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Katy, TX News – Katy Area EDC Earns Community Economic Development Award

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Posted September 29th 2014

Katy, TX News (September 29, 2014) -The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) recently honored Katy Area Economic Development with the top award for communities over 250,000 in population. The awards will be presented at a special luncheon to be held at the Omni Houston Hotel in Houston.

The Community Economic Development Awards program recognizes exceptional contributions of TEDC member areas toward the economic vitality of their communities and the state of Texas through creativity, leadership, and partnership in the achievement of business retention, business recruitment and community improvement.

In the largest population category, the Katy Area competed with Austin, San Antonio and Williamson County and came out on top, marshalling numerous recruitment and expansion projects which created over 3,000 jobs and $218 million in capital investment in office and industrial sectors.

 

 

Katy, TX News – Katy ISD School Tax Rate Approved for 2014-2015

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Posted September 23rd 2014

Katy, TX News (September 23, 2014) – Last night, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved both the Debt Service and Maintenance and Operations tax rates for 2014-2015, which have remained the same for eight consecutive years. The tax rates combined equal a total school tax rate of $1.5266.

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Katy, TX News – Katy Family YMCA Offers Guides, Princesses, and Trails Program

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Posted September 15th 2014

Katy, TX News (September 15, 2014) – Registration is now open for the YMCA guides, princesses, and trails program at the Katy Family YMCA. The program is designed to foster companionship and understanding between father and child in a wholesome atmosphere that emphasizes both fun and adventure.

One of Hannah Holt’s favorite activities at the Katori Nation campouts is horseback riding. Pictured is Hannah with her dad Clint.

One of Hannah Holt’s favorite activities at the Katori Nation campouts is horseback riding. Pictured is Hannah with her dad Clint.

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Katy, TX News – Most Technologically Advanced Senior Living Community in Texas

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Posted September 11th 2014

Katy, TX News (September 11, 2014) – PinPoint Commercial, LP, announced today the completion of The Legacy at Falcon Point, the most technologically advanced Senior Living community in the state of Texas.

The community is a 164 bed Assisted Living and Memory Care Community located at 1520 Katy Gap Rd in Katy, Texas. Through its collaboration with operating partner, Thrive Senior Living, PinPoint and The Legacy at Falcon Point will set a new standard of care for seniors by implementing a new philosophy on how it cares for its residents. (more…)

Taste of Katy Tailgate Benefits Local Students

Katy Texas News
Posted September 08th 2014

Katy, Texas News (September 8, 2014) - Large crowds attended the first Taste of Katy Tailgate on Aug. 20 in Old Town Katy where tailgaters had a chance to sample the fine food and drink of 17 Katy restaurants, pubs and food/drink companies. Tailgaters were asked to donate a backpack and/or school supplies for needy youth in Katy ISD.

Participating restaurants included D’Amico’s Italian Market Cafe, Babin’s Seafood House, Baker St. Pub & Grill, Hasta la Pasta, Crawfish Café, Da Vinci Ristorante Italiano, The Cellar Door, No Label Brewing Co, Zoe’s Kitchen, What’s Poppin Popcorn, Chick Fil A, Los Cucos, Midway Barbeque, Wright’s of Texas Salsa and the Snowdog Ice Cream truck.

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Lacrosse Club Gains Popularity in Katy

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Posted September 04th 2014

Katy, TX News (September 4, 2014) – The Taylor Lacrosse Club, established in 2003, is the oldest high school lacrosse club in the Katy, Texas area. A number of players have gone on to play lacrosse at the college level at schools such as Marymount, Oklahoma, UT Austin, Texas State, Texas A&M, North Texas, Shenandoah College, Rollins and Sam Houston State.

Since lacrosse is not a UIL sport in Texas, it is considered a club in Katy ISD. Taylor club is looking to change its name to the Katy Kings for the 2016 season due to the wide range of players that come from schools all over the district, and many consider lacrosse to be the perfect off season sport for football players. Practice starts in September and the season runs from late January to late April.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Students Participate in 2014 Lone Star Leadership Academy Camps

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Posted September 03rd 2014

Katy, TX News (September 3, 2014) – This past school year, eight outstanding Katy ISD students were selected to participate in Education in Action’s 2014 spring break and summer camps. Lone Star Leadership Academy camps took place in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, and Houston/Galveston depending on the students’ grade level. Selection for the Lone Star Leadership Academy was based on each student’s demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation, and involvement in school and community activities. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Local Support Group Learns How Cancer Affects the Brain

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Posted August 27th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 27, 2014) – This month, Katy’s Breast Friends Support Group participated in an educational presentation from Sarah Prinsloo, Ph.D., on the ways the brain reacts to various cancer treatments, followed by a group discussion about their current challenges.

The breast cancer support group meets at the MD Anderson in Katy on the second Tuesday of every month with the goal of empowering, uplifting and supporting patients as they go through this challenging time. The meetings are open to all breast cancer patients, regardless of where they receive or received treatment.

 Monica Cerda-Suarez, Rachel Theriault, Laura Finney, Gwendolyn Lindsey

Katy, TX News – Cinco Ranch High School Junior Helps Katy Family YMCA’s Operation Backpack

Katy Texas News
Posted August 20th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 20, 2014) – Cinco Ranch High School Junior, Ruan De Villiers, completed his Eagle Scout project by presenting 100 backpacks filled with school supplies to Connie Stirgus, Katy YMCA outreach coordinator.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Board of Trustees Calls November Election for $748 Million Bond Referendum

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Posted August 19th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 19, 2014) – Last night at the monthly Work Study meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to place a $748 million bond referendum on the November ballot, as recommended by the community-led Bond Committee.

The bond package, designed primarily to address the District’s rapid growth, includes six new campuses, six comprehensive renovations and improvements to nearly 50 existing campuses. Additionally, it includes technology retrofits, safety and security updates district-wide, and new student activity facilities. (more…)

Katy, Texas News – Beckendorff Junior High Welcomes Incoming Students

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Posted August 18th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 18, 2014) – Beckendorff Junior High recently welcomed incoming sixth graders at Cub Camp. Students toured the campus, enjoyed a pizza lunch, and met with school staff.

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Katy, TX News – Vista Equities Group Announces Pure Barre as New Tenant at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

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Posted August 14th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 14, 2014) – Pure Barre, a new ballet barre-based studio has signed a 1,475 sq. ft. lease with Vista Equities Group for a new space at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch.

Pure Barre, which is anticipated to open in Fall 2014 will be centrally located at LaCenterra. Pure Barre tones the body and creates the long and lean muscles of a dancer through small isometric movements centered around a ballet barre. Although it is an intense athletic workout, Pure Barre is for everyone. As long as you can hold onto the ballet barre, you can participate in Pure Barre.  (more…)

Katy, TX News – Skybox Datacenters Moving to Katy

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Posted August 13th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 13, 2014) – Data center developer Skybox Datacenters has great expectations for its new Houston One facility currently under construction at Franz and Mason Rd. in Katy. Skybox Managing Partner Rob Morris spoke at the Katy Area EDC General Assembly meeting where he reviewed the detailed plans for the new campus.

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Katy, TX News – H&M to Open at Katy Mills on August 14

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Posted August 11th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 11, 2014) – Katy Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in South Texas, will further distinguish itself with the addition of H&M, Hennes & Mauritz, scheduled to open Thursday, August 14 at noon. H&M will have special deals and offers during opening day in celebration of their new store.  (more…)

Katy, TX News – Mathnasium of Cinco Ranch Honored for Outstanding Performance

Katy Texas News
Posted August 11th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 11, 2014) – Mathnasium of Cinco Ranch has been honored for its outstanding performance at the tenth annual Mathnasium International Franchise Convention.

The Cinco Ranch Mathnasium center won the award for Top Performing Center, selected from a pool of more than 500 Mathnasium franchise locations in the U.S. and Canada for the fourth year in a row. (more…)

Katy, TX News – LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch Announces the Return of “Mondays with Mommy”

Katy Texas News
Posted August 07th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 7, 2014) – LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch announces the return of Mondays with Mommy, presented by Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. Mondays with Mommy takes children on a monthly fun, educational journey while utilizing music and movement.  LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch is proud to have Mindy Janis with Kindermusik and Vivi Melody & Family as the returning hosts of the Mondays with Mommy program.

“I am so happy for the return of Mondays with Mommy this fall. We will sing, dance, play, and have lots of fun,” said Vivi Melody, Children’s Music Artist with Vivi Melody & Family.  (more…)

Katy, TX News – Katy Family YMCA Operation Backpack

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Posted August 06th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 6, 2014) – For the tenth consecutive year, YMCA Operation Backpack joins the forces of local churches, businesses, and other community partners to touch the lives of Katy area children and their families this school year.

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The Katy Family YMCA is collecting brand new backpacks filled with school supplies to help students in the Katy, Sealy and Royal ISDs. Thousands of supplies will be collected for children who might otherwise start school unprepared. Last year the Katy YMCA helped 2,500 kids and the goal this year is to help close to 4,000.

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Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann to Open Convenient Care Center in Katy Area

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Posted July 28th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 28, 2014) - In an effort to continue to provide patients with convenient access to high-quality health care, Memorial Hermann announced today that it will build its third convenient care center in one of the fastest growing areas in Texas.  The new facility in South Katy will join sister facilities in Summer Creek and Pearland.

“This new model of health care delivery provides patients with a highly accessible location for a variety of services, from 24-hour emergency care to screening mammograms,” said Scott Barbe, CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

The Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Katy is slated to open in the spring of 2015 and will provide one-stop, coordinated access to a vast array of Memorial Hermann services in a single location. The Convenient Care Center will house primary care physicians (adult and pediatric), lab services, imaging, a 24-hour emergency room, sports medicine and rehabilitation, and more.

“The response from the communities where we currently operate Convenient Care Centers has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Dan Wolterman, CEO and President of Memorial Hermann Health System.  “Our patients say they appreciate the ease of scheduling appointments, the convenience of being able to drive up, park and walk in, and that our staff is friendly and professional.  We look forward to bringing this model of care to the Katy community.”

The $19.1 million, 30,000-square-foot Convenient Care Center is designed to take the stress out of scheduling appointments for routine health needs by offering families convenient options such as walk-in access and extended evening and weekend hours for primary care. For non-routine and more urgent needs, the Convenient Care Center will house a 24-hour, seven-day a week, emergency department staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians and emergency-trained nurses. Patients in need of higher levels of care would be transferred to Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, or Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, Teleflora Make Patients Smile

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Posted July 28th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 28, 2014) - On July 22, hospital patients, such as Deb Gdala at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, received an unexpected gift to brighten their day – a bouquet of flowers from Teleflora. Every year, Teleflora florists and community volunteers celebrate Make Someone Smile® Week by delivering thousands of bouquets to people most in need of a smile, like individuals recovering from an illness, injury, or surgery. Known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology, and innovation, Memorial Hermann, the largest not-for-profit health system in Southeast Texas, has 12 hospitals and numerous specialty programs and services conveniently located throughout the Greater Houston area.

Hospital volunteer Gail Owen, patient Deb Gdala and Stacy Williams, RN

For an inside peek at the surprise deliveries, click here.

Teleflora visits Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

 

Katy, TX News – The Best Kept Secret in Little Katy Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted July 24th 2014

Courtesy of Erin Eder Entertainment

Katy, TX News (July 24, 2014) – Little miss Erin Eileen has come a long way since her debut at the Rice Harvest Festival at the age of 14.

With a new image and a new attitude, Erin will release her new single “Sound of Goodbye,” written and produced by Doug Driesel of Arkansas, July 29th. Erin teamed up with Lake Paradise Recording Studios to produce her second album, Back Road Country Soul. Erin Eder has proven to be one of the youngest seasoned performers in Katy, Texas.

Erin was introduced to country music by Houston entertainer and songwriter Randy Meadows. With his talent and expertise, Erin began entertaining crowds with her upbeat renditions of “Mustang Sally” and “Johnny B. Goode.” It did not take long for Randy’s respect for Willie Nelson and his music to rub off on Erin. Suddenly, Erin began performing a different kind of “crazy.”

Erin Eder’s rich vocals have been compared to LeAnn Rimes and legendary Patsy Cline. Erin Eder’s strong, sultry voice breaks through to compliment her upbeat country music with a lot of soul. She is determined to prove that a big star doesn’t have to come from big, glamorous, far away places, and plans to follow the footsteps of other local celebrities like Clint Black and Renee Zellweger by becoming the next big thing to come out of Katy, Texas.

Katy, TX News – 2014 Volunteers of the Year Announced at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

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Posted July 23rd 2014

Katy, TX News (July 23, 2014) - Katy residents Mary Ann Knowles and Doris Marsh have been named the 2014 Volunteers of the Year at Memorial Herman Katy Hospital.

“Both Mary Ann and Doris’ passion for helping others, as well as their dedication to Memorial Hermann Katy made them the ideal candidates for this award,” said Heather Rojas, manager of volunteer services.  “We typically pick just one volunteer of the year, but we couldn’t narrow it down this year.  Every day they both go above and beyond the call of duty.  They both deserve this honor.”

(L to R) Mary Ann Knowles and Doris Marsh

Memorial Hermann Katy staff and volunteers are responsible for nominating the Volunteer of the Year. The manager of volunteer services and a randomly selected volunteer and staff member select the winner.  In order to be nominated, an individual must meet the following criteria:

  • Active membership in the Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary.
  • Demonstrates remarkable concern for the welfare and happiness of hospital patients, staff, and other customers of the hospital.
  • Performs extraordinary acts of kindness.
  • Has a positive effect on others.
  • Willingly performs duties, as requested or identified.
  • Day-to-day performance is dependable, consistent, and people-oriented.

Knowles began volunteering at Memorial Hermann Katy in 2005. In the years since, she has dedicated more than 2,600 hours of her personal time to the hospital.  She currently serves as the Volunteer Auxiliary Treasurer. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Community Rallies Katy ISD Board of Trustees to Call Election

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Posted July 23rd 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (July 23, 2014) - It was standing room only Monday night at the Board of Trustees Work Study Meeting as more than a hundred community members attended to support the Katy ISD Bond Committee’s presentation recommending a $748 million bond package to include new campuses and student activity facilities, district-wide renovations, technology retrofits, and safety and security updates, among other items.

“Katy is a magnet for families from all over the nation because of its successful schools, communities, and businesses.  We know this area is going to continue growing and with it, the District too,” said Katy ISD Bond Committee Chair Keith Carmichael.  “Managing growth and planning for the future is a priority we cannot underestimate or ignore, and this Bond Committee recognizes this.”

For nearly four months, more than 200 Katy parents, seniors, students, and other residents came together to form the Bond Committee to review more than a hundred projects, study the District’s Long-Range Facilities Plan, assess enrollment projections and even tour campuses currently slated for renovation to determine the District’s current and future needs.

On July 16, the Committee reached a consensus on a $748 million bond which could potentially result in a one cent tax rate increase.

The Board of Trustees will have until Aug. 18 to consider the Bond Committee’s recommendation, as well as call for a Nov. 4, 2014 bond election, if approved.

For more information, visit www.katyisd.org/sites/bonds.

Katy, TX News – Seven Lakes High School Choir

Katy Texas News
Posted July 23rd 2014

Katy, TX News (July 23, 2014) - After spring auditions, “Sensations”, the Seven Lakes Show Choir, selected their members for the 2014-2015 school year.  Members include Samantha Pedrosa, Cameron Connolly, Shreya Kaul, Stone Tejada, Nataley Lucas, Gabriel Prevallet, Mindy Keahey, Emily Sanders, Benjamin Calarco, Lyndsey Burton,  Corey Standley,  Stephanie Neff, Alex Chung, and Rabiaa Nguyen.

Katy, TX News – Morton Ranch High School Student Competes in FCCLA STAR Event Competition

Katy Texas News
Posted July 21st 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (July 21, 2014) - Recent Morton Ranch High School graduate, Leema Weilein, recently earned a silver medal in the STAR Event Competition at the 2014 FCCLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio. Weilein competed in the Job Interview category, which involved developing a portfolio, honing interviewing skills, and communicating in a professional manner. Weilein made school history by being the first Morton Ranch High School FCCLA member to advance to the national level.

FCCLA offers more than 30 Family and Consumer Sciences-related events, also known as STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events. Members compete at the district, state, and national level. This year, Weilein was among more than 4,200 STAR Event participants who competed at the conference. Click here for more information on the 2014 STAR Event Competition.

Katy, TX News – Katy Resident Crowned Miss Plus America Lifetime

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Posted July 16th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 16, 2014) - Houston-area resident and 2009 Ms. Plus America, Steph DeWaegeneer, was crowned with the honorary title Miss Plus America Lifetime at the 2014 Miss Plus America Pageant™ on Friday evening, July 4, 2014 during the traditional Viva La Diva dinner party. The pageant festivities were held throughout the week at the Westin Atlanta Airport in Atlanta, GA

Women from all over the United States came to compete in three divisions (Miss, Ms., and Mrs.) in a week of preliminary competition, optional competitions, and a host of parties held in their honor. A highlight of the schedule included a break from the competition for a scavenger hunt clue chase at Lennox Sqaure, the premier shopping destination for Georgia fashionistas. This year’s delegates were also chronicled throughout the week by Time Magazine photojournalist.

