HONORING THE TOP 10 GRADUATING SENIORS
Valedictorian Christine Jou & Educator Josie Mallery - Klein High School
Valedictorian Catarina Do & Educator Humberto Mundo - Klein Forest High School
ValedictorianTiffany Pan & Educator Brad Rice - Klein Oak High School
Valedictorian David Li & Educator Johnny Mancillas - Klein Collins High School
Klein ISD 2016 valedictorians and their distinguished educators. Distinguished educators are chosen by the students for their profound educational impact.
Congratulations & Best Wishes Graduates KLEIN ISD EDUCATION FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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KLEIN ISD EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Academic Banquet MONDAY APRIL 18, 2016
WELCOME Ray Stanley, President Klein ISD Education Foundation Dr. Jim Cain, Klein ISD
INVOCATION & PLEDGE Pastor Tim Seippel OF ALLEGIANCE The Church at Creek’s End DONOR RECOGNITION Cindy Doyle, Director Community Relations & Education Foundation KEYNOTE SPEAKER Dayna Hernandez Klein High School, Class of 1991 RECOGNITION OF DISTINGUISHED Ray Stanley, President SCHOLARS & EDUCATORS Klein ISD Education Foundation Klein ISD Education Foundation Directors STUDENT COMMENTS Ashley Akin, Klein High School Julieann Nguyen, Klein Forest High School Ross Hardin, Klein Oak High School David Li, Klein Collins High School DONALD R. COLLINS DISTINGUISHED Dr. Jim Cain, Superintendent KLEIN EDUCATOR AWARD Klein ISD CLOSING REMARKS Cindy Doyle, Director Community Relations & Education Foundation
KLEI N I S D ED UCA TI ON FOUN DA TI ON
2016 Donald R. Collins Distinguished Klein Educator Award PREVIOUS HONOREES: 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
Anya Pronko, Ann Li, Hassan Khan, Alexandre Ye, Ashley Akin, Siddharth Shah Cecilia Bui, ThienSon Ho, Christine Jou, Rebecca Wang
Principal: Larry Whitehead
CHRISTINE JOU Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: University Interscholastic League American Mathematics Competition USA Mathematical Olympiad USA Mathematical Talent Search Health Occupations Students of America Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Texas Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Klein Girls Lacrosse National High School Journal of Science Texas Math and Science Coaches Association All-Region IX Symphony Orchestra LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Mu Alpha Theta/Math Club, President National Honor Society, Secretary Spanish Club, Founding Vice President Computer Science Club, Vice President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Retirement/Hospital Musician LIMBS International Awareness Walks ESL/Bilingual Tutor ProjectCSGIRLS Outreach
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to study applied math, computer science and physics; my choice of university is undecided.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Josie Mallery Klein High School
By the first week of my freshman year, I was already influenced by the urban legend that survival of Calculus BC would grant you the namesake of a mathematical genius and a T-shirt of Josie’s Babies. Although I can attest that we were given shirts, these past four years under Mrs. Mallery’s guidance, however, have been most inspiring to me. I am awestruck at how Mrs. Mallery illustrates why curves are “sexy” and formulas are not to be memorized but to be derived, devotes countless hours to her classes and to our afterschool activities, and offers personal feedback to every student who walks through her doors with her unwavering can-do attitude. I am not sure if these words even come close to expressing how grateful I am to have known her, for these memorable years in math club have sparked my curiosity and the many experiences have broadened my interests. You have encouraged me to believe in myself, trek forward, and live life to the fullest with enthusiasm. Thank you, Mrs. Mallery.
THIENSON HO Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Merit Finalist First Robotics World Championship Qualifier Health Occupations Students of America Business Professionals of America Computer Science Club Science National Honor Society National Honor Society Ultimate Frisbee Club St. Ignatius Youth Group LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Robotics Team, Captain Spanish National Honor Society, Treasurer COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Disease Awareness Charity Walks Senior Home, Volunteer National Honor Society, Volunteer
I didn’t know what I was getting into when I first signed up to take Computer Science classes my freshman year. What I found was an inspiring teacher and a deep interest in computer programming. Col. Warr has gotten me involved with the computer science club, Computer Science UIL competition as well as the robotics club. These clubs have had a great influence on my high school career helping me meet many new friends and think outside the box. Colonel’s passion for teaching is very evident through the excitement and enthusiasm he shows on a daily basis. I have never had as much fun in any other subject. He has increased my interest in technology and now I am confident in my aspirations to become an electrical engineer. I am glad that he was my teacher every single year of high school; I couldn’t imagine what my life would be like if I never took his class. System.out.println(“Thank You for being such an amazing teacher Col. Warr!”);
Church Work and Charity Work, Volunteer Robotics Demonstrations and Presentations Elementary School Robotics Team, Mentoring
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in electrical engineering and attend Stanford University, University of California Berkeley or University of Texas at Austin.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Col. Steven Warr Klein High School
ANYA PRONKO Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Varsity Track and Field 2 Time State Visual Arts Scholastic Event Finalist 2 Time Scholastic Silver and Gold Key Winner National Science Award National Merit Program Letter of Commendation Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Pole Vault Area Qualifier Daughters of the American Revolution, Good Citizenship Award National Honor Society Glassell Junior School Scholarship Student Summer League Swimmer Varsity Basketball LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: National Art Honor Society, President Class of 2016, 4 Year Class Officer Distributive Education Clubs of America, President of Public Relations Science National Honor Society, Historian COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Volunteer Mittelstädt Elementary, Mentor
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in chemical engineering and Russian language.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR John Rodak Kleb Middle School, Retired
Art was always a hobby of mine, nothing more, nothing less, but all of that changed the day I entered John Rodak’s art room. He was like a fairy godmother, a very sarcastic Chineseproverb spouting fairy godmother. Each one of Mr. Rodak’s projects were unique and pushed his students both mentally and technically. His liberal and slightly eccentric approach to teaching art also gave me unprecedented artistic freedom. Along with learning dozens of new techniques and medias, the class was never boring due to Mr. Rodak’s endless arsenal of anecdotes about anything from giant wasp nests to Chinese mob bosses to Beatles conspiracies. Under his guidance, Mr. Rodak cultivated my love for art into a fierce passion. Now looking back as the National Art Honor Society President completing my AP art portfolio, I see how far I’ve come from that little girl doodling on the corners of her math worksheets, and none of it would have happened without John Rodak. I will never be able to thank him enough for his faith and patience with me.
