Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students, June 2017

| June 1, 2017

TECH of Katy VEX IQ robotics team champions: (front row): Michael Pixton, Ben Vultaggio and Ethan Quinton; (back row): Coach John Pixton, Jack Vultaggio, John Patrick Pixton and Aiden Quinton.

TECH of Katy VEX IQ robotics team champions: (front row): Michael Pixton, Ben Vultaggio and Ethan Quinton; (back row): Coach John Pixton, Jack Vultaggio, John Patrick Pixton and Aiden Quinton.

KATY ROBOTICS TEAM WINS VEX IQ CHALLENGE MIDDLE SCHOOL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Five homeschooled students from Katy recently brought home an impressive title. The Technology and Engineering Club for Homeschoolers (TECH) of Katy VEX IQ Robotics team was crowned VEX IQ Challenge Middle School World Champions at the 2017 VEX Robotics World Championship held in April in Louisville, Kentucky. The event for elementary school through college students is sponsored by the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation and VEX Robotics.

The team’s coach is John Pixton. Team members from Cinco Ranch are Jack Vultaggio, 12; John Patrick Pixton, 12; Michael Pixton, 10; Ben Vultaggio, 9; and the Seven Meadows residents are Aiden Quinton, 11, and Ethan Quinton, 9.

“The VEX Robotics World Championship is an exciting ride from start to finish. It’s truly inspiring to witness the hard work and dedication of these teams, who competed all year to get an invitation to Louisville,” said Paul Copioli, president of VEX Robotics. This year’s World Championship hosted 1,400 teams from over 30 nations. The week-long competition is a celebration of STEM education, the year-long work of each student-led robotics team, and diversity in the high-tech field of competitive robotics.

The Championship kicked off at the Kentucky Exposition Center on April 20 with an opening ceremony and the parade of nations. A week of head-to-head matches followed, concluding with the finals and the award ceremonies.

For the final teamwork match, the Katy VEX IQ team had to concentrate on steadily manipulating the robot without getting distracted by more than 10,000 onlookers, camera crews and announcers moving among them.

“They walked away with a love for learning and exploring STEM subjects, experience with problem solving, and a confidence-building teamwork participation experience that they will never forget,” Pixton said. The team was awarded a large trophy, banner and individual medals.

The Katy team had just formed earlier this school year, though the boys had all been friends for years. For most team members it was the first time they were learning about robotics, engineering and programming.

Visit vexworlds.com for more information.

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Phuong Nguyen

Phuong Nguyen

Kristal Parrish

Kristal Parrish

KATY ISD CELEBRATES DISTRICT-WIDE TEACHERS AND ROOKIE TEACHERS OF THE YEAR

Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt recently surprised two teachers with the District-wide Campus Teacher of the Year Award. WoodCreek Elementary teacher Kristal Parrish and Taylor High School teacher Phuong Nguyen were chosen for the elementary and secondary awards respectively.

Randolph Elementary teacher Connie Summerford and McMeans Junior High teacher Sarah Brown were also recognized by the superintendent as District-wide Rookie Teachers of the Year.

Family members along with campus principals and district staff joined all of the campus teachers of the year to make the annual recognition ceremony held at the Education Suppoert Complex on April 25 an amazing and unforgettable event.

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Kids enjoyed running on a beautiful day in Katy.

Kids enjoyed running on a beautiful day in Katy.

READ, DEED AND RUN “MARATHON” ATTRACTS OVER 1,600 PARTICIPANTS

Thirty-five Katy ISD schools and over 1,600 students participated in the Read, Deed and Run marathon on May 6 at Rhodes Stadium. The event was designed to motivate students to give back to the community, get fit and broaden their horizons through reading. The program targets the body, mind and heart of a child.

Over a 25-week period, participants run the equivalent of a marathon (26.2 miles), read 26 book (or 2,600 pages) and complete 26 hours of community service, all of which are documented through a journal. To add excitement to the running part of the program, the last 1.2 miles is a group run patterned after a real marathon.