Even after crowning her successor, Steph continued to support the mission of the Miss Plus America organization by emceeing state-level pageants, recruiting contestants, and serving as an Ambassador at charity events.

Ms. DeWaegeneer resides in Katy, TX and works as a professional improvisational comedian with CSz Houston, performing in their long running show ComedySportz™; and in the nationally recognized murder mystery Dinner Detective.  She also performs as voice-over talent for radio stations throughout the U.S. She is an active member of the Houston West Chamber of Commerce and Katy Lunch Bunch. She’s been married to Jim Collier an independent sales representative for Empire Today for 18 months. They have one adorable dog, named Sawyer. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Morton Ranch Junior High Principal Named Finalist in Outstanding Educator Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted July 14th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (July 14, 2014) - Morton Ranch Junior High Principal Mark McCord was recently named a finalist for the 2013-2014 Texas PTA Outstanding Educator Awards for secondary principals.

Each year, the Outstanding Educator Awards recognize teachers, principals, and superintendents from across the state who have shown that strong family-school partnership encourages student success.

The winners will be announced in late July at the Summer Leadership Seminar. For more information on the Outstanding Educator Awards, visit the Texas PTA website.

Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Recognized for High-Quality Care

Katy Texas News
Posted July 10th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 10, 2014) - Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital has received the Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Bronze Award from TMF® Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas. The award recognizes Texas hospitals that have undertaken quality initiatives to improve outcomes in patient care and improve their performance on specific national quality measures, including readmission rates.

“We are proud to have achieved this recognition. We are deeply committed to patient safety and to delivering high quality health care,” said Jim Parisi, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer, Memorial Hermann Katy.

TMF Board of Trustee Starr West, Parisi, and William Riley, M.D., Memorial Hermann Katy chief medical officer

Out of the nearly 400 hospitals evaluated, 33 earned the Texas Health Hospital Quality Improvement Gold Award. The Silver Award went to 45 hospitals, and 57 hospitals earned the Bronze Award. Hospitals receiving these awards were recognized at a special ceremony in Austin last month.

“TMF is proud to recognize these hospitals for promoting quality improvement activities and their senior management for promoting a quality culture,” said Tom Manley, CEO of TMF Health Quality Institute. “Quality improvement is a complex and demanding process, and we thank Memorial Hermann Katy for their commitment to improving the health of Texans and the efficiency of health care in our state.”

“We will continue to enhance our quality improvement efforts through our collaboration with partners like TMF Health Quality Institute to ensure that every person gets high-quality and safe care every time,” added Parisi.

 

 

Katy, TX News – Ker & Downey to Provide 9,000 Mosquito Nets, Medical Care to Remote Villages in Uganda

Katy Texas News
Posted July 10th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 10, 2014) - This July, Ker & Downey President David Marek and his wife Gana are heading to Uganda to deliver medical supplies, care, and mosquito nets to two remote villages near Mbale. This marks their sixth trip with Nets For Africa, a Ker & Downey initiative established to serve the communities of Uganda. Last year the program provided six days of clinics and gave away 9,000 mosquito nets, a goal that will be matched on the 2014 trip. Committed to an ongoing and continual effort to assist the people of Uganda, Ker & Downey has acquired warehouse space to collect mosquito nets in the town of Mbale so that nets can be distributed throughout the year.

Over 300 Ugandans succumb to malaria every day. Almost 40% of Ugandans don’t have access to clean water, and 32% do not have access to basic vaccines and medicines. “Each net protects up to four children and with 9,000 nets we will help protect 36,000 children,” notes David Marek. These treated nets cost $7 each and are a proven way to reduce a child’s exposure to malaria.

“During our six days of handing out nets, approximately 12,000 to 15,000 of mostly women and children will be examined by a doctor, have their blood tested, and then receive any medications necessary,” says Marek.

Ker & Downey underwrites 100% of the cost of the administration for this project, assuring donors that their entire donation is used to purchase nets and medical supplies. Donations can be made at nets.kerdowney.com.

To learn more about Ker & Downey, please visit www.kerdowney.com.

Katy, TX News – EY Announces Igloo Products Corp. Chairman and CEO Gary Kiedaisch is an EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ Award Finalist

Katy Texas News
Posted July 09th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 9, 2014) - EY announced on May 5, 2014 that Chairman and CEO Gary Kiedaisch of Igloo Products Corp. is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in the Gulf Coast Region. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurial leaders who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Kiedaisch was selected as a finalist from nearly 60 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the Hilton Americas Hotel – Downtown Houston.

In response to the announcement Kiedaisch said, “I am truly humbled to once again be a regional finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ award. This nomination is a testament to all of the hardworking, talented people at Igloo. The successful growth of Igloo is a direct result of their dedication and teamwork, and I would be honored to bring this award home on their behalf.”

Furthermore, Kiedaisch said, “EY does such a wonderful job spotlighting talented entrepreneurs and their companies from all over the world and highlighting the importance of entrepreneurship to our economy.”

This is Kiedaisch’s third time participating in the program. He was nominated and became a finalist for the Central West Area first in 2007. In 2013, Kiedaisch was nominated for the second time and named as a finalist for the Gulf Coast Region.

Now in its 28th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program.  Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Katy, TX News – Local Student Achieves Top ACT Score

Katy Texas News
Posted July 09th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 9, 2014) - Luis Enrique Rangel son of Ysabel and Andres Rangel and a Senior at Taylor High School in Katy, Texas earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2013, only 1,162 of 1.8 million students earned a composite score of 36.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take ACT’s optional Writing Test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

In a letter recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said, “While test scores are just one of the many criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”

ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges, and exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.

Katy, TX News – New Screening Tool for Lung Cancer Now Offered at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted July 08th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 8, 2014) - The new Lung Cancer Screening Program at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital helps individuals who are at high risk for lung cancer detect lung nodules and potential lung cancer at an early stage when the disease is more treatable and curable.

Lung cancer typically does not cause symptoms in its early stages. A persistent cough, coughing up blood, wheezing, shortness of breath, recurrent pneumonia, chest pain, hoarseness, weight loss, and bloody or rust-colored sputum, or mucus, may be signs of lung cancer.

Since lung cancer is difficult to detect in its earliest stages, it’s not often discovered until it has spread to other tissues or organs.  The good news is the United States Preventive Services Task Force recently issued its final recommendation approving low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung screenings for those at high risk of developing lung cancer. A low-dose CT is a test that takes detailed pictures inside of the lungs.  The amount of radiation used is lower than standard chest CT scans.

“The new screening test for lung cancer has shown to be useful in the early detection of lung cancer, leading to a decrease of deaths,” said Terence O’Connor, M.D., medical director of radiology at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

Up to 90 percent of all lung cancers are thought to result from smoking. In addition to cigarette smoking, cigar smoking increases risk. Non-smokers who are frequently exposed to secondhand smoke also face an increased risk. Other risk factors include: exposure to asbestos, radon, or ionizing radiation and lung scarring from chronic infections.

Screenings at Memorial Hermann Katy are now being offered to current or former smokers 55 years of age or older who have smoked the equivalent of one pack of cigarettes a day, and individuals who have any of the risk factors mentioned above.

To schedule a lung screening, call 877-704-8700.

 

 

Katy, TX News – Cinco Ranch High School Robotics Team CRyptonite Wins Texas Robotics Invitational

Katy Texas News
Posted July 08th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 8, 2014) - Cinco Ranch High School Robotics Team 624 (“CRyptonite”) won the 2014 FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Texas Robotics Invitational Tournament (TRI), which was hosted by Strake Jesuit College Preparatory on June 21.  This new off-season tournament attracted 32 teams from all over Texas. CRyptonite was Captain of the winning alliance, partnering with Team 3847 “Spectrum” from Strake Jesuit, Team 1429 “KAOS” from Galena Park ISD, and Team 5070 “Gearnotics” from Houston.

TRI also marked the debut of two brand new teams from KISD high schools: Team Ta.R.D.I.S. from Taylor HS and the Tompkins HS team. Because these teams have no robot of their own yet (teams will build 2015 robots when they receive their new challenge in January), CRyptonite set up the Taylor team with a loaner robot. They also provided a drive coach, along with help from CRyptonite team members in programming and maintaining their robot, while Team 1477, “Texas Torque” from The Woodlands did the same for the Tompkins team.

Cinco Ranch High School’s Robotics Team 624 “CRyptonite” and their robot “Sidewinder” won the first annual Texas Robotics Invitational Tournament at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory on June 21.

“The Taylor and Tompkins students had a great time experiencing the excitement of a full competition, not only running the robot, but working on it in the pit. We look forward to helping both teams in their upcoming rookie season. We’d also like to thank Texas Torque for their loaner robot and for helping the Tompkins team,” said Mike Outlaw, CRytponite Robotics Booster Club Secretary and Build Mentor.

The next off-season tournament for CRyptonite is the Indiana Robotics Invitational in Indianapolis. Held on July 18-19, this invitation-only tournament will bring together 70 of the top teams in North America.

Katy, TX News – Taylor High School Presents Fifth Annual JET Band March-A-Thon

Katy Texas News
Posted July 07th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (July 7, 2014) - This year, the Taylor High School Band continues the exciting tradition of a community parade for the neighborhoods surrounding Taylor High School starting at 8 am on Saturday, Aug. 16. The 325-member band will march through surrounding neighborhoods from 8 am to 11 am, have a lunch break at Memorial Parkway Jr. High, then continue marching from 12 pm to 3 pm, ending at Taylor High School.

Members of the band will be accepting donations for their total marching distance. In addition to pledges, for a minimum donation of $150, the entire 325-piece marching band will provide a small personal concert containing songs chosen by the individual houses or cul-de-sacs along the route (a list of songs will be provided online). These concerts and donations will take place along the parade route.

Contact JET March-A-Thon Chairman Holly Meredith at htmeredith@yahoo.com for a personal concert. Visit www.jetband.org for more information and the parade route.

Katy, TX News – Tompkins High School to Hold Cheerleader Clinic

Katy Texas News
Posted July 07th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (July 7, 2014) - The Tompkins High School Cheerleaders will hold a Cheerleader Clinic for interested students ages five through 13 on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 am to 12 pm in the Tompkins High School dance gym.

The purpose of this clinic is to give participants the opportunity to experience cheering at a high school level sporting event. Participants will learn a short cheer and dance, and will have the opportunity to perform at the annual Falcon Frenzy Pep Rally in late August.

Click here for more information or to register for this event.

Katy, TX News – More Grand Parkway Segments Move Toward Construction

Katy Texas News
Posted July 02nd 2014

Katy, TX News (July 2, 2014) - In line with the goals of improving safety, enhancing connectivity, and relieving congestion, the Texas Transportation Commission recently moved forward on additional segments of Houston’s 180-mile outer loop known as the Grand Parkway. The Commission authorized a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the development, design and construction, as well as the potential maintenance of all or part of Segments H, I-1 and I-2 of the SH 99 Grand Parkway as a design-build project.

“This design-build approach is helping expedite a critical project in the greater Houston area,” said Commissioner Jeff Moseley, Texas Transportation Commission. “These segments will enhance a dynamic transportation corridor that will help grow jobs and drive the state’s $1.5 trillion economy. I am pleased to see this project moving forward on behalf of the Houston area and the entire state of Texas.”

The project includes Segments H&I which run 37.5 miles from North US 59/I-69 to I-10 east and will include one to two lanes each direction with limited frontage roads through Montgomery and Liberty counties. It will also complete the toll lanes on Segment I-2 which runs 15.3 miles from I-10 east to SH 146. The estimated total construction cost is $1.2 billion.

Today, TxDOT has approximately 41 miles of the SH 99 Grand Parkway open to traffic, with another 38 miles anticipated to open in late 2015. When complete, the 180-mile highway will include seven counties and circle the Greater Houston region.

 

Katy, TX News – Elks Fish Fry Benefits Local Youth Scholarships

Katy Texas News
Posted July 02nd 2014

Katy, TX News (July 1, 2014) - Delicious fried fish, superb hushpuppies, and “to die for” designer fries were the order of the day at the Katy Elks Lodge when the Youth Committee, under the direction of Chair Kelly Minnick and co-chair Matthew Minnick, held its first Semi-Annual fish fry Sunday, June 29. Previously this had been an annual event in January each year, but by adding a June event to the offerings, it has now become semi-annual with the intent to be able to provide more and better scholarships to Katy’s young people.

If you missed Sunday, plan now to be at the January event. Your support goes directly to the community in the form of scholarships which are presented each May during National Elk Youth Week.

The Katy Elks thanks each of you who were able to attend. If you could not be present but would like to donate to this important endeavor, please contact Kelly through the lodge 281-392-2763 or send a check to her attention with youth Scholarships on the memo of the check (Katy Elks, 1050 Katy Fort-Bend Road, Katy, 77493).

One of the previous scholarship winners, Sydney Anderson granddaughter of Elk Wayne Harper, was present to assist with serving additional tea, more food, and provide a friendly atmosphere for diners. This is only one thing that reinforces the Elk motto:  Elks Care – Elks Share!

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Katy, TX News – The Vintage Hospital Urges Firework Safety This Fourth of July

Katy Texas News
Posted July 01st 2014

Katy, TX News (July 1, 2014) - With Independence Day just around the corner, the Emergency Department at CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Vintage Hospital urges everyone to practice safe and responsible use of fireworks. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), approximately 8,700 firework-related injuries were treated in emergency departments in 2012.

“Fireworks create a great risk for injury,” says Dr. Darrell Calderon, Section Chief, Emergency Department at CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Vintage Hospital. “Most injuries include burns on fingers, hands and legs, and eye and face injuries.”

The CPSC suggests the following safety steps:

  • Make sure the fireworks you want to buy are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees, which is hot enough to melt some metals. Always have an adult closely supervise fireworks activities if older children are allowed to handle devices.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks. Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap. After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device to prevent a trash fire.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly. Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.

“It is important for us to keep our community out of our Emergency Room,” said Dr. Calderon. “Our hope is that everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July without any incidents,” he concluded.

Katy, TX News – Board Names New Principals for Williams, Fielder Elementary Schools

Katy Texas News
Posted June 26th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (June 26, 2014) - During the regular June Board Meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the reassignment of Angelita Bateman as the new principal of Williams Elementary, and William Rhodes as the new principal of Fielder Elementary. Bateman is currently the assistant principal at Williams Elementary, and Rhodes is a Human Resources Coordinator for Katy ISD.

Bateman has been in education for 13 years and began her career as an elementary teacher in Katy ISD in 2001. She became the assistant principal of Williams Elementary in 2007. Bateman holds a bachelor’s degree in humanities and a master’s degree in elementary education.

Rhodes has been in education for 12 years and began his career as an elementary teacher in Katy ISD in 2006. He then served as an assistant principal at Fielder Elementary before beginning his current role as a Human Resources Coordinator. Rhodes holds a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in educational leadership, and is expecting to earn his Doctorate in educational administration in May 2015.

Katy, TX News – U.S. 4th Army Reunion Band Holds Free Public Concert

Katy Texas News
Posted June 26th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (June 26, 2014) - The United States 4th Army Reunion Band is holding a free public concert on June 24, 2014 at 7 pm in the Spring Branch Performing Arts Center at Houston Community College. The concert will include orchestra, jazz band, and concert band performances. Katy’s community Lone Star Symphonic Band, directed by Katy ISD Executive Director of Fine Arts Bob Bryant, will also perform with the 4th Army Band.

The 4th Army Band staffed some of America’s finest musicians during the Korean and Vietnamese Conflicts. Between the years 1950 and 1971, the band regularly performed live concerts, as well as radio shows that inspired people throughout five states of the Southwest.

Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Receives Top Rating in Schools FIRST Financial Accountability Rating System

Katy Texas News
Posted June 25th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX (June 25, 2014) - Katy ISD has earned a rating of Superior Achievement under the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) for the 2012 – 2013 fiscal year. Katy ISD has received this top rating for each of the 12 years that Texas districts have been rated through Schools FIRST.

Schools FIRST is a statewide rating system created to ensure that school districts are held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices, while achieving improved performance in the management of their financial resources. This accountability rating system assigns one of four ratings, the highest being Superior Achievement, followed by Above Standard Achievement, Standard Achievement, and Substandard Achievement. More information regarding the FIRST rating system can be found on the Texas Education Agency website.

Katy, TX News – Board Approves 2014 – 2015 Teacher Salary Schedule

Katy Texas News
Posted June 25th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (June 25, 2014) - ?During the regular June meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the new teacher salary schedule for 2014 – 2015, and an increase in pay for bus drivers and auxiliary positions C1 through C4.

The beginning teacher salary will increase 4.26 percent, and current Katy ISD teachers entering their sixth year with the District will receive a significant 7.09 percent increase.

Auxiliary positions C1 through C4 will receive an increase of $1.00 per hour for the 2014 – 2015 school year. Bus drivers will receive a $2.50 per hour increase, changing the starting salary rate from $13.75 to $16.25 per hour.

Katy, TX News – Women’s Services Floor at Memorial Hermann Katy to Undergo Facelift

Katy Texas News
Posted June 23rd 2014

Katy, TX News (June 23, 2014) - The women’s services floor at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, which includes seven labor-and-delivery rooms and 27 post-partum rooms, will undergo a facelift starting tomorrow, June 24.

