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November 14, 2013
Leader seeks photos
The Leader is seeking 2013 Thanksgiving
photos for publication. Indoor Schlitterbahn
tickets will be awarded to the first- and secondplace winners. First-place will be awarded 10
tickets, and second-place will be awarded eight.
Submissions should be emailed by Nov. 30 and
include when and where the photo was taken
and identify each person in the picture.
Olson at Chamber Nov. 14
On Thursday, Nov. 14, Congressman Pete
Olson Staff Mobile District Office will be at
the South Belt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce, 10500 Scarsdale, from 10:30 a.m. to
noon. For information, call 281-485-4855.
Email: [email protected]
A little pep, a little rally and a whole lot of
cheer spread throughout the Pasadena Independent School District on Wednesday, Nov. 6, as
it celebrated being one of only 14 Texas school
districts, and 477 districts in the U.S. and Canada, to be named to the College Board’s fourth
annual AP District Honor Roll for 2013.
PISD earned the national distinction for in-
creasing student participation in Advanced
Placement (AP) course work while simultaneously increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on the exams.
“We are extremely proud of the students and
teachers who have brought this kind of recognition to our district and school,” said J. Frank Dobie High School Principal Franklin Moses. “You
Dobie’s Moses accepts funds
Frazier Elementary invites and will honor
all veterans in the community at a patriotic
program presented by Frazier third-graders on
Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the school.
RSVP to 713-740-0560 to reserve a special
seat of honor on this special night.
Kirkmont 3, 4 to meet
Kirkmont Section 3 and 4 Community
Association will hold its annual meeting
Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Kirkmont
MUD Building, 10102 Blackhawk Blvd. All
residents of Kirkmont Sections 3 and 4 are
encouraged to attend. The 2014 annual maintenance fees and deed restrictions will be discussed, and board members will be elected.
Thompson honors parents
Post 490 Christmas dance set
The auxiliary at American Legion Post 490,
(across from Ellington Field) will hold a
Christmas dance Saturday, Nov. 16, from 7:30
to 11:30 p.m. There will be a live band performance by Pee Wee Bowen. Admission is $10.
There will be food, door prizes, raffles and a
silent auction. The public is welcome. BYOB
– Set-ups, beer and wine will be sold. Proceeds
will benefit veterans.
PIP meeting Nov. 19
The Positive Interaction Program will meet
Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. at Memorial Hermann
Southeast Hospital, 11800 Astoria, in the staff
meeting room on the first floor. Guest speaker
will be Harris County District Clerk Chris
Daniel who will speak about jury service. PIP
consists of police and citizens working for safer neighborhoods. For additional information,
call Officer Richard Buitron at 281-218-3900.
NARFE meeting set
The National Active and Retired Federal
Employees (NARFE) Gulf Freeway Chapter
941 meets the third Tuesday of each month at
2 p.m. at the El Franco Lee Senior Community
Center, 9500 Hall Road. This month’s meeting
will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Visitors are
welcome. For information, call 713-734-1461.
Kirkwood South meets
The Kirkwood South Committee will hold
its last HOA meeting of the year on Nov. 21,
at 7:30 p.m. in the courtroom of Judge Jo Ann
Delgado, 10851 Scarsdale at Beamer Road,
Ste. 500. All residents are encouraged to attend.
Riverstone garage sale set
Riverstone Ranch community will hold its
fall garage sale on Friday and Saturday, Nov.
22 and 23, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents
will hold each sale in their own garage.
Knights sell BBQ
The Knights of Columbus invite the public
to its BBQ Brisket Weekend Nov. 23 and Nov.
24 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 11011 Hall
Road. A brisket barbecue sandwich, chips and
a drink will be available for $5, both days
from 10 a.m. until sold out. Proceeds benefit
the purchase of a defibrillator for the church.
Thompson collects food
Seventh- and eighth-grade students at
Thompson will donate nonperishable goods to
the Bridge Women’s Shelter in Pasadena
through Friday, Nov. 22. The food fight is a
competition between the two grades to see
which can collect the most canned food items.
Students should bring the collected items to
their science teacher. Students who participate
will receive a Societal Contributor certificate
to use in their Rites of Passage presentation.
St. Luke’s hosts food drive
St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church
is holding a Thanksgiving food drive to assist area families. Donations of nonperishable food can be brought to the church office
at 11011 Hall Road Monday through Friday
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations can also be
dropped off at the church entrance before
Mass on Saturday or Sunday. The food drive
will continue until Friday, Nov. 22. For information, call 281-481-6816.
Vol. 38, No. 41
PISD makes international honor roll
Frazier to honor veterans
The staff at Thompson Intermediate School
invites parents to join them for breakfast, art
exhibits and musical performances as they
celebrate parents. The event is Nov. 14, from
7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the outside gym.
Dobie High School Principal Franklin Moses (left) accepts a check for $574,310 on behalf
of the school from Trevor Packer, College Board senior vice president, during a pep rally.
Pasadena ISD held pep rallies at high school campuses throughout the day for being one
of only 14 Texas school districts, and 477 districts in the U.S. and Canada, to be named to
the College Board’s fourth annual AP District Honor Roll for 2013.
Photo submitted
PISD discrimination lawsuit underway
By James Bolen
A lawsuit accusing the Pasadena Independent
School District of discriminatory practices is underway, with closing arguments set to be delivered by Thanksgiving.
A group of Hispanic leaders filed the suit
against PISD in September 2012, claiming its
lack of single-member voting districts violates
federal laws that protect minority voters.
Plaintiffs in the case argue that PISD’s current
at-large voting districts dilute the voting strength
of Hispanic residents, violating the Voting Rights
Act of 1965 and the Fourteenth and Fifteenth
According to the suit, PISD’s total enrollment
is 52,919 students. Of these, 43,370 (82 percent) are Hispanic, with higher concentrations
in the northern and western parts of the district.
However, only one Hispanic, Mariselle QuijanoLerma, currently serves on the school district’s
seven-member board of trustees.
The school district’s existing regulations only
require board members to reside within the PISD
boundaries. The suit alleges that this allows for
the possibility that all seven board members
could live on the same street, resulting in disproportionate representation of the PISD population.
Critics of the lawsuit contend that Hispanics already have a fair say in the vote because
they make up a large majority of the district, as a
PISD’s total population is 242,630. Of this,
160,120 (66 percent) are Hispanic, still giving
them an advantage even in at-large races.
A similar lawsuit was filed in the mid-90s. At
the time, however, PISD had a Hispanic population of only 30 percent.
PISD Superintendent Kirk Lewis has confidence in the district’s current election process.
“Our district has sought to establish and
maintain a board of trustees election process that
encourages thoughtful, caring citizens to seek
office in service to the children of our community.” Lewis said. “We believe that voters who
have participated in our school board elections
have consistently chosen board members who
represent the needs of all children across our
community, not just those students in a small
geographic area.”
The trial is expected to conclude early next
year, Lewis said.
San Jacinto College
The same Hispanic group involved in the
PISD lawsuit also recently filed suit against the
San Jacinto College District in hopes of switching its at-large voting districts to single-member
districts as well.
Like PISD, critics of the suit contend that Hispanics already constitute the largest voting bloc
within the SJCD, rendering the case moot.
The trial is expected to begin mid/late 2014.
Lone Star College
A similar lawsuit filed against the Lone Star
College System was settled out of court last
month, with the school’s board agreeing to institute a single-member district election system.
Unlike PISD and the SJCD, however, Hispanics do not make up the majority in the district, where Anglos constitute 46 percent of the
electorate, Hispanics constitute 30 percent and
blacks constitute 16 percent.
studied hard, you worked hard and now we are
here to celebrate you.”
In addition to this major achievement, representatives from the Dell Foundation presented
checks totaling $111,900 to Advanced Placement students at Dobie, Sam Rayburn, Pasadena,
South Houston and Memorial High School during pep rallies throughout the day.
Reaching these goals indicates that Pasadena
ISD has successfully identified motivated academically prepared students to benefit from rigorous AP course work.
“Pasadena ISD students have taken the high
road, accepting challenges that a lot of students
would not choose,” School Board President Jack
Bailey said. “Their hard work and sacrifices putting in the extra effort required for the AP program will benefit students as they enter college
and the workforce.”
Since 2011, PISD has increased the number
of AP Exams taken from 3,186 to 3,377 with
1,119 students achieving qualified scores of 3.0
or higher on AP Exams.
In 2013, more than 3,300 colleges and universities around the world accepted AP scores for
college credit, advanced placement and/or consideration in the admission process.
Data from 2013 show that among AfricanAmerican, Hispanic and Native American students with a high degree of readiness for AP,
only about half are participating because their
schools do not always offer the AP course for
which they have potential.
“We are honored to have students like you
representing our district and state at such a high
level,” said Pasadena ISD Board Member Fred
Roberts. “You make us proud, and we congratulate you on your accomplishments.”
The district has been committed to expanding
the availability of AP courses among prepared
and motivated students of all backgrounds at
each high school campus.
“We applaud the extraordinary efforts of the
devoted teachers and administrators in these districts who are offering more students the opportunity to engage in rigorous college-level course
work,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s
senior vice president. “These outcomes are a
powerful testament to educators’ belief that a
more diverse population of students is ready for
the sort of rigor that will prepare them for success in college.”
Inclusion on the fourth annual AP District
Honor Roll is based on the examination of three
years of AP data from 2011 to 2013, for the following criteria. Districts must: increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large
districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts,
and at least 11 percent in small districts; and increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and
American Indian/Alaska Native students; and,
improve performance levels when comparing
the percentage of students in 2013 scoring a 3
or higher to those in 2011, unless the district has
already attained a performance level at which
more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.
Overall, Texas ranked 13th nationally in the
percentage of 2012 graduates participating in
AP. Over the last decade, AP participation and
success in Texas have increased steadily.
Area intersection named worst in city
A South Belt intersection was recently named
the most dangerous in the Greater Houston area,
according to a new study.
The intersection of Beltway 8 and Genoa Red
Bluff Road topped the list for having the most
traffic accidents in a recent investigation conducted by the KHOU 11 News I-Team.
According to the study, investigators collected
five years of accident data for Harris County
from the Texas Department of Transportation. Investigators then cross-indexed those results with
the amount of what’s called “flow” data, which
measures the volume of traffic on each road. The
combination of information gave investigators a
ranking of the intersections that have highest rate
of crashes.
The KHOU story attributed some of the blame
in the frequency of accidents at the area intersection to its sheer size, which they estimated as
being between 300 and 400 feet from one side to
the other.
The story went on to say that repairs had recently been made to the intersection but neglected to elaborate on details.
Officials from the Texas Department of Transportation said they saw no problems with any
of the intersections on the list that needed to be
immediately addressed. They did, however, encourage drivers to pay attention to traffic signals
and not partake in distractions like texting while
The remaining nine intersections on the list
are as follows:
• No. 10: 610 and Wallisville Road
• No. 9: Highway 225 and Beltway 8
• No. 8: Highway 59 and FM 1960
• No. 7: Highway 6 and FM 529
• No. 6: Westheimer and Highway 6
• No. 5: FM 1093 and Beltway 8
• No. 4: Louetta Road and I-45
• No. 3: U.S. Route 90 Alt. and Beltway 8
• No. 2: SH 249 and FM 2920
Store burglarized twice in 2 days
The Phillips 66 gas station, located in the
12000 block of Beamer Road at Hughes Road,
was burglarized twice in just two days this past
The first incident took place at roughly 4 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9.
Officers from the Houston Police Department
responded to a burglary of a business call at 4:05
a.m. to find the front door of the establishment
smashed in.
The crook(s) got away with merchandise and
an undisclosed amount of cash.
The following day on Sunday, Nov. 10, police
responded to the store again at approximately
6:50 a.m. The gas station had closed the night
before at 11 p.m.
Again, the store had been entered through the
Like the previous day, both merchandise and
cash had been taken from the store.
Despite similarities, at press time, it was unclear if the two incidents are related, police said.
Anyone with any information about these cases is urged to contact HPD’s Burglary and Theft
Division at 713-308-0900 or Houston Crime
Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).
Car crashes in drive-thru
Deputies seek robbery suspects
A man and woman were robbed at gunpoint
shortly after midnight Monday, Nov. 11, at an
apartment complex in the 11700 block of Beamer Road.
According to Sgt. Mike Kritzler of the Harris
County Precinct 2 Constable’s office, the pair of
victims were exiting their vehicle at the complex
when they were approached by two black males
in the parking lot.
