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Keep Cool While Blazing Through Summer – Tips from CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital

Summertime is here again and Texas temperatures are already well on the rise. While some people are staying cool relaxing by the pool or traveling to cooler areas of the country or world, those braving the high temperatures need to remember a few safety tips to help beat the heat and stay healthy. Barbara Lazor, chief nursing executive at CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital offers this summer safety advice.
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Cimarron Swordfish Celebrate Successful Swim Season

The Cimarron Swordfish swim team recently celebrated concluding an outstanding season. Many swimmers set records in their events, as well as advanced to the WHALe Meet of Champs and All Stars. The team is proud of all athletes and looks forward to the 2013 swim season. To learn more, visit www.cimstswordfish.com.

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Katy Students Earn Scholarships from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Three local athletic trainers were recently awarded sports medicine scholarships from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Morton Ranch High School student Jarrell Beckett, Cinco Ranch High School studnet Catherine Long, and Katy High School student Victoria Costilla each received $1,000 in recognition of the distinguished service they provided to Katy ISD athletic programs during their high school careers. Each student has big plans for their future. Beckett will attend Prairie View A&M University, Long will start her studies at Valparaiso University in Indiana, and Costilla will attend Texas Tech University this fall. For more information on Memorial Hermann Katy, call 281-644-7000.

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Beck Student Council Gives Back

The Beck Junior High School student council recently celebrated the end of another year of giving back to others. Students and their families were very generous in their contributions and in volunteering their time and talents.
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Titans Baseball

The Katy Turn 2 Titans, a local 10U Katy baseball team, recently won the USSSA Baseball State Championship on June 17. The Titans will be representing Katy in the USSSA Global World Series in Orange Beach, AL from July 18 to 22. Team members include front row, from left Antonio Araya, Carter Calland, Kyle Wong, Mitchell Bowman, middle row Clayton Wendel, Hunter Hillegeist, Tyroun Murray, Christian Garcia, Christian Limón, Gunner Thompson, back row Paul Wong, Erik Murray, Edward Limón, assistant coach Mario Garcia, and head coach Curtis Thompson. (more…)

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Spartans Out Serving Announces Scholarship Winners

Spartans Out Serving (SOS) is a Seven Lakes High School student volunteer organization founded by parents in 2005. This organization strives to educate, empower, and inspire the student members to volunteer and serve others. The members learn selflessness and community awareness as they make a positive impact in the community. During the past year, over 1,200 members reported 30,500 community service hours. They have volunteered at school, throughout Katy and the Houston area, and across the U.S. and the world. This year, 139 senior SOS members completed the requirements to wear a white community service cord at graduation. The group recently presented $1,000 scholarships to seven student volunteers to use toward their education after high school graduation.
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Seven Lakes Golfer Shoots Low Round in Waco Starburst

Seven Lakes High School student Susan Hagger recently competed in the Starburst Junior Golf Classic in Waco. Katy ISD was well represented 28 local golfers participating in the three-day tournament, which included over 1,000 golfers from across 12 states and Mexico. Hagger fired a 74 on the second day, which was the low round of the competition for her. She finished in third place, earning her a spot in the Starburst Hall of Fame. Hagger will be a junior at SLHS in the fall.

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Katy Piano Students Earn Music Theory Medals

Several Katy music students under the direction of Mary Ann LaCour recently earned Texas Music Teachers Association Theory medals during a spring concert. Students honored include (front row, from left) Lindsay Chu, gold; Lexie Kwon, gold; Rajasi Kolhatkar, gold; Rachel Rodriguez, gold; (back row, from left) Scott Lennard, gold; Addie Kwon, silver; and Gloria Fernandes, silver. Not pictured are Ore Omidele, Allison Yang, Brian Lennard, all gold medal recipients; and Rachel Zhu, a silver medal recipient. The Texas Theory Test is administered twice each year by the Katy Music Teachers Association.

 

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It’s Apparent You’re a Parent

One of my favorite comic strip creators, Bill Keane, often showed that he knew what life with children was really like. His strip, The Family Circus, centered on a couple with four young children. He titled these particular strips, “It’s Apparent You’re a Parent” and showed things like the husband finding a toy in his pocket while at work and the wife correcting someone’s bad language.
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KCWC Hosts Prayer Coffee

The Katy Christian Women’s Connection (KCWC) hosted a prayer coffee on June 14 at La Madeleine in Katy. The ladies enjoyed the fellowship, sharing, and prayers of the women in attendance. Joanne Dyer shared her inspirational testimony of how the Lord has work through her life, with abundant blessings for her family, and she touched everyone’s hearts. This group meets monthly for prayer coffees, a few times a year for luncheons, and also offers Bible studies. Find more information on their website at www.katycwc.org.

