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CRHS Bravo Show Choir to Perform “School Daze”

The Cinco Ranch High School Bravo Show Choir is gearing up to perform School Daze, celebrating the high school experience. The musical production will feature current hits like “Rumor Has It,” “Anyway You Want It,” and “Mad World,” to name a few. Brazo students have worked hard to produce the show in its entirety, coordinating everything from musical arrangements and set design to choreography.
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Katy ISD Named Among Best Communities for Music Education

For the ninth time in the past 10 years, Katy ISD has been named among the Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation, which recognizes schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment and support for music education. Katy ISD is one of only 12 districts in Texas to receive this recognition for 2012.
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Daisy Troop Gives Back to Katy Community

Daisies in Troop 17546 are celebrating an amazing year, with wonderful members, volunteers, and projects. The troop recently attended a Houston Astros baseball game, sold lemonade for Lemonade Day, raised money selling Girl Scout cookies, donated to Katy Christian Ministries and Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP), and attended a University of Houston softball game. The Daisies will bridge to Brownies in May. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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RAE Students Meet Children’s Book Author

Children’s book author Rob Scotton recently visited kindergarten students at Alexander Elementary, sharing his stories with them. Scotton is the author of Splat the Cat and Russell the Sheep. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Guest Speakers for Annual Katy ISD VIPS Celebration Breakfast Announced

Katy ISD Partners in Education recently announced guest speakers for the annual VIPS celebration breakfast on May 1 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Merrell Center. This year’s speakers include TIRR Memorial Hermann music therapist Meagan Morrow; clinical coordinator Dawn Phillips; and speech pathologist Kelley Warren Kirst. Attendees may recognize this trio from features on CNN and ABC’s Diane Sawyer – Special Report, detailing the recovery of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The celebration breakfast will also include the long-awaited announcement of each campus volunteer of the year and special performances by Katy ISD student groups.

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Construction Begins on Willowfork Fire Station 2

Construction officially got underway on Willowfork Fire Station 2 on Thursday, April 12 with a groundbreaking ceremony. The audience gathered to witness the ceremony included employees and volunteers of the Willowfork Fire Department, friends, and family, as well as some members of the public.

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CRHS Volleyball Player Signs with Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Cinco Ranch High School student Shayla Maldonado recently committed to playing volleyball at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi after graduation this year. She started playing volleyball here in Katy at the YMCA when she was 8 years old. She continued on to play club volleyball with Katy Volleyball Academy, Southwest Juniors, Kaboom, and Texas Elite. She is a three-time Junior Olympian.

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OKE Students Donate Books to School Library

Birthday Book Club members at Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary School recently celebrated their birthdays by donating books to their school library. Pictured are Jerry Kurinsky, Brennan Hart, Melina Crothers, Pranav Rajkumar, and Lenore Hudspeth. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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The Plazas at Spring Green on Schedule for Summer 2012 Opening

Construction continues on The Plazas at Spring Green, a 20,000-square-foot specialty retail center in Katy. Developer Vista Equities Group (VEG) projects a July completion date for construction and subsequent August openings for retail tenants. The Plazas at Spring Green is currently 80% leased with negotiations underway on an additional 4,270 square feet of center space. Tenants include Natural Pawz, Shipley’s Donuts, Pepperoni’s Pizza, MW Cleaners, Curtain Call, CR Nails, Revolution Eyes, and the offices of Dr. Amy Lueddemann, DDS.
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Faith West Academy Alumnus to Play Jesus

The president of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Dr. Randy O’Rear, has selected Chase Riggs to play Jesus in the school’s 2013 Easter pageant. Each year, Dr. O’Rear chooses an outstanding student for the honor of portraying Jesus. This casting is based less on acting ability than on a strong Christian faith and attitude. (more…)

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Lake Forest Group Offers Tips for Neighborhood Security

