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Cinco Ranch High School National Merit Scholar Recipients

The National Merit Scholarship Program has announced 15 CRHS seniors have met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition.  All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2010. 

On February 24, Principal James Cross met with the students to offer his congratulations for the hard work and dedication they have shown throughout their years at Cinco Ranch High School and to present them with their Certificate of Merit. 

CRHS National Merit Scholar recipients

Pictured are:  Front Row: Carol Miller (CRHS Counselor), Patti Smith (CRHS Assistant Principal for Instruction), Melody Tan, Tania de Souza, Mary Gates, Hanna Chen, Connie Meng, Jessica Cao, Gargi Chaudhuri, Jane Baker (CRHS Senior Class Assistant Principal), and Kathy Henry (CRHS Administrative Assistant Principal).  Back Row: Shannon Valdivia (CRHS Counselor), Carol Bennetts (CRHS Counselor), Gregory Despard, Vivek Karun, Ankur Roy, Glen Miglin, William Tangney, Gabriel Cunha, and CRHS Principal James Cross.

Not pictured: Paul Hodge and Keh-Fran Daniel Tan.

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Taylor High School Choir Competes at Region Contest

Taylor High School Choir students participated in the Region 23 Solo & Ensemble Contest held on February 6.  The following students scored superior (l) rankings and qualify for the State Solo & Ensemble Contest in May:  
Class 1 solo:  Erin Connors, Emily Cutsinger, Jean Durbin, Jasmine Johnson, So Young “Mary” Kim, Bethany McDougal, Alexandra Ngo, Melanie Piche, Natalia Romero and David Cregg.
Class 1 ensemble:  CeCe Childs, Alex Hawke, So Young “Mary” Kim and Melanie Piche.  
 
 
 
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Shown are, top row:  Erin Connors, Bethany McDougal, Alexandra Ngo and David Cregg
Middle row:  Jasmine Johnson and Jean Durbin
Front row:  CeCe Childs, Melanie Piche, Emily Cutsinger and Natalia Romero
Not shown:  Alex Hawk and So Young “Mary” Kim
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CRHS Robotics Team Competes at BP Engineering Day

BP Engineering Day was held on February 11, 2010.  This is an annual event where BP America hosts high school students from Houston ISD to encourage them to consider a career in engineering.   This year the HISD e-STEM high school was selected and 125 students attended.     The BP-sponsored Cinco Ranch High School CRyptonite Robotics Team 624 was invited to participate. CRyptonite Robotics competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The CRHS students demonstrated a hands-on pneumatics and electronics training board, explained basic concepts of robotics, and encouraged the students to test drive a robot.   Also exhibiting was another of the Team’s major sponsors, Oceaneering. The participants worked with a hands-on simulator of an underwater robot used in the offshore oil industry.  One team member, Grace Herrmann commented that   “it was fun to see there are other kids who enjoy and appreciate engineering as much as we do.”   The CRHS team provided encouragement and advice to the e-STEM students as they prepare for their Rookie season in FIRST Robotics.

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ESN Health Celebrates Its 2 Year Anniversary

On Saturday February 27th, 2010 ESN Health will celebrate their 2 year anniversary in the Villagio Town Center.They will also use that day to celebrate the winner of their 1st annual 6-week weight loss challenge they put on from January 4th – February 14th.  Cymantha Bays won the award and was awarded a $200 gift certificate to J Barton, $50 gift certificate to Luke’s Locker, $50 gift certificate to Carmelo’s, and a $150 gift certificate to La Centera.Congratulations and continue to work hard.Also, thank you to all of our clients, past and present.  We know our success is because of you and we appreciate the opportunity to work with all of you.  We feel blessed to continue to educate, motivate, and care for all of our clients.  Thanks again.