CECILIA BUI Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Chamber and Full Orchestra State Honor Orchestra Finalist Region Orchestra National Merit Commended Scholar Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Girl Scouts of America Mu Alpha Theta Science National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society National Honor Society Texas Future Music Educators Interact Club Chinese Culture Club Asian American Club Astronomy Club LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Orchestra, Treasurer, Logistics Officer, Equipment Manager Science National Honor Society, Officer Texas Future Music Educators, Klein High Representative Girl Scouts of America, Patrol Leader, Treasurer Chinese Culture Club, Secretary Interact Club, Treasurer Asian American Club, Secretary
I can’t pinpoint when or how my interpersonal bond with Mrs. Hermsdorf started, like how an electron’s position and velocity can’t be simultaneously determined, but she holds a special place in my cardiac atoms. If someone walks into her class, it’ll look supremely entropic. She’s lecturing, and students are finishing labs, talking, or dying from chemistry overdose. She doesn’t try to stagnate the chaos because she knows the universe favors entropy and more importantly, she is more like a mother than just a teacher. She holds great faith in her student’s abilities. She sacrifices hours after school to explain concepts or labs. She knows there are classes besides chemistry. She comforts her students when not even their friends can. She accepts her student’s failures but builds successes with them. With her unrivaled passion and devotion, she provided more than weekly quotes and an understanding of painful redox reactions. She did not only dictate my direction in life for the foreseeable future, she fostered numerous skills, habits, and qualities that are now embedded in my chemical makeup. But through her unselfish love, the most significant concept she ingrained in me was to think of others first. She taught me to smile even when I’m struggling because that smile might just make someone’s day.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Klein 5th Grade Strings, Teacher Assistant National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Our Lady of Lavang, Liturgy, Office Assistant Super String Saturday, Teacher Interact Club
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend Rice University or the University of Texas at Austin and major in chemistry.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Vicki Hermsdorf Klein High School
HASSAN KHAN Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Health Occupations Students of America, National Competition Qualifier Advanced Health Science: Clinical Rotations National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Science National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Klein Islamic Thought Distributive Education Clubs of America
LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Klein Islamic Thought, Historian
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Health Occupations Students of America Community Awareness Events, Volunteer National Honor Society, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend University of Houston and study honors biomedical sciences.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Kristen Haggard Klein High School
Ms. Haggard at Klein High is basically the teacher equivalent to a really popular kid at school. She’s cool, funny, and the type of teacher that you hear about before even starting high school. Since my freshman year, I have had the pleasure of learning from Ms. Haggard through my participation in Health Occupations Students of America and as a student in her Health Science class. From the clinical rotations to our Public Service Announcement productions, to the forty page career project, every moment under Ms. Haggard’s guidance has been fun, informative, and memorable. The passion she has for teaching, the motivation she instills in her students, and the commitment she has to her many responsibilities greatly inspires me. Though Klein High has named her teacher of the year, to me, she’s the teacher of a lifetime. Thank you, Ms. Haggard, for being a one-of-a-kind teacher and a friend for life!
ALEXANDRE YE Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Mu Alpha Theta University Interscholastic League Regional Math, 4th place Science Club Computer Science Club Science National Honor Society National Honor Society Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction French National Honor Society
LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Mu Alpha Theta, Secretary Science Club, Physics Coordinator
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Volunteer
When I heard about physics, I thought that it was a subject where I would memorize a bunch of formulas. However, Mrs. Pluckhahn changed that. Every day, I walked into class, excited by the new topics we were going to learn. We discussed the nature of motion with hard boiled eggs thrown across the room and carts rolling down blocks of wood. Physics became not just a bunch of formulas, but a description of the world around me, from the planets to the electricity in my home. Mrs. Pluckhahn pushed me to look beyond the equations and to explore the world around me. She is not only inspiring but cares about her students more than anything else, explaining topics until everyone understands. Even after she had her baby, she came back to teach us the topics we didnâ€™t get a chance to discuss. So thank you, Mrs. Pluckhahn, for opening my eyes to the world and for being so kind and thoughtful toward all of your students.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to study chemical engineering at the University of Texas.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Jacqui Pluckhahn Klein High School
SIDDHARTH SHAH Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Varsity Tennis University Interscholastic League 4-time State Qualifier National Merit Finalist Placed Top 30 State High School Varsity Chess Advanced Placement Scholar with Honors Young Jains of America Houston Local Representative Craig and Galen Brown Foundation Scholar LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Academic Decathlon, Captain University Interscholastic League, Spelling and Vocabulary Captain Houston JAINA Academic Bowl Team, Captain Jain Fellowship of Houston, President Science National Honor Society, President Chess Club, President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Houston Food Bank Young Jains of America, Jain Academic Bowl Administrative Team National Honor Society 1000 Lights for Peace Charity Bake Sales Mercer Arboretum
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to study chemical engineering in the engineering honors program and attend either the University of Texas or Texas A&M University.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Holly Cannon Klein High School
I have had the privilege of knowing Coach Cannon for the past two years as my tennis coach and as my Science National Honor Society sponsor. I was instantly drawn to her enthusiasm for tennis, passion for chemistry, and love for learning. The determination she displays in everyday challenges, whether it be a difficult Hess’s Law problem or a seemingly unsolvable WordBrain puzzle, serves to epitomize the approach to life’s hurdles I hope to emulate. But above all, the attribute Coach Cannon possesses which has inspired me the most is her resolve to never give up and always stay positive to the very end. She has instilled within me the mindset of always giving my all every time I step onto the court and to treat every point as if it were the last. With Coach Cannon’s guidance and advice, no matter how rough the start, I feel encouraged to push through, defy the odds, and turn the situation around for the better. Thank you, Coach Cannon, for shaping my outlook on overcoming the challenges of tennis and life.
ASHLEY AKIN Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient Klein High School Standleader Spanish National Honor Society Miss Klein High School 2016 Most Likely to Succeed 2016 National Charity League Spirit Award Recipient Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Scholastic, Silver Key Recipient, 3D Art Ceramics LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: National Honor Society, President Student Council, Executive Board Member Interact Rotary Club, President
With a passion for teaching, Mrs. Bowersock made my fourth grade experience an unforgettable year filled with awe-inspiring learning, an abundance of laughs and ear-to-ear smiles. Every day her classroom offered an engaging adventure and every afternoon I came home from school with a smile. Mrs. Bowersock fostered a contagious passion for learning in her classroom and within me. She encouraged my creativity and outgoing personality through skits and projects while developing a solid foundation for my successful academic career. She crafted some of my most favorite memories through her wonderful activities such as teaching our class to sew by making a Texasthemed classroom quilt. Her gumball machine, an exciting treat for hard work, created many smiles as well as good grades. The valiant stories of Texas heroes came to life through her animated story-telling. Most importantly, Mrs. Bowersock awakened the best qualities within myself that made me successful in my high school career. She is a remarkable woman and teacher. Her warm heart and caring personality spreads joy to every individual she meets. Mrs. Bowersock did for me, one of the hardest accomplishments a teacher can ever do – she made learning fun and made me love learning.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Mittelstädt Elementary, Mentor National Charity League Wildflower Chapter: -Atria Communities -Barbara Bush Library -Habitat for Humanity -Pearl Fincher Museum Precinct 4 Adopt A Mile Interact Club Girl Scout
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I will attend the University of Texas McCombs School of Business and major in the business honors program.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Sherry Bowersock Mittelstädt Elementary School, Retired
REBECCA WANG Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Merit Commended Scholar Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Region IX Symphony Orchestra All-State Orchestra Klein High Chamber Orchestra Klein High Varsity Swim Team Spanish National Honor Society National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Health Occupations Students of America NASA High School Aerospace Scholar LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Mu Alpha Theta, Co-President Spanish Club, Treasurer Chinese Culture Club, Founder/President New Hope Christian Church, Worship Team Leader COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Volunteer Barbara Bush Branch Library, Volunteer The Village Retirement Community, Musician Emmyâ€™s Hope Rescue, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend the University of Texas and major in aerospace engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Creston Herron Klein High School
Although Iâ€™ve had the privilege of knowing Mr. Herron for only 3 years now, his character and personality will forever have an impact on my life. Whether it was the school trips that resulted in seemingly endless days of make-up work or the countless hours spent outside of class rehearsing, preparing, and practicing, his genuine interest to push the success of his students beyond their expectations is an important attribute that I will never forget. From walking into the orchestra room at obscure hours only to find him still busily working in his office to seeing his one-on-one mentoring sessions with students, Mr. Herron always made time for his students, no matter how packed his schedule. I have seen first-hand the encouraging actions of a teacher whose unwavering belief in his students has ultimately shaped a large part of my character. I am so grateful to have had music serve as our vehicle of communication in discovering the truly telling details and beauties of life. Thank you, Mr. Herron, for being the epitome of dedication and compassion.