One of the suspects had a pistol, and the other
had a knife.
The suspects demanded the man’s wallet and
each of the victims’ cell phones. The victims
complied, even though the man’s wallet was
It is unclear whether the suspects fled on foot
or in a vehicle.
Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the Precinct 2 Constable’s office at 281-481-9189.
SJC observes diabetes awareness
As part of American Diabetes Awareness
Month, San Jacinto College will host a series of
diabetes wellness and informational events during the month of November.
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), nearly 26 million children and adults
in the United States have diabetes. Another 79
million Americans have prediabetes and are at
risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. American
Diabetes Awareness Month is a national effort by
the ADA to raise awareness and offer information on healthy living for those diagnosed with
the disease.
San Jacinto College will host the following
diabetes awareness events during November:
Thursday, Nov. 21 – From 1:30 to 3 p.m. in
the South Campus Interactive Learning Center
(ILC) Kaleidoscope Room, Memorial Hermann
Southeast’s Marla Doughty will give a presenta-
tion on diabetes management through nutrition.
Complimentary diabetic-friendly desserts and
beverages will be available.
Saturday, Nov. 23 – San Jacinto College will
participate in the 2013 ADA Step Out: Walk to
Stop Diabetes fundraising walk at Minute Maid
Park in Houston. The college’s team name is
“San Jac DU’s.” Registration begins at 7 a.m.,
opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K run
and 3K walk begin at 9 a.m.
The college also held a diabetes screening on
Tuesday, Nov. 12.
For more information on joining or donating
to the San Jacinto College team, visit www.dona
All of the San Jacinto College Diabetes
Awareness Month events are open to the public
and will take place on the South campus, located
at 13735 Beamer Road.
A bizarre automobile accident Tuesday, Nov. 12, sent one vehicle flying through a fast
food drive-thru and landing on a second car. The accident took place at roughly 12:50
p.m. at the Jack in the Box located at Beltway 8 and Sabo. Witnesses said the silver car
shown above, which was being driven by an 85-year-old woman, was seen flying through
the air before landing on a white pickup truck (pictured upper left). At press time, it was
unclear what sent the car airborne. The driver said this was the second time in only two
years that she made the cover of the Leader for being involved in a crash.
Photo by Diddy Clark
Page 2 Section A, South Belt-Ellington Leader, Thursday, November 14, 2013
In My Opinion
Vote Dobie to win
Gridiron Invasion
The J. Frank Dobie High School
Cheerleaders, Lariaettes and Band
would like to ask the Southbelt community to help us out and vote for Dobie
HS in The NEW 93Q Country Gridiron
Invasion Competition! If Dobie wins,
they will get a concert hosted by the
Chris Young Band. What we need is the
community to go online and vote!! Voting Opened November 11th, and lasts
for one week. Please go every day,
as many times as allowed, to http:// and Vote
for Dobie! We are the 7th Team of 10,
and would love to win! Thank you in
advance for your help and support of
showing everyone our DOBIE PRIDE,
and winning this competition!!
Lori Alexander
Director, Dobie Lariettes
Jones named honorary team
captain for Lutheran South
Eight-year-old cancer
patient Josh Jones was
recently named honorary
team captain at Lutheran
South Academy. Jones led
the team onto the football
field, as well as joined in
the ceremonial coin toss
with the captains at midfield, before the start of a
recent LSA varsity football game.
The team met Jones this
past summer through
Special Spaces Houston.
In August, the LSA varsity football players and
coaches built a special
play system for Jones’
backyard to aid his motor
skills and developmental
Jones’ play system was
part of Special Spaces
Houston’s room makeover.
Special Spaces Houston
is a nonprofit organization
that creates dream bedrooms for kids with serious illnesses.
Prior to the game, Jones
spent time with the team in
the locker room and also
joined in the pregame
warm-ups and the team
devotion and prayer. He
wore jersey No. 61 in
honor of Team 61, the 61st
football team that the
Pioneers have fielded.
The Pioneers wore all
gray, the color of brain
cancer awareness, to honor
Jones’ battle with brain
Clear Brook Debate earns
Sweepstakes trophy, more
Clear Brook High School
debaters returned from Clear
Lake’s recent Texas Forensic
Association tournament with
their first Sweepstakes trophy
of the year. Helping to bring
that trophy home to rest in
Room 222 at Clear Brook
High School were the top
three Lincoln-Douglas competitors who were crowned
after eight rounds of LD
debate – Ian Mower (first
place), Armin Shariatmadari
(second place) and newcomer
Andrew Barrett (third place).
In a team first, seven of
the eight finals competitors in
impromptu speaking were
from Clear Brook. Ranks in
finals went to Ruchika
Bengani (first place), Andrew
Barrett (second place),
Rakesh Vijayakumar (third
place), William Li (fourth
place), Anish Antony (sixth
place), Amogh Kulkarni
(seventh place) and Theo
Goldner (eighth place).
The team’s extemporaneous speaking contingent also
contributed to the overall
team victory. Domestic
extemp speaker Ruchika
Bengani placed second, with
Armin Shariatmadari placing
behind her at fourth.
On the foreign extemp
side of things, Connie Lee
placed third, Ian Mower
placed fourth, and Arian
Shariatmadari placed sixth
An additional win was
Craddock Gries
brought home by Madison
Duran who placed seventh in
original oratory, along with
quarterfinalists in PF debate
Hannah Alsobrook and
Christy Le.
Dustin Jackson was the
only team member to bring
home a speaking award for
LD debate, placing second
out of the 46 competitors at
the meet for championship
LD debate.
All total, the team brought
home 44 state points that will
be used toward completion of
individual qualifications stats
for the team.
The team heads to South
Shannon Craddock Gries,
Houston High School next to
continue their quest toward 46, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2013,
the TFA State meet in March. at M.D. Anderson Cancer
Center in Houston, after a
battle with cancer.
She was born in Barberton, Ohio, on April 28, 1967,
and moved to Houston a few
months later. In 1977, she
moved to Angleton, Texas,
and attended school there
until 1983. She graduated
from Dobie High School in
1985 and earned a degree in
accounting at the University
of Houston-Clear Lake, graduating summa cum laude.
She married Brian Gries on
Sept. 18, 1993. She earned
her CPA license and was an
accounting consultant and
project leader for Oracle, Inc.
for many years until she was
no longer able to work due to
her illness.
Gries is preceded in death
by her father, Joe Craddock,
and stepmother, Helen CradClear Brook Speech and Debate Team members display the trophies earned at dock.
tournament at Clear Lake High School held recently. Pictured are, left to right,
Survivors include her hus(front row) Elizabeth Isabell, Andrew Barrett, Armin Shariatmadari, Ian Mower, band, Brian Gries; mother
Brian Nguyen, (middle row) Dustin Jackson, William Li, Anish Antony, Connie Wanda Carr; brothers Chad
Lee, Arian Shariatmadari, Ruchika Bengani, Christy Le and Hannah Alsobrook, and David Craddock; grand(back row) Rakesh Vijayakumar, Theo Goldner, Javier Zepeda, Buvaneshraj parents Jimmie and Madean
Saravanan, Amogh Kulkarni and Madison Duran.
Photo submitted Greenhaw; and several nieces,
nephews and other relatives.
The funeral service celebrating Gries’ life was held
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer
In lieu of usual remembrances, memorial contributions may be made in Gries’
Barnes and Noble Book- book garnered positive praise a captivating and memorable name to M.D. Anderson
store in Pasadena will host a from Eric Cruz, author of An style.” He added, “All sincere Cancer Center or a charity of
book signing for Kirk Lewis, Interview with Lucifer, who born-again believers who choice.
author of Put Away Childish called the manuscript “very desire to grow in their new
Things, scheduled from 1 to 3 readable, sincere and fresh.” life in Christ owe it to themp.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.
He praised the writing as selves to read this book.”
Lewis, a deacon at South “beautifully worded, filled
A second book signing
Main Baptist Church, cur- with rich, vivid imagery.”
has been scheduled at the
rently serves as superintenDr. John Morgan, senior Sagemont Church Book
Kelly M. Triplett, 55,
dent of schools in the Pas- pastor at Sagemont Church, Store on Sunday, Nov. 24, died on Tuesday, Nov. 12,
adena Independent School said Lewis “did a masterful immediately after both wor- 2013. He was born on April
job writing profound truth in ship services.
3, 1958, in Texas City, Texas,
Put Away Childish Things
to William Joseph Triplett
retells many of the Bible’s
Sr. and Patsy Belle Baker
well-known Old Testament
children’s stories through an
adult lens as expressed
thoughts of the characters.
According to Lewis, the
Geoff Rodkey, author of
deeper truths of the Bible
The Chronicles of Egg
often get lost in the simpliciseries, visited Morris
ty of the stories learned as
Middle School on Monchildren in Sunday School.
day, Nov. 4. The top 300
Among the chapters conreaders at school were
tained in the book are stories
invited to listen to Rodabout Noah and the Flood,
key’s entertaining tales
Abraham and Isaac, David
from his life and how
and Goliath, and Daniel and
to use one’s own experithe Lion’s Den. “We hear
ences in writing stories.
these stories so often the
Blue Willow Bookshop
characters become caricaorchestrated the visit.
tures, almost too perfect,
instead of the ordinary peoAt right: Geoff Rodkey
ple whom God called to do
signed his autograph
extraordinary things,” said
on the Morris Author
Lewis. “When we imagine
their thoughts not unlike the
thoughts we might have
under similar circumstances,
we learn how we should
respond to God’s call in our
own life and time.”
Prior to its release, the Kirk Lewis displays his book, Put Away Childish Things
Lewis guest of honor
at book signing Nov. 16
Eight-year-old cancer patient Josh Jones (center) is flanked by Lutheran South
Academy football players Ryan Rankin (left) and Reese Chesnut before the start
of a recent Lutheran South Academy varsity football game. As honorary team
captain, Jones led the team onto the field, as well as joined in the ceremonial coin
toss with the captains at midfield.
Photo submitted
Dobie gives to hospital patients
Kelly M.
Triplett. He was a longtime
South Belt resident.
He is survived by his
wife of 20 years, Lou Camille Triplett; children Marty
Triplett (Jess), Terry Triplett
(Heather), David Judd (Alicia); seven grandchildren; sisters Dorothy Haynie (Marc)
and Betty Hood; brother William Triplett Jr. (Myra); and a
host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
The family will receive
friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at
SouthPark Funeral Home,
1310 N. Main St. in Pearland.
Funeral services will be
held Saturday, Nov. 16, at 10
a.m. in the Chapel of SouthPark Funeral Home.
Interment will follow at
SouthPark Cemetery. Visit
to sign the guestbook.
Barbara Lynn
Barbara Lynn Davidson
Dillon, 75, died Thursday,
Nov. 7, 2013, of pancreatic
cancer in Ben Wheeler, Texas. She was born on Sept. 21,
1938, and was a resident of
Sagemont for 40 years.
Dillon retired from the
DePelchin Children’s Center.
She enjoyed senior activities,
playing cards, bus trips and
going to plays with friends.
She is survived by her
brother, Bill Davidson of
Brazoria; daughter Jana Dillon Temple, husband Steve
and grandchildren Taylor
and Kelly, all of Alvin; dogs
CeCe and CoCo; and many
other friends and relatives.
Dillon was laid to rest
with her parents, W.A. and
Cecil Davidson, at Edom
Cemetery. Graveside services
were held Sunday, Nov. 10,
2013, at Edom Cemetery.
In remembrance of Dillon,
donations may be made to the
Houston Humane Society or
a local dog shelter.
Othel Eudean
“Tad” Ragan
Othel Eudean “Tad” Ragan, 79, of South Belt, died
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, after
a courageous battle with lung
cancer. He was born Aug. 7,
1934, in Indianola, Okla., to
Roy and Gertie Ragan.
Ragan grew up in Indianola and graduated from Indianola High School in 1953.
After graduation, he joined
the U.S. Army, stationed
in Fort Carson, Colo. After
leaving the Army, he moved
to Houston. Ragan worked
for Baroid Drilling Co.
from 1956 to 1966. He then
worked at Sears from 1956
until his retirement, never
taking vacation or sick days.
After retiring, Ragan
loved to travel around the
United States. He enjoyed experiencing the outdoors. He
enjoyed reading. His favorite books were the U.S. Atlas
and National Geographic. He
was a collector of things odd
and unique. He loved leather, rocks, magnets, stainless
steel and John Wayne.
