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Guests Share Photos of 2016 Katy ISD Awards of ExcellenceGuests Share Photos of 2016 Katy ISD Awards of Excellence2016-05-23T20:21:36Z<div class="ExternalClass473E34AEE6A045B8BEF2CEB4895FAA42"><p>​The Katy ISD Awards of Excellence event honors 12 students from each high school in Katy ISD who have risen to the top of the class in the following categories: English & Journalism, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Career & Technical Education, Performing & Fine Arts and At-Large. These students then select an Outstanding Teacher who has impacted their high school career. </p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Th</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">is year, event attendees were asked to help document the evening on social media. <a href="https://storify.com/KatyISD/2016-katy-isd-awards-of-excellence" target="_blank">Click here to see the tweets and photos guests shared with Katy ISD!</a></span><br></p></div>
Taylor High School Students Win Top Honors at 2016 Congressional Art CompetitionTaylor High School Students Win Top Honors at 2016 Congressional Art Competition2016-05-17T20:10:58Z<div class="ExternalClassE5B47E48BED94F7F80BAD82D21A0A806"><p>Students from Taylor High School took home top honors at this year's Congressional Art Competition hosted by Congressman John Culberson (TX-07). </p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Catherine Xu, Amber Wang and Kate Larsen won first, second and third place, respectively. Xu's drawing, "Close Up Encounter," will be displayed for one year at the United States Capitol.</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> </span></p><p> <span style="line-height:1.5;">"The artwork we see here is truly remarkable," said Congressman Culberson at a ceremony held for the finalists in his Houston office. "Year after year, it is such a treat to witness the great level of talent these students from our district have. </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">Our office received 38 entries from six different schools in Houston and today we have the opportunity to celebrate their hard work."</span></p><p>Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent. Students from each congressional district in America submit their work to their Representative's office, and panels of local artists select the winning entries. </p><p>Since the competition was launched in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students across the nation have participated in the annual event.</p></div>
Beck Junior High 20th Anniversary Community Celebration is May 21stBeck Junior High 20th Anniversary Community Celebration is May 21st2016-05-12T15:51:38Z<div class="ExternalClass770542EAF6B84959A6739F50A15EC971"><p style="text-align:center;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Beck.jpg" alt="Beck.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:650px;" /></p></div>
Alexander Elementary Fifth-Grader Performs on NPR Alexander Elementary Fifth-Grader Performs on NPR 2016-05-10T14:27:37Z<div class="ExternalClass9362F898591F4F76B7A082ABB5A0FB61"><p>​Alexander Elementary fifth-grader Bryant Li was featured on NPR's "From the Top." A student of piano with John Weems, he performed for a March episode of the popular radio program. </p><p>Some of Li's musical accomplishments include first place in Clear Lake Symphony Youth Concerto Completion, Overall Winner in Blinn College Young Pianists Competition and first place in Rochelle Liebling Kahan Competition for Child Piano Prodigies. He has also won the Houston Forum Young Artist and Houston Young Artist Concert Artist Award, and more. </p><p>Outside of music, Bryant enjoys public speaking and debate as well as playing soccer.</p><p>Click <a href="http://www.fromthetop.org/musician/bryant-li/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span></a> to hear Bryant Li's NPR performance.</p></div>
Katy ISD Elementary Schools to Host Receptions for Graduating SeniorsKaty ISD Elementary Schools to Host Receptions for Graduating Seniors2016-05-11T13:02:46Z<div class="ExternalClass7ABE4F6807CE41F6B39DCB06795D7D18"><p>​Seven Katy ISD elementary schools will be hosting reunions/receptions for alumni who are graduating from Katy ISD high schools this year. </p><ul><li>Bear Creek Elementary – Wednesday, May 18<sup>th</sup> from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the library; <a href="/Documents/BCE_Senior%20Reception%20Invitation%20Flyer%20May%2018%202016.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here to view flier</span></a>.</li><li>Fielder Elementary - Thursday, May 26th from 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. in the library.</li><li>Franz Elementary – Wednesday, May 18<sup>th</sup> from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the library; <a href="/Documents/FES%20_%202016%20Senior%20Reception%20Invitation.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here to view flier</span></a>.</li><li>Katy Elementary – Friday, May 20th at 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the library. </li><li>Rylander Elementary – Tuesday, May 17<sup>th</sup> from 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. in the library; <a href="/Documents/RRE_Senior%20reunion%20postcard%202016.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here to view flier.</span></a></li><li>Williams Elementary – Wednesday, May 18<sup>th</sup> at 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the library.</li><li>Winborn Elementary – Wednesday, May 25<sup>th</sup> from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the library. </li></ul><p>For more information, please contact the hosting school. </p></div>
