HONORING THE TOP 10 GRADUATING SENIORS
Valedictorian Logan Baker & Educator Debbie Eneix - Kleb Intermediate
Valedictorian Shreyas Suresh & Educator Alexander Collins - Doerre Intermediate
Valedictorian Emily Nguyen & Educator Julieanne Ash - Klein Oak
Valedictorian Phi Pham & Educator Humberto Mundo - Klein Forest
Valedictorian & Claire Noel Educator Jennifer Hamilton - Strack Intermediate
Klein ISD 2018 valedictorians and their distinguished educators. Distinguished educators are chosen by the students for their profound educational impact.
Congratulations & Best Wishes Graduates KLEIN
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SPONSORS PLATINUM UNDERWRITERS
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DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR & HONORED EDUCATOR AWARD SPONSORS
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K L E I N I S D E D U C A T I O N F O U N DA T I O N
Academic Banquet M O N DAY A P R I L 1 6 , 2 0 1 8
Bill Lakin, President
Klein ISD Education Foundation
Dr. Bret Champion, Superintendent Klein ISD
INVOCATION & PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Pastor Tim Seippel
Cindy Doyle, Director
The Church at Creekâ€™s End
Community Relations & Education Foundation
Monica Bearden Klein Oak High School, Class of 1992
RECOGNITION OF DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS & EDUCATORS
Bill Lakin, President Klein ISD Education Foundation
Klein ISD Education Foundation Directors
Robert (Bobby) Deacon, Klein High School Jenny Dang Ma, Klein Forest High School Emily Nguyen, Klein Oak High School Claire Noel, Klein Collins High School
DONALD R. COLLINS DISTINGUISHED KLEIN EDUCATOR AWARD
Dr. Bret Champion, Superintendent
Cindy Doyle, Director
Community Relations & Education Foundation
KL EIN ISD ED UCATIO N FO UNDATION
BOB GROVE 2018 Donald R. Collins Distinguished Klein Educator Award PREVIOUS HONOREES: Don Simme, Jim Laminack, Georgan Reitmeier, 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
Shreyas Suresh, Brian Trinh, Reuben Thomas, Logan Baker, Taylor Schorlemmer, Robert Deacon Rajvi Shah, Ruoxuan Su, Grace Liu, Elvi Casia, April Davies
Principal: Jessica Haddox
LOGAN BAKER Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Varsity Tennis Team
Academic Decathlon Team University Interscholastic League Literary Criticism and Social Studies Teams National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Science National Honor Society LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:
Academic Decathlon Team, Captain Science National Honor Society, President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE:
Barbara Bush Library, Summer Volunteer National Honor Society, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I look forward to becoming a third-generation Aggie and attending the Business Honors Program at Texas A&M University, where I plan to major in either management or finance. I hope to attain my MBA and pursue a career in business management.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR DEBBIE ENEIX Kleb Intermediate School
For me at least, the dates and figures of a history class rarely stick much beyond the latest test; what I remember are the stories. In that regard, Mrs. Eneix was the perfect teacher for me. With her “I wasn’t born here but I got here as soon as I could” sign and her undeniable passion for Texas history, Mrs. Eneix had the rare ability to make history come alive for her students. I loved that she was always willing to answer any question I had, often with a color detail or two that I couldn’t have gotten anywhere else. She had a story for every occasion and a seemingly inexhaustible well of knowledge about every period of Texas history, allowing her students to explore beneath the surface of the textbook. Furthermore, beyond her exceptional teaching skills, I know that Mrs. Eneix cared deeply about her students. When I missed almost twenty days of school over several months, no teacher was more thoughtful, considerate, or helpful than Mrs. Eneix, and I know that all of her students can attest to her exceptional patience and care. In short, Mrs. Eneix played a key role in encouraging my love of history while demonstrating her exceptional sympathy and concern for her students. Thank you Mrs. Eneix; I am proud to have been your student.
SHREYAS SURESH Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
Health Occupations Students of America Distributive Education Clubs of America Promoting Education Across the Country Science National Honor Society Science Club Suzuki Academy of Music, Pianist LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:
www.simplecourses.org - Co-Founder and Curriculum Lead Promoting Education Across the Country, Vice President of Communications and Co-Founder Science Club, Co-President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE:
When I first entered Coach Collins’ classroom as a seventh grader, I didn’t know what to expect. What I found was a teacher with an ecstatic passion for mathematics and teaching others. Through his enthusiastic lectures, I quickly developed a liking for mathematics. I decided to join the Doerre math team, where I developed many invaluable skills that would become useful for me later on in high school. Coach taught me how to work hard to achieve my goals and never give up when faced with challenges. I couldn’t imagine where I would be today without the lessons and experiences that I gained under Coach’s guidance. I accredit all of my academic success in high school to him, because he showed me what it takes to be successful – hard work, commitment, and dedication. Thank you Coach for laying the foundation that made me the student and the person I am today.
Interfaith Ministry of Greater Houston ANIMEALS Program , Food Delivery Assistant Michael E. Debakey Veterans Affairs Hospital, Volunteer Promoting Education Across the Country Health Occupations Students of America
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend The University of Houston and major in chemistry.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR ALEXANDER COLLINS Doerre Intermediate School
RUOXUAN SU Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Texas Music Scholar National Orchestra Honors, Outstanding Soloist Region IX Symphony Orchestra, 3-time Concertmaster All-State Symphony & Philharmonic Orchestras Texas Music Educators Association, String Honor Orchestra Chamber and Symphony Orchestras Health Occupations Students of America Children’s Association for Maximum Potential Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Ensemble in Residence National Merit Commended Scholar National Advanced Placement Scholar Houston Huaxia Chinese School Science National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta National Honor Society Promoting Education Across the Country Klein Puzzle Club LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: College Board and Khan Academy Official SAT Practice, Student Ambassador Orchestra, Vice President & Concertmaster Science National Honor Society, Vice President Spanish National Honor Society, Vice President Puzzle Club, Co-Founder, Secretary COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Children’s Association for Maximum Potential, Volunteer Counselor Houston Huaxia Chinese School, Volunteer CHI St. Luke’s Health, Volunteer Barbara Bush Library, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in biochemistry and later attend medical school. My choice of university is undecided.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR CRESTON HERRON Klein High School
Intense. Expressive. Demanding. Loving. Encouraging. Devoted. These are only a fraction of words to describe Mr. Herron’s charismatic character. Since his first day at Klein, Mr. Herron has capitalized the importance of a culture of respect, teamwork, and compassion in both orchestra and in society. I have been inspired by his passionate enthusiasm for music, insightful reflections about success and achievement, and undying desire to help his students improve. Most prominent, however, is his devotion. The amount of time Mr. Herron dedicates to orchestra is unreal: he works tirelessly to teach fifth-graders in the mornings, puts in 150% effort during school, conducts countless rehearsals after school, and remains at school well after rehearsals to devise strategies for improvement. Mr. Herron, your actions have taught me the value of dedication, teamwork, and mutual encouragement. You have driven me to push the limits without bound and to challenge myself to be the best that I can be. Thank you, Mr. Herron, for showing me that it is definitely NOT impossible to redefine possible.