Ragan was preceded in
death by his parents, Roy
Alva Ragan and Gertie Inez
Shelton Ragan, and his brothers, Bob Ragan and Roy Ragan Jr.
He is survived by his wife,
Young R. Ragan; son David
Ragan; his children from a
previous marriage, Sherry
Dzvirko, Susan Ball, Chris
Kuhrt and Jerry Ragan; two
sisters, Dorothy Williams
Bocher and Lorene Schumacher; one brother, Howard
(Sam) Ragan; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
The funeral service celebrating Ragan’s life will be
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at 7
p.m. at Niday Funeral Home
- Beamer Chapel, 12440
Beamer Road in Houston.
Interment will be Saturday, Nov. 16, at noon at Ulan
Cemetery in Indianola, Okla.
Author visits Morris MS
Dobie High School Peer Assistance and Leadership students present Jennifer
Sheppard of Color Your Heart with hospital room decorations and cards for
Texas Children’s Hospital patients. Pictured are, left to right, Sydney Gutierrez,
secretary; Lauren Tran; Raquel Degadillo; Sheppard, Color Your Heart; Lauren
Pettey, vice president; Erika Torres, president; and Kelsey Foots. Color Your
Heart is a nonprofit charity that teaches students how one person can use art to
color another person’s heart. Fun and colorful student art projects are delivered
to children in local hospitals, as well as individuals with life-threatening illnesses.
More information can be found at
Photo submitted
Walk for Chiari Malformation a success
The rain didn’t stop the
Conquer Chiari Walk from
being a success. The walk
held Saturday, Sept. 21, had
over 150 participants and
raised more than $12,112.75.
Donations for the walk are
still rolling in, adding to the
total each day.
The walk was held to
raise awareness of a rare
brain disorder, Chiari Malformation. Chiari Malformation is a serious neurological
disorder where the bottom
part of the brain, the cerebellum, descends out of the
skull and crowds the spinal
cord, putting pressure on
both the brain and spine and
causing many symptoms. It
can strike children and
adults and cause crippling
headaches, neck pain, balance problems, trouble
breathing, numbness and
weakness in the limbs, and
Claudia Martinez organized the walk to raise
awareness about this rare
brain disorder she has.
Martinez has already gone
through two major brain
surgeries and will likely
need another one.
PW Library events set
The following events are scheduled for the Parker Williams Library, 10851 Scarsdale Blvd. Nov. 14
through Nov. 20.
Movie Madness is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14,
at 4 p.m. Call the library for movie title.
A teen movie is set for Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 4
p.m. Call for movie title.
After school craft time will be Thursday, Nov. 21, at
4 p.m.
Preschool storytime is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, and
toddler storytime is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
Vietnamese storytime is held every Saturday and includes elementary storytime at 10:30 a.m., followed by
preschool storytime at 1 p.m., and Reading Club at 2:30
For more information on these programs, call the library at 281-484-2036.
Meador celebrates 50 years
Meador Elementary is planning a celebration for its
50th birthday (1963-2013). All former students, parents, employees and community members are invited
to attend a reception in the school library on Tuesday,
Dec. 3, from 4 to 6 p.m.
BHI collects box tops
Participants in the Walk for Chiari Malformation dia Martinez, Johnny Martinez, Alicia Martinez,
pictured are, left to right, Clarissa Vega, Lydia Belinda Gonzalez, Angela Abouassi and Wafa
Photo submitted
Vega, Sylvia Ruiz, Nick Ruiz, organizer Clau- Abouassi.
The Beverly Hills Intermediate SUCCESS class collects box tops all year long. Last year, the school earned
approximately $360 from box tops.
SUCCESS students love to collect, cut and count out
the box tops. Also, those who shop online can go through
the market place to purchase popular items from clothes
and shoes to travel and rental cars and more, and BHI can
earn eBoxtops.
Visit to register and print coupons for
box tops items.
Donations can be submitted to the front office of the
Geoff Rodkey (center) pictured with Morris students, left to right, Ashley
Tsikis, Ariel Robles, Emily Reyes, Janie Gonzalez, Hughes Pham, Aseel
Abu Ehija, Ruben Guerra and Leo Salas.
Photos submitted
A Letter of Gratitude
I recently had my vision checked and got a prescription for glasses.
I was shopping around, trying to find affordable frames I liked. After
going to several local optical companies, I found the frames at Garner
Vision Center.
Mrs. Garner explained to me that they would be happy to order the
glasses but that they did a �no charge’ exam first because they would be
held responsible if the prescription was not correct. It made sense to
me and I was so glad I had the exam.
Dr. Garner asked if I was aware I had an �imbalance’ in my eyes,
one eye looked higher than the other. No one had ever mentioned that
before in my many eye exams. He wrote a new prescription for me and
it is amazing how much better I see. Thoroughness counts!
I have lived in the area for years but never remembered Dr. Garner
when I was having an eye exam. Now I will never forget him. He has
a patient for life.
Helen Perry
Thursday, November 14, 2013, South Belt-Ellington Leader, Section A, Page 3
South Belt Elementary releases first nine-weeks awards
South Belt Elementary
School recently listed its first
nine-weeks honor, merit and
achievement rolls. Students
earning status are:
Math Whiz
Aaron Almaguer, Tiya
Anderson, Anthonly Aquirre,
Shawn Armstrong, Jaslyn
Arredondo, Joshua Arredondo, Kendall Ashworth, Ivan
Ayala, Benjamin Bailey, Blue
Banda, Demetria Bernard,
Paige Bernard, Haris Bhatti,
Kylie Campos, Shelby Cates
and Andres Cavazos.
Jakeida Cervantes, Alonzo
Chapman, Ki’vonna Clay,
Chancellor Conley, Macy
Cooper, Daisy Evans, Kenze
Fernandez, Aley Garza, Mia
Bella Garza, Cedric Gillespie,
Austin Harless, Brandon
Heintschel, Ava Hernandez,
London Herrera, Vi Huynh
and Layla Jack.
Carolyn Jaramillo, Jonea
Johnson, Gilbert Loehr, Cadence Margetusakis, Felipe
Martinez, Liliana Mata, Joel
Mendoza, Jessica Moise,
Lauren Moorer, Jawad Naser,
Bao Ngo, Daniel Nguyen,
Haley Nguyen, Jennifer
Nguyen, Minh Nguyen,
Chloe Nunez, Zoie Oregbesan
and Brendan Parrish.
Juliana Perez, Max Perez,
Kintosu Ploucha, Quanel
Pouncy, Zion Rojas, Donovan
Serna, Cy’moria Silas, Camryn Smith, Keonte Stewart,
Anthony Taylor, Trae Thomas, Quin Thompson, Jalen
Tran, Gavynn Trevino, Asha
Varghese, Joseph Vivier,
Kyle Vo, Jalen Wilridge and
Amani Wilson.
Language Art Star
Aaron Almaguer, Tiya
Anderson, Anthonly Aquirre,
Shawn Armstrong, Kendall
Ashworth, Ivan Ayala, Benjamin Bailey, Blue Banda,
Haris Bhatti, Anthonly
Cancel, Shelby Cates, Andres
Cavazos, Jakeida Cervantes,
Alonzo Chapman, Chancellor
Conley, Macy Cooper, Leslie
Costa and Daisy Evans.
Kenzie Fernandez, Bianca
Flores-Pineda, Aley Garza,
Mia Bella Garza, Cedric
Gillespie, Emily Golenko,
Austin Harless, Audrina
Hernandez, Ava Hernandez,
London Herrera, Layla Jack,
Carolyn Jaramillo, Jeremiah
Johnson, Sheyanne Kellen
and Gilbert Loehr.
Cadence Margetusakis,
Felipe Martinez, Sarah Massey, Liliana Mata, Jessica
Moise, Lauren Moorer, Madison Morre, Ayden Munoz,
Jawad Naser, Bao Ngo, Daniel Nguyen, Haley Nguyen,
Jennifer Nguyen, Minh
Nguyen, Chloe Nunez, Zoie
Oregbesan, Juliana Perez and
Max Perez.
Kintosu Ploucha, Quanel
Pouncy, Zion Rojas, Barbara
Senengal, Donovan Serna,
Cy’moria Silas, Camryn
Smith, Keonte Stewart, Anthony Taylor, Trae Thomas,
Quin Thompson, Jalen Tran,
Gavynn Trevino, Asha Varghese, Joseph Vivier, Kyle Vo
and Amani Wilson.
Perfect attendance
Xavier Ambriz, Shawn
Armstrong, Joshua Arredondo, Kendall Ashworth, Benjamin Bailey, Blue Banda,
Jermaine Bartley, Demetria
Bernard, Paige Bernard,
Haris Bhatti, Damian Cano,
Alonzo Chapman, Robbie
Delgado, Kenzie Fernandez
and Bianca Flores-Pineda.
Mia Bella Garza, Brandon
Heintschel, Audrina Hernandez, Ava Hernandez, London
Herrera, Jeffrey Huynh, Vi
Huynh, Layla Jack, Carloyn
Jaramillo, Jeremiah Johnson,
Sheyanne Kellen, Taylor
Lastik, Javieah Lewis, Jesse
Marfil, Felipe Martinez and
Liliana Mata.
Joel Mendoza, Ayden
Munoz, Bao Ngo, Daniel
Nguyen, Haley Nguyen, Jennifer Nguyen, Zoie Oregbesan, Lily Parker, Juliana
Perez, Kinotsu Ploucha, Zion
Rojas, Oscar Salinas, Donovan Serna, Camryn Smith,
Keonte Stewart, Anthony
Taylor, Asha Varghese, Joseph
Vivier and Kyle Vo.
First grade
All-Star Readers
Lorena Adams, Jonathan
Alexander, Jono’van Allen,
Rolando Ambriz, Aundrea
Amescua, Owen Barr, A’nyia
Beasley, Mercedes Borjas,
Nathan Borjas, Nathan Bui,
Aiden Carrillo, Chloe Carrizal, Michael Collins, Ava
Cosse, Gyzelle Delgado,
Vyvy Do and Michala Garcia.
Briana Garza, Yazmine
Gonzalez, Dhelayla Hernandez, Emily Hernandez, Chaz
Jenkins, Jake Joslin, Heidy
Kamh, Reigne Knoxon,
Maher Kothiya, Jacob Lam,
Devaski Lane, Joshua Lastik,
Nathan Le, Harley Linsday,
Cristian Lopez, Madeleine
Lorfing and Tatiana Luna.
Kenedy Massie, Melanie
Mireles, Benjamin Mitchell,
Vanessa Moreno, Zakyria
Myers, Alex Olvera, Caleb
Padilla, Jabez Palma, Josiah
Pena, Madison Puente, Lilli
Ramirez, Abrianna Reynolds
and Justin Salazar.
Madeline Salinas, Ketlia
Sanchez, Vashti Sanchez,
Jordan Scimmons, Jason Ta,
Ruby Tabarez, Olivia Tamez,
Ian Torres, Andrew Ullman,
Suzeth Velasquez, Isaiah
Vivier, Sophia Vu, Ryan
White, Eli Zarate and Leah
Math Wizards
Evangeline Adam, Lorena
Adams, Jonathan Alexander,
Jono’van Allen, Rolando
Ambriz, Aundrea Amescua,
Owen Barr, A’nyia Beasley,
Cherish Blackmon, Nathan
Borjas, Nathan Bui, Aiden
Carrillo, Chloe Carrizal,
Chase Chambers, Ava Cosse
and Emily Dang.
Gyzelle Delgado, De’mario
Disc, Vyvy Do, Michala
Garcia, Brianna Garza, Yazmine Gonzalez, Emily Hernandez, Chaz Jenkins, Jake
Joslin, Heidy Kamh, Reigne
Knoxon, Maher Kothiya,
Jacob Lam, Devaski Lane,
Joshua Lastik, Nathan Le and
Keyavieah Lewis.
Harley Linsday, Cristian
Lopez, Madeleine Lorfing,
Tatiana Luna, Priscilla Martinez, Kenedy Massie, Julian
Melchor, Melanie Mireles,
Benjamin Mitchell, Vanessa
Moreno, Zakyria Myers,
Alex Olvera, Hope Ortiz,
Caleb Padilla, Nikolas Pelaez
and Josiah Pena.