ANN LI Klein High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Merit Finalist Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Texas Music Teacher’s Association, State Piano Solo Finalist and Winner Houston Young Artist’s Concert National Art Honor Society Visual Arts Scholastic Event, two time State Gold Medalist Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, four time Gold and Silver Key Winner Cross Country Klein Standleader Science National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Health Occupations Students of America Business Professionals of America Spanish National Honor Society LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Science National Honor Society, Treasurer National Art Honor Society, Treasurer Barbara Bush Library, Visual Display Coordinator
From my first hesitant day of high school to my last days in a Klein classroom, Ms. Burgess has always been by my side. Ever since I could pick up a pencil, I have been scribbling and sketching away. Now graduated from markers and crayons, I’ve mastered the techniques of gesture drawing and proportions of the human body, in large part to Ms. Burgess’ efforts. Not only does Ms. Burgess incorporate technical aspects of visual arts in her teaching, she encourages her students to expand upon and challenge the boundaries of traditional art. I entered her classroom unsure of my artistic merit, but with her encouragement and critique, I developed a sense of artistic freedom that has encompassed every area of study, whether it be the intricacies of a Taylor series or the balance of a reductionoxidation reaction. Ms. Burgess is not afraid to speak her mind, a trait notorious amongst her students, but her candor and sincerity are always catalysts for improvement. I will greatly miss her wit and advice, but I believe her conviction and appreciation of the fine arts will permanently affect my outlook on the world. D. Burg, thank you for everything.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Barbara Bush Library, Volunteer and Tutor Piano Performances - Texas Music Festival, Atria Cypresswood, Houston Methodist Hospital, The Buckingham Retirement Communities Honor Societies, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I am undecided on my university, but I plan to study biomedical engineering or biology.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Dee Burgess Klein High School
Benjamin May, Rafay Ali, Fahad Ali, Leeah Phillips, Andrew Nguyen Marissa Melton, Catarina Do, Julieann Nguyen, Boi-Lien Nguyen Eugene Long (not pictured)
Principal: Patricia Crittendon
CATARINA DO Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Merit Finalist Advanced Placement Scholar of Distinction QuestBridge National College Match Finalist and College Prep Scholar National Honor Society Interact Club, Most Valuable Junior Member and Integrity Award Aquilae Stilus Literary Magazine, Published Works Computer Science Club and University Interscholastic League Team Math Honor Society American Mathematics Competitions School Winner Klein Forest Orchestra Klein ISD Solo and Ensemble Rating Excellent LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: National Honor Society, President Interact Club, Vice President Aquilae Stilus Literary Magazine, Editorin-Chief, Business Editor Computer Science Club and University Interscholastic League Team, Vice President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Annam Community Development Corporation Kinsmen Lutheran Church, Run for Your Turkey, Easter Eggstravaganza BEAResource Toy Drive for CPS Kids Gulf Coast Regional Blood Drive Pakistani-Indian Student Association Show FM 1960 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Texas French Symposium
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in mechanical engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Humberto Mundo Klein Forest High School
The first time I sauntered into Room 811 was the day I decided to face my fears. Upon entrance of Mr. Mundo’s classroom, I was plagued by ruminating thoughts: “You’re going to be the only girl. You know nothing about Computer Science. You’re going to fail, just like the students before you.” David must have felt that same despair while standing before the great Goliath. Yet like the biblical figure, I persevered in spite of all the odds against me. Mr. Mundo exposed me to such an interesting discipline. His labs and lectures helped me discover another level of problemsolving and reasoning. In addition to teaching me everything from algorithms to object-oriented programming, he has served as my trusted mentor and friend. Since my sophomore year, we have had our share of eating celebratory doughnuts together (only after he scores a tennis victory) and laughter (as I am the only one who finds his dad-jokes hilarious). Thank you for everything, Mr. Mundo. Have fun driving around your future team to competitions next year. Go easy on the “Mexican U-turns”!!!
JULIEANN NGUYEN Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Klein Forest Orchestra, Double Bassist Region IX Full Orchestra, Double Bassist, 2-Time Qualifier Girl Scouts and Venturing at Our Lady of La Vang Parish National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta International Business Academy Business Professionals of America, 4-Time State Qualifier Interact Club Advanced Placement Scholar Texas Music Educators Association Music Scholar ESCAPE Youth Group and Choir Science National Honor Society LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Klein Forest Orchestra, President Mu Alpha Theta, President Venturing Crew 385, Crew Co-President National Honor Society, Vice President International Business Academy, Historian Klein Forest Orchestra, Historian
Before I even met Ms. Rothfeld, I was already excited to be her AP US History student. My older sister informed me all about her unique personality and sense of humor. The rumors I heard of her blunt sarcasm were supposed to serve as a warning, but I can safely say that her relatable sarcastic comments made me love being her student even more. When I finally met Ms. Rothfeld, I knew instantly that she would quickly become my favorite teacher. Her tough exterior and hilarious sarcasm coupled altogether makes her a one-of-a-kind person. However, the one thing that I admire about Ms. Rothfeld above all else is her strength. Her resilience after her victorious battle with cancer inspires me to stay positive, even in times of adversity. She continually motivates me to work towards my goals and always encourages me to chase after my dreams, no matter how big or small they are. Ms. Rothfeld is not just a teacher to me, she is a life-long friend and I am so honored to have been her student. Rothy Rocks!
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Interact Club, Volunteer Mu Alpha Theta, Tutor Epps Island Elementary 5th Grade Reading Circle, Student Mentor National Honor Society, Volunteer Camp Blessing TX, Camp Counselor
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in chemistry.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Elyse Rothfeld Klein Forest High School
ANDREW NGUYEN Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: University Interscholastic League Computer Science Orchestra Mu Alpha Theta LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: National Honor Society, Treasurer University Interscholastic LeagueComputer Science, Treasurer Orchestra, Treasurer COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society Interact Club
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend the University of Houston and major in computer science.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Judith Dano Klein Forest High School
Chemistry was the most memorable of my classes of my high school education. I would have never found an interest in chemistry if I had not had Ms. Dano as my teacher for both Pre-AP and AP Chemistry. Although I believe that chemistry is one of the hardest subjects to teach and comprehend, Ms. Dano created a friendly and interactive environment that allowed all of her students to feel safe and inspired to work in. When a lesson that no one really enjoys comes up, Ms. Dano finds a way to lighten the mood and make it fun to learn by creating fun acronyms like “ICE, ICE Baby!” when we were learning Acid-Base Equilibrium or jokingly threatening us to turn in our work by exclaiming to us, “MINUS TEN”! All in all, Ms. Dano has really inspired me to push my limits and my education knowing that with enough work and effort, anything is possible and my dreams can become reality.
