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7th Grader named Miss Burnet Outstanding Teen 2013

Beckendorff Junior High 7th grader Maura Spence-Carroll was named Miss Burnet Outstanding Teen 2013.

She competed in panel interview, talent, lifestyle and fitness, onstage question, and evening gown. For her talent selection, Maura performed a classical vocal solo “Con Te Partiro”.

She is a member of the Beckendorff Choir, track team, and Bear Buddies. Maura is coached by Bri David and receives further vocal training from Miss Amanda Shelton.

This was a qualifying title for the Miss Texas Outstanding Teen pageant to be held in conjunction with the Miss Texas competition this June in Allen, Texas. The Miss America Outstanding Teen is the’ little sister’ to Miss America and is for young women between the ages of 13 and 17.

Maura Spence-Carroll

Photo Credit: Kathy Whittaker

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Katy ISD Named Among Best Communities for Music Education

For the eleventh time in the past 12 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 21 districts in Texas to receive this recognition for 2013.

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West Houston Express Network names the 2013 Women of the Year and Top 10 Candidate

The American Business Women’s Association’s (ABWA) West Houston Express Network (WHEN) named Dawn Mortus as their 2013 Women of the Year and Top 10 Candidate at their monthly meeting on March 14, 2013.

The Women of the Year and Top 10 awards recognize a member in the Network who has made notable contributions and outstanding achievements in their ABWA group, in their profession and in their community.

Dawn is a Director for Keep Kids Connected, a local non-profit organization that provides Netbook computers to kids with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.

Since August 2010, the organization has given away over 484 computers.  The organization was created by her daughter, Caitlyn, who is a 3 1/2 year cancer survivor and now, a junior at Seven Lakes High School.

For more information on WHEN, please visit www.whenabwa.org.

West Houston Express Network

Pictured from left to right:
Rebecca Blackmon, Bobbi Horne (past presidents of WHEN), Dawn Mortus (recipient), Mary Jane Brock (current president of WHEN)

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Whole Foods is a Fun Outing

I am always looking for great places to take my children. Local places are even better. Let’s explore Katy, have fun, and save on gas–what’s not to love? Our latest venture took us to the new Whole Foods on Fry Road.

We went one quiet weekday morning and spent an hour. It may not sound like a big deal, but to keep three almost-three-year-olds in a supermarket cart for an hour is a major success. Here’s how we did it. Maybe you can try it with your family, too.

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Sandra Byrd Seeks to Fill Unexpired Ward A Council Vacancy

Long time Katy area resident Sandra Byrd filed last week to run for the Katy City Council Ward A seat recently vacated by Carol Adams. Adams declared her bid for mayor leaving one year remaining on her council term.

Byrd is proud to be a third generation resident of Katy. She and her husband of 32 years, Bill Byrd, have both been active in the Katy community. They have three children and four grandchildren who all live in the Katy area. They also have an adopted daughter who lives in Colombia, South America. Sandra attended Katy Elementary, Katy Junior High, and graduated from Katy High School. Her three children followed in her footsteps all graduating as Katy Tigers.

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Troop 584 CELEBRATES 50th Eagle Scout

On January 15, 2013, Chris Mohindroo became the 50th Troop 584 member to earn his Eagle Scout Rank.

Earning Eagle Scout Rank is an extraordinary accomplishment, since the requirements are demanding, and only 5% of Scouts reach that level. The fact that 50 young men from Troop 584 have done so is a testament to the strength of character of the dedicated men and women who lead and volunteer, and to the persistence and perseverance of the parents and young men in this troop.

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Cougar Robotics Team goes behind the scenes

The Cinco Ranch High School Robotics Team recently visited Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and went behind the scenes in the Operating Room to experience the hospital’s new da Vinci® Si Surgical System. Sixteen students and their parents suited up in sterile gear to participate in simulation demonstrations with Dr. Arturo Gonzalez, a general surgeon affiliated with the hospital. For more information about Memorial Hermann Katy and its robotic surgery program, visit www.memorialhermann.org or call 713.222.CARE (2273).

The Cinco Ranch High School Robotics Team

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Congratulations Wolfe Elementary Star Dancers

The Wolfe Elementary Star Dancers won 1st Place in the Youth Division in the 2013 Katy ISD FFA Livestock and Rodeo Parade.

Wolfe Dancers

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One Way to Make It Fun!

Do you know a child who likes to practice skills learned in school? What?! Your child doesn’t beg to do workbook pages or practice handwriting or the piano each afternoon after a long day at school? Mine either; I mean, some days he likes to, but not many days of the week. Not enough to please his teacher with awesome skills. But, do you know a child who loves treasure hunts? Most, you say? You’re right. And I have found a sneaky and easy way to reinforce school skills without complaint.

First, you’ll need to do a little pre-work yourself. Find out what your child is learning in school and find out what he really is into. You probably know the latter already. (more…)

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MPJH To Perform “Flapper”

3/1 – 3/3
Memorial Parkway Junior High
21203 Highland Knolls Drive
The Memorial Parkway Junior High theatre students will present a madcap musical tribute to the 1920s entitled “Flapper” with book by Tim Kelly and music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur.  Flapper will be the cat’s meow so we hope you will all Charlston on over to the Memorial Parkway Junior High cafeteria on February 28th and March 1-3 for a very entertaining evening filled with crazy characters, a lively plot and, of course, music and dances from the  Roaring  Twenties.  Curtain time for the first three performances is 7 p.m. with a matinee performance on Sunday, March 3rd beginning at 3 p.m.  General admission prices are $6 and tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 281-237-5800 or they may be purchased at the door.  For more information, please call 281-237-5800.

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The Bible Seminary

Just over one year ago, ministry leaders from around the Katy/West Houston area gathered at Grace Fellowship UMC to hear about – and pray for God’s blessing on – a new venture called “The Bible Seminary” (TBS). At that time, the young school had no facilities of its own and only a couple of applicants for the new Master of Divinity program scheduled to begin with the Fall 2012 semester.

Recently, barely 12 months later, over 50 Katy/West Houston pastors and ministry leaders gathered at Grace Fellowship UMC again for the second annual TBS Pastors Prayer Lunch. This time, however, they were joined by some of the new seminary students and had the opportunity to tour TBS facilities, including a state-of-the-art classroom, Library/Conference Room, and seminary offices. (more…)

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