Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students, February 2016

| February 1, 2016

(Front row, l-r): Kaycee Swierc, Sarah-Kate Fowler, Caroline Black, Sarah Roberts, Cassidy Lovett, Anna Miller, Christine Butterfield, Kaitlin Everhard; (Back row): Taylor Watson, Dana Barker, Sarah Staines, Kaylee Buchanan, MacShayne Walpole-Molinar, Stefanie Chang, Cydney Varner, Brenna Smith, Cami Squires, and Claire Sullivan.

(Front row, l-r): Kaycee Swierc, Sarah-Kate Fowler, Caroline Black, Sarah Roberts, Cassidy Lovett, Anna Miller, Christine Butterfield, Kaitlin Everhard; (Back row): Taylor Watson, Dana Barker, Sarah Staines, Kaylee Buchanan, MacShayne Walpole-Molinar, Stefanie Chang, Cydney Varner, Brenna Smith, Cami Squires, and Claire Sullivan. (Photo – NIKKI GUEST)

NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE, INC., STAR CHAPTER HONORS SENIOR CLASS

On Jan. 17, National Charity League, Inc., Star Chapter (NCL, Inc.) honored members of its graduating class at the chapter’s Class of 2016 Senior Recognition and Presentation. The black-tie affair took place at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. At the event, the 18 young ladies, known as Ticktockers, were honored for their service to the community, which included volunteering more than 3,000 hours at local philanthropies over the last six years.

“It has been a pleasure to watch these girls grow into confident, young adults ready to embrace the world,” said Star Chapter President Mary Kay Yu. “We congratulate them on their accomplishments and are excited to see what the next chapter will bring for each of them.”

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(Top row, l-r): Haley Wakeham, Katherine Gerken, Anna Bowman, Stevie Clewett, Tristin Trevino; (middle row): Kara Killinger, Lauren Ramsey, Cairn Timko, Payton Haas, Kendall Rollins, Kaelyn Compas Echiverri; (front row): Melissa McDonald, Meredith Reese, Rebecca Dillon, Samantha Evans, Kendall Pogue; (floor): Hannah Skeen and Skylar Devers.

(Top row, l-r): Haley Wakeham, Katherine Gerken, Anna Bowman, Stevie Clewett, Tristin Trevino; (middle row): Kara Killinger, Lauren Ramsey, Cairn Timko, Payton Haas, Kendall Rollins, Kaelyn Compas Echiverri; (front row): Melissa McDonald, Meredith Reese, Rebecca Dillon, Samantha Evans, Kendall Pogue; (floor): Hannah Skeen and Skylar Devers. (Photo – KEVIN HOEHNE OF SEE WHAT DEVELOPS)  

NCL LADY BIRD CLASS OF 2016 SENIOR PRESENTATION

National Charity League, Inc. Lady Bird Chapter proudly honored the 2016 graduating class at its Senior Presentation Ceremony at the Westchase Marriott on Jan. 31. The 18 seniors and their mothers volunteered more than 4,628 hours at Katy area philanthropies over the past six years. This is the first class that has completed all six years with the Lady Bird Chapter since the Chapter was formed in 2010.

The Lady Bird Chapter’s total philanthropy hours have surpassed 5,700 hours so far this year in support of their philanthropies. Na­tion­al Charity League, Inc. is a national non-profit mother daughter service organization.

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(Top row, L-R): Alyssa, Isabelle and Alanna (bottom row): Sophia, Jenelle and Amanda.

(Top row, L-R): Alyssa, Isabelle and Alanna (bottom row): Sophia, Jenelle and Amanda.

BROWNIE TROOP DONATES BOOK TO MEMORIAL HERMANN KATY

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Brownie Troop 127029 recently hosted a book drive with the goal to spread holiday cheer to children and families in the hospital. Early in December, the second grade girls visited Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and dropped off a donation of 17 children’s books, 18 packs of crayons and 24 coloring books.

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Gary Joseph

Gary Joseph

KATY HIGH SCHOOL HEAD COACH SELECTED FOR TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

Katy High School’s Head Football Coach Gary Joseph was recently selected as a 2016 inductee into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame.

Joseph began his coaching career at Luling High School 37 years ago. After advancing in jobs at Brazosport and Austin Westlake, he then moved to Katy High School, where he has served for 33 years. He was the KHS defensive coordinator and then assistant head coach for 22 years before becoming the head coach in 2004.

During his tenure as head coach, he has led the Katy Tigers to eight state final games with three of those appearances resulting in 6A State Championships. His current coaching record stands at 167-14.

After the Tigers’ most recent championship in 2012, they were named National Champions by the National Sports News Service, and Joseph was named 2012 National High School Coach of the Year.

While individual and team accolades are greatly appreciated and honored, Coach Joseph also strives to build a strong group of student athletes who recognize, through the actions of their head coach, the necessity for integrity, loyalty, and the value of leading one­self and others through life’s victories with humility and hardships with grace.

The induction banquet will be held on May 7 in Waco.

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Beck PTA volunteers Any Henderson, Carrie Hassall and Jenny Griffin.

Beck PTA volunteers Any Henderson, Carrie Hassall and Jenny Griffin.

BECK JUNIOR HIGH HOSTS 2ND ANNUAL POETRY SLAM

On Dec. 14 and 15, Beck Junior High sixth graders “shaped their drape” beatnik style at the Second Annual Beck Junior High Sixth Grade Poetry Slam in culmination of their poetry unit. At the Slam, students read poetry of their choice and listened to cool jazz while sipping on donated hot beverages in the transformed library, AKA “Starbeck’s Café.”

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KATY STUDENT RECEIVES U.S. PATENT

Liliana Segura, a 17-year-old junior from Katy Texas, was recently awarded a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In 2013, while attending Beckendorff Junior High School in Katy, she enrolled in a 5.0 course program entitled, Gifted and Talented Independent Study with Mentorship. While taking this class, she invented a new clipboard design and worked with her mentor to file a patent application with the USPTO. Liliana filed her patent application in 2013 when she was an eighth grader. This past July, the USPTO issued her U.S. Patent No. 9,073,378 for her invention titled “Particulate Collecting Pad.” She is currently a student at Second Baptist High School in Houston.

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The 2015 Katy Tigers State Championship football team.

The 2015 Katy Tigers State Championship football team.

KATY TIGER FOOTBALL TEAM WINS EIGHTH STATE TITLE

The NRG Stadium was filled with a “sea of red” on Dec. 19 as the Katy High School Tigers won their eighth state championship against the Lake Travis Cavaliers. The Tigers finished off a perfect 16-0 season with a 34-7 victory over previously unbeaten Lake Travis in the Class 6A Division II state championship game.

Additionally, the Tigers ranked first in the final MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Football Rankings presented by the Army National Guard.

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(L-R): Courtney Hill Khorrami (Star of Hope volunteer liaison) and Shay Morris.

(L-R): Courtney Hill Khorrami (Star of Hope volunteer liaison) and Shay Morris.

KILPATRICK STUDENT DONATED TO THE STAR OF HOPE

A Kilpatrick Read, Deed, Run fourth-graders, Shay Morris, recently led her own service project. Shay decided to forgo receiving presents at her recent 10th birthday party and instead asked guests to bring donations. In doing so, Shay collected over 100 items that she then took to the Star of Hope in Houston. While Shay was there, she also received a guided tour of the facility. Shay told the tour guide “it makes my heart happy to be able to come out and donate.”

Shay is no stranger to service as she volunteers every year at “Rodeo in the Park,” the Cinco Ranch 5K, and the fundraiser for The Brookwood Community.


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