Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students, May 2017

| May 1, 2017

(L-R): Natalie Fabian with Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary Principal Malynn Rodriguez.

(L-R): Natalie Fabian with Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary Principal Malynn Rodriguez.

NATALIE FABIAN VOTED OKE’S “NEW TEACHER OF THE YEAR”

Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary School staff voted second-grade teacher Natalie Fabian as “New Teacher of the Year.” Natalie is from Sugar Land. She completed her undergraduate education at Texas A&M University. After gaining more experience, Natalie hopes to earn her masters in administration.

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Prasaan Singhal

Prasaan Singhal

KATY ISD STUDENT NAMED NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC STATE BEE SEMIFINALIST

Beckendorff Junior High eighth-grader Prasaan Singhal was selected to compete in the 2017 Texas National Geographic State Bee held in Bedford on March 31.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 29th year. Fourth- through eighth-graders throughout the state of Texas participated in competitions at their campuses to determine the school champion. These champions submitted a qualifying test to the National Geographic Society. The organization invited the top-scoring students to compete in the State Bees.

Each state champion will receive $100, the fourth edition of the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World and a trip to Washington, D.C. to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship held at National Geographic Society headquarters on May 14-17. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine and an all-expenses paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Visit natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic Bee.

The National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the 2017 National Geographic Bee Championship, moderated by journalist and humorist Mo Rocca, on Friday, May 19, at 7 p.m. CST. Public television stations will broadcast the final round at a later date. Check local television listings for the air date and time in your area.

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Luiz Sanchez’ winning artwork, titled “Old Chief.”

Luiz Sanchez’ winning artwork, titled “Old Chief.”

BEAR CREEK FIFTH-GRADER WINS RELIANT POWER OF ART PEOPLE’S CHOICE ONLINE CONTEST

For several weeks, Bear Creek Elementary fifth- Luis Sanchez, along with his family, friends and school, worked hard to get the word out about his artwork which was one of many entries in the 2017 Reliant Power of Art People’s Choice online contest. The competition consisted of daily voting on his masterpiece titled “Old Chief.” Votes were recently tallied and Luis’ hard work paid off — he is one of three winners.

Reliant Energy recognized Luis and his teacher, Lee Alexander, on April 10 at the school with a Rodeo gift pack; a $100 gift card for Luis; a winner’s plaque; and $2,000 work of art supplies for the elementary school art department.

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Cinco Ranch High School art teacher Cindy Reilly (center) and Firethorne Marketing Director Janet Burkett (second from right) with art students (l-r, front row): Angela Young, Arfa Khan, Libby Perego, and Alice Yang; (back row): Meghan Hunt, Rachel Lore, Kelly Salinas and Josephine Schider.

Cinco Ranch High School art teacher Cindy Reilly (center) and Firethorne Marketing Director Janet Burkett (second from right) with art students (l-r, front row): Angela Young, Arfa Khan, Libby Perego, and Alice Yang; (back row): Meghan Hunt, Rachel Lore, Kelly Salinas and Josephine Schider.

KATY ISD UNVEILS 2017 KEYS “THE NEXT CHAPTER” ARTWORK

“The Next Chapter” is the title of an inspired mixed media painting selected to commemorate the 2017 Katy ISD KEYS (Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success) Mentor Program. Eight Cinco Ranch High School artists created the original 30-inch by 44-inch artwork unveiled at the recent Ties and Tiaras benefit. The original work will hang at the high school and each of KEYS major sponsors has received a print of the piece.

“These students put so much thought into this painting. It tells a story in strikingly beautiful words and imagery that truly expresses KEYS ideals,” said Janet Burkett, Firethorne director of marketing and a 10-year KEYS mentor. “This is a collaborative art project that really touches one’s heart.”

The KEYS Mentoring Program is offered to Katy ISD students grades K-12 who are on the brink of success. Often, these students have been challenged by life circumstances outside of their control. Mentors meet with their students on campus each week for up to one hour during the school day throughout the school year. “We promise these students that if they stay in the program through their senior year, they will be eligible to apply for a KEYS Scholarship,” said Janet Theis, director of community partnerships, Katy ISD Partners in Education.

The Cinco Ranch High School art students brainstormed ideas on how to illustrate such KEYS values as being passionate and empathetic toward those in need. “We have to realize what stuff other people are going through on a daily basis and how being able to help someone is really gratifying,” said Cinco Ranch art student Kelly Salinas. Her fellow artists are: Meghan Hunt, Arfa Khan, Rachel Lore, Libby Perego, Josephine Schider, Alice Yang
and Angela Young. Their art teacher is Cindy Reilly.

The team of artists ultimately agreed upon a theme of a storybook opening up to “The Next Chapter” page* on the left that described the visual image on the facing page. Hand-scripted in Old English text, the students’ original prose brings to light the mentor’s eloquent words of wisdom. The next page draws the viewer’s eyes toward a lone figure walking down a wooded path. She’s the mentor approaching the student, encouraging her to come forward and “turn the page.”

KEYS is a program of Partners in Education, the department that brings the community into the classroom. For more information about KEYS, visit the KEYS web page at katyisd.org, or contact Martha Brown at 281-396-2468.

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(L-R): Seven Lakes students Lars Wiik, Dawson Dally, Briana Tijerina, Emilee Cernosek, Emily Schmitt and Dana Pollack on National Signing Day.

(L-R): Seven Lakes students Lars Wiik, Dawson Dally, Briana Tijerina, Emilee Cernosek, Emily Schmitt and Dana Pollack on National Signing Day.

SEVEN LAKES STUDENT ATHLETES SIGN LETTERS OF INTENT

Seven Lakes High School student-athletes signed their letter of intent on National Signing Day, April 12, to play sports at the next level. Surrounded by family, friends, school administration and coaches, the following athletes officially accepted athletic scholarships offered to them by a college or university:

  • Lars Wiik, tennis, —Trinity University
  • Dawson Dally, golf — Trinity University
  • Briana Tijerina, softball — Abilene Christian University
  • Emilee Cernosek, softball — Angelina College
  • Emily Schmitt, softball — Letourneau University
  • Dana Pollack, track and field — University of Houston.

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