Elijaz Perez, Madison
Puente, Dominic Ram, Lilli
Ramirez, Abrianna Reynolds,
Aubrey Reynolds, Juliana
Salazar, Justin Salazar, Madeline Salinas, Ketlia Sanchez,
Vashti Sanchez, Jordan
Scimmons, Khloe Snook and
Jason Ta.
Ruby Tabarez, Olivia
Tamez, Makayla Toney, Jared
Toro, Ian Torres, Nolan Tran,
Andrew Ullman, Isis Vazquez, Suzeth Velasquez,
Isaiah Vivier, Sophia Vu,
Theo Washington, Ryan
White, Lilliana Williams,
Carter Wright, Eli Zarate and
Leah Zermeno.
Perfect attendance
Evangeline Adam, Lorena
Adams, Jonathan Alexander,
Jono’van Allen, Jacob Alvarado, Mercedes Borjas,
Nathan Borjas, Nathan Bui,
Aiden Carrillo, Aiden Carrillo, Chloe Carrizal, Chase
Chambers, Ava Cosse, Emily
Dang, De’mario Disc, Vyvy
Do and Natalie Espinosa.
Oziel Fuentes, Michala
Garcia, Brianna Garza, Yazmine Gonzalez, Dhelayla
Hernandez, Yohanni Houston,
Chaz Jenkins, Jacob Lam,
Joshua Lastik, Nathan Le,
Keyavieah Lewis, Cristian
Lopez, Lianna Lumpkin and
Tatiana Luna.
Kenedy Massie, Julian
Melchor, Melanie Mireles,
Benjamin Mitchell, Vanessa
Moreno, Alex Olvera, Hope
Ortiz, Jabez Palma, Krystal
Pryor, Lilli Ramirez, Aubrey
Reynolds, Juliana Salazar,
Vashti Sanchez, Jordan
Scimmons and Khloe Snook.
Jay Stallman, Jay Stallman, Celissa Steans, Jason
Ta, Olivia Tamez, Makayla
Toney, Ian Torres, Andrew
Ullman, Isaiah Vivier, Megan
Vu, Sophia Vu, Ryan White,
Carter Wright and Leah
Good Citizen
A’nyia Beasley, Yazmine
Gonzalez, Emily Hernandez,
Reign Knoxon, Jacob Lam,
Caleb Padilla, Jabez Palma,
Olivia Tamez, Andrew Ullman and Isaiah Vivier.
Principal’s Award
Evangeline Adam, Orena
Adams, Avri Akin, Jonathan
Alexander, Rolando Ambriz,
Aundrea Amescua, Owen
Barr, A’nyia Beasley, Cherish
Blackmon, Nathan Bui,
Chase Chambers, Michael
Collins, Ava Cosse, Emily
Dang, Gyzelle Delgado,
De’mario Disc and Vyvy Do.
Natalie Espinosa, Lyalya
Flores, Ozi Fuentes, Michala
Garcia, Brianna Garza, Yazmine Gonzalez, Emily Hernandez, Chaz Jenkins, Jake
Joslin, Heidy Kamh, Reigne
Knoxon, Maher Kothiya,
Jacob Lam, Kenedy Lam,
Nathan Le, Lianna Lumplin,
Tatiana Luna, Priscilla Martinez and Julian Melchor.
Melanie Mireles, Kayden
Montez, Vanessa Moreno,
Abriana Neco, Alex Olvera,
Hope Ortiz, Caleb Padilla,
Jabez Palma, Nikolas Pelaez,
Josiah Pena, Elijah Perez,
Krystal Pryor, Madison
Puente and Dominic Ram.
Lilli Ramirez, Abrianna
Reynolds, Aubrey Reynolds,
Juliana Salazar, Justin Salazar, Madeline Salinas, Ketlia
Sanchez, Vashti Sanchez,
Khloe Snook, Jason Ta, Tuby
Tabarez, Olivia Tamez and
Ian Torres.
Nolan Tran, Isis Vazquez,
Suzeth Velasques, Isaiah
Vivier, Megan Vu, Sophia Vu,
Theo Washington, Ryan
White, Liliana Williams, Eli
Zarate and Leah Zermeno.
Second grade
Honor roll
Cienna Adam, Aaron
Aguilar, Ronin Arocha,
Austin Corwin, Amyiah Cotton, Dia Dao, Vivian Duong,
Zoe Espinoza, Mcklaus
Garcia, Ariana Garza, Devin
Garza, Lydia Golenko,
Antonio Hernandez, Kara
Hungaski and Aidan Johnson.
Avery Jones, Quynh Ky,
Rachael Le, Natalia Marin,
Roselynn Molina, Michael
Montano, An Ngo, Kailee
Nguyen, Joseph OrtizRamirez, Ayah Palomares,
Gustavo Salinas, Aliyah
Sanchez, Malcolm Sherwood,
Caleb Thomas, Mathew Vu
and Amaris Wilridge.
Merit roll
Jacob Aguirre, Houston
Banda, Kiera Coronado,
Makayla Johnson, Megan
Johnson, Ashley Martinez,
Victoria Ortiz-Ramirez, Haley
Precella, Eduardo Reynero,
Mandilynn Riley, Favian
Tamez, Laila Torres and
Stephen Wiggins.
Perfect attendance
Cienna Adam, Aaron
Aguilar, Ronin Arocha, Julian Arredondo, Jacob Auirre,
Trae Bernal, Jill Canales,
Kiera Coronado, Austin Corwin, Haley Dehoyos, Alaina
Delcambre, Vivian Duong,
Zoe Espinosa, McKlaus
Garcia and Ariana Garza.
Devin Garza, Angelina
Gonzales, Diego Gonzalez,
Antonio Hernandez, Jose
Hernandez, Tyler Hudgens,
Marcus Jack, Avery Jones,
Quynh Ky, Rachael Le, Kyla
Lobo, Santos Magana, Mayte
Marfil, Natalia Marin and
Ashley Martinez.
Melissa Martinez, Hailey
Mendiola, Michael Montano,
An Ngo, Kailee Nguyen,
Joseph Ortiz-Ramirez, Victoria Ortiz-Ramirez, Ayah
Palomares, Emily Parrish,
Nathan Pinon, Haley Precella
and Eduardo Reynero.
Mandilynn Riley, Melania
Salazar, Gustavo Salinas,
Jayla Serna, Malcolm Sherwood, Juliana Tavera, Jairo
Tobar, Leila Torres, Aileen
Munoz Valero, Mathew Vu,
Amaris Wilridge and Caden
Good Citizen
Aaron Aguilar, Angel
Cavazos, Mcklaus Garcia,
Ariana Garza, Devin Garza,
Tyler Hudgens, Quynh Ky,
Rachael Le, Ashley Martinez,
Kailee Nguyen.
Principal’s Award
Cienna Adam, Aaron
Aguilar, Jacob Aguirrie,
Jy’vion Allen, Adrien Anderson, Jawad Arif, Ronin Arocha, Houston Banda, Trae
Bernal, Raine Boyette, Jill
Canales, Angel Cavazos,
Austin Corwin, Di Dao,
Vivian Duong, Zoe Espinoza
and Torie Fox.
McKlaus Garcia, Ariana
Garza, Devin Garza, Lydia
Golenko, Angelina Gonzales,
Antonio Hernandez, Jose
Hernandez, Kara Hungaski,
Aidan Johnson, Makayla
Johnson, Megan Johnson,
Avery Jones, Quynh Ky,
Rachael Le, Santos Magana
and Mayte Marfil.
Natalie Marin, Ashley
Martinez, Melissa Martinez,
Hailey Mendiola, Aaliyah
Mercier, Roselynn Molina,
Michael Montano, Aileen
Munoz, An Ngo, Kailee
Nguyen, Joseph Ortiz-Ramirez, Victoria Ortiz-Ramirez,
Ayah Palomares, Trinity Parker, Emily Parrish, Jacqueline
Peralta and Patrick Perez.
Haley Precella, Dasia
Ram, Eduardo Reynero,
Mandlynn Riley, Melania
Salazar, Gustavo Salinas,
Aliyah Sanchez, Gabby Sanchez, Jayla Serna, Malcom
Sherwood, Favian Tamez,
Juliana Tavera, Ian Thomas,
Jairo Tobar, Laila Torres,
Mathew Vu, Stephen Wiggins, Amaris Wilridge.
Third grade
Honor roll
Rabab Asif, Saad Bhatti,
Jeleesia Brackett, Noah
Garcia, Justice Johnson,
Eyanna Martinez, Connor
Mohwinkel, Dominic Ortiz,
Christian Schmidt, Mable
Self, Yvonne Thai, Christian
Vega, Kiet Vo, Jacob White.
Merit roll
Mia Alexander, Michael
Alvarez, Leanna Ancira,
Caleb Campos, Kaitlyn
Campos, Victoria Couchman,
Colin Dang, Jenny Do, Noah
Gaytan, Ian Johnson, Ivann
Longoria, Ryan Nguyen,
Steven Nguyen, Bella Perez,
Thessaly Quintana, Elias
Wallace, Antony Zavala.
Perfect attendance
Mia Alexander, Ranyia
Allen, Michael Alvarez,
Leanna Ancira, Devon Anderson, Gabriella Arredondo,
Khalid Azizi, Bailey Benedict, Jeremiah Bradley,
Chance Cadena, Kaleb Campos, Aidan Cedillo, Dream
Clavelle, Kamilya Collins
and Alexander Couchman.
Victoria Couchman, Justin
Dang, Jenny Do, Ethan
Flores, Adison Galloway,
Kimberly Garza, Michael
Gaynor, Noah Gayton, Aidan
Gumkowski, Kadin Hosein,
Ian Johnson, Justice Johnson,
Ivann Longoria, Eyanna
Martinez, Tevin Massie and
Danielle Mendiola.
Adrian Miles, Alena Morin, Anthony Morin, Melody
Nabi, Ryan Nguyen, Steven
Nguyen, Tyler Nguyen, Dominic Ortiz, Brianna Padilla,
Nathan Pena, Bella Perez,
Nicholas Ponce, Thessaly
Quintana, Justin Rhoden, Fynnlan Ridge and Logan Riley.
Jordan Robertson, Jordy
Rodriguez, Manuel Rodriguez,
Jacob Ropollo, Jordon Ross,
Christian Schmidt, Melvin
Solis, Ava Soza, Carrick
Steans, Alexis Stewart, Robert Villatoro, Kiet Vo, Chayla
Walker, Elias Wallace, Jacob
White, Jahdeem Williams
and Jahdeem Williams.
Good Citizen
Mia Alexander, Colin
Dang, Jenny Do, Adison
Galloway, Jasmine Gutierrez,
Ian Johnson, Justice Johnson,
Eyanna Martinez, Danae
Navarro, Nicholas Ponce,
Manuel Rodriguez, Jace
Smith and Jacob White.
Principal’s Award
Mia Alexander, Ranyia
Allen, Leanna Ancira, Sidney
Armstrong, Gabby Arredondo, Rabab Asif, Khalid Azizi,
Saad Bhatti, Jeleesia Brackett, Adrew Cabrales, Chance
Cadena, Kaitlyn Campos,
Kaleb Campos, Aidan Cedillo, Dream Clavelle and
Kamilya Collins.
Alexander Couchman, Victoria Couchman, Cecilia Dale,
Colin Dang, Justin Dang,
Jenny Do, Ethan Flores, Lizette Fonseca, Adison Galloway, Noah Garcia, Alec Garza,
Kimberly Garza, Noah Gaytan, Aidan Gumkowski, Jasmine Gutierrez and Eric
Jah Jon Hawkins, Jacob
Hernandez, Maddy Hernandez, Cedrick Johnson, Ian
Johnson, Justice Johnson,
Rayyan Khan, Kareemah
Kothiya, Ivann Longoria,
Natalia Martinez, Tevin Massie, Javier McCoy, Nathan
Mena, Danielle Mendiola
and Connor Mohwinkel.
Alena Morin, Anthony
Morin, Demah Naser, Danae
Navarro, Ryan Nguyen, Steven Nguyen, Tyler Nguyen,
Dominic Ortiz, Brianna
Padilla, Janice Padilla, Cole
Palmero, Bella Perez, Nicholas Ponce, Thessaly Quintana, Justin Rhoden, Daniel
Rice and Ryan Richard.