APRIL DAVIES Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Science National Honor Society National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Orchestra Texas Music Scholar Award Texas Music Educators Association String Honor Orchestra Winner Orchestra Cup National Champions, Mark of Excellence Winner Puzzle Club Health Occupations Students of America, Placed 8th and 3rd Internationally in Biomedical Debate LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Orchestra, Secretary Science National Honor Society, Historian Puzzle Club, Vice President and Co-Founder
I have been blessed with the honor of studying under many amazing teachers throughout my educational experience thus far, a few of which are sitting in the room right now. I consider Mr. Willgrubs to be among the greatest teachers; he puts not only his brain and intellectual capabilities into teaching, but also his heart. It has been a rough few years to say the least, full of blood, sweat, and tears….lots of tears. Physics is hard! Anyway, Mr. Willgrubs, thank you for wiping away my tears and helping me back onto my feet when I’ve hit a wall, thank you for the philosophical talks and for telling me about your life experiences, and thank you for always believing in me, for reminding me of my worth in times of doubt. Your classroom has both allowed me emotional respite and pushed the limits of my knowledge. I will forever treasure the memories that we’ve made in room 313 and will carry the AP Soapmaking skills I have acquired to college with me. It’s been real. Long live Ziggy Stardust.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Orchestra Volunteer Efforts for Toys for Tots, Adopt a Family, and Care Bear Projects National Honor Society, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend The University of Texas at Austin and major in chemical engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR MERRILL WILLGRUBS Klein High School
ROBERT ‘BOBBY’ DEACON Klein High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
University Interscholastic League, Social Studies National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction National Merit Commended Computer Science Club Chess Club LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:
Varsity Swimming, Captain Spanish National Honor Society, President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE:
Wimbledon Killer Whales, Mentor
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I will attend the University of Texas McCombs School of Business and major in the Business Honors Program.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR AMY BREEDING Klein High School
I can’t help but bust a smile whenever I walk into Room 475. Inside, I’ve made friends; I’ve made rivals. I’ve reaffirmed my convictions, and I’ve been exposed to new ones. I’ve laughed a lot, and I’ve learned even more. Ms. Breeding, through her passion and energy, reminds her students that English’s soul is found beyond ink and paper. Her sharp wit and biting analysis brings the full spectrum of writing under the microscope, proving the power of language whilst inspiring the class to reach further. Perhaps what truly makes Ms. Breeding a favorite of mine, is her undying sense of humor. I am lucky to have a teacher who puts up with my brazen quips, even caring enough to fire back her own remark. Be it satire or slapstick, a grand punchline or a subtle slip, when the time is right, she can always spark an uproar throughout a normally studious bunch. Ms. Breeding has changed the way I see literature, persuasion, and language. It is remarkable how in such a short time my mind has been opened to the power of English, and for that I thank you Ms. Breeding.
TAYLOR REEVES SCHORLEMMER Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
Track and Field Team Computer Science Club Latin Club National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Foreign Internship in Germany LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:
Computer Science Club, President Latin Club Senate Boy Scouts of America, Patrol Leader & Instructor COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE:
Eagle Scout Hurricane Harvey Flood Relief
DP, as we like to call her, is hard to fit into so few words. Sure, I could describe the fun that I’ve had in each of her classes or the amount of passion and dedication she places into her subject, but I don’t think that would paint the whole picture. DP is an amazing teacher in many regards, but her character and personality truly set her apart. Throughout the years I’ve spent with DP, I’ve come to realize she does much more than just teach. Many of her students face and deal with the various stresses related to home and inherent to school, but DP’s class consistently fosters a bright and cheerful atmosphere. DP just has a special way of being personable – she’s easy to talk to and is always genuinely interested in the well-being of her students, but she also has a great sense of humor and creative streak. I don’t remember a single day where I haven’t smiled or laughed at some point during her class – and yes, that does include test days. DP is not hard to describe because she embodies the characteristics of a good teacher, but because she also epitomizes the qualities of a great friend – because she is not only someone who I would love to have teach me, but because she is also someone that I am both honored and overjoyed to know.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend the United States Military Academy and major in computer engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR SUZANNE DE PEDRO Klein High School
REUBEN THOMAS Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Band, Wind Ensemble Region Band Region Orchestra Full Orchestra State Honor Orchestra, Mark of Excellence Chess Club & Team Texas State Chess Championship, 9th & 12th Place Region 5 Chess Championship, 1st place & Runner-up Local Tournament Director Certification Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout Church Basketball Team Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Puzzle Club Science National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Spanish National Honor Society LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Chess Club, President, Treasurer Church Basketball, Team Captain Band, Metal Captain, Bassoon Section Leader Boy Scouts of America, Troop Guide, Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader, Librarian, Order of the Arrow Representative COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Boy Scouts of America Camp Invention Houston Food Bank National Honor Society Church Youth Group Chess Merit Badge Counselor
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in chemical engineering or petroleum engineering; however, my choice of university is undecided. I may pursue a master’s degree.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR DAVID GRESENS Klein High School
Like most incoming freshmen, I feared any chance of speaking directly to Mr. Gresens, the head band director. There is no exact reason as to why so many people, myself included, were intimidated by Mr. Gresens. I assumed it was the anxiety of freshman year or the apparent “tough and mean” visage of Mr. Gresens. However, after 4 years in the Klein Band Program, I can attest that Mr. Gresens is one of the most devoted, caring, and passionate Klein Educators. Being in Wind Ensemble for 3 years, I constantly witness the passion and precision that Mr. Gresens tries to instill in all his students. At the same time, Mr. Gresens deeply cares about his students working around their schedules and constantly being interested in their lives and success. Most importantly, Mr. Gresens embraces the ideas of being a kind person and “doing the right thing when no one is looking”. Personally, Mr. Gresens has motivated me to become a better musician, but more notably Mr. Gresens has inspired me to become a better person through his dedication and thoughtfulness.
GRACE LIU Klein High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
National Merit Commended Scholar Health Occupations Students of America, International Champion in Biomedical Debate National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:
Health Occupations Students of America, Sergeant-at-Arms COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE:
Health Occupations Students of America National Honor Society Science National Honor Society
If I had to describe my favorite chemical reaction, it would definitely be the production of inspiration and knowledge when Mrs. Hermsdorf reacts with her students. The reaction is exothermic; a lot of energy is released (mostly by Mrs. Hermsdorf) and it starts to get chaotic during the lab due date phase, yet stability is always reached in the end. Not only is this reaction my favorite, it is also the purest example of a committed teacher at work. As someone that has the ability to influence so many students, Mrs. Hermsdorf is always willing to go above and beyond to make sure there is an equilibrium in the classroom and that her students receive a meaningful education and experience. From spending some extra time after school explaining stoichiometry to letting students explore beyond their boundaries, she is extremely encouraging and proud of each and every student. She not only strives to make chemistry understandable for her students every day, but also aims to understand the situations of her students as well. Like a proton, I can positively say that I am extremely lucky to have been under the guidance of Mrs. Hermsdorf for two years. Her passionate teaching and determination allowed me to realize that chemistry is more than just a class for mixing chemicals together, but instead an intricate subject involving multiple skills and concepts, all equally important for our world to function. Chemistry with Mrs. Hermsdorf is what allows my world to function, and I will always be thankful for the teacher that has helped me open up a new pathway for my future.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I am undecided on my university, but I plan on majoring in chemistry while working towards fulfilling my pre-medical studies.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR VICKI HERMSDORF Klein High School
RAJVI SHAH Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
Varsity Tennis Texas State Music Theory Exam, 12 Time Gold Medalist National Guild Piano Playing Auditions, Guild Founder’s Medal Chinmaya Mission Houston Youth Group, Shlokathon Champion Trophy Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor Health Occupations Students of America Science National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Spanish National Honor Society National Honor Society LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:
Varsity Tennis Team, Co-Captain Science National Honor Society, Expo Chairperson Mu Alpha Theta, Secretary COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE:
Tomball Regional Medical Center, Junior Volunteer Health Occupations Students of America, Volunteer National Honor Society, Volunteer Mu Alpha Theta, Volunteer Science National Honor Society, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR HOLLY CANNON Klein High School
From telling silly stories to making clever puns, the *chemistry* Coach Cannon and I have is undeniable. It was in her third period Pre-AP Chemistry class my freshman year that I fell in love with the subject. Fast forward three years and now I am a senior planning to attend UT Austin with a major in Chemistry. Coach Cannon’s passion for chemistry is contagious, and her enthusiasm has now become mine. As a coach, she has taught me the importance of perseverance and commitment to a team. Losing a match after playing for hours, and practicing for even longer, is always upsetting, but Coach Cannon has taught me that tennis is not just about winning or losing. It is about the experience as a whole and learning from it. As her former chemistry student, current team tennis player, and forever “daughter,” she has taught me valuable skills that I will carry with me forever. The tremendous help and guidance she has given me, both on and off the tennis court, are things I will never forget.
