HONORING THE TOP 10 GRADUATING SENIORS
Valedictorian Humza Inam Jilani & Educator Kent Nelson - Klein High School
Valedictorian Hendra Hoang & Educator Dr. Barbara Rodriguez - Klein Forest High School
Valedictorian Emily Wang & Educator Viviana Cue-Wilkinson - Klein Oak High School
Valedictorian & Angel Chui Educator Elaine Drugan - Klein Collins High School
Klein ISD 2017 valedictorians and their distinguished educators. Distinguished educators are chosen by the students for their profound educational impact.
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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 7 , 2 0 1 7
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
Sheena Bevil Klein Forest High School, Class of 2000
RECOGNITION OF DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS & EDUCATORS
Bill Lakin, President Klein ISD Education Foundation
Klein ISD Education Foundation Directors
Rohan Robinson, Klein High School Hendra Hoang, Klein Forest High School Kendall Phillips, Klein Oak High School Jackson Lightfoot, 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
DON SIMME 2017 Donald R. Collins Distinguished Klein Educator Award PREVIOUS HONOREES: 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
Rohan Robinson, Akash Kumashi, Max Lin, Salman Al-Luqman, Roman Kuhn, Humza Inam Jilani, Elizabeth Le, Saleel Sripada, Dhruv Dhuper, James Dong
Principal: Jessica Haddox
HUMZA INAM JILANI Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Varsity Speech and Debate Parliamentary Procedure, Top 10 Nationally Model United Nations Klein Islamic Thought Texas Forensics Association State Tournament Public Forum Semifinalist Public Forum Gold Tournament of Champions Qualifier National Speech and Debate National Qualifier University Interscholastic League, LincolnDouglas Debate State Semifinalist National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society National Advanced Placement Scholar National Merit Finalist LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Speech and Debate, Vice President Model United Nationals, President and Co-Founder Klein Islamic Thought, Secretary COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Kleb Intermediate Speech and Debate Coach Speech and Debate, Tournament/Fundraising Volunteer Student Tutor and Mentor Champion’s Mosque, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend a four-year university and study public policy and/or economics.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR KENT NELSON Klein High School
Walking into Sr. Nelson’s Spanish III class on the first day of sophomore year, I expected the typical humdrum of a foreign language class: tedious piles of homework, unexciting vocabulary memorization, and endless essays. This, of course, was before I was introduced Sr. Nelson’s approach to teaching. As a gringo who learned the language through study and immersion, Señor Nelson incorporates his own life experiences falling in love with Spanish language and culture into his teaching. He believes strongly in connecting the Spanish we learn in the classroom with the rich Spanish culture in the world. Thus, my experiences learning Spanish with Señor Nelson these last three years have been marked by reading and discussing BBC Mundo articles, giving oral presentations on esoteric traditions in Latin American countries, and giving skits over famous pieces of Spanish literature. Señor Nelson would often bring his guitar to class and put on a miniature concert with festive foods for the class to alleviate students’ stresses and liven up the mood. As we would read different pieces of literature from across the Spanish-speaking world in AP Spanish Literature, Señor would regale us with tales of his experiences in many of the same areas we would read about, from his times surfing on the daunting waves of Central America to receiving a free shirt from a Basque in Spain. After three years of Spanish class with Señor Nelson, I can successfully read an entire Spanish novel cover to cover (without the aid of Google translate!), can hold a full conversation with a Spanish speaker, and above all, have a true passion to understand the language and culture at a deeper level in college and beyond. To Señor: Gracias.
JAMES DONG Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Mu Alpha Theta University Interscholastic League, State Computer Science Winner Hewlett Packard CodeWars, Advanced Division Math Club Science Club Computer Science Club Science National Honor Society National Honor Society Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction National Merit Scholar Finalist LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Math Club, President Science Club, Vice President Computer Science Club, President Science National Honor Society, Secretary
One cannot describe with words Colonel Steven P. Warr, published author and champion pole-vaulter. Nevertheless, I will attempt to do so. My first encounter with the Colonel was during freshman year in his computer science class. Everyone in his class knows that he holds a fiery passion for computers, as he keeps up with new technologies and dreads our inevitable robot overlords with each coming day. Even beyond the classroom, Colonel Warr strives to inspire all of us with extracurricular activities in the computer science club, where we meet new friends and learn to think outside the box. He takes us to computer science competitions, notifies us of upcoming events, and even relays to us job opportunities. Iâ€™m glad that Iâ€™ve had such a supportive, inspiring teacher every single year of high school. Thank you for being such an amazing teacher, Colonel Warr!
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Volunteer Science National Honor Society, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in computer science. My university choice is undecided.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR COLONEL STEVEN WARR Klein High School
MAX LIN Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Speech and Debate, State and National Level Competitor Model United Nations, Best Position Paper and Outstanding Delegate Awards Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Inspire Finalist LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Debate Club, President Model United Nations, Vice President Computer Science Club, Senior Representative COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Kleb Middle School, Debate Coach Barbara Bush Library, Book Buddy
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend a four-year university, studying economics, then attend a top law school.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR RYAN HENNESSEY Klein High School
The first directions I received from Mr. Hennessey were the debate team motto: “Talk pretty. Don’t suck.” And so began my career in competitive speech and debate. As I’ve grown as both a debater and a person over the last four years, Mr. Hennessey (known to his students as RH) has been a constant mentor in my life. RH isn’t a great teacher because he puts in the time. Yet he’s spent countless weekends ferrying the team to and from tournaments. RH isn’t a great teacher because of the sacrifices he makes. Yet he always worries about returning to his two young sons. RH isn’t a great teacher because of his instruction. Yet he never fails to have time to listen to one of my practice speeches and offer feedback. RH is a great teacher because of how much he cares about his students. When I’ve needed to be cheered up, when I’ve need to be counseled, when I’ve needed to be taken down a notch, RH has always been there. For the debate team, room 528 is a second home.
SALEEL SRIPADA Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Merit Finalist National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Chamber Orchestra Texas Music Educators Association, String Honor Orchestra Spanish National Honor Society University Interscholastic League, Science Team Voelcker Biomedical Research Scholar Health Occupations Students of America, National Qualifier Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Science National Honor Society, Special Projects Manager Science Club, President
Itâ€™s a monumental task for chemistry teachers everywhere, as they are charged with teaching fickle and easily distracted high schoolers an extremely complex subject that ranges from atomic theory to chemical equilibrium. In my experience, Mrs. Hermsdorf is more than up to the task. Iâ€™ve never had a teacher that was so dedicated to her work and to her students. This is perhaps one of the essential aspects of what makes Mrs. Hermsdorf a great teacher. Her scrupulous work ethic and relentless passion inspires her students to try to meet the high standards that she sets for herself by stepping outside of their comfort zone and really diving deep into the terrifyingly complex topics that make up the vast world of chemistry. Through directing engaging classroom discussions and intense lab activities, Mrs. Hermsdorf could impart to her students a greater meaning on how and why matter matters. As my chemistry teacher and my competitive science coach, Mrs. Hermsdorf helped me realize my love for science. Through her guidance, I learned that in both science and life, results are often unpredictable, but the experiences gleaned in the process of getting there are invaluable beyond measure.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Mittelstadt Elementary, Student Mentor Da Vinci Surgery Center, Volunteer National Honor Society, Volunteer Science National Honor Society, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan on studying biomedical engineering and apply for medical school.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR VICKI HERMSDORF Klein High School
ROHAN ROBINSON Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: University of Toronto International Biology Olympiad, International Biology Scholar United States Biology Olympiad Semifinalist Health Occupations Students of America, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology National Top 10 Finalist United States Brain Bee National Finalist and Local Champion University Interscholastic League, Recognition in Science and Biology at District/Region Boy Scouts of America Troop 1323, Eagle Scout Science National Honor Society Andrea Cannon Guitar Arts Studio, Classical Guitarist Texas Music Teacher’s Association, Instrumental State Finalist Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration Association Neurology/Neuroscience Clinical and Bench Research at UT Health & University of Houston LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Science National Honor Society, President Science Club, Co-President Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration, Youth Representative SimpleChemistry, President/Co-Founder Boy Scouts of America, Troop Patrol Leader COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration, Outreach and Youth Mentorship Science National Honor Society Boy Scouts of America Health Occupations Students of America
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL My choice of university is undecided at the moment; I plan on pursuing majors in neuroscience and business/economics.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR KRISTEN HAGGARD Klein High School
I’ve concluded that if you combined the decision-making responsibility of a 5-star military general and crossed that with the passion and dedication of a NFL Football coach, you’d probably end up with someone with half the charisma, chutzpah, and authenticity of Mrs. Haggard. For the past four years, it’s been my privilege to be a part of the winning tradition of Klein’s HOSA organization led by the hustle of Mrs. Haggard. The work she puts in to making Klein High into the New England Patriots of the Health Science Competition world is truly remarkable, and speaks to the tremendous faith and potential she sees in all her students and competitors. She’s personally changed my philosophy and attitude towards success and achievement. I love that even though she doggedly wants each one of her pupils to be the best, she is still more than encouraging and proud when such aspirations aren’t fully realized. She allows her students to be vulnerable with her and I believe this is what makes Mrs. Haggard so magnetizing, in addition to her obvious humor, charm and downright realness. She’s one of the adults that I’ll never forget about no matter where I go in life. Her stories from her days as a nurse are interesting enough and she delivers them in a captivating manner able to fill multiple seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. Mrs. Haggard has such an interesting and unique perspective on the world that it’s so hard not to find myself engaging in a substantial conversation every time the question of “How’s your day been?” is brought up. I could talk about the amazingness of Mrs. Haggard for days and could fill a lot of pages with interesting tidbits and advice she’s given over the years. But I’ll end with a short message for Mrs. H. Thank you for everything. I truly mean it when I say I wouldn’t be close to where I am today without your belief and enthusiasm. And don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten. I still got you for NBA courtside seats for watching a legend of your choice. Just give me some time. This brain surgeon thing takes a while.
