The Woodlands Area Student Center News

Team Tennis: The Woodlands & College Park advanced to the 2016 Class 6A Region II Championships.

Fall tennis is more of a team sport – schools win or lose on team scores – and as a team, The Woodlands punched its ticket to the Class 6A Region II Championships Friday after defeating Rockwall Heath 19-0 in the UIL Class 6A area round, followed by a 12-4 win over Longview in the semifinals.

The Woodlands is headed to the regional tournament for the 11th straight year and College Park will be the other representative out of the area tournament. The Highlanders will be the top seed after they defeated the Cavaliers back in September during district play.

The Highlanders won two girls doubles matches with Longview. Michaela Csikos and Avery Hilbig won in the No. 2 match while Lauren Cole and Natalia Castellanos won the No. 3 flight.

7025ae59-cef0-4022-9b95-66ac95bdd5a4The Woodlands also grabbed a point in the mixed doubles match as Adrian Aliaga and Morena Andres won in straight sets.

The boys fared well in singles play as No. 1 Ben Friedman, No. 2 Brian Kugler, No. 3 Esteban and No. 4 Garrett Skelly took straight set wins. No. 5 Aliaga and No. 6 Laner didn’t finish their matches.

College Park defeated Tyler Lee HS to finished second to The Woodlands in the area tournament. College Park’s girls doubles Avery Colburn and Dani Pishulla won, 6-1, 6-3; Bella Crawford and Keely Chacon won, 6-2, 6-1; and Kristen Bohnet and Behne won, 6-1, 6-2. In girls singles Dania Pischulla routed her opponent 6-1, 6-2. 

In boys singles, Gavon Salton won his match, 6-2, 6-7. Boys doubles went three of three to College Park, with Gavin Salton and Fish Bhatnagar won No. 1 match, Max Martakov and Kelvin Yu teaming for a win in the No. 2 match, and Chris Douglas and Daniel Zou getting a win in the No. 3 match.

The 2016 Class 6A Region II Championships takes place Thursday Oct. 27 & Friday Oct. 28 at Mansfield.

Pygmalion presented by The Woodlands College Park Theatre Department

https-%2f%2fcdn-evbuc-com%2fimages%2f24075017%2f185515876044%2f1%2foriginalPygmalion both delighted and scandalized its first audiences in 1914. A brilliantly witty reworking of the classical tale of the sculptor Pygmalion, who falls in love with his perfect female statue, it is also a barbed attack on the British class system and a statement of Shaw’s feminist views. In Shaw’s hands, the phoneticist Henry Higgins is the Pygmalion figure who believes he can transform Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, into a duchess at ease in polite society. The one thing he overlooks is that his ‘creation’ has a mind of her own.

LOCATION: The Woodlands College Park High School Auditorium, 3701 College Park Drive Conroe, TX 77384 View Map

Showtimes: 7pm Thur. Oct. 27 | 7pm Fri. Oct. 28 | 7pm Sat. Oct 29 | 7pm Tue. Nov. 1 


Choir serenades the nighttime at Lone Star College-Montgomery

choirconcert-eblast04ufThe Lone Star College-Montgomery Choir will perform its fall concert “Nightfall,” Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall located in building H.

The show will feature a variety of choral works centered on an evening theme. Selections will include Jonathon Dove’s spiritual classic “Seek him that maketh the seven stars” and Daniel Elder’s “Lullaby.”  “Through these songs, the choir truly shines,” said Mark Marotto, director of choral activities at LSC-Montgomery. “Every choral concert at LSC-Montgomery is special, and this selection soars to a new high. I’m so honored to bring these arrangements to the school and the community.”

Marotto will step away from directing to let LSC-Montgomery student James Davis lead the choir in his gospel favorite “Jesus is the Light,” written by V. Micheal McKay. “When Dr. Marotto first asked me to do this, I got excited,” said Davis. “Jesus is the Light is special to me because we all want to be a light shining to those who might be in a gloomy place in their life, spiritually, physically or mentally. The song is not an entertainment or a performance to me it is something that I am doing to minister, and anytime I get the chance to minister I think that that’s the most exciting opportunity you can have.”

Lone Star College-Montgomery student James Davis will lead the choir in his gospel favorite “Jesus is the Light,” written by V. Micheal McKay Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall located in building H.