“We’re always working to enhance the patient experience and that includes the aesthetics of the hospital,” said Linda Salter, RNC-OB, MSN, director of women’s and children’s services at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.  “Our new parents are with us anywhere from two to four days or longer, and we want to ensure they feel at home in their surroundings.”

Renovations include new wood vinyl flooring, sleep chairs for Dads or visiting family members, and atomic wall clocks that display room temperature.  Additionally, the walls in the unit will be adorned with lifestyle newborn and family photography.

“During the flooring install, construction crews will work around staff and patient needs so they don’t disturb the calm, quiet environment,” added Salter.

The hospital also will gift new keepsakes to families following the birth of their baby.  A time capsule stuffed with the newspaper of the day, an Aden & Anais swaddle blanket and a water bottle are just a few items that will be sent home with the family. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Named One of Healthgrades 2014 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ Recipients

Katy Texas News
Posted June 19th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 19, 2014) - Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital announced today that it has achieved Healthgrades 2014 Patient Safety Excellence Award, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.  The distinction places Memorial Hermann Katy within the top 10 percent of all hospitals for its excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stays.

“The most important thing we can do for our patients is to keep them safe while in our care,” said Scott Barbe, CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy.  “This recognition is a testament to the daily commitment our employees and medical staff make to provide high-quality and safe patient care.”

When compared to hospitals performing in the bottom 5 percent for patient safety, patients treated in Healthgrades 2014 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals, on average, were:

  • 73 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital compared to hospitals ranked in the bottom 5 percent in the nation.
  • 72 percent less likely to experience a hip fracture following surgery compared to hospitals ranked in the bottom 5 percent in the nation.
  • 67 percent less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital compared to hospitals ranked in the bottom 5 percent in the nation.

“Healthgrades is dedicated to providing quality information that helps consumers make decisions based on objective data leading to the best care for themselves and their families,” said Evan Marks, Executive Vice President, Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades. “Consumers can rest assured that a hospital recognized with a Healthgrades 2014 Patient Safety Excellence Award has demonstrated an established commitment to patient safety.” (more…)

Katy ISD Residency Requirements and School Boundaries

Katy Texas News
Posted June 18th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News - At the time of registration, parents must bring proof of residence dated within the past 30 days, showing the parent/guardian’s name and street address.  A recent utility bill (electric, water, or gas), a house or apartment lease agreement, or an earnest money or purchase contract and a letter from a mortgage company indicating loan approval or proof from the home builder/realtor of cash payment verification.

Notice: It is a felony to falsify residency information for enrollment purposes (Texas State Penal Code, Section 27.10).
Attendance zone information for all Katy ISD schools can be found by using the Attendance Zone Locator.  You can search by a specific subdivision or apartment complex, or you can select a campus and see what subdivisions it serves.

The following items may also be required based on residency status:

  • Exhibit C: Application for Determination of Minor’s Bona Fide Residence – student is not living with a parent or legal guardian.
  • Exhibit E: Temporary Power of Attorney – student is not living with a parent or legal guardian; may also need step-parent to complete.
  • Exhibit F: Affidavit of Student Admission Information (for nonresident student in a grandparent’s after-school care) – enrolling based on grandparent’s address and after-school care – need Exhibit G as well.
  • Exhibit G: Affidavit of Grandparent’s After-School Care (for nonresident student ) – enrolling based on grandparent’s address and after-school care – need Exhibit F as well.
  • Exhibit H:  Affidavit of Bona Fide Residence – to be completed by the person whose name is on the utility bill, for situations in which the student and parent reside with another family – need Exhibit I as well.
  • Exhibit I: Parent’s/Guardian’s Assurance of Bona Fide Residence - to be completed by the parent when his/her name is not on the utility bill, for situations in which the student and parent reside with another family – need Exhibit H as well. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann Medical Group Opens New Firethorne Location

Katy Texas News
Posted June 16th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 16, 2014) - Board-certified family medicine physician Joshua DeFriece, M.D., of Memorial Hermann Medical Group (MHMG) is anchoring the newest MHMG location at Firethorne.

Dr. DeFriece provides highly personalized care for patients of all ages. Among the many conditions he treats, his special interests include preventive medicine, chronic disease management, and acute care.

Patients can find the new Firethorne location at 2750 FM 1463, Suite 100, in Katy, TX 77494.  Appointments may be scheduled by calling 832-658-3010, or online through ScheduleNow at mhmg.memorialhermann.org.

Memorial Hermann Medical Group Firethorne is the newest location of MHMG, a physician-led subsidiary of Memorial Hermann Health System.  Practicing within MHMG allows physicians to focus on each patient’s personal healthcare needs while drawing on the resources, innovations and technological advancements of a well-respected health system.

Joshua DeFriece, M.D., of Memorial Hermann Medical Group

Joshua DeFriece, M.D., of Memorial Hermann Medical Group

Katy, TX News – New Video Service Helps Parents Capture Baby’s First Days of Life

Katy Texas News
Posted June 13th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 13, 2014) - Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital now offers new parents the personal, private opportunity to capture and preserve their baby’s first moments of life on video.

With more than 25,000 births every year, Memorial Hermann was the first in Houston to offer this free, electronic service.

“We believe this new service is a great way for parents to relax and focus on their new baby, and not on their cameras,” said Linda Salter, director of women’s and children’s services at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. “Parents have already told us they are excited to have such an expert product to show friends and family.”

Shawna and Violet Reeder

Courtesy of Memorial Hermann’s partner, Biovideo®, each family receives a fully customized video capturing the highlights of a newborn’s arrival. Following strict guidelines with a clear understanding of the medical components, a professional team of digital photographers unobtrusively films precious moments and emotions documenting the mother’s first minutes with the baby and the baby’s introduction to the rest of the family.

“The Biovideo team was very warm and extremely flexible as they captured Violet’s first moments in our arms and hearts,” said Memorial Hermann Katy patient and new mom Shawna Reeder. “We love the final product and can’t wait to show it to Violet when she’s older.” (more…)

Katy, TX News – Leadercast Katy Supports the Katy ISD Education Foundation

Katy Texas News
Posted June 13th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 13, 2014) - On May 9, Katy Area leaders joined together for a day of inspiration from nine, world-renowned leaders while benefiting the Katy ISD Education Foundation. This year’s theme, Beyond You, challenged leaders to leverage their influence for the sake of others. As Leadercast so aptly describes their mission, “We believe the world is missing out. We could all be learning more. Living out our purpose. Leading and being led by people who inspire and enlighten us, give us strength and allow us to grow. Leadercast was built on a belief that the world needs better leaders—leaders worth following.” In keeping with the Beyond You theme, the proceeds of Leadercast Katy were donated to an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of young people.

The Katy ISD Education Foundation’s mission is to provide resources to enrich teaching, inspire learning, and enhance opportunities for students enrolled in Katy ISD. The organization strives to unite our community while providing a competitive advantage for Katy ISD students and teachers through targeted investments in our schools. This May, $209,599 for Inspiring Imagination grants was awarded to teachers at 26 different campus locations. Leadercast Katy is pleased to join the community in supporting the Katy ISD Education Foundation. The proceeds from this year’s event, $2,250, enables two additional teacher grants to be fulfilled next year. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Galaxy Fireworks Partners with Local Schools and Students

Katy Texas News
Posted June 12th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 12, 2014) – Galaxy Fireworks partners with Morton Ranch High School’s Maverick Band and Band Booster Organization throughout peak firework season, serving and assisting as the band’s main fundraiser for the year. Band Director Kyle Coleman says, “In today’s economy, raising the necessary funds to establish a top quality band program is extremely difficult.”

Through their partnership with Galaxy Fireworks, the Maverick Band is able to raise a significant amount of funds for their program. During firework season, eager students in the Morton Ranch High School band staff the Galaxy Fireworks warehouse west of Westgreen Road and I-10.

Galaxy Fireworks collaborates with the schools in various ways. The company offers volunteer hours to students within the community. For many student volunteers, Galaxy Fireworks is their first experience in a work place environment, and it allows them to gain experience in customer service, sales, time management, and understanding the importance of product knowledge. Galaxy Fireworks awards a scholarship to a graduating senior whom shows strong leadership skills and dedication to education and extracurricular activities.

This year, a scholarship of $1,000 was awarded to this year’s recipient, Ernesto Martinez. Martinez plans to attend the University of Houston in the Fall. He has also been hired by Galaxy as a daytime store manager to further help finance his college tuition and further grow his workplace skills. The 2013 recipient, Mathew Korioth, recently finished his freshman year at Texas A&M.

Pictured is Desiree Urrutia, 2013 recipient Matthew Korioth (who attends school at Texas A&M), 2014 recipient Ernesto Marinez, Tony Urrutia.

 

 

Katy, TX News – Texas Children’s Hospital Ranks #2 Nationally in Cardiology and Heart Surgery

Katy Texas News
Posted June 11th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 11, 2014) - Texas Children’s Hospital has again been recognized as a national leader in cardiology and heart surgery among pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. Improving their national ranking, Texas Children’s Heart Center placed second nationally in the Best Children’s Hospitals 2014-15 survey. To learn more about Texas Children’s Heart Center please visit texaschildrens.org/heart.

For more than half a century, the integrated, multidisciplinary team has combined cutting-edge technology with compassion and a family-centered approach to treat more than 17,000 children with congenital heart defects and perform more than 800 surgeries annually.

“We are thrilled that the dedicated work and passionate care our team provides children with heart diseases and defects has been recognized with this high ranking,” said Dr. Charles D. Fraser Jr., chief of congenital heart surgery and surgeon-in-chief at Texas Children’s Hospital. “We continually strive to improve the quality of care for our cardiac patients by tracking our outcomes and remaining committed to developing innovative cardiac interventions and surgical treatment options to ensure optimum results and outcomes for our patients.”

Texas Children’s Heart Center cardiologists and surgeons are world-renowned leaders in pediatric cardiology, congenital heart surgery, and cardiovascular anesthesiology, and offer every procedure available for the treatment of pediatric heart diseases and defects for children of all ages, including preterm and low-birth-weight newborns. Some of the services offered by the Heart Center include cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology, diagnostic and cardiac imaging, adult congenital heart disease treatment, congenital heart surgery, cardiac nursing, cardiac critical care (cardiovascular intensive care unit), and heart transplantation. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Texas Children’s Hospital Ranks 4th Among Nation’s Best Pediatric Hospitals

Katy Texas News
Posted June 10th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 10, 2014) - Texas Children’s Hospital is honored to be consistently named as a national leader among pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. In the 2014 – 2015 edition of Best Children’s Hospitals, Texas Children’s ranked fourth among all 183 pediatric institutions surveyed nationally and is one of only 10 hospitals to achieve the Honor Roll designation. Additionally, Texas Children’s is the only hospital in Texas – and the entire Southern region of the U.S. – awarded the Honor Roll distinction. For more information, visit usnews.texaschildrens.org.

“Renowned worldwide for our expertise and breakthrough developments in clinical care and research, we are thrilled that U.S. News continually recognizes Texas Children’s Hospital as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country,” said Mark A. Wallace, president and CEO of Texas Children’s Hospital. “This is a testament to our organization’s focus on quality and safety, as well as to the dedication our staff and employees have to our mission of leading in patient care, education, and research.”

In addition to ranking children’s hospitals overall, U.S. News also ranks the top 50 pediatric hospitals across 10 major subspecialties. This year, Texas Children’s was ranked in the top 10 for nine out of 10 categories. Receiving high rankings in a minimum of three specialties qualifies Texas Children’s for the 2014 – 2015 Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll, a distinction awarded to only 10 pediatric hospitals nationwide. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Earns ACR Accreditation

Katy Texas News
Posted June 10th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 10, 2014) - Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). CT scanning — sometimes called CAT scanning — is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, and blood clots.

“The American College of Radiology sets very rigorous, high-quality standards,” said Steve Dinwiddie, director of imaging for Memorial Hermann Katy. “This accreditation illustrates our commitment to providing the best possible imaging services for our patients.”

Steve Dinwiddie, Director of Imaging, and Lamont Amos, CT Tech

ACR’s gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is only awarded to facilities that meet ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Participates in Summer Food Service Program

Katy Texas News
Posted June 10th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (June 10, 2014) – Summer is just around the corner and parents may be thinking about what their child will do for meals when school is out. This summer, Katy ISD will again participate in the USDA Summer Food Program at five District schools.

The program is free of charge to any child under the age of 18, and includes breakfast service. Lunch and breakfast will only be served to children who come and eat in the school cafeteria.

Hutsell Elementary: June 16 – July 9
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Stephens Elementary: June 16 – July 9
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Cinco Ranch High School Chorale Invited to Perform at Texas Music Educators Association Convention

Katy Texas News
Posted June 10th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News - The Cinco Ranch High School Chorale was recently selected as a 2015 Performing Choir by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). This year, 33 school choirs from across the state submitted CDs for evaluation by a panel of judges, which included university music professors.

The panel unanimously chose the Cinco Ranch High School Chorale to perform at the 2015 TMEA Convention to be held in February at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

This is the highest honor that a choir in Texas can receive, and marks the first time that a high school choir from Katy ISD has received a second TMEA performance invitation. Director Dorothy Wilson also had the honor of conducting the CRHS Chorale in performance at the 2008 Convention.

Katy, TX News – Harrison & Bethke Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Give Kids A Smile

Katy Texas News
Posted June 09th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 9, 2014) - Harrison & Bethke Family and Cosmetic Dentistry hosted Give Kids A Smile Day. Give Kids A Smile program is a way for dentists to join in the community and provide dental services to underserved children. The dentists and team members at Harrison & Bethke Family and Cosmetic Dentistry volunteered their time and services to provide screenings, treatments, and education to forty-two Katy area children. The team performed $19,000 work of dental work for free with the support of the following sponsors: FastSigns, Pizza Hut, Selah Medi-Spa, Bagel Café, Brammer’s Athletic Sportswear, HEB, Chic-Fil-A, Jason’s Deli, Wal-Mart, and Red Bull.

 

Katy, TX News – Mischer Neuroscience Associates Now Seeing Patients in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted June 06th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 6, 2014) – Mischer Neuroscience Associates (MNA), a network of outpatient clinics affiliated with the Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann – the largest and most comprehensive neuroscience program in Texas, is pleased to announce neurosurgeon Baraa Al-Hafez, M.D. is now seeing patients in Katy.  With expertise in both cranial and spine surgery, Dr. Al-Hafez can treat a variety of conditions ranging from brain tumors to lumbar degenerative disease.

Baraa Al-Hafez, M.D.

Dr. Al-Hafez received his medical degree at Tishreen University Medical School in Syria and followed up with a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at The University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.  He completed his general surgery internship at The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock and his neurosurgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.  During his residency, he received the Kinjiro Iwata Award for excellence and leadership.  He went on to complete his fellowship in neurosurgery at UTHealth Medical School. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Emily Couch Joins Professional Golfers in the Shell Houston Open Pro-Junior Event

Katy Texas News
Posted June 04th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 4, 2014) – Emily Couch, a sophomore at Katy High School, is a member of the varsity golf team. During the 2014 school year, Couch was selected to play in the Shell Houston Open Pro-Junior Event, which is organized through the Houston Golf Association. She was paired with professional golfer Brandon Grace of South Africa and two male golfers Case Garrison and Sean Cleland. The foursome shot a score of 31, taking first place in the event.

Emily Couch

Katy, TX News – Student Wins Phillips 66 Scholarship

Katy Texas News
Posted June 04th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 4, 2014) - One high school senior will receive a $16,000 college scholarship from the Phillips 66 Dependent Scholarship Program. The competitive program awards outstanding collegebound students whose parents work for Phillips 66 or one of its subsidiaries. The awards are based on academic excellence, community service, and financial need.

The company announced Ana Hernandez of Katy as honoree this year. Ana, daughter of Phillips 66 employee Francisco Hernandez, is a senior at Seven Lakes High School.

“This scholarship program reflects Phillips 66′s commitment to the communities where we live and operate and builds on our corporate vision of improving lives,” said Claudia Kreisle Phillips 66 Director, Contributions and Community Engagement. Phillips 66 is a growing energy manufacturing and logistics company with high-performing Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties businesses, headquartered in Houston. “We congratulate Ana on her achievements inside and outside the classroom and wish her every success in college,” Kreisle said.  (more…)

Katy, TX News – Groundbreaking Ceremony for Largest Gallery Furniture Showroom in Houston

Katy Texas News
Posted June 03rd 2014

Katy, TX News (June 3, 2014) - Gallery Furniture officially broke ground on the new Gallery Furniture Fort Bend/Grand Parkway on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

Jim “Mack” McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture, along with Keenon Rayner of Identity Architects, Dave Cannon of Trend Development, Ft. Bend County Precinct 4 Commissioner James Patterson, and Yvonne Tuttle Streit of The Brookwood Community, were on hand to welcome Gallery Furniture to the Long Meadow Farms and Fort Bend County community.


Festivities included a special appearance from the Brookwood Community hand bell choir and ended with a surprise skywriter that will landscape the Houston skies this afternoon with #gfgp, a social media hashtag that will lead to information and renderings for the new Gallery Furniture location.

