HONORING THE TOP 10 GRADUATING SENIORS
Educator Vicki Hermsdorf & Valedictorian Jack Guo - Klein High School
Educator Michelle McCharen & Valedictorian Numan Saeed Ahmad - Klein Forest High School
Valedictorian Kimberly Lai & Educator Donna Wicker - Klein Oak High School
Valedictorian Isabel Alison & Educator Clay Huggins - Klein Collins High School
Klein ISD 2014 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
SPONSORS PLATINUM UNDERWRITERS
Campus Kids, LLC Achieve3000, Inc. Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP BANQUET SPONSORS
PBK, Inc. RBC Capital Markets, LLC DONALD R. COLLINS DISTINGUISHED KLEIN EDUCATOR AWARD SPONSOR
AXA Advisors DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR & HONORED EDUCATOR AWARD SPONSORS
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Absolute-All Sports Achieve3000, Inc. AXA Advisors Bank of America Merrill Lynch Bay-IBI Group Architects Campus Kids, LLC The Collins Family Dahill, A Xerox Company D & L Global Consulting, Inc. Durotech, Inc. The Hardy Family Herff Jones Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce ICI Construction, Inc. InvesTex Credit Union Pegi Ivancevich Joiner Partnership, Inc. - Architects Tom & Sue Kikis Klein ISD Board of Trustees Klein Oak High School
Layer 3 Communications Lone Star College - University Park Dr. William S. Magness, Orthodontist Nasir Malik North Harris County Regional Water Authority NWN Corporation Russell & Darcy Olson Outlook Financial Group, LLC PBK, Inc. Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP Prestige by Lifetouch Radcliffe Resources RBC Capital Markets, LLC Rogers, Morris & Grover, LLP SHW Group Steven & Debbie Smith Spring Creek Barbeque State Rep. Sylvester Turner, District 139 Szymczak Properties
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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 21, 2014
WELCOME Ed Shackelford, President Klein ISD Education Foundation Dr. Jim Cain, Klein ISD
INVOCATION & PLEDGE Dr. Mark Young OF ALLEGIANCE Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital DONOR RECOGNITION Cindy Doyle, Director Community Relations & Education Foundation KEYNOTE SPEAKER Dr. Lucy Marquez Klein Oak High School, Class of 1997 RECOGNITION OF DISTINGUISHED Ed Shackelford, President SCHOLARS & EDUCATORS Klein ISD Education Foundation Klein ISD Education Foundation Directors STUDENT COMMENTS Faustine Sun, Klein High School Travis Pham, Klein Forest High School Andy Shaw, Klein Oak High School Isabel Alison, 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
KLEI N I S D ED UC ATION FOUN DATION
2014 Donald R. Collins Distinguished Klein Educator Award
DR. GRACE DAVIS ENGLAND PREVIOUS HONOREES: Dr. Nancy Reeves Radcliffe, Dr. Robert LeBlanc, Ann Anderson, Frank Lemmon, Betty L. Dodd, Ed & Wanna Hickey and Dr. Donald R. Collins
Jiahan Liu, Edmond Xue, Jack Guo, Rishabh Juneja, Brandon Ohl, Sameer Sripada Karen Yang, Bailee Moore, Faustine Sun, Kirby Eckels
Principal: Larry Whitehead
JACK GUO Klein High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Mu Alpha Theta University Interscholastic League, Math State Qualifier Texas Math and Science Coaches Association State Meet, 2nd in Math United States Presidential Scholar Candidate National Advanced Placement Scholar National Merit Finalist Computer-Aided Design Drafting Intern Region 9 Orchestra, Viola Academic Decathlon Team Academic Challenge LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Hua Xia Chinese School Student Council, President Mu Alpha Theta, Vice President Spanish National Honor Society, Vice President Computer Science Club, Secretary COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Hua Xia Chinese School, Tutor and Math/ Science Coach Barbara Bush Public Library, Volunteer National Honor Society, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Major in mechanical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, or the University of Texas at Austin.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Vicki Hermsdorf Klein High School
Simply put, Mrs. Hermsdorf is brilliant. On a daily basis, she takes chemistry, such an intimidating topic and decrypts it until every last student understands. But it’s more than just knowledge that defines her as a teacher. It’s her contagious enthusiasm, her ability to get a roomful of high schoolers excited about thermodynamic equilibrium. Even on the sleepiest Wednesday afternoons, I walk into her classroom, amazed at her pure energy. I doubt there’s anyone that can sit in on her class for ten minutes and not notice the scratching of pencils in notebooks, the whirring of brains firing at full horsepower and the sudden internal yearning to finish that Redox equation. Mrs. Hermsdorf has been more than just my chemistry teacher and my competitive science coach - she’s been an inspirational and motivational factor for each and every student who steps into her classroom.
KAREN YANG Klein High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Merit Finalist Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction University Interscholastic League Mathematics and Calculator Application American Mathematics Competitions Bronze Medalist French Honor Society French Top Scholar Klein High School Newspaper Contributing Writer National Art Honor Society Computer Science Club Student Council LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Mu Alpha Theta/Math Club, President National Honor Society, Secretary Perspectives Literary and Art Magazine, Co-Editor-in-Chief French Club, Vice President
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Mallery for the past four years through both math club and math classes. Since the beginning, she has been the epitome of dedication and passion both in the classroom and out, characteristics of a teacher who truly cares for her students. She stays after school almost every day for the math team, travels with us for frequent weekend competitions, invests an unimaginable number of hours at home for her students and still manages it all with an unwavering enthusiasm. But what I love most about Mrs. Mallery is the way she approaches teaching - by showing us how those formulas and theorems can be used to solve real life situations. Math class is about the volume of her scrumptious chocolate cake, the graph of a sexy curve, Louisiana whooping cranes, grandbabies and Golden Retrievers. And she has been one of the few teachers to impress in her students how hard work and living with “a fire in your belly” are keys to any successful future. Unquestionably, Mrs. Mallery has helped me both discover a more profound love for math, as well as understand what it means to live life to the fullest. Thank you, Mrs. Mallery.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Volunteer Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Intern and Volunteer Atria Cypresswood Senior Living Group, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and major in a math-related field.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Josie Mallery Klein High School
JIAHAN LIU Klein High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists American Invitation Mathematics Examination National Advanced Placement Scholar Mu Alpha Theta Science Club National Merit Finalist Computer Science Club Mariners Swim Team LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Texas Bodhi Humanities Summer Camp, Assistant Counselor Computer Science Club, President Mu Alpha Theta, Officer COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: American Bodhi Center, Volunteer Mariners Swim Team, Volunteer National Honor Society, Volunteer Teens 4 Teens, Tutor
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I’m thinking about going to the University
of Texas and waiting on April 1st decisions. I’m fiddling around with the idea of being a computer science major.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Kathy Shipper Doerre Intermediate School, Retired
On the surface, it was our simple classroom tradition, but it was a truth about Mrs. Shipper. On the surface of her desk, Mrs. Shipper kept a calendar of our birthdays and had a teddy bear sing to us, but deep down it was much more. The truth was that she knew everything true about us - every one of us. I was her vanilla A-B student (truly vanilla), but she not only knew my birthday, but she also understood how vocabulary books were. She understood what Mathcounts was. She understood when I was weak. It seemed like just yesterday, I was down for whatever reason and Mrs. Shipper gave me a pat on my back and gave me her smile - a rough fuzzy warm growl of a smile, rough enough to inspire strength, but so warm! In her class, everyone was someone. I wouldn’t be the mathematics student I am today without this English teacher. There are only nine of us here tonight from that little, sixth grade English class. She taught only two of the valedictorians here. But Mrs. Shipper does really inspire.