Alexander Rios, Manuel
Rodriguez, Sadie Roessler,
Jacob Roppolo, Mi’kia Salter, Christian Schmidt, Mable
Self, Jace Smith, Leann
Snowton, Ava Soza, Caden
Spiller, Alexis Stewart,
Yvonne Thai, Robert Villatoro, Kiet Vo, Chayla Walker,
Jacob White, Gabriel Wright
and Antony Zavala.
Honor roll
Zaynab Asasfeh, Andre
Barrientos, Di Dao, Katelyn
Hernandez, Kevin Lewis,
Matthew Mendiola, Marcus
Momie, Kelly Nguyen, Jeremiah Palma, Asher Ridge,
Megan Rodriguez and Kenzie
Merit roll
Keegan Ashworth, Cameron Galloway, Israel Guzman, Adrian Rios, Brianna
Toro and Fernando Villarreal.
Perfect attendance
Reid Allen, Abraham
Amaro-Diaz, Jorge Arredondo, Alana Arrington, Keegan
Ashworth, Andre Barrientos,
Jasmine Bethely, Michelle
Blanchard, Devin Brown,
93Q Gridiron Invasion at Dobie High
Dobie High School recently participated in Gridiron Invasion, a competition between high school cheer squads, etc., that Houston radio
station The New 93Q holds each fall with a prize of having a major
country recording artist appear in concert at the winning school. If
Dobie wins, a concert hosted by the Chris Young Band will be scheduled. (To vote for Dobie, see related letter on Page 2A.) Pictured at
the event are, left to right, (front row) Amalia Perla, Denise Banda,
Savannah Oropeza, Papa John’s Pizza Mascot, Megan Cook, Hannah Brady, Amy Jackson, Sabrina Troxlar, Adriana Resendez, Sydney Gutierrez (cheer varsity captain), Kaneesha Williams, Savanah
McCormack, Abby Pedroza, Taylor Ard, (middle row) Crystal Garza, Christian Rosales, Dominique Jimenez, Sara Martinez, Desiree
Johnson, Karla Reyna, Louie the Longhorn, Ashley McDonald, Samantha DeLaCruz, 93Q radio host Erica Rico, Tia Joseph (cheer varsity captain), Johnea Blevins, Emily Sargent (cheer varsity captain),
Katie Carnish, Tina Nguyen, Jolissa Villalobos, Trinity Harrison,
Victoria Maldonado, Joanna Espinoza, (back row) Rainy Ferrell, Deshawn Sells, Victor Castillo, Jesse Dedeno, Jannessa Ackman, Morfi
Guzman, Marlin Jackson, 93Q radio host Kevin Klien, Jackie Bischof, Christina Oliviera, 93Q radio host Tim Tuttle, Alexis Corpus,
Rebekah Ragain, Samantha Paredes, Samantha Shwartz, Samantha
Martinez, Ashley Hicks, Kallie Hart (cheer JV captain), Ashley Salinas, Ryan Sosa, Trinity Curry, Francelli Monreal, Molly Alcazar, Aliana Aleman, and (back, cheerleader) Julia Lohse.
Photo submitted
Makenzie Castillo, Brandon
Cates, Izabella Cavazos,
Alyssa Chapman, Angelina
Coronado and Di Dao.
Dreshon Downy, Jaxon
Efird, Kaden Fernandez,
Melanie Galvan, Vincent
Gonzales, Alyssa Gonzalez,
Elijah Hernandez, Katelyn
Hernandez, Leslie Hernandez, Natalie Hernandez,
Akira Jack, Kiyara Johnson,
Hailey Jolivette, Anh Ky,
Mandy Le and Emerie Leal.
Kevin Lewis, Eden Limas,
Abigail Martinez, Adrian
Martinez, Yaire Martinez,
Diego Melchor, Matthew
Mendiola, Katelyn Mendoza,
Kenneth Merritt, Avry
Munoz, Xavier Musquiz,
Kelly Nguyen, Levani Palaez,
Jailah Powell, Jacob Puente
and Zachary Ramirez.
Corey Reyes, Asher
Ridge, Adrian Rios, Ryan
Saxton, Kennedy Scimmons,
Dominic Serna, Wyatt Sherwood, Kenzie Snook, Kielee
Snook, Brianna Toro, Diego
Torres, Camden Turner, Fernando Villarreal, Luis Villarreal, Jimmy Vo, Zaire Walker
and Naveah Zermeno.
Good Citizen
Zaynab Asasfeh, Gael
Barrera, Jasmine Bethely,
Kaden Fernandez, Israel
Guzman, Leslie Hernandez,
Kevin Lewis, Avry Munoz,
Levani Palaez, Jeremiah
Palma, Luis Villarreal, Abby
Whitley and Taya Williams.
Principal’s Award
Nadine Ahmed, Reid
Allen, Abraham Amaro-Diaz,
Jorge Arredondo, Zaynab
Asafeh, Keegan Ashworth,
Ava Ayala, Andre Barrientos,
Dillon Barron, Jasmine Bethely, Devin Brown, Makenzie
Castillo, Brandon Cates and
Izabella Cavazos.
Conlie Christmas, Terrilyn
Claiborne, Matthew Collins,
Angelina Coronado, Di Dao,
Dreshon Downey, Jaxon
Efird, Kaden Fernandez,
Cameron Galloway, Melanie
Galvan, Joseph Garza,
Vincent Gonzales and Emily
Lazarus Gonzalez, Johnathan Guerrero, Israel Guzman, Elijah Hernandez,
Katelyn Hernandez, Leslie
Hernandez, Niklas Hernandez,
Akira Jack, Hailey Jolivette,
Anh Ky, Kevin Lewis, Eden
Limas and Jadelyn Luna.
Abigail Martinez, Yaire
Martinez, Christian Medina,
Matthew Mendiola, Katelyn
Mendoza, Marcus Momie,
Xavier Musquiz, Kelly
Nguyen, Levani Palaez,
Jacob Puente, Zachary Ramirez, Corey Reyes, Asher
Ridge and Adrian Rios.
Megan Rodriguez, Bryce
Sanchez, Ryan Saxton, Kennedy Scimmons, Dominic
Serna, Wyatt Sherwood,
Kenzie Snook, Brianna Toro,
Diego Torres, Fernando
Villarreal, Luis Villarreal,
Vincent Vo, Zaire Walker,
Jhonas Washington and
Londan Wiggins.
Dobie’s Air Force JROTC
Rocketry Team wins big!
Dobie High School’s Air Force JROTC Rocketry Team competed against
11 other high schools at the second annual Bulldog Blast-Off Salute to
Veterans rocket meet on Nov. 2. The meet was held at Waller ISD Stadium and was hosted by Waller High School AFJROTC. There were six
separate rocket events with Dobie placing in four of the events, which led
to a first-place overall win. Events Dobie placed second in were medium range spot landing, parachute duration, and streamer duration. The
event Dobie placed third in was 1/2A (small) engine parachute duration.
Cadets pictured are, left to right, (front row) Zachery Carter, LeAndra
Gonzales, Michael Noschese, (back row) Joshua Dolmos, Emerson Cerrato, Team Capt. Adam Hawkins and Luke McDonald.
Photo submitted
San Jac hosts youth fitness camp
The San Jacinto College
South Campus chapter of Phi
Theta Kappa (PTK) will host
a youth fitness camp on
Saturday, Nov. 16.
Youth ages 9 to 16 are
encouraged to attend the
camp, which will feature
activities revolving around
sports and wellness. Some of
the activities include basic
football and soccer drills,
softball and baseball hitting
and catching techniques, and
fitness activities designed for
the youth age group.
“Our goal is to have our
campers participate in all
types of activities and sports
that will pique his or her
interest,” said San Jacinto
College business professor
and PTK faculty advisor,
Elizabeth McKinley. “Positive reinforcement and motivation will help keep them
excited about what they are
doing, and hopefully, they
will find an area that they
want to incorporate into an
everyday fitness activity.”
Participants need to arrive
in active wear or comfortable
clothing and tennis shoes.
Water, healthy snacks and
sports equipment will be provided.
The PTK Youth Fitness
Camp takes place Saturday,
Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon
at the South campus soccer
field. Registration is $25 the
day of the camp.
For more camp informa-
tion and to register, contact
McKinley at 281-484-1900,
email [email protected], or visit www.sjc
Bay Area Singles Dance Nov. 16
The Bay Area Singles Club monthly dance is set for
Saturday, Nov. 16, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the VFW Lodge
6378 at 5304 Highway 3 in Dickinson. Bring snacks to
share. The cost is $6 for members and $8 for nonmembers. For more information, call 409-948-1156 or 281554-6063.
HCMGA on holiday hiatus
Precinct 2 Harris County Master Gardeners Association will not have any public events during the month
of December 2013. They will resume their regular
public events in January 2014.
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Atkinson names 1st
9-weeks honor rolls
Atkinson Elementary School
recently released its first
nine-weeks honor and merit
rolls. Students earning status
Second grade
Honor roll
Christian Covarrubias, Dylan Dao, Maximiliano Delgado, Stephanie Gonzalez, Emily
Hamlett, Trenton Ho, Vincent
Holcomb, Steven Huynh,
Ashley Lovejoy, Nathan
McClure, Matison Mitchell,
Duyen Nguyen, Diego Orta,
Angel Osaghae, Joseph Perez,
Linda Pham, Aylin Reyes,
Emily Reyes, Alexandra Rodriguez, Lilly Tran, Thomas Vu
and Mya Zuniga.
Third grade
Honor roll
Janet Armenta, Alexis
Cline, Jade Gallegos, Kevin
Garcia, Trisha Hoang, Iliana
Mealey, Kelly Nguyen, Martin
Nguyen, Leyla Salazar, Carol
Tran and Samantha Wilkerson.
Fourth grade
Honor roll
Kevin Gayton, Kristyn
Pham, Haley Salinas, Azela
Villarreal and Michael Zambrano.
Dance students to
hold informal show
for audience feedback
Students in the San Jacinto
College dance program will
hold an informal dance showing at the South campus on
Thursday, Dec. 5.
The showing will feature
works-in-progress of some of
the student choreographers.
Set to last about 30 minutes,
the dance students look forward to audience critiques
and feedback on their individual dance pieces. Comment
sheets will be provided during
the showing for guests to list
their thoughts, likes, and
questions for the students.
The informal dance showing begins at 7:30 p.m. on
Dec. 5 in the dance studio
inside the Marie Spence
Flickinger Fine Arts Center,
located on the South campus
at 13735 Beamer Road in
Houston. The showing is free
and open to the public.
For more information on
the dance program and San
Jacinto College fine arts, visit
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Birthday wishes are sent to an awesome grandson, Tyson Thompson, who
will turn 16 on Nov. 18. “You have brought
such joy into our lives for the past 16 years,
looking forward to more. Have a wonderful
day.” Love is sent from Danny and Debbie
The following personnel and staff members of the Pasadena Independent School
District celebrate birthdays Nov. 14 through
Nov. 20.
Burnett Elementary
Tammy Dayrit is wished a happy birthday
Nov. 14. On Nov. 15, Nichole Richardson
celebrates a birthday. A birthday greeting is
sent to Nohemi Garcia on Nov. 17.
Frazier Elementary
Marking a birthday Nov. 14 is Maria
Jarazo-Gonzalez. Greetings for a wonderful birthday are sent to Kristena Stokes
Nov. 17.
Moore Elementary
On Nov. 17, a birthday wish is sent to
Maury Klann.
South Belt Elementary
Blow out the birthday candles for Tanya
Hensley Nov. 15. The day for a double
party for Andrea Dempsey and Cameron
Dodson is Nov. 16.
Stuchbery Elementary
The day for a double-layer cake for
Steven Ruth and Angelica Silva is Nov.
14. On Nov. 16, Perla Montemayor marks
a birthday. Enjoying a birthday Nov. 17 is
Tonya Davis. Ana Moreno has a birthday
Nov. 20.
Melillo Middle School
On Nov. 15, blow out the birthday candles for Wendy Lefever. The day for
a party for Cassie Troup is Nov. 16.
Celebrating a birthday Nov. 18 is Carol
Zann. Nov. 19 is the day for a cake for
Jessica Borden.
Beverly Hills Intermediate
Wishes for a wonderful birthday are sent
to Rita Jaeger Nov. 17. Melanie Grisham
has a birthday Nov. 18.
Thompson Intermediate
On Nov. 15, blow out the birthday candles for Maria Lerma. The day for a party
for Rebekah Walker is Nov. 19.