The store, which will be the third and largest Gallery Furniture location in Houston, is expected to open in late November/December and will be located at The Market at Long Meadow Farms, 7301 W. Grand Parkway South, Richmond, TX 77407 (next to the Santikos Palladium theater). (more…)

Katy, TX News – Local Katy Student Heads to Haiti Prior to George Washington University

Katy Texas News
Posted June 03rd 2014

Katy, TX News (June 3, 2014) – Koralie Barrau, a 2014 graduate of Katy’s James E. Taylor High School, will spend part of her summer on a service project working with YWCA Haiti. Barrau, who was a part of Taylor High School’s National Honor Society, a distinguished scholar with 54 hours of community service under her belt, and an active member of the French Club and Key Club, has felt a strong connection to Haiti her whole life, especially after the 2010 earthquake took the life of her beloved grandmother.

Koralie Barrau, a graduate of James E. Taylor High School’s class of 2014

Throughout high school, Barrau attended multiple leadership conferences and was a student council representative. She proudly co-edited the Taylor High School 2014 year book and is the proud recipient of the 2014 yearbook award. In the Fall of 2014, Barrau will attend George Washington University’s school of Media and Public Affairs. She plans to major in broadcast journalism and international relations.

 

 

Katy, TX News – Raising Awareness of Chronic Wounds

Katy Texas News
Posted June 02nd 2014

Katy, TX News (June 2, 2014) - The Wound Care Center ® at Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital-Katy, a member of the Healogics network, is participating in the first Healogics National Wound Care Awareness Week held June 2 – 6, 2014.

“As one of the leading hospitals in the area offering therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds, Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital-Katy, is pleased to join the awareness campaign,” said Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Mary Ann Euliarte, at Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital-Katy.

Chronic wounds affect millions of people in the U.S. and the incidence is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and the late effects of radiation therapy. “One of our greatest concerns, is that untreated, chronic wounds can lead to a diminished quality of life, including the possibility of amputation of the affected limb,” said Dr. Ebba Tsinopoulos, medical director, Wound Care Center, Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital-Katy.

“There are many patients living with non-healing wounds who are unaware of treatments available in their local communities,” said D. Scott Covington, M.D., Healogics, Inc., chief medical director. “Adjunctive therapies for appropriate patients can help heal wounds faster than traditional methods. We want to make advanced wound care available to all patients who would benefit but we must educate the communities we serve about the services we offer.”  (more…)

Katy, TX News – Rover Oaks Pet Resort Launches Operation: War Dogs

Katy Texas News
Posted May 29th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 29, 2014) - Rover Oaks Pet Resort has officially launched  its fourth annual month-long donation drive, Operation: War Dogs, to support non-profit organization United States War Dogs Association (USWDA).  The drive officially began on Memorial Day and ends on Independence Day, July 4, 2014.  Last year, Rover Oaks raised over $15,000 for USWDA through Operation: War Dogs.

USWDA exists to provide much needed support to the Military Working Dogs serving in the United States Armed Forces. They facilitate adoptions of retiring War Dogs; support returning troops and service dog organizations such as Military Working Dogs, Police K-9 units, and Search and Rescue units; establish War Dog Memorials, and educate the public on the history of all U. S. Military War Dogs from all wars.

During Operation: War Dogs, donors can stop by Rover Oaks Pet Resort in Houston near Reliant Stadium or Rover Oaks Katy near Katy Mills mall to make a contribution or mail a check to Rover Oaks made out to United States War Dogs Association.  Rover Oaks will be giving away a free night of lodging at their facilities to every donor who contributes $100.  Donations of $25 will receive a commemorative army dog tag necklace or USWDA bandana.  In addition, Rover Oaks will decorate their facilities with patriotic paw prints presenting the names of the clients and community members who contribute to USWDA.  Every dollar counts and anyone interested in donating is encouraged to stop by either Rover Oaks location to make a contribution in their name or in honor of a soldier or war dog they wish to recognize.  These donations will provide an abundance of critically needed items including K9 medications, food, grooming tools, bedding, and other necessities. The donations also cover travel costs and facilitate adoptions to bring our war dogs home. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Simon Kidgits Club® Welcomes All to Annual Super Duper Lil Chefs Event

Katy Texas News
Posted May 29th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 29, 2014) - Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG), a leading global retail real estate company, is stirring up tasty fun for families as Simon Kidgits Club Super Duper Lil ChefsSM makes its annual appearance at Katy Mills on Saturday, June 7 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the AMC Plaza. Lil Chefs events are being presented at approximately 100 Simon® shopping centers nationwide to get kids learning about the craft of cooking and having fun with food.

The hands-on atmosphere of Simon Kidgits Club Super Duper Lil Chefs will engage both parents and children in exploring the endless imaginative possibilities of pairing creativity with cuisine. The event menu offers a variety of food-focused festivities ranging from cooking demonstrations to etiquette lessons and craft-making with meal items. Other food-inspired activities include pasta art, lollipop flowers, cereal jewelry making, and cookie decorating sponsored by Great American Cookie.

Additionally, Simon Kidgits Club® is teaming up with Lil Chefs presenting sponsor Warner Bros. Home Entertainment for the launch of Sophia Grace & Rosie’s Royal Adventure, coming to DVD, Blu-ray™, and Digital HD Tuesday, May 20. The super-cute, talented two-some of Sophia Grace and Rosie sang and danced their way to stardom on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and now families can see the little, lovable performers in their first original live-action movie. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Local Businesses Plant Seeds of Support in Branding Campaign Initiative

Katy Texas News
Posted May 28th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 28, 2014) - “Katy – Energy Grows Here” is taking on a literal meaning at the entrance of the PetroSkills Conference Center. A proud supporter of the Katy Area Economic Development Council’s place brand initiative, PetroSkills is one of the first area businesses to purchase a planter specific to the Katy brand.

Donna England, PetroSkills Conference Center Manager, says she is looking forward to seeing the Katy brand develop throughout the area. “We feel this will further enhance greater Katy and are proud to showcase how ‘Energy Grows Here’.” The planters prominently display the brand logo along with the sponsoring business’ name. The conference center’s planter boasts a beautiful array of seasonal flowers and an ornamental tree.

Lance LaCour, Katy Area Economic Development Council CEO (Center), Donna England, PetroSkills Conference Center Manager (4th from left) and Don Massey, Katy Mills Mall General Manager and KAEDC Place Brand Committee Member (5th from right) are flanked by oil and gas industry professionals attending training sessions at the Katy Conference Center. These professionals represent 7 different countries and were excited to be part of the “Energy Grows Here” moment!

For the past three years, the Katy Area Economic Development Council has been working on a major place-based branding project designed to capture and articulate the defining characteristics of Katy, as well as to provide a graphic platform for key city assets to have a cohesive look and feel. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Fund for Teachers Announces Houston 2014 Fellows

Katy Texas News
Posted May 23rd 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (May 23, 2014) - ?This summer, a select group of Katy ISD teachers will participate in the Fund for Teachers Fellows program, traveling to destinations like London, Spain, France, and Costa Rica to embark on self-designed learning experiences that they will bring home to Katy ISD classrooms. A total of eight Katy ISD teachers have been selected among only 46 in the Greater-Houston area for the grant program.?

This year’s Fund for Teachers 2014 Fellows are:

  • Stephanie Aromy and Charlotte Cook, Kilpatrick Elementary – Aromy and Cook will explore locations from Paris to the Seine Valley that inspired renowned Impressionists such as Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Cezanne, and Pissarro, to guide students’ discovery of the artists within themselves.
  • Mary Batycki, Stephanie Cantu, Jennifer Chapman, and Leigh Ann Sublette, Alexander Elementary – This group will participate in the Teachers College Summer Reading Program at Columbia University in New York City to develop the Readers’ Workshop model school-wide and train colleagues and parents for maximum student achievement.
  • Nancy Bradley and Kristen Brennan, Exley Elementary – Bradley will participate in the Teachers College Summer Writing Institute at Columbia University in New York City to train two elementary school staffs in the implementation of a writing workshop model that creates 21st century writers. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Faith West Academy Science Teacher Receives Grant

Katy Texas News
Posted May 23rd 2014

Katy, TX News (May 23, 2014) - Beth Coalson, Faith West Academy science teacher, has been awarded a $4,986 grant from Fund for Teachers. The grant will allow Coalson to research, across Western Europe, the great scientists of the 16th-19th centuries during the summer. Coalson will place an emphasis on physics, experimental science, and technology. “Fund for Teachers bridges the gap between what teachers have and what students need to advance academically,” said Karen Webb, Fund for Teachers’ executive director. “Fellows turn our initial investment into broadened perspectives and engaged learning – for themselves and their students. The result is a transformed career and classroom.”

Beth Coalson, Faith West Academy science teacher

One can follow Coalson’s  journey (June 7 – 21) daily on her blog, sciencethenandnow.wordpress.com, as she will discuss adventures in seeing history firsthand  (i.e. Galileo’s telescope, Newton’s principia and the apple tree on his estate, and Leonardo da Vinci’s original notebook pages). (more…)

Katy, TX News – Langford Market to Open Saturday May 24, 2014

Katy Texas News
Posted May 22nd 2014

Katy, TX News (May 22, 2014) - Langford Market, the Houston local women’s clothing boutique will be opening at La Centerra in Katy, Texas on Saturday May, 24. The Katy location will be located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. Suite E140. Langford Market will be open Monday through Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm.

Langford Market provides a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, offering carefully chosen, classically feminine clothing, accessories, and gifts. They emphasize authenticity, quality, and impeccable service in a friendly and welcoming setting. Most importantly, they strive to help you select the perfect wardrobe, complete with dynamic finishing touches that will highlight your personality and make you feel beautiful and unique.

Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Partners with Veterans of Foreign Wars to Celebrate Memorial Day

Katy Texas News
Posted May 19th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 19, 2014) - The Katy Independent School District has partnered with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9182 to celebrate Memorial Day throughout the District on May 26 with a variety of campus activities that will educate students and staff on the importance of this national holiday.

“The Board of Trustees and I understand how important Memorial Day is for our families and staff,” Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey said.  “Because school will be in session, we have been presented with a unique opportunity to create a day of instruction and learning that will include honoring fallen soldiers at campuses and District offices.”

Local veterans representing community members and staff will be at various campuses across Katy to lead the Pledges of Allegiance in the morning. They will also visit history and social studies classrooms throughout the day to share their experiences while serving our country and personally encourage all students and staff to value their freedom and honor those who died to protect it.

Additionally, the Katy Veterans Memorial Service at Katy Magnolia Cemetery will be broadcast live at many Katy ISD campuses.  “For those who served, this is a day with deep emotional roots,” said Katy VFW Post Commander Gary Drahos.  “It is a day for us all to honor those who lost their lives helping to preserve the freedoms Americans enjoy today.”

Through the years, the VFW Post 9182 has also recognized servicemen on Memorial Day weekend by placing U.S. flags at the grave sites of soldiers, airmen, and sailors, and by hosting a memorial service.

 

Katy, TX News – Mayde Creek High School Students Receive Statewide Award

Katy Texas News
Posted May 16th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (May 16, 2014) - Humanities Texas recently announced that five students from Mayde Creek High School are among the winners of the Humanities Texas inaugural President’s Vision poster contest.

Sarah Mavad and Megan Myers won a first-place prize for their poster on Lyndon B. Johnson, Akrama Khan and Fatema Shipchandler won a second-place prize for their posters on John Adams and Woodrow Wilson, and Sophia Carrico won a third-place prize for her poster on Franklin D. Roosevelt. All five individuals are students in Penny Rosas’s eleventh-grade class at Mayde Creek High School.

In order to participate in the President’s Vision poster contest, students had to identify the “vision” of a U.S. president and use explanatory text and primary sources to illustrate how that president pursued his vision during his time in office.

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Katy, TX News – Construction Ramps Up at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted May 15th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 15, 2014) - Construction on the new six-story patient tower and second medical plaza is now underway at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and officials are encouraging visitors to plan ahead and utilize on-site resources, including directional signage, to navigate around the campus.

To facilitate construction equipment and crews on the building sites, hospital officials have temporarily relocated the bulk of visitor parking to the north side, or backside, of the campus. During this time, patients visiting Medical Plaza I should park in the northwest corner of the campus, while those visiting the hospital should park in the northeast corner of the campus.  Handicap spots and dedicated parking for laboring moms are still in close proximity to the hospital and medical plaza entrances.

Directional signage has been installed around the campus to guide visitors to the appropriate lots.  Additionally, the hospital is running a shuttle for those who need help getting to and from their vehicles.  Visitors can call 281-644-7130 to access the shuttle service.

“This is an exciting time for Memorial Hermann and Katy area residents,” said Scott Barbe, CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.  “The expansion will enable us to better meet the wide-ranging health needs of our community.”

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Katy, TX News – Principals Discuss Technology and Safety Needs; Transportation Department Talks Costs and Services

Katy Texas News
Posted May 14th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 14, 2014) - At the May 8 Bond Committee meeting, Katy ISD principals discussed the technology and safety needs on their campuses. Committee members also heard presentations on transportation and portable needs within the District, and shared observations from the April 30 facility tours.

This week committee members get to work on reviewing cost estimates for all the District-wide needs presented to them for their consideration over the course of the past five weeks. These needs include: school and student activity facilities, renovations and replacements, technology, safety and security, and transportation.

The next Bond Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, May 15 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Meetings are open to the public to listen and observe. For more information, agendas, and presentations from the meetings, visit the Katy ISD Bond webpage.

Katy, TX News – Compassion Katy and Houston Habitat for Humanity Announce Partnership

Katy Texas News
Posted May 13th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 13, 2014) - Compassion Katy and Houston Habitat for Humanity announced they have formed a partnership to begin a program in Katy, Texas. Compassion Katy Executive Director Diane Walker and Houston Habitat for Humanity Development Manager Jerry Kovaly made the announcement following recent discussions between the two organizations.

“We are completely thrilled,” stated Walker. “The opportunity to partner with a great team like Houston Habitat to bless a Katy family with a decent, affordable place to live offers a great opportunity to make dreams come true and share Christ’s love.”

Compassion Katy is a registered not-for-profit (501c3) organization committed to developing and mobilizing partnerships between churches and the community within Katy, Texas to serve in the name of Jesus. Houston Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities, and hope.

“This partnership offers a unique opportunity for Houston Habitat,” Kovaly said. “Not only are we extending our reach beyond geographical Houston, but in joining with Compassion Katy we are mobilizing a community through its churches’ volunteers, partners and supporters.”

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Katy, TX News – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation Announces Katy ISD Winners

Katy Texas News
Posted May 12th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (May 12, 2014) - The National Merit Scholarship Corporation last week announced the 2014 winners of the prestigious $2500 National Merit Scholarship. A total of 10 Katy ISD students were named among only 2,500 designees across the nation.

Katy ISD’s National Merit Scholarship winners are:

  • Joey Gu, Cinco Ranch High School; probable career field: biochemical engineering
  • Austin Kuo, Taylor High School; probable career field: chemical engineering
  • Sarina Madhavan, Cinco Ranch High School; probable career field: biomedical engineering
  • Ojas Potnis, Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: medicine
  • Anthony Qi, Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: corporate finance
  • Dhanatcha Sadetaporn, Taylor High School; probable career field: medicine
  • Siddharth Seethepalli, Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: computer science
  • Vidisha Srivastav, Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: bioengineering
  • Catherine Wu, Cinco Ranch High School; probable career field: medicine
  • Jonathan Zong, Taylor High School; probable career field: computer science

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Election Day for Positions 3, 4, and 5

Katy Texas News
Posted May 09th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 9, 2014) - Election Day for Positions 3, 4, and 5 on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees is Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 10 various polling sites across the District:

KATY ISD VOTING
PRECINCT

COUNTY
PRECINCT(S)

POLLING
PLACE

1

Ft. Bend – 3006, 3038, 3142,
3143, 3144

Seven Lakes High School
9251 S. Fry Rd.
Katy, Texas 77494

2

Ft. Bend – 3004, 3122, 3130,
3132, 3133

Cinco Ranch High School

23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Katy, Texas 77494

3

Ft. Bend – 3014

Harris – 639 Ward A

Waller – 420

City of Katy Municipal Building

910 Avenue C

Katy, Texas 77493

4

Harris County – 119, 149,

639 Ward B

Waller – 418, 419

Katy Municipal Court Building

5432 Franz Rd.

Katy, Texas 77493

5

Harris – 362, 619, 644

Memorial Parkway Jr. High

21203 Highland Knolls

Katy, Texas 77450

6

Harris – 400, 509, 522, 547,

751, 772, 993

Taylor High School

20700 Kingsland Blvd.

Katy, Texas 77450

7

Harris – 95, 120, 283,

461, 711

Wolfe Elementary

502 Addicks-Howell Rd.

Houston, Texas 77079

8

Harris – 305, 603, 618, 720,

813, 877

1005, 1061

Morton Ranch High School

21000 Franz Rd.

Katy, Texas 77449

9

Harris – 463, 521, 589, 804

879, 992, 1006

Mayde Creek High School

19202 Groeschke Rd.

Houston, Texas 77084

10

Harris – 398, 517,

523, 621, 622, 650, 771

Bear Creek Elementary

4815 Hickory Downs

Houston, Texas 77084

 

For more information on the candidates and the polling locations and times, view the 2014 Voter’s Guide on the Katy ISD website.