Davis is a certified nursing assistant and the Minister of Music at Antioch Baptist Church in Willis. He is taking prerequisite classes and plans to get his nursing degree from LSC-Montgomery. This summer he traveled with the College’s choir to Cuba. “I am grateful and thankful to be a part of whatever I can while I’m at LSC-Montgomery,” said Davis. “I am 59-years-old, I am back in school doing something I have not done in years. I have been given opportunities that I never dreamed of and I will always have these memories. Looking back on these moments I will have nothing but joy.”

Tickets for the LSC-Montgomery Choir Concert can be purchased online at Prices are $10 general admission; $7 for seniors 55+ and $5 for children, faculty, staff, and students. For more information, contact Latoya Robinson at or 936.273.7401.

LSC-Montgomery offers a dynamic and professional music curriculum, designed so that all completed music classes count toward a degree in music and transfer to any music program at a Texas four-year college or university. For more information on the music program, visit

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

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

Klein Collins Student from Spring, Alyssa Schaefer, Is MISSING. Please Help.

1560104_1280x720Spring, Texas – October 17th, 2016: The Schaefer family along with law enforcement officials are asking the public’s help in locating Klein Collins Student, Alyssa Schaefer. At this point, she has not returned home and was not on the school bus. Her family reports that her phone has been turned off.

If you have any information please call Harris County Sheriff’s Department at


Alyssa Schaefer’s mother says she was last seen on Monday speaking with a boy across the street from the school. Victoria Schaefer returned to the scene of her daughter’s last known whereabouts this morning to make a tearful plea for the sophomore’s return. “Everybody is so worried about you, we want you to come home,” Victoria said. “You’re not in trouble, I just want to give you a great big hug and hold you…please be safe.” Yesterday, Alyssa did not get off the school bus as expected, and Victoria Schaefer says her daughter’s phone has since been turned off. The boy she was allegedly seen with is only described as a shorter Hispanic boy. Alyssa Schaefer’s friends allegedly did not know the boy or where the teen went after she was last seen. Right now, family and friends are looking for any clues they can, even trying to break into her social media accounts.

The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center opens in a new facility this season

1452539068_gomeltut-by_ice-skateThe Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department invites families and friends to enjoy ice skating in a new 21,000-square-foot permanent multi-purpose facility. The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center opens Saturday, November 19, 2016, at 10 a.m. The 2016–2017 season concludes Monday, January 16, 2017. Each season, The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center draws more than 50,000 skaters.

The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center is located at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, 77380, near the north gate entry of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and the intersection of Lake Robbins Drive and Six Pines Drive. The new multi-purpose facility features ice skating in a main room with lighting, a state-of-the-art sound system, tables for parties, and concessions.

woodlands-township-logoHours of operation are Monday to Thursday from 3 to 9 p.m., Friday from 3 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. The Ice Rink is open during special holiday hours on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Weekend admission, Friday to Sunday and school holidays, for a two-hour skate session is $12.50 for adults and $6 for children 5 and under. School holidays are based on the Conroe ISD calendar. Weekday admission, Monday to Thursday, for a two-hour skate session is $10.50 for adults and $5 for children 5 and under. All prices include skate rental.

The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center is generously sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital – The Woodlands in partnership with Planet Ford and produced by The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, please call The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department at 281-210-3800 or visit

The Pavilion Hosts Over 5,000 CISD Students for Fine Arts Education Day

cwmp-fine-arts-education-day-2016-1The Woodlands, Texas – Last week, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion hosted Fine Arts Education Day with a performance by the Houston Symphony for over 5,000 fourth and sixth graders from 35 schools across Conroe Independent School District.

Houston Symphony Conductor Robert Franz introduced orchestral music through the lens of writing and storytelling with his “Creating Stories and Music” program. Fine Arts Education Day, a free educational concert featuring  the Houston Symphony, is designed to introduce fourth grade students to orchestral music and the various instruments in band and orchestra before they choose an elective in fifth grade. Some sixth graders are invited to watch where their studies could take them if they continue their pursuit of music in junior high.

Produced in conjunction with Conroe ISD, Fine Arts Education Day fulfills The Pavilion’s Mission by fostering new audiences and enhancing an appreciation of the arts.

If you would like more information about The Pavilion, please visit or look for The Pavilion on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and Blogger. Or download The Pavilion’s iOS or Android app.

The Cooper volleyball teams are sponsoring the Cooper community’s sixth annual “Pink Week


Volleyball: The co-captains of the Cooper varsity volleyball team, Gina Valderrama, Kaylee Frazier and Kayley Wood, are ready for the Dig Pink games on October 20 versus SPC rival St. John’s.