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Katyites Celebrate Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

British and Expat Families of Katy enjoyed a very special evening at Willowfork Country Club on June 8 in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, marking 60 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II over Great Britain. Over 120 guests were invited to enjoy traditional British food like bangers ’n’ mash and fish ’n’ chips, along with a royal quiz similar to the typical format of a British pub quiz and entertainment by local British DJ Evelyn Borthwick, who provided a 1970s and 1980s disco.

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Texas Heart Institute Offers Houston MRI Screening Study

Too often, we hear about some young student-athlete who dies suddenly in the middle of a game or at a team practice. The Center for Coronary Artery Anomalies at the Texas Heart Institute is doing breakthrough research on the prevention of sudden cardiac death in the young. Such cases of sudden cardiac death are tied to heart conditions, which certain children are born with and which are difficult to detect.
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Katy Highflyers to Compete at National Jump Rope Competitions

The Katy Highflyers jump rope team will take center stage, when 20 team members travel to Long Beach, CA to compete at the U.S. National Jump Rope Championship from June 21 to 24. An additional five team members have also qualified for the U.S. National Team and are heading to the FISAC Rope Skipping Championship in Tampa, FL from July 30 to Aug. 9.
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Music Student Honored by Katy Music Teachers Association

Local piano student Linden Lanier recently earned a music scholarship and the Student Affiliate award from the Katy Music Teachers Association (KMTA), along with a senior award trophy, a plaque commemorating 13 years of piano study, and a Sonata Festival trophy. Lanier has studied with Katy area piano teacher Mary Ann LaCour from kindergarten through 12th grade and was recently to play at the KMTA Sonata/Sonatina Festival Honors Recital. She is the daughter of Margaret Lanier of Syracuse, NY and Pat Lanier of the Houston area. She will be majoring in music at the University of North Texas in Denton in the fall.

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CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Receives Designation as Advanced Primary Stroke Center

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America, and CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital is paving the way for residents in Katy and west Houston to help beat the odds. CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital is pleased to announce its recognition by the Joint Commission National Quality Approval Accreditation as an advanced primary stroke center.
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First Victoria National Bank Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Katy Location

The Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance recently conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for First Victoria National Bank’s Katy location, which is scheduled to open in early September. The banking center is officially scheduled to open its doors in early September and will be located at 9610 Spring Green.
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Neville Recognized by Texas Music Teachers Association

Elizabeth Neville recently received the senior award trophy, commemorating 12 years of piano study with music educator Mary Ann LaCour of Katy. Neville also earned the Texas Music Teachers Association’s Student Affiliate Senior Award. Neville has participated in many activities sponsored by the Katy Music Teachers Association and will be attending Stanford University in the fall. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Neville of Katy and is the current salutatorian of the graduating class at Taylor High School. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Out and About This Summer

Family-Friendly Ways to Stay Cool in Katy

Feeling the heat already? I know we are these days. Trust me, though, you can leave the comfort of the air conditioning for just a little while and take advantage of the “cooler” side of Katy.

1. Grab a handful of dollar bills and head to Katy Mills Mall. You can ride the carousel and the train, of course, but older kids will enjoy the trampoline jump, rock climbing, and the chance to walk on water while in the human hamster ball. The children’s play zone is also an attraction. For something a little different, each child can select a lunch item from the food court, and then everyone can share potluck-style.

2. While you’re reading this blog here, check out the awesome list of area libraries on KatyMagazine.com. Try to go to each library’s story time or teen activity during the summer. Discuss with your children which book was their favorite to read. Can they find any other books by the same author that they can check out?

3. Splash pads are an easy way to stay cool, but still let you get some fresh air. Cullen Park and Nottingham Park both offer awesome splash adventures. Bring a towel, water to stay hydrated, and your inner child. You know you’ll want to get soaked, too!

4. Katy Budget Books, Odyssey Comics, and the Bookworm Shoppe are all excellent places to pick up summer reading material. Kids need to be encouraged to read for fun, in addition to reading for school. Parents who model reading to their children will have to struggle less with getting their kiddos to happily open a book (or comic).

5. Don’t forget about bowling. I have to admit, I haven’t taken my sons there, yet, but every time I drive past Times Square, I feel the need to put on funny-looking shoes and take a peek inside. They’ll be old enough to really enjoy an awesome indoor game before too long, right?

So, I know I left some fun, local activities out. Please let us know where you and your family go to cool off during the sizzling summer days in Katy.