Dobie High
Wishes for a wonderful birthday are sent
to Norman McIntyre and Keith Purdue
Nov. 15. A birthday is celebrated by Irvin
Theodile Nov. 16. Nicole Barnes is wished
a happy birthday Nov. 17. The day for a
party for Sandra Lopez-Celaya is Nov.
18. Louis Parlangeli celebrates a birthday
Nov. 19. Blow out the candles for Clinton
Hopper Nov. 20.
E-mail birthday, anniversary, vacation,
congratulations, etc., to [email protected] with OTBF in the subject
line. Items must be submitted by Friday
noon for the next week’s publication.
Dobie Band Section of the Week announced
UTMB to offer free
seminar on memory loss
A free educational seminar for caregivers of persons
with memory loss will be
offered by the University of
Texas Medical Branch Geriatric Outpatient clinics.
The next seminar will be
Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the
Primary Care Pavilion, 400
Harborside, Suite 100, in
The seminar begins at
1:30 p.m. and will last three
Note: Seminar participants do not have to be affiliated with UTMB in any way
now or in the future to take
advantage of this educational
Preregistration is required
and space is limited.
Contact Adele Herzfeld at
[email protected] or by
phone at 832-505-2002 or
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The J. Frank Dobie Longhorn Band Section of the Week for Oct.
28 through Nov. 1 is the French horn section. Members pictured
are, left to right, (front row) Edward Ramirez, Ricky Flores, Laza-
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that support the student success agenda, in the legislature, and in relevant state
“Community colleges are
the largest sector of higher
education in Texas,” said San
Jacinto College Chancellor
Dr. Brenda Hellyer. “It is
critical that we establish a
statewide mechanism to
ensure that our students are
leaving our colleges successful – whether that is with a
credential to enter the growing and demanding workforce, or with an associate
degree to transfer to a fouryear university. San Jacinto
College is proud to be a contributing partner to the Texas
Success Center initiative.”
Texas joins Arkansas,
Michigan, Ohio and New
Jersey in creating a success
center to increase coordination and collaboration across
community colleges, develop
common data definitions, and
create shared professional
development venues.
The TSC will host the first
Texas DREAM Institute in
fall 2014. The TSC will invite
colleges to send teams to
learn about promising practices and develop strategies
to implement or scale practices upon returning to their
campuses. Texas will be only
the second state in the country to host a regional DREAM
Institute, modeled after the
highly successful national
DREAM Institute hosted by
Achieving the Dream.
About TACC
The Texas Association of
Community Colleges is a
nonprofit association that
includes all 50 public community college districts in the
state. TACC was formally created in 1947 to serve as a
voice for all member colleges.
The SHSU Bay Area Alumni and Friends Club will
celebrate the holidays on the evening of Dec. 5 at
Lakewood Yacht Club where they will collect toy donations for a local Bay Area charity. For updated information on this event and future club news, follow on
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San Jacinto College has
joined forces with the Texas
Association of Community
Colleges (TACC) and the 50
community colleges from
around the state to form the
Texas Success Center (TSC)
to support the state’s community college success agenda.
The creation of the TSC is
through support from the
state’s 50 community colleges, the Kresge foundation,
Houston Endowment, Greater Texas Foundation, Meadows
TEXASgenuine. The primary
focus of the TSC is to support
the state’s community college
success agenda that includes
alignment and acceleration of
proven strategies, as well as
targeted and coordinated
advocacy across the state’s
community colleges.
“Community colleges continue to serve as an increasingly important sector in public higher education. They
provide quality, low cost
workforce training, as well as
transfer pathways to four-year
institutions. I look forward to
working with the Texas
Success Center to ensure our
community colleges continue
to play a pivotal role in Texas’
higher education system,”
said Sen. Kel Seliger, chair of
the Senate Higher Education
The Texas Success Center
mission is segmented into
three broad categories of
• Alignment of different
innovation and student success initiatives into a more
coherent and comprehensive
approach, including development of data infrastructure
and key measures of success.
• Acceleration of learning
across colleges so that adoption of proven or evidence-based initiatives can
be accelerated and informa-
ro Galvan, (back row) Juan Chapa, Josh Vasquez, Darian Lewis,
Evelyn Llamas, Andrea Cahue, David Gonzales, Daniel Escobedo,
Nathan Covarrubias and Alexis Romero.
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Open Garden Day Nov. 18
Harris County Master Gardeners at Precinct 2 will host
Open Garden Day on Monday, Nov. 18, at its Genoa
Friendship Garden, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff Road in
Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening
questions. Hours are 8:30 to 11 a.m. with a program on
Laura Bush Elementary nandez and Alyria Galvan.
Rodriguez, Olivia Rodriguez, Conley, Adam Daley, Anthony ols, Roberto NuГ±ez, Isabella dividing overwintering tropicals at 9:30 a.m. The event is
School recently released its
Nailea Garcia, Aly Gomez, Osvaldo Rodriguez, Zada Dinh and Emmanuel Ealy.
PeГ±a and Heidi Pereira.
free and open to the public. Children are invited.
Bush Elementary names first nine-weeks rolls
first nine-weeks honor rolls.
Students earning status are:
Perfect and punctual
Joel Alvarenga, Sofia
Amaya, Jaire Andrews,
Camila Arguello, Brandon
Austin, Ester Avila, Hannai
Ayala, Kaitlyn Baines, Kayleen Basurto, Jaidyn Belgrave,
Yahir Bonilla, Fergus Bourandas, Jeremiah Briscoe,
Joaquin Caballero and Sebastian Calderon.
Jacqueline Calvo, Jayden
Carleton, Evarardo Celedon,
Benjamin Chacon, Alvin
Charoenrat, Daniel Chavez,
Carlos Cuevas, Alberto De
Alba, Ivette Del Toro, Aiden
Diaz, Darian Diaz, Noah Diaz,
Hayden Do, Zaaid Edgar,
Julian Estrada, Joseph Fer-
Fabiola Gonzalez, Miranda
Gonzalez, Massiah Gordon,
Makayla Grider, Daniela
Guerrero, Samantha Gutierrez,
Hunter Hamon, Michael
Hernandez, Mike Hernandez,
Skylar Houston, Aubry
Jaramillo, Jonah Jefferson and
Zachary Jimenez.
Bao Khuu, Kevin Lara,
Nayeli Leal, Janiel Lebron,
Jandel Leon, Joselyn Lima,
Jayden Lozano, Abraham
Martinez, Angel Martinez, Ian
Martinez, Mark Mata, Atiana
Medrano, Jaylene Melo,
My’Kaila Mitchell, Heidi
Montano, Aiden Nguyen and
Chinedu Okoro.
Kamilah Oliva, Alana Oliver, Amairana Pena, Kimberly
Reyes, Kayla Reynaud, Aileen
Rivera, Camron Robertson,
Christina Rodriguez, Isaiah
Romero, Sophia Sagastizado,
Julian Salinas, Joelly Saravia
and Alejandro Serrano.
Braden Smith, Lauren
Soto, Anthony Tinajero, Jenna
To, Zoelys Torres, Gemina
Tran, Kaylanie Tran, Payton
Turner, Miguel Valencia,
Anthony Van, Joseph Vega,
Alberto Villanueva, Alexandra
Villarreal, Clayton Washington, Frederick Washington,
Cobi Watts and Joshua Wright.
First grade
Perfect and punctual
Valerie Acosta, Casey Aleman, Mia Arana, Madelynn
Aronson, Jonathan Beneitez,
Joshua Berlanga, Isabella
Byron, Abril Carmona, Spencer Cash, Amy Cedillo, Mark
Chase, Danielle Chenier,
Jayda Chinchilla, Morgan
Mia Savannah Gallegos,
Andrew Garcia, Marcus Garcia, Vickely Garcia, Valeria
De La Garza, Yanneli Garza,
Ashton Gibson, Aida Lynet
Gomez, Christopher Gomez,
Mauro Gomez, Atziri Abigail
Gonzalez, Eduardo Gonzalez,
Isaiah Gonzalez, Luis Gonzalez and Tyree Griffin-Stode.
Jayren Hector, Abbie
Hernandez, Paul Hernandez,
Aiden Ho, Travis Howard,
Jaden Jackson, Camilo Lopez,
Yamila Luna, John Macharia,
Amanda Marler, Natalie Martinez, Alfred Mason, Kevin
Mejia and Mariana Melendez.
Annette Mendez, Cristian
Mendez, Daniela Mendoza,
Elias Merced, Miguel Mercedes, Gael Alejandro Munoz,
Jack Ngo, Bruce Nguyen,
Thuy Nguyen, Kayden Nich-
Remember When
35 years ago (1978)
The Weingartens grocery
store on Kleckley was the
scene of a ham burglary.
Vince Oddo was selected
for All State Jazz Band.
30 years ago (1983)
Meador Elementary celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Dobie Booster Club
President Charles Chassay
presented Dobie head football coach Buster Gilbreth
a new color television and
video equipment.
John E. Freeman, D.D.S., M.S.
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25 years ago (1988)
In the race for state representative District 130, incumbent Randy Pennington
defeated challenger Chris
Clark after receiving an
unofficial 66 percent of the
Harris County Commissioner Precinct 1 El Franco Lee and the owner of a
vacant office complex at
Beamer and Scarsdale was
to possibly lead to the long
awaited courthouse annex
for the South Belt area.
20 years ago (1993)
CNN corresondent Deborah Potter from Washing-ton, D.C., and cameraman Bage Anderson spoke
with Leader co-publisher
Marie Flickinger about a
CNN Brio report, which later aired as part of a five-day
series on Superfund sites.
The Clear Creek school
board approved the purchase
of land for a new intermediate school west of Interstate 45. The location of the
school, which would serve
Sageglen and Southbend students, had not yet been announced, nor had the price.
Carlos Reyes, a 1981
Dobie graduate, competed
in the 1993 Ironman Triathlon world championship
in Kona, Hawaii, where
he finished 901st among
1,353 finishers in the grueling three-sport event. The
triathlon consisted of a 2.4
mile ocean swim, a 112mile bike ride and a run of
just over 26 miles.
15 years ago (1998)
Clear Brook senior Brian Martin advanced to the
state cross country meet by
winning third place at the
regional meet. Martin was
the only Clear Brook runner
in the race.
10 years ago (2003)
A 22-month-old toddler
wandered out of Crimson
La Crim Learning Center.
He was rescued unharmed
by a passing motorist.
Deputy Cleveland Domini observed three individuals in suspicious activity
while patrolling the Sageglen subdivision. A police
chase followed, and the
driver was apprehended.
5 years ago (2008)
The San Jacinto College men’s soccer team
advanced to the National
Junior College Athletic Association’s Division I Men’s
Soccer Championships in
Phoenix. The team was one
of eight in the nation to play
in the tournament.
1 year ago (2012)
A house on Sageview
near Hughes Road was severely damaged when its garage caught fire. According
to Houston Fire Department
Station No. 70 Chief Clennis Tyer, the blaze erupted
around midnight. Three engines and two ladder trucks,
from Stations 70, 93 and
52, responded to the incident. Firefighters were able
to contain the most extensive damage to the home’s
garage. Tyer said, however,
the interior of the house was
also damaged by smoke. No
injuries were reported, as
the home’s occupants were
able to exit the residence
safely. Tyer said the fire appeared to be accidental.
Michelle Pham, Timmy
Pham, Khanh Phan, Samantha
Pulido, Rig Quinney, Crystal
Rivera, Ivan Rodriguez, Sofia
Rodriguez, Andrea Sagastizado, Elijah Salazar, Aiden
Sanchez, Yahir Sanchez,
Mariangela Silva, Angelina
Tran and Mathew Trevino.
Ulysses Valdez, Izaya Vasquez, Melanie Vela, Daniell
Velazquez, Brandon Isai Vigil,
D’Alessandro Vilchez, Jorge
Villarreal, Angel Damian
Williams, Michael Williams,
Joseph Wright and Luis
Second grade
All A or S roll
(including conduct)
Nico Barr, Jayla Buchanan,
Tyler Burge, Isaak Camacho,
Hannah Carillo, Naara Chapman, Nickholas Diaz, Olivia
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Couple celebrates 60th anniversary
Fun at Houston
Fire Fest 2013
Top left, left to right, Maddi McClure, Claire Ramirez
and Tre Ramirez enjoy
Houston Fire Fest 2013 at
the Val Jahnke Training Facility.
Top right, Houston firefighters participate in a flashover
Bottom left, Tre Ramirez,
Claire Ramirez, Maddi
McClure, Alexis Arredondo and Iliana Arredondo
watch Houston firefighters
demonstrate an extrication
at Houton Fire Fest 2013.
