The Woodlands Area Student Center News

11 Cooper Seniors Named Scholars by National Hispanic Recognition Program

The John Cooper School National Hispanic Scholars, from left: Jason Weinstein, Victor Kareh, Mark Flanagan, Chase Juszczak, Kaitlyn Ramirez, Jessie Brown, Peyton Hayes, Nicole Juszczak, Alfredo Garcia Sanchez, Gina Valderrama and Christina Rivela.

THE WOODLANDS – The 2016-17 National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) selected eleven students from the Cooper Class of 2017 as National Hispanic Scholars.

Established in 1983, the National Hispanic Recognition Program is a College Board program that provides national recognition of the exceptional academic achievements of Hispanic/Latino high school seniors and identifies them for post-secondary institutions. In order to be eligible, students must be at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino, as defined by the NHRP, meet the minimum PSAT cutoff score by state, and achieve a minimum grade point average requirement.

Theatre: The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 presented by The Woodlands HS Theatre Dept.

img-3733_1At The Woodlands High School, a murder mystery is on the line, and the Cast & Crew of “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” need your help to solve it. Through wacky, whimsical and shocking series of deaths, we will once and for all find out who the culprit is.

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 is a zany, slapstick, comedy that follows the fictional story of a creative team responsible for a recent broadway flop, where three chorus girls were killed by a mysterious Stage Door Slasher. Unfortunately for all them, they get holed up in a mysterious house during a blizzard with the Slasher. Will they be able to finish writing their new musical before the night is over? Or will they fall victim to the Slasher?

Come see “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” by the TWHS Theater Department on September 29th, 30th and October 1st at 7pm, with a 2pm matinee on October 1st, and help the detectives solve this mystery before it is too late! Get in the mysterious spirit for Halloween, by seeing “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940”!

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The Sept. 24-25 Graffiti Run at Sam Houston Race Park

tgr_about_banner_iiThe Graffiti Run kicks off Saturday night with a Glow N The Dark 5K followed by live music and dancing. Sunday morning color runners are doused with colored powder as they encounter “Graffiti Zones.” Volunteer opportunities are available. 7 p.m. (Saturday), 9 a.m. (Sunday). $15-$55. Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. W.,

Academics: Seven Members of Cooper Class of 2017 Named National Merit Semifinalists

THE WOODLANDS – Seven members of The John Cooper School Class of 2017 have been selected as semifinalists in the 62nd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Mark Flanagan, Pamela Fojtasek, Alex George, Victor Kareh, Kaitlyn Ramirez, Gina Valderrama and Jack Wade will continue in the competition for approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, worth approximately $33 million, that will be offered next spring.

Victor Kareh, Gina Valderrama, Mark Flanagan, Pamela Fojtasek, Alex George, Kaitlyn Ramirez and Jack Wade have been named 2017 National Merit Semifinalists.

These Cooper students are among 105 members of Cooper’s Class of 2017. They are among 16,000 Semifinalists named from academically talented high school seniors from around the country by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

About 1.6 million juniors from more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test that serves as an initial screen of program entrants. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. Approximately 15,000 Semifinalists are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of the designation. 2017 National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced beginning in April with concluding in July.

The John Cooper School is a PK-12 independent, college preparatory day school that has been serving The Woodlands and greater Houston area since 1988.

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands invests in nursing program at LSC-Montgomery


Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Lone Star College-Montgomery are invested in getting the community the qualified nurses and medical care it needs.

For the eighth straight year, the hospital is supporting LSC-Montgomery with a dedicated salary for an additional nursing faculty member. This year’s contribution of $83,454 brings the total to nearly $600,000 since 2008. click here for complete story


6 things to know about Texas Autism Academy, coming to The Woodlands this fall


New private school slated to open in The Woodlands by fall 2017

ASD Hope, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded by local educators, is in the process of opening Texas Autism Academy in The Woodlands by fall 2017. Community leaders in business, politics, education and health care came together Saturday morning to learn about the new private school, which is integrated with Applied Behavior Analysis tactics, while focusing on the benefits of early intervention. click here for complete story

Theatre: Final Weekend for the Smash Comedy Blithe Spirit

The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantakerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium”, one Madame Arcati.

As the (worldly and un-) personalities clash, Charles’ current wife Ruth is accidentally killed, “passes over”, joins Elvira and the two “blithe spirits” haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity. See the production photos and don’t miss the comedy Blithe Spirit on Sept. 2-18, 2016! Click here for show times and tickets

Pappasito’s to open soon in the Woodlands

download (9)Pappasito’s Cantina is set to open one of its biggest stores (seating more than 200) at 18101 I-45 in the Woodlands. Well, technically Shenandoah but Pappasito’s is calling the new store its Woodlands cantina.

The opening is set for Sept. 13 and fans can expect the same quality Tex-Mex Pappasito’s is known for. The new store will feature the same menu but with expanded seafood options. The kitchen will be making fresh tortillas every hour.  click here for complete story


Signatures Author Series Accepting Applications From Local Authors


CherylStrayed copySignatures Author Series Accepting Applications

The John Cooper School will host the 12th Annual Signatures Author Series featuring Cheryl Strayed, on Friday, December 2 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, Wild, that was made into a major motion picture that earned Academy Award nominations. Strayed also wrote #1 New York Times best-sellers Tiny Beautiful Things and Brave Enough as well as the novel, Torch. As is tradition at the much-anticipated annual luncheon, the event will also feature a diverse array of visiting authors who are selected through an application process.

The Signatures Executive Committee, co-chaired by Meg Garrison and Denise Hayes, is pleased to again offer the opportunity for authors to participate in the Signatures event, sell their books and have the opportunity to engage with attendees at the luncheon, which sells out to around 1,000 attendees each year. Due to space constraints, only a limited number of booths are available, and authors will be selected from an application process.