BOI-LIEN NGUYEN Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor National Honor Society Former Vietnamese Martial Arts Instructor Scholastic Writing Contest, Honorable Mention Teacher Assistant at Wunderlich Intermediate School for French 1 and 2 LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: French National Honor Society, President Future Farmers of America Greenhand Chapter, President and top 10 in FFA Quiz (District) Peer Helper for Fellow French Students COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: French National Honor Society National Honor Society 100 Hours of Additional Volunteering
Madame Watson’s passion and work ethic inspires me as she pushes through the stress of everything from hosting Texas French Symposium to teaching 4 levels of French and to being a mom and grandma. Her strength gives me the power to achieve my goals, because no matter how tired I am, I will never be as tired as Madame is grading papers in her dimly lit kitchen at 2 a.m. Above all, Madame has taught me to love French, showing me something I can cherish for years to come. She gave me a spark of light in my life and fire in my belly, making me a happier and more hard working person. I have spent 3 years with Madame, and I don’t know what I’ll do without her after graduation. She is simply an incredibly important person in my life. In sophomore year, Madame told me, “L’homme qui sait deux langues en vaut deux (A man who knows two languages is worth two men),” but for me Madame vaut le monde (Madame is worth the world).
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in chemistry at the University of Houston.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Karen Watson Klein Forest High School
MARISSA MELTON Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Science National Honor Society Math University Interscholastic League Band Swimming/Diving Team Volleyball LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Mu Alpha Theta, Treasurer Cymbal Line, Captain Tutor Peers in Math-Based Courses COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society Service Projects Interact Club Events Tutoring Peers and Assisting Teachers Volunteer at the Beacon
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan on attending the University of Texas at Austin and major in psychology.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Jarrod Collins Formerly at Klein Forest High School
Mr. Collins impacted my life in many ways during and following my time as his student. I had the privilege to have him as my Chemistry and AP Chemistry teacher both sophomore and junior year. Mr. Collins taught me to dedicate myself to the course by being diligent in my studies independently. Not only did he prepare me for success in college, but he taught me how to have a great work ethic. I learned to excel in my leadership abilities during participation in labs and study groups. Mr. Collins has inspired my passion for chemistry due to his personal work ethic and love for teaching the subject. Further, he is very dedicated to his studies and he himself is pursuing another Masters Degree while raising a newborn son and his daughters. I was able to always confide in Mr. Collins and could always count on his wise words of encouragement. I am grateful to have had him as a teacher as well as a mentor who helped me decide on my future endeavors.
LEEAH PHILLIPS Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Honor Society Lone Star College Leadership High School Program Klein Forest Varsity Track and Field Student Athlete Leadership Team Participant Bronze State Medalist in the 4x400m Relay Starting Guard on the Varsity Basketball Team Most Valuable Player for the Varsity Track Team Gold Medalist in the 4x400m Relay at the Hershey Youth Outdoor Championship Two Time Medalist in the Junior Olympics Varsity Cross Country Runner Regional Qualifier for the 800m Run Track Houston Youth Track Club Member University Interscholastic League, Academic Team Writer LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Klein Forest Lady Track and Field Team, Team Captain Varsity Girls Cross Country Team, Manager
When asked in what way Coach Wylie has impacted my life, I cannot give a brief response, because she is my definition of encouragement, love, and success. Coach Wylie is unique in her demeanor and unlike any other that I have encountered, her heart of gold has taught me the importance of investing in others. She helped transform the timid and energetic freshmen from four years ago, into the brave leader that I am today. I came to her about my problems and she demonstrated sincerity in her advice, when I felt discouraged she lent her support, when I felt low she lifted me up, and through everything she has shown me favor. She definitely has earned a spot in my personal Hall of Fame and has transformed the title as my “school mom”. I love you Coach!
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Klein Forest Pink Up the Night Breast Cancer Run Fallbrook Church, Volunteer Northwest Assistance Ministries, Volunteer Planted Trees at Greens Bayou Houston Chevron Marathon, Volunteer Teacher’s Assistant Monster Jam Event, Volunteer Greenwood Elementary Field Day, Volunteer Epps Island Turkey Trot Run, Volunteer Grace England Pre-K Center Field Day
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in nursing.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Leslie Wylie Klein Forest High School
BENJAMIN MAY Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Visual Arts Scholastic Event Competition Medalist National Art Honor Society National Honor Society Nominee LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Peer Helper COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Art Honor Society, Volunteer Klein Forest School Project, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Diane Hudson Klein Forest High School
My algebra II teacher, Ms. Hudson, helped me through a lot during my sophomore year. Sophomore year was when I first took an AP class, so you should already know that it wasn’t going to be an easy ride! Throughout most of sophomore year, I always had the mindset of not wanting to go to college, but Ms. Hudson saw the potential in me and wouldn’t stand to let that happen. She would motivate me to strive more and to go beyond what most students have done. She always had a lot of confidence in me, which really helped me to give in to the idea of going to college. Her teaching style also made the class a lot more enjoyable, which I would think that would be pretty hard to do especially for Algebra II! Now because of Ms. Hudson, I am going into the field of Mathematics to pursue my education into becoming a math teacher. I greatly appreciate that I was one of her students.
EUGENE LONG Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Honor Society Health Occupations Students of America COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Lone Star College Leadership High School
Taking her class for two years may be a daunting idea for some with those drawn out PowerPoints, but with Dr. Rodriguez and her slight country twang, it was a memorable experience. Somehow, between the title and the time her son did some wacky thing, Dr. Rodriguez kept the class moving from snoozing to cruising. In the beginning, Dr. Rodriguez tried her hardest to show a stern face ready to warn us of the harsh future ahead, but as time went on, we all soon realized that underneath that look was the biggest child in the room. An antithesis made especially comical when she made those cheesy jokes and strolled back to her fancy reading glasses, but all these jokes had the special effect of just clicking when outlandish analogies clashed with medical terminology. From the classroom to the real world, there was never a doubt in your own ability. Dr. Rodriguez eased the transition from PowerPoints to mingling among doctors and to going out of your way to snatch the next opportunity in the form of surgical masks and operating tables.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to study neuroscience at Trinity University.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Dr. Barbara Rodriguez Klein Forest High School
FAHAD ALI Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Varsity Tennis Interact Club National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Science National Honor Society Business Professionals of America SAT Prep Club LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Interact Club, Officer Science National Honor Society, Vice President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Mu Alpha Theta, Tutor Science National Honor Society, Tutor Interact Club, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to study electrical/computer engineering at the University of Texas.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Sean Hooper Klein Forest High School
Government was by no means the class that I was looking forward to when I got my schedule on the first day of school. It just seemed like that boring class that I had to take in order to graduate. However boring the subject of government may be, Mr. Hooper made it by far one of my most enjoyable classes. He always knew how to keep the class engaged in a topic that otherwise would’ve been extremely boring. Not only that, but Mr. Hooper also knew how to include real life applications, a large part of the class, explaining his experiences as a lawyer and telling us what we should expect as we grow old. Although AP government wasn’t the class I performed the best in, or even close to the class I performed the best in, I’m glad I met a person like Mr. Hooper to show me that success is always within reach if you’re willing to try. And besides, you only really need to be better than everyone else around you to be successful.