Katy ISD Students Receive State Medals at 2016 Visual Art Scholastic EventKaty ISD Students Receive State Medals at 2016 Visual Art Scholastic Event2016-05-11T13:45:45Z<div class="ExternalClassAD1A97C29C95469285E8014CE4CA3012"><p>​A total of 36 Katy ISD students received State Medallions, with four students winning the Gold Seal of Excellence Award, at the state <strong>Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE)</strong> in April. VASE provides students the opportunity to bring artwork created in their art classes to regional and state events for evaluation by certified jurors. The following students received State Medallions and Gold Seals in this year's VASE competition:</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>STATE MEDALLIONS</strong></p><p><strong>Elissa Balke, </strong>Taylor HS<br> <strong>Jorge Berumen</strong>, Katy HS<br> <strong>Allyson Bishop</strong>, Taylor HS<br> <strong>Grace A. Carter</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<br> <strong>Dani Cespesdes</strong>, Taylor HS<br> <strong>Camille Conner</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<br> <strong>Luana Da Sacramento</strong>, Tompkins HS<strong> </strong><br><strong>Fatemeh Ebrahami</strong>, Taylor HS<strong> </strong><br><strong>Maddie Fossitt</strong>, Tompkins HS<br> <strong>Veronica Hernandez</strong>, Tompkins HS<br> <strong>Flora Hu</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<br> <strong>Yi Hu</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<br> <strong>Fernanda Huerta Lira</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<br> <strong>Renee Josse De Lisle</strong>, Tompkins HS<br> <strong>Iris Lee</strong>, Taylor HS<br> <strong>Andrea Liu, </strong>Seven Lakes HS<br> <strong>Audrey Liu</strong>, Tompkins HS<br><strong> Mahshad Majlessi</strong>, Taylor HS<br> <strong>Amina Moeen</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<strong> </strong><br><strong>Natasha Nehra</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<br> <strong>Daniel W. Pastrana</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<br> <strong>Maria Prado</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<br><strong> Brittany C. Roberts</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<br> <strong>Josephine Schider, </strong>Cinco Ranch HS<strong> </strong><br><strong>Chay Schmidt</strong>, Tompkins HS<br> <strong>Allyson Su</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<br> <strong>Chelsea Tang</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<br> <strong>Akhil Thadani</strong>, Seven Lakes HS<br> <strong>Amber Wang, </strong>Taylor HS<br> <strong>Maddison Willmott</strong>, Cinco Ranch HS<br> <strong>Christina Zhou</strong>, Tompkins HS<br> <strong>Stephanie P. Zhou</strong>, Seven Lakes HS</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>GOLD SEAL OF EXCELLENCE AWARD</strong></p><p><strong>Andrea Arrangoiz</strong>, Tompkins HS<br> <strong>Ophelia Hoffman</strong>, Cinco Ranch HS<br> <strong>Shaylee Madriz</strong>, Tompkins HS<br> <strong>Kathy Wang</strong>, Seven Lakes HS</p><p>VASE is the only art event of its kind in the nation. Sponsored by the Texas Art Education Association, the program is only eligible for Texas high school students in grades 9-12. <a href="http://www.taea.org/VASE/default.asp"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</span></a> for more information on this event. </p></div>
Seven Lakes High School Junior Accepted to West Point Summer Leaders SeminarSeven Lakes High School Junior Accepted to West Point Summer Leaders Seminar2016-05-06T19:56:01Z<div class="ExternalClass7D2157E9ED984E0A9E95ABA8B756781F"><p>​<img alt="""" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Cerda.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:200px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />Seven Lakes High School junior Connor Cerda has been selected to be among 1,000 attendees at West Point's prestigious Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) in June. </p><p>More than 5,000 students from across the country applied to SLE, which offers outstanding high school juniors the opportunity to experience life at West Point. SLE attendees live in the cadet barracks (dormitories), eat in the Cadet Mess, and participate in academic, leadership, athletic and military workshops. The one-week seminars are designed to help juniors with their college-selection process, while giving them an idea of the importance of leadership and sound decision-making in their education, careers and lives in general. </p><p>All SLE attendees participate in virtual-reality war simulation, military and physical fitness training and, in addition, each student selects three of 15 workshops offered. </p><p>The United States Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federally funded undergraduate college located 50 miles north of New York City. A preeminent leader- development institution, West Point was founded in 1802 as America's first college of engineering. Since then, West Point has grown in size and stature, but remains committed to the task of producing commissioned leaders of character for America's Army. </p><p>Click <a href="http://www.usma.edu/admissions"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span></a> for more information about West Point. </p></div>
Rylander Elementary Student Selected for Lone Star Leadership AcademyRylander Elementary Student Selected for Lone Star Leadership Academy2016-05-03T18:18:59Z<div class="ExternalClass5B7BB0C4A77A47498A2C54F2C6642BFD"><p>​<img alt="""" src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Rylander.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:150px;vertical-align:auto;float:left;" />Rylander Elementary fourth-grader Nicole Lavrack, daughter of Stephen Lavrack and Erica Barbee, has been selected to travel to Dallas/Fort Worth to participate in a summer <strong>2016 Lone Star Leadership Academy</strong> camp. Lavrack's selection was based on her outstanding academic success, demonstrated leadership ability, involvement in school and community activities, and a nomination from her teacher, Jaclyn Clements.</p><p>Lavrack will join a delegation of outstanding students from across the state to develop leadership skills while learning about Texas and its leaders. She will learn about future career and internship opportunities through career speaker presentations and visit significant sites in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. These include the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Texas Civil War Museum, the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. She will also tour Dallas Cowboys Stadium and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Texas educators will facilitate group discussions where participants can examine qualities of effective leaders, practice leadership skills and discuss what they learned during their site visits. </p><p>Education in Action, a non-profit organization, hosts Lone Star Leadership Academy camps to empower young people to be informed and active leaders in their communities. Outstanding Texas students are invited to participate in Lone Star Leadership Academy camps in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio and Houston/Galveston.</p><p>Click <a href="http://educationinaction.org/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span></a> for more information on the Lone Star Leadership Academy.</p></div>

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