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Learn the Facts About Colorectal Cancer and Tips for Prevention

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital encourages the Katy community to learn more about the preventable disease.Van-Hien Tran, MD, FACS, and a board certified general surgeon at CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital, shares tips for preventing the disease, as well as risk factors and types of screenings available to Katy patients. Colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer, as well as the third leading cancer killer of both men and women in the U.S. While this cancer can affect anyone, between 35% and 40% more instances and deaths are seen in men than women. Two of the leading risk factors in the development of the cancer are increasing age and a family history of colorectal cancer. Other factors that could contribute to the likelihood of developing this cancer are lack of physical activity, obesity, alcohol and tobacco use, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
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Music Students Perform at KMTA Spring Festival

The Katy Music Teachers Association recently held its annual spring festival, with 210 piano students participating in the event. Students performed for a judge, who gave them a rating between one and four. Students who earned a one or two received blue and red ribbons, respectively, and all students earned a certificate.
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MRHS Belles Win Two National Championships

The Morton Ranch High School Maverick Belle Dance Team recently earned two National Champion titles. The team placed first in the medium ensemble division and tied with Oak Ridge High School for first place in the large ensemble division. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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CRHS Students Participate in Hunger Games Food Drive

Cinco Ranch High School recently hosted a Hunger Games food drive to support Katy Christian Ministries, with students collecting over 1,200 non-perishable items to donate to those in need. With every donation, students had the chance to win books, movie tickets, T-shirts, and posters from the popular Hunger Games series by author Suzanne Collins. The experience was a great way for students to learn the value of giving back and see that hunger is no game. Please mention you found this onwww.KatyMagazine.com.

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MRHS Girls’ Bowling Team Wins Fifth at State

The Morton Ranch High School girls’ varsity bowling team recently competed in the state championship in Euless, after placing second at the regional competition and second at the district level. The team entered the state finals ranked 18 out of 36 teams and advanced to the quarterfinals, beating out 31 teams and placing fifth in the state. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Living Word Piecemakers Donate Quilts and Care Kits

The interior of Living Word Lutheran Church in Katy was recently transformed for a dedication ceremony and blessing of quilts and kits for Lutheran World Relief. Hand-tied quilts decorated all the pews. Baby care kits filled with baby clothes, diapers, and blankets were on display, in addition to 100 red backpacks filled with school supplies. Volunteers of all ages joined the fun after the service as they packed the quilts and kits into boxes to be delivered to the warehouse in Baltimore, MD. From there, they will be distributed to people in need who are located in areas of natural disaster or countries recovering from war. The quilts are used as wall dividers in refugee camps, mattresses and blankets to keep bodies warm, or just for comfort when someone is feeling alone.
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CRJH Girls Basketball Team Celebrates District Championship

The seventh-grade girls’ C basketball team at Cinco Ranch Junior High recently celebrated winning the district championship for the current season. The team was coached by JJ Haynie, and the girls finished the season with a record of 8-1. All of the team members were newbies to the sport this year, making their achievement that much greater. Team members include (back row, from left) Mackenzie Beard, Dana Pollack, Erin Spicer, Coach Haynie, Jasmine Rivera, Karla de la Luz, Jamie Shuerg, (front row, from left) Natalie Hagan, Megan Esch, Terra Kubala, Jean Blackwell, Paola Alcantara, and (not pictured) Sarah Foreman. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Sundown Students to Celebrate School’s 30th Anniversary

Students at Sundown Elementary are getting ready to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the school’s opening! The celebration will be held on April 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Sundown gym. Shown in their celebration shirts are (from left) Cadin Gillingwater, Alicia De La Torre, Jaclyn Pulido, Anali Perez, Alex Matovich, and Sophia Phillips. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy GT Students Experience Archeological Adventure

More than 1,300 gifted students from every Katy ISD elementary campus recently visited the Katy Outdoor Learning Center over a two-week period to spend a day being archeologists. In budget-conscious times, Katy ISD and Katy Parents of Gifted and Talented (KPGT) joined forces to create a fantastic opportunity to put months of classroom research into practice. Specially prepared archeological pits were an unending source of fascinating artifacts leading students to hypothesize why bones, beads, arrow heads, and other items may be discovered. Energetic geocaching scavenger hunts through the woodlands introduced how archeologists use new technology. Archeology experts volunteered their time and knowledge to take students around the world on a virtual tour of ancient civilizations.
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Beck Robotics Team Wins Research Award

