Category: Literacy

The Art and Literary Magazine of The John Cooper School Honored by Scholastic Press

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(L-R): NSPA: 2016 Inkblots Editors Nina Rivela, Gibson Field, Nikki Juszczak, Sadie Robb and Claire Cromley.

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) and National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) have each recognized the 2016 edition of Inkblots, the art and literary magazine of The John Cooper School, with top honors.

Inkblots, Volume XIX, “Silent Symphonies,” was nominated by CSPA for its highest honor, a Scholastic Crown, that will be announced in March at CSPA’s annual spring convention at Columbia University. For the eighth consecutive year, the magazine has received the highest ranking of Gold Medal in the CSPA Medalist Critique. Senior Sadie Robb was editor-in-chief of the 156-page magazine, and Gibson Field and Nikki Juszczak were assistant editors.

Cooper student artists and writers were also recognized with eight Gold Circle Awards. Senior Claire Cromley was awarded two third place awards; in Free Form Poetry for “The Artist” and Traditional Poetry for “Dress Code.” Certificates of Merit were awarded in Photography to Sam Brus for his single photo, “Soulful” and to Heather Scotti for her portfolio of photography and Alex Swanbeck for Portfolio Illustration. Students from Cooper’s Class of 2016 who were awarded Certificates of Merit were Seth Dickens and Marina Ferguson for design, and Meredith Brus for her Experimental Fiction piece, “Open Ocean.”

Mitchell Library in The Woodlands nominated for national award

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THE WOODLANDS, Texas — The George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library, a branch of the Montgomery County Memorial Library System located in The Woodlands, Texas, has been nominated for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Services by U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady. Read more…

Signatures Author Series Accepting Applications From Local Authors

 

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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 www.johncooper.org/specialevents<http://www.johncooper.org/specialevents>. Updates on the luncheon will be posted on the News portion of The John Cooper School website at www.johncooper.org<http://www.johncooper.org>. 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 advancement@johncooper.org. 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.

Literacy: Woodlands College Park High School hosts Montgomery County Teen Book Festival

The Montgomery County Teen Book Festival will offer several hours of entertainment and insight from various authors, including E. Lockhart, on Saturday at The Woodlands College Park High School. Keynote speaker Lockhart is wrote “We Were Liars” and “The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks” — a Printz Award honor book, National Book Award finalist and Cybils Award recipient.

Other authors in attendance include Veronica Rossi, Susan Dennard, Kathleen Baldwin and Daniel Kraus. Baldwin, author of “A School for Unusual Girls”, said she had thought she would grow up to become a heart surgeon, though her mother and teachers were convinced she would become a writer. click here for complete story

Eighth Grader Paige Cromley, Wins Cooper Geography Bee

Each year, students in schools across the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The annual Geography Bee is an academic competition that includes participants in grades five through eight who are posed questions on culture, economics, current events, politics and geography.

Twelve students from The John Cooper School participated in the school-level Bee on December 18 by placing first during elimination rounds in their history classes. Of those, eighth grader Paige Cromley was determined to be the school-level winner and seventh grader Rebecca Juranek was runner-up.

 

Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn speaks at John Cooper School’s Signatures Author Series

Whether it was the plot-twisting novel or the edge-of-your-seat film, “Gone Girl” got America talking.

Gillian Flynn, author of “Gone Girl,” gives the keynote address during the John Cooper School’s Signatures Author Series event on Friday at the The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center.
Gillian Flynn, author of “Gone Girl,” gives the keynote address during the John Cooper School’s Signatures Author Series event on Friday at the The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center.

Award-winning novelist Gillian Flynn, author of the New York Times Bestseller “Gone Girl” and suspense thrillers “Dark Places” and “Sharp Objects,” was the featured keynote speaker at the John Cooper School’s annual Signatures Author Series event.

“Always keep writing,” Flynn advised. “Every first draft is awful—it’s supposed to be.”

According to John Cooper School Director of Marketing and Communications Deb Spiess, in order to make an event like this happen with such a well known author, “The stars have to align.” click here for complete story

Writers in Performance series welcomes novelist Elizabeth Crook to LSC-Montgomery

Lone Star College-Montgomery and the Montgomery County Literary Art Council’s Writers in Performance series welcomes novelist and Texas Institute of Letters Book Award winner Elizabeth Crook on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in the General Academic Center (building G), room 102, at LSC-Montgomery.
Lone Star College-Montgomery and the Montgomery County Literary Art Council’s Writers in Performance series welcomes novelist and Texas Institute of Letters Book Award winner Elizabeth Crook on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in the General Academic Center (building G), room 102, at LSC-Montgomery.

Lone Star College-Montgomery and the Montgomery County Literary Art Council’s Writers in Performance series welcomes novelist and Texas Institute of Letters Book Award winner Elizabeth Crook for a reading and discussion session about her works, The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place on Thursday, November 19, at 7 p.m. in the General Academic Center (building G), room 102, at LSC-Montgomery.

Crook is an American genre novelist of western fiction. She is the author of Monday, Monday, The Night Journal, Promised Lands and The Raven‘s Bride. Monday, Monday received the Jesse H. Jones award for best work of fiction and was named by Kirkus Reviews as a best fiction book of the year. The Night Journal was awarded a Spur Award from Western Writers of America and a WILLA Literary Award from Women’s Writing the West.  click here for complete story