ROMAN KUHN Klein High School
There’s only one class where I’ve been able to present an essay about why we should all come to school naked. With her witty humor and genuine passion for English language and literature, Ms. Breeding is the only teacher who can make analyzing Emily Dickinson’s poetry bearable. Her lessons strike a perfect balance between spontaneity and structure, where every lesson feels unique yet fits into an overall development pattern. Along with her phenomenal teaching ability, Ms. Breeding’s ability to relate and connect with her students is unmatched. Whether she’s roasting our anonymously submitted essays or Salman’s ugly facial hair, Ms. Breeding is constantly showing that she truly cares about her students. Not only has Ms. Breeding had an impact on my life, but it is common sentiment throughout the Klein student body that Ms. Breeding is a valued teacher and friend to all. You have given me confidence in not only my language skills, but my ability to succeed throughout all aspects of life as well. Thank you for all you have done Ms. Breeding!
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software Engineer Massachusetts Institute of Technology INSPIRE Research Competition, Music Category National Merit Commended Scholar National Hispanic Merit Scholar Advancement Placement Scholar with Distinction Chess Club Lonestar Open Scholastic Houston Open Scholastic Texas Scholastic State Chess Championship, 2015 Varsity, 2013 Junior Varsity Varsity Tennis Unified TaeKwonDo - Black Belt National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta McCombs Future Executive Academy YMCA Marketing Challenge Business Professionals of America Distributive Education Clubs of America LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Chess Club, President Computer Science Club, Vice President Student Council, Executive COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Smart Petz Rescue National Honor Society Student Council Chess Camp Meals on Wheels
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend The University of Texas at Austin and study computer science.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR AMY BREEDING Klein High School
DHRUV DHUPER Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Speech and Debate, Nationals Qualifier and Tournament of Champions Qualifier National Merit Finalist Distributive Education Clubs of America, Nationals Qualifier Texas State Debate Tournament Semifinalist Model United Nations Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction National Honor Society Science National Honor Society National Speech and Debate Honor Society University Interscholastic League, Current Events Team LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Model United Nations, Co-President Speech and Debate, Club Executive COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Kleb Intermediate, Volunteer Debate Coach Doerre Intermediate, Volunteer Debate Coach National Honor Society, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I am undecided on my university, but plan on majoring in economics.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR JONATHAN SCHROIF Klein High School
A Schroif classroom is a pretty unique environment – one that I had the pleasure of experiencing while taking AP Human Geography in eleventh grade. One of the things I remember is Mr. Schroif ’s signature sarcastic humor – an exchange of witty remarks and banter with him never failed to entertain. However, the defining characteristic of Mr. Schroif ’s class was his unbridled passion for the social sciences, a passion that would hit you as soon as you walked into his room. And this was ingrained in everything we did – whether we were in the midst of a lecture, a random side-conversation, a spontaneous debate about some pressing global issue, or trying to figure out how to pronounce Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Mr. Schroif never failed to kindle curiosity in the subject matter. And through all of this, he shaped my interests, ultimately cementing my desire to explore the social sciences further after high school.
AKASH KUMASHI Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: American Mathematics Competition Bronze Medalist American Invitational Mathematics Exam Competitive Mathematics Club Mu Alpha Theta University Interscholastic League Number Sense, Mathematics, Calculator, and Spelling Welch Summer Scholar Chamber Orchestra, Full Orchestra Texas Music Educators Association Region IX Symphony Orchestra, Area Qualifier Orchestra Outstanding Musician Recognition Theatre Department Musical, Pit Musician National Merit Commended Scholar National Advanced Placement Scholar Spanish National Honor Society Spanish Club National Honor Society Perspectives Literary and Art Magazine Health Occupations Students of America, Extemporaneous Writing Gay-Straight Alliance LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Mu Alpha Theta/Math Club, President Spanish National Honor Society, President Perspectives Literary and Art Magazine, Literary Editor Science National Honor Society, Projects Officer
Fifteen minutes of a Vaughan Williams Symphony experienced with Ms. Chan was enough to convince me that either the music had supernatural powers, Ms. Chan had supernatural powers, or some combination of the aforementioned two was at work. As we listened, we’d place our hands on our hearts during especially poignant moments and get a little teary-eyed, marvel at the beauty of a resplendent major chord, and smile like old grandparents reminiscing about all the crazy things they’d done in the past. With her magical (literally) powers of musical interpretation, Ms. Chan turns pages of notes into an artistic representation of life that has completely opened my perspective on what it means to be an authentic musician. Unquestionably, through Ms. Chan, I have learned how to pursue my dreams with a fire in my belly while still taking some time to smell the roses. Words cannot properly define the depths of her dedication and passion to finding true beauty in music, her inspiring the absolute best out of her students, and her infinite charisma – all of which have made me who I am today. Thank you Ms. Chan for everything. Go, Lions!
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Houston Food Bank Symphony North of Greater Houston Orchestra Northwest Assistance Ministries National Honor Society, Volunteer Spanish National Honor Society, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I hope to attend either Columbia University or the University of Chicago and major in chemistry with a minor in Spanish.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR TANYA CHANPHANITPORNKIT Klein High School
ELIZABETH LE Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Texas Music Educators Association, Honor Orchestra 2017 Winner Chamber Orchestra National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Mu Alpha Theta Cypress Creek Music Teachers Association, Young Artist Winner Octathlon Writer’s Club LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Orchestra, Treasurer Science National Honors Society, Historian COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Orchestral Accompaniment at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church National Honor Society Community Environmental Awareness Science Tutoring Northwest Assistance Ministries, Food Services Meals on Wheels
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in English at either the University of Texas at Austin, Columbia University (New York), Rice University, or Yale University.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR CRESTON HERRON Klein High School
For both Mr. Herron and I, the start of the 2013 school year was a fresh start, a new scene, and an adventure into the unknown. Our unexpected (but not wholly unplanned) journey together from humble beginnings as a freshman and a new director has definitely had its fair share of perils and uncertainties, but throughout it all Mr. Herron has always been a source of inspiration and energy. When he granted me the privilege to be featured as a soloist with the orchestra, not only did he fulfill one of my long term dreams as a musician, but he also gave me a priceless memory that I will never forget. Needless to say, his tireless pursuit for perfection and genuine love for music has been indispensable to the entire orchestra program and we could have never achieved the level of success we enjoy today without him. Even outside of music, he has changed my entire outlook and approach to life. From a simple, firm shake of the hand every morning, to a genuine “How was your day?” Mr. Herron has taught me the importance of character, integrity, and just being an overall good and upstanding person. Truly, it has been both an honor and a privilege to work with a teacher of such high caliber, unfaltering dedication, and sincerity of heart.