The Cooper volleyball teams are sponsoring the Cooper community’s sixth annual “Pink Week,” October 17-21, in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Events are planned all week, culminating with the JV and Varsity volleyball games being played in the Dunlap Gymnasium on October 21 and the varsity football game on Pugh Field on October 21. The Dragon Booster Club is sponsoring fun pre-game activities that promise to put everyone “in the pink!”

The Dragon volleyball teams are once again pairing with the Side-Out Foundation/Dig Pink® to raise money for research for Stage 4 (metastatic) breast cancer, as well as for The Rose, a Houston organization that provides screening, diagnostics and treatment services, regardless of ability to pay.

Since its inception, Cooper’s DIG PINK events have raised over $78,000 toward this important effort. Help support this year’s efforts by making an online donation or ordering a 2016 Dig Pink t-shirt. GO GREEN AND PINK!


Dig Pink T-Shirts available at the Spirit Store $20 each (Cash or check)

Support our Volleyball Team’s Fundraising Campaign

NCAA Women’s Golf: 2016 Jim West Challenge Day 1 Photo Gallery


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NCAA Women’s Golf: The Woodlands Fazio Course at Carlton Woods & Texas State women’s golf to host the 2016 Jim West Challenge Sun., Oct. 9 and Mon., Oct. 10

The tournament started at 8:30 on Sunday morning with the golfers playing 36 continuous holes for rounds one and two. The final round is slated for a shotgun start at 9:30 on Monday on The Fazio Course at Carlton Woods. The 6,137 yard course plays at a par 72 for the weekend.

The 15-team field includes 11 teams that qualified for the 2016 NCAA Championships. Joining Texas State are Florida State, Houston, Jacksonville, Kent State, Miami, Missouri, North Texas, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and UTSA.

Live results will be available during tournament play at … Tournament results will be posted at at the conclusion of each day of competition.

The tournament concludes Monday with 18 holes beginning with an 9:30 a.m. shotgun start.

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An account of the Boston Marathon bombing, PATRIOTS DAY is the powerful story of a community’s courage in the face of terror.

In the aftermath of an unspeakable attack, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan) this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history and celebrates the strength of the people of Boston.

College Night at the Lone Star Convention Center

College Night is one of the largest college fairs held in the Houston Metropolitan area with over 150 colleges and universities in attendance and over 4,000 participants.collegenight2016

Conroe ISD, along with neighboring districts, Montgomery and Willis, is sponsoring College Night at the Lone Star Convention & Expo Center.

College Night provides parents and students with the opportunity to learn about college admissions, financial aid, and military opportunities as well as speak with college admissions representatives.

College Night will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lone Star Convention & Expo Center located at 9055 Airport Road (formerly FM 1484) in Conroe, TX 77303. Students are encouraged to register online at and print out a barcode to minimize time filling out information cards at the fair. Registration for the event is not required.

NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation opens entry for 2017 scholarship awards

yea-sample-header-082016web-colorThe National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur Foundation announced that its scholarship application for the 2017 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards is now open through December 18, 2016.  High school seniors who run their own business and plan to attend a two- or four-year university, college, or vocational institute during the fall of 2017 are eligible to apply.

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“These young entrepreneurial talents are the future of our nation and it’s so important that we acknowledge and reward their creative and innovative spirits and tireless work ethic,” said Director of NFIB’s Young Entrepreneur Foundation, Molly Young. “NFIB’s Young Entrepreneur Foundation is proud to award 100 of our nation’s most impressive young business leaders with scholarships to encourage them to continue to build on their entrepreneurial dreams.”

The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation offers scholarships that recognize high school seniors who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and initiative through having established and run their own businesses.  The scholarship program’s goal is to raise awareness among the nation’s youth of the critical role that private enterprise and entrepreneurship play in the American economy.

Thanks to Visa Inc. and other small business supporters, ninety-five scholarship winners will receive a $2,000 award, and five students will be chosen as Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award finalists and will attend an event in Washington, DC. The Young Entrepreneur of the Year recipient will receive $15,000, the Dan Danner Leadership Award winner will receive $15,000, and the remaining three finalists will each receive $5,000.

What do students need to know?