FAUSTINE SUN Klein High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Academic Decathlon University Interscholastic League Literary Criticism Academic Challenge French Club Asian American Club Student Teens Aiding Resource Students Perspectives School Magazine Interact Club National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society French National Honor Society National Merit Commended Scholar Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: French Club, President Teen Council at Barbara Bush Library, President Asian American Club, Treasurer Student Teens Aiding Resource Students, Secretary French National Honor Society, Parliamentarian
Mr. Adams, Physics teacher, Academic Challenge and Klein Islamic Thought sponsor, and one of my Academic Decathlon coaches, is great for a multitude of reasons. 1. He does magic tricks. He can eat fire (for academic purposes), read minds, and successfully teach a roomful of apathetic teens. 2. Heâ€™s innovative. His test reviews consist of knocking down cups with Angry Birds, competing for survival in a zombie apocalypse, impersonating famous deceased artists, and many more odd but effective retention methods. 3. He has an awesome beard. 4. He loves his students. When we laugh, he laughs with us. When we cry, he pokes us with brooms. When we need him, he is always there, ready to listen and offer his support, even when itâ€™s 5:30 in the evening and he really wants to go home and make lasagna. From him, I have learned to believe in myself, to trust in my abilities, to enjoy life and love people, to make an impact and leave a legacy. Mr. Adams, thank you. Thank you for being so great.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Barbara Bush Public Library, Program Assistant Barbara Bush Public Library, Tutor Interact Club, Volunteer National Honor Society, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I hope to attend either the University of Pennsylvania or Dartmouth College and major in economics with a minor in French.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Wesley Adams Klein High School
EDMOND XUE Klein High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Orchestra Math Club Science Club Computer Science Club National Merit Finalist United States Presidential Scholars Program Candidate National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Electronic Music Club LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Computer Science Club, Secretary and Vice President Chamber Orchestra and Drama Department Musical Productions, Principal Cellist and Soloist Calculator Applications Team, Captain COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Cellist of a String Ensemble Performing at Senior Houses, Churches, and Public Holiday Gatherings ExxonMobil, Science and Math Ambassador Northwest Chinese Church, Meal Cook, Server
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Would like to attend either the University of Texas Engineering Honors Program for chemical engineering, Harvard University for economics or the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences for economics.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Amy Breeding Klein High School
Many teachers look for students that go â€œabove and beyond,â€? star pupils who are truly dedicated to their education and are willing to produce the effort necessary to excel. Students like these are decidedly rare, as stated by teachers and fellow students alike. In my mind, however, outstanding teachers are even rarer than their student counterparts; they are brilliant educators marked by a genuine enthusiasm for their subject, guides who craft their instruction with personal style and flair. Ms. Breeding is one of these exceptional educators, an incredible asset to Klein High School and the Klein Independent School District as a whole. Exercising wit and a matching sense of humor, Ms. Breeding shelters a comfortable, student-driven learning environment through her daily classroom interactions, encouraging free exploration of literary interpretations and insights. My experiences and maturations resulting from my time in this enlightening atmosphere, among which is a broadened world awareness, have simply been tremendous. Highly appreciative, I wish to humbly honor Ms. Breeding for her industry and impact on my life.
BAILEE MOORE Klein High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Merit Commended Scholar Advanced Placement Scholar 4 years Klein Marching and Concert Band All-Region Band (3 years) Area Advancement to Audition for All-State Outstanding Musical Achievement Award Outstanding Musician Recognition Freshman District Honor Band 4 years Full Orchestra All-Region Orchestra Outstanding Musician Award National Honor Society Student Council Spanish National Honor Society Klein Theatre Department Musical, Pit Musician Faithbridge Student Ministry Klein ISD Education Foundation Recognition Award Texas Book Festival State Fiction Writing Contest Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award Girl Scouts
LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Band, Drum Major Band, Executive Cabinet Girl Scout, Program Aide
As a complete and total band geek, it’s no surprise that my band directors have had a significant impact on my character over the past four years. One director in particular, Mr. Chris Lambrecht, has played an especially prominent role in inspiring me to grow not only as a musician, but as a person as well. Through my four years under his direction, he has shown me the value of hard work, perseverance, and passion - just a few of his own characteristics that have set an incredible example for all of the Bearkat Band. No matter the situation, Mr. Lambrecht encourages me to put my entire heart into whatever task I’m trying to accomplish. He constantly reminds me that success is nothing more than personal satisfaction from growing in the thing you love. Mr. Lambrecht has also changed the way in which I view leadership by showing me that it isn’t about gaining recognition or popularity, but rather about inspiring those around you to grow alongside you. Mr. Lambrecht has impacted my life in more ways than I can put into words, and for that I am forever grateful.
Band, Mentor and Community Service Leader National Honor Society, Volunteer Salvation Army Christmas Angel Program Northwest Assistance Ministries Food Drives Tutoring Girl Scouts, Mentor and Program Aide Student Council, Service Member Nursing Homes Visits
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to study mechanical engineering and/or music education at either the Georgia Institute of Technology or the University of Oklahoma.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Chris Lambrecht Klein High School
BRANDON OHL Klein High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Merit Finalist 4 years Chess Club, Letterman 4 years Orchestra, Letterman Academic Challenge Academic Decathlon Creative Writing Club Science Club Boy Scouts, Order of the Arrow Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor Spanish National Honor Society LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Chess Club, President Perspectives Literary and Art Magazine, Senior Writing Editor Boy Scouts, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Orchestra, Loading Crew Supervisor COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Boy Scouts, Eagle Scout National Honor Society Chess Camp Relay for Life
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I will most likely attend the University of North Texas where I will double major in materials science and engineering and English.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Donna Browning Klein High School
Perhaps one of the reasons Mrs. Browning and I get along so well is because she’s never had to grade any of my papers. I’ve never had her for a real class, but because of Decathlon, I’ve spent more time with her than with any of my other teachers this year. What I will remember most about this year are the friendships I have made, largely because of the role Mrs. Browning played in facilitating those friendships through Decathlon. School should be about more than grades; that was one of the first things we agreed upon. We’ve had a lot of heart-to-heart conversations since and I’ve truly grown in a way that can’t happen when I’m more concerned about my GPA than whether I’m actually learning. But with Mrs. Browning, whether the immediate goal was to practice my impromptu or touch up my art knowledge, the true mission has always been to improve myself. I cannot thank her enough for encouraging me and giving me a sounding board for philosophical ideas including the most important: Chess. IS. A sport.