SALMAN AL-LUQMAN Klein High School
Walking into Ms. Seawright’s Pre-AP English I class on the first day of Freshmen year, I never imagined that I would leave that class with a loyal group of friends, valuable life lessons, and most importantly, a lifelong mentor and friend. Ms. Seawright did not simply teach us synonyms and antonyms from the infamous Vocabulary Workshop book, but instead, she shared unique educational perspectives and encouraged student discourse with student-centered learning. Her teaching style kindled my intrinsic motivation, competitive spirit, and comradery between my peers. Ms. Seawright’s encouraging words served as the foundational support for my entire high school career and I attribute many of my accomplishments to the “can do” attitude she instilled in me. Our interactions did not cease to exist at the conclusion of my Freshmen year, as each time Ms. Seawright and I bumped into each other in the hallway, she left me feeling refreshed and motivated by her unwavering support and confidence in me. Ms. Seawright, I am honored to have been your student and I hope to be your mentee for many years to come!
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout Health Occupations Students of America, National Champion and International Champion in Parliamentary Procedures Distributive Clubs of America, International Qualifier Business Professionals of America, State Qualifier Health Science and Technology Training and Clinical Rotations Student Council National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Advanced Placement Scholar with Honors Registered National Parliamentarian Football Team Track Team LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Health Occupations Students of America, President, Vice President, Parliamentarian Boy Scouts of America, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Troop Guide Student Council, Executive Board Member Klein Islamic Thought, President, Vice President Islamic Society of Greater Houston, Youth Secretary America Club, Treasurer COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Boy Scouts of America Disease Awareness Walks Northwest Assistance Ministries Houston Food Bank Myanmar Food Drive Al-Shifa Community Clinic Al-Salam Mosque, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in business and take pre-dental courses; my choice of university is undecided.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR MINDI SEAWRIGHT Klein High School
Nicholas Nguyen, Juan Caro, Anusha Viqar, Syed Hyder Hussain, Minh Duc Tran, Danny Tran, Vu Nguyen, Hendra Hoang, Kristine Le, Ellison Kyle Armachuelo Mudanza
Principal: Lance Alexander
HENDRA HOANG Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Merit Scholar Commended Preliminary Scholastic Aptitute Test Scholar Health Science Health Occupations Students of America National Honor Society Science National Honor Society National Society of High School Scholars University Interscholastic League, Science and Social Studies Computer Science Club Japanese Culture Club LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Science National Honor Society, Vice President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Barbara Bush Library, Children’s Volunteer St. Matthews the Evangelist Church Kinsmen Lutheran Church, Turkey Run Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Hermann Annual 5K Run Barnes and Noble
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I expect to attend either Baylor University, University of St. Thomas, or University of Houston to pursue premedical studies alongside business to help prepare me to become a physician with my own private practice.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR DR. BARBARA RODRIGUEZ Klein Forest High School
My family has always suggested that I try being a doctor. Many of my cousins are in medical school and are well on their way to pursuing their careers. Just from hearing that, I sound like the stereotypical Asian with an overachieving family, don’t I? And therein lies the catch: I didn’t want to go into medicine. Not when I first entered Klein Forest High School as a young, wide eyed (yes, we Asians can have our eyes open like that, contrary to what the stereotypes say), completely unprepared for life as a freshman. Certainly not like I do now. For my first two years, my routine was a very simple one: go to class, study for the class, pass the tests, pass the class, graduate to the next level and do it all over again. Then I found myself in Health Science, taught by one Dr. Rodriguez. Our class had one very distinctive feature: the clinical rotations at Methodist Hospital in Willowbrook. Think of them as a (very) watered down version of what actual medical school students do in their 3rd and 4th years. My family’s constant pushing aside, I’d never had any real exposure into the healthcare profession and all that it entails. I’ve never had the chance to look at what a doctor really does. And when I finally got that chance, I knew that it was what I wanted to do. I could see healthcare at its purest: a fundamental human right given without reservation. I could see the dedication the people there had to their work and to their patients, and I wanted to share in that passion one day. Now I find myself bound for college, already looking to attend medical school. So, Doctor, if you happen to be reading this, I’d like to take a moment to tell you what I never really got around to saying when I still had your class: Thank you. Thank you for being one of the most amazing teachers I’ve ever met. Thank you for helping me understand where I want to go in my life.
SYED HYDER HUSSAIN Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Advanced Placement Scholar University Interscholastic League, Social Studies, Science, Math, Literary Criticism, Computer Science, Read Writing Business Professionals of America, 3-Time State Qualifier International Business Academy Caribbean Heritage Society Academic Octathlon Academic Decathlon Health Occupations Students of America Mu Alpha Theta Science National Honor Society Interact Club International Student Outreach National Honor Society Muslim Student Association LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Business Professionals of America, Sergeant-At-Arms Caribbean Heritage Society, President Science National Honor Society, Senior Coordinator, President International Student Outreach, Secretary
Walking into an English room sounds like a nightmare to me considering how much I loathe English. However, walking into Mrs. Perez’s classroom was different. Mrs. Perez made me love and enjoy learning English 3 AP for the time I was in her class regardless of how badly I wanted to go home. Never have I had a teacher so caring, heartwarming, and whimsically humorous as Mrs. Perez. As a junior in her class, I admit that the repetitive multiple choice Mondays and free response Friday’s were tedious, however, they were well worth it in helping me succeed. Furthermore, spending extra time with her after school working on UIL made me see the wonderful type of person she is. Not only has Mrs. Perez taught me English 3 AP and guided me for UIL competition, she also mentored me throughout my junior year and still continues to do so. I’m very thankful for having her in my life, not only as a teacher, but also as a mentor.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: International Business Academy Caribbean Festival Health Occupations Students of America, Blood Drive St. Patrick’s Day Parade Math Honor Society, Tutor Science National Honor Society, Tutor Down Syndrome Awareness, Buddy Walk German Festival National Honor Society International Student Outreach
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan attend the University of Houston and major in biochemical/biophysical sciences.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR AVIS DANAE PEREZ Klein Forest High School
JUAN CARO Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta French National Honor Society National Society of High School Scholars French Club Interact Club Soccer Team LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Mu Alpha Theta, President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Volunteer Mu Alpha Theta, Tutor Interact Club, Volunteer French National Honor Society, Volunteer Champion Forest Baptist Church, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend either Texas A&M University, Harvard College or M.I.T and major in mechanical engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR KAREN WATSON Klein Forest High School
Whenever I was placed in Madame Watson’s French II class freshman year, I could feel the rigor of this Pre-AP course. I could not believe the amount of work I was being assigned when school had only started a few days back. “This is actually a French class!” I thought to myself over and over again. The environment was different than any other class prior to that, and the fact that I actually called the teacher “Madame” was astonishing. Furthermore, she would keep describing herself as “the Klein Forest GPA killer.” I thought I was in for the longest year of my academic career. However, as time progressed, I began to realize the sweetness in her heart. I noticed how kind, loving, and dedicated she was to all her students. Specifically, she was always there to assist me on any obstacles I faced, making her a crucial and important person to me in high school. She motivated me to continue taking French for the following years, and to give it my all in every other class; she is the reason why I took French AP my senior year, and I will always be thankful for that. I am truly blessed to know her during the most important years of my adolescent life, and I am sure I will miss her as my teacher, but I know we will always remain friends. Merci beaucoup, Madame!
