways to exhibit school and team spirit. The participants learned a variety of chants, cheers, jumps and spiriting. The performers showed off their skills at the end of the clinic to their parents, and on Oct. 22, all clinic participants were invited to perform at the Cinco Ranch Junior Varsity football halftime performance.

On Oct. 12, the cheerleaders participated in the first annual CRHS homecoming parade, which featured different floats from a variety of clubs, activities and sports throughout the school. Starting at 3 p.m., the parade left CRHS and proceeded through portions of La Centerra. Community members came outside, staking out their spots in folding chairs or on towels on the curb while high school students wearing maroon and white cheered for their school. The drumline was heard before it could be seen coming up the streets from CRHS followed by a line of slow moving decorated floats and pickup trucks. The cheerleaders showed their school spirit as they tossed candy and footballs and cheered for their high school.

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(L-R): Members of the Class of 2020 at the Duck Dash are Hailey Schaefer, Sarah Adamoli, Elena Seymour, Taylor Novosad, Emma Thompson, Carleigh Foreman and Ashleigh Saxon-Lange.

(L-R): Members of the Class of 2020 at the Duck Dash are Hailey Schaefer, Sarah Adamoli, Elena Seymour, Taylor Novosad, Emma Thompson, Carleigh Foreman and Ashleigh Saxon-Lange.

NCL LADY BIRD CHAPTER HOSTS 2ND ANNUAL DUCK DASH

On Oct. 4, National Charity League Lady Bird Chapter held their second annual Duck Dash at Willow Fork Country Club. The girls sold 250 rubber ducks for the race to raise money for one of the 20 philanthropies the organization supports. Their efforts led to $500 raised for Citizens for Animal Protection and The Ballard House. The winning, lucky ducks were 1st Place – Stevie Clewett (racing for Citizens for Animal Protection); 2nd Place – Sammie Clewett (racing for Citizens for Animal Protection); and 3rd place – Melissa Vitello (racing for The Ballard House).

For more than 50 years, NCL has thrived as one of the nation’s most distinctive and respected mother-daughter organizations. The Lady Bird chapter was formed in 2010 and is comprised of mothers and daughters in the Katy-area committed to developing strong women leaders through serving and impacting communities today and for generations to come.

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Cypress Ranch High School sophomore Bailey Stark is Miss Katy’s Outstanding Teen. She ran on the platform of cultural diversity.

Cypress Ranch High School sophomore Bailey Stark is Miss Katy’s Outstanding Teen. She ran on the platform of cultural diversity.

CYPRESS RANCH STUDENT WINS MISS KATY’S OUTSTANDING TEEN

Cypress Ranch High School sophomore Bailey Stark was crowned Miss Katy’s Outstanding Teen, part of the Miss Texas/Miss America scholarship pageant system, during a ceremony on Oct. 26.

Stark underwent extensive interviews with a large panel of judges, who also graded her on talent, fitness, poise, on-stage questions and evening gown. She was chosen for exhibiting qualities of style, service, success and scholarship.

“I am honored to be the 2016 Miss Katy and consider it a privilege to have this opportunity to influence those around me to be confident in themselves and be true to who they are,” Stark said.

Stark is involved in AP classes, HOSA and Key Club at Cypress Ranch. Outside of school, she is a 12-year member of the Dancin’ Bluebonnets, known for their skill, precision and choreography.

She will spend the majority of her time as queen serving the community and Texas while promoting her platform of cultural diversity, including awareness, tolerance and acceptance.

“I look forward to visiting many of our schools and being involved with our community events while promoting cultural diversity,” Stark said.

She also said she is proud to follow in the footsteps of her older brothers, Bryce and Dalton Stark, who were on Cypress Ranch’s first state championship baseball team in 2012.

“I always looked forward to being a Mustang,” she said. “I hope I can give Cy Ranch a chance to be proud of another one of their Mustangs!”

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Eagle Scout Dalton Meredith.

Eagle Scout Dalton Meredith.