The Beck Tech robotics team from Beck Junior High recently won the research award in the First Lego League competition, with the support of science teacher Joe Mikulas. Team members include (pictured, from left) Ryan Reese, Aditya Sudhakar, Jason Shenoi, William Ding, Michael Tian, Pranay Anand, and Oren Shed. Also shown are students Ryan and Aditya holding their team’s award. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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SLHS Art Student Honored at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Taylor Power, a junior at Seven Lakes High School, was recently named the Reserve Grand Champion in this year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Contest. Her colored pencil drawing titled, “Sergeant in Charge,” brought a new world record at $175,000 for this year’s HLS&R Education Fund. Buyers were Ken and Mary Hucherson; Terry and Kelly Pruitt; Jerrol and Pam Springer; and Kent and Betty Wiseman. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Cinco Ranch Student Earns Appointment to U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Bradley Edward Learned, a senior at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, recently earned an appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY last week. Learned is the son of Albert and Mary Ann Learned. He is a member of the National Honor Society, plays varsity soccer, performs community services at Katy Christian Ministries, and has served as a referee for the Katy Youth Soccer Association. He also maintains a high grade point average in all classes, which are primarily AP or Pre-AP level, while also working a part-time job as a veterinarian technician. Learned was nominated for the appointment by U.S. Ron Paul. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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FWA Students Raise Funds for Pregnancy Help Center

Debbie Stoddard, executive director of the Pregnancy Help Center of West Houston, recently visited with students in grades six through 12 at Faith West Academy (FWA). Each student was challenged by their school chaplain to help raise $20 to donate to the center. At the end of their fundraising event, FWA raised and donated $1,500, in addition to a new play pen filled with diapers.
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Beck Student Advances to Texas National Geographic Bee

Katy student, Kunal Budhiraja, an eighth-grader at Beck Junior High, was recently named a semifinalist eligible to compete in the upcoming Texas National Geographic Bee in Bedford on March 30. Preliminary bees were held at individual campuses, with each winner then taking a qualifying test, which was submitted to the National Geographic Society. In each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents schools, and U.S. territories, the National Geographic Society invited students with the top 100 scores to compete at the state level.
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Primrose Students Fight Childhood Obesity at Healthy Hearts Hoedown

Katy area preschoolers recently laced up their dancing shoes for Texas Children’s Hospital and stepped up the fight against childhood obesity, one dance at a time. Five local Primrose Schools (North Mason Creek, Cinco Ranch, Eldridge Parkway, Kelliwood, and Copperfield) hosted a Healthy Hearts Hoedown to encourage the community to get moving for healthy lifestyles and enter the Primrose Schools Family Dance-off (www.familydanceoff.com) to win as much as $30,000 for the hospital.

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Katy ISD School Naming Committee Announces Proposed Namesakes

The Katy ISD School Naming Committee recently announced the proposed names for the four new schools opening in the fall of 2012. A public forum will take place on Tuesday, March 20 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Katy ISD ESC 1200 rooms, located at 6301 South Stadium Ln. Community members are invited to participate in this forum and provide input regarding the proposed names. After the forum, the Katy ISD School Naming Committee will review input and provide their recommendation to the Katy ISD Board of Trustees at their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, March 26.

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Firethorne Stampede Auction Team Supports Katy ISD FFA Students

It was full steam ahead for the Firethorne Stampede auction team, which purchased 17 animals at the recent Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show and Auction. The team had the winning bid on the Grand Champion Goat, Grand Showman Goat, and Grand Showman Pig. (more…)

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Lamba Tau Chapter Donates to Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus

Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus recently hosted the Lambda Tau chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for their monthly meeting. Delta Kappa Gamma is an honorary society for key women educators. It promotes professional and personal growth of its members and excellence in education.
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Katy Birth Center Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary

On Feb. 18, 50 family members with new babies celebrated the one-year reunion and anniversary of the Katy Birth Center in the heart of Katy at 1002 Avenue A. Despite cold and rainy weather, there was fun for all with games, an inflatable bounce house, healthy snacks, and a birthday cake.

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Stanley Elementary Students Donate to Food Pantry

Students at Stanley Elementary have been learning the value of giving back to others through their campus newspaper, The Tumbleweed Times. The publication’s Get Involved section recently featured donating to the Katy Christian Ministries Food Bank, and SES students went above and beyond collecting necessary supplies for their fellow Katyites. Two cars were filled with donations, with over 1,500 items delivered to the food bank. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy ISD Reminds Families to Be Safe This Spring Break

It is spring break time, and many Katy ISD families have plans to hit the road for fun activities throughout the next week. Before starting vacation, the Katy ISD office of emergency management reminds families to be safe by planning ahead and taking necessary precautions. Katy ISD’s spring break is March 12 to 16.
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Girl Scouts Celebrate World Thinking Day

Girl Scout troops in the Silver Spur unit of Katy recently celebrated Girl Scout World Thinking Day, with a theme of, “we can save our planet.” Girls from Cadette Troop 17081 showcased Scotland, displaying the country’s dance costumes, food, history, and photos of the countryside. They also gave samples of Scottish shortbread to booth visitors and performed the Highland Fling accompanied by the bagpipes. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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The Kindness of Katy Strangers

Pleasantly surprised by Katyites’ kind words and good deeds during a family shopping trip

As I’ve written before, my husband and I don’t travel to many places with all of the children. The park and the mall are safe places, since there are a lot of wide, open spaces for the triplets and their older brother to act like children without bothering many people.