Over 70 Katy residents recently gathered to discuss ways of increasing security in Lake Forest of Kelliwood. The committee’s goal was to get neighbors talking with one another and sharing ideas about how to increase safety, both as individual homeowners and as a community.
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Exley Kindergartners Participate in Egg Drop

Kindergarten students at Exley Elementary School recently participated in an egg drop science experiment. The students dropped their packaged eggs from the roof of the school to see which ones would break. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Beck Girls’ Relay Team Wins District & Sets New Record

The eighth-grade 4X400 girls’ relay team from Beck Junior High recently won the district track and field competition, breaking the district record with a time of 4 minutes, 13 seconds. Relay team members include Macey Esser, Nevita George, Sydney Wright, and Tori Boyle. Their coach is Kristi LeCroneir. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Kilpatrick PTA Honored at State PTA Convention

Members of Kilpatrick Elementary, along with PTA leaders from across the state, recently gathered for the Texas PTA Convention. Texas PTA President Sharon Goldblatt welcomed local members Cindy Cruz-Davis, Traci Faulk, and Shantania Leggins, along with many other members to the event-filled weekend. Highlights included a founder’s day dinner, featuring keynote speaker and famous dad Ed Smart, and a general meeting dedicated to advocacy with keynote speaker Rep. Donna Howard. The event honored Kilpatrick Elementary and other PTA councils that have maintained a strong campus presence by sustaining and growing membership. Other convention attractions included an exhibit hall, parenting and leader training workshops, and networking activities for all attendees. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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WoodCreek Elementary Student Council Raises Funds for Cancer Research

WoodCreek Elementary fifth-grade student council members recently raised over $1,800 for cancer patients through the Pennies for Patients program. Funds raised will go towards continued research and treatment for leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood and soft tissue cancers. The student council is continually inspired by fellow Katy area elementary student
Quonziah Ford (also known as Ziah the Victorious), who is battling rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer.

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D’Addieco Basketball Team Places Second Place at Tournament

The eighth-grade Katy Rebels-D’Addieco basketball team placed second in the opening tournament of the season and qualified for Primetime Nationals in Dallas this summer. Tenacious defense and hustle led the team to the championship game, where they lost in the closing minutes. Congratulations to Allison, LaShanda, Kim, Sydney, Natalia, Alyssa, Emily, Delaney, Tianna, and Anna on a fantastic start to their AAU season together! Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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LifeGift Celebrates National Donate Life Month This April

LifeGift, the local organ and tissue recovery agency which helps people who need transplants, is celebrating April as National Donate Life Month. The month-long celebration honors the generosity of organ, eye, and tissue donors and their families and commemorates all transplant recipients in the U.S., including Katy. Activities in April will focus on encouraging Texans to join the Donate Life Texas Registry as official organ, eye, and tissue donors. (more…)

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Katy Student Teacher Earns Education Award

Lauren Redeker, a 2008 graduate of James E. Taylor High School, recently earned the Spring 2012 Always Expect More of Aggies Teacher Award. The award was established by the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University with the purpose of recognizing outstanding TLAC student teachers who have demonstrated exceptional work ethic and commitment to the teaching profession. Recipients are recognized by the department and receive a certificate and a $200 scholarship award. Nominated by her university supervisor and cooperating teacher, Redeker received the award for her exceptional effort and dedication during student teaching in initiative, organization, professional integrity, and dedication. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Kilpatrick Celebrates March Outbackers of the Month

Outbacker of the Month is the most prestigious award earned at Kilpatrick Elementary. Kilpatrick Outbackers exhibit “Koalaty” character continuously. Outbackers are those that always lend a helping hand, always have a smile on their face, serve as role models, and go above and beyond to make OKE the exemplary school that it is. One student from each grade level, staff member, volunteer, and partner in education is chosen every month to be Outbacker of the Month. Those honored with the title for month of March include volunteer Scott Griebe, students Nauman Shaikh, Ethan Jasman, Kaitlyn Lau, Induja Gautman, Ardyn Buchanan, and Mackenzie Fernandez, and fifth-grade teacher Amy Pinkerton. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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BDJH Choir Students Perform at National Conferences in Dallas

