HONORING THE TOP 10 GRADUATING SENIORS
Valedictorian Vanessa Alexandra & Educator Kent Nelson - Klein High School
Educator Danae Perez & Valedictorian Alexander Nguyen - Klein Forest High School
Educator Brad Rice & Valedictorian Kurtis Evan David - Klein Oak High School
Valedictorian Lorrie Tria & Educator Kandice Trujillo - Klein Collins High School
Klein ISD 2015 valedictorians and their distinguished educators. Distinguished educators are chosen by the students for their profound educational impact.
Congratulations & Best Wishes Graduates K L E I N I S D E D U C AT I O N F O U N D AT I O N B O A R D O F D I R E C T O R S
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K L E I N I S D E D U C AT I O N F O U N D AT I O N
Academic Banquet MONDAY APRIL 20, 2015
WELCOME Ed Shackelford, President Klein ISD Education Foundation Dr. Jim Cain, Klein ISD
INVOCATION & PLEDGE Pastor Tim Seippel OF ALLEGIANCE The Church at Creek’s End DONOR RECOGNITION Cindy Doyle, Director Community Relations & Education Foundation KEYNOTE SPEAKER Dr. Keith Kerr Klein Collins High School, Class of 2005 RECOGNITION OF DISTINGUISHED Ed Shackelford, President SCHOLARS & EDUCATORS Klein ISD Education Foundation Klein ISD Education Foundation Directors STUDENT COMMENTS Sreesh Shenoy, Klein High School Alexander Nguyen, Klein Forest High School Ben Fogarty, Klein Oak High School Lorrie Tria, Klein Collins High School DONALD R. COLLINS DISTINGUISHED Dr. Jim Cain, Superintendent KLEIN EDUCATOR AWARD Klein ISD CLOSING REMARKS Cindy Doyle, Director Community Relations & Education Foundation
KL EIN I S D ED UC ATION FOUN DATION
GEORGAN REITMEIER 2015 Donald R. Collins Distinguished Klein Educator Award PREVIOUS HONOREES: Dr. Grace Davis England, Dr. Nancy Reeves Radcliffe, Dr. Robert LeBlanc, Ann Anderson, Frank Lemmon, Betty L. Dodd, Ed & Wanna Hickey and Dr. Donald R. Collins, CPA
Jennifer Cheng, Grahame Gornall, Claire Deacon, Sreesh Shenoy, Mason Kinkeade, Vanessa Alexandra, Shivani Shah, Arjoon Srikanth, Andrew Ma, Ashna Dhingra
Principal: Larry Whitehead
VANESSA ALEXANDRA Klein High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction American Invitational Mathematics Examination Qualifier Health Occupations Students of America: Future Health Professionals National Finalist Business Professionals of America State Qualifier Region IX Philharmonic Orchestra Violinist Area Violinist Mu Alpha Theta TMSCA Competitor Texas Music Scholar Science National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society National Honor Society LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Science National Honor Society, Vice-President Business Professionals of America, Treasurer Mu Alpha Theta, Co-Secretary Mathematics Peer Tutor COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Tomball Regional Medical Center Klein 5th Grade Strings Program Hampton Assisted Living Mu Alpha Theta, Volunteer National Honor Society, Volunteer Science National Honor Society, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to study biochemistry; my choice of university is undecided.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Kent Nelson Klein High School
I didnâ€™t expect to take three years of Spanish with Sr. Nelson when I first walked into his class sophomore year. I broadened my vocabulary and understanding of Spanish not through boring lectures or worksheets but through articles on VeinteMundos, oral presentations, and video skits. Sr. Nelson entertains us by playing songs on his guitar, sharing stories of fishing trips with his friends and his vacations to Spain and Latin American countries, and showing videos of him surfing. When we read a poem or story, he not only explains the meaning of the work but also creates a real life connection to the theme to teach us life lessons. Everything that Sr. Nelson has taught me for the past three years, from Spanish to his life lessons, is something that I can use in the future and will always cherish and remember. He taught me how to embrace and appreciate the language and culture and helped me gain a different outlook on life through his teaching. ÂĄGracias por todo que ha hecho!
JENNIFER CHENG Klein High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Merit Commended Scholar Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Texas Performance Standards Project Participant Distributive Education Clubs of America International Competition Qualifier Speech and Debate Team National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Robotics Club Computer Science Club Interact Club University Interscholastic League Literary Criticism Team LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Distributive Education Clubs of America, President Klein ISD District Career & Technical Education Advisory Committee Appointee Computer Science Club, Class Representative HuaXia Chinese School Student Council, President
I have had the pleasure of having Mrs. Hermsdorf as a teacher for two years. Her passion for both teaching and chemistry far surpasses the normal educator. Her enthusiasm for chemistry shines through with each lesson she teaches; what shines brighter, however, is her care for the lives of her students. On more than just a level of ionic bonds and atomic numbers, Mrs. Hermsdorf and I connected on a personal level. Chemistry is not one of my favorite subjects by any means. But what makes Mrs. Hermsdorf so special to me is what she has taught me beyond academics. She instilled values of self-confidence, kindness, and perseverance in me at my hardest times and reminded me that downfalls are a part of the journey to success. I know for a fact that my high school experience wouldn’t be the same without her. Mrs. Hermsdorf, words cannot truly express all that you’ve done for me. The knowledge, both personal and technical, that’s been imparted in me by my time in your class has been invaluable and unable to replicate.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Volunteer Science National Honor Society, Volunteer Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in engineering or business; my university choice is undecided.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Vicki Hermsdorf Klein High School
SHIVANI SHAH Klein High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Merit Commended Scholar Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Varsity Tennis National Guild Piano Playing Auditions, 3 time State Winner Texas State Music Theory Exam, 4 time Medalist Health Occupations Students of America Kleinwood Dolphins Swim Team National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Student Council LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Spanish Honor Society, Co-President; Secretary Chinmaya Mission Houston Youth Group, Student Leader My Introduction to Engineering (MITE), Team Leader COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: St. Lukeâ€™s Episcopal Hospital, Junior Volunteer Health Occupations Students of America, Volunteer Silverado Senior Living Center, Volunteer Mittelstadt Elementary, Student Mentor Chinmaya Mission Houston, Hindi Class Teacher Assistant Mu Alpha Theta, Math Tutor
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend either the University of Texas at Austin or Georgia Tech and major in Chemical Engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Holly Cannon Klein High School
A coach. A teacher. An advisor. An inspiration. Coach Cannon has been all of these to me and so much more. Her excitement about how chemical reactions work is contagious, and over the years, I have definitely contracted the love-of-chemistry disease. I owe my enthusiasm for science to her chemistry class where I truly discovered that the real world applications of aggravating chemistry problems actually interested me. It is her faith in my intellectual ability that has encouraged me to pursue my goal of becoming a chemical engineer. As a coach, she has imparted in me the importance of perseverance and commitment to a team and a goal. Losing a match after playing hours in incredible heat or freezing cold is devastating. However, Coach Cannon has taught me that tennis is not just about winning or losing but about the experience of the game and self-improvement. Managing homework and practice was a constant struggle, but her patience has enabled me to succeed in both learning and playing. Iâ€™m proud to have been both her student and her athlete.
