Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students, May 2016

| May 1, 2016

Creative DI Cookies Team members are (l-r) Raymond Xu, Trevor Wegmann, Christopher Watson, Maya Mammen, Joe Dootson and Rebecca O’Rear.

Creative DI Cookies Team members are (l-r) Raymond Xu, Trevor Wegmann, Christopher Watson, Maya Mammen, Joe Dootson and Rebecca O’Rear.

MICHAEL GRIFFIN ELEMENTARY TEAMS HEAD TO GLOBAL DI TOURNAMENT

On Feb. 27, eight teams from Michael Griffin Elementary participated in the Gulf Coast Destination Imagination (DI) Tournament held at Seven Lakes High School. DI is a world-wide creative problem solving competition for students in grades K-university. The competition is divided into “challenges” which enable students to showcase their research and creativity while learning about science, fine arts, engineering and community service. The teams began to work on their solutions to their challenge in early October.

Teams that advanced to state include The Six Benz, Creative DI Cookies, Salsa Balsa and the DI Champions. Two of these teams won awards for placing first in the Instant Challenge room. The Golden Badge team received a third place trophy. Students were recently recognized for their achievements on the Griffin morning announcements. Griffin was well represented at the tournament bringing home several awards and advancing four teams to the state tournament that was held April 1-2 in Anna.

In May, all four teams that competed at the state level are advancing to the Global Competition in Tennessee. The teams have been working hard since September under the guidance of DI faculty sponsor and MGE GT teacher, Nancy Hess. Congratulations to the Creative DI Cookies (1st Place), DI Champions (1st Place), The Six Benz (1st Place and DaVinci Award) and Salsa Balsa (3rd Place).

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Laura Malcotti-Sanchez

Laura Malcotti-Sanchez

LAURA MALCOTTI-SANCHEZ EARNS GOLD AWARD

Laura Malcotti-Sanchez, a senior at Mayde Creek High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. The award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Less than 5 percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.

To earn the award, Malcotti-Sanchez renovated rooms at Casa Juan Diego, a shelter that serves immigrants, refugees and the poor. She also led various workshops that taught volunteers who assisted with renovations, various skills, including how to use a sewing machine, repair and renovate walls and paint a mural. Malcotti-Sanchez and her volunteers were able to renovate four resident rooms and complete a mural in one of the shelter’s playrooms. They were also able to sew and install eight curtains.

“Through this project, my volunteers and I were able to make Casa Juan Diego more comfortable for the residents,” said Malcotti-Sanchez. “This project has also made me want to explore the possibility of taking on similar projects while in college that will benefit the Houston community.”

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Angelina Valenzuela, MVP Award Winner, and Dr. Sanee Bell, principal.

Angelina Valenzuela, MVP Award Winner, and Dr. Sanee Bell, principal.

ANGELINA VALENZUELA RECEIVES CLASS MVP AWARD AT CIMARRON ELEMENTARY

Cimarron Elementary fifth-grader Angelina Valenzuela was selected by her home room teacher Ryan Sumner as class MVP. MVPs have demonstrated outstanding character or academic improvement during the Third Grading Period. Angelina was honored with the MVP Award by Dr. Danee Bell, principal, along with other students with parents or grandparents watching at a special breakfast. Only one student out of each homeroom class at Cimarron was given the MVP Award. Grandparents Newell (president of Newell’s Designs) and Sharon Cheatheam were present and very proud of her.

Angelina has been a Girl Scout for three years. She is a top seller of cookies and her troop is normally a super troop in the Katy Regional Girl Scouts. As a student leader in Girl Scouts, she has helped plan activities for her troop and the region. Angelina is also involved in acting and choir at Cimarron Elementary and has competed on the Cimarron Swordfish Swim Team. She is active in the Awana Program at Westland Baptist Church. She has a goal of being an attorney or doctor.

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MILLER CAREER & TECHNOLOGY CENTER’S INTERVIEW DAY

More than 300 students from all Katy ISD high schools participated in Interview Day on March 9 at Miller Career & Technology Center. Over 60 knowledgeable individuals, including representatives from business and industry, retirees and Katy ISD personnel volunteered to participate. Students had a professional interview experience and received immediate feedback. Students were required to create a professional resume and complete a job application. Judges assessed these documents, interviewed each student one on one, and concluded by discussing strengths and areas for growth with each student.


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