Tag: Fine Arts

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

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:


  • 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”



  • 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.

Conroe ISD senior accomplishes four-year goal at Western Art Show


Out of more than 650 art pieces and 60 Conroe ISD campuses, one College Park High School teacher will cheer on four of her students chosen by the judges at the Western Art Show Saturday.

It took one of her students, senior Claire Zhang, four years to earn the gold medal; and she did it by trying something new: her first oil paint rodeo submission. The 18-by-24-inch piece took Zhang 20-30 hours to finish and features a colorful bronco rider with expressive brush marks. Read more…

They’re Here! See Photos of A Christmas Carol the Musical’s First Preview

Holiday Theater 2015 – Ring in the season with the family classic ‘A Christmas Carol’

Christmas Carol comes to the Woodlands!! Class Act Productions will bring to life a musical version of Charles Dickens’ timeless holiday classic “A Christmas Carol.” The production opens Nov. 28 at The Nancy Bock Center for Performing Arts in The Woodlands.

Founder and Artistic Director of Class Act Productions, Keith Brumfield directs the performance assisted by Debra Moses, choral director/music teacher at The John Cooper School. Brumfield chose this version of the classic tale because of its musical score, composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Audiences will remember Menken as the multi-award winning composer of Disney’s “Beauty and The Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Newsies.”

“The music is superb,” Brumfield said. “It’s a really nice adaptation of the classic story of A Christmas Carol. We are hoping audiences will truly enjoy the performance and interpretation and maybe make it a new holiday tradition.”

Tackling the iconic role of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is Woodlands HS senior Aidan Stock. The story follows along as Ebenezer is visited by three spirts: Belynda Smith, Ghost of Christmas Past, Brian Weaver, Ghost of Christmas Present, and Anita Stevens, Ghost of Christmas Future. They help Scrooge recognize his faults and greet Christmas morning with a cheerful “Merry Christmas!” before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him.

Families have joined together both onstage and off to help to tell this heart-warming story. The cast ranges from age 8-adult and the ensemble is brimming with energy throughout the entire show.

Performances are Nov. 28 at 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. and 29 at 2:30 p.m. and December 5 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and December 6 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15-$30 and can be purchased online atwww.classactproductions.org.

The performances will be held in the Nancy Bock Center for Performing Arts on the campus of McCullough Jr. High, 3800 South Panther Creek Drive in The Woodlands.

TWCP choir honors veterans with annual concert

The Woodlands College Park High School JROTC color guard members present the U.S. and Texas flags as choir students perform the National Anthem during the Songs of Freedom choir tribute to veterans on Saturday at The Woodlands College Park High School
The Woodlands College Park High School JROTC color guard members present the U.S. and Texas flags as choir students perform the National Anthem during the Songs of Freedom choir tribute to veterans on Saturday at The Woodlands College Park High School

Hundreds of veterans were honored at the 10th annual Songs of Freedom concert performed by The Woodlands College Park High School choir.

The Cavalier Choir hosts the performance each year before Veterans Day to kick off the celebrations.

“We like to take this night to give thanks and salute our military,” Cavalier Choir Boosters President Diana Rogers said. “We put on a big performance. It’s really just to thank them for all they’ve done… It’s about the military, and it’s just their way to have an opportunity to thank them.”

The choir performed patriotic tunes like “Spirit of America,” “Hero,” “God Bless America,” and “Valor.” click here for complete story

Theatre Photo Call: College Park Monday. Nov. 2 Production of “Picnic”

DSC06845Directed by Valerie Roberts Labonski, the production will officially close Nov. 3, at the College Park High School Theater on 3701 College Park Drive.

The cast features Brad Brickhouse as Howard Bevans, Syid Parker  as ready-to-blossom Madge Owens, Cara Ellison as Rosemary Sydney, T.J. Duncan as Hal Carter (the drifter who stirs up urges), Arden Parker as Flo Owens and Syd Daw as Helen Potts, with Mary Hurstell (Millie Owens), Kyle Clevenger (Alan Seymour), Sarah Scheinder (Christine Schoenwalde), McKenna Preston (Irma Kronkite) and Alex Olesky (Bomber).

Picnic, is a “timeless American classic about the line between restraint and desire. It’s a balmy Labor Day in the American Heartland, and a group of women are preparing for a picnic… but they’ll have to lay a lot on the line before they can lay out the checkered cloths. When a handsome young drifter named Hal (TJ) arrives, his combination of uncouth manners and titillating charm sends the women reeling, especially the beautiful Madge (Sid). When Hal is forced out of town, Madge must decide whether their fleeting encounter is worth changing the course of her life.”

The creative team includes Laura Kieler (Technical Director), Kara Moline (Assistant Director), Grace Bonney (Stage Manager), Blake Murrell (Assistant Stage Manager) and Rebekah Fuller (Sound Manager).

Rebekah Fuller - Sound Manager
Rebekah Fuller – Sound Manager

Tuesday performance will begin at 7 p.m. Adult general admission is $7, and tickets for Students are $5.

The The College Park Theater is located on 3701 College Park Dr. For ticket information you may visit http://twcptheatre15.wix.com/cptheatre15

The Woodlands HS sophomore, athlete wins nation-wide fiddle contest titles

River Lee, sophomore and JV football player at The Woodlands High School, recently won the title of Grand Master Youth Fiddle Champion in Nashville, Tennessee.

His interest was sparked as a little boy with a toy fiddle. When he was only three years old, he decided that he wanted to learn how to play a real one. His wish came true at age four, and he started taking fiddle lessons. click here for complete story


10 high school football fans with awesome face and body paint (Photos)

This week’s installment takes a look at fans and players who have taken the idea of face paint — and even body paint — to the highest level. For more information on the #rockyourschoolcolors campaign and how to win $1,000 for your school, click here.

Click here to see more images from the gallery.