Katy, TX News – VLK Architects to Design Two Schools in Katy ISD

Katy Texas News
Posted April 30th 2014

Katy, TX News (April 30, 2014) - Katy ISD trustees approved VLK Architects to provide design services associated with elementary school #38 within Cinco Ranch Northwest Subdivision and elementary school #39 adjacent to Ventana Lakes Subdivision. The new elementary campuses will be designed to accommodate 1,030 students in grades pre-K through 5th grade to address the increased growth occurring in Katy ISD.

According to VLK Principal Todd Lien, AIA, “VLK looks forward to working with Katy ISD administrators and staff to develop plans for the new elementary schools, and provide the growing Katy community with age-appropriate, student-centric learning environments that are flexible, sustainable, secure, and integrated with the latest technology to serve the needs of the next generation of learners.”

VLK previously participated in a 21st century Learning Symposium hosted by the District to discuss ideas and examples of learning environments that are being designed and built in districts around the country and the state. Among the many items that were discussed were how these concepts could be designed into new schools for Katy ISD.

Approval of VLK Architects came at the recommendation of superintendent Alton Frailey, chief operations officer Thomas Gunnell, and district architect Peter McElwain. Trustees approved the measure as part of the board’s consent agenda.

Katy, TX News – Tompkins FFA Qualifies for Texas FFA State Career Development Event

Katy Texas News
Posted April 30th 2014

Katy, TX News (April 30, 2014) - Members of the Tompkins FFA chapter traveled to Huntsville, TX April 10th to compete in the Area III Farm Business Management Career Development Event.

Tompkins’ Farm Business Management team qualified for the state competition by finishing first in one of the state’s 10 area competitions. 12,700 students began the statewide tournament in 28 different events, which reflect classroom instruction in basic technical, leadership, interpersonal, and teamwork skills.

Tompkins FFA placed first in the Farm Business Management Contest. Team members included:

  • Jessica Stokan- 1st High Individual
  • Quyen Doan- 3rd High Individual
  • Mollie Franklin- 14th High Individual

The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA associations with a membership of 103,000 active FFA members. On average there are approximately 18 schools per district. FFA programs teach skills in leadership, career development, and personal growth. FFA gives students the opportunity to practically apply classroom knowledge to real-world experiences through local, state, and national competitions.

Katy, TX News – Koko FitClub of Houston Area Announces Winners of “Ultimate Transformation Giveaway”

Katy Texas News
Posted April 22nd 2014

Katy, TX News (April 22, 2014) - Koko FitClub, which has gained the reputation as “The World’s First Digital Gym,” hosted the “Ultimate Transformation Giveaway” as an incentive for local men and women to commit to becoming fit or fitter this year. Five winners were chosen randomly from entries submitted through the contest conducted on Koko FitClub’s Houston area locations Facebook pages. The Ultimate Transformation Giveaway prize packages are valued at approximately $2,500 each and include a membership to Koko FitClub, nutritional foods and supplements, and massages for 12 full months, beginning March 2014.

The Koko FitClub Katy winner and prize package are listed below.

  • Koko’s Katy locations (19901 Kingsland Blvd. and 23010 Seven Meadows Pkwy.) presented winner Laura Ritchie with a yearlong Koko FitClub membership, smoothies from Smart Drinks & Nutrition, massages from Concierge Massage, and healthy meal options from Chick-fil-A on Mason Road or Chick-fil-A Cinco Ranch.

    Laura with Travis Denson, co-owner of Koko FitClubs in the Houston area

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Katy, TX News – Educators to Receive Walter Kase Teacher Excellence Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted April 21st 2014

Katy, TX News (April 21, 2014) - Three Houston-area educators have been chosen to receive the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL’s) 2014 Walter Kase Teacher Excellence Award at the Walter Kase Teacher Excellence Award Luncheon at 11:30 a.m., May 2, at the Westin Galleria, 5060 West Alabama, Houston, TX, 77056.  The ADL founded in 1913, is a leading civil rights organization with programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice, and bigotry. The Walter Kase Teacher Excellence Award pays tribute to three Region IV educators for their outstanding efforts to create an atmosphere in their schools that rejects prejudice and promotes respect for and understanding of diversity.

The recipients are first grade bilingual education teacher Beneranda Alvarez of Andre Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, sixth grade teacher Rebecca Ryan Millhench of the Young Men’s College Preparatory Academy in the Houston Independent School District, and Texas history teacher and department chair Phyllis Nawrot of Cardiff Junior High in the Katy Independent School District.

Beneranda Alvarez recognized that her bilingual education students weren’t exposed to other cultures in Andre Elementary School because their language skills kept them segregated, so she created the Andre Cultural Museum.  The Museum is a two-week transformation of her classroom into a world of diverse cultures and traditions, helping her students learn about people who are different, and that their differences matter and enrich society.

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Katy, TX News – The Walk to Cure Psoriasis in Houston

Katy Texas News
Posted April 17th 2014

Katy, TX News (April 17, 2014) - The National Psoriasis Foundation is pleased to announce that the 3rd Annual Walk to Cure Psoriasis will take place at Discovery Green with registration and health fair opening at 8 a.m. followed by the walk at 9 a.m. Walkers will follow a 1K and 5K route around the beautiful park. For more information, please go to npf.donordrive.com/event/houston.

This year, we are pleased to introduce you to three of our Walk to Cure Psoriasis Youth Ambassadors, six year old Melanee Martin from Kingwood, eleven year old McKenna Sheedy from Katy, and 17 year old Arianna Quazi from Houston. All three struggle with the challenges of having psoriasis, a disease that affects 7.5 million Americans and an estimated 180,000 Houstonians. Melanee, Arianna, and McKenna will join us for the walk and share their personal stories about the challenges of growing up with psoriasis. All have put together teams to walk and are actively involved in the walk.

McKenna Sheedy

 

The Walk to Cure Psoriasis in Houston is the largest event of the year for people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Registration is open to anyone with an interest in finding a cure for psoriasis including the general public. Proceeds will go towards psoriatic disease research. We have made great progress in identifying the culprits that cause psoriasis in the last 2 years since the Houston walk program began. In addition, the National Psoriasis Foundation has invested $10 million to date in grants and fellowships that have led to discoveries about the genetic origins of psoriatic diseases and the link between psoriasis and other serious health conditions, like cardiovascular disease. A portion of those funds have gone to scientists in Texas.

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Katy, TX News – Grand Smiles Dental Now Open in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted April 16th 2014

Katy, TX (April 16, 2014) - Dr. Dat Pham has opened Grand Smiles Dental in Katy, located at 403 W. Grand Parkway S. Grand Smiles Dental provides general dentistry, family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, implants, oral surgery, and more. Their advanced technology will save you time because no matter what you need, they handle it there in the office.

Entrance to Grand Smiles Dental, now in Katy, TX

Patient exam room

 

Katy, TX News- Energy Grows Here and There: Local Businesses Plant Seeds of Support

Katy Texas News
Posted April 11th 2014

Katy, TX News (April 11, 2014) - “Katy – Energy Grows Here” is taking on a literal meaning at the entrance of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. The hospital, a proud supporter of the Katy Area Economic Development Council’s place brand initiative, is one of the first area businesses to purchase a planter specific to the Katy brand.

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, CEO, Scott Barbe, says he is looking forward to seeing the Katy brand develop throughout the area. “We feel this will further enhance greater Katy and are proud to showcase how ‘Energy Grows Here’.” The planters prominently display the brand logo along with the sponsoring business’ name. The hospital’s planter boasts a beautiful array of seasonal flowers and an ornamental tree.

Photo L-R: Scott Barbe, CEO, MH-Katy; Marsha Bourgeois, Physician Resources; John Kueven, Dir., Operations; Arlena Washington, Clinical Manager; Juan Hurtado, Engineering; Tianay Brown, Dir., Laboratory; Diana Schauer-Tran, Dir., Marketing; Dana Mersiovsky, Katy Area EDC; Lance LaCour, CEO, Katy Area EDC

For the past three years, the Katy Area Economic Development Council has been working on a major place-based branding project designed to capture and articulate the defining characteristics of Katy, as well as to provide a graphic platform for key city assets to have a cohesive look and feel.

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Katy, TX – Katy High School Graduate Needs Community Support

Katy Texas News
Posted April 04th 2014

Katy, Texas (April 4, 2014) — Kurtis Gross, 38, of Katy, is participating in a contest that could mean him receiving a free wheelchair-accessible van from the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA). Kurtis, a 1994 graduate of Katy High School, survived a car accident that left him completely paralyzed at age 19 when he was on his way home from college. Kurtis is participating in the NMEDA’s Local Heroes contest, where participants from across the United States and Canada share their stories of how they have overcome the challenges of living with a disability. The winner of the Local Heroes contest will receive a custom wheelchair-accessible van. The winner is determined by votes cast by family, friends, neighbors, and community.

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Katy, TX News – Bond Meeting Schedule

Katy Texas News
Posted April 03rd 2014

Katy, TX News (April 3, 2014) – All Katy ISD Bond Committee Meetings are open to the public to listen to and observe the process.

Meeting Location: Katy ISD Educational Support Complex
6301 S. Stadium Lane
Katy, TX  77494

Light Supper/Meet & Greet: 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. (before every committee meeting)?

Meeting Time: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

View the bond meeting schedule here.

Katy, TX News – New $10 Million Innovative Memory Care Community Now Open in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted March 19th 2014

Katy, TX News (March 19,2014) – The LaSalle Group, a leader in memory care, just opened its ninth Autumn Leaves community in the Houston areas, dementia and memory impairment. s research and includes new high tech equipment to help keep the residents safe. The community will also offer free programs to the public, including seminars and support groups. 

Autumn Leaves of Cinco Ranch - exterior photo

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Considers Transportation Model Options

Katy Texas News
Posted March 19th 2014

Katy, TX News (March 19, 2014) – During Monday’s Work Study meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees heard a presentation on potential transportation options for the 2014-2015 school year. To keep up with the continued growth in Katy ISD, the District is considering transportation options that would expand bus routes, while maintaining efficiency and high levels of safety.

The presentation reviewed potential transportation models and options. Among the options being considered is a multi-bell schedule that would stagger school start and end times across the District and increase the number of bus routes.  However, it was noted that the insufficient number of bus driver candidates continue to remain a challenge to meeting the demand for increased service. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Advanced Placement Exams Available for Katy ISD Students

Katy Texas News
Posted February 18th 2014

Katy, TX News (February 18, 2014) – High school students in Katy ISD may register for Advanced Placement exams at their home campus Feb. 24-March 7, 2014. Late registrations will be accepted through March 19, 2014 with a late fee of $5/exam. Students interested in taking the AP Chinese or AP Japanese exam must submit registration to the campus by March 6. Each high school will announce the details of the registration process at the home campus.?

All students who are enrolled in AP courses in Katy ISD are strongly encouraged to participate in AP exams.  An Advanced Placement (AP) exam score of three or better is counted as an advanced measure for Distinguished Achievement graduation recognition (DAP). However, students are not required to take the exam, and the exam has no bearing on the high school course grade.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Spelling Bee

Katy Texas News
Posted February 12th 2014

Katy, TX News (February 11, 2014) – Katy ISD recently selected spelling bee winners from each campus to move on to the 2014 Katy ISD Spelling Bee. Each year, Katy ISD fourth through eighth grade students complete a qualifying spelling test at their home campus, and the top scoring students are invited to participate in campus-level spelling bees. A first place winner and an alternate from each Katy ISD elementary (grades 4 and 5) and junior high campus (grades 6 through 8) are invited to the District Spelling Bee, where they receive a certificate and trophy for their campus win.

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Katy, TX News – Katy’s Jamie Wolman Receives Keep America Beautiful’s Sue Smith Leadership Award

Katy Texas News
Posted February 11th 2014

Katy, TX News (February 11, 2014) – Jamie Wolman, executive director of Keep Katy Beautiful (KKB), was presented Keep America Beautiful’s Sue Smith Leadership Award at KAB’s National Awards ceremony, which recently took place during its National Conference in Charlotte, N.C.

The Sue Smith Leadership Award is KAB’s highest professional honor and is given annually to KAB affiliate leaders who have built and sustained an affiliate program with outstanding success. Those honored have established model programs and fostered long-term partnerships between the public and private sector. The award is named after KAB’s long-time affiliate trainer Sue Smith, who retired in 2013 after a 25-year career with KAB.

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Katy, TX News – Sundown Elementary Students Win Contest

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Posted February 04th 2014

Katy, TX News (February 4, 2014) – Sundown Elementary students took place in a contest to tell where their mascot, Sunny, went on vacation. The students were to write a creative story telling where Sunny went. They wrote about Sunny going to Washington D.C.; Hollywood, CA; Galveston Beach and Outer Space.

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In this picture, Sunny has just returned from the Mascot Olympics in Sochie, Russia where she took the first place medal in Curling. The winners of the contest were, from left to right, Adrian Eubank (fourth grade), Emily Roldan (third grade), and Hebert Cabrera Jimenez (third grade). Shown also in the picture are Crystal Matovich, SE Librarian, and Sunny the Armadillo.

Katy, TX News – Katy Family YMCA Board Members

Katy Texas News
Posted February 03rd 2014

Katy, TX News (February 3, 2014) – The Katy Family YMCA recently inducted new board members, Kevin Campbell, Robert Burns, Steve Reichardt, Ralph Fluker, George Adkins and Pat Sparks. The Board has 37 members which include two emeritus members, Gerri Ayers and Dr. Jerry Edmonson. All members are from the Katy area.

Renita King, the Chairperson of the Board Development Committee, says the YMCA board consists of a variety of caring individuals. “It’s a group of people who truly have a passion for service. We pool our time, talent, financial resources and community connection to assist the staff in fulfilling the organization’s mission.”

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Education Foundation Provides Field Trip to Morton Ranch Students

Katy Texas News
Posted January 30th 2014

Katy, TX News (January 30, 2014) – The fourth grade students at Morton Ranch Elementary went on a field trip without ever leaving their campus. The Fort Bend Museum provided hands on activities and role play with their Texian Time Machine program. The students were engaged in activities that allowed them to compare their lives today to the lives of early settlers in Austin’s Colony. For more, visit www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org.

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Katy, TX News National Weather Service Forecasting Winter Precipitation

Katy Texas News
Posted January 27th 2014

Katy, TX News (January 27, 2014) – The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a strong possibility of winter precipitation and below freezing temperatures beginning early Tuesday morning and continuing through Wednesday. Katy ISD will increase weather monitoring and consult with the District’s contracted meteorologist to prepare for possible dangerous weather.

Residents are reminded to monitor local media, the Katy ISD website and the NWS website for related warnings, potential school closings, or changes in the forecast over the next several days. Parents, particularly of elementary age children, are asked not to drop children off at school before the time students are allowed into the building.

As a reminder, the temperature will change over the course of the day, so children should wear several layers of lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. Parents and guardians are asked to monitor media outlets throughout the day concerning school notifications and potentially unsafe driving conditions.

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Katy, TX News – Stanley Elementary and Shafer Elementary ABM Approved by Katy ISD Board

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Posted January 22nd 2014

Katy, TX News (January 22, 2014) – The Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the recommended Attendance Boundary Modification (ABM) associated with Shafer and Stanley Elementary Schools at last night’s Board meeting.

As you may recall, this past November the District’s demographic consultant, Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), provided an attendance boundary recommendation for elementary schools #36 (in Pine Mill Ranch) and #37 (in Cross Creek Ranch).  After review of that recommendation and consideration of public feedback, that ABM was approved by the Board at its December 16 meeting.

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Katy, TX News – Christus St. Catherine Hospital Announces Emergency Department Closure

Katy Texas News
Posted January 21st 2014

Katy, TX News (January 21, 2014) – CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital announced today that its emergency room will close Jan. 31 as it prepares to transition to a specialty care facility.

Emergency room physicians and staff will remain on staff until January 31. Patients arriving after that date will be directed to the nearest emergency room.  Local Emergency Management Services have been notified so rescue crews are aware of the closure.

“While closing any service is difficult, we believe this step continues the transformation of CHRISTUS St. Catherine from an acute care hospital into a long term care facility in early 2014,” said Gene Wright, CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital interim CEO. “I urge the community to become familiar with the area emergency rooms.”

The new specialty hospital, operated in partnership with Houston Methodist, will offer dedicated services for long term  inpatient care and outpatient care including physical and speech therapy, diagnostic imaging including advance mammography.

Katy, TX News – Tompkins Student Wins Best of Show in Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Katy Texas News
Posted January 16th 2014

Katy, TX News (January 16, 2014) – Tompkins High School, Katy ISD’s newest campus, is proud to announce freshman student Lucy Chen as the winner of Best in Show in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo District Art Contest. Chen competed against seven high schools with some incredible artwork. Her piece will also now advance to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for possible auction.

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Katy, TX News – Grand Vision’s Focusing on Scholarships for 2014 Graduating Students

Katy Texas News
Posted January 13th 2014

Katy, TX News (January 13, 2014) – Dr. Ryann and Dr. Brett Donaldson, therapeutic optometrists practicing at Grand Vision Center are proud to partner with schools in the Katy ISD boundaries to provide 2014 graduating students the “Always Focusing on You” scholarships. Continuing on our efforts from 2006, Grand Vision Center will provide four $1,000 scholarships to Katy area students meeting the requirements and submitting completed applications.