GRAHAME GORNALL Klein High School
“Take all four counts to breathe…” Anyone who’s in the Klein Marching Band, or who has even happened to pass by during rehearsal outside on the steaming asphalt, has more than likely heard these words from Mr. Lambrecht over the “loud thing”, the microphone. What, though, made this phrase in particular stick with me? Perhaps, after four years in the Texas sun, these words of wisdom have been so deeply chiseled into the marble slab of my mind through the diligent, painstaking repetition that comes with band practice that it’s likely no wind or rain could ever wash them away. Or, perhaps, these words hold a deeper meaning. On the surface, Mr. Lambrecht is telling us all to expand our lungs and to take in as much air as we possibly can so that, when we finally play that first note, we’ll produce a rich, resonant sound. But underneath it all, I believe, Mr. Lambrecht was trying to teach us to do the most with the time that we’ve been given. Well, it’s been a long road and a long time but through it all I’ve learned to cooperate with others, to come out of my socially-awkward shell, and to enjoy the experience more obsessively focusing on the goal. So, thank you Mr. Lambrecht and thank you to the entire Klein High Band. I can promise you all that I won’t forget a single count as I step forward into this next stage of my life.
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Klein High Marching Band Freshmen District Honor Band All-Area Orchestra on Piano University Interscholastic League, State Solo & Ensemble Excellent Rating National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society International Piano Guild Member Cypress Creek Music Teachers Association Young Artists Competition 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Business Professionals of America State Finalist Distributive Education Clubs of America, State Finalist, National Qualifier Academic Octathlon Mr. TopKat Contestant University Interscholastic League Spelling Team, State Qualifier Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction National Merit Commended Scholar LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: National Honor Society, President Klein High Marching Band, Brass Captain Klein High Marching Band, Uniform Crew Business Professionals of America, Secretary and Historian COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Volunteer Science National Honor Society, Volunteer Environmental Sciences, Volunteer Performing at Nursing Homes (Band and Piano)
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I hope to attend Yale University, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania or the University of Texas at Austin and major in global business, linguistics or both.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Chris Lambrecht Klein High School
ARJOON SRIKANTH Klein High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Member of the Klein Orchestra: Four Year All Region Orchestra Member; Member of the 2014-15 Texas Music Educators Association All State Orchestra; Rated Outstanding at Klein ISD Solo and Ensemble Contest Klein University Interscholastic League Science Team: First Place in Biology at Regionals; Second Place in Physics at Regionals; Qualified for State Tournament; Placed Ninth at Texas Math and Science Coach’s Association State Meet German Club Gold Award on American Association of Teachers of German - German Exam German National Honor Society Science National Honor Society National Honor Society National Merit Scholar Finalist Presidential Scholars Nominee Student at Riyaz Houston School of Tabla Passed Prathama Examination LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Orchestra Chamber Class Representative Orchestra, Principal Violist Science Club, President German Club, Co-President German National Honor Society, President Science National Honor Society, Activities Chair COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Hindu Youth Summer Camp, Camp Counselor Science National Honor Society, NFL Flag Football Volunteer Village Senior Center, Quartet Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend either Stanford University or Princeton University and study something involved in science or politics.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Amy Breeding Klein High School
Combining a personal approach to the traditional topical lecture, Ms. Breeding keeps her class interesting and informative. Any doubts I had about the value of literature were instantly swept away upon experiencing her personal style of connecting the issues of today’s fast paced society with the written works of eons past. Aside from her clear passion for her subject, Ms. Breeding never fails to impress me with her compassion for her students. She has a razor sharp intuition regarding the feelings of her students, never failing to brighten one’s day with her warm exterior and witty humor. Indeed her empathy for the personal issues of her learners has always struck me as remarkably sincere. Ms. Breeding’s unique and touching combination of passion and genuine interest in the success of her students has made her a favorite of mine. She ignited a genuine appreciation within me for the study of language, relating it to the reality of my own human experience. I know now the power that literature has, how it brings an immediacy and emotional response to topics that one might not have considered previously. She opened my mind to the art of language while touching my heart with her art of pedagogy.
CLAIRE DEACON Klein High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Merit Finalist Varsity Soccer Rotary Short-term Foreign Exchange Student to Spain Spanish National Honor Society Orchestra Klein Soccer Club Referee Business Professionals of America, State Qualifier Texas Bluebonnet Girls State Representative Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Student Council LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Spanish National Honor Society, Vice President, Co-President Business Professionals of America, Secretary Orchestra Symphony Class Representative
In the three years that Coach Ramirez has been my soccer coach, he has not only prepared me for a sport but also for life. He has taught me the importance of persevering in order to achieve my goals and shown me that, even when you are working hard, there is still time for fun. But what separates Coach Ramirez from other coaches is his genuine interest in the well-being of his players. From spontaneous stops at Chickfil-A after big wins to tirelessly working to make sure we have a place to practice on rainy days, he goes above and beyond what is required of a coach. This passion radiates through the teamâ€” boosting morale and motivating us to strive for things we never dreamed possible. Thank you, Coach Ramirez, for showing me not only what it means to have a passion, but also what it means to actively pursue that passion and share it with others.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Northwest Assistance Ministries, Volunteer National Honor Society, Volunteer Science National Honor Society, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to study chemical or petroleum engineering at either the University of Texas, Stanford University or the University of Oklahoma.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Adrian Ramirez Klein High School
ANDREW MA Klein High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Robotics All-State Orchestra Science National Honor Society Varsity Orchestra Houston Youth Symphony Cello Teacher and Math Tutor BP MS150 LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Robotics, Lead Mechanic Science National Honor Society, President Varsity Orchestra, Principal Cellist Orchestra Secretary COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Retirement Home Quartet Group, Founder Barbara Bush Public Library, Volunteer with National Honor Society & Science National Honor Society
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in mechanical engineering but have not determined where I will attend college.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Allen Peach Klein High School
Allen Peach described in one word: authentic. Not only does Mr. Peach teach biology well, which I used to think was full of just “memorizing terms and classification,” his teaching is very entertaining. He provides us with hands on experience and just as importantly, real life examples. For example, I fondly remember Mr. Peach telling us why bananas last longer if they are separated. Examples like these brought the excitement out of the classroom and into the practical world, teaching us that biology isn’t just something “you’ll never use,” but rather something always around you. Mr. Peach furnishes a comfortable, genuine environment conducive to learning that encourages considerable bona fide critical thinking. From learning how to study well to time management, the depth of knowledge I have gained from Mr. Peach’s education environment has been 100% genuine. Even though I don’t plan on pursuing biology, I’ve fostered a legitimate appreciation for it, and I know for a fact that the life skills I’ve learned from Mr. Peach will positively and profoundly impact my life.
SREESH SHENOY Klein High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Health Occupations Students of America Business Professionals of America National Honor Society Klein Standleader String and Full Orchestra Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout, Gold Palm, World Conservation Award Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor National Merit Scholar Science National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Klein Basketball LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Orchestra, Vice President National Honor Society, Officer Boy Scouts of America, Senior Patrol Leader, Instructor, Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
While I never did have Ms. Haggard as an actual student in one of her classes, what I have learned from her is absolutely priceless. Not only has she taught me valuable things that will prepare me for my future career, she has also taught me numerous valuable life skills. From our daily conversations during lunch to the encouragement during the intense moments preparing for competition, my relationship with Ms. H is rare and one of a kind, and I wouldnâ€™t trade it for the world. Ms. Haggard has most certainly become one of my best friends and closest confidants. She is definitely one of the strongest people I will EVER meet, and if I turn out to be even a fraction of who she is, I will have been successful in life. There is no way I could ever repay her for all that she has done for me, but I pray that our friendship will always be this strong because quite frankly, I donâ€™t know what I would do without her. I love you, Ms. H!