Please be aware of the ESN HEALTH and FITLIFE 2010 Health Festival being held at the Villagio Town Center Saturday, June 12, 2010.  This will be a great event all day benefiting the Go Green Initiative and the American Diabetic Association.  Check all details on www.esnhealthonline.com. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW BLACK BELTS & INSTRUCTORS

The Katy TaeKwonDo Academy is pleased to announce its newest class of black belt students and instructors who each passed testing requirements for their next level during February’s rank exam.
Congratulations to these students who have earned their First Degree Level 1 “Probationary” Black Belt: Mira Bhat, Neha Bhat, Tyler Blonder, Thomas DeOcampo, Magnus Dhelie, Yasmin Elshahawi, Melissa Furman, Brian Madina, Brennon McLeod, Gary Neal, Sohum Purao, Madison Schenk. Congratulations to these students who have earned their First Degree Level 2 “Decided” Black Belt: Barbara Duncan, Jaxson Gouge, Myron Layese, Antonio Mariaca, Damini Patel, Daniel Rubiano, Braden Sullenger, Diego Velaochaga, Gabrielle Woelffer. Congratulations to Kenny Edwards, Abhishek Garg, Ricardo Montalvo, Alex Mundy, Arya Muralidhara, Rachel Regner for earning their Second Degree Black Belts and to Melissa Bean for earning her Third Degree Black Belt. 
The Katy TaeKwonDo Academy also welcomes these dedicated students who passed instructor testing requirements during the February exam to become Level 2 Instructors Abhishek Garg, Ricardo Montalvo, Reese Needham and Rachel Regner.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.
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McMeans Theatre Arts Dept. Presents:“Heaven Help the Po’ Taters”

Garland McMeans Jr. High School Theatre Arts Department will perform its annual dessert melodrama at 6:30 on Thursday, February 25, and at 7:00 pm Friday and Saturday, February 26 – 27.This year’s performance will be “Heaven Help The Po’ Taters…or… I’d- a -Hoe the Taters But They Just Won’t Grow.”Entertainers will include joke tellers, singers, and dancers.Audiences love the active participation which includes throwing popcorn at the villain.

These performances are great fun for family entertainment, and for 5th grade students who might be interested in pursuing Theatre Arts in junior high.Dessert tickets are $10, and general seating is $5.Performances will be held at Garland McMeans Jr High School located at 21000 Westheimer Parkway.For reservations please call 281-686-4063 or 281-237-8119.General admission tickets will be available at the door.Dessert tickets must be ordered in advance, and sell out fast. Order your dessert tickets early! Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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OKE’s Third Grade Students Design Tiles for Texas Children’s Hospital

Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary welcomed Texas Children’s Hospital, West Campus to kick off a ceramic tile project that will involve OKE’s third grade students.Students will be designing tiles that will be installed in the new hospital. The tiles will be permanently mounted to the shower walls in each patient room.There will be 8 student tiles installed in each room with a total of 48 patient rooms.Texas Children’s Hospital will notify the student of the tile’s location enabling the student to go and see its placement once the hospital is built and open to the public.Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary is one of only three schools in the Houston area chosen to participate in this art tile project.

Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus will be a hospital for children, a place where they go when they are sick, to recuperate in a fun, relaxing environment filled with artwork created by children for children to enjoy.The hospital will open in two phases.Phase I will open in the fall of 2010 for all outpatient visits. Phase II will open in the spring of 2011 for all inpatient services. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Three Women Honored at Founder’s Day Dinner

Amy Beall, Malynn Rodriguez, and Julie Griebe were honored at the Founder’s Day Dinner on Friday, February 5th, at Cinco Ranch High School. They were awarded the PTA Life Membership which is “one of the highest honors that may be presented to individuals for outstanding service to children and youth.” OKE would like to again congratulate Amy, Malynn and Julie who continue to give instinctively of time, talent, and resources beyond the call of duty. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Children’s Book Illustrator Visits Pattison Elementary

On Friday, February 5, Children’s Book Illustrator, Michael P. White, visited the students of Pattison Elementary.Mr. White kept our students amazed with his talented airbrush drawings and entertained them with his juvenile jokes. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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The Solana Invites Community to Lunch at its Crescent Café

If you have been looking for a new affordable and delicious lunch spot, consider the Crescent Café in the new Cinco Ranch senior living community, The Solana.

“We want people to enjoy their retirement and one way is to keep mealtimes lively,” said Nick Roccaforte, executive director of The Solana.

“By inviting family members, local businesses and students from nearby schools in Cinco Ranch to experience Chef Bradley’s fresh noontime offerings, we think lunch will be more interesting for all.”

Chef Bradley, a graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, has been impressing residents of The Solana with his fresh and innovative menus since its opening in October.