RAFAY ALI Klein Forest High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: International Business Academy Business Professionals of America National Honor Society Academic Decathlon Academic Octathalon Caribbean Heritage Society Universal Interscholastic League 2015 Barbara Bush Library Volunteer of the Year LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: International Business Academy, President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Volunteer Barbara Bush Library, Volunteer
Ever since I could remember, I’ve always had a passion about Social Studies. The first day of my sophomore year, I decided to take AP World History, my first AP class ever. I remember walking in for the very first time to see a short, loud, corky lady. The first time I heard, “Ok class, It’s DAWE TIME!” I knew I was in for a long year. However, my thoughts about Ms. Dawe quickly changed, she taught her class with such passion that my love for history grew leaps and bounds. She challenged me to become a better student, as her class taught me to manage my time. Even though the class was “world history”, I made sure we talked about current events. Ms. Dawe taught me how to look at an issue from both sides. My experience was so good my sophomore year, I decided to take European History my junior year. Ms. Dawe is one of the most influential teachers I’ve ever had and I want thank her for making me a better student.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan on attending Texas A&M University and study petroleum engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Alison Dawe Klein Forest High School
Alexander Jackowski, Davis Robertson, Ross Hardin, Emily Drzymalla, Karthik Goli Nicole Wang, Desiree Durham, Tiffany Pan, Jennifer Lee, Claire LeBovidge
Principal: Dr. Brian Greeney
TIFFANY PAN Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Mu Alpha Theta Klein Oak Chamber Orchestra National Honor Society Zeta Omicron National Merit Finalist Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction American Invitational Mathematics Examination Qualifier Mu Alpha Theta Summer Grant Recipient Top 10 at TMSCA State University Interscholastic League State Qualifier in Number Sense Texas Music Scholar Viola All Area and Region Qualifier Distributive Education Clubs of America National Qualifier National Spanish Exam Bronze Award LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Mu Alpha Theta, President Klein Oak Orchestra, Principal Violist Klein Oak Orchestra, Vice President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Mu Alpha Theta Study Buddy Math Tutoring Klein Oak Math Tutoring University Interscholastic League Math and Number Sense, Tutoring
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in computer science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Brad Rice Klein Oak High School
One of the first teachers I met when I entered high school was my math coach, Mr. Rice. Though I may not have realized it at the time, in the next four years, Mr. Rice would provide me with everything I needed to be successful. In the process of finding my own drive and developing a love for mathematics, Mr. Rice was a consistent source of support. He taught me Calculus concepts as a sophomore, accompanied the team to numerous contests, and presented me with countless opportunities. In junior year, I took Mr. Rice’s Calculus BC class which confirmed that math would undoubtedly be a part of my future studies and career. The fascinating concepts in Calculus and Mr. Rice’s ability to clearly explain them were just a few reasons I looked forward to being in his class every single day. I’m lucky to have a teacher who believes in me the way Mr. Rice does. His high expectations and unwavering confidence in my abilities have encouraged me to take risks and test my limits. Thank you Mr. Rice for guiding me to success and helping me grow these past four years. I wouldn’t be who I am and where I am today without everything that you have done for me.
DESIREE DURHAM Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Honor Society Tri-M Music Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Klein Oak Wind Ensemble Klein Oak Full Orchestra Klein Oak Pit Musician for School Musicals Region Band Participant Outstanding Solo and Ensemble Performer Junior Varsity Track Outstanding Spanish Student Advanced Placement Scholar LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Marching Band Drill Instructor Principal Clarinetist Clarinet Section Leader
I first had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Camerino my freshman year while taking Geometry Pre-AP. As a teacher, Mrs. Camerino kept the classroom exciting and filled with witty comments. Being a very intimidated young freshman, I loved going to her class and leaving with a new joke and a smile. She pushed me to excel in math and never allowed me to settle for less than I was capable of. I will especially miss her analogies between my silly mathematical mistakes and surgical capabilities. Midway through my freshman year, my dad became extremely sick, and Mrs. Camerino turned into one of my greatest friends. I was able to confide in her, and she allowed me to see the brighter side of my circumstances. She helped me through a very difficult moment in my life and for that I am forever grateful. I am really going to miss seeing Mrs. Camerino every day, but I will definitely come back and visit.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries Relay For Life Abandoned Animal Rescue Woodlands United Methodist Church Algebra and Chemistry Tutoring
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend the University of Texas at Austin and study nursing with the intent of going into anesthesia.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Kelly Camerino Klein Oak High School
DAVIS ROBERTSON Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: University Interscholastic League, Computer Science Placed 1st at many Contests Placed 4th in Regionals Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor National Merit Commended Code Day Houston, Spring 2015, Top Overall Zeta Omicron (Computer Science Honor Society) Mu Alpha Theta National Honor Society LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Zeta Omicron, President Zeta Omicron, Vice President Zeta Omicron, Treasurer COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Abandoned Animal Rescue, Volunteer Champion Forest Baptist Church, Mission Trips Klein Oak SNAPP/Senior Serve, Volunteer Computer Science and Math Tutoring
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in computer science.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Joel Mellen Formerly of Klein Oak High School
Mr. Mellen has always been unconventional. From the moment he walked into class, my freshman year, with his classic cup of coffee, I noticed that his class was conducted differently than my other courses. Unlike many of my teachers, Mr. Mellen focused on not only thoroughly teaching a topic but also on challenging the students who excelled in computer science. This kept the class extremely engaging as I was constantly being exposed to new and stimulating material. Through the countless in-class peer-to-peer programming competitions, he taught the importance of teamwork and creative thinking. He invested an immense amount of time letting us practice in his room after school and going to different competitions with us during the weekends. But one of the most valuable skills I acquired from him was getting to the point in my computer science education where I could self-sufficiently pursue my own interests. Though some may question his methods, my interest in computer science was truly ignited by Mr. Mellen and I do not believe I would be pursuing this career without his guidance.