“We are extremely grateful to the community for their ongoing support of Grand Vision and we feel it’s our duty to support the future generation as others have supported us” said Dr. Ryann Donaldson.

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Katy, TX News – New Branding Campaign for City of Katy

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Posted January 08th 2014

Katy, TX News (January 8, 2014) – While No Label Brewing Company, Katy’s only micro brewery, might shy away from some labels, it’s decided that the new logo and tagline, “Katy – Energy Grows Here” suits them fine. So much so, that they’re incorporating the new Katy brand logo on the packaging of six-pack carriers starting this month.

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Katy, TX News – Katy Community Conversations

Katy Texas News
Posted January 07th 2014

Katy, TX News (January 7, 2014) – Katy ISD, with the assistance of K12 Insight, an education consulting group, will hold a series of Katy Community Conversations to welcome perspectives on District programs and initiatives. Discussion topics will include budget priorities, student enrollment, and facility usage and construction to accommodate our growing population.

Your voice plays a critical role in Katy ISD’s decision-making process, so they encourage everyone to attend. The community will also be invited to participate in a spring Community Outreach Survey to continue this important conversation.

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Katy, TX News – Koko FitClub Expands with Second Facility in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted January 07th 2014

Katy, TX News (January 7, 2014) – Koko FitClub, which has gained the reputation as “The World’s First Digital Gym,” has expanded its footprint in the greater Houston area with the opening of its sixth club. Koko FitClub Katy-Kingsland opened to members and guests on Thursday, Jan. 2, at 19901 Kingsland Blvd. Suite G, at the intersection of Fry Road and Kingsland Boulevard. Special events and promotions will be held throughout January and February.

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Katy, TX News – Katy High School Swim Team is Committed to the Community

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Posted January 03rd 2014

Katy, TX News (January 3, 2014) – The Katy High School Swim Team collected books to donate to the library at the Texas Children’s Hospital – West Campus. The team also made holiday decorations for the residents at the Cinco Ranch Alzheimer’s Special Care Center.

Pictured are Philip Garza and Caroline Benson, with Brian Ballard, Library Coordinator for the Texas Children’s Hospital.

Pictured are Philip Garza and Caroline Benson with Brian Ballard, the library coordinator at Texas Children’s Hospital

Katy, TX News – Christus St. Catherine Hospital Announces Birthing Center Closure

Katy Texas News
Posted December 23rd 2013

Katy, TX News (December 23, 2013) – Today, CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital announced The Birthing Center, along with all Labor and Delivery and newborn nursery services will no longer accept scheduled patients after Friday, December 27, 2013 at  7am and will officially close December 30, 2013 at 12pm.  This closure is necessary since neonatology physician service will no longer be available after December, and the hospital places top priority on maintaining patient safety. The closure will also include triage and outpatient testing services offered within the Women’s Birthing Center.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Board Approves Funding for S.T.E.M. Project Center

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Posted December 18th 2013

Katy, TX News (December 18, 2013) – During the regular December meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the use of available funds from the District’s General Operation Fund (GOF) for the construction of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) Project Center for the District. The total project cost is estimated at $5 million.

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Katy, TX News – Firethorne Tops 350 Annual New Home Sales

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Posted December 17th 2013

Katy, TX News (December 17, 2013) – In 2013, Firethorne reached two major milestones: topping 300 new home sales in one year for the first time and surpassing the halfway mark for the community’s 3,400-home build-out.

The record-breaking 2013 new home sales – a total of 350 as of December 15, 2013 – represents a 25 percent increase over 2012 new home sales so far this year.  Located in Katy/Fulshear, the 1,400-acre master-planned community has achieved 1,980 new home sales and 1,903 closings project-to-date.

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“Whether they are moving across town, across Texas, the country or the world, new Houston-area homebuyers are attracted to the Katy/Fulshear area and to Firethorne in record numbers,” said Firethorne General Manager Wayne Meyer.

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Katy, TX News – Taylor High School Student Council

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Posted December 16th 2013

Katy, TX News (December 16, 2013) – Taylor High School Student Council has been very busy this holiday season. They raised over $2,000 at their annual Big Feast event – which allowed them to feed over 200 Katy, TX families a Thanksgiving meal from Blake Eyed Pea. They also adopted 20 children from Katy ISD Santa Cops and spent $2,000 at Target getting presents for the children. Katy, TX News

Don Massey Named General Manager at Katy Mills

Katy Texas News
Posted December 04th 2013

Katy, TX (December 4, 2013) – Katy Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in South Texas, is pleased to announce Don Massey as its new General Manager. The announcement was made by Paul Fickinger, Executive Vice President of Property Management for The Mills, a Simon Company.

“We are excited to welcome Don to the Katy Mills management team, which is focused on our shopper experience, tourism growth and increased sales and traffic,” Fickinger said. “His extensive mall-related experience will be a great asset as we further brand Katy Mills as a leading shopping destination.”

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GEICO to Open New Location in Katy, Bringing up to 1,000 Jobs

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Posted December 02nd 2013

Katy, TX (December 2, 2013) - Governor Rick Perry joined GEICO Chairman Tony Nicely today to announce the company is opening a new claims operation in Katy, Texas. GEICO expects the office to grow to 400 associates by 2015 and up to 1,000 associates in the next three years. The office is located at 21420 Merchants Way in Katy, Texas.

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Texas Nurses Association Awards Katy Nurse at Christus St. Catherine Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted November 25th 2013

Katy, TX (November 25, 2013) – The Texas Nursing Association (TNA) District 9, which represents nurses in Harris County, has selected CHRISTUS St. Catherine Clinical Educator Linda Pitts, RN, BSN, MEd, as one of the top 20 nurses for 2013 Celebrate Nursing awards. Since 1991, TNA has recognized 20 outstanding nurses annually for their contribution to the profession.

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Chief Nursing Officer Barbara Lazor and Director of Education Katie Cross congratulate Linda Pitts on her recognition as one of the top 20 nurses in Harris County at the Texas Nursing Association's Celebrate Nursing ceremony.

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Chief Nursing Officer Barbara Lazor and Director of Education Katie Cross congratulate          Linda Pitts on her recognition as one of the top 20 nurses in Harris County at the Texas Nursing Association’s Celebrate Nursing ceremony.

 

“CHRISTUS St. Catherine’s nurses are the backbone of the high quality patient care we have been known for providing the Katy community for the last decade,” said Barbara Lazor, CHRISTUS ST. Catherine chief nursing officer, who also received the TNA Celebrate Nursing award in 2011. “Linda’s remarkable professional achievements showcase her passion for the nursing profession, for her patients and the Katy community. She is an incredible asset, and we are proud to call her one of our own.”

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Katy ISD Partners in Education Food for Families Fundraiser

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Posted November 23rd 2013

Katy, TX (November 23, 2013) – Last year, the Katy community supported students and their families by raising over $16,000. Help the Partners in Education continue to grow support for Katy ISD students and their families. Katy TX

Taylor High School Student Council’s Big Feast Fundraiser Reaches $4,000 Goal

Katy Texas News
Posted November 22nd 2013

Katy, TX (November 22, 2013) – Taylor High School Student Council held a Big Feast Fundraiser in conjunction with Katy Christian Ministries to raise funds to help needy families enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner.

The class that raised the most money enjoyed a wonderful Big Feast Party with the Houston Rockets Mascot Clutch. Combined, Taylor High School raised $2,550. With assistance from John Eagle Honda, they were able to reach their $4,000 goal.

The funds raised will  help feed 200 families a Thanksgiving meal.

Pictured from left to right is: Student Council Representatives Haille David and Savannah Bottorff , Student Council Sponsor Missy Marvin, Mac Delaup from John Eagle Honda, Clutch, and Taylor High School Principal Jeff Stocks.

Pictured from left to right is: Student Council Representatives Haille David and Savannah Bottorff , Student Council Sponsor Missy Marvin, Mac Delaup from John Eagle Honda, Clutch, and Taylor High School Principal Jeff Stocks.

Katy Highflyers Jump Rope Team Members to Perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Katy Texas News
Posted November 22nd 2013

Katy, TX (November 22, 2013) – When the 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade steps off on November 28 in New York City, over 200 jump rope athletes from across the country will participate in the pageantry of the Parade. Featured in the Parade are Katy  jumpers Patrick Anaemejeh and Kalisia Brisco from the Highflyers Jump Rope Team of Katy, Texas.

Organized by the Heartbeats Jump Rope Team in Cleveland, Ohio, the group will appear under the acronym J.U.M.P. (Jumpers United for Macy’s Parade). Jump Rope is a competition sport that has been featured on television in ESPN Sports, Fox Sports, many sports venues and most recently with the Chicago Boys performing jump rope on “America’s Got Talent.”

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Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Receives $1 Million from Matt Schaub

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Posted November 18th 2013

Katy, TX (November 18, 2013) – Last week, NFL quarterback Matt Schaub, his wife Laurie and their three children cut the ribbon on the newly expanded GR8 Hope Foundation Emergency Care Area at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, Houston’s first community hospital designed, built and equipped exclusively for children. The expansion project was partially funded through a donation from their GR8 Hope Foundation as part of a $1 million pledge.

 

NFL quarterback Matt Schaub, wife Laurie, and three children cut the ribbon on newly expanded GR8 Hope Foundation Emergency Care Area.

NFL quarterback Matt Schaub, wife Laurie, and three children cut the ribbon on newly expanded GR8 Hope Foundation Emergency Care Area.

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Primrose School of Kelliwood Celebrate Veterans Day with Students at McMeans Middle School

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Posted November 13th 2013

Katy, TX (November 13, 2013) – In honor of Veterans Day, students from Primrose School of Kelliwood said “thank you” to Katy area veterans. The celebration was part of Primrose School of Kelliwood’s Balanced Learning system, which offers activities related to positive character development in children.

The school led the pledge of allegiance and joined the older students at McMeans Middle School to honor veterans from the Katy area.

“It’s important that our students know heroes don’t wear capes or know how to fly – true American heroes risk their lives for our country, for our children and families,” said Lou Ann McLaughlin, Franchise Owner of Primrose School of Kelliwood. “Honoring the bravery of our veterans teaches our students to be grateful for the unmerited gifts that others give to them every day.”

First graders from Primrose of Kelliwood give respect to a few honored veterans.

First graders from Primrose of Kelliwood give respect to a few honored veterans.

Katy Chamber President, Ann Hodge Files for Republican Nomination for HD 132

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Posted November 12th 2013

Katy, TX (November 12, 2013) – Katy Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Ann Hodge filed her paperwork for the Republican nomination in Texas House District 132.

“I seek this office after an outpouring of support from area residents for a candidate who will bring people together and campaign on an optimistic, conservative vision for the future,” said Hodge. “I have spent my entire life in the private sector, and the last 30 years bringing jobs and strategic growth to our region.”

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WoodCreek Junior High Orchestra Receives Honor

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Posted November 07th 2013

Katy, Texas (November 7, 2013) - The WoodCreek Junior High Chamber Orchestra has been selected to perform at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Convention in Chicago in December.

Established in the fall of 2008, the WoodCreek Junior High Orchestra has given students the experience of learning and performing in a string orchestra setting. These committed WoodCreek Chamber Orchestra students attend a weekly 90 minute after-school rehearsal, in addition to their regular orchestra practices, sectionals, and private lessons.

WoodCreek Junior High Orchestra

WoodCreek Junior High Orchestra

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Katy Resident is the Voice of Zombie Civilizations

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Posted October 29th 2013

Katy, Texas (October 29, 2013) - Katy resident Patrick Freeman has a passion for voices. While growing up in Amarillo, Texas, he started mimicking cartoon character voices. Soon, he developed over 50 different character voices.

After twenty years of working in the financial services industry, Freeman decided to set up his own studio in a room sound-proofed and ready with equipment used to create voiceovers for audio books and commercials.

His tone was appreciated he received his first three audio book jobs – narrating zombie and science fiction books. “I must express my appreciation to Steven Ehrman, the author, who gave me a chance,” says Freeman. ”As result of working with Steve, I have already received several other audio book offers.”

Freeman recently wrapped up his first book, Zombie Civilization: Genesis, written by Steven Ehrman. His voice over coach Randy Hames at Edgewater Studios in Sugar Land says, “It is not very often you see someone with such immediate success.”Katy, Texas Zombie

 

Morton Ranch Junior High Receives Recognition

Katy Texas News
Posted October 24th 2013

Katy, Texas (October 24, 2013) – Morton Ranch Junior High became an official “No Place for Hate School.” Morton Ranch is the second junior high school in Katy ISD to receive this prestigious recognition.

 

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Kasty ISD Focuses on School Bus Safety

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Posted October 22nd 2013

Katy, Texas (October 22, 2013) - The week of Oct. 21-25 is National School Bus Safety Week and Katy ISD is encouraging students and the community to “Stay Back from the Yellow and Black,” through this year’s national theme. Throughout the week, Katy ISD police and DPS officers will ride on selected school buses to ensure that safety measures are taking place among bus riders, drivers and nearby cars.

“Each year, the Katy ISD school bus fleet travels more than 4 million miles, transporting more than 20,000 students each morning and afternoon,” said Alan Anders, Director of Transportation for Katy ISD. “With school buses being such a common sight around Katy, we want to make sure that everyone, students and community members alike, is safe in and around school buses.”

 

Beckendorff Junior High, Katy ISD Host Internet Safety Expert Katie Greer

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Posted October 17th 2013

 Katy, Texas (October 17, 2013) - Beckendorff Junior High hosted internet safety expert Katie Greer for a presentation of internet safety for Katy ISD parents. She also held assemblies at different Katy ISD schools to stress the importance of safety, security, and being a good digital citizen. 

 

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Katie LeClerc Greer

 

After getting into the area of Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) through a position as Internet Safety Program Coordinator at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Katie LeClerc Greer hasn’t stopped fighting to keep kids safe in these technology-driven times.

Under the supervision of one of the country’s best ICAC prosecutors, Katie developed a variety of proactive programs to deliver to students, parents, educatorsto students, parents, educators, communities and law enforcement agencies throughout the country.  

Katie’s presentations are delivered in schools and communities throughout the U.S. and at national conventions, and have been featured on CNN, USA Today and in Vanity Fair magazine. Katie also serves as the Director of Outreach for the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Additionally, Katie serves an Advisory Board Member for The Internet Keep Safe Coalition, a international alliance of policy leaders, educators, law enforcement members, technology experts, public health experts and advocates that create positive resources for parents, educators and policymakers who teach youths how to use new media devices and platforms in safe and healthy ways.

Most recently, Katie was named as an Advisory Board Member for The Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe), a nonprofit international alliance of policy leaders, educators, law enforcement members, technology experts, public health experts and advocates that creates positive resources for parents, educators and policymakers who teach youths how to use new media devices and platforms in safe and healthy ways.

Baby Born with Heart Outside Body Celebrates First Birthday

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Posted October 16th 2013

One year ago today, baby Audrina Cardenas  underwent a six-hour open-heart surgery where a team of heart surgeons, plastic surgeons, and general surgeons put her heart back into her body. She was born with a rare  condition called Ectopia Cordis where one-third of her heart was born outside of her body. Only 8 per 1 million babies are born with this rare condition and of those, 90 percent are either stillborn or die within the first three days of life.

Audrina Cardenas

Audrina Cardenas

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Katy ISD’s Second Stadium and Multipurpose Facility

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Posted October 15th 2013

Katy, Texas (October 15, 2013) – As enrollment in Katy ISD continues to increase, there is a direct impact on the District’s facilities. Katy ISD currently has more than 15,000 student athletes participating in athletic programs, including six high schools participating in varsity football and soccer. In addition, all seven high schools participate in marching contests at Rhodes Stadium.

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Former Katy ISD Student Finds Passion for Mechanical Engineering

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Posted October 08th 2013

Katy, Texas (October 8, 2013) - High school is a time for students to participate in organizations, discover and develop their interests, and realize the potential for future job opportunities. For Elizabeth Waters, a 2012 Cinco Ranch High School graduate, that realization came at the beginning of her freshman year.

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Elizabeth Waters

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Katy ISD Plans for Student Activity Facilities Bond

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Posted October 01st 2013

Katy, Texas  (September 30, 2013) – Katy ISD has a proud and rich history of FFA and agricultural sciences excellence. As one of the District’s oldest and most storied programs, it boasts one of the state’s largest FFA chapters at Katy High School. Across all campuses, more than 3,000 students are involved in agricultural sciences programs.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Hosts Groundbreaking

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Posted September 27th 2013

Katy, Texas (September 27, 2013) - Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital recently hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for its $85 million expansion. Construction is set to begin in November on the new medical plaza and early 2014 on the six-story patient tower. 

Sohail Noor, M.D., Dennis Laraway, Marshall Heins, Vish Kalapatapu, M.D., A.T. Blackshear, Memorial Hermann Katy CEO Scott Barbe, Robert Croyle, Chuck Stokes, Memorial Hermann President and CEO Dan Wolterman, John Zerwas, M.D., and James Mendez

Pictured left to right: Sohail Noor, M.D., Dennis Laraway, Marshall Heins, Vish Kalapatapu, M.D., A.T. Blackshear, Memorial Hermann Katy CEO Scott Barbe, Robert Croyle, Chuck Stokes, Memorial Hermann President and CEO Dan Wolterman, John Zerwas, M.D., and James Mendez.