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society Boy Scouts of America - Northwest Assistance Ministries - Houston Food Bank - Various National Park Restoration - Strack Road Cleanup Barbara Bush Library, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL My college choice is undecided, but I plan to major in neuroscience and finance.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Kristen Haggard Klein High School
ASHNA DHINGRA Klein High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Merit Finalist Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction National Career & Technical Education Student Innovator Recognition Yale Young Global Scholar Health Occupations Students of America: Future Health Professionals, National Finalist Mu Alpha Theta, National 1st Place Team Recognition National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Business Professionals of America, State Qualifier Classical Indian Dance Piano Teacher LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Health Occupations Students of America: Future Health Professionals, Secretary Mu Alpha Theta, Co-Secretary Business Professionals of America, Treasurer COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: President’s Volunteer Service Award Barbara James Service Award Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center, Volunteer Tomball Regional Medical Center, Volunteer Health Occupations Students of America: Future Health Professionals Community Awareness Events, Volunteer Honor Societies, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL My college choice is undecided, but I plan to major in biochemistry.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Josie Mallery Klein High School
I began learning from Ms. Mallery since day one of freshman year through my participation in Mu Alpha Theta and as her Pre-Calculus and Calculus student. In simplest terms, she is a truly remarkable woman with such passion and enthusiasm for math. She’s helped us achieve the best not only in the context of math but also in our development through high school. With all the stories that she has to tell and the advice that she has to give, I learn something new every day. She takes genuine interest in the needs of her students and doesn’t hesitate to spend hours after school with us. One of the things I love most about Ms. Mallery is her style of teaching. Her lectures help me realize the theory, reasoning, and logic behind each ‘sexy’ formula. Thank you, Ms. Mallery, for all that you’ve helped me become and for instilling within me a love for math that I hope to take forward. It’s been a pleasure learning under your wing for the past four years – an absolutely unforgettable experience :)
MASON KINKEADE Klein High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Klein Drum Line Wind Ensemble, Outstanding Percussionist National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Latin National Honor Society Latin Club Orchestra Percussion, Les Misérables School Production National Junior Classical League Advanced Placement Scholar National Latin Exam Summa Cum Laude Champion Forest Baptist Church Student Ministry Percussion One Foundation LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Klein Drum Line, Tenor Captain Science National Honor Society, Activities Chair Champion Forest Baptist Church, Doulos Vacation Bible School, Leader
I’m not sure how many times I tied her shoes together, but I do know that Mrs. Baird made a tremendous impact on my life. Her fourth grade class was always exciting, from dissecting owl pellets to holiday parties. Mrs. Baird, Miss Kline back in the day, always encouraged her students to explore their creativity. I was once so inspired by her enthusiasm that, despite my lack of artistic ability, I labored meticulously for an hour drawing a cloud for art appreciation. I wanted to keep exploring, so I joined her Destination Imagination team. She taught me how to think outside the box, and to make wise decisions on the fly. Under her amazing leadership, our team advanced to state both years. Mrs. Baird clearly loved her students. She always made sure we understood the material, genuinely cared about us, and wasn’t annoyed when I played with her shoes during story time. I may have been a little rascal when I had (Ms. Kline) Mrs. Baird, but I’ll never forget the impact she made on my life.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Mission Trips to England, Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Austin Klein Drum Line Community Performances Mission Greenspoint Thanksgiving Food Drives Percussion One Community Performances Nursing Home/Elderly Ministry Math Tutoring
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I am undecided on my university but I plan to study chemical engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Kasie Baird Zwink Elementary School
Phuong-Duy Bui, Jessica Junco, Chimenzie Iwuanyanwu, Stephanie Vu, Emmanuel Loredo Megan Lott, Alexander Nguyen, Anh Thu Pham, Claire Duong, Elizabeth Nguyen
Principal: Patricia Crittendon
ALEXANDER NGUYEN Klein Forest High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Scholastic Art and Writing American Voices National Medalist Scholastic Art and Writing National Gold Medalist Published Author in 2013 Best Teen Writing Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Interact Club Academic Decathlon Aquilae Stilus Literary Magazine Science/English University Interscholastic League Panacea Organization LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Science University Interscholastic League, Senior Team Captain Mu Alpha Theta, Secretary Advanced Placement Club, Vice-President Texas Math and Science Coaches Association, Vice-President Panacea Health and Wellness Organization, Founder COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Barbara Bush Library, Children’s Volunteer Interact and Rotary, Gardening with the Districts Houston Neon Dash The Walk to End Alzheimers Kinsmen Lutheran Church Thanksgiving Walk Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Walk to Cure Diabetes Spina Bifida Clinic Fun Run Day
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend New York University and major in journalism.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Danae Perez Klein Forest High School
A cookie and a smoothie. That’s what I used to try and butter up my counselor for Mrs. Perez. And while I understand that it might not be the most ethical practice, bribing the administration with fast food, I was hard pressed that the only way I was going to get credit on the AP English test was by enrolling in her class like my older sister did; only to be cursing bitterly about ever buying that cookie as the year proceeded. Weekly essays, multiple choice Mondays, The Scarlett Letter, that dreaded Huckleberry Finn project, and those extra credit Economist summaries that became a defibrillator to my flat lining grade was junior English for me. But today, if I were to be asked if I would have done anything different that year, I would say no. Because when Mrs. Perez isn’t doing her football tackle to stop fights, being heard two classrooms down the hallway, or taping up a chromatic dissonance for her bulletin board, she is unapologetically audacious, so whimsically human, and universally caring. She has taught me to define my ambitions and identity without fear of being reprimanded. She isn’t your generic “passionate about (fill in the subject)” teacher. She isn’t your crafty, flowers n’ hearts teacher. She’s brutally honest, theatrically warming, and everything that isn’t your 90’s sitcom teacher. And that’s what makes her arguably the best one I could have ever asked for.
ELIZABETH NGUYEN Klein Forest High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Advancement Via Individual Determination French Club Interact Club National Honor Society French National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Korean Club Japanese Culture Club Advanced Placement Club University Interscholastic League Panacea Health and Wellness Organization Aquilae Stilus Health Science Advanced Placement Scholar Outstanding Artist Award Good Citizen Award Honor Roll LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: French Club, Vice President Interact Club, Secretary Korean Club, Vice President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE:
When I first walked through the front doors of Klein Forest, dazed and confused, as a naïve freshman, I had no idea of what was in store for my future. Before meeting Ms. Hernandez, I never knew of the opportunities I had right in front of me. She allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and explore a different side of my personality as a student and a person. At the end of my freshman year, I remember wavering about my decision to continue in the AVID program and enroll in advanced placement classes. Although unintentional, Ms. Hernandez cast a spell on me with her statement, “You’re staying, and I won’t let you leave my class!” From that moment on, I only strive for nothing but success as an AVID student graduating with honors. Ms. Hernandez has been more than an educator, she has been a significant inspiration in my life. She gave me a goal, purpose, and motivation as a former student who has struggled to overcome obstacles that seemed impossible to conquer. I can only aspire to be even half as great as she is.
International Festival of Houston German Festival Spina Bifida Festival Texas French Symposium Gardening with the District Houston Food Bank Korean Festival Bridging for Tomorrow 5K Run
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend Baylor University and major in biology.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Antoinette Hernandez Klein Forest High School
CHIMEZIE CHRISTOPHER IWUANYANWU Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Computer Science Club Health Occupations Students of America Business Professionals of America, State Finalist Website Design Team University Interscholastic League, Computer Science Competitor Tennis Team Interact Club SAT Club French Club Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction National Honor Society LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Computer Science Club, Treasurer Health Occupations Students of America, Vice President Interact Club, Technology Liaison SAT Club, Founder COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Interact Club Klein Forest Blood Drive, Three Year Volunteer Math and Physics Tutoring National Honor Society Health Occupations Students of America
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in computer engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Humberto Mundo Klein Forest High School
Never has a class been more influential to my education than Computer Science; never has a teacher been more inspiring to my life than Mr. Mundo. As a freshman with big expectations and an even bigger ego, I loathed Mr. Mundo for always casting doubt on the validity of any of the assignments I turned in. But in reality, he was astounded by the work ethic I illustrated. Joining the Computer Science Club the following year was joining the melting pot that I called family with Mr. Mundo as our head. He has always been there to instruct and guide me on my journey through high school. From the laughter shared while practicing problems after school to facing against each other in basketball (which I remain undefeated), I can recall countless memories I experienced with Mr. Mundo. He is a prominent force that I met now that will greatly impact my future. I am lucky and eternally grateful to have him as a teacher, and I will truly miss him. Mucho blah, blah, blah!