ROSS HARDIN Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Klein Oak Drumline Marching Band Boy Scouts of America Klein Oak Full Orchestra Church Lector National Merit Finalist Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor National Honor Society LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: National Honor Society, President Klein Oak Drumline, Co-Captain Class Officer Tri-M Music Honor Society, Membership Vice President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Vacation Bible School Church Brown Bag Project Abandoned Animal Rescue
Mrs. Kowis has been more than an educator to me. Yes, she was a wonderful teacher and gave me an excellent foundation for my future math studies, but she was also an amazing role model for me during a pivotal time in my life. A school can be a place lacking in empathy and patience, both from teachers and students. At a time when students like me are soaking up everything we see, it is vital that we soak up the sort of positivity and warmth that keeps the world spinning, and that is what I found every day walking into Mrs. Kowisâ€™ classroom. She has certainly taught me patience and kindness, and has been there for me ever since. I am thankful for her example as both a teacher and as a person.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend Texas A&M University and major in mechanical engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Linley Kowis Klein Oak High School
CLAIRE LEBOVIDGE Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Tri-M Music Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Klein Oak Full Orchestra All-Region IX Band Member All-Region IX Orchestra Member All-Area Band Member Klein Oak Wind Ensemble Pit Musician for Klein Oak Musical Advanced Placement Scholar Excellent Outstanding Solo and Ensemble Recipient Destination Imagination LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Band, Head Drum Major Band, Officer Band, Principal Oboist COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries Krimmel Intermediate Mentoring Relay for Life Habitat for Humanity
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in biology.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Todd Clearwater Klein Oak High School
I have yet to meet someone more passionate about their work and their students than Todd Clearwater. I worked with him closely during marching season, and his dedication and integrity for both the program and the students encouraged me to put even more effort and passion into everything I did. Being a student under Mr. Clearwater has imbued characteristics in me that I would never have received in my core classes. I put my heart into our band program because I saw Mr. Clearwater put his everything into it first â€“ he inspired me to strive to be the best I can be. I remember conducting our last marching show this past semester, and it was the most bittersweet moment of my high school career. I have never been more proud to be a part of something as I did in that moment. I want to thank Mr. Clearwater for providing me with memories that I will cherish forever, for pushing me to be better, and for showing me how to be passionate about something I love. Thank you.
EMILY DRZYMALLA Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: FFA - Future Farmers of America National Honor Society Softball Team National Charity League LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: National Charity League, Recording Secretary COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries Abandoned Animal Rescue Center Meals on Wheels
I have always been the type of student to work to memorize and learn the material word for word. This strategy worked for me for the first three years of my high school career, so I continued to repeat this routine for every quiz, test, and project I was asked to complete. My mindset completely changed though, when I entered Mr. Blakeâ€™s class, and he brought strange words like stuffed animal pants and viking kitties into my vocabulary. Through interesting lectures and a touch of comedy, Mr. Blake taught me to read the curriculum as more than facts and figures. Instead, I learned to take an active role in my education and apply my learning to the evolving world around me. His teaching empowered me to no longer simply react to the changes around me, but to take an active part in questioning the world and applying the facts and figures that I love to it. Mr. Blake is truly one of the best teachers that I have ever had.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in genetics at Texas A&M University.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Cory Blake Klein Oak High School
ALEXANDER JACKOWSKI Klein Oak High School
ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: International Baccalaureate Advanced Placement Scholar with Honors Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medalist National Merit Commended Scholar Science University Interscholastic League Team National Honor Society Spanish National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Science Club
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: SIRE Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center, Volunteer The Woodlands Children Museum, Volunteer Math and Science Tutoring
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in electrical engineering and business at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Allan Parent Klein Oak High School
When I am 60 and look back on my life, a few people will stand out in my memory. Allan Parent is one of them. For the past three years of my life, he has been an unwavering constant in my education. From basic Newtonian mechanics to quantum physics, he has taken the time to explain and uncover the mysteries of the universe. All along the way, helping me to realize my passion for science. For me, Mr. Parent has bridged the gap from educator to mentor and pushed me to strive for my greatest potential, giving me the confidence to pursue electrical engineering and my dreams beyond.
JENNIFER LEE Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Interact Club Mu Alpha Theta Klein Oak Amabile Choir Health Occupations Students of America 2015 Health Occupations Students of America National Leadership Conference: -Excellence Award for Healthcard Issues Exam -3rd Place for Medical Reading LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Mu Alpha Theta, Tutor COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Interact Club Mu Alpha Theta Health Occupations Students of America Relay for Life Houston Childrenâ€™s Festival
I can strongly say that my love for mathematics throughout my high school career can be attributed to Mrs. Long. It was because of the facts, methods, and techniques that I learned in her class that I was able to succeed in my later math classes. All of the things that she taught me served as my foundation, my steady rock that I could always rely on. Her quirky personality and brilliant sense of humor also lifted me up whenever I was feeling down. If I had two words to describe Mrs. Long, it would be these two: Sass Master. Her bright and often witty remarks never failed to amuse me during class. Her love for books also influenced me to continue reading, and when we had time during class, we tended to share our thoughts on books that we had both read. Even now that I am a senior, Mrs. Long has not changed. Whenever I am tutoring in her classroom after school, she is always helping other students reach their full potential by giving up her time to assist those who may need a helping hand.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend the University of Houston and major in biology.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Kathy Long Klein Oak High School
NICOLE WANG Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: International Baccalaureate National Merit Scholar Finalist Texas Music Scholar Houston Youth Symphony Tri-M Music Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta Spanish National Honor Society Advanced Placement Scholar LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Tri-M Music Honor Society, President Klein Oak Orchestra, Vice President Mu Alpha Theta, Vice President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Barbara Bush Library, Volunteer National Honor Society, Volunteer LIMBS International, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend either Princeton University, University of California Berkeley or the University of Michigan and study engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Tanner Ledford Klein Oak High School
Anyone who has ever had the privilege to meet or work with Mr. Ledford knows his dedication to teaching orchestra and his students. However, in the past four years, I have learned so much more than just the technicalities of music. Mr. Ledford has taught me to express confidence while remaining humble and to keep stretching my limits. At the moments when I felt discouraged, he pushed me to work harder and to make the best out of any situation. Most importantly, I appreciate how Mr. Ledford always listens to his students, whether we are begging to play a specific piece in orchestra or if we just want to vent about frustrating moments. More times than I can count, he has been there to brighten the little moments of my day by making his students laugh in a long rehearsal or supplying the batteries for a silly Christmas present. Without a doubt, I will always remember the positive impact Mr. Ledford has made on my life.
