Katy Texas Schools, Sports, Students, November 2017

| November 1, 2017

(Top row, l-r): Derek Spier, Arun Suresh, Diego Weatherly, Nikhil Baliga, Abby Rooney, Sunanda Chilikuri, Elizabeth Xu, John Bryan; (bottom row): Christina Ryoo, Audrey Zhao, Hannah Horcha, Noboru Bai, Alefiyah Gandhi, Shreya Budhiraja, Merium Hashmi and Daisy Li.

(Top row, l-r): Derek Spier, Arun Suresh, Diego Weatherly, Nikhil Baliga, Abby Rooney, Sunanda Chilikuri, Elizabeth Xu, John Bryan; (bottom row): Christina Ryoo, Audrey Zhao, Hannah Horcha, Noboru Bai, Alefiyah Gandhi, Shreya Budhiraja, Merium Hashmi and Daisy Li.

CINCO RANCH HIGH SCHOOL FBLA TAKES ON NATIONALS

This past summer, sixteen members of the Cinco Ranch High School FBLA chapter competed at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California. To qualify for this prestigious competition, members had to participate and place in their respective competitions at the district and state levels. These hardworking students prepared and practiced for numerous competitions and presentations including E-Business and Business Plan.

Cinco Ranch FBLA members had the opportunity to hear keynote speakers, national officer candidate speeches, and display their state pride as the conference officially began. This conference not only allowed them to enhance their business skills through numerous workshops conducted by successful business leaders, but it also expanded their networks through socializing with FBLA members from all across the nation and other countries like Haiti, China, and Cuba. The students also enjoyed the city of Anaheim, exploring Disneyland and riding roller coasters at Universal Studios when they were not diligently studying for their competitions.

The Cinco Ranch FBLA Chapter was recognized as the largest chapter in the Mountain Plains Region. Additionally, Cinco Ranch FBLA had two teams, Management Information Systems (Sunanda Chilikuri, Abby Rooney and Daisy Li) and Parliamentary Procedure (Shreya Budhiraja, Merium Hashmi, Christina Ryoo and Elizabeth Xu) qualify for the final rounds by scoring better than more than a hundred teams.

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Anna Celeste Fedewa (left) and Samantha McDivitt.

Anna Celeste Fedewa (left) and Samantha McDivitt.

SEVEN LAKES HIGH SCHOOL FIRST PITCH HONOREES

On Sept. 16, Anna Celeste Fedewa and Saman­tha McDivitt were chosen to throw the first pitch in the Sugar Land Skeeters game honoring Best Buddies.

Anna, president of the Seven Lakes High School Best Buddies chapter, was working on clean-up like most Houstonians after Harvey made landfall a few weeks back when she received a phone call from a chapter officer that was volunteering at one of the local shelters. Anna learned that Sam, a Buddy in the SLHS BB Chapter, had checked in to the shelter with her family after being evacuated from their flooded home.

Showing true leadership, Anna, and her father, went to pick up Sam and her family from the shelter and took them home. They have spent the weeks since working to clean up the damaged home and helping Sam and so many others prepare to return to school.

Although Anna and Sam are not matched with each other in the BB program, they demonstratedhow something as simple as friendship can change lives. The honor was an expression of gratitude for the work they are doing to make Houston a more inclusive community. For more information, go to bestbuddies.org.

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Angela Lytle has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Angela Lytle has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award.

CINCO RANCH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT EARNS GIRL SCOUTS’ HIGHEST HONOR

Angela Lytle, a student at Cinco Ranch High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve. The award recognizes girls in grades 9-12 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.

To earn the award, Lytle developed a program called “Speak it Forward” to help children ages 8-12 learn important presentation skills in a positive, confidence-boosting environment where they could overcome their fears of public speaking.

“I watched the kids transform from shy to self-assured and grow as both speakers and individuals,” Lytle said. “I created this program to give the opportunity to young people in my community to become confident in their ideas and to use their voices to stand up for what they believe in.”

More than 50 students at the Richmond-Rosenberg Boys and Girls Club were impacted by Lytle’s program. Lytle, who is on the debate team at Cinco Ranch High School, competes in Congressional Debate and in Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking. She used her debate experience to construct the curriculum for her program.

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


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