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Methodist Cancer Center at West Houston Celebrates Hope During Cancer Survivors Day Event

Cancer survivors in the west Houston and Katy community recently celebrated National Cancer Survivors Day on June 1, at an event hosted by the Methodist Cancer Center at West Houston. More than 40 cancer survivors and their loved ones attended to acknowledge and share their commitment to the future. Dr. Clive Shkedy, radiation oncologist and medical director of the Cancer Center, Tommy Thompson, executive vice president of CanCare, and Janet Pickens, with the American Cancer Society, offered perspectives on services and resources available during and after active cancer treatment.
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Indian Princess Tribe Gathers for Reunion

Dads and daughters in the Concho Tribe, Songon Nation of Katy recently celebrated their 12th reunion at the family country property of Elroy and Ken Kiecke in Cat Springs. Once a year, the group, which formed as part of the YMCA’s Indian Princesses dad-daughter program, has gathered for a weekend of camping and recreation. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.
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Officials Seek Bids for Further Grand Parkway Construction

As construction continues on a new portion of the Grand Parkway from I-10 north to U.S. 290, officials are soliciting bids for construction of three more segments that will extend the road to U.S. 59.
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CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Receives Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital has received the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Silver Award from TMF Health Quality Institute, the Medicare quality improvement organization for Texas. TMF established the awards program in partnership with the Texas Hospital Association, Texas Medical Association, Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals, and Texas Osteopathic Medical Association.
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Katy Area EDC Announces Construction of Mason Creek Office Center

The Katy Area Economic Development Council (Katy Area EDC) recently announced that Myers, Crow and Saviers, Ltd. will begin construction on the 135,000-square-foot Mason Creek Office Center, located on Merchants Way near Mason Road in Houston’s Energy Corridor, in the third quarter of 2012 with completion set for April 2013. The property is located on 10.8 acres in Mason Creek Corporate Park, a covenant-restricted, master-planned business park owned by Parkside Capital. The two-story office building will feature 67,500-square-foot floorplates, energy-efficient construction and systems, and flexible parking ratios to accommodate high-density office users. The project is applying for LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
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Katy ISD Students Named College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation released the names of more than 2,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities, according to Katy ISD. Nine students from Katy ISD are among these talented scholarship recipients.
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OKE Students Perform in District Honor Choir

Kilpatrick Elementary students were recently selected by an audition process to be a part of Katy ISD’s District Honor Choir for 2012. Hundreds of students auditioned for this fine group, and Kilpatrick Elementary is very proud of its students who made the choir, including: Alana Chow, Induja Gautam, Thomas Holmes, Corey Johnson, Annie Lewis, Catherine Marchelli, Avery Marsh, Valeria Muhala, Sid Puranik, Nick Rager, Emily Sheen, and Victoria Stornello. They performed in a concert on May 6 at the Cinco Ranch High School Performing Arts Center. Their music teachers, Suzie Calarco and Michele Dial, are very proud of their representation for OKE in the District Honor Choir. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Senator Glenn Hegar Offers Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Severe Weather

Two named tropical storms made their grand entrance in the Atlantic last month, well ahead of the official start of the hurricane season on June 1, marking the first time for such an occurrence since 1908. Alberto formed off the South Carolina coast and Beryl made landfall in Florida, bringing drenching rains and driving winds with her.
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BDJH PTA Hosts Eighth-Grade Dance

The Beckendorff Junior High PTA recently hosted the school’s eighth-grade dance, with a theme of “cruisin’ on, class of 2016.” The evening was a great success and was enjoyed by students and staff. Pictured (from left) are eighth-grade dance chairs Wanda Galicia, Jody Schultz, and Carol Bowman. All of the volunteers enjoyed planning and decorating for this fun end-of-the- year party… even after they inflated over 7,000 balloons for all the arches and balloon towers! Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.
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Katy NCL Chapter Members Celebrate Accomplishments at Mother/Daughter Tea

The Katy Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. recently celebrated its year-end with a mother/daughter tea. Members of the class of 2016 earned many awards, with each girl earning the Mother/Daughter Award for 25 combined hours of philanthropy service, as well as the Modelette Award for three hours of service in seven different charities. Members honored include Riley Hayford, Emily Kimmich, Elise Nicknish, Allison Schmidt (who also earned the Yellow Rosebud for 50 hours of service), Catherine Sliva (who also earned the Yellow Rosebud, Yellow Rose, Hour Glass, Mission Bell, Heart of Gold, and Yellow Rose Bouquet Awards), Victoria Zinkham, and Hannah Clifford (who won for the most league hours). Catherine Sliva also won the award for the most philanthropy hours in her class and the Merci Award for the most volunteer hours in the chapter with 211.5 hours. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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