VU NGUYEN Klein Forest High School
Family. Money. Health. Happiness. Success. Those are the things we both strive for – Mrs. Robinson and I. Throughout my years of high school, she provoked new ideas in me and pushed me to do things I wouldn’t have otherwise done. Because of the similarity in our goals, the knowledge that she gave off was like a thing of gold for me. I credit her with many of my successes, especially in the field of business. Though Mrs. Robinson never taught me much academically, which is understandable since she was not a teacher of a core curriculum, she did instill many life lessons into me – which I can honestly say is much more valuable than those academic lessons anyway. I have had the great pleasure of meeting and getting to know Mrs. Robinson, and I will forever be grateful for her. Thank you for everything that you have done.
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: International Business Academy Business Professionals of America, 3-Time State Qualifier Science National Honor Society National Honor Society The Iron Eagles Mu Alpha Theta Interact Club Computer Science Club Writing Club Golf, Junior Varsity Science University Interscholastic League Math University Interscholastic League Caribbean Heritage Society Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor Scholastic Art and Writing American Mathematics Contest C.T. Bauer College of Business Summer Camp eBay Business Owner Class Favorite, Most Likely to Succeed Honor Roll Bodybuilder/Powerlifter LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: International Business Academy, President Science National Honor Society, President The Iron Eagles, Founder and President Business Professionals of America, Assistant Teacher Assistant Personal Trainer COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Toys for Tots National Honor Society, Volunteer Interact Club, Volunteer Science National Honor Society, Volunteer International Business Academy, Volunteer Mu Alpha Theta, Tutor Write Away Club, Tutor Recycling Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Major in finance at the University of Texas at Austin in the McCombs School of Business or University of Houston Honors Bauer College of Business.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR MILDRED ROBINSON Klein Forest High School
ANUSHA VIQAR Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Mu Alpha Theta Health Occupations Students of America Business Professionals of America, 3-Time State Qualifier National Honor Society Drama Club Muslim Student Association University Interscholastic League, Social Studies Team Spanish National Honor Society Writing Club Science National Honor Society Skills USA, State Qualifier LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: International Business Academy, President Writing Club, Parliamentarian Barbara Bush Library, Volunteer Coordinator COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Mu Alpha Theta, Volunteer Science National Honor Society, Volunteer Spanish National Honor Society, Tutor National Honor Society, Volunteer Barbara Bush Library, Volunteer International Business Academy, Volunteer Bayou Art Festival, Volunteer Health Occupations Students of America, Blood Drive Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin and then head off to medical school.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR SHERRY KELLY Klein Forest High School
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Kelly through her AP Physics Class during my junior year, and I have loved her since day one. Her personality has the ability to put a smile on anybody’s face. However, it isn’t just Mrs. Kelly’s quirky nature that makes her the best teacher; it is her constant support and encouragement toward us, her students. Physics is one of the hardest classes in school, but Mrs. Kelly is always there to help us understand every concept. From vector problems to Newton’s laws, Mrs. Kelly has the ability to flawlessly explain everything to us. Her dedicated and selfless nature has made her one of the best teachers I have ever come across. Mrs. Kelly has motivated me to work harder and has taught me that anything can be achieved through hard work and diligence. It is hard to come across a teacher in high school that sincerely cares for and believes in their students. So, I’d like to take this time to say thank you for always being there for us and for constantly supporting us through our crazy endeavors.
DANNY TRAN Klein Forest High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Interact Club National Honor Society Skills USA, District and State Finalist Computer Science Competitions IT Firm Position LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Interact Club Officer, Webmaster Computer Science, Vice President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Interact Club National Honor Society
When I first met Mr. Stubblefield in his Internetworking class, I thought to myself, “I’m probably going to learn nothing from this class, I’m pretty tech savvy.” Oh boy, what arrogant thinking that was. His class was probably the most eye-opening classes in terms of technology I’ve ever taken. Learning all the things I didn’t know, I was motivated to learn the whole world of networking, and all related subjects. It was this spark that lead me to place first place at city level competitions, and hopefully later this year nail first place at state for internetworking. It was Mr. Stubblefield that also gave me connections to earn a well-paying job that will give me vital experience for my future as well. For these experiences, I am forever grateful for the opportunity to have a teacher such as him. Thanks, Stubbs.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Plan to attend University of Houston or University of Texas and major in computer science.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR JAMES STUBBLEFIELD Klein Forest High School
ELLISON KYLE ARMACHUELO MUDANZA Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Chamber Orchestra, Violist, Pianist, Most Outstanding Junior, Double Duty Award Full Orchestra, Violist, Pianist Region IX Symphony Orchestra, Pianist Region IX 5A Band, Pianist All-Area Orchestra, Pianist International Business Academy Business Professionals of America, Website Design Team, Regional Winner, State and National Qualifier National Honor Society University Interscholastic League, Ready Writing Team Suzuki Academy, Piano Studio – Advanced Repertoire Pianist Suzuki Academy, Ribbon Festival Performer American Festival for the Arts, Pianist Klein ISD Solo and Ensemble Pit Musician, Violist Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor Texas Math and Science Coaches Association, Science Team LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Business Professionals of America, President School Store, Financial Manager Chamber Orchestra, Principal Violist and Pianist Advanced Placement Music Theory, Teacher Assistant and Tutor International Business Academy, Presidential Advisor Piano, Viola & Math Tutor COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Volunteer Orchestra, Volunteer International Business Academy, Volunteer St John Neumann Catholic Church, Mass Violist The Hallmark Retirement Community Kinsmen Lutheran Church, Turkey Run
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend either Stanford University or Rice University where I will double major in biology/biological Sciences and philosophy and minor in business.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR RYAN BARKER Klein Forest High School
I remember the memorable joke that Mr. Barker told us on the first day of class: “Everyone always says ‘it’s not Rocket Science,’ but the rocket scientists always say ‘it’s not AP Music Theory!’” This first impactful quote essentially framed the entire year for the 13 of us in the class. However, Mr. Barker’s easy-going demeanor and impeccable teaching ability helped guide us to success. He motivated me to strive for the perfect 100, not only in Music Theory – a feat extremely difficult to achieve – but in all my other classes. His passion for music and eagerness to show us a plethora of jazz and band videos only made 4th period even more entertaining than it already was. As the full orchestra director, he greatly motivated us to work together, encouraging us to pour out our hearts and souls into the grandiose music that we were making. I will always remember Mr. Barker as the cool, fierce, and energetic music mentor who inspired me to truly enjoy learning about and performing music.
KRISTINE LE Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Yearbook Publications Chamber Orchestra, Violin Full Orchestra Interact Club National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Science National Honor Society Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor Questbridge National Match Finalist Presidential Scholar LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Yearbook, Head Designer Yearbook, Editor-in-Chief Orchestra, Historian COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Spina Bifida, Volunteer Interact Club, Volunteer
Adjusting the turtle pin on the pocket of her blouse, she wears a bright smile to match her vibrant personality, always laughing at the small things while sharing exuberant stories. An ardent turtle fanatic and lover of the color green, her heart is as big as her admiration for the two, and nothing could ever surpass that. She provided me comfort during my breakdowns, relaying advice that pushed me to continue on. Despite the thousands of editor duties on top of academic obligations, she kept me sane through the Indesign crashes on the day of deadlines and the error pages for my much-needed Pinterest. As my yearbook mom for three years, Ms. Blackmon, whether you know it or not, you are an incredible woman with a heart too pure and a passion for your students so strong. I appreciate all of the ideas shouted at one another across the room, the genuineness of your care, and your encouragement for the creative tank of my mind that always seems depleted. I wouldnâ€™t have made it through this year without you.