“Each year, we strive to put together a well-rounded group of visiting authors who represent a variety of genres,” said Patricia Black, who co-chairs the Visiting Author portion of the event with Lisa Hollingsworth. “Authors who participate are highlighted in event publicity and will receive a table with signage where they can sell their books and visit with guests before and after the luncheon. This is a highly anticipated portion of our event and we look forward to shedding light on local authors.”

The booth registration fee is $150, and the deadline for application to participate is on or before September 23. Specific guidelines, details and application forms are available at<>. Updates on the luncheon will be posted on the News portion of The John Cooper School website at<>. Each year, a portion of the proceeds from the Signatures luncheon is given to a local literacy organization.

For additional information and Signatures sponsorship opportunities, please call 281.367.0900 x2326 or email The John Cooper School is a PK-12 independent, college preparatory day school that has been serving The Woodlands and greater Houston area since 1988.

Lone Star College-Montgomery announces fall 2016 fine arts calendar

chicago-roxies-extensionThe Lone Star College-Montgomery fine arts department has an exciting lineup of theater, music and visual arts events planned for the upcoming fall semester. Events are open to the public and many are free of charge. For a complete listing of the college’s fine arts events, visit

Art Gallery Exhibits

Aug. 29 through Sept. 23, 2016 “Labor of Love” by Claire Cusack will be displayed. Closing reception Thursday, Sept. 22 at noon.

Oct. 10 through Nov. 4, 2016 “Bienvenidos seres queridos” by curator Charlie Pena. Opening reception Monday, Oct. 10 at noon and closing reception Wednesday, Nov. 2 at noon.

Nov. 14 through Dec. 2, 2016 “ART Exhibit” by Alton DuLaney. Opening reception Monday, Nov. 14 at noon.

Dec. 12 through Dec. 16, 2016 – Juried Student Art Show works will be displayed. Opening reception Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m.

All art exhibits are free of charge and open to the public. All exhibits and artist receptions are held in the Mary Matteson-Parrish Art Gallery located in the Performing Arts Center (building D). The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information,


Oct. 6 – Jazz Ensemble Concert.

Oct. 13 – Symphonic Band and String Ensemble Concert.

Oct. 20 – Fall Choir Concert.

Dec. 1 – Jazz Ensemble Concert at the Mainstage Theatre (building D).

Dec. 9 – Holiday Benefit Concert at the Mainstage Theatre (building D).

All events are held in the Music Recital Hall (building H), unless otherwise specified, and begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Drama Performances

Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 – Black Box Production “96 Minutes” an eyewitness account of the day Charles Whitman gunned down students, professors and others from the University of Texas Tower will be performed in the Black Box Theater (building D) Thursday, Sept. 29 – Saturday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. with a matinee performance Saturday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $5 general admission. Rating: R, contains adult language and situations.

Nov. 17 through Nov. 19 “The Birds” is the adaptation of the short story that is the basis for the Alfred Hitchcock horror film and will be performed in the Mainstage Theatre (building D) Thursday, Nov. 17 – Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. with a matinee performance Saturday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $5 Students/Faculty/Staff; $7 Seniors; $10 General Admission. There will be a preview performance Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 5:30 p.m. with free admission for Lone Star College students/employees and $5 general admission. Rating PG-13, parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be frightening and inappropriate for pre-teenagers.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Call 936.273.7401 or visit for more information and a complete listing of the college’s upcoming fine arts events. Plus check out the Arts & Culture Fall 2016 Guide The LSC-Montgomery fine arts department offers a variety of concerts, theatrical productions, art exhibitions and lectures, workshops and more throughout the year.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit

Known for its leadership, innovation and steadfast commitment to student success, Lone Star College provides high-quality academic transfer and workforce education / career training programs to more than 83,000 credit students each semester, and a total enrollment of 95,000 students. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to promote student success and economic prosperity. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, which consists of six colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more visit

RV park at long-delayed Grand Texas now open


The first facility at the future Grand Texas Sports and Entertainment District in New Caney is finally open. Grand Texas RV Resort hosted its first guests last weekend, roughly a year after construction began on that portion of the development, according to Grand Texas’ official newsletter. A grand opening for the RV Resort will be announced in the coming weeks. click here for complete story

Oak Ridge sets sights on Volley-Battle title despite nagging injuries

57b4f26e54d35.imageOak Ridge is now 10-0 this season after sweeping Kingwood Tuesday night, and the Lady War Eagles hope to keep the party going through the weekend. With the Nike Invitational championship under its belt, Oak Ridge has its sights set on the Magnolia Volley-Battle tournament, which begins Thursday and runs through Saturday. click here for complete story


Athlete Training + Health OPEN HOUSE TUESDAY, AUGUST 23

fuQPhIRhAthlete Training + Health has announced an open house for their new north Houston facility Tuesday, August 23 from 5 – 8pm.   The 38,000 sq. ft. facility features Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine, a pro-style weight room, indoor turf and an outdoor turf field.

“We are excited to open this facility in such great communities of Spring and Klein,” says Troy Ramsey, director of sports performance at Athlete Training + Health.

“The athletes of these two communities deserve a first class facility and we feel we have brought them their ultimate training facility.”

Athlete Training and Health | ATH | CES | SuppressAll attendees will receive a $50 discount off of their next training program along with free giveaways from ATH partners and a tour of the adjoining Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation facility. The location of the Athlete Training + Health open house is 19711 Stuebner Airline Road, Spring, Tx., 77379.

ATH creates training programs designed to meet the needs and objectives of clients of different abilities, ages, and backgrounds. For more information on Athlete Training + Health visit our website at

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