KIRBY ECKELS Klein High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Merit Finalist Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor Varsity Tennis Most Outstanding Freshman Girl Good Sportsmanship League National Honor Society Gulf Coast Community Disaster Recovery and Prevention District, Intern Visual Art Scholastic Event, Medal Asian American Club Student Council LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Spanish National Honor Society, President Rotary Interact Club, Founding Secretary Vacation Bible School, Teacher Annual Mission Trip, Student Leader
When I first walked into Sr. Nelson’s classroom as a callow sophomore, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Bookwork, probably and a barrage of worksheets. That seemed like a pretty standard formula for foreign language teachers. Instead, I read and discussed articles from BBC Mundo, wrote and performed skits based on specific vocabulary and conducted interviews with native speakers. A man of many talents, Sr. Nelson brought his guitar to class and played Spanish songs while explaining their lyrics and cultural significance. He regaled us with stories of his visits to Spain and Mexico - all told in Spanish - and encouraged us to embrace the beauty of the language and culture ourselves. After three years of Sr. Nelson’s class, I can read a Spanish poem (without visiting Google Translate), discuss its metaphors and theme, then write one of my own. Finally understanding a foreign language is indescribable. It broadens your perspective and opens doors to wonderful works of art you never imagined existed. For giving me such a gift, I can say only one thing to Sr. Nelson: Gracias por todo.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Interact Club, Volunteer Spanish National Honor Society, Tutor and Event Organizer National Honor Society, Volunteer Northwest Bible Church, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL My college choice is undecided, but I plan to major in English and pursue a law degree.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Kent Nelson Klein High School
RISHABH JUNEJA Klein High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Health Occupations Students of America Academic Challenge Asian American Club Perspectives Literary Magazine Club Founder of a Tutoring Webpage LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Neighborhood Peer Tutor Tutoring Webpage Administrator COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital Health Occupations Students of America Events such as Feed the Children and Retirement Homes
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I will probably be attending Texas A&M to study chemical engineering with a pre-medicinal emphasis.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Evelyn Colón Klein High School
Señora Colón has a quinceañera every year. Every. Single. Year. Well, it’s not surprising really since she’s perpetually fifteen forever young and fit. Maybe that’s why her students can relate to her. She’s smart, personable and quirky. Maybe it’s her diet of crayons - the black one is her favorite, mind you - that makes her a teacher full of energy and passion. There wasn’t a single day when I did not enjoy her Spanish class. Whether it was her constant reminder that she would poke our eyes out (with her precious paper “eye-poker”) if we weren’t focused on our work or her caring proclamations that she always believed in us, I always had a ton of fun learning about Spanish language and culture. She has not only just instilled in me a love for Spanish but also for life and for learning. Simply put, she’s more than just a teacher. She motivates us. She inspires us. She wishes the best for us. And she “friends” us on Facebook, so we can always stay connected. ¡Señora Colón, gracias por hacerme una mejor persona!
SAMEER SRIPADA Klein High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Math Club National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Orchestra Computer Science Club Adavnced Placement Scholar with Distinction University Interscholastic League Calculator Applications Team Member LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Math Club, Vice President Computer Science Club, Senior Representative COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Barbara Bush Public Library, Library Assistant Gleannloch Retirement Community, Community Cello Recitals National Honor Society, Volunteer
I came into high school with a dislike of biology. The memorization of countless terms and organism classifications made me question the usefulness of the subject. Mrs. Glocksien turned those negative sentiments around within the first week. As the state mandated biology curriculum was being more and more constricted, Mrs. Glocksien repeatedly stepped out of the required learning system by bringing exciting presentations to make any day special. For example, Mrs. Glocksien would regularly bring in pond water samples for us to view under a microscope. In our spare time, we could view an entire ecosystem thrive in just a drop of water. Her funny anecdotes and mnemonics helped me remember and understand many biology topics and they are still fresh in my mind. Her enthusiasm for the subject was infectious and I was drawn in from day one. Mrs. Glocksien is the epitome of what a teacher should be. She would create interest where there was perceived to be none, and wouldnâ€™t hesitate to go beyond what was required in order to take our learning experience to the next level.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to go to either the University of Texas at Austin or Georgia Tech and major in chemical engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Cheryle Glocksien Klein High School
Kevin Tran, Dang Ton, Numan Ahmad, Heather Nguyen, Travis Cong Pham Sonica Sar, Sarah Banner, Stephanie Melendez, Thong Vu, Chinemere Iwuanyanwu
Principal: Patricia Crittendon
NUMAN SAEED AHMAD Klein Forest High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Muslim Student Association American Mathematics Contest Honor Roll COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Barbara Bush Public Library, Volunteer Islamic Circle of North America Relief, Volunteer M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Volunteer Houston Food Bank, Volunteer Islamic Society of Greater Houston, Community Service
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in finance at the University of Texas at Austin.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Michelle McCharen Klein Forest High School
I honestly have not met anyone as charming or inspirational as Mrs. McCharen. She genuinely takes care of her students and does whatever it takes for them to succeed. Her friendly demeanor and laid-back nature definitely helps in putting a smile on anyoneâ€™s face. I admire her energy, willingness and patience very much. Despite having multiple tasks to complete at one time, Mrs. McCharen does an outstanding job in carrying out her responsibilities. She has taught me to keep my head up high even when things donâ€™t go as planned. I have learned from her that life will have its bumps on the road, but it is important to not let those challenges get the best of you. It takes a very special person to take their time and give assistance on how to plan for the future. I enjoy having discussions with Mrs. McCharen about our families, cultures, holidays, etc. It is a pleasure to work with you. I really appreciate everything you have done.
KEVIN TRAN Klein Forest High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Mu Alpha Theta Computer Science Club Texas Math Science Coaches Association Team Interact Club National Honor Society Advanced Placement Club COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Interact Club National Honor Society
Computer Science was a unique class that was taught by a unique teacher. For me, the classroom always generated an indescribable aura that always made me feel at home. I was not sure if it was the group of people around me or all the computers available that created that sort of environment. It was likely a combination of both. A definite contributor to the atmosphere was one man. Overlooking the entire classroom with his tyrannical program that allowed him to track our every move on any of the computers, Mr. Mundo embodied the true meaning of a teacher every single day he was there. He was friendly (even though his face sometimes suggested otherwise), one of the most hilarious teachers Iâ€™ve met (in more ways than one), always open to discussion, conscious of his studentsâ€™ learning and thoughts and always challenged our capabilities. However, the biggest impact he has made in my learning experience is the fact that he introduced the world of programming to me. From studying computer science, I have learned the true idea of problem solving (something I truly value as a person of mathematical and scientific reasoning) and a unique way of approaching conflicts. Essentially, it was like learning a new language and studying the culture behind it. It was certainly tough but incredibly interesting. And, just like knowing another language, I am sure that the art of programming will be a useful skill for years to come. I thank Mr. Mundo immensely for his years of teaching, which were certainly not half-hearted.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend either the University of Houston or Rice University and major in chemical engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Humberto Mundo Klein Forest High School
SARAH BANNER Klein Forest High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Marching Band Honor Band Full Orchestra School Musical Leadership High School Texas A&M E12 Engineering Program National Honor Society Advanced Placement Club LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Marching Band, Section Leader COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Kinsmen Lutheran Church, Camp Hope Volunteer St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Volunteer Barbara Bush Public Library, Volunteer Northwest Assistance Ministries, Volunteer Swim Meet, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend either Texas A&M University or the University of Houston, and will major in biomedical engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Dr. Norman LaFave Klein Forest High School
“Good luck, and may God have mercy on your soul!” Anyone who has ever taken his class knows that it is almost impossible to start a physics test without hearing these words of encouragement come from Dr. LaFave. Recalling memories such as the infamous circular motion lesson or his constant referral to himself as the “swagmaster” will never cease to put a smile on my face. It is hard to come across a teacher who truly cares about the future success of his students. From letters of recommendation to insight on college majors and career paths, Dr. LaFave has been there every step of the way. He is a wellqualified man having worked for NASA, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy, yet he chose to come teach high school students which in and of itself is truly an inspiration. Dr. LaFave has not only sparked my interest in physics and engineering, but has given me a clearer picture of what I desire for my future, and for that, I am extremely grateful.