Runners are awarded a finisher’s medal and t-shirt at the finish line. Proud parents and staff are there to congratulate those students who had the perseverance to complete the entire program.

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Cameron Stovall

Cameron Stovall

Maximilian Lucas

Maximilian Lucas

Zachary Tourish

Zachary Tourish

TROOP 424 ANNOUNCES EAGLE SCOUTS

Boy Scout troop 424 in Katy recently graduated three boys to their Eagle distinction: Zachary Tourish, Cameron Stovall and Maximilian S. Lucas.

Obtaining the highest honor in Boy Scouts takes determination, will power and leadership skills. Through a scout’s journey to Eagle, the scout must complete a vast number of requirements in the different ranks – Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life. To become an Eagle Scout, he must put all of his knowledge to a final test by completing a service project to help the local community.

For his Eagle project, Zach created five portable doghouses for the Houston Corridor Rescue, which works to find homes for the many stray and abandoned dogs in Houston. These houses provide shelter from the elements while workers find shelter space for the animals to be cared for and adopted out.

Zach is currently a senior at Seven Lakes High School where he is a member of the National Honor Society, Spartans Out Serving and the SLHS Bowling Team. Zach plans to earn a degree in electrical engineering and then pursue his master’s in aero­space engineering. He has been accepted several elite engineering colleges, including those at Texas A&M, The University of Texas at San Antonio and The University of Houston but has yet to make a final decision which one he will attend.

Cameron made two portable shelving units for arts and crafts bags that preschool children use while attending church services at the Living Word Lutheran Church. He has held several leadership positions: Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader, Quartermaster and Den Chief for Cub Scout Pack 598. In 2016, Cameron was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, the National Honor Society for Scouting.

The junior at Seven Lakes High School takes classes focused towards his career path in computer hardware engineering and business admin.

Max’s Eagle Scout project was completed in winter 2015-16. He constructed fences for the gardens at Katy ISD’s Outdoor Learning Center to protect their garden and provide a space for children to experience the outdoors. Max says his Eagle Scout project demonstrated the value of leadership and the steps required in assuring the completion of a project.

Max currently is a senior at Seven Lakes High School in Katy ISD and planning on attending the University of Houston this fall, majoring in economics and supply chain.

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Abbie Seay

Abbie Seay

GIRL SCOUT’S BATTLE WITH DYSLEXIA INSPIRES COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT STUDENTS WHO LEARN DIFFERENTLY

Abbie Seay, a senior at The Briarwood School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor 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.

Seay suffers from dyslexia, a learning disorder that involves difficulty in reading or interpreting words, letters and other symbols. She wanted to remove the stigma associated with the disability and give children who learn differently hope that they could succeed academically.

“I had a difficult time in kindergarten and first grade, and on many nights, I cried myself to sleep not wanting to go to school,” said Seay. “Once I was diagnosed with dyslexia, I was able to get the resources I needed.”

With support from 17 volunteers, Seay planned and hosted Dyslexia Awareness Night. She showed educational videos and held a panel discussion on the disorder that included professionals and recent graduates with dyslexia who shared their journey, success stories and tips on how to be successful in school. Seay also created and distributed informational packets that included a list of recommended books, links to educational videos, websites, statistic and famous dyslexics. The final part of her project was a book of stories and testimonials she published titled “Beautifully Different – Dyslexia Success Stories.”

“My project really continues to impact people all over the world,” said Seay. “The video of my Dyslexic Awareness Night has been viewed and shared on social media and by several dyslexia organizations, public and private schools and even Texas Tech’s TECHnique Center.”

Through earning the Gold Award, Seay learned that she could make a difference in someone’s life and impact the way they feel about themselves. She learned the importance of team work to successfully complete a project and time management.

“My project had many pieces that had to come together to make it successful,” said Seay. “As a busy and involved high school senior, I learned to be flexible and learned to adjust my timeline.”

Seay will attend Texas Tech University in the fall and study human development and family studies with the goal of becoming a child life specialist. She also plans to continue serving as an advocate for dyslexia.

To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, visit girlscouts.org.


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