Category: Schools

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

DSC_0143
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.

Theatre | Meet Four Stellar Understudies Who Wait in the Wings to Save the Day at the College Park High School Theatre Dept.

1 (247)Relax—that little white slip in your program is nothing to be afraid of. You’re in great hands during the College Park Theatre 2018 UIL One-Act-Play  “Good People”. Standbys Alex Oleksy, Maya Gordon, Sarah Wolsky & Mason Odem, are ready to step into the spotlight at the last minute.

They’re on call, inside the theater, ready to jump in at a moment’s notice when a headliner gets sick – even if a performance already in progress!

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

920x920 (3)
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…

Basketball | Grimes earns second straight 12-6A MVP award

920x920 (2)
College Park guard Quentin Grimes (5) brings the ball up court during the second quarter of a District 12-6A high school basketball game at College Park High School, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in The Woodlands.

College Park senior Quentin Grimes has been named the District 12-6A Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season after yet another standout campaign for the Cavaliers.

Grimes, a Kansas signee, averaged 29.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game this year while shooting 57 percent from the floor and 39 percent from the 3-point line. continue reading…

Experience the Sounds of the Season at Holly Jolly Jingle Nov. 30 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

The Woodlands, Texas – There’s no place like The Pavilion for the holidays! Join us for the return of Holly Jolly Jingle Thursday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m. This festive event includes a musical celebration of the season by local student performers and fun winter activities for all ages. Tickets are not required for this free event. Gates open at 6 p.m.

_DSC0990It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Holly Jolly Jingle as The Pavilion stage features performances of familiar holiday medleys by the student musicians of Conroe High School, The Woodlands High School, Oak Ridge High School and The Woodlands College Park High School as well as the Sam Houston State University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir. Sing along to classic seasonal tunes with a certain jolly elf rumored to make an early appearance at his favorite holiday celebration. There’s no chance of a silent night with this much music and fun.

Concertgoers will be walking in a winter wonderland of activities. Guests are invited to create holiday arts and crafts, visit with Santa Claus and enjoy pre-concert performances by Knox Jr. High, McCullough Jr. High and the Conroe High Jazz Band in the plazas. All aboard the Candy Cane Express in the Gold Lot beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Attendees are welcome to have a picnic in their seat but keep in mind that outside beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion and picnics must also comply with The Pavilion’s bag size restriction and/or be in original packaging. Examples include pizza within a pizza box or chips in original sealed packaging. Please visit The Pavilion’s website for more information on these restrictions.

Preferred parking is available in the on-site Town Center Garage, located along Six Pines Drive. Parking is $10 per vehicle and tickets for on-site parking can be purchased in advance at all Ticketmaster locations and The Pavilion Box Office. Guests also may park in any of the five free parking lots on the southwest side of The Pavilion. The free, color-coded lots are connected to The Pavilion by corresponding pathways with signs leading across The Waterway.

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

Cross Country | Highlanders claim 20th state title; Rahmaan wins girls 6A race

920x920 (31)
Runners with The Woodlands High School, including second overall finsher Gavin Hoffpauir (right), gather around the team’s new trophy after winning the program’s third straight team title and 20th overall during the UIL State Cross Country Championships at Old Settlers Park, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Round Rock

As he stood on the pavement near the awards tent at the UIL cross country state championships at Old Settlers Park on Saturday, Gavin Hoffpauir broke into a smile when asked about his former teammate Tanner Noble. continue reading

Oak Ridge High School theatre students will perform “See How They Run” in the Black Box Theatre.

shtr-7_1_origThe play, originally written by Philip King, is a family-friendly production as a 90-minute, 100 mile-an-hour farce.

“The setting is just a vicarage in England; characters show up, and everything goes wrong,” Curtis says. “A variety of characters show up at the wrong time and there’s mistaken identities and people losing people and everything spirals out of control and goes wrong … the farce is the plot.”

The play is set in the 1940s and has been acclaimed as a brilliant, farcical comedy. Audience members will enjoy the interaction between cast members inside the smaller Black Box venue.

 

The final performance of “See How They Run” will take place Oct. 30 in the Oak Ridge HS Black Box Theatre. Performances begin at at 7:00 p.m.