SONICA SAR Klein Forest High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Band Full Orchestra National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Interact Club COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Swim Meet, Volunteer Montgomery County Food Bank Chevron Run St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church The Woodlands Marathon
When I first met Mr. Ridenour, he told me I was going to play percussion in high school during marching season. I was honestly shocked, because I had always played the oboe. From then on, he has made band the best experience of my life. The only reason why I’m still in it is because of him. His devotion to music has inspired me to work hard at what I love to do and to enjoy it as well. He has lectured us multiple times, teaching us new life lessons and to make sure we learn from our mistakes. I have learned that you should never be discouraged, to try even harder even if it’s perfect, to push yourself to the limit, to take responsibility, to be on time to everything and much more. There is a whole list of what I’ve learned. I could say he’s like my second father to me. I’d like to say thank you for everything you have done for me. There is no other teacher I would have chosen.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in chemical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Eric Ridenour Klein Forest High School
TRAVIS CONG PHAM Klein Forest High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Drama Club International Thespian Society National Honor Society National Art Honor Society Interact Club Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Published Artwork in Aquilae Stilus Homecoming King LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Drama Club, Freshman Representative, Secretary, President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Our Lady of Lavang Church National Honor Society Interact Club National Art Honor Society
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan on attending the University of Texas at Austin and majoring in biochemistry.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Cedric West Klein Forest High School
Sean O’Casey once said, “The whole world’s a stage, and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.” The teacher who I have brought with me today has taught me not only to be the most rehearsed I can be for the stage, but also for life. To call Mr. West merely a teacher is a complete understatement. He is so much more than a teacher; he is a director, a motivator, a counselor and a true visionary. Mr. West is a person that some can only hope to meet once in their lifetime, and I feel absolutely honored to have had him as a director. He has taught me so much in the short amount of time that I have known him, not only about acting, but more importantly about life. He has taught me that through dedication, a good work-ethic and a little risk-taking, you can achieve the impossible. Every second spent with Mr. West is a lesson and there is not enough time in the world for him to teach me all he has to offer. Thanks to you, Mr. West, when the lights come on, I’ll be ready for this.
STEPHANIE ELIZABETH MELENDEZ Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Distributive Education Clubs of America National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Volleyball National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar Advanced Placement Club Future Farmers of America Texas Math Science Coaches Association LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Distributive Education Clubs of America, Officer COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Houston Food Bank, Volunteer Feed the Children, Volunteer Bishopâ€™s Storehouse, Volunteer Greenwood Forest Elementary, Book Distribution Volunteer Terrace Champions Retirement Home,
Out of all the fantastic educators I have been blessed to encounter, one in particular stands out. From day one Mr. Collins has helped me foster a love for knowledge and learning. Perhaps the most important thing I have learned from him is that only when we challenge ourselves, can we hope to progress and thrive. He has helped me push myself, while also having fun. He has always been there to help me, from high school and college preparation to general discussions on life and everything in between. His guidance has helped me learn that change is inevitable, but it is not something to be feared. His humorous outlook and steady presence has only served to enhance my high school experience. I will always treasure his role in my life as a mentor and a friend.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I will attend Brigham Young University, where I will probably study psychology.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Jarrod Collins Klein Forest High School
THONG T. VU Klein Forest High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Honor Society National Art Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Interact Club Art Club Gay-Straight Alliance Health Occupations Students of America LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Math, Tutor Gay-Straight Alliance, Officer COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Alzheimer Walk Interact Club National Honor Society National Art Honor Society Our Lady of Lavang Church
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in biochemistry at either Baylor University or the University of Texas at Austin.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Cynthia Griffin Klein Forest High School
I have never met such a strange woman before! Ms. Griffin is incredible; she would point out mistakes made in my search for “perfection,” but rather than criticism, it felt like those were words of encouragement. The first time we met, we argued over a sketchbook because it was only for her students. A few months later, I transferred into her class because I really wanted that sketchbook, but what kept me in it was her knowledge and her strange humor. What I cherished the most was that she pushed me towards the diversity in media, the messy ink on the floor and the blank canvases. She is unique; she is the white ink on painted black and the black ink on colored lines. Ms. Griffin, the mystical and ultimate beast, thank you for teaching me the joy of being myself and thank you for giving me those compliments when I was fishing for it.
DANG TON Klein Forest High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: International Thespian Society Drama Club National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Drama Club, Stage Manager and Web Designer COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: La Vang Church, Volunteer Swim Meet, Volunteer
I had the pleasure of beginning high school with a Theatre Tech Freshman Varsity class taught by Mrs. Heath, or rather Ms. Webber at the time. Her class was unique and insightful, and I wouldn’t have learned how to do a number of things if it wasn’t for her, like how to use power tools and the many conventional uses of gaff tape. It is now my last year of high school and I have had her class for every single year ever since, being arguably my most favorite every time. I will miss her jaded and sarcastic nature because it is what makes her such an amiable person. She is more than a teacher, she is an employer, mentor and confidant. Mrs. Heath has always been supportive and believed that I could succeed. I will truly miss her and her class.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to study history at the University of Texas at Austin.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Shaun Heath Klein Forest High School
CHINEMERE STACY IWUANYANWU Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Health Occupations Students of America, Area Finalist Mu Alpha Theta National Honor Society Student Council Decathlon University Interscholastic League, Math Competitor National Art Honor Society LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Health Occupations Students of America, Vice President Math National Honor Society, Secretary COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Math, Tutor Blood Drive, Three Year Volunteer Swim Meet, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to study psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Dr. Barbara Rodriguez Klein Forest High School
The dream in my eyes was always to become a medical doctor, but it wasn’t until I met Dr. Rodriguez that I could actually imagine that dream becoming a reality. The honor of being the student of someone who has walked that long journey, is a gift that I couldn’t be anymore thankful for. After taking her classes for almost three years, it is safe to say that Dr. Rodriguez is an inspiration. Her ways teach me the discipline needed to survive the real world and how hard work can help me reach potentials that I could never imagine. Her teaching allows me insight to what happens in the medical scene that most high school students wouldn’t have the chance to experience. Dr. Rodriguez understands what it takes to make it in this big world, but still reminds us to enjoy our lives and to always make the best of it. She helped guide me to be successful in my recent competitions and taught me the ways of leadership. I will forever cherish the memories of Dr. Rodriguez.
