Close to 25,000 people came out to The Woodlands to cheer on about 115 floats in the South County Fourth of July Parade Tuesday. The 1.3-mile parade began and ended at The Woodlands United Methodist Church while weaving through the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and Market Street area. continue reading
New private school slated to open in The Woodlands by fall 2017
ASD Hope, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded by local educators, is in the process of opening Texas Autism Academy in The Woodlands by fall 2017. Community leaders in business, politics, education and health care came together Saturday morning to learn about the new private school, which is integrated with Applied Behavior Analysis tactics, while focusing on the benefits of early intervention. click here for complete story
Claire Cromley, a rising senior at The John Cooper School, and Frank Masuelli, a 2016 Cooper graduate, were among 325 youth from around the nation who received a Congressional Award Gold Medal on June 16 in Washington, D.C. The two Woodlands residents are two of only 21 students recognized from the state of Texas.
Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives joined community and corporate leaders to recognize young people who have dedicated hundreds of hours of service to their communities. The two Cooper students attended an award ceremony in the Cannon Caucus Room on Capitol Hill, followed by a Youth Wellness Recognition Dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
The Gold Medal is based on four criteria: 400 cumulative hours of public service, 200 hours of physical activity, 200 hours of personal growth and an exploration which is designed to show independence and immersion in a different culture. Both students were required to write about the impact of the experiences that were to take place outside of school activities. Cromley and Masuelli were each awarded a Congressional Award bronze and silver medals by U.S. Representative Kevin Brady in 2014 and 2015.
Cromley met the Gold Medal criteria for public service hours by working at the South Montgomery County Memorial Library and the Montgomery County Food Bank. She achieved the physical activity criteria through Pilates classes and off-campus tennis and enhanced her personal growth by working at pools through The Woodlands Township. The final criteria was achieved by visiting with students and serving as a teaching assistant for a week at MacArthur Ninth Grade campus of Aldine ISD, a title 1 school.
“Through these efforts, I’ve learned so much,” Cromley said. “I’ve learned how to gain strength physically and mentally and I’ve learned the importance and impact of helping others through my service activities. These opportunities have helped me learn about my community and myself, and I feel I’ve grown as a person because of them. It feels really good to impact others.” Cromley, who will begin her senior year at Cooper this fall and would like to pursue the study of social work at the college level.
Masuelli, a Cooper Pioneer, meaning he attended Cooper consecutively from kindergarten through 12th grade, gained his public service hours primarily by his outreach efforts through The Woodlands chapter of National Charity Roundtable, a non-profit organization in which young men work with their parents in the community serving area philanthropies. He volunteered at the Bridgewood Farms Thrift Shop, the Interfaith Food Pantry and the Tamina Community Center’s after-school program. He also worked with youth at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, doing curatorial work and leading tours. In addition to regularly working out at the gym, Masuelli shares a love of long distance bike riding with his dad to keep fit.
Masuelli, who will major in systems engineering and economics at The University of Pennsylvania in the fall, fulfilled the personal growth aspect for the award by taking art classes in oil painting plus voice and music theory lessons that led him to join the school choir in tenth grade and continued through his senior year. “I enjoyed the charity work because I simply enjoy helping people in our community,” he said. “And it was a nice form of self expression to pursue additional opportunities in the arts.”
The Education for Tomorrow Alliance celebrated sharp minds and bright ideas during the 26th annual SCI://TECH Exposition.
From magnet exploration to the magic of electricity, hundreds of students put their best experiments on display at the Lone Star Convention Center in Conroe.
“It’s great, “ Conroe resident Guy Munster said. “My kids come every year. It’s important for them to explore.” click here for complete story
The Veterans Clinic will showcase its new facility with a Grand Opening celebration this Friday, December 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Located at 690 South Loop 336 in Conroe, veterans, their families, and the community, are invited to come see the new clinic and all the amenities it has to offer.
Due to the efforts of Kevin Brady, U.S. Representative for Texas’s 8th congressional district, the community, veterans, and the local Veterans Administration, the clinic came to fruition and opened its doors for veterans, November 23. (See related link New Veterans Clinic opened for services November 23. click here for complete story
On Wednesday shoppers frequented Market Street and the mall; filmgoers enjoyed a movie at one of The Woodlands’ cinemas; patrons dined at one of the many restaurants in the area. People went to work, kids went to school, and The Woodlands had a fairly normal day.
However, at 4:30 that afternoon, Town Green Park became grounds for The Woodlands Township Veterans Day Tribute, honoring those who boldly served our country so that we can go about our days as we please. click here for complete story
U.S. Congressman and District 8 of Texas Representative Kevin Brady hosted an Academy send-off breakfast the morning of June 13 at the Black Walnut Cafe in The Woodlands, honoring those students who will be dedicating their college years to one of the highly prestigious military academies in the United States. Out of approximately 300 applicants reviewed by the selection committee in District 8, a total of 9 students were appointed for admission.
They are as follows: Luke Easton (Oak Ridge High School, Air Force Academy), Tyler Mortensen (The Woodlands College Park High School, Air Force Academy), Collin Page (Klein Collins High School, Air Force Academy), Maxwell Page (Montgomery High School, Air Force Academy), Tyler Rapp (The Woodlands High School, Air Force Academy), Daniel Carroll (Magnolia West High School, Naval Academy), Aaron Cheng (The Woodlands College Park High School, West Point Academy), Nicola Newton (Conroe High School, West Point Academy), and Corey Sanders (The Woodlands High School, West Point Academy). click here for complete story