MEGAN TAYLOR LOTT Klein Forest High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Drama Club Orchestra Tennis National Honor Society French National Honor Society International Thespian Society Scholastic Writing Silver Key Winner Full Orchestra French Club Texas French Symposium LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Drama Club, Vice President, Secretary Orchestra, Librarian, Secretary Champion Forest Baptist Church, Summer Bible Study Leader Seussical the Musical, Assistant Publicity Manager
In my first year of French, never did I imagine that I would actually call Madame Watson “MADAME Watson.” It would always be “Ms. Watson” because the word “Madame” sounded so strange. Nevertheless, the name by which I called her quickly changed. It transitioned from “Ms. Watson”, to “Madame Watson”, to “Madamalama”, and even to accidentally calling her “Mom”. The closer and more comfortable I got with her, the more her name varied. Madame would claim to be mean and cruel, but she never was – not even one bit! She has always been a loving, positive, caring, and kind person. When I needed help and guidance, French related or personal, her door was always open and her heart always accepting. She has been a great supporter in my life and I can’t thank her enough for it. She has not only influenced my education, but has also been a great spiritual leader and role model for me. Little did she know that I could see God’s love shown through her daily actions and continuous joy. Thank you, Madame, for everything!
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Champions4Hope National Honor Society French National Honor Society Klein Forest High School Eiland Elementary School Greenwood Forest Elementary School
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in neuroscience at Texas Christian University or the University of Texas at Austin.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Karen Watson Klein Forest High School
EMMANUEL LOREDO Klein Forest High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Klein Forest Orchestra, Violin Full Orchestra Region 9 Philharmonic Orchestra, 1st Violin St. Charles Borromeo Church, Neocatechumenal Way group St. Charles Borromeo Church, Pilgrimage to World Youth Day Madrid 2011, Rio 2013 National Merit Commended Scholar National Hispanic Recognition Finalist Scholar Advanced Placement Scholar Klein ISD Solo and Ensemble Contest, Excellent and Outstanding Rating LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: St. Charles Borromeo Church, Co-Leader of Psalmists COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Volunteer St. Charles Borromeo Church, Psalmist, Sound Technician, Lector, Volunteer Prince of Peace Catholic Community, Food Pantry Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan on attending either the University of Houston, University of St. Thomas or Texas A&M University and major in electrical or mechanical engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Dr. Norman LaFave Formerly at Klein Forest High School
When I signed up to take physics as a junior, I believed this was going to be the hardest and dullest of all my classes. However, Dr. LaFave quickly changed my mind. Every day in class he would make physics a subject that I looked forward to. I will never forget his lesson over swag and circular motion. The way he said his famous “good luck” phrase in a pirate voice right before we took a test would always make me smile. Any one of his students can tell you that he is a teacher that truly cares about his student’s future. Dr. LaFave would constantly tell our class how education and hard work is the path for future success. It is because of his influence and encouragement that my interest in engineering and science grew. He will always be a great person to talk to about anything from science to trivia. No matter what your question is, he will always give you an answer. I cannot thank him enough for what he has taught me about physics, engineering, college, and so much more.
ANH THU HOANG PHAM Klein Forest High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Orchestra, Most Outstanding Freshman American Festival for the Arts Summer Music Conservatory French Club French National Honor Society Texas French Symposium Mu Alpha Theta American Mathematics Contests, AMC 12 School Winner University Interscholastic League, Mathematics Published Artworks in Aquilae Stilus National Honor Society Yearbook Production Interact Club Chess Club Japanese Culture Club LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: French Club, President Mu Alpha Theta, Vice President Orchestra, Historian National Honor Society, Historian
I still remember clearly the first day I walked into the Orchestra room at Klein Forest. I had one ambition, to learn how to play an instrument. Fortunately, Mrs. Morlacci was very helpful in making it happen. She made sure I could sign up for private lessons with a teacher who would be able to help me catch up with the rest of the orchestra as soon as possible. She also paid a lot of attention to my progress during class to ensure I wasn’t learning things the wrong way. She has encouraged and pushed me to play music harder than I thought I could, and it made me realize how far I can go as long as I try. Playing in the Chamber Orchestra, which I didn’t even dream of doing when I started, became reality. Throughout the three and a half years in Orchestra, I’ve been able to see how passionate she is about music. Through her teaching, she passes her love for music onto her students. I’m grateful to have been able join Orchestra and learn music under Mrs. Morlacci’s direction.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society Interact Club Math Tutoring Super Strings Saturday, Volunteer Houston Food Bank, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend Texas A&M University or the University of Houston and study mechanical engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Mamie Morlacci-Cook Klein Forest High School
PHUONG-DUY BUI Klein Forest High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor Aquilae Stilus Accredited Author National Honor Society Klein Forest Outbreak People Attending Needs Against Cancer Everyday Altogether Interact Club Korean Club Dance Club University Interscholastic League, Ready Writing & Spelling LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Korean Club, Treasurer Dance Club, Choreographer Klein Forest Outbreak, Choreographer People Attending Needs Against Cancer Everyday Altogether, Officer COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society Interact Club Kim Long Restaurant Color in Motion 5K
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in neuroscience at either Baylor University or the University of Texas at Austin.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Ragan Gainey Klein Forest High School
“Spread like mayonnaise!” If it were not for Mrs. Gainey, I would have never associated dance formations to a sandwich ingredient. From the antagonizing extraneous periods of stretches to the sound of the bell alerting that there was no time to change, every minute spent dancing and every breath that Mrs. Gainey took to shout “One more time!” confided a new perseverance in me. It was the kind of perseverance that whether or not I might have been struggling in one thing, I just kept on dancing. Teaching a hip-hop class full of hormoneraging boys with bare hip-hop experience is already daunting as it seems, but her effort is effortlessly courageous. Mrs. Gainey would always put her best foot forward in designing new choreography pieces and helping the peers who constantly struggle to strive to become a better dancer. Mrs. Gainey might not hesitate to send students out of the dance room for misbehaving, but that just signifies how important dance is to her life. Thanks, Mrs. Gainey, for helping me make dance more than a hobby, but an entire lifetime.