National Honor Society, Volunteer Mu Alpha Theta, Tutor
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I will most likely attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in chemical engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR SUE BLACKMON Klein Forest High School
NICHOLAS NGUYEN Klein Forest High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Wrestling, Varsity Symphonic Orchestra Full Orchestra Interact Club National Honor Society Business Professionals of America, State Qualifier Yearbook Publications Mu Alpha Theta Science National Honor Society Write Away Club Health Occupations Students of America LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Leadership High School Orchestra, Board of Officers COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Houston Food Bank, Volunteer Interact Club, Volunteer National Honor Society, Volunteer Mu Alpha Theta, Tutor Write Away Club, Tutor
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in biology at the University of Texas at Austin.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR KRISTIN JOHNSON Klein Forest High School
In my senior year of high school, I entered Dr. Johnson’s room with the sigh of having to master Anatomy & Physiology with no health science background. As the semester went on, I was able to not only quickly pick up Ms. Johnson’s fast-paced course, but I was also able to actually enjoy the class due to how she was able to interact with us on a personal level. Very few teachers are able to connect with their students on the level that Dr. Johnson does as she was someone who actually cared for her students. In all honesty, what made me choose Dr. Johnson to be my honorary educator above all other teachers was what she did when I was suffering from severe allergic reactions to food poisoning during the second semester. While I was confined from going to school, I was laying on the couch and I randomly get a call from an unknown number. Feeling kind of gutsy, I picked up and it was my fellow classmate telling me that Dr. Johnson wanted to check up on me. That call from her was one of the most heartwarming things that any teacher has ever done for me. Dr. Johnson will soon be retiring and the least that I can do is let her experience the appreciation and honor that a teacher of her nature deserves.
MINH DUC TRAN Klein Forest High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Top Ten Percent Advanced Placement Scholar
Mr. Rains is an educator that makes learning biology a fun experience. There are always stories that he tells that relates back to whatever we may be learning in the class currently. He makes it his mission to teach everyone in the class, and make sure they are prepared to pass the test, and pass the biggest test for the class, the Advance Placement Biology exam. All of Mr. Rainâ€™s students are pushed to work their hardest every single day, as a result of his teaching. If someone were to sit in his classroom, you would be able to see the student to teacher interactions that take place. The activities that take place in the classroom are meant to grow our minds to think about the interaction from cells to living and breathing organism. At the end of the day, no student that leaves Mr. Rain would say that they did not learn anything from him. I appreciate Biology even more; after he pushes the boundary of what a teacher can be able to do.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend Texas A&M University and major in electrical engineering
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR BRIAN RAINS Klein Forest High School
Maria Fernanda Leal, Emily Wang, Medha Chappidi, Jacob Brown, Ryan Torok, Kendall Phillips, Connor Tait Davis, Christina Stoner, Luis Javier Romero, (not pictured) Megan Pham
Principal: Dr. Brian Greeney
EMILY WANG Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: International Baccalaureate National Merit Finalist Mu Alpha Theta Spanish National Honor Society Zeta Omicron Computer Science National Honor Society Science National Honor Society University Interscholastic League Science Team National Honor Society Piano Dance LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Mu Alpha Theta, President Spanish National Honor Society, Secretary Zeta Omicron Computer Science National Honor Society, Treasurer COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Meals On Wheels Math and Science Tutor Baroque Festival Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to study biochemistry at The University of Texas at Austin.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR VIVIANA CUE-WILKINSON Klein Oak High School
The first few days I had Sra. Cue as a teacher I was admittedly intimidated by her; she called us out on our mistakes with no hesitation, playfully poked fun at us, and said it like it was. However, within the week, my fears vanished as I realized she does all of these things because she genuinely cares for her students. Sra. calls us out to help us realize our mistakes and grow from them; she makes fun of us to teach us humility and how to laugh at ourselves; and she says it like it is because she is brutally and humorously honest. And in almost no time did Sra. prove herself to be not just a teacher but a part of our family. A genuine and generous person, she has always found time to be a part of her studentsâ€™ lives, whether it be through lending an ear to listen to our troubles or jumping up and down with us to share in our happiness. Without a doubt, the qualities she has shown me over the past two years have made me a better person. So thank you, Sra., for teaching me Spanish through all of those verb-athons and Audacity recordings, but more importantly, for being a role model and source of constant support in my life.
JACOB BROWN Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Chamber Orchestra Full Orchestra Mu Alpha Theta National Merit Finalist National Honor Society Texas Future Music Educators Tri-M Music Honor Society Viola All Area and All Region Qualifier Received Excellent on Solo at Klein ISD Solo and Ensemble Contest Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Texas Music Scholar Academic Octathlon LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Orchestra, Principal Violist Orchestra, Directorâ€™s Assistant Mu Alpha Theta, Treasurer
Mr. Ledford has taught me much more than how to play notes on a page. As an orchestra director, he taught me the intricacies of every piece I played, and he helped me understand why each piece was beautiful. He never forces me to practice, but he encourages me in ways that make me want to work hard for the good of the orchestra. Mr. Ledford has also helped me understand the value of teamwork. Whether in our sections or throughout the orchestra, he constantly emphasizes that the orchestra can only be its best if it plays and moves together as one unit. In addition, Mr. Ledford has always encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone by meeting new friends in the orchestra room or by calming my nerves before a performance so I play my best. Mr. Ledford has made me a better musician and person and has given me memories through orchestra that will last a lifetime. I cannot thank him enough for that.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Texas Future Music Educators, Super Strings Saturday Viola Tutor, Retirement Home Tour Violist Orchestra Christmas Tour, Violist Graduation Orchestra, Violist Mu Alpha Theta, Math Tutor, Math Competitions Volunteer Champion Forest Baptist Church, Serve Saturday Volunteer Feed My Starving Children, Volunteer National Honor Society, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to go to Texas A&M University and study chemical engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR TANNER LEDFORD Klein Oak High School
MARIA FERNANDA LEAL Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Red Cross Club Mu Alpha Theta Science National Honor Society French National Honor Society National Honor Society Leadership Team Distributive Education Clubs of America, State Winner, International Career Development Conference Competitor Track and Field/Cross Country National Hispanic Scholar Le Grand Concours Gold Award Texas French Symposium Finalist LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Red Cross Club, President Misiones Coordinator International Baccalaureate Senior Celebration Committee Member COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Houston Food Bank, Volunteer National Red Cross Organization, Member National Honor Society, Volunteer St. Lukeâ€™s Hospital, Junior Intern
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to study chemical engineering at Rice University.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR DANIELE SMITH Klein Oak High School
Having had Madame Smith as a teacher for more than two years, I have observed her daily eagerness to teach. Not only a teacher, she is also a mentor, through who I am able to comprehend the value of knowledge. With daily discussions about France and the francophone culture, she makes learning fun while we discuss current issues and events that not only impact society but also impact teenagers. Being such a knowledgeable person, Madame Smith enlightens each of her students about the world so that they understand their own culture and the world that surrounds them. Madame Smith is a one of a kind teacher who has taught me priceless lessons which transcend classroom settings and allow me to be not only a better scholar but also a better person. She is the kind of teacher that every student wishes to have, and I have been lucky enough to have been bestowed the gift of having her as a teacher.
MEDHA CHAPPIDI Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Distributive Education Clubs of America, 2-Time International Career Development Conference Qualifier, 3-Tme Career Development Conference Qualifier French Club Computer Science Club Mu Alpha Theta French National Honor Society LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: French Club, President Computer Science Club, President Distributive Education Clubs of America, Vice President of Community Service Mu Alpha Theta, Secretary COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Library After School Children Programs, Volunteer Bhutanese Refugee, Volunteer
I have never had the pleasure of having Mrs. Ash in the classroom but she has been an inspiring female figure and DECA advisor in my life for the past three years. She has shown me, through example, how to be relentless in my goals, dedicated to my passion, yet calm and graceful under pressure. There is not much that Mrs. Ash can’t do. As a clueless underclassmen, I never expected her club to play such a large role in my high school experience; but her fierce passion and commitment to involving underclassmen has made DECA into a family at Klein Oak, one that has helped me create unforgettable memories. Not only is she resolute in her stance but Mrs. Ash is also genuinely compassionate. She is always willing to listen to her students and treat us in a way that makes us believe we can conquer our goals. From endless officer meetings to hectic competition season Mrs. Ash has remained an unparalleled mentor. Here’s to Mrs. Ash, the modern day superwoman!