BRIAN TRINH Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
Computer Science Club Puzzle Club Swimming Health Occupations Students of America Mu Alpha Theta Science National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society National Honor Society LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:
Computer Science Club, Secretary Swim Instructor COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE:
National Honor Society, Volunteer
Col. Warr may be a world-class pole vaulter, coach, published writer, and retired Lieutenant Colonel, but I know him as the man who tried to convince me that robots were going to take over the world. His unique personality and charismatic demeanor kept me looking forward to computer science class every day for the past four years. Without his support and guidance, I would’ve never been able to successfully execute my first “Hello World” program. He always celebrated the smallest of my accomplishments with great enthusiasm; this inspired me to strive even further to reach my goals. To him, programming a simple square to change colors is as big of an achievement as developing a multi-threaded chat client. “Array!” I will never forget the passionate talks that we had about innovative technologies, potential programming projects, and computer science competitions. Col. Warr fostered a love for technology within me that I will cherish for years to come. I will never stop trying to improve “because nothing is ever finished improving.” I am so grateful that I had the privilege of being the student of such a dedicated and legendary computer science teacher. Thank you, Col. Warr!
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I intend to major in biochemistry at one of the many four-year universities in Texas. I hope, thereafter, that I will have the opportunity to apply and enroll into medical school.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR COLONEL STEVEN WARR Klein High School
ELVI CASIA Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
Health Occupations Students of America, International Leadership Conference Competitor Icon Martial Arts, Taekwondo Third Degree Black Belt, Hapkido First Degree Black Belt Puzzle Club Community Emergency Response Team Homeland Security Nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction Operations National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Symphonic Band, Clarinet Player Asian American Club Vegetarian Club Distributive Clubs of America National Merit Commended Scholar LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:
Icon Martial Arts, Instructor Puzzle Club, President and Founder Science National Honor Society, Treasurer Health Occupations Students of America, Sergeant-at-Arms COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE:
National Honor Society, Tutor & Volunteer Science National Honor Society, Volunteer Health Occupations Students of America, Volunteer Silverado Senior Living, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan on attending a four-year university to pursue pre-medical studies with a major in public health. Afterwards, I look forward to matriculating to medical school.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR KRISTEN HAGGARD Klein High School
“It’s more than a grade!” These were the words of Ms. Haggard at the beginning of my junior year as she handed me back my first quiz for her Health Science Technology class. At the very top, written with her iconic felt tip pen, was a 30. Of course, as an all-A’s-all-my-life student taking on my most challenging academic year yet, I found it pretty hard to believe her yearround mantra. But it turns out she was right, as usual. There is no numerical value I could ever attribute to all that I have learned from her in just my final two years of high school. The early-morning HOSA meetings and community service events taught me the true value of punctuality, while the countless after school practices with my HOSA Bowl team spent poring over our endless supply of flash cards until late evening showed me the triumphant products of determination. Her legendary threepart career project practically took a semester to complete in its entirety so that I could thoroughly prepare for my future, but her nearly fatal accident and subsequent fight for recovery will always stand as a reminder to genuinely appreciate my present. I am incredibly blessed that she could be here with me today after enduring the most difficult year of her life, and I wish I had the words to express how proud I am of all the obstacles she has overcome. It honestly makes me so emotional to talk about the strongest person I have ever met, so I guess that leaves me with one more piece of advice from her to follow: “Stop crying, girly.”
Veronica Velazquez, Phi Pham, Alejandra Guerra, Thien Do, Janet Doloksaribu, Thy Thy Nguyen Ares Duong, Jenny Dang Ma, Sophia Nguyen, Tam Duong
Principal: Lance Alexander
PHI PHAM Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Boy Scouts of America Venturing Interact Club Tennis, Varsity National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Science National Honor Society Computer Science Club Scholastic Aptitude Test Ambassadors Historical American Movie Society Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Crew 495, Vice President & Treasurer Interact Club, Service Coordinator & Treasurer Mu Alpha Theta, Vice President Scholastic Aptitude Test Ambassador COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Interact Club, Volunteer National Honor Society, Volunteer Hurricane Harvey Flood Relief MS150 Bike Ride Purple Pinkie Project Epps Island Reading Groups Bridging For Tomorrow Be A Resource for CPS Kids Math Tutor Science Tutor Chevron Marathon Houston Food Bank Houston Poodle Rescue
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend The University of Texas at Austin and major in public health.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR HUMBERTO MUNDO Klein Forest High School
Prior to meeting Mr. Mundo, I had very little admiration for computer science. However, when I entered the acclaimed Room 811, Mr. Mundo amplified that admiration into a genuine love for the subject. For two years, he has relayed countless algorithms in JAVA, ranging from printing “Hello World” to object recursion, and not once have I ever regretted a moment. He has such an effective way of instruction that has extensively helped me retain programming and improve my problem-solving skills, yet his esteemed teaching would not be complete without his comical character. His inexplicably loud laughter and constant dadjokes can never be beaten, and the hysterical environment he established made his class an unforgettable school experience. Mr. Mundo is truly an amiable person, and every day, the exchange of light jokes between teacher and students always makes the whole class burst with laughter. I will miss the same orange Fanta and Domino’s Pizza that enticed every student to take the mock AP exams and after school tutoring, and I cannot forget the obligatory donuts before the actual AP exam! Mr. Mundo has definitely left an everlasting mark on me, and I will never forget his infamous words, “Mucho Blah Blah Blah!” Thank you for being the greatest teacher of all time and never stop playing tennis! “Adios, Compadre!”
THY THY NGUYEN Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
Advanced Placement Scholar National Honor Society Interact Club Health Occupations Students of America Mu Alpha Theta Science National Honor Society Wind Ensemble and Marching Band Klein ISD Solo and Ensemble Rating Excellent and Outstanding Ensemble Performer Hermann Memorial Explorers Program LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:
National Honor Society, President Health Occupations Students of America, Secretary COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE:
“It’s time to clock in!” Ms. Johnson enthusiastically calls out in the beginning of class as we innervate our seventh cranial nerve and frantically pull out our notes and flashcards to study for the upcoming practical. The phrase is an alarm that triggers a sense of urgency in my brain that, for some odd reason, effectively forces my hippocampus in metacognition over the meticulous weeks of lecture for an intensive study session. Unique in her own ways, Ms. Johnson not only teaches Anatomy and Pathophysiology well, but her lectures are entertaining, and quite frankly sometimes makes my small intestines twist and turn. Nevertheless, a teacher, mentor and friend, Ms. Johnson’s passion for teaching and the commitment she has to her many responsibilities greatly inspires me. I have always found the human body to be quite alluring, but after taking Ms. Johnson’s Anatomy class, I have never felt more sure about choosing a career in the medical field. She is certainly one of the strongest and most remarkable women I know, and her positivity radiates to all her students.
Our Lady of LaVang Teacher Assistant Blood Drive, Volunteer Alzheimer’s Walk, Volunteer Children’s Festival, Volunteer Bridging for Tomorrow Health Fair, Volunteer Hermann Park Beautification Project Brookdale Nursing Home, Volunteer Epps Island Elementary Book Club Mu Alpha Theta, Tutor Science National Honor Society, Tutor
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in human development and family sciences at The University of Texas at Austin.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR KRISTIN JOHNSON Klein Forest High School
JENNY DANG MA Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Presidential Scholar Chamber Orchestra, Violin University Interscholastic League Solo & Ensemble, Superior Rating and Excellent Rating “Hunchback of Notre Dame” Musical Pit Crew Full Orchestra Varsity Tennis Junior Varsity Tennis District Medalist Interact Club Rotary Youth Leadership Awards National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Leadership High School at Lone Star College Buddhist Youth Association Linh Son Lion Dance Team Health Occupations Students of America Historical American Movie Society Volleyball Team Freshman Homecoming Countess LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Interact Club, Service Coordinator & Vice President of Service Interact District 5890, Lieutenant Governor National Honor Society, Vice President Orchestra, Historian Buddhist Youth Association, Leader COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Mu Alpha Theta, Tutor Science National Honor Society, Tutor Buddhist Youth Association, Volunteer Linh Son Lion Dance Team, Volunteer Interact Club, Volunteer Bridging For Tomorrow Hermann Park Conservancy Hurricane Harvey Flood Relief National Honor Society, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend The University of Texas at Austin as a Presidential Scholar, where I will be majoring in human development and family sciences.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR JARROD COLLINS Klein Forest High School
From being my exuberant chemistry teacher and altruistic Interact sponsor to my lifelong mentor and supporter, Mr. Collins has impacted my life in ways no one thought was possible, and it all started with a promise. Eight years ago, he taught and mentored my older brother, and eight years ago, he made a promise to extend his support and guide me through the ups and downs of what is Klein Forest High School. Today, I am extremely fortunate to say that he has upheld his promise and has even gone above and beyond in helping me achieve ample success as a student, a volunteer, and simply as a person. Mr. Collins has affected me in many ways, but what truly left a mark on me were his words of encouragement in my times of adversity, both academically and personally. He taught me to persevere through any obstacle, to transform my failures into motivation, and to stay humble through my accomplishments. As I advance into the real world, I will undoubtedly take those words along with me on my future endeavors. Thank you, Mr. Collins, for acknowledging and feeding into my potential and shaping me into a well-rounded individual with a passion for learning and helping others. I couldn’t have done it without you!