However, one gloomy day we needed to go to Target. We wanted to get out of the house, since the weather had been rainy for days in a row. We buckled everyone in and headed out. We went to the Super Target near LaCenterra. We could get some groceries and baby items and look quickly at the toy aisle.
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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital’s Rodeo Float Wins First

The team from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital recently won first place in the commercial division for their float in the Katy FFA Rodeo Parade. Float participants included Debbie and Steve Harrison, Elizabeth Henley, Beebe and Marty Flugge, Jennifer Rovell, Tammy Paine, Brandon and Tyler Paine, Jackson Warren, Raylene Cotter, Rachel and Britteny Cotter, Mary Gilbert, Elizabeth, Sarah, Alyssa Gilbert, Rebecca Holt, Jillian and Bridget Holt, Violeta Quilantan, Daisy Quilantan, and Juila Quilantan, Laura Spiteri, Brandon, Courtney, and Caitlyn Spiteri, Veronica and Jr. Buentello, Eydan and Evan Buentello, Janet Murphy, and Karlea and Caleb Murphy. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Lone Star Symphonic Band Hosts Fundraising Dinner

The Lone Star Symphonic Band, based in the west Houston/Katy area, recently hosted a fundraising spaghetti dinner and silent auction, with proceeds going towards several large-scale percussion instruments. Katy City Councilwoman Carol Adams served as the keynote speaker, sharing about the importance of arts in the community. The dinner also included performances by the Lone Star Dixieland Band and the Lone Star Symphonic Band Clarinet Ensemble and a silent auction. The band performs several community concerts throughout the year at CrossPoint Community Church. To learn more, visit lonestarsymphonicband.com. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy Seniors Meet for Potluck Dinner Hosted by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans recently sponsored a potluck dinner for seniors at Living Word Lutheran Church in Katy. The club is for members over the age of 50 and meets monthly for social events and trips to local areas of interest. A trip to visit the AD Players’ presentation of The Beams Are Creaking and dinner is planned for Sunday, May 20 at 1:30 pm. For more information, contact Barbara Stuckey at 281-829-0655. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Rhoads Students Make Special Donation to Texas Children’s Hospital

Rhoads Elementary School students in the Read, Deed, Run program recently delivered hand-crocheted fleece hats and birthday cards for the children at Texas Children’s Hospital.  Read, Deed, and Run is a program where students in grades three through five read 26 books, do 26 good deeds, and run 26 miles over the course of the school year. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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JWE Students Host Sweetheart Tea

Second-graders at Williams Elementary School recently welcomed mothers and special friends to the annual Sweetheart Tea. The students politely welcomed their guests and served teatime treats. They shared songs, poems, and specially made projects honoring their sweethearts. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Griffin Students Jump Rope for American Heart Association

Students at Griffin Elementary School recently raised over $36,000 for the American Heart Association during a Jump Rope for Heart event. For two days, PE classes were filled with students leaping around an array of jump rope activities. Then they replenished their energy levels with healthy snacks supplied by the PTA. “I’m very proud of our Griffin Grizzlies,” shares PE teacher Sean O’Connor. “The kids got really excited about jumping rope, but even more excited about the chance to help save lives. Their efforts resulted in over $36,000 being raised for the American Heart Association!” Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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THS Swim Team Celebrates Successful Season

The Taylor High School swim team recently celebrated the end of a very successful season. At the state swimming meet in February, David Harlan placed fifth in the 200 freestyle and ninth in the 100 freestyle. Hanna Huston placed ninth in the 500 freestyle and 13th in the 200 freestyle. The boys’ 400 freestyle relay placed 10th overall. Additionally, many student athletes placed at the regional competition held earlier in the year and swim team coach Matt Apple was named district coach of the year and regional coach of the year. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Aristoi Classical Academy Celebrates Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

Kindergarten through second-grade students at Aristoi Classical Academy recently celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday by dressing like their favorite Dr. Seuss characters. The day was a great way to honor the beloved children’s book author, while encouraging students to continue the adventure of reading. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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MDJH Celebrates February as Black History Month

McDonald Junior High recently celebrated February as Black History Month with a campus-wide event featuring inspirational guest speakers and student performances. Many community leaders attended the event, including MDHS Principal Dr. Kenneth Cummings, MDJH black history committee members Karla Beeek and Lisa Brooks, KIAH-TV weekday anchor and guest speaker Mia Gradney, Katy ISD campus namesake and former principal Roosevelt Alexander, and MDJH black history committee members Debra Patrick and Jessica Anderson. Please mention you found this onwww.KatyMagazine.com.

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Griffin Float Wins First Place in Rodeo Parade

The Griffin Elementary Fishing Club recently won first place in the schools division for their Dr. Seuss-themed float, named One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Catfish, at the Katy ISD FFA Rodeo parade. The parade also paid homage to the children’s book author, with a theme of “oh, the places you will go.” Students were decked out in the iconic tall striped hats and colorful face paint found in Dr. Seuss books, while teachers added to the crowd-pleasing antics with decorations and costumes. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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City of Katy Honored by Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation recently named the City of Katy a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry. The designation is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service and requires cities to meet four standards, including: having a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. To learn more, visit arborday.org/treecityusa. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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