Category: Academics

Teen Writing & Art Challenge hosted by Montgomery County Women’s Center

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Photo: From left:  Melanie Jackman, Community Outreach Education Manager for MCWC;Cassandra Carrillo Aguilera – 2nd Place High School Writing; Bianca Mendoza – 1st Place High School Writing; Sophia Gonzalez – 2nd Place Jr. High Art; Caramia Mirra – 3rd Place High School Writing; Davis Payne – 2nd Place High School Art; Emily Danette Sanchez -3rd Place High School Art; Megann Helms – 3rd Place Jr. High Art; and Sarah Raleigh, MCWC President and CEO.

The Montgomery County Women’s Center invited teens to participate in the challenge as a way to create a safe environment to explore and discuss the impacts –

both positive and negative – of common dynamics found in these experiences.

The Writing & Art Challenge was open to all middle school and high school students who reside in Montgomery County. It included students attending public school, private school, alternative education, homeschool, etc. Participants were encouraged to enter a maximum of one submission in a writing or art category.

The writing submission ideas included essay, script, journal entry, poetry, short story, personal essay/memoir. The art submission ideas included flat art, 3D sculpture, ceramic/glass, jewelry, digital design, drawing/illustration, fashion, mixed media, photography, painting, and sculpture.

All works were evaluated by a blind judging process by a group of volunteer community members including high school students and adult judges on the criteria of theme, originality and creativity, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision or voice.

An awards ceremony was held at The Woodlands United Methodist Church on Feb. 22, 2018 which featured a Viewing Party where all students received a Certificate of Participation and the winners also received a Certificate of Appreciation. The winners included:

HIGH SCHOOL:

  • First Place Writing ($1000 Scholarship) – Bianca Mendoza, 12th grade, Conroe High School, “Metamorphosis”
  • First Place Art ($1000 Scholarship) – Chloe Pascual, 11th grade, The Woodlands High School, “Common Bond”
  • Second Place Writing ($500 Scholarship) – Cassandra Carrillo Aguilera, 11th grade, Conroe High School, “Dear Humanity”
  • Second Place Art ($500 Scholarship) – Davis Payne, 11th grade, Montgomery High School, “This Woman Believes”
  • Third Place Writing ($250 Scholarship) – Caramia Mirra, 11th grade, Conroe High School, “Trust In Relationships
  • Third Place Art ($250 Scholarship) – Emily Danette Sanchez, 11th grade, Conroe High School, “Trust can Change Like Day To Night”
  • Honorable Mention Art ($50 gift card) Ariadna Franco, 12th grade, Oak Ridge High School, “Waltz of Emotion”

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL:

  • First Place Art ($100 Gift Card) – Jennifer Alvarado, 8th grade, Washington Jr High, “Social Media Marriage”
  • Second Place Art ($50 Gift Card) – Sophia Gonzalez, 7th grade, McCullough Jr High, “Bold Stands Out In The Crowd”
  • Third Place Art ($25 Gift Card) – Megann Helms. 8th grade, “Hand In Hand”

The Montgomery County Women’s Center’s (MCWC) Youth Advisory Committee started in February 2017. “We acknowledge that youth are experts in their own lives and are key in developing solutions to the health issues in their lives,” notes Melanie Jackman, MSW, Community Outreach Education Manager for MCWC. “The primary function of the Youth Advisory Committee is to recognize youth as valuable stakeholders and we included them in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programming that our agency is delivering in schools and in the community.”

For more information about the MCWC’s Youth Advisory Committee, contact Melanie Jackman at (936) 441-4044 or melaniej@mcwctx.org.

The Montgomery County Women’s Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a United Way agency whose mission is to lead the effort in preventing domestic violence and sexual assault through crisis intervention, assistance, advocacy, empowerment and social change. Services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency shelter, transitional housing, advocacy, counseling, legal services and community.

For more information about the Montgomery County Women’s Center, please call(936) 441-4044 or the 24-hour crisis hotline at (936) 441-7273 or visit www.mcwctx.org.

Texas Torque 1477 First Robotics Team Hosts Remix Competition At College Park High School

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Texas Torque 2017 UIL Robot.

Please join Texas Torque 1477 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics in hosting their annual Remix competition on Saturday, November 11th from 8:30am to 4:30pm. This action-packed event is free, open to the public, and showcases the team’s community involvement in STEM education.

The competition will be held in the gyms across from new the state-of-the-art CISD robotics lab, which will be open for tours from 11am to 1pm. 30 teams from Texas, Louisiana, and Mexico will form alliances to compete with robots that shoot balls, collect and elevate gears, and climb a rope to earn points. Please watch this promotional video for more information about the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjp5KYsTsL0.

If you would like to learn more about the new lab, programs for students of all ages, or Texas Torque, please visit us at www.texastorque.org, Texas Torque on Facebook, or @TexasTorque on Twitter. The team is always looking for new opportunities, members, sponsors, and mentors.

Conroe ISD approves new headmaster of Academy for Science and Health Professions

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At their meeting Tuesday night, the Conroe ISD Board of Trustees approved Dr. Terri Benson as the new Headmaster of the Academy for Science and Health Professions.

In addressing the Board, Dr. Benson stated, “Thank you so much for the incredible opportunity to lead the Academy for Science and Health Professions, and for placing faith in me to continue the academic excellence at Conroe High School in the capacity of Headmaster. Dr. Papadimitriou has created a unique and special organization, and I am truly honored and humbled to follow him and commit to furthering the positive culture and collegiate preparation of the students.”

Dr. Benson currently serves as the associate principal of curriculum and instruction at Conroe High School. She has also served as an assistant principal and teacher at Conroe High School. She is filling the position formerly held by Dr. Michael Papadimitriou who will be opening the new Academy for Careers in Engineering and Science in 2018 that will be housed at Oak Ridge High School.

Family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Benson joined her at the meeting to show their support.

College Park Reading for a Better Life Photo Gallery

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The Conroe Independent School District is promoting a culture of reading by calling to action all adults within the Conroe ISD community to devote at least 30 minutes a day to reading aloud to children. (photo gallery)

SOCCER | Ex-Lady Highlander keeps public informed during Hurricane Harvey

 

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Former Lady Highlander soccer player Olivia Kintigh is now working as a broadcast meteorologist for Wilkens Weather Technologies.

Olivia Kintigh was determined to be a meteorologist.

Graduating from The Woodlands High School in 2009, the former All-Montgomery County Girls Soccer Player of the Year was bound of the University of Oklahoma with weather on her mind. Read more…

Robotics Facility Opened By Conroe ISD

roboticsfacilityOn June 10th Conroe ISD celebrated the opening of it’s state-of-the-art robotics facility located at The Woodlands College Park High School.  The new lab is home to FIRST Robotics team Texas Torque, which includes students from Conroe ISD area high schools.

Sonic, their 2013 world champion robot that cut the ribbon at the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, cut the ribbon to officially open the lab. For the past several years the team has been operating out of a chemistry lab classroom at the school. The new 12,000+ square foot, multi-million dollar facility will allow the school district to reach out to students of all ages through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs.

If you would like to learn more about the new lab, programs for students of all ages, or Texas Torque, please visit us at www.texastorque.org, Texas Torque on Facebook, or @TexasTorque on twitter. The team is always looking for new opportunities, members, sponsors and mentors.