VERONICA VELAZQUEZ Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
National Honor Society Science National Honor Society National Math Honor Society National Art Honor Society Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Elementary School, Volunteer Houston Coffee & Cars, Volunteer Honor Societies, Volunteer
Prior to taking Mr. Hernandezâ€™s algebra class in 8th grade, I did not have a passion for learning or for school, I only did it because I had to. Through his mentoring and encouragement, I quickly grew an ardent passion for learning new material and challenging myself. When I would finish class work early, he would not let me sit around, he challenged me with multiple riddles and puzzles. These small actions allowed me to develop skills that I will use for the rest of my life. Mr. Hernandez always went above and beyond to help me with anything that I needed. Even when I moved on to high school I made sure to regularly visit him and during these visits he tutored me and provided me with impactful advice for my education and life. Mr. Hernandez is someone that I know I can rely on, someone that I will remember for the rest of my life. I am glad to have been able to witness him impact multiple studentsâ€™ lives, including my own, from his classroom.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in biochemistry at The University of Texas at Austin.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR L. GUILLERMO HERNANDEZ Klein Intermediate School
TAM DUONG Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Honor Society National Art Honor Society French National Honor Society Earth Club Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE), Medalist Scholastic Art and Writing Award Excellence in Foreign Language Award COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Art Honor Society French Club Klein Forest French Community National Honor Society
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend The University of Texas at Austin and am considering a major in psychology.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR KAREN WATSON Klein Forest High School
Mrs. Watsonâ€™s inspiring, light-hearted, and witty personality never fails to bring up a smile in me. Observing such a fun-loving teacher, I realized my rigid, anxiety-ridden mindset and so I began to challenge myself to adopt a new perspective, one that is more realistic, less negative, and more care-free. This was back in my sophomore year, and as a senior at the moment, I feel grateful to Mrs. Watson when I look back and see the positive influence she has left on my character development. Mrs. Watsonâ€™s class is always full of enjoyment and has been a place of inspiration for me. I see the effort she has put into her lessons and practice assignments, as well as the creative approaches she takes to create a fun and lively learning environment for her students. I greatly appreciate how caring she is when she is constantly forming connection between her as the teacher to the students, turning the class into a big family. With these reasons, French classes have remained some of my most exciting and relaxing classes in Klein Forest.
THIEN DO Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE), 3 Time Medalist Scholastic Art and Writing, Silver Key Winner Bridging for Tomorrow, Christmas Card Design Winner National Honor Society National Art Honor Society French National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Interact Club Health Science Advanced Placement Scholar LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Interact Club, Advertising Officer National Art Honor Society, Treasurer
Iâ€™ve always had an appreciation for art, but have never really indulged in it until I stepped into Mrs. Murlandâ€™s AP Art Studio. Being in her class, I was able to liberate myself from the stress of high school and give myself some time to just breathe, think, and let my creative mind flow. What once was a small hobby, became a passion driven by the artistic fervor that Mrs. Murland has engraved in me. Not only was she there to extricate my aesthetic soul from the dark depths of my mind, she was able to release me from my own insecurities and allowed me to open myself up to more people. Throughout all of the rigorous art critiques and stressful deadlines, she always had my back and genuinely cared for me and my endeavors, giving me plenty of advice to help me develop and grow as a person, as well as prepare me for my future. Although I am pursuing health and medicine, art will always have a place in my heart. Thank you Mrs. Murland, an artistic queen!
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Interact Club, Volunteer National Honor Society, Volunteer Texas French Symposium Klein Forest Window Paintings Bridging for Tomorrow, Volunteer and Art Auctions
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan on attending The University of Texas at Austin, major in public health and go into pre-med.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR ALEXA MURLAND Klein Forest High School
ARES DUONG Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
Golden Eagle Band “Hunchback of Notre Dame” Pit Member National Art Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Computer Science Club National Merit Commended Scholar Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE), Medalist, State Qualifier LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:
Oboist, First Chair COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE:
Texas Color Guard Circuit Math Tutoring Painting Christmas Murals
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Looking forward to going to college at The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of Houston, or The University of Texas at Austin for a major in computer science/engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR RICHARD GAUKIN Klein Forest High School
Through my years at high school, Mr. Gaukin has been the teacher I find most comfortable. His style of directing band is succinct and consistent, and I am always motivated to play my instruments with him on the podium. In summer band, when I would still be groggy, Mr. Gaukin would lead warmups spiritedly. Though I grumbled while doing jack-knives and running laps, I sincerely appreciated his efforts and encouragement as he chased us to the finish. He has also given me fortuitous challenges. One time, I joined his band for UIL with my secondary instrument, a flute. It was a pleasant change of scenery playing flute in place of oboe along with experiencing a different style of conducting. More recently, I played oboe and English horn in our school musical Hunchback of Notre Dame, lead by Mr. Gaukin. I’ve been in band for four years already, but being in the musical was a new and unexpectedly satisfying venture. With all encounters considered, I’m truly thankful to have the honor of knowing him.
ALEJANDRA GUERRA Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
Chamber Orchestra Varsity Cheerleader, All-American Nominee National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Interact Club Advanced Placement Scholar
Annual Childrenâ€™s Festival Hispanic Heritage Festival Hermann Park Conservancy Creole Heritage Festival
Walking into the orchestra room with a new director was going to be a big adjustment, as least so I thought. Immediately I knew that she was the ray of sunshine the program needed. She gave me inspiration and brought me happiness while always being encouraging. I thank her for being able to teach us with such passion while making the class enjoyable every day. The loudness, her cheesy jokes, and positive energy she radiated never failed to make my days better, even if I was not having the best day. Iâ€™ll forever be appreciative of her kindness and the relationship I built with her. I am extremely lucky to have had Mrs. Gates as my director because she taught me to always have a positive attitude while making my final year in orchestra one of the most memorable experiences of high school.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Attend The University of Texas majoring in human development and family sciences in hopes to pursue a career in dentistry. I plan to attend dental school to become a Doctor of Dental Surgery.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR CAMILLE GATES Klein Forest High School
SOPHIA NGUYEN Klein Forest High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Interact Club National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Science National Honor Society Orchestra Health Occupations Students of America Soccer Team Tennis Team Escape Youth Choir Our Lady of Lavang Parish Full Orchestra Honor Roll Presidential Scholar Historical American Movie Society Soaring Eagle Award Solo and Ensemble Contest, Excellent Rating LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: National Honor Society, Historian Mu Alpha Theta, Secretary Interact Club, Service Coordinator Orchestra, Librarian Eucharistic Youth Movement Group, Leader Our Lady of Lavang Parish, Teacher Assistant COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Volunteer Mu Alpha Theta, Tutor Interact Club, Volunteer Walking to End Alzheimer’s, Volunteer Epps Island Reading Groups, Student Mentor Blood Drive, Volunteer Our Lady of Lavang Parish Fall Festival Hurricane Harvey Relief, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL If I decide to go to The University of Texas at Austin, I will major in human development and family service. If I end up going to The University of Houston, I will major in health.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR DIANA BANNER Klein Forest High School
She was exhilarating. She was my number one supporter. She was uplifting. She was Ms. Banner. From being petrified out of my mind of failing with the impression of my junior being the worst of all to the number of accounts where I had mental breakdowns my senior year, Ms. Banner has always been there for me. She started off as my pre-cal teacher and peculiarly evolved into my “Dr. Phil” when she became a counselor. When situations arose and changes emerged she held a hand out for me to keep me sane and stay on track. I finally broke one day after fighting under the pressure to stay in top ten for so long, and she was there with tissues and diversions. Ms. Banner was the only person that was able to cheer me up and understand why it was so imperative to me. She never let me settle for less, seeing my full potential, she encouraged me to challenge myself more each and every day. Through it all, Ms. Banner has been a blessing and I cannot express the words to thank her enough for it. Ms. Banner has become so much more to me and I will not forget the laughs and stories we shared together.
