Category: Awards

Girls Basketball | Oak Ridge earns two 12-6A superlatives

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Oak Ridge forward Alecia Whyte (21) reacts after making a three-pointer during the third quarter of a Region II-6A bi-district playoff game at Palestine High School, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Palestine.

After a season that saw it finish as co-District 12-6A champions, Oak Ridge players earned two superlative awards.

Alecia Whyte, who was The Courier’s Montgomery County Player of the Year after her sophomore campaign, earned Defensive MVP honors as a junior in 12-6A. Nikki Petrakovitz, a freshman for the Lady War Eagles, was the Newcomer of the Year.

Locally, College Park junior Sandra Cannady was the only other superlative honoree with her Offensive MVP selection. continue reading…

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

(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.”

Football: Setting new goals: Six Highlanders from The Woodlands heading to college football

purcell_and_schmidIt’s indeed a proud moment for parents to see their kids off to college, but it can be just as rewarding for coaches. “To see the kids you’ve worked with for all these years — many of them since they started junior high football — finish their high school career and to have done well enough both in the classroom and on the field to be awarded an opportunity to go to the collegiate level and play is very, very rewarding,” said The Woodlands High School Head Coach Mark Schmid. read more…

2017 iGoPink College Scholarship


The Breast Cancer Charities of America understands the importance of giving back to one’s community. It’s because of this that we have developed a program for local high school and college students that provides them the opportunity to follow their dreams of seeking higher education. The iGoPink Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship awarded to graduating seniors and current college student’s who’s caregiver has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

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The Woodlands Bar Association accepting Future Lawyer Scholarship applications

Graduation Day. Clipping path included.Applications are now being accepted by graduating seniors residing in Montgomery County for the “2017 Future Lawyers Scholarship in Memoriam Ida G. Stewart” and the “2017 Future Lawyers Scholarship in Memoriam Kevin T. Shea.”

Each scholarship will award $3,000 to outstanding local high school students through The Woodlands Bar Association (WBA) scholarship program. Read more…

Football: The Woodlands QB Schmid is The Courier’s Player of the Year

aaaEric Schmid turned back toward the field, helmet in hand. He had just finished standing with his teammates as The Woodlands’ marching band played the school song in celebration of the Highlanders’ playoff victory over Garland Sachse – a gritty win that came down to waning minutes.

Earlier in the game, Schmid had absorbed a tough hit from one of the Mustangs’ defenders as he was diving toward the left corner of the end zone. Read more…

Basketball: DeAndre Jordan’s high school jersey retired in Kingwood

aaaLos Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan had his high school basketball jersey retired at Christian Life Center Academy in Kingwood on Thursday.

Jordan was accompanied by Clippers teammates when his No. 12 jersey, which commemorated his high school, college, professional and Olympic career, was retired. He played his senior season at Christian Life Center Academy after transferring from Episcopal. Read more…