Photos submitted
Lupe and ViviГЈn Cisneros Jr. celebrated their 60th
wedding anniversary Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, by renewing their vows at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic
Church with the Rev. James Burkart officiating. The
couple married on Nov. 8, 1953. They have three children, Vivian Lynn Cisneros Hemphill and husband
Don, Ralph Cisneros, Michael Cisneros and wife
Carolyn, and three grandchildren, Ericka Cisneros, Adam Hemphill and Isabella Cisneros. The couple were high school sweethearts and prior to their
marriage, ViviГЈn served in the U.S. Navy, and he is a
Korean War veteran. They are both active members
of St. Luke the Evanglist Catholic Church and have
lived in the South Belt area for more than 45 years.
Melillo MS lists 1st 9-weeks rolls
Melillo Middle School
recently announced its first
nine-weeks honor roll list of
the 2013-2014 school year.
Students earning status are:
Fifth grade
Honor roll
Gail Aflalo, Maliha Akhter,
Anna Allen, Maryam Badr,
Aliyah Barreiro, Annaya
Belton, Jasmin Benitez, Seth
Braddick, Jose Cabrera,
Matthew Campos, Kiana
Casco, Ian Cisneros, Alisha
Countee, Jacob Cruz, Jacob
DelaRosa, Laura Diaz, Vinh
Diep and Abby Duron.
Drake Escobedo, Christian
Houston Firefighter E/O and HFD Academy Instructor Robert Ramirez (center) and his children,
Claire and Tre, after a flashover demonstration.
Flores, Trinity Frias, Joshua
Gamez, Brissa Garza, Madison Gates, Kassandra Gomez,
Ramses Gonzalez, Gabriel
Granados, Aixa Guerra,
Amanda Harris, Erica Hay,
Ethan Hernandez, Sandy Ho,
Christina Hoang, Ethan
Hughes and Casey Junkin.
Thao Lam, Vanessa Lam,
Brooklynn Lathan, Tony Le,
Evelyn Lien, Chanel Lofton,
Nathan Lopez, Kenny Ly,
Gerardo Martinez, Joscelin
Martinez, Erin Maslonka,
Kyle McDonald, Desiree
Miller, Jayden Miller, Izabella
Mojica and Alan Nguyen.
Bush Elementary releases first nine-weeks achievement rolls
Continued from Page 4A
Duron, Alexia Garcia, Gisselly
Garza, Jadyn Johnson and
Sienna Le.
Trinity Lopez, Abigail
Luna, Kaleb Luna, Joel Morales, Cathy Nguyen, Nkeiruka
Okoro, Axel Olmedo, Jennifer
Olvera, Gia Robinson, Itzel
Romero, Eduardo Tamez and
Tyler Vo.
All A’s, one B
(including conduct)
Manlio Arango, Victoria
Arnsworth, Andrea Barcenas,
Santiago Barrachina, Adrian
Cazares, Kassandra Cornejo,
Andrew Deleon, Richard
Diaz, Aurelius Evans, Mia
Gonzalez, Jocelyn Guerra,
Kasie Hoang, Kamryn Lacy
and Xavier Lee.
Abel Limachi, Jessica
Ngo, Joshua Nguyen, Justin
Nguyen, Ariznelly Rivera,
Liliana Rodriguez, Asuleny
Santiago, Savanna Smith,
Sean Tatum, Richmond Thompson, Evelyn Tran, Ricardo
Trevino, AglaГ© Vasquez and
Iveen Vu.
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Elizabeth Aguirre, Abel
Alejo, Alyssa Allen, Tyler
Ankenbruck, Manlio Arango,
Mauricio Banda, Santiago
Barrachina, Kennedy Batiste,
Ashton Bishop, Astrid Bonilla, Jaydon Bonilla, Jayla
Buchanan, Tyler Burge, Jade
Butler, Isaak Camacho and
Maxwell Cash.
Adrian Cazares, Isabella
Chagoya, Daylen Crosby,
Ellyndee Damian, Celene
Diaz, Greg Diaz, Richard
Diaz, Anna Dinh, Hillary Do,
Olivia Duron, Emmanuel
Elizondo, Brian Erazo, Hugo
Estrada, Andrew Fernandez,
Amberly Flores, Ashley
Flores and Kevin Flores.
Monica Flores, Steven
Flores, Fabian Franco, Alexia
Garcia, Fabian Garcia, Kassandra Garcia, Luis Garcia,
Alexandra Garibay, Daniel
Garza, Galilea De La Garza,
Gisselly Garza, Rosbel Garza
and Jose Gomez.
Francisco Gonzalez, Manuel
Grajales, Johnthan Hatton,
Izaiah Hernandez, Roberto
Hernandez, Thy Ho, Kasie
Hoang, Malachi Hobbs, Taylor Hughes, A’Kaylah Johnson, Anthony Johnson, Maddox Juarez, Sienna Le and
Angela Limachi.
Emmalee Lopez, Trinity
Lopez, David Lozoya, Kaleb
Luna, Hector Martinez,
Gwendlyn McGrew, Noah
McKnight, Trey Medlock,
William Merida, Matthew
Merlos, Gabriella Montes,
Travis Montgomery and Joel
Santiago Navarrte, Jessica
Ngo, Cathy Nguyen, Ethan
Nguyen, Joshua Nguyen,
Obregon, Jackelyn Ochoa,
Olmedo, Jennifer Olvera and
Daniel Ortegon.
Arianna Ortiz, Christian
Oyervidez, Joeliana Pena,
Edwin Pereira, Annie Phan,
Carolina Ponce, Ty Powell,
Adriana Ramirez, Moises
Ramos, Matthew Rendon,
Ariznelly Rivera, Gia Robinson and Juan Rodrigues.
Juan Rodriguez, Kevin
Rodriguez, Liliana Rodriguez,
Maryssa Rodriguez, Yazmin
Rodriguez, Itzel Romero,
Marco Saavedra, Juan Salinas,
Asuleny Santiago, David
Serrano, Savanna Smith and
Brycen Sommerfelt.
Eduardo Tamez, Sean
Tatum, Kyler Thomas, Jordan
Tisnado, Evelyn Tran, Thomas
Tran, Frederick Triplett,
Abigail Unica, Jem Velasquez,
Javier Villareal, Tyler Vo,
Iveen Vu, Antwoine Wilson
and Javier Ysaguirre.
Third grade
All A or S roll
(including conduct)
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Daniel Jimenez, Shakty
Juarez, Ariel Laquay Kinchlow, Ashley Lavergne, Angel
Leon, Juanmanuel Leon, Jesus
Luna, Steven Maldonado,
Vincent Maldonado, Jessica
Martinez, Viviana Martinez,
Yvette Martinez, Zachary
McKenzie, Julissa Melenciano and Douglas Melendez.
Melissa Mendez, Desmon
Mitchell, Jasmine Mokarzel,
Marilyn Montalvo, Jahmel
Morgan, Max Munoz, Huyhoang Nguyen, Sergio Ochoa,
Levit Pereira, John Pozo,
Sandra Quiroz, Christopher
Robertson, Abraham Rodriguez,
Ronaldo Rodriguez, Dana
Rojas and Eva Rubio.
Jessica Saldana, Jahzel
Samuels, Mia Sanchez, Ulises
Sanchez, Jaden Shanklin,
Brianna Solares, Jasmin Elisa
Solis Solis, Gael Tinoco,
Krista Toyloy, Kylie Toyloy,
Kiet Tran, Janae Tucker,
Abigail Villafana, Hanson Vo,
Dillon Vu, Kimberly Vuong,
Micah Williams, Derrick
Woodley and Emily Zuniga.
Fourth grade
All A or S roll
(including conduct)
Emily Amezcua, Martshaidy Cuevas, Trent Daley, Kevin
Dinh, Sarahy Franco, Dayanara Garcia, Maureen Garcia,
Abigail Gonzalez, Sednazitllali
Juarez, Christofer Laygo,
Tracey Le and Paloma Leal.
Alexandra Luna, Angela
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Evelyn Cabello, Melanie
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William Ho, Daniela Martinez, Sandra Quiroz, Byron
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All A’s, one B
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Evelyn Aguirre, Raymond
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with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, strokes and similar
disabilities and their caretakers, will meet Friday, Nov. 15, from
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Mother Cabrini Center. The event
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Raise your hand Texas luncheon set for citizens of Clear Creek school district
Raise Your Hand Texas is
a nonprofit education advocacy organization working to
strengthen public education
in Texas. It trains public
school leaders to lead transformational change at the
campus level and advocates
for public policies that make
public schools better for all
Texas students. On October
16, the nonprofit hosted a
luncheon at Hope Village for
Clear Creek Independent
School District parents, leaders and district administrators
to discuss how its programs
support the education of the
state’s 5 million students and
to encourage attendees to
make a personal commitment
to improve public education
in their communities.
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administrators have attended
the Harvard Graduate School
of Education Institutes to lead
effective change in their
schools and advocate for public policies that make public
schools better for Texas stu-
dents and teachers. Dr. Susan
Silva, Greene Elementary
principal, and Michele Staley,
Clear Brook High School,
discussed the lessons learned
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has a passion for science,
then he or she might be
interested in learning about
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All fifth-grade students in
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from attending the Harvard
institutes and the resulting
changes they have made to
empower teachers and students for greater achievement
gains and success.
Staley stated, “My experience at Raise Your Hand
Texas has enabled CBHS to
engage in a study on student
engagement through a partnership with Michigan State
University. This study gives
the students a voice in how
they prefer their lessons be
taught as well as giving the
teachers information about
strategies that fully engage
their students.”
Silva explained, “I learned
how to lead faculty to examine instruction, learned about
the latest research on best
practices, and how to mesh
those two to manage change
in our school.”
Dr. Greg Smith, Clear
Creek ISD superintendent,
shared the many programs
instituted by the district to
move students toward 21st
century skills.“Many positive
things are happening in the
area of public education in
Texas, and the luncheon was
an opportunity to highlight
the changes in education policy as well as thank organizations such as Raise Your
Hand Texas for giving the
children a voice in Austin,”
said Smith.
Dr. David Anthony, CEO
of Raise Your Hand Texas,
said that the organization
invests in school leaders,
improving public school
campuses and districts, policy development and outreach
to support public education.
In addition to the Harvard
institutes, the nonprofit also
sends school leaders to the
12-month Rice University
Education Entrepreneurship
Business Fellowship Program
to develop hands-on solutions to affect powerful
In addition, Raise Your
Hand Texas has partnered
with Lubbock, Amarillo,
Arlington, Austin
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coaching for administrators
to help them have a greater
impact on student learning
and success.
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of the Raise Your Hand Texas
mission is to advocate for
legislative policy decisions
that support positive and sustainable public education.
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pills. It really depends on all
of us to address it.”
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of RYHT is to promote grassroots involvement in the policy making process by providing information to citizens
about the issues before the
policymakers and the impact
those decisions will have on
students, our economy, and
the future of Texas.
RYHT played a very
active role in the 83rd Texas
legislative session. The organization supported crucial
policy changes to address
diverse student needs with
more flexible graduation
plans and reduced high stakes
testing. RYHT advocated for
high quality charters while
providing the commissioner
greater authority to grant,
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The next steps for RYHT
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become actively involved in Texas students.
2013 property tax
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Tax Assessor-Collector Mike
Sullivan recently announced
that more than 900,000 property tax bills are in the mail
and on the way to Harris
County property owners.
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as they are due by Jan. 31,
2014,” said Sullivan.
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can pay their property taxes
by mail, phone at 713-368CARD (2273), online at or in person
at any of the 16 tax assessor-collector’s offices throughout Harris County.
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Students at South Belt Elementary School recently participated in the fourth annual Pumpkin
Carving Contest. The contest was open to any student in grades K-4, and pumpkins were entered in
a variety of categories. Showing off their winning
pumpkins are, left to right, Vashti Sanchez – Most
Creative Pumpkin; Megan Rodriguez – Most
Original Pumpkin; Yaire Martinez – Best Cartoon Pumpkin; Gentry Perez – Funniest Pumpkin; Emily Gonzalez – Best Overall Pumpkin; and
Jason Ta – Most Unique Pumpkin.