JESSICA JUNCO Klein Forest High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Klein Forest Orchestra, Viola Full Orchestra Part of Pit for Cinderella Musical Most Outstanding Junior Excellent Rating for Solo Excellent Rating for Ensemble Outstanding Rating for Ensemble Region IX Philharmonic Orchestra National Honor Society French National Honor Society Texas French Symposium Mu Alpha Theta Interact Club Advanced Placement Scholar Future Farmers of America Track, Hurdles Leadership High School Scholastic Writing Honorable Mention Class Favorite, Most Likely to Succeed and Most Versatile LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Orchestra, President Mu Alpha Theta, President National Honor Society, Vice President
For four years, Ms. Arnold has continued to inspire me. She has a passion for music that reflects her fiery red hair and vibrant personality. She is one of the reasons that the orchestra room is a second home to me. During lengthy Thursday rehearsals, she fills the room with an extraordinary kind of music, laughter. Her sense of humor recharges us and keeps us moving forward. Our cello section is a force to be reckoned with thanks to Ms. Arnold, but I always secretly hope that they will mess up just enough to make her bring out Bubba and show us how it’s done. She has helped me grow, not only as a musician but as a person. When I doubted myself, she believed in me, motivating me to do more than I thought was possible. She is more than a teacher. She is a guide, a mentor, a friend. Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” I say, without Ms. Arnold music would be lifeless. Thank you for everything, Ms. Arnold.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Interact Club,Volunteer National Honor Society, Volunteer Mu Alpha Theta, Tutor Orchestra- Car Washes, Volunteer at Elementary and Intermediate School Concerts
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to study petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Laurie Arnold Klein Forest High School
CLAIRE DUONG Klein Forest High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Honor Society French National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta French Club Computer Science Club Advanced Placement Scholar International Business Academy Business Professionals of America Texas French Symposium LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: French National Honor Society, Secretary French Club, Treasurer COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Tinh Luat Temple, Volunteer National Honor Society, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to study computer science at Texas A&M University.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Donna Tollett Klein Forest High School
Math has always been my favorite subject and in my junior year, I had the opportunity of having Ms. Tollett who deepened my love for math. I always encourage people at school to take Calculus because Ms. Tollett is such a great teacher and role model. Her dedication to teaching is evident since she can often be found staying after school tutoring or grading papers. She has also given up a couple Saturdays to help us prepare for the AP test. She is very positive and thinking back, there was never a day where she didn’t teach with a smile. Even today, a year after taking her class, I can remember the quotient rule thanks to a song that follows the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” Small things like receiving stickers for As on my tests encouraged me and the many study sessions made me confident that I could do well on the AP test. From her many years of teaching, she knows exactly what students need to pass the AP test and her enthusiasm and support enabled me to get a 5 on the AP test. Thank you Ms. Tollett for your weekly formula quizzes and constant support. I wouldn’t be where I am without you!
STEPHANIE VU Klein Forest High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Texas A&M University Global Issues Conference, Honorable Mention in Presentation Health Occupations Students of America International Business Academy Mu Alpha Theta National Honor Society Klein Forest Track and Field Advanced Placement Scholar LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Health Occupations Students of America, Historian Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement, Scout Leader
One of my biggest regrets in high school is not getting to know Mrs. Watson sooner. Although I have only had the chance to know her for one ridiculously short year, I can see her depth of knowledge in Psychology in every lecture, and her true sense of compassion for all of her students. Not only does she make it her personal mission to help every student succeed, she does so with the livelihood of her constantly spirited demeanor in which everyone can be comfortable around. Throughout my academic career, I have been blessed to receive a quality education from a multitude of exemplary teachers, but it is quite rare that I am able to cross paths with someone that I can truly connect with and feel comfortable around. I have always found the processes of the human mind to be quite alluring, but after taking Mrs. Watson’s AP Psychology course, I have never felt more sure of choosing a career path in my chosen field. I’m grateful for her constant support and kindness. Mrs. Watson, I will never be able to forget the invigorating learning experience you have given me, even if I were to unfortunately get retrograde amnesia. Thanks.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Health Occupations Students of America Blood Drive, Four Year Volunteer Track and Field, Four Year Manager Health Occupations Students of America, Volunteer Interact Club Events Escape Youth Group Escape Youth Choir
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan on going to the University of St. Thomas to minor in theology and double major in biology and chemistry.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Anne Watson Klein Forest High School
Bradley Byers, Ben Fogarty, Kais Karowadia, Matthew Hoffman, Matthew Hooper, Gina Genova, Kayla Bradley, Katherine Tran, Kurtis David, Brianna Grieco
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KURTIS EVAN DAVID Klein Oak High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: University Interscholastic League Number Sense, Calculator, Mathematics, Science, Computer Science Academic Decathlon International Baccalaureate Distributive Education Clubs of America State Finalist and Winner National Honor Society French National Honor Society Texas French Symposium American Chemical Society Honorable Mention National Merit Commended Mu Alpha Theta Zeta Omicron LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Mu Alpha Theta, President Zeta Omicron, President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: St. Luke’s Hospital, Junior Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Brad Rice Klein Oak High School
I’ve been on Mr. Rice’s UIL Math team for 4 years, and I can certainly say that his dedication to the team, whether it be picking up our trophies, or taking us to state-wide competitions, is unparalleled. From freshman to junior year, I had always sought to be in one of his math classes, and this year, I got the chance to have back-to-back periods with him. Two hours of Calculus, probability, and trigonometry, filled with proofs that finally taught me the reasons behind math. “That’s me” replies would become a norm, as I would continually hope that he’d finally answer the questions I had on homework assignments. As lame as his sense of humor could be, I enjoyed every day of his class. Additionally, I had the privilege of being the President of the club he sponsored: Mu Alpha Theta. The amount of mistakes I have made will never be forgotten, as he would scold me for each and every one of them. Thank you Mr. Rice, for teaching me not only math, but also unforgettable life lessons; I will always have confidence in myself and my abilities, because you did too.
KAYLA BRADLEY Klein Oak High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Varsity, Junior, and Freshmen Cheerleading National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Student Council Business Professionals of America: 10th in Nation in Advanced Word Processing State Finalist in Administrative Support Team 1st in Regionals in Advanced Word Processing Varsity Track Spanish Club Advanced Placement Scholar Diamond Girls LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Varsity, Junior, Freshmen Cheerleading, Captain Student Council, Chairperson Business Professionals of America, Secretary
The first time I met Mrs. Camerino - or as we call her, “Cam” - was as an eighth grader trying out for freshman cheer. I did not know it at the time, but every year Cam does her best to intimidate the freshmen. And every year, it works. At the first cheer practice, I could not fathom how the older girls could joke with her and give her sass. Now, this is second nature to me. Cam was also my geometry teacher freshman year. She always went above and beyond to ensure that every student fully understood the lesson and she never got annoyed with me for persistently asking questions. In her class, I first discovered my inclination for math and realized that problem solving was rewarding. Throughout the past four years, Cam has impacted me beyond my formal education by teaching me valuable lessons that I know I will carry with me the rest of my life. Every year on the first day of school, when a student walks into Cam’s class, they are not only gaining an exceptional teacher, but a great role model as well. Since freshman year, Cam has joked that I had to take her to the “Top Ten” Dinner. I would have it no other way.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Habitat for Humanity Abandoned Animal Rescue The Village of Gleannloch Farms Retirement Home Harvest Home Assisted Living Texas Children’s Hospital Relay for Life Northampton Festival Tutoring at Klein Oak High School and Krimmel Intermediate School
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend the University of Texas at Austin and study chemistry.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Kelly Camerino Klein Oak High School
BEN FOGARTY Klein Oak High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Klein Oak Musical Production Cast Member, Sweeney Todd, Guys & Dolls, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Mu Alpha Theta Distributive Education Clubs of America: Competitor, State Qualifier, State Winner, Nationals Qualifier Klein Oak Chorale Interact Club Spanish National Honor Society Zeta Omicron (Computer Science Honor Society) National Honor Society University Interscholastic League Science Regional Qualifier National Merit Commended Student Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor National Spanish Exam Bronze Award LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Spanish National Honor Society, Secretary COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Distributive Education Clubs of America Community Service Project, Coordinated book drives and fundraisers collecting over 3000 books and $500 to help combat global illiteracy through partnerships with Room to Read and the Rotary Books for the World Program Prince of Peace Catholic Community, School Supply Drive Coordinator, Adopt-A-Family Christmas Drive Volunteer Klein Oak Fish Camp Student Mentor
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend the University of Chicago and double major in economics and public policy with the intention to pursue a graduate degree in economics and a job in the U.S. Foreign Service.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Sian Gibson Klein Oak High School
The confidence that Ms. Gibson instilled in me as a writer and as a thinker has turned out to be among the most important things I gained during my high school years. As a freshman, turning in a paper to her seemed like a trip into the warmest of crucibles, but her persistent annotations were not something to be feared. In these countless pencil markings, she offered incredible insight into the strengths and weakness of not only my ideas but also my writing. I learned to be deliberate both in forming and presenting ideas and to leave no line of inquiry unturned because of her unwavering crusade to make her students the best thinkers they could be. The skills and confidence she fermented in me translated to success in other disciplines as well. In the sciences, her tips on developing an idea through the written word made drawing conclusions simple, and in history, her respect for intellectual diversity made it much easier to understand opposing perspectives. Ms. Gibson truly cares about her pupils and always goes the extra mile to help sculpt scholars out of students.