For more information on the hospital, visit memorialhermann.org or call 713.222.CARE (2273).

Katy Family YMCA’s District VP Shares his Passion for Helping Others

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Posted September 25th 2013

Katy, Texas (September 25, 2013) – One of the things that Brian Haines loves about the Katy Family YMCA is the financial help the Y provides to individuals who can’t afford the full membership rate, or maybe they need help in after school child care, or being able to send their children to one of the youth programs at the Y.

“We want to insure that individuals or families who want to utilize YMCA programs get help when they need it.” This financial assistance is made possible through generous donations to its Annual Campaign and fundraising events, such as the Turkey Dash, which collectively raised $385,000 last year.

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Katy’s Baby Boot Camp Owner, Maria Gorosito, Wins Award

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Posted September 17th 2013

Katy, TX (September 17, 2013) – National stroller fitness program Baby Boot Camp awarded its prestigious 2013 Owner of the Year to Maria Gorosito of Baby Boot Camp in Katy, Texas, at its annual conference in Sarasota, Fla., on Sept. 13. 

2013 Owner of the Year     Maria Gorosito

2013 Owner of the Year Maria Gorosito

Available in over 500 locations across the United States, Baby Boot Camp offers innovative fitness and nutrition programs designed specifically to help moms get fit in the years following childbirth.

Parents incorporate their children and stroller as an integral part of the small-group training classes. Weekly play dates and monthly moms’ night out events provide additional social support for new moms.

Gorosito is an owner and instructor for her franchise. Baby Boot Camp client Tricia Richardel of Katy, Texas, nominated Gorosito for leading her to discover her “inner athlete.”

“When I joined Baby Boot Camp, I was a depressed, overweight, out of shape and newly stay-at-home mom,” Richardel said. “Maria gave me an outlet for all that pent-up stress and anxiety. She motivated me to change my lifestyle of sedentary misery to a healthy, active one. With her help and encouragement, I not only lost over 35 pounds and two dress sizes, but I completed my first half-marathon!”

As part of her prize package, Gorosito received a Mountain Buggy terrain stroller. Eighty-five Baby Boot Camp and Karna Fitness owners and instructors represented locations worldwide at the 2013 Annual Conference, where attendees enjoyed a semi-formal three course meal using local, sustainable ingredients and organic wine provided by CalNaturale.

 

Katy ISD’s Beckendorff Junior High Hosts Eighth Grade Games

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Posted September 16th 2013

Katy, Texas (September 16, 2013) – The Beckendorff Junior High recently hosted its first annual “8th grade games” and students were divided into 24 teams, as each team rotated through various challenges to participate in team and character building activities.  A few stations included solving a mystery with their teammates in their classrooms,  a low ropes/trust course outside, an academic challenge in the gym, and a digital safety seminar in the LGI. 

Beckendorff Junior High

Beckendorff Junior High

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Trinity Charter Schools Names Daniel Smith Principal at Krause Children’s Center Campus

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Posted September 16th 2013

Katy, Texas (September 16, 2013) - Trinity Charter Schools has named Daniel Smith as Principal of Trinity Charter Schools’ Krause Campus, the education source for children at Krause Children’s Center, a residential treatment center in Katy, Texas, for children ages 12-17.  Smith brings a robust background in education to the Krause team along with entrepreneurial and technological experience. Betsy Guthrie, chief executive officer of Trinity Charter Schools, made the announcement.

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Daniel Smith

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Texas Children’s Cancer Center Patients Make a Mark with Art

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Posted September 16th 2013

Katy, Texas (September 16, 2013) - The Periwinkle Foundation celebrated the opening of the 23rd Annual Making A Mark, an exhibition of art and creative writing by children touched by cancer and blood disorders at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers. The Auxiliary Bridge on the Third Floor of the Clinical Care Center was adorned with over 330 unique pieces of artwork, 30 of which were awarded Purple Ribbons by a panel of judges.

Nodi Rahman

Nodi Rahman

All of the artwork will be on display at Texas Children’s Hospital until October 7, 2013, and will then travel throughout the region.

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Katy’s Beck Junior High PTA Volunteers Enjoy Open House

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Posted September 10th 2013

Katy, TX (September 10, 2013) – The Beck Jr. High PTA volunteers welcome returning parents and new to Beck Jr. High parents to their annual Open House Night.

Beck Jr. High Volunteer Linda Ames, Student Volunteer Paloma Ames, and Beck Jr. High PTA Volunteer Angela Bazzi

Beck Jr. High Volunteer Linda Ames, Student Volunteer Paloma Ames, and Beck Jr. High PTA Volunteer Angela Bazzi

Student Volunteer Rachel Regner, Beck Jr. High PTA Volunteer Beth Fortier, and Student Volunteer Claire Fortier

Student Volunteer Rachel Regner, Beck Jr. High PTA Volunteer Beth Fortier, and Student Volunteer Claire Fortier

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Creech Elementary Starts New Year with Fun

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Posted September 06th 2013

Katy, TX (September 6, 2013) - Katy ISD’s Creech Elementary announced its theme for the new school year, “Creech Rocks” and the fun began. The first day of school included the annual Tears and Cheers event for parents, hosted by PTA. And Principal Elena Thrun hosted a school assembly to welcome students.

Assistant Principal Sally Gupton with Principal Elena Thrun and Coach Carrie Dasher joined school mascot, dachshund “Comet” and her sibling, to welcome students on the first day. Comet annually visits and brings a letter to the students for Principal Thrun to read.

Assistant Principal Sally Gupton with Principal Elena Thrun and Coach Carrie Dasher joined school mascot, dachshund “Comet” and her sibling, to welcome students on the first day. Comet annually visits and brings a letter to the students for Principal Thrun to read.

Trader Joe’s Announces New Location Coming to Katy’s LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted September 04th 2013

Katy, TX (September 4, 2013) – Trader Joe’s, a unique, neighborhood grocery store with foods and beverages ranging from the everyday to the exotic, has signed a lease to open two additional Texas locations  – Katy and Dallas (Southlake) both scheduled to open in 2014. This announcement will mark the third Trader Joe’s slated to open next year.

The LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch store is located at 2643 Commercial Center Boulevard in the city of Katy and is approximately 12,500 square feet.  

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Krause Children’s Center, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Hosts Back to School Party

Katy Texas News
Posted August 28th 2013

Katy, TX (August 28, 2013) - Krause Children’s Center, a psychiatric residential treatment center for children ages 12-17, recently joined forces with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans to host a Back to School Celebration for Krause’s on-site Trinity Charter School.

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MD Anderson Expert Shares Health Tips to Stay Fit and Cancer Free

Katy Texas News
Posted August 22nd 2013

Katy, TX - (August 22, 2013) - Life changes with every decade and maintaining a strong, healthy body throughout life may seem like the battle of the ages.

Just as people set personal and work-related milestones, they should also set health goals for every stage of life. MD Anderson has created a plan to help guide health-conscious individuals along the way.

“Practicing these healthy behaviors is important for all men and women, regardless of age,” says Therese Bevers, M.D., medical director of MD Anderson’s Cancer Prevention Center. “So take note of all of these tips — even the ones directed toward men and women older or younger than you.”

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Katy EDC Helps Persuade Grocery Giant Costco to Open New Store in Katy

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Posted August 14th 2013

Katy, Texas (August 14, 2013) – Costco, the giant grocery store chain with locations worldwide, is planning to open a Katy area store in the southwest corner of the Interstate 10/Grand Parkway intersection, about one mile east of the border between Fort Bend and Harris counties. The new store will be built by early spring 2014 and will be Costco’s fourth Houston area location.

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Katy ISD Receives State Accountability Ratings

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Posted August 12th 2013

Katy, Texas (August 12, 2013) – Katy ISD final accountability ratings released today by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) show that outstanding student achievement produced a “Met Standard” rating for the District under the new state accountability system.

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Firethorne Reaches Community’s Halfway Mark with 1,871 New Home Sales

Katy Texas News
Posted August 06th 2013

Katy, Texas (August 5, 2013) – Each year since its founding in 2005, Firethorne has reached a significant milestone in its build-out.  Now, just six months into 2013, the Katy/Fulshear master-planned community has realized its next impressive benchmark: 1,871 new home sales and 1,739 closings, project-to-date.  This represents attaining the halfway mark for Firethorne, designed for 3,400 homes on 1,400 acres, with 150 acres devoted to parks and recreational amenities. 

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Premier Baseball Sophomore Championship Includes Three Katy Area Athletes

Katy Texas News
Posted July 30th 2013

Fifty teams from across the nation traveled to Lubbock this past week in the battle for Premier Baseball’s National Sophomore Championship Title. Three of the four teams in the semifinals were from Texas. Three of the athletes photographed from Katy are: Taylor Jiral – Cinco Ranch High School sophomore; Hunter Wells – Cinco Ranch High School sophomore; and Ryan Hill– Taylor High School sophomore.

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Katy Area Youth Selected to Participate in National All-Star Bowl in Orlando

Katy Texas News
Posted July 29th 2013

Katy, TX (July 29, 2013) – While attending an Offense-Defense Football Camp this summer, Katy area youth Channing P. Dumas, JR., age 9 years old, of Katy, TX, was named an Offense-Defense All-American and invited to participate in the 8th-annual Offense-Defense Bowl Week festivities taking place at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL.

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Katy Breast Cancer Support Group “Breast Friends” Encourages and Inspires

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Posted July 26th 2013

Katy, Texas (July 26, 2013) – The University of Texas MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Katy sponsors the Breast Friends support group for Katy and surrounding communities. The next meeting will be Tuesday, August 13.

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Katy Resident and Transplant Patient Sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital to Compete at World Transplant Games

Katy Texas News
Posted July 25th 2013

 KATY, TX – (July 25, 2013)  – Eighteen-year-old Jasmine Williams, a Katy, TX resident, is a liver and kidney transplant recipient who, at age 7, was diagnosed with hyperoxaluria with oxalosis type 1, a rare genetic disorder in which a liver enzyme is defective which impacts the function of a person’s kidney. Originally from Louisiana, Jasmine and her family would drive to and from Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston for appointments and treatment. At age 8, Jasmine received her much needed donor liver and kidney and was given a second chance at life.

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Margaret Sparkman Follows in Daughter’s Footsteps as Firethorne Community HOA Manager

Katy Texas News
Posted July 25th 2013

KATY, TX – July 24, 2013 – Firethorne has named longtime Katy resident Margaret Sparkman manager of its 1,700-member homeowners association (HOA.)  Located on FM 1463 in Katy/Fulshear, the 1,400-acre master-planned community, will have 3,400 homes when completed.       

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Lennar Opens Two New Model Homes in Grand Mission Estates

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Posted July 25th 2013

KATY, TX – July 25, 2013 – Lennar, one of Houston’s largest home builders, recently opened two new model homes in Grand Mission Estates, one of the newest communities by Friendswood Development Company. The models showcase Lennar’s Brookstone and Vista collections. The Vista collection is part of Lennar’s new livable luxury line. 

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Katy Spartans Bring Home Championship Title

Katy Texas News
Posted July 23rd 2013

Katy, TX (July 23, 2013) – The Katy Spartans 9u AAA team, comprised of players from Cinco Ranch, Grand Lakes, and Weston Lakes areas, recently competed in the USSSA Global World Series in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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Katy Spartans 9u AAA Team

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Katy ISD Board Approves Design Services for New Proposed Stadium

Katy Texas News
Posted July 19th 2013

Katy, TX (June 18, 2013) – During the June Work Study meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved a recommendation by Superintendent Alton Frailey to retain the services of PBK Architects for the design services associated with the proposed construction of a new second stadium. Available 2010 Bond funds are proposed to fund the initial design work.

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State Representative Bill Callegari of Katy Honored by the Texas Retired Teachers Association

Katy Texas News
Posted July 19th 2013

Katy, TX (July 19, 2013) – State Representative Bill Callegari of Katy, TX, was honored in Austin by the Texas Retired Teachers Association for his successful efforts to improve the Teacher Retirement System pension fund with the passing of Senate Bill 1458.

 

719 (3)Pictured (from left) Marcy Cann, TRTA District 4 incoming president, Callegari, Brenda Ritter, TRTA District 4 outgoing president, and Tom Ritter.

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Katy YMCA Focuses on Giving Back to the Community

Katy Texas News
Posted July 12th 2013

Katy, TX (July 12, 2013) – The YMCA to most people means a great place to work out and swim. It’s Ganesh Venkataramanan’s task to remind people that the “C” stands for Christian. He heads up the Christian emphasis committee for the Katy YMCA. “One of the things we wanted to do is see how we can give back in a measurable way to the Katy YMCA membership and the Katy community beyond providing a gym and swimming pool.”

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Texas Children’s Hospital Receives “Most Wired Innovator” Award

Katy Texas News
Posted July 10th 2013

Katy, Texas (July 10, 2013) – Texas Children’s Hospital announced today that they have received the “Most Wired Innovator” Award from Hospitals and Healthcare Networks, the flagship publication of the American Hospital Association, for the pediatric  hospital’s Rapid Communication System, a comprehensive communication system for its mobile healthcare workers.  The Most Wired Innovator Award is given annually to three hospitals that apply technology in new and innovative ways to more effectively serve their patients, staff and communities.

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Nottingham Country Swim Team in Katy Honors the Roberson Family

Katy Texas News
Posted July 03rd 2013

 Katy, Texas – July 3, 2013 – The Nottingham Country Swim Team recently honored Les and Pam Roberson for their 23-year involvement with Nottingham Country Swim Team (NCST). 

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The Texas Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted July 03rd 2013

Katy, Texas (July 3, 2013) – The Texas Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital hosted an all-day Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) Workshop on June 15, 2013 in Houston. Under the direction of the center’s co-director, Kenneth Moise, Jr., M.D., who is also a professor of maternal-fetal medicine at UTHealth Medical School, physicians and nurse representatives from 13 lead TTTS centers in the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands gathered together to discuss the latest advances in the treatment of the disease.

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Emily Stepanek Wins U.S. Department of State YES Abroad Scholarship to Study in Malaysia

Katy Texas News
Posted July 02nd 2013

Katy, Texas – The U.S. Department of State has awarded Emily Stepanek, a high school student in Katy, TX, one of 65 scholarships to study abroad on the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad program.

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Destination Imagination Team Wins First Place at Global Competition

Katy Texas News
Posted July 02nd 2013

Katy, Texas – Cinco Ranch High School Destination Imagination team, DI Harder, won first place in the world at the Global DI Competition in Knoxville, Tennessee. There were teams from 45 states, seven Canadian provinces and 13 countries competing with over 15,000 people in attendance.

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Katy Star of Destiny Chapter, NSDAR, Awards Rylander Elementary Teacher a United States Flag

Katy Texas News
Posted June 28th 2013

Katy, Texas – Martha McCullough of Katy’s Star of Destiny Chapter, NSDAR , awarded Rylander Elementary School pre-K aide, Veronica Lemberg, a USA flag and certificate for obtaining her American citizenship. Veronica, her husband, and son were recently sworn in as American citizens of the United States of America.

newcitizen    Martha McCullough (left) presenting flag to Veronica Lemberg

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Composites One Constructing 40,000 Square Foot Distribution Center in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted June 28th 2013

Katy, Texas — Composites One, the nation’s leading distributor of composite materials serving customers from more than 30 locations in North America, has begun construction of its 40,000-squarefoot, concrete tilt-up distribution center in Katy.

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Memorial Hermann Launches Sports Medicine Mobile App

Katy Texas News
Posted June 26th 2013

Katy, TX – Memorial Herman is the first health system in Houston to launch a sports medicine mobile application (app) targeted at coaches, trainers, athletes and parents. Available to download for free on any iPhone, the new app is a guide to the most common sports-related injuries and treatments, as well as related tips and information from Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute experts.

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Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance Welcomes Texas One Volleyball/Athletics

Katy Texas News
Posted June 24th 2013

The Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance recently conducted a ribbon cutting at Texas One Volleyball/Athletics, which is located on FM 723, north of Foster High School. The beautiful new indoor athletic facility has four full-size volleyball courts, batting, pitching cages and much more. If you have a young athlete, this is a great place to hone those skills – out of the Texas heat! For more information, call 713-446-0275 or visit www.texasonevolleyball.org.

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Cinco Ranch High School Choir Warms Up For Fall Entertainment

Katy Texas News
Posted June 18th 2013

BRAVO! Congratulations to the recently named Cinco Ranch High School 2013-2014 Bravo Show Choir members. This talented group of students is looking forward to presenting many entertaining musicals and performances next school year. Mark your calendars for September 26, 27, and 28 for the Bravo Fall Show. Director Dorothy Wilson and David Lee are excited about the diverse talent this ensemble will bring to the stage. Watch for more information on the CRHS choir website or on KatyMagazine.com.