TAYLOR HIGH STUDENT RECEIVES EAGLE SCOUT AWARD

Dalton Meredith, 16, of Boy Scout Troop 1288, will be honored at a special Eagle Scout ceremony at 6 p.m. on Dec. 28 at Kingsland Baptist Church. The public is invited.

To receive Scouting’s highest award, Dalton had to earn 21 merit badges, serve as leader of his troop, and complete a major community service project.

Dalton’s service project took place at the Katy YMCA Day Camp. Leading 23 scouts and adults, Dalton planned and built a playhouse platform for the children attending the YMCA to enjoy. The project took 155 total hours of planning, building and installing.

Dalton was a Cub Scout member of Pack 239 before joining Boy Scouts. He has been a member of Troop 1288, chartered to Epiphany Catholic Church, for seven years. He has served as, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Leave No Trace Leader, Order of the Arrow Troop Representative, Troop Guide, Historian, and Den Chief. Dalton earned a total of 53 merit badges and was honored to attend the Philmont Scout Ranch, Northern Tier – Bissett and plans to attend the Sea Base High Adventure Camp this summer in Florida. Last year Dalton attended National Youth Leadership Training. He is also a Brotherhood Member of the Order of the Arrow.

Dalton is a junior at Taylor High School. He is a member of the Taylor High School Marching Band and attends Kingsland Baptist Church.

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Kilpatrick Elementary parents and students representing Venezuela at their first annual International Night: Koalas Around the World.

Kilpatrick Elementary parents and students representing Venezuela at their first annual International Night: Koalas Around the World.

FUN-FILLED INTERNATIONAL NIGHT AT KILPATRICK ELEMENTARY

Kilpatrick Elementary School hosted its first annual International Night: Koalas Around The World on Oct. 15. With over 20 countries represented, families and the community were able to enjoy learning about many cultures, including those in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Japan, India, Haiti, Mexico, Romania, United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, Pakistan, Panama, Scotland and Venezuela. Businesses that sponsored the event are Walmart, HEB, McDonalds, Chick-fil-A, Spring Creek BBQ, Academy and Mr. Donuts.

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The Orange Crush vs. the Green Giants at the MGE Super Bowl event.

The Orange Crush vs. the Green Giants at the MGE Super Bowl event.

MICHAEL GRIFFIN ELEMENTARY SUPER BOWL  Michael Griffin Elementary students, staff and parents recently enjoyed a Super Bowl event organized by the PE coaches. The fifth grade students spend part of the fall learning the ins-and-outs of football, and then they participate in a Super Bowl where the girls and boys are each divided into two teams (Orange Crush and Green Giants). Parents and students from third and fourth grade cheer on the teams, and cheerleaders from Beckendorff Junior High along with the Grizzly mascot join in the festivities as well.

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Emely Aleman led the varsity girls squad.

Emely Aleman led the varsity girls squad.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY-DISTRICT MEET UPDATE

The Katy ISD cross country teams concluded their season at the District 19-6A Cross Country Meet on Oct. 16, at Bear Creek Park. The varsity girls had a nice performance and placed 5th (162 points), ahead of Morton Ranch (166 points) and Taylor (175 points). The JV girls also competed well and placed 5th.

The varsity squad was led once again by sophomore Emely Aleman, who had an outstanding performance over the 5K course. She placed 26th and ran a personal best time of 20:26. Freshman Alessa King was the next Ram, placing 31st and running a personal record time of 20:41. Junior Lexi Torbit had a strong 32nd place finish and a season best time of 20:43. Rounding out the top five runners for the varsity team, in their final high school CC race, were seniors Ysatis Gonzalez and Julissa Jimenez. They placed 36th and 37th, running season best times of 21:05 and 21:13, respectively. Junior Hiede Tiliakos placed 43rd and recorded a PR time of 21:24. Sophomore Paulette Low was the final Ram to cross the line. She placed 46th and also ran a personal record time of 22:04.