KATHERINE TRAN Klein Oak High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Distributive Education Clubs of America: District 4 Winner, State Finalist, State Winner, International Career Development Conference Competitor, National Award of Excellence National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Latin Club Interact Club Piano Klein Oak’s Advanced Health Science Program Community Emergency Response Team Member Senior Class Favorite for Future Female Billionaire LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: National Honor Society, Vice President Latin Club, Treasurer, Officer COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Volunteer Interact Club, Volunteer Houston Food Bank Texas Adopt-A-Beach Habitat for Humanity Tutoring
“Settle down!” Ms. Shasteen would say with the bang of her gavel. It was how she calmed the chaos in our English class. However, soon enough her lively and feisty attitude, her witty remarks, and her willingness to laugh at herself and even at her students would radiate throughout the classroom and facilitate discussion. Ms. Shasteen quickly became my source of motivation and support. She gave me confidence in my writing, reading, ideas, and interpretations and emboldened the spirits of all her students. She not only taught us the fundamentals of the subject, she urged us to view things from different perspectives and transform English into more than just words on a page. Ms. Shasteen is not only an educator, she is a friend. A friend who inspires, encourages, guides, challenges, and cheers for those she cares about: her students. Thank you, Ms. Shasteen, for being a friend. Thank you for having a heart that overflows with compassion for your students. Thank you for cheering me on all the way to high school’s finish line.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend Rice University and major in biological sciences with the prospect of continuing on to medical school and specializing in cardiology.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Stephanie Shasteen Klein Oak High School
KAIS KAROWADIA Klein Oak High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate Klein Oak Orchestra Klein Oak Full Orchestra University Interscholastic League Team National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Tri-M Music Honor Society Science National Honor Society National Merit Commended Distributive Education Clubs of America State Finalist LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Orchestra, Vice President Spanish National Honor Society, Senior Officer COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Relay For Life Speech and Debate Tournament Orchestra All-State Recording Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering (ICERV) Houston Food Bank Houston Humane Society Houston Turkey Trot Math Tutorials
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in chemistry.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Brenda Fabian Klein Oak High School
Before I entered high school, I had heard rumors about how much harder the classes were going to be, especially the dreaded Biology Pre-IB course with the so-called hardest teacher ever, Mrs. Fabian. Iâ€™d be lying if I said that I wasnâ€™t scared when I walked into seventh period on the first day of school. How bad could this teacher be? Weeks went by and I failed to see what the rumors were about. Mrs. Fabian was awesome! The way she taught her class was far different from anything that I had ever experienced before. Yes, the work was difficult but her ability to push her students in wanting to achieve success showed me how hard work and dedication can truly separate me from the rest of my peers. Those few weeks have turned into 3 years in her biology class and I enjoy every day as I learn something new, something exciting. Her teaching ability can only be matched by her ability to bake, as her brownies and peanut butter clusters are worth the stress of her endless tests.
BRADLEY BYERS Klein Oak High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Varsity Basketball Player Academic All-State for Basketball National Honor Society Business Professionals of America State Qualifier Advanced Placement Scholar Award LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: National Honor Society, Treasurer Business Professionals of America, Vice President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Habitat for Humanity Relay for Life Math and Science Tutoring
Mr. Tumlinson influenced my life by changing the approach I take to learning. He constantly challenges his students to think creatively, expand their vocabulary, and do more than just memorize the facts. His class was always more engaging for me than other classes because it was structured around discussion and writing, as opposed to a myriad of quizzes and daily work. Even though I had his class 1st period and was still struggling to wake up, his sense of humor and unique teaching style always grabbed my attention. Also, he always did a good job of relating U.S. History to things I know and understand like sports or pop culture. I thoroughly enjoyed learning the material so I could show up to class with something to contribute to the conversation. He made me realize that my mission is about the pursuit of knowledge and not just maintaining a certain GPA. He changed the way I looked at learning about history and distinguished himself as one of the most influential teachers in my high school years.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Randy Tumlinson Klein Oak High School
BRIANNA GRIECO Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Spanish National Honor Society Klein Oak Strutters Premio de Oro on National Spanish Exam The Woodlands Church Student Ministry The University of Texas McCombs Future Executive Academy LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Klein Oak Strutters, Chaplain, Social Coordinator Klein United Methodist Vacation Bible School, Assistant Counselor Neighborhood Peer Tutor COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: TOMAGWA Healthcare Ministries Habitat for Humanity Klein United Methodist Church Houston Food Bank Benignus Elementary School Northampton Elementary School
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in finance with a minor in Spanish.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Shari Aries Klein Oak High School
Teacher, mentor, and friend are several ways I can describe Mrs. Aries. Her passion for math has manifested to teaching full time and tutoring five hours a day. She is the definition of a math superhero. I have had the pleasure of being tutored by Mrs. Aries for over two years now, and she is the sole reason for the math student I am today. I will never forget when I told her I was aiming for a 95 and she answered, â€œYou can make a 100.â€? Countless times she has seen the potential in me that I could not see in myself. From talking about our day to arguing about a math problem, there is never a dull moment. Mrs. Aries is witty, brilliant, and has no problems saying when I am wrong. She has shown me the beauty in every problem. This has inspired me to pursue a career involving math. Thank you for listening to my rants about colleges, SAT, and everything in the middle. Most importantly, thank you for sharing your love of math with me.
GINA GENOVA Klein Oak High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Orchestra Spanish National Honor Society National Merit Commended Student Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine
LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Spanish National Honor Society, Officer
Ms. Modrzejewski—better known as Ms. Mo—was my teacher for AP English Language my junior year. She is by far one of the most engaging, understanding, and thorough teachers I have ever had. Her class was one of the highlights of my day during my junior year, and I still visit her room some mornings before school. It was in Ms. Mo’s class that the most interesting book discussions of my high school career took place, and even though I was endlessly frustrated by the AP-style multiple choice tests, Ms. Mo prepared me well for the English Language Advanced Placement exam. In addition to this, she is also one of the easiest teachers to talk to. Ms. Mo is a truly amazing, caring teacher, one that I am so lucky to have had. I will always remember her class fondly, and I am so excited to have the chance to share this academic banquet with her.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend the University of Michigan and major in psychology and biochemistry.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Jennifer Modrzejewski Klein Oak High School
MATTHEW HOFFMAN Klein Oak High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: International Baccalaureate Program Swimming Science University Interscholastic League Mu Alpha Theta Spanish National Honor Society National Honor Society Columbian Squire LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Chief Squire Mathnasium, Tutor COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Houston Food Bank, Volunteer LIMBS International, Volunteer Extra Life, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology and major in chemical engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Kathleen Rushing Klein Oak High School
More than being the sweetest lady in the world, Mrs. Rushing is also the most knowledgeable. If you said that someone knew more about chemistry than Mrs. Rushing, then you would just be wrong. Not only does she teach you everything you need to know to be successful, but she also answers every question you throw at her. Really. Go ask her right now. She never stops my so-called “stream of consciousness,” and this is what makes her the best teacher at Klein Oak, nay, in the world. She has only ever fed my hunger for knowledge, and is always willing to help or offer her chemical expertise, even in answering the most trivial questions. Mrs. Rushing affected my desire to study chemistry a major way, and there is no doubt in my mind that she will continue to affect other students for years to come—or at least until she discovers Rushingonium.
