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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.”

Theatre: In rehearsals for The John Cooper School’s upcoming production of “The Boy Friend” that runs November 11-13.

“Oo La La! It’s oh so nicer in Nice!” sings junior Payton Russell as Hortense, the French Maid in rehearsals for The John Cooper School’s upcoming production of “The Boy Friend” that runs November 11-13.

Upper School students in grades nine through 12 at The John Cooper School are busy preparing for their upcoming main stage production of “The Boy Friend,” that opens on November 11 and runs through November 13. Continue reading “Theatre: In rehearsals for The John Cooper School’s upcoming production of “The Boy Friend” that runs November 11-13.”

John Cooper’s ‘The Boy Friend’ Is ‘A Gem’ According to New Director

Members of the tech crew work on construction of the set for the upcoming John Cooper School production of “The Boy Friend.”

7pm Nov. 11 & 12 | 2pm Nov. 12 & 13 

Tickets $20 Adults, $10 Students/Seniors

Although “The Boy Friend,” may not be familiar, the show’s director, Cooper’s new theater arts teacher Mary Rotella, says “it’s a little gem.” The story takes place over a 24-hour period at a finishing school in the French Riviera. “Set in the 1920s, it’s a stylistic piece, where it’s possible for a boy to meet a girl and fall in love, all in one day,” Rotella said.

The show can be characterized as a “pastiche,” meaning it imitates the time period in a lighthearted, celebratory manner. Set at Villa Caprice, a girls’ finishing school located on the outskirts of Nice, the storyline has twists and turns, including cases of mistaken identity. “It’s just a lot of fun, and is appropriate for all ages to enjoy,” Rotella said.

Lead characters include Polly, played by Emily Moses; Tony, played by T.J. Gill;  Bobby Van Husen, played by Jack Whitney; Headmistress, Mme. Dubonnet, played by Mallory Bechtel; Percival, played by Spencer Katterhagen; Maisie, played by Kate Fisher; Hortense, played by Payton Russell, Lord Brockhurst played by Conor Patterson and Lady Brockhurst played by Maddie Bergeron. Performing in featured roles will be Cassidy Sellers, Alex Swanbeck, Carina Masuelli, Sam Brus, Callum Burton and Mitchell Shannon. Continue reading “John Cooper’s ‘The Boy Friend’ Is ‘A Gem’ According to New Director”

The Cooper volleyball teams are sponsoring the Cooper community’s sixth annual “Pink Week


Volleyball: The co-captains of the Cooper varsity volleyball team, Gina Valderrama, Kaylee Frazier and Kayley Wood, are ready for the Dig Pink games on October 20 versus SPC rival St. John’s.

The Cooper volleyball teams are sponsoring the Cooper community’s sixth annual “Pink Week,” October 17-21, in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Events are planned all week, culminating with the JV and Varsity volleyball games being played in the Dunlap Gymnasium on October 21 and the varsity football game on Pugh Field on October 21. The Dragon Booster Club is sponsoring fun pre-game activities that promise to put everyone “in the pink!”

The Dragon volleyball teams are once again pairing with the Side-Out Foundation/Dig Pink® to raise money for research for Stage 4 (metastatic) breast cancer, as well as for The Rose, a Houston organization that provides screening, diagnostics and treatment services, regardless of ability to pay.

Since its inception, Cooper’s DIG PINK events have raised over $78,000 toward this important effort. Help support this year’s efforts by making an online donation or ordering a 2016 Dig Pink t-shirt. GO GREEN AND PINK!


Dig Pink T-Shirts available at the Spirit Store $20 each (Cash or check)

Support our Volleyball Team’s Fundraising Campaign https://giving.side-out.org/campaigns/11640

11 Cooper Seniors Named Scholars by National Hispanic Recognition Program

The John Cooper School National Hispanic Scholars, from left: Jason Weinstein, Victor Kareh, Mark Flanagan, Chase Juszczak, Kaitlyn Ramirez, Jessie Brown, Peyton Hayes, Nicole Juszczak, Alfredo Garcia Sanchez, Gina Valderrama and Christina Rivela.

THE WOODLANDS – The 2016-17 National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) selected eleven students from the Cooper Class of 2017 as National Hispanic Scholars.

Established in 1983, the National Hispanic Recognition Program is a College Board program that provides national recognition of the exceptional academic achievements of Hispanic/Latino high school seniors and identifies them for post-secondary institutions. In order to be eligible, students must be at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino, as defined by the NHRP, meet the minimum PSAT cutoff score by state, and achieve a minimum grade point average requirement.

Academics: Seven Members of Cooper Class of 2017 Named National Merit Semifinalists

THE WOODLANDS – Seven members of The John Cooper School Class of 2017 have been selected as semifinalists in the 62nd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Mark Flanagan, Pamela Fojtasek, Alex George, Victor Kareh, Kaitlyn Ramirez, Gina Valderrama and Jack Wade will continue in the competition for approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, worth approximately $33 million, that will be offered next spring.

Victor Kareh, Gina Valderrama, Mark Flanagan, Pamela Fojtasek, Alex George, Kaitlyn Ramirez and Jack Wade have been named 2017 National Merit Semifinalists.

These Cooper students are among 105 members of Cooper’s Class of 2017. They are among 16,000 Semifinalists named from academically talented high school seniors from around the country by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

About 1.6 million juniors from more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test that serves as an initial screen of program entrants. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. Approximately 15,000 Semifinalists are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of the designation. 2017 National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced beginning in April with concluding in July.

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.

Signatures Author Series Accepting Applications From Local Authors


CherylStrayed copySignatures Author Series Accepting Applications

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.