KARTHIK GOLI Klein Oak High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Merit Finalist University Interscholasatic League -Spelling State Medalist -Number Sense State Medalist -Calculator -Science -Math TMSCA State Medalist Health Occupations Students of America, Medical Spelling State Finalist Chamber Orchestra Region Orchestra Full Orchestra Varsity Tennis, United States Tennis Association 18s Champ National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Mu Alpha Theta, Sergeant at Arms
Though I did not have the privilege of having Mrs. Parliament as an underclassman for Algebra 2, I occasionally came to her room after school for UIL math practices and eventually had this wonderful teacher for AP Statistics. Teaching a unique math course, Mrs. Parliament clearly knows how to help her students develop the right perspective towards Statistics. Simplicity – a word that defines Mrs. Parliament’s teaching style. I am fascinated by Mrs. Parliament’s efforts to plan ahead and organize concepts effectively. Mrs. Parliament always goes stepby-step through each problem, breaking down a complex analysis into simple terms or statements. At the end of each day, I always felt like I thoroughly understood the information, and more importantly, could apply it to real world situations. In addition, the professional presentations Mrs. Parliament had us complete every six weeks never failed to be engaging and enjoyable. Moreover, Mrs. Parliament always displays her passion for education. It is truly impressive and appreciable that she looks forward to knowing where her students plan on going for college. Thank you Mrs. Parliament.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Sai Center of North Houston Emeritus Healthcare Center Veranda Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center Houston Public Library
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to go to Rice University and study biochemistry and cell biology.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Cindy Parliament Klein Oak High School
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DAVID LI Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: National Honor Society Science National Honor Society United States Presidential Scholar Candidate Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Texas Music Teachers Association Piano State Winner Houston Rockets Assistant Reporter Intern Mu Alpha Theta Health Occupations Students of America Academic Decathlon Team Advanced Academics Club Distributive Education Clubs of America LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Advanced Academics Club, President CHI St. Luke’s Junior Volunteer Council, President Mu Alpha Theta, Treasurer COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: CHI St. Luke’s Hospital National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta The Buckingham Retirement Community
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend either Yale University or Harvard University and major in economics with a pre-med emphasis.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Johnny Mancillas Klein Collins High School
On just the second day of school Mr. Mancillas caught a glimpse of a student dozing off in the corner. He stealthily reached for a soft nerf ball, carefully aimed, and hurled it towards his unsuspecting victim. Mancillas flashed his mischievous smile in response to the string of laughter and proceeded to introduce sampling biases. It was in this moment that I knew the year to come was going to be special. With his combination of impeccable humor and unparalleled passion for teaching, Mr. Mancillas never failed to crack smiles out of his students. He helped me discover the joy in learning through his quirky personal anecdotes and silly math puns (I might have picked up a thing or two). Using the two years’ worth of knowledge Mr. Mancillas taught me, I have calculated the interquartile range and determined that Mr. Mancillas himself is an extreme outlier, a teacher far from the norm yet rather close to my heart. His trust in my potential as a scholar and a leader alone reminds me to never let him down.
MADISON TROXLER Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Academic Decathlon: State Level, 3rd Place Medalist in Speech Health Occupations Students of America, State Level, within top 10 Parliamentary Teams Girl Scouts Symphony Orchestra (Violin) National Honor Society Science National Honor Society International Culture Exchange Club Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor Math League Mu Alpha Theta LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Health Occupations Students of America, Vice President Parliamentary Team, President Advanced Academics, Vice President National Honor Society, Mentor
Some teachers are excellent at connecting with their students. Some are excellent at connecting with the subject matter. However, very few can combine those two talents to create a classroom full of cooperation, trust, and progress like Mr. Huggins did. From day one, he showed the class both his personable and intellectual attributes, giving us a reason to both enjoy him as a person and respect him as an educator. Furthermore, he is the person who pestered me countless times to join Academic Decathlon, hyping up the class as much as possible until I finally gave in. It may have seemed like a concession at the time, but I am forever grateful that he pushed me to join the class. Mr. Huggins adopted me into the Decathlon family--a family that works infinitely hard but never forgets to have fun along the way. Under his leadership, I became more confident, more productive, more knowledgeable. Thank you, Mr. Huggins, for teaching me to believe in my abilities and aim for ever higher goals. You have been an invaluable friend.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Northwest Health and Rehab Center, Volunteer Kuehnle Elementary, Mentor Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center at School, Volunteer Montgomery County Animal Shelter, Volunteer Jingle Bell Run, Volunteer Light the Night Walk, Volunteer
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to go to the University of Texas at Dallas and major in biology with a focus on pre-med.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Clay Huggins Kleb Intermediate School
ESHAAN PATEL Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Chamber Orchestra Kuksoolwon Martial Arts, Black Belt Academic Decathlon 1st Place Overall Winner at Regional Competition 2nd Place Honors Science at Texas State Academic Decathlon Competition Beyond Traditional Borders Health Occupations Students of America Placed Top Ten at State Competition for Parliamentary Procedures Distributive Education Clubs of America Regional Winner and State Qualifier for International Business National Merit Finalist Rice Medical Conference Joint Admission Medical Program Conference National Honor Society Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Junior Achievement LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Health Occupations Students of America, Parliamentarian Martial Arts, Assistant Instructor Junior Achievement, Finance Vice President Science National Honor Society, Vice President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: St Luke’s Emergency Department Venture at Hindu Woodlands Temple National Honor Society, Mentor Health Occupations Students of America
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in biochemistry/pre-med and economics at Rice University.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Elaine Drugan Klein Collins High School
When I first entered her classroom three years ago, I was intrigued by the teaching style of my new teacher. Although many students and teachers seem to get tired of the repetitive nature of schooling, Mrs. Drugan has started every day with the same excitement and enthusiasm that she had on the first day, no matter the situation. Most people cringe at the thought of integrals, derivatives, and trigonometry; however, Mrs. Drugan has shown me the “attractive” nature of particular math problems and the great satisfaction of simplifying a complex integral down to an easy, addition problem. Mrs. Drugan, with her humor and passion, has served to inspire me even when I advanced past her traditional calculus background to calculus based physics. Although she claimed she only had a minor in physics, she was still able to streamline the most complicated problems to a simple two-step procedure. Thank you, Mrs. Drugan, for showing me what true passion really looks like, and I hope that one day I will have a zeal for learning equal to yours.
NICOLE BUTLER Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Varsity Cross Country -School Record Holder -2nd Place at District -Regional Qualifier -Academic All-State -2015 MVP Varsity Track -3200M Area Qualifier -1600M Area Qualifier National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Chamber Orchestra Full Orchestra Collins Crew LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Youth Leadership at Church Cross Country, Team Captain
I first met Coach Gegogeine halfway through my sophomore year. For the past two and a half years, I have had the pleasure of having her coach me in both track and cross country. She has taught me not only how to love running but so much more. Every morning Coach Gegogeine has inspired me with her motivational one liners that are not only applicable to running, but to life in general. She has provided the motivation to do my best and to push myself both physically and mentally. When I first joined track, I was reserved and uncertain. Under her coaching and guidance, I have gained so much confidence, not only in my running but also in myself. I owe all of my athletic achievements and many of my other successes to Coach Gegogeine. Thank you, Coach G, for believing in me even when I had doubts and for being the best coach an athlete could ask for.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Mentor Church Mission Trips Houston Food Bank Habitat for Humanity Lemm Carnival Klein Collins Color Run
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in biochemistry at University of Notre Dame.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Jennifer Gegogeine Klein Collins High School
CLARA JOHNSON Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: FIRST Robotics Orchestra Debate Team National Forensic League French Club National Honor Society Science National Honor Society Piano Math Club LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Robotics, Scouting Captain Robotics, Chairman’s Lead French Club, Secretary COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Orchestra Stage Crew FIRST Lego League Mentoring
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in electrical engineering, my college is undecided.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Carlos Lara Klein Collins High School
Orchestra, for me, has been somewhere where I could always find solace from everyday life. It isn’t just the music; it’s the people and the entire experience. Without the hard work that Mr. Lara puts in every day to make sure that our orchestra program is the best it could possibly be, there’s no way this could have ever meant so much to me. When I continued orchestra in freshman year, it was something to participate in purely for the fun of it. As the years went by, orchestra became a second home for me. Mr. Lara has taught all of us so much about persistence and dedication, and I’ll never forget his hard work that made orchestra my favorite class every day.