JANET DOLOKSARIBU Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
Science National Honor Society National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Interact Club Science University Scholastic League Academic Octathalon Orchestra, Violin Full Orchestra Excellent Rating for Ensemble Outstanding Rating for Ensemble Advanced Placement Scholar Health Science Aquilae Stilus LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:
Science National Honor Society, President and Secretary COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE:
Terrified of what was yet to come, I took my first steps into Ms. Dano’s room sophomore year. Previous students had warned me about taking Pre-AP and AP chemistry with her due to her level of difficulty. I didn’t realize it then, but over the years, she has given me all the necessities I need to be successful. Her teaching skills were like no other as she used funny acronyms like “ICE, ICE Baby” to understand acid-base equilibrium and constantly intimidates us with “MINUS TEN” to get us to turn in our work on time. Aside from making learning fun, Ms. Dano was passionate on ensuring her students will succeed. There was not a day that she will not stay after school to offer extra help or extend a lesson to let her students fully grasp the topic. Her strong dedication for her students is what makes her stand out from all of my previous educators. Having Ms. Dano be my mentor has truly been an honor; I’m forever grateful to have spent my high school career with her by my side.
West Houston Seventh Day Adventist Church, Vacation Bible School Teacher The Walk to End Alzheimers, Volunteer Kinsmen Lutheran Church, Turkey Run Volunteer Buddy Walk, Volunteer National Honor Society, Volunteer Science National Honor Society, Tutor Mu Alpha Theta, Tutor Houston Food Bank, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan on majoring in nursing at The University of Texas at Austin.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR JUDITH DANO Klein Forest High School
Kanishka Chelikani, Jagrithi Nenawati, Ashley Chen, Chloe Rice, Meagan Mehlhop, Andrew Nolte Ritu Sudhakaran, Emily Nguyen, Zachary Summers, Alamin Momin
Principal: Thomas Hensley
EMILY NGUYEN Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), International Career Development Conference Qualifier, 3-Time State Finalist, 3-Time District Finalist Student Council Mu Alpha Theta Panthers Helping People National Honor Society Leadership Team Production Theatre Theatre Club Voice of Klein Klein Oak’s Most Likely to Become a Billionaire Texas Governor’s School University of Houston Bauer Summer Institute Rice University, Youth Leadership Council National Center for Women & Information Technology, Regional Award and Honorable Mention National Merit Commended Scholar Junior League of Houston Youth in Philanthropy Award Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Distributive Education Clubs of America, State Vice President of Leadership Development District Vice President, Chapter President Mu Alpha Theta, President, Tutor Student Council, Vice President, Treasurer Student Council District 7, Parliamentarian Panthers Helping People, Founder, President, Vice President Class Officer, Recorder, Treasurer COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Prince of Peace Church Alzheimer’s Association Houston Children’s Charity Habitat for Humanity Make A Wish Foundation Compassion International Relay for Life
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in business honors at The University of Texas at Austin. In the future, I hope to become the United States Secretary of Education.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR JULIEANNE ASH Klein Oak High School
Roses are red, DECA diamonds are blue, Mrs. Julienne Ash is my hero, and that is the truth. Over the past three years, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know and work with Mrs. Ash. She is not only a passionate educator but also one of my best friends, a second mother, and a mentor to me. Her unparalleled dedication to the DECA organization fuels my passion and involvement at the chapter, district, and state level. Under Mrs. Ash’s direction, DECA became the place where I developed professional speaking, writing, and leadership skills. Mrs. Ash shows me what it’s like to work hard, to think smart, and most importantly to have fun. I truly admire and respect Mrs. Ash in ways that words cannot express, and it’s been an honor having her in my life.
ZACHARY SUMMERS Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
International Baccalaureate National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Distributive Education Clubs of America Klein Oak American Heart Association Zeta Omicron National Merit Scholar Finalist LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:
Zeta Omicron, Vice President Klein Oak American Heart Association, Treasurer COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE:
Texas Type 1 Diabetes Support Texas Children’s Hospital Habitat for Humanity
Junior year I was fortunate to have Sra. Wilkinson for Spanish class. My brother and friends had touted her as their favorite teacher by far, yet I had no idea that her class would live up to all of my expectations. I knew she was a special person through my time in her room before school every day during sophomore year, but only once I had her as a teacher was I truly inspired. Her class taught so much more than what was in the curriculum; she never failed to ensure we knew what we needed for tests but she also taught us about life beyond high school. She took it upon herself to prompt discussions about society and responsibility, appreciating foreign cultures, and learning from our past and preparing for our futures. While many other teachers I’ve had have been great and taught me a lot, Sra. Wilkinson alone taught me that it’s not all about what’s in the book, it’s what’s out there in the world.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in chemical engineering at Texas A&M University.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR VIVIANA CUE-WILKINSON Klein Oak High School
RITU SUDHAKARAN Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: International Baccalaureate Health Occupations Students of America, International Leadership Conference in Nutrition, 5th Place National Merit Commended Scholar Health Occupations Students of America Science National Honor Society The University of Houston, Research at Texas Center for Superconductivity National Piano Guild Member Mu Alpha Theta Spanish National Honor Society Choir LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Science National Honor Society, President Health Occupations Students of America, Community Service Chair COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Children’s Association of Maximum Potential Camp, Counselor Tomball Veteran Affairs Outpatient Clinic, Volunteer Tomagwa Healthcare Ministries, Volunteer Health Occupations Students of America Events, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan on majoring in neuroscience at The University of Texas at Austin and then hopefully become a physician!
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR BRENDA FABIAN Klein Oak High School
I distinctly remember sitting apprehensively in Mrs. Fabian’s notoriously challenging Pre-IP Biology class as the hushed whispers of my peers filled the silence. Looking at my collapsing 5 subject notebooks that have doubled in width after accumulating three years’ worth of notes, quizzes, labs, and more, I can wholeheartedly attest to those rumors. But I can honestly say that her class taught me to seek improvement constantly and to be persistent in everything I do. Every morning, I could count on two things: Mrs. Fabian wearing an amazing outfit and her welcoming us with a smile, and for hours every afternoon, I could count on her to guide me through my then impossible IA. Her passion for teaching us was clear from her lectures embedded with fascinating anecdotes and new scientific discoveries that made learning twice as much fun. Whether it be the never-ending pastel colored foldables, her unbeatable homemade desserts, or the highest honor of getting a sticker on the A wall, Mrs. Fabian made our Biology class truly unforgettable. So for all the invaluable lessons I learned from you in the last four years, thank you so much, Mrs. Fabian!
ALAMIN MOMIN Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
International Baccalaureate Distributive Education Clubs of America, International Finalist, 3 time State Winner, 4 time District Winner, Emerging Leaders Honor Award Boy Scouts of America Spanish National Honor Society Red Cross Club Orchestra National Honor Society National Merit Commended Scholar LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:
Distributive Education Clubs of America President, Vice President, Public Relations Officer Spanish National Honor Society, Vice President, Junior Representative Red Cross Club, Vice President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE:
The rumors about Mr. Rice’s 5-page quizzes and 50 panel homework assignments left me unnerved prior to entering his class. Although I was quite confident in my mathematical capabilities, walking into his classroom observing the daunting math formula posters, scattered between his LSU memorabilia, alone left me doubting my intelligence. Taking his calculus class made me feel uncomfortable with that fact that I did not know all the answers yet simultaneously excited and determined to actively expand my knowledge. For him, teaching his students how to solve example F or problem 9 on the homework was not enough- he made it a point that every single student not only knew how, but why. His commitment to his family, his students, and his club is not only inspiring, but unparalleled. Thus, while he has taught me everything I know about math in these two short years, from Euler’s method to Poisson distribution, the most important lesson Mr. Rice has ever taught me is to be genuine, to be diligent, and to be passionate. Thank You Mr. Rice.
Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout American Red Cross, Disaster Action Team Volunteer Global Encounters International Volunteer Program, United States Ambassador Orchestra Teacher’s Assistant at Metzler Elementary School
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan on studying marketing and finance at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business in the Business Honors Program with the intention to pursue an MBA and become an entrepreneur.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR BRAD RICE Klein Oak High School
MEAGAN MEHLHOP Klein Oak High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Rotary Youth Exchange Student National Merit Commended Science National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Junior Guild LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Rotary Youth Ambassador Junior Guild, Tea Party Chairperson Saint Edward Youth Group, Senior Games Coordinator COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Pearl Fincher Summer Art Camp Northwest Assistance Ministries Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Flags for Fallen Vets Wreaths Across America Walk for Alzheimer’s
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan on attending The University of Texas in the fall of 2019 to major in biochemistry. I am taking a gap year to go on a foreign exchange to Denmark.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR RENATA FERNANDEZ Klein Oak High School
Señora Fernandez is the educator that has most impacted my life because she has always encouraged me to think big and follow my dreams. Without her support, I would never have considered becoming a Rotary Youth Exchange student and traveling to Spain for a month after my junior year. For the past two years, she has shown me that language is so much more than just a required class. It’s about connecting with others, trying new things, and exploring different cultures. When I am in her classroom, I feel at home, knowing that I have someone to laugh with, complain to, and ask for life advice. As I prepare for my yearlong exchange to Denmark, I reflect on all the ways Señora Fernandez has pushed me to work hard and continuously challenged me to improve each day. Most importantly, she has showed me that being fluent isn’t about being perfect. It’s about building meaningful relationships. Her lessons will help me as I tackle my third language, Danish, and pursue new ambitions for the rest of my life.
ANDREW NOLTE Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: VorTX 3735 (Klein ISD Robotics Team) University Interscholastic League, Computer Science HP CodeWars Zeta Omicron Mu Alpha Theta National Honor Society Band Tennis Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout Columbian Squires National Hispanic Scholar National Merit Commended Scholar Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: VorTX 3735, Programming Captain Band, Section Leader Troop 1324, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader Columbian Squires, Deputy Chief Squire
After taking my first UIL computer science test, my negative score probably looked like a joke. Dr. Christopher however, the professional bowler and discoverer of multiple species, decided to grace me with his knowledge, going over each problem I missed (which was most of them). The next year, I was able to take his AP computer science class, and learn even more not only from him, but about him. His experience in such a wide variety of subjects has made him a strong mentor for all of my classes. When I finish problems early in his class, he can help me write the correct formula for chemistry, teach me how to buy and sell in the stock market, or tell me World War II facts for a history essay. With his experience in the industry, he knows exactly how teams of programmers work, so his advice proved very useful when managing the robotics programming team. Dr. Christopher doesnâ€™t just teach computer science, he teaches about all aspects of life. He just happens to be a specialist in computer science, and is an inspiration to anyone that takes his class. Thank you for being such an amazing teacher and mentor, Mr. Dr. Coach Christopher!
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Eagle Scout Project Robotics, Camp Counselor St. Ignatius Fall Festival, Volunteer St. Ignatius, Altar Server Math Tutoring
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend The University of Texas at Austin and major in computer science.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR DR. CRANSTON CHRISTOPHER Klein Oak High School
KANISHKA CHELIKANI Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
Varsity Tennis Distributive Education Clubs of America, International Career Development Qualifier Spanish National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Zeta Omicron Computer Science National Honor Society National Honor Society Advanced Placement Scholar With Distinction National Merit Commended Scholar LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:
Mu Alpha Theta, Secretary COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE:
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, Volunteer National Honor Society, Volunteer Mu Alpha Theta, Volunteer & Tutor Hurricane Harvey Flood Relief
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to study biology at The University of Texas at Austin and later apply for medical school.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR KATHLEEN RUSHING Klein Oak High School
I remember my first day as a sophomore and walking into Mrs. Rushing’s Pre-IB Chemistry class. I was thoroughly terrified as Pre-IB biology proved difficult enough. The numerous warnings from upperclassmen didn’t exactly help either. I had planned to just take the class, get the credit, and be done with chemistry. This was not the case, however, as something kept pulling me back for a second and then third year of chemistry. That something was none other than Mrs. Rushing. Never before have I met an educator with a breadth of knowledge as expansive and a seemingly complete mastery of a subject as Mrs. Rushing. She would answer any question, no matter how complex, on the spot and explain in such a manner that anyone could understand. Her dedication to her students is limitless as well. I’ve had to stay countless hours after school working on IA’s or EE’s and she’s been there to help every step of the way. Her class is by no means easy, but it’s this difficulty that makes the experience so memorable and rewarding. Thank you, Mrs. Rushing!
JAGRITHI NENAWATI Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
Distributive Education Clubs of America, Twice International Conference Finalist American Heart Association International Baccalaureate Varsity Tennis National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society National Merit Commended Scholar LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:
Distributive Education Clubs of America, Vice President American Heart Association, President/ Founder COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE:
Houston Food Bank
I distinctly remember walking into Mrs. Spencerâ€™s room every morning for first period Pre-Calculus. No matter how tired I was from the persistent studying of the night before, it was impossible to sleep through Mrs. Spencerâ€™s class. Her energy, her passion for her subject, her positive attitude was infectious. She taught me much more than predicting end behavior of a graph or trigonometric identities; she taught me, through example, how to be a better person. From her radiating joy, I discovered the beauty that was being kind, compassionate, and caring towards everyone. Her uniqueness and encouragement inspire me to be the best version of myself - to not only shine, but bring out the light in those around me. In my next chapter of life, I hope to reflect these qualities and leave the same impact on others, just as Mrs. Spencer has left on me. Without her warm smile and constant happiness guiding me through the problems I faced both in math and in my personal life, my high school education would have been incomplete.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend The University of Texas at Austin Business Honors Program.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR AMY SPENCER Klein Oak High School
ASHLEY CHEN Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
International Baccalaureate National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Distributive Education Clubs of America Mu Alpha Theta National Merit Commended Scholar LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:
St. Ignatius A-Team Leader, Altar Servers Leader Vietnamese Ministry Leader COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE:
Guatemala Mission Trip Catholic Heart Work Camp Montgomery County Food Bank St. Ignatius Sandwich Ministry
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend Texas A&M University and major in chemical engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR KATHY SHIPPER Doerre Intermediate School
I didnâ€™t know it then, but within those first few days in my 6th grade English class, I had found not only a dedicated and inspiring teacher, but also a true friend in Mrs. Shipper. I quickly found myself drawn to her passionate spirit and warm personality, but most of all I felt welcome in her classroom. From kind words and quirky jokes to constant encouragement in my writing, Mrs. Shipper instilled a confidence in me that I had never possessed before. Her faith in my work pushed me to aim even higher to achieve my goals and helped me to believe that I could accomplish anything. It has been an absolute honor and privilege to have crossed paths with such an extraordinary and genuine individual. Mrs. Shipper, I may not have published a book (yet), but I hope that through this I can fully express my gratitude to you, because you have changed my life for the better.