The Beckendorff Junior High School choirs recently journeyed to Dallas, participating in two performances with national organizations. The mixed varsity choir performed during the Middle School/Junior High National Choral Music Conference at the Booker T. Washington School for the Performing Arts. The varsity girls concert choir performed for the American Choral Directors Association, Southwest Division at Meyerson Symphony Hall. Congratulations to BDJH choir students who participated! Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Kilpatrick Student Recognized at State Art Exhibit

Kilpatrick Elementary School student Nicki Baney was recently recognized at the Youth Art Month Capitol Exhibit in Austin. Her painting, “The Prickly Pear” was selected for the exhibit at the State Capitol building. Nicki was recognized at a ceremony celebrating Youth Art Month at the Capitol. Nicki is pictured here with her painting and her art teacher Stephanie Aromy. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy Piano Students Perform at Spring Music Festival

Katy piano students Lindsay Chu and Lexie Kwon were recently selected to perform in the Katy Music Teachers Association spring festival honor’s recital at Houston Community College. Chu and Kwon are both students of piano teacher Mary Ann LaCour. Chu is the daughter of Eduardo Chu and Cecilia Sui-Chu, and Kwon is the daughter of Vincent and Victoria Kwon, all of Katy. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Cinco Ranch Ice Cougars Face Seven Lakes Spartans to Win Third at State

The Cinco Ranch Ice Cougars hockey team recently skated home with a third-place trophy in the Texas Cup State Championship Silver Division, held in Dallas. The win topped off another stellar season for this high school hockey team. The Ice Cougars ended their regular season in first place in the Interscholastic Hockey League with some impressive statistics, including 19 wins, two losses, and one tie. The Ice Cougars took on hockey teams from Houston, Dallas, and Austin at the state championship.

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Kilpatrick Create Volcanoes During Science Program

Third-grade students at Kilpatrick Elementary recently made volcanoes during the parent-led Eureka science program. The students were introduced to the concept of plate tectonics and how they are the underlying cause of the three major forces that change the face of the Earth (earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes). They learned how these forces both destroy and create the earth. The best part was watching their volcanoes erupt lots of oozing “lava.” Students pictured include Christian McCool, Kyle Wagner, Ajay Tandon, Grant Hightower, Zachary Webb, and Sarah Grindal. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Two Katy Students Named National Achievement Scholarship Winners

National Merit Scholarship Corporation officials recently announced approximately 800 outstanding black American high school seniors who have won Achievement Scholarship Awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program. These awards, totaling over $2 million, are being financed by grants from 29 corporate organizations and professional associations. Katy ISD had two winners of this prestigious scholarship: Toluwani Alimi and Olamide Omidele, both from Seven Lakes High School.

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SLOPA Showcases Music at Family Arts Festival

Members of the Seven Lakes Orchestra Parent Association (SLOPA) recently participated in the annual KVPAC Arts for All Family Festival at La Centerra, earning the best booth award. The booth displayed the art instruments for their annual Music to the Eyes raffle, provided an instrument “petting zoo” where children could try out a violin, and featured live serenades performed by SLHS orchestra ensembles throughout the day. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy Students Learn About Katy’s Early Days

Second-graders at Franz Elementary recently studied the history of the City of Katy. To conclude their studies, fourth-generation Katy resident Rosanne Stockdick Lopez, presented a slide show full of historical pictures and stories about Katy in its beginnings. Stockdick Lopez’s great grandfather was Adam H. Stockdick, Katy’s first landman who helped bring many families to settle the area. Pictured are second-grade students displaying fact sheets about Katy or a copy of Adam H. Stockdick’s teaching certificate from 1886, including (front row, from left) Mahin Khasru, Bailey Dobbs, Hailea Middleton, Moses Salazar, (back row, from left) Lizette Garcia, teacher Alice Dobbs, Rosanne Stockdick Lopez, and Franchesca Vasquez. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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