RASIN CHOUDHURY Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Basketball Player Distributive Education Clubs of America Distributive Education Clubs of America, State Competitor Health Occupations Students of America Health Occupations Students of America, State Competitor National Honor Society National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence Winner COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Barbara Bush Library, Volunteer Lemm Elementray, Mentor Houston Food Bank, Volunteer
I’m literally writing this essay in the last two hours I have because, well, I’m a top 10 student, and we procrastinate. That’s what AP classes do to us. So many long nights can pile up and stress out a student. However, I didn’t have that problem. I loved every single waking minute of high school. I have to thank Mrs. Wallace for that. Students can relate when I say that English is forever going to be the bane of my existence. So to have a teacher who made it so enjoyable with Fun Fridays, hilarious projects, and so much more, helped me realize that school was not about grades but about the memories you take with you. Never have I had a teacher who had such pure, real relationships with students and that I will forever be grateful. Thank you for everything, Mrs. Wallace. You are the reason why high school is the best four years I’ll ever live.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend Rice University and major in biomedical engineering.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Amber Wallace Klein Collins High School
CINDY WANG Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor National Honor Society National Art Honor Society Varsity Orchestra Junior Achievement Mu Alpha Theta LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: National Art Honor Society, Secretary COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Mentor Houston Food Bank, Volunteer
I entered Mr. Hall’s class in sophomore year and have had him as an art instructor and mentor ever since. Under his direction, I can see the miles of improvement I have made as both an artist and a person. He has supported me in my unconventional dreams, even when I myself have doubted and faltered, and he pushed me never to settle for anything less than what I’m passionate for.
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in animation at the Kansas City Art Institute.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Michael Hall Klein Collins High School
I’ll always admire that Mr. Hall continues to smile, joke, and laugh even under the burden of stress (largely induced by his procrastinating students – not excluding myself) and I can honestly say that coming into fifth period every day for the last three years is what got me through high school with relative sanity. His classroom is my happy place – surrounded by creativity and openness, Mr. Hall created for me an environment where I could feel at home and know that someone was on my side (even when I was being censored by the feds). Thank you, Mr. Hall, for showing me what it means to be an artist.
JUSTIN EDWARD VARIAS Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Distributive Education Clubs of America, Advertising Campaign, State and International Qualifer Health Occupations Students of America, Second in area for Parliamentary Procedure, State Qualifer Mu Alpha Theta Tennis Team National Honor Society Junior Achievement International Cultural Exchange LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Health Occupations Students of America, Vice President Mu Alpha Theta, Vice President International Cultural Exchange, Vice President COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE:
A fundamental concept of biology is that populations, rather than a single organism, are able to evolve. When I first walked into Mrs. Mooreâ€™s class, I was still a simple high school junior, hanging on to what was left of my time before college. Mrs. Mooreâ€™s passion for biology helped to solidify my own love for the subject and with her help, I began paving the road towards my future in science. As her student, I have learned how to study life through a new lens, to observe what makes it up, what keeps it going, and what ultimately tears it back down, only to repeat the process. Mrs. Moore has taught me to look at the big picture and ask the big questions, yet to never forget the most important of details. Thank you for all the experiences and motivation you have given me, and I hope you can make an exception when I say that you have helped a single organism evolve into the student he is today and will continue to be in the future.
Barbara Bush Library, Volunteer Multiple Marathons Junior Achievement Trade Fair
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Kimberly Moore Klein Collins High School
HIEU LE Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Health Occupations Students of America Tinh Luat Lion Dance Pharmacy Technician Health Science Technology National Honor Society Chamber Orchestra Science National Honor Society Klein Collins Musical Production of “Seussical” LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Health Occupations Students of America, Junior Vice President Health Occupations Students of America, Senior Vice President Tinh Luat Lion Dance Troupe Leader COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Mentor Health Occupations Students of America Walks Health Occupations Students of America Blood Drives Tinh Luat Temple Lunar New Year Festival “Seussical the Musical” Tomball Regional Hospital
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to major in biology at the University of Texas at Austin.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Kimberly Bickham Klein Collins High School
Mrs. Bickham is everything a student would want in a teacher and more. She was my freshman biology teacher and was the first person to open my eyes up to the realities of high school; it wasn’t all fun and games as the movies made it out to be. She taught me the importance of work ethic and good study habits, and that has made a tremendous impact on my academic career. Senior year, Mrs. Bickham became my Anatomy and Physiology teacher and NHS sponsor, and she was every bit as wonderful as I had remembered her freshman year. She has proved herself time after time as being one of the most selfless people I have ever met. After my Medical Microbiology teacher left halfway through the year, she gave up her only conference period to fill the vacancy. I knew this was a tough decision for her because of all the things that she already had to do. But for me, it was great, as I now get to hear her infectious laughter for two periods during the day instead of just one.
CARLEIGH NEWLAND Klein Collins High School ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: University Interscholastic League One Act Play, Best Actress, All Star Cast, Honorable Mention Advance Placement Scholar with Distinction Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Silver Medal for Poetry Representative of Girls Learn International at United Nations LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Klein Collins Drama Club, President, Secretary, Underclassmen Representative Girls Learn International, Founder, President National Honor Society, Vice President Model United Nations, Vice President, Treasurer Klein United Methodist Church, Worship Leader
Fifth period. First day. Freshmen year. Mr. Grueneich, more commonly referred to as “G”, stood in front of my theatre class in one of his iconic tropical shirts and proceeded to ask what acting was. It turns out uncovering that answer would be the central purpose of his course and wouldn’t be any easy discovery. G has a knack for leading students into exploration. Under his instruction, the class explored ideas, problems, characters, and empathy — all of which are vital tools to the actor. He guided each student with thoughtful ingenuity, keen perception, and care. A care he fosters not only for his students’ well-being but also for feeding their passion in an art some may consider illogical and fleeting. At the end of the year, G revealed that acting is doing. Acting is not pretending. Rather it is living life to the fullest, on or off-stage, by not wondering “what if ” but by doing. Thank you, G, for those sacred 51 minutes I experienced every day freshmen year. I hope you can see the lessons stayed with me.
COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER SERVICE: National Honor Society, Mentor A.D. Players, Usher World Book Night, Volunteer Northwest Assistance Ministries 30 Hour Famine The Conservatory Retirement Center
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I plan to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in theatre performance and women and gender studies.
DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR Norman Grueneich Formerly at Klein Collins High School
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Gail Gibson Vice President- Finance
Dr. Jim Cain 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
A.K. “Buddy” Brown
Stephanie Spillman Mire
ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS Jason Hazel
David Mclver Mike Pearl
KLEIN ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES Steven E. Smith President
Rick Mann Trustee
Ronnie K. Anderson Vice President
William F. Pilkington Trustee
Stephen J. Szymczak Secretary
Georgan Reitmeier Trustee
Paul Lanham Trustee