CHLOE RICE Klein Oak High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
Marching Band Drumline Wind Ensemble Distributive Education Clubs of America, International Career Development Award of Excellence National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Tri-M Music Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta National Merit Commended Scholar Basketball LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:
Band, Drum Captain COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE:
Houston Food Bank, Volunteer
“Communication is key” is a phrase heard and spoken by many, and for good reason. Through my experience in the IB Program, I’ve realized that communication is crucial and relevant in almost every situation. Fortunately, I’ve had the pleasure of being taught by Mrs. Garner throughout my years as an upperclassman. Mrs. Garner’s attention to detail required me to develop my reading, writing, and speaking skills, which has helped me immensely whether I am tackling a seemingly impossible short answer question on a biology test or coordinating a banquet to celebrate the prior IB class. I have always liked to talk, but now I can speak with precision and purpose and communicate effectively in any circumstance. As I move forward with my life, I intend to utilize the communication skills Mrs. Garner has helped me cultivate to succeed in a career path combining biology and business. While many graduating seniors are anxious about the presentations, research papers, and interviews in their near futures, I can thank Mrs. Garner for preparing me completely for the years to come.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I’m looking forward to spending the next four years at the University of Texas studying biology and business and gaining my “Freshman Fifteen” through my enjoyment of Austin’s food culture.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR LINDA GARNER Klein Oak High School
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CLAIRE NOEL Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: University Interscholastic League Social Studies, District 1st Place Individual Symphony North of Houston American Legion Auxiliary Texas Bluebonnet Girls State National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Texas Music Educators Association Region IX Orchestra, Area F Orchestra Klein ISD Solo and Ensemble Contest, Outstanding Performer “Seussical the Musical” and “Once Upon a Mattress”, Pit Orchestra Private Violin Instructor Foundation for the Arts and Community Enrichment Summer Strings Camp Teaching Assistant LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Orchestra, President Chamber Orchestra,Concertmaster Girls Learn International, Vice President Texas Future Music Educators Klein Chapter, President St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church Youth Ministry Senior Leadership Team COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church Music Ministry Violinist Wreaths Across America Super Strings Saturday Student Instructor Texas Future Music Educators Nursing Home Performances Middle School Orchestra, Student Helper Spanish National Honor Society, Tutor
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend either the University of Notre Dame, Rice University, or The University of Texas at Austin to major in political science with the ultimate goal of going to law school.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR JENNIFER HAMILTON Strack Intermediate School
Stepping into Mrs. Hamilton’s eighth-grade American history classroom is like stepping into the past. Covering the walls are portraits of American trailblazers, pictures Mrs. Hamilton would change to correspond with each new unit we studied. Besides just being a creative classroom decorator, Mrs. Hamilton is also an incredible storyteller. Her riveting presentations, rich with humor and fun facts, transformed my sleepy first period class into a vibrant room of learners. Most importantly, though, Mrs. Hamilton showed us all our own ability to shape history. Through activities such as the Constitutional Convention and our extensive government unit, she taught us how ordinary men and women have been able to accomplish the extraordinary throughout American history. With her kind heart and tireless dedication to her students, she ensured that we would leave her classroom equipped with the confidence and determination necessary to do just that – to achieve the remarkable and someday become legends of history ourselves. Mrs. Hamilton has truly inspired me and changed the course of my life. I am so honored to have had the opportunity to learn from her.
JOSEPH CONNOR BOWERING Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout RESULTS (Global Anti-Poverty Program) Students Taking a New Direction Orchestra National Honor Society Debate Spanish National Honor Society Science National Honor Society LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:
Students Taking a New Direction, Treasurer COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE:
Built an all-accessible playground for people with special needs at Ehrhardt Elementary RESULTS (Global Anti-Poverty Program) Special Needs Organizations, Volunteer Boy Scouts of America, Volunteer
Any class that Ms. Templeman teaches are among the few that you are excited to go to for the class, rather than the people in it. I have had Ms. Templeman for three years for Pre-AP Chemistry, Academic Decathlon, and AP Chemistry and she has not only taught every subject thoroughly, she made learning enjoyable. Her dedication to her students and the subjects she teaches wins her a spot at this banquet every year and for good reason. Ms. Templeman is available early every morning and late after school for students and always willing to help with any assignment, lab, or test preparation if you need it. Her kindness also stands apart from many others at the school, she is always in good spirits and on a mission to make sure all of us are in them too. I have never met anyone who is so dedicated to her work and students. From her chemistry jokes to her Academic Decathlon pickle chip traditions, Ms. Templeman is a delight to all of the teachers and students at Klein Collins and deserves all the recognition there is to be given.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I am attending Rice University on a full scholarship to study chemical engineering and business.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR LISA FINKNER-TEMPLEMAN Klein Collins High School
SAAWAN PATEL Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: M.D. Anderson Cytogenetics Lab, Student Intern Baylor College of Medicine, Saturday Morning Science Student Tomball Regional Hospital, Shadowing National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Science National Honor Society National Technical Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Junior Achievement Black Belt in Martial Arts Certification of Appreciation from the City of Houston for Community Involvement United States History Student of the Year Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), “Public Health”, 2nd Place Distributive Education Clubs of America, “Hospitality & Tourism Team Event”, State Rodeo Art, 2nd Place LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Health Occupations Students of America, President Mu Alpha Theta, Secretary Junior Achievement, Vice President of Marketing, National Honor Society, Marketing Committee Chair Leuva Patidar Samaj of Houston, Youth Committee Member COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Houston Northwest Hospital, Junior Volunteer Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center Blood Drives Mu Alpha Theta Tournaments Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Junior Achievement Hall of Achievement
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan on studying biology through a BS/MD program at a currently undecided university. My careers of interest lie within the fields of cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, and trauma surgery.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR JUERGEN SCHULZ Klein Collins High School
Mr. Schulz, often known to students as simply “Jay”, has left a strange imprint on me as well as every other student who has crossed paths with him. Jay’s outlandish teaching methods resonate with his students, which allows them to think about movements conceptually rather than formulaically. Utilizing his traffic-light system of instruction, Jay dazes his pupils with sweet and concise green-lights, edgy Question and Answer sessions, and intricate red-light quizzes. In all honesty, I don’t know what goes on in his class half the time because he surprises me on the daily with his Big G (Gravitation Constant) chain, funky arm motions, and habit of staring at walls. But Jay goes above and beyond; he doesn’t simply teach his students, he connects with them. Jay low-key offers counseling for quotidian struggles and meager puns to lift the mood of a gloomy day. Of our many quarrels, our constant debate over the creepiness of peoplewatching never fails to entertain me, for it shows how Jay has truly become more than a mentor over the course of this year. Thank you for being a friend rather than simply an instructor.
LEXI ORGILL Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Latin Club Texas State Junior Classical League - Multiple 1st Place and Summa Cum Laude Awards for National Tests, Dramatic Interpretation, Original Mythological Play, Vocal Ensemble Environmental Club Culture Club Band, Flute and Tuba Player Daughters of the American Revolution, Good Citizen Award, Scholarship Future Farmers of America Star Chapter Member Grand Champion Bonsai National Honor Society Science National Honor Society National Technical Honor Society LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Latin Club, President Environmental Club, Secretary and President Culture Club, President Future Farmers of America, Secretary and President
Mr. Drugan is the Chiron to my Hercules. He is also the only reason I would ever get that mythology reference. Thanks to him, the Latin spells in Harry Potter actually make sense, I can give the derivative of almost any English word, and I am an expert on random Ancient Romans like Mettius Fufettius (yes that’s a real name). Mr. Drugan is one of the most caring teachers I’ve ever met - and I’m not just saying that! He literally memorized everyone’s birthdays just for kicks one day! That speaks wonders about how insanely smart he is, too… He somehow convinced me (okay actually it wasn’t that hard) to join a “certamen” team for quiz-bowl competitions, where we basically study thousands of ridiculously in-depth flashcards about mythology, roman history and daily life, grammar, and Latin literature. For all of the countless hours I’ve spent studying these random flashcards (ask me when any Latin author was born and I’ll tell you the exact year), I know that he has spent ten times that researching everything and compiling information into study sets for us. I don’t know how he has the motivation to do so much work for us year after year, but it’s inspiring to everyone in Latin Club and is probably the main reason why we all try as hard as we do. He encourages everyone in Latin to embrace our weird sides and turn our crazy ideas into reality, from translating weird Russian songs into Latin to creating life-size torture wheels for mythology costume contests. Mr. Drugan even manages to make Latin grammar bearable, even though I still don’t know what the heck a passive paraphrastic is … Without Mr. Drugan, Latin would probably just be miserably conjugating verbs and translating boring ancient passages like everyone thinks it is. Instead, our classes are filled with intense buzzer competitions, life-size Clue games (Ancient Rome edition, obviously), and even sword fighting. Choosing Latin as my elective was seriously the best decision I ever made, thanks to Mr. Drugan!