MATTHEW HOOPER Klein Oak High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: International Baccalaureate Program Klein Oak Orchestra National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Music National Honor Society National Spanish Exam Gold Medalist Outstanding Musician Award Region IX Orchestra LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Orchestra, Section Leader Extra Life, Committee Head International Baccalaureate, Underclassmen Consultant COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Houston Food Bank Working at Animal Shelters LIMBS International
Señora Cue, in the three years I have had her as a teacher, has completely altered the way I view not only the Spanish language, but my entire perspective on school and learning as well. Every day she brings to the classroom a wonderful sense of humor and positivity that reminds me that no matter what happens in life, you can always find something to laugh about (especially if it’s at yourself). More than this, she has shown that she is not just our teacher, but one of our closest friends. She never hesitates to share in our happiness or to lift us up when we’re down. Because of this, I will always remember her as not only being a terrific teacher, but being one of the most genuine and caring people I have ever met, who has instilled in me qualities that I will carry for the rest of my life. Gracias Señora!
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PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to go to the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a degree in biology.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Lidia Cue Klein Oak High School
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LORRIE TRIA Klein Collins High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Health Occupations Students of America Mu Alpha Theta Math League Computer Science Club Interact Club National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Chorale LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Health Occupations Students of America, Secretary Interact Club, Historian National Honor Society, Mentor COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Haude Elementary, Mentor Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center at School, Volunteer 5K Volunteer Booths (Alzheimer’s, Color Run, Light the Night, Leukemia & Lymphoma) Poster Making Hosting Tournaments Proctoring Tournament Rooms Toy Drives Food Drives Tutoring Decorating Committee Volunteer for Clubs
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in computer engineering at the University of California Los Angeles.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Kandice Trujillo Klein Collins High School
Mrs. Trujillo was my Freshman English teacher who was the first to tell me I had something special instilled in me. She not only sparked my creativity and imagination, but also expanded it. I remember her teaching me numerous lessons, from grammar and diction, to patience and persistence. Not only was she an educator who enhanced my learning, changed my perspective of education, and inspired me to achieve the achievable, but also an adult that I could without a doubt count on to listen to me and understand my thoughts. She truly was my mother figure at school, and I can not thank her enough for that. Brad Henry says “a good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” However, that is an understatement. If that is what a good teacher is, then Mrs. Trujillo is nothing short of a great one.
AYLISH WRENCH Klein Collins High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Honor Society Student Athletic Trainer National Merit Commended Student Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor Spanish National Honor Society LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Student Athletic Trainer, Leader COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Mentor Houston Food Bank
The greatest teachers are those who have a true passion for the subject they teach. Ms. Templeman is no exception. Her lectures are punctuated with interesting facts, humorous stories, and quirky jokes that reveal her knowledge and love for Chemistry. Science has always been my favorite subject. My two years with Ms. Templeman and her infectious energy has deepened that appreciation. Chemistry is filled with seemingly dull, complicated subjects but Ms. Templeman finds ways to make them not only interesting but understandable. Her classes are still by no means easy. Ms. Templeman sets high standards for all of her students. Throughout my Sophomore year, her name was synonymous with quizzes. Senior year, I learned that older students had not been exaggerating when they claimed AP Chem was brutal. But every challenge has its rewards. Finishing a lab report on time or setting the curve on a test gave me a sense of pride and accomplishment more powerful than any I had felt in other classes. Ms. Templeman has shown me that every challenge is worth facing, no matter how difficult.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to go to the University of Texas at Austin and major in computer science.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Lisa Finkner-Templeman Klein Collins High School
ROBERT ALAN HONG COOPER Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Academic Decathlon: State Level,1st Place Medalist in Science, Regional and District Level, Medalist in Science, Music, Economics and Art Mu Alpha Theta Violin (Orchestra) Piano National Honor Society Junior Achievement Company Program Youth Leadership Council Concert Master for Region IX Philharmonic Orchestra Orchestra, Best Stand Partner, Best Section Leader Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Orchestra, Treasurer, Secretary Academic Decathlon, Team Captain Junior Achievement, Vice President of Public Relations COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Volunteer Orchestra, Volunteer for After-school Rehearsal Setup Through Stage Crew Paradise Springs, Orchestra Ensemble Christmas Performances Houston YMCA, Volunteer Jingle Bell Run Bayou City Art Festival Houston Food Bank, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in biomedical engineering at Harvard University.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Juergen Schulz Klein Collins High School
Walking into Pre-AP Physics the first day of my sophomore year, I was quiet and lacked self-confidence. Coming out of AP physics two years later, I was the exact opposite. It’s hard to attribute Schulz’s influence on one single quality. As a teacher, he always has a sense of order and flexibility amidst the chaos that defines highschoolers. As a friend, his unique sense of humor knows no bounds. As a tutor, he’s always patient and eager to push students to understand with certainty how something works, even if it takes weeks. Putting all of these traits together, I learned a lot about what it took to do well in advanced college courses. Schulz’s class taught me the importance of studying for the sake of understanding and how fascinating the world around us truly is. His creative learning style, ranging from cardboard boat races to humorous PowerPoints to toothpick contraptions that save eggs from two-story drops, opened my eyes and offered me experiences that I will carry and remember for the rest of my life. Thank you for everything Schulz!
RAQUEL FREESE Klein Collins High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Latin Club Klein Collins Choir National Honor Society Latin National Honor Society National Junior Classical League National Latin Exam, Gold Medalist National Latin Exam, Perfect Paper Member of Region IX Choir Solo & Ensemble Excellent Rating Advanced Placement Scholar Award with Honor LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Latin Club, President and Mentor Choir, Soprano Section Leader and Librarian COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Teacher Help Committee Vacation Bible School, Teacher Mission Trips, Volunteer Abiding Word Lutheran Church, Volunteer Choir Volunteer Work
Taking Latin as my foreign language was the best decision I made in high school. Most people take four years of a foreign language for the college credit, but I took Latin all four years of high school because of Mr. Drugan. Mr. Drugan’s ability to connect instantly with his students and his undeniable love for the subject that he teaches has inspired me greatly. I view him as a role model for the type of teacher I want to be someday. He is able to transform a classroom into a safe, warm environment that students look forward to visiting every day. He makes the study of a language that hasn’t been spoken for hundreds of years comical and exciting. He works harder than any other teacher I’ve ever seen, dedicating so much of his time to his students that he often leaves little time for himself. His selfless attitude and his humorous outlook on life put me in a good mood every day. I am blessed to have met a teacher as extraordinary as Mr. Drugan.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to double major in elementary education and secondary vocal music at Martin Luther College.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Kyle Drugan Klein Collins High School
DEEPALI BHANDARI Klein Collins High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Mu Alpha Theta Health Occupations Students of America Business Professionals of America Klein Collins Tennis Team National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Scholastic Writing Competition, Silver Key Award Business Professionals of America, 3rd in State for Advanced Word Processing, State and National Qualifier Tennis University Interscholastic League, Freshman Girls Singles 2nd Place LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Mu Alpha Theta, President Health Occupations Students of America, Vice President Business Professionals of America, Treasurer COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Mentoring at Haude Elementary School Multiple Walks
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend the University of Texas at Austin or the University of Houston and major in pre-pharmacy and biology.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Kim Drain Klein Collins High School
Mrs. Kim Drain is more than an educator--she is an inspiration. Stumbling through my freshman year, I found not only stability in Mrs. Drainâ€™s teachings but also a sense of safety and compassion in her personality. Strict yet understanding, particular yet lenient, candid yet gentle, professional yet open-hearted, Mrs. Drain sparked within me a fascination for literature. My junior year, the woman who first enchanted me with the wonders of the English language praised my writing skills and encouraged me to submit an essay to a competition. That acknowledgement, that faith in my abilities and in the concept that I could achieve some level of greatness, astonished me. Mrs. Drainâ€™s confidence in my writing incited a new hope for what I could do; it created the belief that I could pursue anything as long as I believed in myself. Mrs. Kim Drain inspired a transformation within me. Because of her sincerity and support, I changed from a quiet, frightened child to an eager, self-assured adult. Thank you for helping me become who I am today, Mrs. Drain!