The JV Girls team was led by junior Andrea Vo, who had a strong performance and placed 21st with a season best time of 13:35 over the 2-mile course. Freshman Vanina Diaz placed 23rd with a time of 13:43. Junior Dru Tiliakos was the next Ram to finish, running a best time of 14:12 and placing 29th. Freshman Melanie Dominguez crossed the line next with a time of 14:16, good for 30th place. Junior Shelby Sears was right behind, placing 31st and running a time of 14:17. Freshman Jacqueline Gonzalez finished in 37th place and ran a PR time of 14:38. Junior Alyssa Gayle was the final finisher for the team, placing 38th and recording a personal best time of 14:43.

The JV girls competed well and finished in 5th place with 134 points, also ahead of Taylor (163) and Morton Ranch (215).

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(Front row, l-r): Brooke Murski, Madison Chalker, Ashley Martin, Katelyn Woolie, Jordyn McCullough, Summer Foley; (back row): Brianna Rangel, Whitney Woolie, Rebecca Hobblesand, Hannah McKinley, Lauren Ramsey, Bren Hefty, Lauren Fecht and Shelby Wilson.

(Front row, l-r): Brooke Murski, Madison Chalker, Ashley Martin, Katelyn Woolie, Jordyn McCullough, Summer Foley; (back row): Brianna Rangel, Whitney Woolie, Rebecca Hobblesand, Hannah McKinley, Lauren Ramsey, Bren Hefty, Lauren Fecht and Shelby Wilson.

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY CHEERLEADERS HOLIDAY 2015

Taylor High School Varsity Cheerleaders are spreading their cheer this season by taking part in their selected volunteer services. Some of the girls will divide their time into groups within the following churches such as Second Baptist, Kingsland and Epiphany by giving hand-painted ornaments decorated by the girls and/or passing out gifts during the Church toy drive. Others will fulfill their volunteerism with the National Charity League by feeding food to the homeless and delivering baskets of food to the hungry during the holiday & other local neighborhood charities. The THS Varsity Cheerleaders participation in these variety of community events and structured activities helps develop cultural competence.

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(L-R): Haiyan Li, Jeongsoon Yoo, Claudina Lovalvo, Hyun Norman, Michelle Nott, Mona Lisa Brocchini, Maria Attias, Francis Hernandez, Elena Plasencia, Maria Castillo, Leonie Waithman, Annette Webb, Lilliana Robledo, Leiza Keen, Carra Fleming, Aichou Lin, Usha Machiraju, Qun Wang, Phee Teo, Pan Liquan, Shveta Sagar, Ding Miao, Inock Lee, Naomi Arbel, Hyunsook Kim, Kim Hyeonah and Jeanne King.

(L-R): Haiyan Li, Jeongsoon Yoo, Claudina Lovalvo, Hyun Norman, Michelle Nott, Mona Lisa Brocchini, Maria Attias, Francis Hernandez, Elena Plasencia, Maria Castillo, Leonie Waithman, Annette Webb, Lilliana Robledo, Leiza Keen, Carra Fleming, Aichou Lin, Usha Machiraju, Qun Wang, Phee Teo, Pan Liquan, Shveta Sagar, Ding Miao, Inock Lee, Naomi Arbel, Hyunsook Kim, Kim Hyeonah and Jeanne King.

KATY ISD BECK JUNIOR HIGH CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL DAY

Katy ISD’s Beck Junior High, located in Cinco Ranch, recently celebrated its annual “International Day” festival for sixth grade students. The event was chaired this year by PTA volunteer Usha Machiraju and supported by more than 30 parent volunteers.

Machiraju, who also helped to represent India at the event, said, “This annual event allows Beck students to enjoy the culture, history and food from many countries in one setting hosted by student parents who proudly and playfully engage the students in a ‘trip around the world.’ This year, more than sixteen different countries were represented.”

According to Beck Junior High Principal Carra Fleming, “International Day is such a valued tradition at Beck Junior High because it truly embraces the many international cultures represented here. I also love the way it brings in volunteers we might not normally see because they truly feel valued and have so much to contribute in this area. I learn and grow as much as the kids do through this event each year.”


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