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend The University of Texas at Austin to major in computer science.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR JULIEANNE ASH Klein Oak High School
CONNOR TAIT DAVIS Klein Oak High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: FIRST Robotics Hen Rearing Mu Alpha Theta Federalist Society Student Council Zeta Omicron University Interscholastic League, Seven Lakes and Magnolia High School Invitational, 1st place in Physics for Science
LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Federalist Society, Secretary Camp Olympia, Head of Camp Leadership Program and Olympia Crew Taekwondo, Assistant Instructor
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Camp Olympia, Junior Counselor and Lifeguard Camp Olympia, Tutor in Science and Math
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to study physics at Harvey Mudd College, then do research and teach at a university. Afterwards, I will use my retirement savings to live off the grid in Panama.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR CINDY PARLIAMENT Klein Oak High School
Entering my junior year, I had not yet realized the importance of gaining a conceptual understanding of my studies. I simply memorized facts for exams rather than appreciating the complexity of a subject. Entering AP statistics, Mrs. Parliament was able to provide me with the tools to understand and measure the world around me. Her energetic and caring attitude encouraged every student to succeed. She inspired me, and many others, to advance our careers as aspiring scientists. Her constant references to practical applications and modern studies helped me realize how pervasive statistics is in our world. The monthly projects allowed me to carry out the practice of statistics myself. Whether it be testing the memory of mall-goers, building a PLINKO machine, or sampling teachers for personality tests, these projects uncovered the versatility and beauty of statistics. Mrs. Parliament was always there to match my enthusiasm, and believed that every one of her students could achieve greatness. Iâ€™ve been inspirited by your kindness and expertise; I will always remember you as I enter the next chapter of my life!
RYAN TOROK Klein Oak High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Chamber Orchestra Computer Science Team LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Orchestra, Vice President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: 5th Grade Elementary School Orchestra, Tutoring Houston Food Bank, Volunteer
Mrs. Gibson first taught me to embrace life as a series of beautiful phenomena and elegant solutions to controversial issues. My favorite moments were when we compared a changing issue discussed in To Kill a Mockingbird with how HEB’s parking spaces are faced the wrong way, or when we discussed the slightly naughty history of the semicolon. The colorful ways we analyzed the most touching moments of literature and the quirky nuances of our language helped me embrace my creativity and love of “What if ” questions. I was reminded of this elegant and captivating method of thought when discussing her insightful comments toward my university application essays. Upon finishing my first drafts I knew she was the perfect person to balance formality with my personal statement. Mrs. Gibson’s greatest asset is her ability to treat others’ views and opinions with respect. Never in her classroom did I feel any student in the room was left out of a discussion. Every student to set foot in her class is empowered with the mindset and knowledge to succeed in respecting the English language and the society we live in. Bluntly, I could not ask for more in a teacher.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to study computer science. My university is undetermined.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR SIAN GIBSON Klein Oak High School
CHRISTINA STONER Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Varsity Choir National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Tri-M Music Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Klein ISD Solo and Ensemble Outstanding Musician Award National Hispanic Scholar Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Musical Production of “Curtains” LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Choir, Public Relations Officer Mu Alpha Theta, Math Tutor Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Speaker at Press Conference, Speaker at Crystal Charity Proposal COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Volunteer Relay for Life Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministry Montgomery Animal Shelter Middle School Debate Tournament, Judge Flood Relief at Klein ISD Multipurpose Center Solo and Ensemble Festival Houston Heart Walk NAMIWalks
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in engineering at The University of Texas at Austin or Southern Methodist University.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR ADRIENNE MEADOR Klein Oak High School
Although it has been three years since I was a wide-eyed freshman sitting in her English class, Ms. Meador has a lasting effect that seems to inspire many students in aspects that one does not expect a young teacher to achieve. Ms. Meador provides the positivity and enthusiasm about literature and life that makes you want to change the world simply through her sheer passion for her own job. Every day of my first year of high school started by entering her classroom and immediately reading the quote of the day written on the board. Often times, these daily pieces of advice were mantras that I hold true to this day, words that ignited a drive in me when I was inexperienced and hesitant. She has constantly encouraged me to reach for goals that I’ve been unsure of and led me to become not only diligent, but have ardor for whatever I pursue (or fake it ‘til you make it). She is the type of teacher that I will never forget, one who organizes student trips to Europe and gushes about Atticus Finch. Ms. Meador, thank you for everything!
LUIS JAVIER ROMERO Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Drum-line and Drum Major Wind Ensemble, Percussionist Symphonic Orchestra Klein Oak Musicals Distributive Education Clubs of America, State Contests French Symposium, Contests Zeta Omicron, Founding Member National Honor Society Chess Club Mu Alpha Theta Federalist Society Music-for-All National Percussion Festival Midwest Clinic All-Region Band Scholastic Writing Tommy Tune Best Pit Orchestra Award LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Head Drum Major Federalist Society, President Zeta Omicron, Secretary and Vice President Tri-M Music Honor Society, Officer Band, Junior Officer
A kid’s early heroes are his parents. But tossed into the prepubescent world of angst and inner-turmoil that is high school, a kid’s first anchor of hope is a great teacher. Mr. Lewis hopped on the train of band leadership just three years ago, and yet his contributions to the program and its students have already accelerated our rate of success. His high-level charisma, passion for the arts, and dedication to bettering the lives of the people around him are traits that I find truly admirable and have helped me identify what it takes to leave a positive impact on the world around me. From waking up with energy and a bright smile at 5:00 am in the middle of August, to improving my conducting, to jamming to Chance and Hamilton, Mr. Lewis stands as living, breathing proof that greatness is made not born. I’m honored to graduate under his leadership, kindness, and camaraderie. Thank you, Mr. Lew.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Relay for Life Walk for Alzheimer’s Klein ISD Books for Kids Christ the Good Shepherd, Vacation Bible School Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend The University of Texas at Austin for computer science and competitive Quidditch.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR WESTON LEWIS Klein Oak High School
MEGAN PHAM Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Student Council Spanish National Honor Society National Honor Society Tri-M Music Honor Society Youth Ministry Leadership Mu Alpha Theta Orchestra Virtuosi of Houston LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Tri-M Music Honor Society, President Orchestra, Vice-President Youth Ministry, Senior Team COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Abandon Animal Rescue Food Bank Youth Ministry, Teaching Assistant
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to study to become a professional musician, travel the world and settle in a nice city with my two dogs, Ham & Cheese.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR LUKE BENDICK Klein Oak High School
Mr. Bendick’s AP US History class was the first and maybe even last history class I’ve ever liked. Though thanks to Mr. Bendick, I have the causes of the revolutionary war and Ronald Reagan’s biography engrained into my memory, what he taught me and all his students far surpassed the bounds of history. I learned that being successful isn’t merely an amount but amounts to doing what you love and following your passions. From the first day I walked into his class, he’s counseled me through the stresses of school, life, and even school-life. Though no longer his student, he continues to take the time to help me as I prepare to venture out into the world and never fails to remind me of my aptitude for success in anything and everything I do. I know these tasks are far beyond his job description and I really couldn’t be more thankful. I’m so honored to have had Mr. Bendick as a teacher but also as someone who I’ll remember for the rest of my life. I guess you say that having him as a teacher was pretty “historical”.