BravoPictured from front: three-year seniors; Connor Ughetta, Miles Ellis, Ryan Pierson; second row: three-year seniors; Victoria Sweitzer, Madison Rice; third row: two-year seniors; David Tait, Allie Kane, Eric Ander, Meredith Taylor, Ashlee Shipp; back row: new members; Laura Walling, Allie Schauer, Nick Palm, Abby Rogers, Sarah Dray, Shreya Jois, Andre Oyardo, Amber Azinge, Johny Craner, Emily Smith, Jordyn White

 

Students Receive Sports Medicine Scholarships

Katy Texas News
Posted June 12th 2013

Five local athletic trainers were recently awarded Sports Medicine scholarships from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.  Katy High School recipients Danielle Carlin and Alyssa Carlin, Cinco Ranch High School’s Dakota Brower, Taylor High School recipient Juliana Jimenez and Seven Lakes High School’s Whitney White each received $600 in recognition of the distinguished service they provided to Katy ISD athletic programs during their high school careers. 

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Local Autistic Teen Artist is Recognized at the Texas Senate

Katy Texas News
Posted June 07th 2013

The Senate of The State of Texas is pleased to recognized Grant Manier (maun-yea), 17 years old, for his outstanding achievements as an artist.

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KISD Students Selected as Semi-Finalists for 2013 Houston Young Playwrights Exchange

Katy Texas News
Posted June 05th 2013

The Alley Theatre recently announced the semi-finalists for the 2013 Houston Young Playwrights Exchange (HYPE). After two rounds of readings, 15 plays were chosen above all other submissions. Five of the 15 semi-finalists are Katy ISD students. Congratulations to Danielle Northcutt (Katy HS), Jake Brown (Katy HS), Camron Alexander (Taylor HS), Katie Morrison (Mayde Creek HS), and Gerardo Velasquez (Mayde Creek HS). These five students will continue with individual interviews, where the top six plays will be selected as finalists.

Greg CoteDanielle Northcutt (playwright) is pictured with actor Dan Cote, who played the part of Tin Man.

KISD Concepts of Engineering and Technology Wins Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted June 04th 2013

McMean’s junior high’s concepts of engineering and technology class won the annual KISD CO2 car competition. 

CO2 car winners 2013Pictured from left are Cadence Mckinney, Layla Hooshmand, teacher Dallas Bergstrom, and Emily Resch. Each earned first or second place in their respective competition.

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Girl Scout Troop Donates Books and Knitted Caps

Katy Texas News
Posted June 03rd 2013

Fifth grade girls in Girl Scout troop 17384 from several Katy-area schools worked together on their Bronze Award projects during the spring. Though they all worked together, half of the troop focused on hand-making ABC and 1-2-3 books and acquiring book donations from friends, family, neighbors, and local stores. The other half of the troop knitted caps for premature babies and cancer patients for those at a Katy-area hospital. 

When the girls delivered their first collection of book donations, they enjoyed a tour of the 5th Ward Head Start preschool in Houston and meeting the students and teachers.  

Caps were knitted by the troop girls as well as collected by other troops who knitted caps and will be donated to a Katy area hospital.

All eight girls of troop 17384 bridged into Cadettes and are already looking forward to working on their Silver Award project. 

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Faith West Academy’s Class of 2013 Announces Top Graduates

Katy Texas News
Posted May 28th 2013

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

Katy Texas News
Posted May 28th 2013

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. 

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Tompkins HS Hosts ‘Meet the Falcons’ Night

Katy Texas News
Posted May 24th 2013

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.

New Katy ISD Elementary School to Open This Fall

Katy Texas News
Posted May 23rd 2013

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

Katy Texas News
Posted May 16th 2013

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.

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Robert Rankin Wins Outstanding Chapter and Americanism Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted May 15th 2013

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

Katy Texas News
Posted May 15th 2013

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. 

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Katy Cinco Ranch High School Senior Receives Music Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted May 14th 2013

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. 

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Grants From JCPenney Helps Area Children Participate in YMCA Afterschool Programs

Katy Texas News
Posted May 09th 2013

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

Katy Texas News
Posted May 03rd 2013

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.

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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

Katy Texas News
Posted May 01st 2013

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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Creech Elementary Celebrates National Volunteer Week

Katy Texas News
Posted April 30th 2013

Katy ISD Creech Elementary’s administration and teachers celebrated National Volunteer Week with a volunteer recognition event, chaired by Creech teacher Stefanie Huddleston and a “Sunshine” committee comprised of teachers and administrative staffers. The lunch event included heartfelt thanks by teachers from all grades popping by to say “thanks” and special, original cheers from the 4th through 5th grade Pep Squad, led by teacher Shelly Watson. The big finale was the announcement of the school’s six 2012-2013 Volunteer of the Year nominees.

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Premier Personal Training Motivates Katy for Fitness

Katy Texas News
Posted April 26th 2013

Premier Personal Training is on the quest to motivate and inspire you to live a healthy and vibrant lifestyle. Their services include personal training, group training, nutrition/lifestyle coaching, boot camps, community runs, and bike rides. Their studio is in an excellent location (27110 Cinco Ranch Blvd Suite 600, Katy, Texas 77494) approximately five minutes drive from I-10 and Farm 1093.

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Katy Breast Cancer Support Group Meets Needs

Katy Texas News
Posted April 26th 2013

The University of Texas MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Katy sponsors the Breast Friends support group for Katy and surrounding communities and the next meeting will be Tuesday, May 14. The breast cancer support group meets at CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital campus on the second Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. Meetings are open to all breast cancer patients or survivors, regardless of where they are receiving or received treatment.

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Beck Junior High Math Team Wins State Championship

Katy Texas News
Posted April 25th 2013

The Beck Junior High Math team won the Texas Math and Science Coaches Associationstate (TMSCA) championship in general math in the 5A division. The TMSCA held the state-wide competition at the University of Texas at San Antonio campus. There were 84 schools from all over the state that participated in 5A division competition. The Beck team beat many powerhouses to claim the state championship. Beck math club also advanced to the mathcounts state competition, and ranked number eight in Texas at this prestigious national competition. Beck math club is led by Mrs. Stidham and many parent volunteers.

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Firethorne Breaks Ground on First-Ever Gated Section

Katy Texas News
Posted April 24th 2013

Firethorne, a 1,400-acre master-planned community in Katy/Fulshear, broke ground on its first-ever gated section, a secluded neighborhood to be built exclusively by Perry Homes. Located just east of FM 1463, the expansion comprises 80 acres within Firethorne and will be developed in two phases.  There will be 163 homes upon completion.

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Local Hospital Earns National Award

Katy Texas News
Posted April 24th 2013

Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital–Katy wound care center has received the Center of Distinction Award from Healogics, Inc., a leading wound care management company.

The award recognizes the center as one of the top wound care centers in the country and is given to facilities that have outstanding patient outcomes for 12 consecutive months.

“This achievement is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of our employees and affiliated physicians,” said Noelle Lopez, executive director of operations, Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital–Katy. “Appreciation and acknowledgement goes to them.”

To earn consideration for this award, a center must excel in several key performance indicators, including:

  • Patient Satisfaction – Greater than or equal to 92%
  • Healing Rate – Greater than or equal to 91%
  • Median Days to Heal – Fewer than or equal to 30

“We are honored and excited to receive this award,” said Steve Barnum, program director, Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine, Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital–Katy.We constantly strive for the best outcomes, and it’s gratifying when an independent organization recognizes the excellent care we provide.”

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Westland Baptist Hosts High Voltage Rock Camp

Katy Texas News
Posted April 23rd 2013

Join Westland Baptist Church for an open house on Saturday, April 27, from noon to 3 p.m. for a preview of High Voltage - Houston’s premier rock camp which features top-notch musiciancs who teach kids how to write their own music. The open house will feature free pizza and drinks, live performances from former campers, and raffle prizers.

High Voltage Rock Camp is for kids ages 9 to 16. With a staff of experienced professional musicians and certified music educators, High Voltage Rock Camp is your destination for becoming a better musician. Whether you are an experienced player or just beginning, you will learn what it takes to write a song, create your own parts, and play with a band, while simultaneously improving your technique, theory and musicality on your chosen instrument.

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Beckendorff Junior High Students are “Ready to Roll”

Katy Texas News
Posted April 22nd 2013

Beckendorff Jr. High’s Teen Leadership classes held its annual ‘Ready to Roll’ campaign raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through their ‘Pennies for Patients’ program.  Students and faculty donate spare change to help treat patients with blood cancers.  BDJH raised $25,000 bringing the schools total in the past seven yearly campaigns to $106,000.

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Grace School Celebrates a Successful Reading Challenge

Katy Texas News
Posted April 22nd 2013

Grace Primary and Lower School students were challenged by their teachers to participate in a two-week long reading challenge. To complete the challenge, two-year-olds through second grade had to read up to nine picture books and third through fifth grade were challenged to read 500 minutes per student.

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Memorial Hermann Named One of the Nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics

Katy Texas News
Posted April 18th 2013

For the second consecutive year, Memorial Hermann was the lone Texas hospital cited for exceptional patient safety and quality performance when it was named this week as one of the nation’s top 15 health systems by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.  

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Santikos Theatres Unveils the Palladium AVX in Fort Bend

Katy Texas News
Posted April 18th 2013

Santikos Theatres has announced Thursday, May 16 as the grand opening date for the Palladium AVX in Fort Bend County. The cutting-edge, Greek-themed entertainment complex ushers in a deluxe movie-going experience unavailable anywhere else in the U.S. The new, luxury entertainment destination is located just west of Houston on Grand Parkway, one mile south of the Westpark Tollway near Long Meadow Farms. Santikos currently has seven multiplex theatres in San Antonio, and operates the Silverado IMAX in Tomball, TX.

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Texas Children’s Hospital Family Fun Run a Success

Katy Texas News
Posted April 17th 2013

On Saturday, April 13, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus hosted more than 1,500 participates at the inaugural Texas Children’s Hospital Family Fun Run. In partnership with the Houston Marathon Foundation, the non-competitive Fun Run included 1K and 3K courses for families with children of all abilities – including those needing walkers and wheelchairs.

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Jersey Mike’s donation to the Katy YMCA

Katy Texas News
Posted April 08th 2013

Jersey Mike’s Subs recently presented a check to the Katy YMCA in the amount of $4,000. The new restaurant circulated thousands of coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to the Katy Y’s Partners Campaign.

Brent Jones exemplifies Jersey Mike’s quest for excellence as it selects franchise owners who share the company’s commitment to quality products and exceptional customer service and who are dedicated to giving back to the local community. Since 2010, locations throughout the country have raised more than $5 million for worthy local charities and distributed more than 500,000 free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes.

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Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women makes one year

Katy Texas News
Posted April 05th 2013

Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women marked its one year since it transitioned its labor and delivery services into the new $575-million facility on March 26, 2013. This new facility signaled the pediatric hospital’s major expansion into obstetrics and gynecological care with a special focus on high-risk pregnancies and multiple births.

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CRHS Choir Students Receive All-State Recognition

Katy Texas News
Posted April 02nd 2013

Four Cinco Ranch High School Choir students advanced through the rigorous audition process and received placement in the All-State Choir. The students performed at the Texas Music Educator’s Association convention in February. Congratulations to David Tait, Hannah Ballard, Lauren Marlow and Eubie Pabilona for their dedicated hard work!

Cinco Ranch Choir Students - David Tait, Hannah Ballard, Lauren Marlow and Eubie Pabilona

Pictured: David Tait, Hannah Ballard, Lauren Marlow and Eubie Pabilona.

Girl Scouts receive packages for military

Katy Texas News
Posted April 01st 2013

Troop #17363 was thrilled to receive an anonymous donation of 100 packages of cookies for our military overseas.

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7th Grader named Miss Burnet Outstanding Teen 2013

Katy Texas News
Posted March 29th 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

Katy ISD Named Among Best Communities for Music Education

Katy Texas News
Posted March 28th 2013

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

Katy Texas News
Posted March 27th 2013

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)

Sandra Byrd Seeks to Fill Unexpired Ward A Council Vacancy

Katy Texas News
Posted March 26th 2013

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

Katy Texas News
Posted March 25th 2013

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

Katy Texas News
Posted March 22nd 2013

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

Congratulations Wolfe Elementary Star Dancers

Katy Texas News
Posted March 21st 2013

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

Wolfe Dancers

The Bible Seminary

Katy Texas News
Posted March 01st 2013

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…)

Robotic thymectomy worth the ticket for a Methodist West Houston Hospital patient

Katy Texas News
Posted February 27th 2013

A mother of four traveled to Houston from Cairo, Egypt, to undergo robotic removal of the thymus gland at Methodist West Houston Hospital on Thursday, February 7. She was released after a three-day stay and plans to return to Egypt following her final visit with her surgeon.

Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Miguel Gomez performed the thymectomy surgery removing Amani Kotb’s thymus gland with the assistance of two robotic arms inserted into the chest cavity through small intercostal (between the ribs) incisions.  Kotb and her husband made the decision to undergo the robotic procedure offered at Methodist West Houston with the hope of reducing her daily dependence on medication to treat myasthenia gravis (MG), a neuromuscular disorder that causes weakness and pain in the voluntary muscles.  For the past 10 years, Kotb had been medically treating her disease but as symptoms worsened, thymectomy surgery became a consideration.

“These past two years I have felt horrible, but I could not risk having my chest opened to take out this gland,” she said. “We have excellent physicians and surgeons at home, but we do not have a robot, so I came here.” (more…)

Katy Fifth Grader Places First in Kansas Wrestling Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted February 27th 2013

Mary-Kate Cooper, a fifth grader at Memorial Parkway Elementary School, recently competed in the Kansas Girls Wrestling State Championships.  The tournament, which is open to girls K-12 from any state, is held every year in McPherson, KS.

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SUCCESSFUL “GIVE KIDS A SMILE” DAY

Katy Texas News
Posted February 27th 2013

Dr. Randall W. Hollenberg, a local pediatric dentist in Katy, hosted his first “Give Kids a Smile” Day at his office on February 15, 2013 in observance of National Children’s Dental Health Month. Give Kids a Smile Day was started over 10 years ago by the American Dental Association as a day to raise awareness of the high level of oral disease suffered by children primarily from low-income families. The event held at Dr. Hollenberg’s office was a day of free dental care open to the children of our community who are uninsured and in need of dental care. Dr. Hollenberg and his team set a goal of one hundred patients scheduled and that goal was accomplished one week prior to the event. Of the one hundred patients scheduled sixty-five children attended. With the help of Dr. Megha Patel, an associate dentist of Dr. Hollenberg, Dr. Ulpa Patel, a wonderful  volunteer dentist, and all of Dr. Hollenberg’s office staff, along with 7 other volunteers,  the team successfully  provided over $12,500 of dental services, such as exams, x-rays, cleanings, sealants, fillings, extractions, and stainless steel crowns.  Dr. Hollenberg greatly appreciates all the time and effort that went into this event and would like to thank all of the amazing volunteers. He would also like to thank Benco and Henry Schein for donating some of the dental supplies needed. Dr. Hollenberg looks forward to hosting Give Kids a Smile Day as an annual event with a bigger goal to help more children in the community.

Group photo

 

Cinco Ranch High School’s “CRyptonite” Robotics Team Demos Robot At ExxonMobil’s Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day

Katy Texas News
Posted February 25th 2013

For the third year in a row, Cinco Ranch High School’s Robotics Team 624 (“CRyptonite”) was invited by ExxonMobil Chemical Company to represent FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics at an Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day event. Held annually by ExxonMobil Chemical, this program helps junior high girls envision careers in engineering and encourages them to get involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) courses and activities in high school.  ExxonMobil Chemical supports FIRST and Team CRyptonite as one of the team’s corporate sponsors.

Fourteen  members of Team CRyptonite, along with last season’s basketball-shooting robot, “Panzer” travelled to ExxonMobil’s west Houston office on February 15 to show how helping to design and build a robot as part of a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team has allowed them to experience solving real-world engineering and technology problems.

An all-freshmen group of Team 624 girls was called upon to handle much of this demo for about 200 girls from KISD’s West Memorial and McDonald Junior Highs.
Zoe Burch and Nasa Xu showed how the robot works and talked about the build process. Aided by Daniel Lambert and Bill Waters, some of the junior high girls got to try their hand at driving the robot and shooting baskets. (more…)

Mr. Seven Lakes at the Seven Lakes High School Performing Art Center was AMAZING!

Katy Texas News
Posted February 25th 2013

Mr. Seven Lakes is an annual event that features Senior Men contestants from various school groups and organizations.  Fifteen senior men performed their talent—singing, acting, comedy, dancing or even something “out of the box” like Slam Poetry or Tricking to win over a panel of judges.

Participants included: Dustin Kruthaupt, Andrew Cernosek, Joseph Nicholson, Stephen Schaefer, Zavier Mason, Jai Prakosh Baskaran, Carson Kuzawa, Sahil Ajmeria, Michael Schwin, Albert OK, Triet Tran, Jeffrey Alegria, Jacob Muggeridge, Shane Smith and Jefferson Alegria. Andrew Cernosek won the Mr. Seven Lakes crown this year.

Michael Schwin was voted by his fellow contestants as Mr. Congeniality. Jefferson Alegria was 1st Runner up in the Mr. Seven Lakes Contest and Albert OK was 2nd Runner up in the contest. (more…)

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