HEATHER NGUYEN Klein Forest High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Swimming National Honor Society Interact Club Octathlon Advanced Placement Club Student Athletic Leadership Team LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Varsity Swim Team, Leader COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Greenwood Forest Breakers, Volunteer Vietnamese American Community Center, Volunteer
When I first met Ms. Dano, I saw a strict, intimidating teacher that gave a lot of work. I struggled in her class because I thought I could just waltz in there and get a high grade easily. Boy, was I wrong. Throughout my time spent with her, I learned that success does not come without effort. She inspired me to start working for my grades and try my best. Iâ€™ve made many mistakes while with her, but learned from them and they have helped me for the future. Her enthusiasm and passion for teaching serve as the key to my motivation because she already does everything that she can do to help. She does not fail to make time in her schedule if there needs be any extra teaching or review outside of class and is open to different suggestions. I can depend on her whenever I need assistance because she genuinely cares about her students. I am so proud that I got to spend part of my high school career in her chemistry class. Minus 10!
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan on going to Texas A&M University or the University of Texas to study biology.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Judith Dano Klein Forest High School
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Principal: Dr. Brian Greeney
KIMBERLY LAI Klein Oak High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Merit Finalist Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction All-State Orchestra Klein Oak Orchestra Houston Youth Symphony Klein Oak Choir Texas French Symposium Junior Varsity Swim Team Welch Summer Scholar Mu Alpha Theta French National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Region IX Symphony Orchestra LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Orchestra, President Orchestra, Principal Cellist Mu Alpha Theta National Honor Society, Vice President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Barbara Bush Branch Public Library Silverado Senior Citizen Living Home Symphony North of Houston National Honor Society
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in chemical engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Donna Wicker Klein Oak High School, Retired
When I first got my schedule for my junior year, I was thrilled to see that Mrs. Wicker would be my math teacher. I had heard stories from older students that she was one of the nicest and most caring teachers you would ever meet. Mrs. Wicker stands out to me as an educator because she truly cares about the success of every single one of her students and sees each of them as individual people. She left encouraging smiley faces on your tests when you did well, and she was always willingly available to tutor anyone as often as they needed it. Furthermore, Mrs. Wicker taught me about life as well as math. Her ability to juggle so many tasks at once while still showing a vibrant enthusiasm for teaching has inspired me to really pursue all my passions. Whether it be the importance of chasing your dreams or simple mnemonics like â€œI <3 cots at Costcoâ€?, Mrs. Wicker has taught me many lessons that I will never forget.
DANIELLE HILBORN Klein Oak High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: International Baccalaureate Programme National Merit Finalist Spanish National Honor Society National Honor Society Scholastic Writing, Silver Key Winner Premio de Oro on National Spanish Exam Premio de Plata on National Spanish Exam LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Varsity Choir, Member International Baccalaureate Senior Service Project, Co-Head International Baccalaureate Programme, Student Advisor Spanish National Honor Society, Junior Representative
I first strolled into Mrs. Krottinger’s office a woefully and ignorantly confident freshman, utterly sure of the trajectory of the next four years of my high school career. I was going to superhumanly manage everything with the grace and poise expected of mature high school students. Mrs. Krottinger’s sole word of advice (admittedly, in retrospect, said with an all too knowing smile) “you do not have to be good at everything.” I laughingly agreed in words, if not, yet, in actions. Many adjectives could be used to describe the past four years, but stressfree, graceful and poised do not seem particularly applicable, well, at least not in relation to myself. However, Mrs. Krottinger’s office has remained a constant place to find a voice of reason or an ear willing to listen about “just how many things” I actually have going on. The advice and guidance she gave me throughout each step of high school was, and is, indispensable. It was in her office that I first realized the need to admit failure at some tasks so that I could more fully embrace others.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Center for Student Missions - Denver and New York City St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital LIMBS International Houston Food Bank International Baccalaureate Creativity Action Service (CAS) Programme
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend the University of Southern California or a school in the Northeast.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Liz Krottinger Klein Oak High School
NATHAN MEHLHOP Klein Oak High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: All-State Band Member Klein Oak Concerto Contest Winner University Interscholastic League Mathematics Team Member National Merit Finalist
LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Band, Drill Instructor Band, Saxophone Part Leader
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: International Baccalaureate Creativity Action Service Project for LIMBS International
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend Texas A&M University and major in engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Todd Clearwater Klein Oak High School
Compared to many other classes such as math and science, music classes have a very low percentage of students that will pursue that subject as a career later in life. However, despite this trend, no other educator that I know of teaches things that are more applicable to real life than what Todd Clearwater teaches. First, in addition to normal classes, Mr. Clearwater runs marching band rehearsal after school. Marching band is the largest performing group in the school, and with ensemble work on both visual and musical level, no other activity requires greater teamwork, and Mr. Clearwater emphasizes this aspect of it above all else. Secondly, Mr. Clearwater holds high standards for his students and demands that we do the same for ourselves. He consistently tells us about how talented we are and how, in our youth, we canâ€™t fully appreciate yet, but should try to make the most of it. Lastly, Mr. Clearwater teaches the importance of designed, deliberate and diligent practice. A student of Mr. Clearwater can achieve anything that he sets his mind to.
ANDY SHAW Klein Oak High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: The March Collective Mu Alpha Theta National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Distributive Education Clubs of America, District 4 Finalist, State Finalist, International Career Development Conference Competitor Oak Break Krew Spanish Club Chess Club Texas Buddhist Association Youth Group Tzu Shao (Youth Group) Best Band of Klein Collins Variety Show PoetryOutLoud District Winner & State Competitor LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Texas Bodhi Humanities Summer Camp, Counselor Mu Alpha Theta, Secretary
Mature. Just. Fair. That defines a role model. That defines Mrs. Ash. It was not until high school that I began to observe the demeanor of adults. I realized that many adults have never grasped the concept of adulthood. The principal idea I garnered from Mrs. Ash is that communication is key. The way she communicated to the students was refined and clear. She has taught me important knowledge about the business world; therefore she is a teacher. What distinguishes her from other teachers is that she provides insight to the world of adults; therefore she is a mentor. A mentor is someone who makes a difference in the way you think and live your life. In order to climb the ladder in life, one must have a solid foothold. For my foundation, Mrs. Ashâ€™s influence is a crucial cornerstone.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Relay for Life Tutoring Algebra Teaching Assistant Houston Food Bank Northampton Mentoring Texas Bodhi Humanities Summer Camp
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I will attend the University of Texas at Austin to obtain degrees in business and mechanical engineering. I will create an automotive manufacturing firm in the future.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Julieanne Ash Klein Oak High School
JONATHAN TOTH Klein Oak High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Baseball Football, Academic All District, Letterman National Honor Society National Merit Commended Scholar Spanish National Honor Society St. Ignatius Loyola Church Youth Group LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Football Team, Quarterback Touchdown Club of Houston, Scholar Athlete Finalist COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Tomball Abandoned Animal Rescue Habitat for Humanity Northwest Assistance Ministries, Meals on Wheels Math Tutoring Relay for Life
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan on attending the University of Texas to major in mechanical engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Brandi Provenzola Klein Oak High School
Mrs. Provenzolaâ€™s biology class was the first class I walked into my freshman year, and it couldnâ€™t have left a better first impression of high school on me. Her class is the only thing I remember about my first day. A Nickelback song played from her speakers before the tardy bell rang to relieve the awkwardness and ease the anxiety felt by us 30 or so kids in a new environment. From then on, I genuinely looked forward to her class because there always seemed to be a competitive game or interactive activity planned. She not only made biology fun but effectively got the information across to the students, in part due to her hilarious sayings and acronyms to aid in memorization. Everyone I know has only good things to say about Mrs. Provenzola. The sense of humor and positive attitude she brings to class make her a great teacher. Thank you, Mrs. P, for providing me a solid base in biology and a great start to high school.