KENDALL PHILLIPS Klein Oak High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Theatre, Actor and Technician Honor Thespian Science Club Science Honor Society University Interscholastic League Science Team Leadership Team LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Science Club, Vice President Science Fiction and Fantasy Club, President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Education, Summer Volunteer The Villages at Cypress Retirement Community, Variety Show Volunteer Hoyland Elementary, Saturday School Tutoring Sessions Coordinator
Chemistry I Pre-IP was the time I first fell in love. I was 15. I had never been kissed, so naturally I had no idea what love felt like. Until the night before the Acids and Bases Test. It was 11:11 pm, and I was sprawled on the floor with my chemistry notes and textbook around me. And I was happy. I was happy studying for the test. I was excited! I truly loved what I was studying. I wanted to test what I knew. I wanted to take that test. I had never felt genuinely excited to take a test. A lot of that was because of my teacher, Mrs. Rushing. Mrs. Rushing is… I can’t explain everything in one essay. Her passion for her subject and the little hops of joy she does while teaching, her genuine love for helping her students, her constant encouragement and stories… she became my role model and mentor. I am inspired by her every day, especially when telling stories of her fighting adversity as a woman in STEM. And more than that, I’m grateful for all of her help and understanding. Every morning that her door was open for help, with both chemistry and my own problems, was a day that I knew I was going to be ok. So to her, I would like to say: Thank you. Thank you for putting up with me. For listening to my wild ideas. For tolerating my work ethic. For encouraging me to pick myself up when I was down. For telling me to keep going. For believing in me. For teaching me. Thank you so much, Mrs. Rushing.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to study chemical engineering at Rice University or The University of Texas at Austin.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR KATHLEEN RUSHING Klein Oak High School
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ANGEL CHUI Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Junior Achievement, Company Program American Red Cross National Merit Scholar Commended Student Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor The President’s Volunteer Service Award, Bronze Level Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors (FASCA) LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Junior Achievement, Company Program President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Chinese Youth Camp, Counselor Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors, Teaching Assistant
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to study environmental engineering at The University of Texas at Austin or Rice University.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR ELAINE DRUGAN Klein Collins High School
As my “off-period” companion and seventh period calculus teacher, Mrs. Drugan and I have been able to spend time before and after class discussing not only calculus, but the daily events and troubles in our lives. She has always been more than willing to give her insight, whether it’s for a calculus problem or a question regarding my future. For example, while deciding on my future college and learning more about the college experience, Mrs. Drugan has been a large influence and huge help. Thanks to her insight, I am able to take the next step in my life with more knowledge and confidence. As one of the sponsors for our school’s chapter of Junior Achievement, Mrs. Drugan’s support and enthusiasm has guided our club through various situations, ranging from tricky communication issues to visits from organization officials. Without her enthusiasm, leading this club would not have been as enjoyable for me or my members, nor would I have learned that when faced with a heap of responsibilities, I can always bring enthusiasm.
JACKSON LIGHTFOOT Klein Collins High School
At the start of my senior year, I faced a catastrophic dilemma… making the difficult decision between late arrival and a second year of physics with jschulz. Despite having to wake up an hour earlier every morning, the choice was a no brainer. Schulz embodies everything a teacher should strive to be: passionate, inspiring, supportive, entertaining, and endearingly quirky. His idiosyncratic teaching style not only captures the class’s attention but also helps us grasp difficult concepts, bringing out the (electric) potential in everyone. Without exception, I find myself entertained daily in his class, whether it be from answering ridiculous rubber duck questions, getting shocked by a Van-deGraaff generator, making a mess with leaky buckets, or throwing up gangsta signs to discuss magnetism. Schulz truly cares about his students, offering me selfless support from recommendations to personal struggles. It has been such a pleasure to be a part of his class these past two years. Thanks so much for the unforgettable memories, inspiration, and lasting impact you’ve had on my life; and, most importantly, thanks for being a great mentor and friend.
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Academic Decathlon Honors, State Level: 4th Place in Music; Regional Level: 1st Place in Math, 2nd Place in Music, 2nd Place in Interview, 4th Place Overall Drama: Pianist for “Pippin” and “Seussical” National Merit Commended Scholar Mallet Competition, 4th Place Outstanding Performer Award at State Solo and Ensemble for Percussion Senior Personality, Most Musically Inclined Homecoming Court Senior Year, Sophomore Duke Junior Achievement, Company Program, OASIS Girls Learn International Percussion One Australia Tour Star of Texas Ambassadors of Music Europe Tour Advanced Placement Scholar Piano, Percussion, and Ukulele Black Belt in Kuk Sool Won LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Student Council, Treasurer Mu Alpha Theta, Secretary Drumline, Junior Year Captain Boy Scouts of America, Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, Scribe Environmental Club, Treasurer Philosophy Club, Secretary Percussion One, Leadership Team COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Eagle Scout Project, a functioning “music station” for Sheltering Harbour Boys Home National Honor Society, Tiger Den Speaker Science National Honor Society, Kreinhop Spanish National Honor Society, Toy Drive St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church, Sandwich Ministry and Vacation Bible School Mu Alpha Theta, Hosting Tournaments
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in biomedical engineering at The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering Honors Program.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR JUERGEN SCHULZ Klein Collins High School
LAURA HINSON Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Drama Club/Theatre Department Girls Learn International Girl Scouts, Bronze & Silver Award National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction National Merit Commended Piano and Voice Lessons Friday Wavers Philosophy Club LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Girls Learn International, President, Events Planner, Media Director Drama Club, Secretary Theatre Department, Props Crew Head “Pippin”, Costumes Crew Head “Strange Boarders”, Publicity Crew Head “I Bring You Flowers” National Honor Society, Leadership and Character Committee Chair Girl Scouts, Events Coordinator, Cookie Sales Trainer Philosophy Club, Parliamentarian Member COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Northwoods Presbyterian Church Boys and Girls Country H.O.P.E. Haven Northwest Assistance Ministries Klein Collins Children’s Workshops Children’s Festival at the Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavillion
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR JENNIFER HAMILTON Strack Intermediate School
I entered Mrs. Hamilton’s classroom as a disenchanted 8th grader, but I departed as a zealous student with a love for U.S. History. Her lectures were filled with interesting details about the lives of past presidents, war heroes and revolutionaries. From her fairly obvious historical crush on George Washington to her narration of the dramatic, ever-changing relationship between Adams and Jefferson, there was never a dull moment in Mrs. Hamilton’s classroom. She constantly encouraged creativity and self-thinking. My most treasured memory is that of the Constitutional Convention. For 8 straight days, I assumed the role of Jonathon Dayton from New Jersey and argued in favor of one-vote-per-state against the Southern delegates, portrayed by my classmates. This unique experience squashed my fear of public speaking and fueled my love of debate. Mrs. Hamilton cared about her students beyond the classroom, too. She has always attended our school plays, from 6th grade to senior year. Mrs. Hamilton reawakened my passion for knowledge and reminded me why I love to learn. She will go down in history as a truly excellent teacher!
SHOAIB AHMED Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Chamber Orchestra Academic Decathlon, 3rd Place Honors at Regional Academic Decathlon Competition, 1st Place Honors Science at Texas State Academic Decathlon Competition National Merit Finalist National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Science National Honor Society Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction University Interscholastic League LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Mu Alpha Theta, President Science National Honor Society, President Academic Decathlon, Captain
Shakespeare is often feared for his use of what seems like a completely foreign language. I have never seen someone translate tragedies from timeworn to text-speak and teach them to teenagers as easily and intuitively as Mrs. Marek, a foil to the typical bad teacher. A prominent motif in Mrs. Marek’s classroom is the idea of reading the book, not solely for the purpose of digging up literary devices, but for enjoyment, which has allowed me to develop not only as a reader, but as a writer. Writer’s block is like a negative attitude. Both are unproductive, both turn to dust when I walk into Mrs. Marek’s class. Her merciless sense of humor is as effective as the satiric comedy in “The Daily Show,” and her intelligence rivals that of Shakespeare himself. While Mrs. Marek is less than kin, she is certainly more than kind. Thank you, Mrs. Marek, for showing me how characters truly develop.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Mu Alpha Theta Science National Honor Society The Woodlands Marathon National Honor Society Mathematics and Science Tutor
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend either the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or the University of Texas at Austin to major in mechanical engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR LAURIE MAREK Klein Collins High School
KIARA SUGAY Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Orchestra National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Pit Orchestra, “Once Upon a Mattress” Mu Alpha Theta Distributive Education Clubs of America French Club Solo & Ensemble Outstanding Performance Award Outstanding Section Leader Award, Symphonic LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Orchestra, Treasurer Junior Achievement, OASIS Co-President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Kuehnle Mentor Children’s Festival Volunteer LSCS Day of Service Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I will attend Texas A&M University and major in business.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR KATHLEEN DRESNER Strack Intermediate School/ Klein Collins High School
As an eighth grader in my final year of middle school, I remembered that Mrs. Dresner’s class was the one I always looked forward to. Although it was the most difficult because of our tests and labs, it was also the most fun because of projects like Fruitvale and the Survivor games as well as the jokes - lots of them. In her lectures she was always so passionate and genuinely interested in whatever she taught us, which is something I’ve always admired about her. But most of all, she was a teacher that pushed me to go the extra mile while taking her class and being in the GT program. Despite the difficulty of them all, the projects I completed there always went above and beyond what I would have accomplished in a normal class. So I have to thank Mrs. Dresner for showing me what it means to go completely out of the box to find creative ideas for a solution, helping me face the harsh reality of academic rigor, giving me confidence to truly feel “gifted and talented,” and most certainly, for being the best teacher I’ve ever had.
