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Faith West Academy’s Class of 2013 Announces Top Graduates

Bailey Aronson and Michelle Garland were named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of Faith West Academy’s class of 2013.

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Katy Teen, Stan Stanulonis, Accepts Appointment to West Point

Faith West Academy senior Stan Stanulonis, 19, has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  He will report for duty with another FWA alumnus, Eric Pearson (class of 2009), and 1,150 new cadets for this incoming class of 2017. 

John Talhelm and Stan Stanulonis

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Tompkins HS Hosts ‘Meet the Falcons’ Night

Katy’s newest high school, Obra D. Tompkins, will open its doors to freshmen and sophomore students in August. The school hosted a “Meet the Falcons” night on Thursday, May 23. Hundreds of parents, potential students, and faculty members were in attendance at this exciting event. Parents and students were given the opportunity to meet staff members, ask questions about organizations, and get in the Falcon spirit.

Tompkins HSPictured are Tompkins cheerleaders and the school’s namesake Mr. O.D. Tompkins.

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New Katy ISD Elementary School to Open This Fall

Beginning in the fall of 2014, the Katy Independent School District will open the doors to a brand-new elementary school for families in the west Houston master-planned community of Cross Creek Ranch.

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Cinco Ranch Student Media Staff Wins Awards

The Cinco Ranch High School County Line student media staff was recently recognized with an Award of Distinguished Merit and presented a Bronze Star Award by the UIL-Interscholastic League Press Conference at the Texas state ILPC Convention in Austin. This award recognizes the top scholastic newspapers in the state based on a master teacher critique and rating. The County Line staff is led by senior co-editors Michelle Chong and Jesse Sparks, and the student publications adviser is Ed Larsen.

CRHS County Line

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Robert Rankin Wins Outstanding Chapter and Americanism Awards

The Robert Rankin Chapter (Katy area) was awarded the Outstanding Texas Chapter by the Texas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (TXSSAR) for the nineth time in eleven years for its efforts to encourage patriotism, participate in historical programs, and educate the public.

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Morton Ranch Student to Compete in Adidas Dream 100

Morton Ranch High School senior Elijah Hall-Thompson competed in the UIL Track and Field State Meet in Austin. With this time, he became number one among high school athletes in the nation in the 200 meters. He has been invited to compete in the Adidas Dream 100 in New York in two weeks. Only the top athletes get an invite. He ran his personal best in both events. 

Elijah Hall-Thompson

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Katy Cinco Ranch High School Senior Receives Music Awards

Pictured is Sharon Zhu, Katy piano student of Mary Ann LaCour with awards received at the annual May Spring Recital held at Living Word Lutheran Church on May 4, 2013. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Zhu, Sharon received (awards left to right) the Katy Music Teacher’s Association Student Affiliate Award, the Studio Senior Award trophy, the Katy Music Teachers Spring Festival trophy – for the second time – and the Studio Superior Award trophy – also for the second time.  Zhu, a Senior at Cinco Ranch High School,  has participated in many piano events including the Texas Music Teachers State Theory Test and has been selected to perform on the Katy Music Teachers Association Honors Recital at both the annual Sonata Festival and the KMTA Spring Festival, both adjudicated events. In addition to piano, Zhu participates in band and tennis. 

Sharon Zhu

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Grants From JCPenney Helps Area Children Participate in YMCA Afterschool Programs

The Katy and Fort Bend Family YMCAs each received a $5,000 grant from JCP Cares, JCPenney’s new charitable giving program, to provide school-aged children with financial assistance to attend afterschool programs at the Y.  Specifically, the gifts are providing children at the Y afterschool programs at Stafford Elementary, Stafford, and Schmalz Elementary, Katy, with financial assistance to participate.  The children that qualified for the assistance would not have been able to otherwise participate without the support of this grant. More importantly, it is providing the supported children with access to life-enriching afterschool programs that cultivate the values, relationships and skills kids need to thrive.

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Megan Yu, Katy ISD Student Receives Third Place at Society for Perfoming Arts

Society for the Performing Arts (SPA), Houston’s leading performing arts presenter, recognized 29 participants from its 15th Annual Student Visual Art Contest sponsored by Wells Fargo at an awards ceremony recently held at the Wortham Theater Center.

Megan Yu

Taylor High School freshman Megan Yu (right) and mom Puchin show winning smiles. Yu’s artwork titled “Deep Family Roots” was awarded third place at Society for the Performing Arts 15th Annual Student Visual Art Contest.

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Brothers Launch New Home Building Company

A brand new homebuilder in town is putting down its initial stakes in Firethorne, a 1,400-acre master-planned residential community in Katy/Fulshear.  Houston-based Ravenna Homes is launching into the builder team of  the top-performing master-planned community this month.

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