AN TRAN Klein Oak High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: University Interscholastic League, Academics Computer Applications Science National Honor Society/Science Club Red Cross Club Business Professionals of America Zeta Omicron Spanish National Honor Society National Honor Society National Center for Women in Technology Affiliate Winner Questbridge National Match Finalist LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Science National Honor Society/Science Club, President Zeta Omicron, Secretary COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Red Cross Club - â€œChange for Syriaâ€? International Baccalaureate, LIMBS
I have had Mrs. Rushing for three years and I can honestly say that she is the most adorable teacher I have ever met. She has ignited my love for chemistry, a subject I thought I would have never enjoyed, solely through her little dances across the room, sound effects as she demonstrates reactions on the board and extensive collection of chemistry jokes. However, her dedication to her students extends beyond the classroom. She stays after school with us until 5 or 6 in the afternoon for weeks at a time in order for us to finish our Internal Assessments and Extended Essays. Also, Mrs. Rushing is always there, bright and early before and after school, ready for our bombardment of questions. She is simply an astonishing teacher, and through the rigor of her course combined with her nurturing nature, I have become a better overall student. For this, I thank you, Mrs. Rushing.
International National Honor Society, Houston Food Bank Vietnamese Civic Center Health Fair
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in computer science or chemistry.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Kathleen Rushing Klein Oak High School
JOSHUA CHEN Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Spanish Club LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Eagle Scout St. Ignatius Youth A-Team St. Ignatius “The 12” St. Ignatius Parish Advisory Team
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Guatemala Mission Trip Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion Altar Server Vacation Bible School St. Ignatius Fall Festival Relay for Life
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I hope to attend the University of St. Thomas and major in biology to become a doctor. If that doesn’t work out, I want to become a Trappist monk or work with the poor in a third-world country.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Sherrie McMahon Klein Oak High School
Throughout my year as a Music IB student or my stint with the KO Choir, I have had the honored privilege of working with and learning under Mrs. McMahon. She revealed to me the magical wonders of music history. I experienced the ethereality of Gregorian chant. I tasted the depths of emotion within the ten minute period of Mahler’s adagietto. I learned about scandalous ankle-flashing Renaissance dances and the oftoverlooked beauty of 12-tone. My time with Mrs. McMahon was a wonderful and fun experience. She even let me eat entire sandwiches in class. The most important thing Mrs. McMahon left me with, however, was not the ability to appreciate music or a craving for lunch by 2nd period, but the imprint of her subtle and gentle kindness upon my memory. Thank you, Mrs. McMahon, for simply being that rare, genuine soul with which my own has had the privilege of crossing roads with, if only but for a brief time. All eloquence aside, you rock Mrs. McMahon!
EMILY BARNETT Klein Oak High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Orchestra - Texas Music Scholar Klein Oak Swim Team, 1st place in 100 Yard Butterfly at District Tri M Music Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society, Gold Medal in National Spanish Exam Mu Alpha Theta National Honor Society Northampton Barracudas Swim Team Full Orchestra, Cello Choir Spanish Club LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Tri M Music Honor Society, President Orchestra, Vice President Mu Alpha Theta, Treasurer
Once upon a time, in a middle school not so far away, a skinny little girl attended her first day of public school. Although she aspired to join the basketball team the following year, she had zero muscle or experience in any sport. While she possessed a strong will to learn, she required an inspiration that would teach her all the ropes and push her to her limits. This inspiration was more specifically named Coach Fanaff. Coach Fanaff acknowledged a fighting spirit and enforced it with perseverance. With Coachâ€™s help the little girl learned to run a mile without stopping, to attack that last swimming lap, and to actually dribble a basketball instead of just chasing it down the court. Coach Fanaff redefines the mediocre PE teacher stereotype and is the perfect example of one who rose above and beyond by making an invaluable impact on my life. Using the determination and self-confidence she taught me during middle school, I have been successful in swimming and my academics and will continue to achieve throughout my life. Thank you Coach Fanaff.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Metzler Elementary School 5th Grade Strings, Music Mentor St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church, Cellist St. Edwards Catholic Church, Altar Server George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library, Volunteer Relay For Life, Fundraising Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend Illinois Tech or the University of Texas at Austin and major in architectural engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Karen Fanaff Hildebrandt Intermediate School
GABY CUINA Klein Oak High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: International Baccalaureate Programme Varsity Soccer Band National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Tri-M Music Honor Society Spanish National Exam, Gold Medal CoEd Soccer LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Spanish National Honor Society, Vice President Band, Secretary, Drill Instructor CoEd Soccer, Captain COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Spanish Tutoring Northampton Mentoring Coordinator Relay for Life Houston Food Bank Vacation Bible School
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend the University of Texas and major in mechanical engineering and minor in Spanish.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Viviana Cue Klein Oak High School
Although this has been my first year with Sra. Cue, she has made a significant impact on my academic career. This year she generously accepted to sponsor Spanish National Honor Society and her contributions to the society have kept the officers, like me, able to deal with the other million things we have to accomplish. I am extremely grateful to have such a tremendous teacher during my senior year because not only has she made Spanish class enjoyable while ensuring we get work done, but she took on the task of advising me while I attempted to put together a coherent extended essay. The patience she has demonstrated while teaching freshman and senior classes truly inspires me to help others improve their abilities in the language. I want to thank Sra. Cue for everything she has done for me, specifically by providing me all the tools necessary to succeed in my International Baccalaureate tests and making Spanish a subject that I want to further my studies in.
LILIANA TERRY Klein Oak High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Varsity Tennis Mixed Doubles: 3rd Place District 2nd Place District and Regional Qualifier Team Tennis: 2nd Place District and Regional Qualifier All-District Athlete Most Dedicated/Panther Award National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Student Council University Interscholastic League English Literary Criticism LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Varsity Tennis Team, Captain COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Fellowship of The Woodlands, Volunteer
I have always been a math geek with an aversion for history courses. Mrs. Parent wasn’t able to convert me into a history buff-only a miracle can-but she did teach me how to see the funny side of history. Her class is not a banal rehash of important dates and battles; it’s more of a lets-talk-about-themost-ridiculous-funny-crazy-stupid-things-in-history-and-thenlearn-the-facts class. Tycho Brahe would be pleased that we remember him not as an influential astronomer, but as that awesome dude who got his nose chopped off in a duel, fashioned a new one out of gold, wore it, adopted an elk, went with said elk to a party, and let the poor thing get so tipsy it tumbled down a flight of stairs and perished. This is how Mrs. Parent presents people in history: as unique, quirky individuals with a life outside of signing documents or brandishing weapons. She taught me that one should understand history not for what it was but for why it was. There’s always more to the story.