Chef Bradley said the easy-to-read menu is as simple as A,B,C offering soups, salads and sandwiches. “We think our combo platter consisting of a side salad, croissant sandwich and freshly made soup may be the best value in the area—quick food but not ‘fast food,’” said the amiable chef. Tea and coffee including cappuccino from a luxe new espresso machine is complimentary with your lunch.

The Crescent Café is open to the public Monday through Friday, from 11 AM to 1 PM.The intimate and colorful eatery seats between 30 and 40 including patio seating in the courtyard overlooking the fountain.The Solana is located at 24001 Cinco Village Center Blvd. in Katy.For more information, call 832-772-4467. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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CRHS Student Council Raises Money for Haiti

The Cinco Ranch High School Student Council raised $3000 for Haiti Relief and presented a check on February 12, 2010 to Caroline Egan of the American Red Cross. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 780 go “Scouting for Food”

Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 780 joined forces on January 31st and February 6th to collect over 500 pounds of food donations in the Rosewood neighborhood of Cinco Ranch SW. This “Scouting for Food” service project commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America and also provided the Scouts an opportunity to support Katy Christian Ministries and the Houston Food Bank’s Super Bowl of Caring.

Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 780 are chartered by Katy 3rd Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and welcome all boys who are interested in Scouting.For more information on Cub Scouts (boys 8-10) contact Kevin Smith at (832) 321-5775. For information on Boy Scouts (boys 11-17) contact Nathan Jensen at (281) 599-0690. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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M. D. Anderson Clinical Care Center in Katy Adds Medical Oncology Practice

With the addition of two medical oncologists, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center has expanded its Katy location to better serve more patients living in west Houston and surrounding communities.

Originally established in 2007 as a M. D. Anderson radiation treatment center, the Katy facility has added on-site services, staff and square footage to accommodate the new practice.

With the arrival of the two M. D. Anderson medical oncologists who see patients full time in the Katy location only, the center offers outpatient chemotherapy, laboratory and pharmacy services as well as nutrition and social work counseling.

In addition to the two physicians, 10 additional M. D. Anderson employees including nurses, laboratory technicians, phlebotomists, pharmacists and business specialists will staff the new practice. Sixteen semi-private chemotherapy treatment rooms are available for on-site infusion.

The M. D. Anderson Clinical Care Center in Katy is located on the campus of CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital at 19770 Kingsland Blvd. M. D. Anderson and CHRISTUS St. Catherine continue their clinical collaboration just as they have since the radiation center opened. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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MRHS Yearbook in Top 10% in the Nation

Congratulations to the Morton Ranch yearbook staff!! Last year’s yearbook won an Award of Excellence, and is featured in the 2010 edition of Taylor Publishing Company’s “Yearbook Yearbook.” Taylor Publishing recognizes less than 10% of all yearbook programs across the nation each year, publishing excellent work by high school yearbook staffers.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Creech Elementary Hosts Kiss the Pig Event

Many thanks go to Dirk Goldsmith, Director of Career & Technical Education for providing Creech Elementary with a piglet for their Kiss the Pig event. Leonor Hernandez, first grader is presenting her layered construction paper masterpiece depicting the event to Mr. Goldsmith. Principal Elena Thrun and Area 3 Assistant Superintendent, Joe Kelley, looking on. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Taylor High School Choir Students Perform at Carnegie Hall

The Taylor Choral Union, consisting of Taylor High School choir students and members of the Katy and Houston community, traveled to New York in January to perform at Carnegie Hall. Their program, entitled “Haydn: Lord Nelson’s Mass” was conducted by Kevin Riehle, Taylor’s choir director and fine arts department chairman. This was Mr. Riehle’s seventh visit to Carnegie Hall, and third time conducting. The students also visited Rockefeller Center, attended two plays, and participated in a Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Taylor Choral Union, along with the Taylor High School Chamber Orchestra, is shown performing their program at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church.

The students participated in a Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt at the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Pattison Elementary 100th Day of School: Kindergarten

To celebrate the 100th day of school on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, kindergarten students of Pattison Elementary dressed as if they were 100 years old.Grey hair and canes were pretty popular with these 100 year old Kindergartners. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Winborn Elementary Offer Help for Haiti

DWE students, parents and staff raised over $2400.The money will be donated to the Clinton/Bush Haiti Fund.This event was sponsored by the DWE Student Council.Pictured is Mrs. Bergstrom’s 3rd grade class who contributed the most money. Congratulations to everyone on a job well done. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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