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Champion Area Teen Service Society President’s Volunteer Service Award Galveston Beach Clean-Up after Hurricane Harvey Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Wasatch Exotic Pet Care Ranch Haven Rescue Montgomery County Animal Shelter Houston Food Bank Habitat for Humanity Crew 1333 and Cub Scouts Pack 1878
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I hope to attend University of Washington in Seattle, to study wildlife biology and conservation as well as linguistics. I would like to become a either a biologist, wildlife veterinarian, or environmental lawyer.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR KYLE DRUGAN Klein Collins High School
WILLIAM RAMSEY Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Rice University, Volunteer Lab Assistant Duke University Talent Identification Program, Field Studies Program National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Students Taking a New Direction Club Varsity Men’s Soccer Men’s Soccer District Newcomer of The Year Nordstrom Fashion Ambassador Rock Climbing LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Science National Honor Society, President Students Taking a New Direction Club, Vice President Junior Varsity Soccer, Men’s Captain COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: After-School Elementary Science Camps, Volunteer 1960 HOPE Center, Volunteer Hurricane Harvey, Clean-up Efforts Volunteer Wreaths Across America, Volunteer Students Taking a New Direction Club, Volunteer Honor Societies, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to study psychology or fashion design at Vanderbilt University, Washington University, Rice University or Duke University.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR PEGGY HUTSON Lemm Elementary School
I am glad I had Mrs. Hutson as my kindergarten teacher. She spurred my academic interests and made learning fun at such an early age. We did many atypical activities as a class, but these special activities have benefited me even to this day. One of the activities was a marriage ceremony for the letters “Q” and “U” to signify that, when writing, the letters “Q” and “U” should always stay together. I have used this concept even through my senior year when spelling words. Other activities included a word safari and a nursery rhyme reading day. Mrs. Hutson was having us practice public speaking and enhancing our vocabularies without us even knowing we were learning. I can also attribute my continued interest in the sciences to Mrs. Hutson. Through the many hands-on labs we did on subjects like the water cycle and even making artificial snow in class, I grew to love science. This interest has stayed with me till this day. Without starting my education with Mrs. Hutson, I would not be where I am now.
SARA HUSSAIN Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Math Honor Society Math Club Students Taking a New Direction Club Honor Graduate Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Award Scholastic Aptitute Tests Practice, Bronze Award
Barbara Bush Library, Volunteer Bridgestone Dental, Job Shadow
On my first year of high school, I was never interested in biology and thought that it would be the most boring class I would take freshmen year. Mrs. Moore changed that thought for me within the first month of being in her classroom. She always has a passion for what she teaches, by saying fun facts during a Power Point, answering almost every question that students have, and looking up the answers to questions that she didn’t know. She does everything she can to make biology fun with labs and be able to pass down her love and knowledge of biology. That’s why I never regretted taking AP Biology in my junior year, because I knew that Mrs. Moore would still have that same passion from two years ago and make the class interesting. Thank you, Mrs. Moore for all the smiles, laughs, and knowledge you have given to me in my freshman and junior year.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend The University of Texas at Austin to become a dentist.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR KIMBERLY MOORE Klein Collins High School
DYLAN ULLOA Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Duke University Talent Identification Program, National Finalist Musician Album on All Streaming Services
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Volunteer Houston Food Bank, Volunteer Huricane Harvey Flood Relief, House Repairs
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend The University of Texas at Austin. My major is undecided.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR RANDY NEUMEYER Klein Collins High School
Music enthusiast, history fanatic, influencer. These are all the words that to me, describe the very essence of Randy Neumeyer. His daily lessons on not only history, but on how to prepare us for life or how to become a millionaire are lessons that I will carry with me to my grave. While high school prepared me for college, it never helped prepare me for life. Randy changed that. I knew as soon as I walked into his room filled with record covers that this would be my favorite educator throughout high school. Every day, I would locate the Beatles memorabilia around the room hoping that maybe he would add another one to catch my eye. I hope Randyâ€™s future students are instilled with the same sense of enchantment and wonder that I had when I walked into his room.
NICOLAI ELIJAH DIONISIO Klein Collins High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Marching Band Wind Ensemble Full Orchestra Technology Student Association, 3rd Place and 6th Place in State for Architectural Sketch SkillsUSA, 1st Place in Region for 3-D Animation and State Qualifier for Animation National Honor Society National Science Honor Society Texas High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) NASA Bravo Team 1st Place in Week 7 Mu Alpha Theta Animation Club LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Marching Band Drill Instructor & Captain Band Uniform Crew Member High School Aerospace Scholars Bravo Team Lander Design Head & Team Financier
To state the obvious, Mr. Schuster is my engineering teacher and has been for the last 3 years at Klein Collins (4 if one counts the time that he was in charge of TSA). He’s taught me how to go about the engineering process, how to use programs used in the engineering field, and how to complete complex projects in them. But to state what isn’t obvious, Mr. Schuster is my life mentor. He’s taught me more than engineering skills; he’s taught me how to prepare for the real world. Among his lessons were how to work in groups where I may or may not be comfortable in, how to handle failure and learn from it, and most importantly, that I shouldn’t let my life peak in high school. He is one of the few constants in my high school career besides band, a few close friends, and the gargoyle necklace around my neck. And something constant about those constants is that I’ll never forget them and the good memories associated with them. Thank you, Mr. Schuster. I promise I haven’t peaked yet.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Woodlands Marathon, Volunteer Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts, Volunteer Klein ISD Solo & Ensemble, Volunteer Band “Miles for Music”, Volunteer Technology Student Association/SkillsUSA Video Game Tournament, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend The University of Texas at Austin or Colorado School of Mines and major in environmental engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR BRADLEY SCHUSTER Klein Collins High School
SARA COLLIER Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Maverick Academic Scholarship Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Certified Nursing Assistant National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Advanced Placement Scholar Award American Legion Award of Scholastic Excellence Celebrate Freedom Foundation Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Award
LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Academic Team, Commander Team Squadron, Commander COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Tomball Memorial “Relay for Life” Care Packages for Homeless Christmas Packages to those in need
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend The University of Texas at Arlington and get my Bachelors of Science in nursing to become a Registered Nurse.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR CMSgt REGINALD MURRELL Klein Collins High School
Oprah Winfrey said “A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” JROTC taught me everything I know about leadership and discipline, and Chief Murrell has impacted my life like no other. In a particularly rough time in my life, he was a guiding figure who showed me my potential. Without him I would still be just another shy student, but his teachings in ROTC developed me into a confident leader and hard worker. In a way I owe everything I have accomplished to him, because he showed me that the secret to winning is taking the risk no one else is willing to take. As a mentor and a coach Chief Murrell has planted in me the faith that wherever I go, success will follow. In the four years that I have been in JROTC, the amount of respect I hold for Chief Murrell is incalculable, immeasurable, and boundless. I am truly proud and honored with all my heart to have been a student of a man who served this country for many years.
ABRIENNA GOMEZ Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
CrossFit Competitor Academic Decathlon Hispanic Merit Scholar National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Philosophy Club COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE:
SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship, Volunteer Food Bank, Student Hero
I have never been the student that is best friends with the teacher, but it is nearly impossible not to care deeply about someone you see twice a day for nine months a year in addition to a 6-hour round trip for UIL. Accounting is not an easy class to teachalthough the concepts may not be difficult to teach, the attention of teenagers proves to be infinitely difficult to maintain. In all honesty, the things I learned in the accounting and financial analysis classes have very little to do with interest rates or liabilities or payroll. I learned what true strength and compassion look like. I learned what it is like to truly love your family, your job, and your students. I learned that it is important to stand on your soap box and stand up for what you believe in. I learned that my life will be complete if I can love as deeply and speak as surely as she does. Thank you Mrs. Benkendorfer, for being such a great asset in my life.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
I plan to study chemical engineering at The University of Texas.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR VICTORIA BENKENDORFER Klein Collins High School
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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Bill Lakin President
Ryan Wells Vice President- Finance
Dr. Bret Champion Secretary
Keith Kearney Executive Vice President
Thomas Helm Vice President- Fundraising
Stephanie Mire Treasurer
Jason Bailey Vice President- Governance
Diana Lothringer Vice President- Events
Ed Shackelford Past President
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Cathy Arellano
A.K. “Buddy” Brown
The Honorable Patricia
ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS Gail Gibson
KLEIN ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES William F. Pilkington President Ronnie K. Anderson Vice President Cathy M. Arellano Secretary Doug James Trustee
Rick Mann Trustee Georgan Reitmeier Trustee Stephen J. Szymczak Trustee