Camera Operator One Billion Rising for Justice Flash Mob Demonstrations, Administrative Assistant
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to go to the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a degree in radio, television and film.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Susan Parent Klein Oak High School
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Jalen Brown, Aaron Daileda, Victoria Payne, Tristan Watson, Isabel Alison Emily Magness, Elizabeth Broussard, Christian Bryan Palma, Natalie Day, Sushmitha Ram
Principal: Randy Kirk
ISABEL ALISON Klein Collins High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Health Occupations Students of America Academic Decathlon Orchestra Spanish National Honor Society Klein Collins Legacy Press Newspaper Academic University Interscholastic League School Musical LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: National Honor Society, President, Service Committee Head Chair Mu Alpha Theta, Vice President, President Health Occupations Students of America, Vice President Academic Decathlon, Team Captain Orchestra Officer COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital National Honor Society Health Occupations Students of America Blood Drive
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in chemical engineering at Rice University or Stanford University.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Clay Huggins Klein Collins High School
To say that Mr. Huggins has been merely a teacher to me would be an insult to his character, for he is much more than that. He is a mentor, inspiring the minds of nine kids who didn’t think it would be possible to reach the state level for Academic Decathlon, although he often claims himself to be the “lowly assistant” of the Academic Decathlon and National Honor Society sponsors. He is a student himself, continuously learning with us, reminding each of us with his passion that knowledge, and even studying, can be exciting. But most importantly he is a friend who truly understands and accepts each of us. (Even though he puts up this tough exterior, I feel like he secretly loves us.) I genuinely thank you, Hugz. I am not only incredibly proud to have been a part of this crazy team, but I feel incredibly blessed to have been able to share this experience with you. You have inspired not only me, but also the class full of misfits that you somehow turned into a family. Oh, and never forget, Benoit.
TRISTAN WATSON Klein Collins High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Debate National Forensic League Texas Forensic Association Texas Forensic Association State Competition Competitor National Tournament of Champions Qualifier Four Year Varsity Debater Theatre Lead Roles in Check Please and The Glass Menagerie Football, Quarterback National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Debate Team Captain COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Faithbridge Methodist Church, Vacation Bible School Counselor Barbara Bush Public Library
Almost any student you ask will tell you that at some point in time, they had a teacher that they could barely stand. However, not many people can describe to you a teacher who made them feel so at home and comfortable that the classroom stopped feeling like school. While most students never find a teacher who has this effect on them, I am lucky enough to be an exception to that rule. Nearly every morning, I get up just a little earlier than I have to just to visit with Mrs. Marek. This entire year has been great due to the support that I’ve gotten from her on a multitude of issues; from college essays to figuring out what to give my girlfriend on our anniversary, she’s been helpful on all facets. Without a doubt, I am closer to Mrs. Marek than any teacher I’ve ever had before, and this year would have been infinitely harder without her. I am so grateful to have had her as a teacher, but beyond that, as a friend. Thank you so much, Mrs. Marek.
Cypresswood Clubhouse Event Organizer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to go to the University of Texas, major in pre-law and eventually go to law school.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Laurie Marek Klein Collins High School
EMILY MAGNESS Klein Collins High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Varsity Tennis, 4 years Regional Qualifier Choir Solo & Ensemble Excellent Rating National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Students Taking A New Direction Advanced Placement Scholar Wendy’s High School Heisman School Winner LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Choir, Soprano Section Leader COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Student Mentor Spanish National Honor Society, Volunteer Students Taking A New Direction Houston Food Bank, Volunteer Retirement Home, Volunteer Choir Volunteer Work
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in biology at Trinity University or Southern Methodist University and pursue a career in research.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Elaine Drugan Klein Collins High School
Throughout my early years of high school, I had undeniably decided that I was not going to suffer through a fourth year math class, much less AP Calculus. My outlook was completely reversed when I entered my pre-calculus class junior year, taught by the welcoming Mrs. Drugan. Her passion for math and positive attitude was infectious, leading me to completely alter my future plans to include AP Calculus. During my two years with Mrs. Drugan, she not only taught me the basics of trigonometry and derivatives, but that math can be fun and that some equations are more “beautiful” than others. She took extra time to tackle obscure math problems with me, including ones not in the homework. She worked with my hectic schedule and tolerated my excessive absences from extracurriculars. Mrs. Drugan fostered my interest in math, all while maintaining a bright sense of humor. Thank you so much for being such a caring, devoted teacher with enthusiasm that never failed to brighten my day. You have inspired me in countless ways and I will never forget your positive impact.
SUSHMITHA RAM Klein Collins High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Academic Decathlon Regional and State Academic Octathlon Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinctions Ballet & Dance Best Buddies Camp Enterprise Class Favorite, Voted Friendliest Lone Star High School Leadership Model United Nations Orchestra Community Service Award Orchestra Musical Play University Interscholastic League Literary Criticism LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Academic Decathlon Team, Co-Captain Academic Integrity, President Orchestra, Librarian Students Taking A New Direction, President and Co-Creator
“Oh, God please let me have a schedule change,” I thought when I first saw Mr. Jones as I, little sushi, was walking meekly to my first AP class, world history. I never knew at that moment my short, stubborn sushi-like perspective of the world changed entirely thanks to the amazing Mr. Jones. Filled with positivity, curiosity, silliness and selflessness, he has literally opened the world to me. But more importantly, he has instilled within me the values to face the world. Mr. Jones has always encouraged me to be fearless, determined and resilient. Through his hilarious lectures, I learned to think, write and love history. And I’m pretty sure he’s the reincarnated Peter the Great with a mix of Alexander the Great. Mr. Jones, you have treated all your students with utmost respect and dignity. Especially through your strong support of my dreams, I promise to hold my values as my top priority and to use history to establish justice in our world. Thank you for being awesome and I will always be your number one fan, Mr. Jones.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Barbara Bush Public Library Diabetes & Neon Dash Walk Haude & Lemm Carnivals Hosting Jean Drive for the Homeless Houston Food Bank Northwest & Spring Assistance Ministries National Honor Society, Service Committee Northwest Rehabilitation Center Orchestra, Music Organizer Tomball & Paradise Springs Retirement Homes
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in history or economics at either Smith College, Texas A&M University, Rice University, Bates College or Brown University.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Mike Jones Formerly at Klein Collins High School
AARON DAILEDA Klein Collins High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Math Club Computer Science Club University Interscholastic League, Science Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Lemm Elementary, Mentor Vacation Bible School, Leader COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Mentor Resurrection Lutheran Church, Volunteer Math Club, Running Math Tournaments
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to study chemical engineering at Texas A&M University.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Lisa Finkner-Templeman Klein Collins High School
Chemistry AP was one of those classes that you were sad to see go at the end of the year, despite long hours of studying and frustration. In the span of one year, Mrs. Templeman had taught me more than I could hope to learn by myself in five. But that included more than just polyatomic ions, thermo chemistry, or anything else you could find in a textbook. First of all, she taught me that I loved chemistry. She also taught me, and everyone else who took her class, how to succeed. But it wasn’t that simple. Whether it was in school or in life, Templewoman always had something close to an answer. It usually included her renowned variation of a stare, a shrug, and an eye roll, all in one. For instance... “Mrs. Templeman, 80% of the class failed this test.” ... *insert shrug*. Or “Can I blow this up?” ...*shrug again*. But whether she knew it or not, it always got us where we needed to be. She made us figure things out by ourselves, and that has helped me to succeed more than anything else.
