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Fundraising Nearly Completed For Texas A&M’s New Music Activities Center

TAMU_MusicActivitiesCenterRenderingThe Ed Rachal Foundation announced it will give $10 million to the Texas A&M Foundation, the largest gift to date in a campaign to build a new Music Activities Center at Texas A&M University. The center on the south end of campus will be home to all of the university’s orchestras, choral groups and bands, including the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.

The new Music Activities Center, located on the corner of George Bush Drive and Coke Street, will accommodate more than 1,300 student musicians who are part of 14 different musical groups on campus. click here for complete story

Seeing things: Local artist studies abroad

Jesse Lane, a resident of The Woodlands, studied art in Italy and won this year’s Derwent/Conté À Paris – Colart Americas Award For Exceptional Merit.
Jesse Lane, a resident of The Woodlands, studied art in Italy and won this year’s Derwent/Conté À Paris – Colart Americas Award For Exceptional Merit.

The Woodlands resident Jesse Lane takes inspiration from one of his favorite artists, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. Like Caravaggio, Lane uses chiaroscuro technique — a strong emphasis on contrasts between light and dark parts of an image.

Unlike Caravaggio, who lived a reportedly tumultuous life, Lane does not get into brawls on tennis courts. Rather, Lane has a reserved demeanor and is quite humble about his artistic beginnings.

“I was terrible at it. I didn’t think I was going to try to be a professional artist at that point, but I just kept doing it,” he said. “I’d never been good at anything before, so it became the thing I was best at and how I defined myself.”

Lane began drawing with colored pencils in 2005. Ten years later, now age 25, the graduate of The Woodlands High School is an award-winning artist, having won first place in The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival’s Student Art Scholarship Program and, this month, the Derwent/Conté À Paris – ColArt Americas Award for Exceptional Merit in the 23rd International Exhibition of the Colored Pencil Society of America in Atlanta.

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Tennis: HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS: Rain delays start of UIL state tennis tournament

statetennis_rain_1_18130847_ver1.0_900_675A large contingent of local and area tennis players were ready to start their journey to earning a UIL state medal Tuesday morning.

Mother Nature had other ideas.

As of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday rain was still saturating the courts at the Mitchell Tennis Center.

A notice on the tennis section of the UIL website stated matches were pushed back to 2 p.m. It marked the third delay of the day for the UIL’s two-day tournament, which is hosting all of the classifications — for the first time ever — on the campus of Texas A&M. click here for complete story

Football: Texas A&M Lands Versatile Summer Creek TE Nicknamed Optimus Prime

584d5cebb72a9eb38dd57ebeea28b540_crop_northFans of the movie Transformers know one thing: Not everyone can carry the nickname Optimus Prime. It’s one of utmost respect.

Zarrian Holcombe, who committed to Texas A&M on Monday, isn’t your average high school athlete—both on off the field. If you know his routine at Houston’s Summer Creek High School, then there’s no contesting the fact that he’s earned the nickname.

“Optimus Prime makes things happen,” Holcombe said. “He’s a big guy, and he’s a leader. Even when he’s down or hurt, he still leads the pack. click here for complete story

College Park, Willis, Splendora, Caney Creek student-athletes ink scholarships

54d2ccfd5efd2.imageWith student-athletes signing their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, area prepsters were no exception on National Signing Day.

National Signing Day is the first official day that many student-athletes can sign with their respective colleges. It’s held the first Wednesday in February. click here for complete story

Football: Five reasons Kyler Murray should choose Texas A&M

Kyler MurrayKyler Murray held the attention of thousands during his pursuit of Allen High School’s third-consecutive state championship which capped off what could be the greatest high school football career in Texas history.

Last playing on the football field in 2011, Texas A&M and the University of Texas find themselves battling it out for quite a few four and five-star recruits, none of which appear to be more important than Murray. click here for complete story