MADELEINE BAZEMORE Klein Collins High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test Commended Student Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Academic Ready Writing National Honor Society Orchestra LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: National Honor Society, Mentor COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Mentoring Reading and Recording Practice Tests for Learning Disabled Students Activities at Various Klein Schools
Mrs. Abshire is one of those teachers that really knows how to make kids feel good about themselves. I remember when I first got my PSAT results back and I had done particularly well in English. I decided to tell Mrs. Abshire and she responded that she wasnâ€™t surprised at all. Whenever I am around Mrs. Abshire I feel smart and like I can do anything I put my mind to. She knows how to connect with her students in a positive way that makes even the biggest English haters love her class. She encouraged me to be the best student I could be and really helped me with anything that I struggled with without making me feel silly for struggling. She pushed me and my fellow students to the fullest and told us that as long as we tried, we would succeed in her class, college, and anything else we dreamed up.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend Texas A&M University and major in English.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Kim Abshire Klein Collins High School
LEILANI GIVENS Klein Collins High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Mu Alpha Theta Health Occupations Students of America National Honor Society Symphonic and Full Orchestra Spanish National Honor Society LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Mu Alpha Theta, Vice President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: WoodsEdge Community Church Early Childhood Development, Volunteer/Caretaker Nexus Specialty Hospital, Volunteer Haude Elementary School, Mentor
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Elaine Drugan Klein Collins High School
Not only is Mrs. Drugan an outstanding Calculus BC teacher, but she is an amazing motivator who pushed me to excel in and out of her classroom. Our morning conversations have taught me how to be logical, confident, and kind. Each calculus lecture she presented strengthened my love and curiosity for math, and her expertise in the subject made the course enjoyable and stress-free. It’s been an absolute pleasure being Mrs. Drugan’s student and I look forward to using the intelligence she has passed on to me! May you continue to inspire and motivate young students to stay determined and focused. Thank you for being understanding, wise and more importantly, thank you for always believing in me. #thankful
ANDY CHUI Klein Collins High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
Health Occupations Students of America Spanish National Honor Society National Honor Society Klein Collins Orchestra TMEA Region IX Symphony Orchestra Ultimate Frisbee Club Junior Achievement Klein Collins Fine Arts Production of “Pippin” Formosan Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors Houston Badminton Club Houston Northwest Chinese School Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Certificate of Distinction in Level 5 Erhu Performance Greater Houston Area Chinese Language Speech Contest Advanced Category Champion
Health Occupations Students of America, President Orchestra, Concertmaster and Treasurer Formosan Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors, Vice President of Operations Junior Achievement, Vice President Houston Badminton Club Junior Team, Captain
Prior to taking Sra. Richardson’s class, I was completely unfamiliar with the Spanish language. However, shortly after I began taking her class, I fell in love with the Spanish language, and also developed a passion for learning languages in general. Sra. Richardson was one of the most dedicated teachers I ever had. Her lessons were very immersing and I honestly cannot recall a single lesson from which I didn’t gain new knowledge. It was because of Sra. Richardson that I decided to take four years of Spanish and the Spanish Language and Culture AP Exam. Had I not been in her class, I would probably not have discovered my passion for language learning, which I will follow for the rest of my life. All I can do is thank Sra. Richardson for helping me discover this passion.
Haude Elementary School, Mentor Aiding Individuals With Disadvantages National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Health Occupations Students of America Formosan Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors Red Cross Club
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in biomedical engineering at Texas A&M University.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Wanda Richardson Schindewolf Intermediate School
NICOLE VU Klein Collins High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Varsity Tennis Freshman Girls Doubles Champion Business Professionals of America: Payroll Accounting National Qualifier, Fundamental Accounting State Qualifier, Financial Analyst Team State Qualifier National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Students Taking A New Direction Piano University Interscholastic League, Accounting University Interscholastic League, Computer Applications LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Business Professionals of America, President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Houston Food Bank Northwest and Spring Assistance Ministries Texas 10 Series Race The Woodlands Marathon
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in accounting at the University of Texas at Austin.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Victoria Benkendorfer Klein Collins High School
Accounting can be very boring and monotonous, but if it is taught by Mrs. Benkendorfer, one cannot help but respect this complex, foreign language. She allows me to perceive accounting in a different way—a puzzle that never ends. It is because of her passion for this subject that I get weirdly excited when the debit column equals the credit column. But more than that, Mrs. Benkendorfer seeks to understand me on a more personal level. She asks about my family, my friends, my future plans, everything. She truly defies the definition of an average teacher, for she does not teach strictly by the book. By incorporating her own stories and experiences, she enhances her lessons and sometimes even ends up “chasing rabbits” and “standing on her soapbox.” I am honored to have studied under Mrs. Benkendorfer, and I can only thank her for these past two years. She has guided me to my career choice, and for that I am forever grateful. Thank you for everything, Mrs. B!
MORGAN EVANS Klein Collins High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Band: 2 Time 6A All-Region Member, 2 Time Klein ISD Outstanding Soloist National Merit Commended Advanced Placement Scholar’s Award LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: High Woodwind Captain Band Council COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Mentoring National Honor Society
In Mr. Jones’ world history class, you always had to be ready to think. We did a lot of thinking about history, but we never once were told what the “right answers” were. I know personally that many of my classmates were often upset by the fact that Mr. Jones didn’t teach us enough of the answers to help us on quizzes and tests, but I am always ready to defend Mr. Jones. He is my favorite teacher because he never taught us if something was right or wrong…he would just make us pick a side and explain why. “Why” was the point. We could learn everything there is to know, but if none of us left his class without understanding why it mattered…I think that Mr. Jones would have considered himself a failure. He couldn’t care less how we did on the test at the end of the year…he was just happy to spend time getting to know us and to teach us why history matters. Mr. Jones is the best teacher I have ever had.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend Baylor University and major in business.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Mike Jones Formerly at Klein Collins High School
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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Ed Shackelford President
Dr. Jim Cain Secretary
D’Arwyn Daniels Member-at-Large
Ray Stanley 1st Vice President
Cindy Hardy Treasurer
Diana Lothringer Member-at-Large
Keith Kearney 2nd Vice President
Sam Avery Member-at-Large
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Jason Bailey
A.K. “Buddy” Brown
ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS Juan Fresquez
KLEIN ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES Steven E. Smith President Paul Lanham Vice President William F. Pilkington Secretary Ronnie K. Anderson Trustee
Rick Mann Trustee Georgan Reitmeier Trustee Stephen J. Szymczak Trustee