NATALIE DAY Klein Collins High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Varsity Cross Country, 4 Year Letterman, Regional Qualifier, Academic All-State Varsity Track, Tiger of the Year Award Advanced Placement Scholar Church Youth Group National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Students Taking a New Direction LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Cross Country, Team Captain John Wesley Church, Head of Youth Discipleship Team, Head of Youth Missions Team John Wesley Church, Acolyte
There are a limited number of athletes who can say Mr. Mike DelDonno was their high school cross country and track coach. I couldn’t be more honored to say that I am one of those people. Coach DelDonno is the coach every athlete wishes for. His passion for running is unmatched by anyone I have ever met. Before I met him, I ran because I was good at it and it didn’t require much coordination. Now, I run because he helped me develop a love for the burn of my muscles, the salty taste of sweat, and the rhythmic sound of a runner’s breathing. After having him as a coach, I can say that true happiness is Coach DelDonno coming up to me after a race to shake my hand and hold up his watch to show me I broke my own personal record. If there’s anyone I owe every one of my athletic successes to, it’s Coach DelDonno. Thanks, Coach.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Annual Summer Mission Trips Houston Food Bank Covenant House Elementary School Mentor Annual Live Nativity Scene, Volunteer Trunk-or-Treat Manor Care Assisted Living Server at Church Wide Thanksgiving Dinner
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in mechanical engineering at either Colorado School of Mines or Texas A&M University.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Mike DelDonno Klein Collins High School
ELIZABETH BROUSSARD Klein Collins High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Drama Club International Thespian Society Spanish National Honor Society National Honor Society Students Taking a New Direction Cross Country Friday Wavers Teens Against Tobacco Use LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Drama Club, President, Secretary Spanish National Honor Society, Secretary Service Youth Leader at Church COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Mentoring Committee Students Taking a New Direction Club Houston Food Bank Mercer Arboretum
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in biology at Trinity University.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Elicha Vindiola Schindewolf Intermediate School
How do you begin to describe someone whose impacts are endless? Someone whose heart overflows with compassion for her students and whose passion for science is evident to all? I had the honor of not only having Mrs. Vindiola as my 8th grade science teacher, but also as a swim coach and friend. During that time, she never ceased to believe in me and inspire me to work harder. Her unique and integrative labs are fondly reminisced between my brother and I, who was also blessed to have her as a teacher. Her creative approach to each and every chapter left me curious to delve deeper and it eventually laid the foundation for my own love of science. â€˜Mrs. Vindi,â€™ as the students fondly call her, is truly the reason I now plan to major in biology and hopefully become a teacher myself. I wish I could adeptly express the utmost respect and gratitude I hold for her and yet I believe it can be summed up with two words: thank you.
JALEN BROWN Klein Collins High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Honor Society Students Taking a New Direction Key Club German Club Mu Alpha Theta LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: German Club, Secretary COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Teacher Help Committee Students Taking a New Direction Mu Alpha Theta, Math Tournaments Klein German Fest
I am proud of the education I have received through my years in Klein ISD. I have had many wonderful teachers along the way. However, it is Ms. Page that has had the strongest impact. She is one of the most inspiring teachers I was blessed with throughout my years at Klein Collins. I have never been part of a class as engaging, challenging and simply fun to learn in as Ms. Pageâ€™s. She truly cares about the subject she teaches and her students, which shows through her instruction. Unlike many educators, Ms. Page connected things we learned in class to reallife scenarios, which made the class much more interesting. Ms. Page, thank you for pushing me to challenge myself, but always encouraging me along the way. Thank you for not only being a great teacher, but for being a great person. Your inspirational nature and ability to connect combined with your scholarly aptitude make you a lethal combination as a teacher. I am truly thankful to have been in the class of simply the Best Teacher in the world.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Shelley Page Klein Collins High School
VICTORIA PAYNE Klein Collins High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Klein Collins Soccer All-District Team Rush Soccer Club Spanish National Honor Society Latin Club Collins Crew Klein Soccer Club Referee St. Ignatius Youth Commission St. Ignatius Adult Commission Liaison Collins Against Cancer Referee Club LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Klein Collins Soccer, Captain Latin Club, Treasurer Youth Commission, Prayer Commission Head Adult Commission, Youth Commission Head Referee Club, Co-President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Elementary School Ministry Youth Choir Ministry Hunger for Life Senior Team Volunteer Eucharistic Minister Junior High Ministry High School Ministry Catholic Heart Work Camp Habitat for Humanity
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in biology at Texas A&M University.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Kyle Drugan Klein Collins High School
I originally took Latin as my third language solely to spice up my college resume. However, the first day quickly changed my perspective. Mr. Druganâ€™s passion and love for Latin was prevalent. He tailored every aspect of the language to apply to his students as individuals. Mr. Drugan personally helped me find medical term derivatives to prepare me for the future medical classes I planned to take. He cares for me not only as an educator, but also as a friend. From our classroom jokes, such as Lupa on the prowl or baking cupcakes, to the difficult passages we had to translate, there was never anything dull. Latin class proved to be a place of refuge for students to be free from judgment. Mr. Drugan gave me something rare and needed: a place to feel at home in the hectic world of high school. Mr. Drugan counsels, pushes, encourages and never quits. He not only demands respect but also respects us in return. Latin will never be a dead language, because Mr. Drugan brings it to life. Veni, vidi, vici.
CHRISTIAN BRYAN PALMA Klein Collins High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Health Occupations Students of America National Honor Society National Forensic League Degree of Excellence Honor Choir Mu Alpha Theta LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Health Occupations Students of America, Vice President Choir, Class Officer COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Klein Collins Blood Drive Peer Tutoring Klein District Elementary School Fairs Anti-Bullying Week Campaign IPC Group Inc., Filipino Folk Dancing at Nursing Homes
Mrs. Kim Moore helped me take the necessary plunge into biology, to realize that I excel in the subject and more importantly, love it. She can take a PowerPoint and interweave intriguing facts on recent research and data that can just baffle you. She had an answer for almost everything. Sometimes I had to slap my hand to keep it from breaking apart from the lab-writing and at times a physics exam cram-session had to be pushed aside by a nine page reading guide, but it was worth it. I give a warm thanks to this lady, who could incessantly be on top of things whenever I left my brain at home. Thanks for the daily smile. I’ll definitely use this cornerstone of bio-knowledge in college and beyond to grow up being “allele” different.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to go to either the University of Texas at Austin or Texas A&M University and major in neuroscience or biochemistry.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Kim Moore Klein Collins High School
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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Ed Shackelford President
Dr. Jim Cain Secretary
D’Arwyn Daniels Member-at-Large
Darcy Olson 1st Vice President
Cindy Hardy Treasurer
Ray Stanley Member-at-Large
Enrique Lima 2nd Vice President
Brent Christiansen Member-at-Large
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Sam Avery
A.K. “Buddy” Brown
ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS Jason Hazel Lyle Lovett Kurt Schwenkel Mark Smith
KLEIN ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES Ronnie K. Anderson President
William F. Pilkington Trustee
Steven E. Smith Vice President
Georgan Reitmeier Trustee
Rick Mann Secretary
Stephen J. Szymczak Trustee
Paul Lanham Trustee