  • Students are able to apply October 1, 2016 thruDecember 18, 2016.
  • The independent selection committee will review all applications and select semi-finalists. Semi-finalists will be notified by mid-January.
  • Semi-finalists must be interviewed by an NFIB member, who will be assigned to each semi-finalist.
  • The Award recipients are selected by an independent scholarship organization. Scholarships are merit-based, not based on financial need.

More information about the YEF scholarship program and past recipients is available here.

Theatre: Addams Family – The Musical at the Creighton Theatre

Crighton Theatre | Performances: Oct. 21-Nov. 6, 2016

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In the kooky, upside-down world of the Addams Family, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams. Nonetheless, this quirky family still has to deal with many of the same challenges faced by any other family, and the spookiest nightmare faced by every family creates the focus Lippa, Brickman, and Elice’s musical: the Addams kids are growing up. The Addamses have lived by their unique values for hundreds of years and Gomez and Morticia, the patriarch and matriarch of the clan, would be only too happy to continue living that way. Their dark, macabre, beloved daughter Wednesday, however, is now an eighteen year-old young woman who is ready for a life of her own. She has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke, a sweet, smart boy from a normal, respectable Ohio family — the most un-Addams sounding person one could be! And to make matters worse, she has invited the Beinekes to their home for dinner. In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change.


Gomez Addams – husband of Morticia, father of Wednesday and Pugsley, and head of the Addams household. He is a strong leader and a caring father, who holds the Addams’ traditions and values — to honor the family, love, and death — in the highest level of importance.
Morticia Addams – the wife of Gomez Addams and the mother of Wednesday and Pugsley. Morticia shares the standard Addams family sensibilities: a taste for darkness, drama, and death. She is passionate, poised, and beautiful. Her husband, Gomez, is the love of her life, and she, in turn, has him wrapped around her little finger.
Uncle Fester – Gomez’s brother and, thus, Wednesday and Pugsley’s uncle. Throughout the play, Fester functions as a narrator of sorts, stepping out of the action at points to address the audience. He asks the audience questions, sings songs, and generally helps move the play forward.
Grandma – mother of Gomez and Fester. She lives in the attic where she drinks, smokes marijuana, and maintains her stock of potions. She is quick-witted, sarcastic, and funny. She is also caring and a good listener, willing to listen and offer her advice to any member of the family. The actress who plays Grandma must have strong comic sensibilities.
Wednesday Addams – the daughter of Gomez and Morticia and the older sister of Pugsley. The braided hell raiser we’ve seen in the comics has since grown up and is now a young woman of eighteen. She is a smart young woman with a dark sense of humor and a passionate nature that she inherited from her parents.
Pugsley Addams – the son of Morticia and Gomez Addams. He shares the Addamses’ preference for pain and mayhem; his favorite pursuits include being tortured by Wednesday. He counts his older sister to be his only friend.
Lurch – the faithful Addams family butler. He is a huge, hulking man — effect is often heightened with costuming. Lurch moves extremely slowly, much to the other characters’ frustrations at points. He does not speak through most of the play, instead communicating in low groans.
Mal Beineke – the father of Lucas and husband of Alice. He lives in Ohio where he owns a construction company. Mal is business-minded, logical, and determinedly normal. He sets very high expectations on his son, Lucas, who often feels pressured and criticized by this. He is resistant to the Addamses’ lifestyle; when he sets eyes on the decrepit Addams mansion, he immediately sees the business opportunity and wants to tear the place down.
Alice Beineke – is the mother of Lucas and wife of Mal. Unlike Morticia Addams, the mother of her son’s girlfriend, Alice is an impossibly kind, patient, and burdened wife. She often rhymes and writes corny little poems. However, this cheery exterior is really a front to hide how unhappy she is. Her marriage to Mal has lost its passion. Every day, she waits at home for him to return from work and then thanklessly caters to his every whim, before retiring to separate bedrooms.
Lucas Beineke – Wednesday Addams’ new boyfriend. He is rational, optimistic, and loyal. He is passionate and adores Wednesday as much as she does him. An aspiring poet, he is drawn to her passionate and impulsive nature. She, in turn, helps him come out of his shell and live a more adventurous life, with fervor and zest.
The Addams Ancestors – function as the chorus of the show. They are summoned from the dead by the Addams family in the opening scene. It is part of the family’s annual ritual to celebrate life and the Addams values. However, Fester retains their presence on Earth to help him aid Wednesday as she brings her new boyfriend home. Each of the ancestors is an Addams family member from a different time period. They should be markedly different and specific in their costumes so that the audience immediately recognizes their native time and place.


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