HEATHER REN Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Commended National Merit Scholar Chamber Orchestra Senior Class Officer Health Science Technology Junior Achievement Girls Learn International Mu Alpha Theta LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Senior Class Officer Junior Achievement, Vice President of Marketing National Honor Society, Induction Committee Chair Orchestra, Senior Officer COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Junior Achievement, Trade Fair
It wasn’t until my senior year that I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Bickham, one of the most kind and selfless teachers I have ever had. Fifth period Anatomy and Physiology has me stressing some days, laughing others, but most of all, having fun. From teaching about the complex interactions between body systems to How to Survive in College 101, Mrs. Bickham does it all. Spending 55 minutes in room 415 is the highlight of my day and discovering something new in her class each day is a given. Mrs. Bickham teaches a plethora of life lessons that will never be forgotten. I have learned dedication due to her refusal to take sick days and her strong willed nature. I have learned to be kind due to her actions-speak-louder-than-words approach to caring for her students. I have learned to always seek more knowledge due to the endless amount of information stored in her brain. Mrs. Bickham, I will always remember to wear my thinking cap and to value learning both inside and outside the classroom. Thank you for being an awesome teacher and an amazing role model.
Pit Orchestra, “Seussical the Musical”, “Once Upon a Mattress” Tomball Regional Hospital Various Marathons and Walks
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend The University of Texas at Austin and major in biomedical engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR KIMBERLY BICKHAM Klein Collins High School
BEVERLY WOOTEN Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Orchestra Art Theater Arts Art Club Youth Art Month Flag Design Winner LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Art Club, Officer COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Speech and Debate, Judge Resale Shop, Cashier VASE Competition, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan on attending The University of Texas at Austin and study computer engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR DONNA MEREDITH Klein Collins High School
I had Mrs. Meredith for 7th period Spanish last year. It soon became a class that I would often look forward to at the end of every day. After the stress from all my other classes, it was nice to have one with a teacher like Mrs. Meredith, happy and ready to teach. She is so kind and sweet while also patient. She has a great love for Celine Dion, which might be easy to tell if you read a few of her test questions or walk in while she’s playing one of her songs. Even though I don’t have her as my teacher this year, I love to stop by her classroom when school ends just to chat with her and talk about how our days went. I appreciate her for helping me so much over the past 2 years, taking time out of her day just to talk to me or help me with college, and I just want to say thank you. I have to leave for college soon, and I’m sad to leave, but I won’t forget her and all that she’s done for me and I hope she enjoys the rest of her years teaching at KC.
KEVIN HUANG Klein Collins High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Orchestra
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Kingwood Hospital, Volunteer
Mrs. Moore helped foster my interest in biology because she seemed to have the answer to every one of my questions. I would come over from Anatomy and Physiology just to ask her questions and she would always welcome me and give her best answer. She made AP Biology fun with the many interesting labs and activities, and if all else fails she’d let us play with Petri, her pet lizard. My junior year was rather stressful but I was always happy walking into Mrs. Moore’s classroom. I don’t know if it is because Mrs. Moore looks like Mrs. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus or the fact that she had boxes of girl scout cookies, but I always smile when I see her in the hallway.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to study neuroscience at The University of Texas at Austin.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR KIMBERLY MOORE Klein Collins High School
AYAN KARMAKAR Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Chess Science National Honor Society Junior Achievement Mu Alpha Theta Health Occupations Students of America Soccer Academic Decathlon Guitar PSAT Commended Scholar Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Science National Honor Society, Secretary Memorial Hermann, Volunteering Shift Leader COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Barbara Bush Public Library Houston Food Bank Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk The Woodlands July 4th Parade Houston Childrenâ€™s Festival National Honor Society, Tutor
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan on majoring in biochemistry with an emphasis on pre-med. I have not yet decided at which university.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR LISA FINKNER-TEMPLEMAN Klein Collins High School
Simply saying the words AP Chemistry is enough to send any sophomore into a panic attack, but last year I chose to explore the cursed corridors of the course, and am so glad I did. It was certainly a challenge trying to understand the complex concepts that were presented, but Mrs. Templeman made sure I had fun learning them. The best kinds of teachers are passionate about what they do, and Mrs. Templeman is a perfect example. I could tell from the very first day of school that she truly enjoyed teaching, and this drastically increased my desire to learn. She always captivates her audience with crazy stories from her past, in turn making the topic of the day more interesting and engaging. I even signed up for the more frightening Academic Decathlon this year primarily because she was in charge of it. Thank you, Mrs. Templeman, for helping me reach my maximum potential, and constantly inspiring me to be a better student than I was the day before.
NEHA ALEX Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Orchestra Health Occupations Students of America Christ the Good Shepherd, Choir and Orchestra Perfectly Made National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Scholastic Writing Competition, Honorable Mention Award Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest, Honorable Mention Award Health Occupations Students of America, Extemporaneous Writing Second Place Award LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Christ the Good Shepherd, Servant Youth Leader and Choir Cantor Perfectly Made, Co-founder and Secretary National Honor Society, Leadership Summit Coordinator
English Teacher, Model Educator, and Artist Walking into Mrs. Drain’s dual credit English class junior year, I certainly did not expect the personal transformation that I received by the end of the year. I thoroughly enjoyed my English classes freshman and sophomore year, so my expectations were high and my excitement was peaking after the first day of Mrs. Drain’s class. No matter how different I was each day through the peculiarity of junior year, Mrs. Drain stayed constant. Strong, humble, and open-hearted, she taught me through her many lessons not only how to properly grammar on “chomp chomp,” but also how to approach the memorable moments in life as if they are valuable lessons of growth. Her encouragement for me to participate in the Scholastic Writing Competition and her sincere approval of my writing helped me to grow confident in myself. The short story unit was my personal favorite simply because through the many plots our class read, Mrs. Drain not only taught me insightful reading skills, but also valuable lessons on the archetypal ideas of man’s goodness, innocence, and down fall, and helped me see how those ideas are relevant in my life. Thank you, Mrs. Drain, for opening my eyes to see the world as a collage of ideas that beautifully mix to create who we are as individuals. I am eternally grateful for your help in building and molding the collage of my life.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, Junior Volunteer Christ the Good Shepherd, Retreat Staffer and Small-Group Leader Science National Honor Society, Girls in STEM Day Volunteer work through multiple school organizations
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I am attending the University of Houston and majoring in biochemistry. I hope to combine my love for science and working with people into an innovative career in the medical field!
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR KIM DRAIN 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
Ed Shackelford Past President
Jason Bailey Vice President- Governance
Diana Lothringer Vice President- Events
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Brenda Bourg
Stephanie Spillman Mire
A.K. “Buddy” Brown
Dr. Jim Cain
The Honorable Patricia
ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS Gail Gibson
KLEIN ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES William F. Pilkington President Rick Mann Vice President Steven E. Smith Secretary Ronnie K. Anderson Trustee
Cathy M. Arellano Trustee Georgan Reitmeier Trustee Stephen J. Szymczak Trustee