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celebrated at Moore
Students and staff at Moore Elementary observed College Week by learning
about nearby colleges and taking part in a family project about students’
college dreams. At right: Left to right, (front row) Kailey Tsikis, Ainsley
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Once again, it’s Dobie vs. NS;
Dobie hopes third time a charm
If this were a mixed
martial arts bout, Dobie
would be well behind on
the scorecard and in need
of a third-round knockout
for victory.
Yet it’s not MMA but
instead high school varsity football. Despite blowout losses at the hands of
North Shore in both the
2011 and 2012 bidistrict
playoff rounds, Dobie
gets a fresh start this time
North Shore, undefeated at 10-0 and champions
of District 21-5A, will
host the 5-5 Longhorns
Thursday, Nov. 14, at Galena Park ISD Stadium.
The winner will advance to take on either
Hightower or Clear Falls
in the area playoff round.
It may not seem fair
that Dobie has had to face
one of the state’s most respected programs a third
consecutive time, but it’s
simply the way the bracket
plays out.
Varsity football remains
the lone team sport in Class
5A and Class 4A in which
first- through fourth-place
district finishes are washed
away at the end of the regular season.
Instead, the two largest
schools in terms of student
body enrollment are sent
to the Division I bracket, while the two smaller
schools head to Division II.
North Shore, the top Division I seed out of 21-5A,
will take on Dobie, which
finished behind fellow Division I foe Pearland in 225A. The 21-5A Division I
second seed is Deer Park,
which faces Pearland for a
third straight season.
San Jac men’s soccer heads back to nationals
Scoring five goals in a El Burgo de las Rozas) also full season as head coach.
Its star players stepping men’s soccer team is head- ciation’s Division I national
He was a first-year assisup when it mattered most, ed back to the National Ju- tournament for the first time 15-minute span to close came up big in the win with
out the first half, San Jacin- a pair of goals and three as- tant on the 2008 team that
the San Jacinto College nior College Athletic Asso- since 2008.
As for the action on the
to routed host Pearl River sists, while Monteiro (Rio made its way to the NJCAA
field, Dobie is coming off
(Miss.) 8-1 in the South de Janeiro/ColГ©gio Icaro) championship match before
a 38-7 loss to Pearland
District tournament Nov. 8, had two goals and two as- falling.
in the regular season fi“It’s certainly gratifying
which earned the locals a sists.
nale. However, the game
Now 18-1 this season to have made it to this point,
spot in the 12-team nationwas tied at 7-7 late in the
al event Nov. 18-23 at Tyler and ranked second in the but we have more that we
first half before Pearland
nation, San Jacinto will try want to achieve,” Spooner
Junior College.
scored. The Oilers simEntering the regular sea- to win its first-ever national said.
ply controlled the second
“We felt that with as
son, San Jacinto College championship in men’s sochalf.
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head coach Ian Spooner cer in just Spooner’s second
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spoke of the need for sophonow is good,” said Dobie
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head coach Jim Phillips,
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Thompson invites alumni hoopsters Nov. 16
In celebration of the start
of the 2013-2014 season,
the Thompson Intermediate basketball program
invites former boys’ and
girls’ players to compete in
a game Saturday, Nov. 16 at
the school.
The game will be part of
the school’s annual shoota-thon, which will be held
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Booster club officials
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The Dobie varsity volleyball team entered the
area playoff round with
high hopes after a firstround playoff victory over
North Shore that featured
plenty of thrills for Lady
Longhorn fans.
That positive momen-
The road to state starts
It’s one thing to have a
motto, and another to be
able to live up to it.
Yet as the McDonald’s
Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament heads into
its 11th season, the event
certainly has backed up its
For 2013, the McDonald’s event once again
features both many of the
state’s best programs along
with many of its most highly regarded players.
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of the state’s top college recruits for 2015.
Clear Falls went on to
defeat District 22-5A runner-up Pearland in three
games to advance to the Region III tournament.
There, Clear Falls could
meet up with District 22-5A
champion Alvin, which is
also in the final four.
As for Dobie, the team
will lose some valuable seniors, including four-year
Franklin, Amber Nguyen,
Amanda Bates, Breanna
Roddy, Riley Miller and Arleni Espinosa.
The Lady Longhorns
went 16-14 overall.
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Clear Falls defeated Dobie
25-9, 25-11, 25-10 in the
area playoff round played at
Dawson High School.
It didn’t take long for
Clear Falls – a Region III finalist in 2012 – to advance.
But that’s no knock on Dobie.
Clear Falls’ lineup fea-
son. Fort Bend Bush. Lewisville Hebron. Atascocita.
Westfield. Pearland.
That’s seven of the state’s
top 12-ranked varsity boys’
teams, according to the Texas Association of Basketball
Coaches preseason poll.
In the girls’ division,
defending Class 5A state
heads the 32-team bracket along with the TABC’s
third-ranked Manvel team,
No. 5 Clear Springs and No.
8 Pearland.
Simply put, if you have
designs on making your
way to Austin come March,
the journey usually starts at
the McDonald’s Texas Invitational.
The event became a reality 11 years ago with founder Ben Meador in the lead
role. Over the previous decade, tournament proceeds
have gone toward raising
hundreds of thousands of
dollars for the Pasadena
ISD Education Foundation
and now the Deer Park ISD
Education Foundation.
“It’s not about me at all,
but really it speaks to what a
community can do when everyone works together with
a common goal in mind,”
Meador said.
“Of course, it’s all about
the kids. We take pride in
having what we believe is
the premiere varsity basketball tournament in the
nation. With 48 boys’ teams
and 32 girls’ teams, we regularly host the most talented
teams and players certainly
in the state of Texas.”
This year, it all starts
Thursday, Nov. 21 with
boys’ and girls’ pool play
taking place at 10 different
locations in the South Belt,
Pasadena and Deer Park
The coup de grace
comes Saturday, Nov. 23,
as the boys’ Division I Gold
bracket championship game
plays out at Phillips Field
House in Pasadena. Tipoff
is set for 8 p.m.
“We certainly expect another terrific event, one the
teams, players, coaches and
basketball fans all can be
excited and proud to have
been a part of,” Meador
“We’re fortunate in that
every year, these terrific
programs want to be a part
of the McDonald’s Texas
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DP, Pasadena ISD alumni game
to highlight hoops invitational
Forty-four former heroes
of the Ship Channel hardwoods will take to the court
again on Nov. 23 in the first
Deer Park ISD-Pasadena
ISD Alumni Challenge, a
feature of this year’s McDonald’s Texas Invitational
Basketball Tournament.
Organized as a warm-up
contest for the Boys Division I Championship Game,
the Alumni Challenge is
sure to warm the hearts of
those who followed basketball in the two school
districts during the past 50
Participants range in age
from Deer Park’s Jimmy
Burke, who played in the
late 1950s, to Jacob Munoz,
who graduated from Deer
Park just three years ago.
The Pasadena ISD’s oldest players – Billy Standley
and Danny Steffenhauer
– graduated from Pasadena
High in 1965. The youngest
Pasadena ISD player, Scott
Talton, graduated from Dobie High School in 2008.
Tipoff is scheduled for
6 p.m. at Phillips Field
House. The Boys D1 Championship Game is set for 8
Proceeds from the 80team, three-day tournament
benefit the education foundations of both school districts.
“The addition of the
Alumni Challenge game
gives the fans an opportunity to relive these players’
legendary achievements of
yesteryear and to recognize
them for their outstanding
contributions,” said Ben
Meador, chairman of the
McDonald’s Texas Invitational organizing committee.
“Many of these athletes
had great college careers,
too. We expect the stands to
be filled that evening.”
The Alumni Challenge is
sponsored by Loomis International. Larry C. Johnson,
president of Loomis, played
forward for Deer Park in the
1970s and will be participating in the game.
Alumni coaches are two
icons of the area’s basketball past.
will be Ray Landers, who
earned four district coach of
the year honors during a 12-
year varsity coaching career
at Deer Park that began in
Phil Eaton, who played
at Pasadena High in the
early 1970s and enjoyed a
highly successful stint as
the Eagles’ head coach in
the 1980s, will coach the
Pasadena ISD squad.
Landers coached five
players on the Deer Park
alumni team, including Dan
Van Rheen, a high-school
All-American in 1973 who
played on three Big Eight
championship teams at Missouri. Van Rheen played a
key role on NCAA tournament teams that advanced
deep into regional play.
The Deer Park squad
also includes Jason Skaer,
a high-school All-American in 1994 who played
on Oklahoma State’s Final
Four team in 1995.
Several members of the
Pasadena ISD alumni team
applied their athletics skills
to other sports after high
school. Don Fogo, a standout center for Sam Rayburn High in the late 1960s,
earned a track scholarship
to the University of Texas.
Russell Schroeder, a 1970
Sam Rayburn grad, landed
a baseball scholarship to the
University of Houston.
Jeff Wylie, a standout
power forward for Pasadena High in the mid-1980s,
reigned four years as Southwest Conference high jump
champion at Baylor, two
earning All-America honors.
Wylie played for district
teams coached by Eaton in
1985 and 1986.
The Pasadena ISD team
includes Tim Tingle and
Jim Perritt, both record-setting guards at South Houston more than four decades
ago. Tingle tied the school
records with 33 points in
one game in 1967.
Perritt broke it three
years later with a 42-point
performance that included
a 20-for-20 show from the
free-throw line.
The alumni squads were
assembled with balanced
consideration for players
from each of the past five
Players for the Pasadena
ISD team were chosen with
Sports calendar
Thursday, Nov. 14
Dobie varsity at North Shore, GPISD, 7:00
Thursday, Nov. 14
Dobie JV girls at Baytown tourn., TBA
Friday, Nov. 15
Brook varsity boys host Dawson, 7:00
Brook varsity girls at Brazosport, 6:30
Brook JV girls at Brazosport, 5:00
Dobie JV girls at Baytown tourn., TBA
Brook freshman A girls at Brazosport, 5:00
Brook freshman A boys host Dawson, 5:30
Brook freshman B boys host Dawson, 4:00
Saturday, Nov. 16
Dobie JV girls at Baytown tourn., TBA
Monday, Nov. 18
Brook freshman A boys at Pearland, 5:30
Brook freshman B boys at Pearland, 4:00
Tuesday, Nov. 19
Brook varsity boys at Pearland, 7:00
Brook varsity girls at Texas City, 7:00
Dobie varsity girls at Clear Lake, Krueger, 7:00
Dobie JV girls at Clear Lake, Krueger, 5:30
Brook JV girls at Texas City, 5:30
Brook JV boys at Pearland, 5:30
Brook sophomore boys at Pearland, 4:00
Brook freshman A girls at Texas City, 4:00
Dobie freshman A girls at Clear Lake, Krueger, 4:00
Thursday, Nov. 21
Dobie varsity boys at McDonald’s invite, TBA
Brook varsity boys at Aldine ISD tourn, TBA
Dobie varsity girls at McDonald’s invite, TBA
Friday, Nov. 22
Dobie varsity boys at McDonald’s invite, TBA
Dobie varsity girls at McDonald’s invite, TBA
Brook varsity boys at Aldine ISD tourn, TBA
Saturday, Nov. 23
Dobie varsity boys at McDonald’s invite, TBA
Dobie varsity girls at McDonald’s invite, TBA
Brook varsity boys at Aldine ISD tourn, TBA
Tuesday, Nov. 26
Dobie varsity boys host Dawson, 7:00
Brook boys at Dekaney, 1:00
balanced representation for
the district’s high schools in
mind, based upon the age of
each school.
The Pasadena ISD team
includes seven players from
Pasadena High, four from
South Houston, six from
Sam Rayburn and four from
Kevin Richard, a guard
for Memorial in 2005 and
2006, will represent the
A ticket to the Alumni
Challenge will be good for
admission to the Boys D1
Championship Game to follow.
Participants will have
their own Alumni Challenge uniforms and will
wear special warm-up tops
with their old high-school
The format will pit sameera players playing against
each other for short periods.
An open play period will
be held at the end of each
Dozens of former cheerleaders and drill team members from Deer Park and the
five Pasadena ISD schools
have been enlisted to perform at halftime.
South Belt
Troy Leland
John Bechtle
Eli Tanksley
Toni Muse
Emory Gadd
Debbie Vaughn
Dobie vs. North Shore
North Shore
North Shore
North Shore
North Shore
North Shore
Angleton vs. Friendswood
Pearland vs.
Deer Park
Deer Park
Manvel vs. La Porte
Clear Springs
vs. Fort Bend Austin
Hightower vs.
Clear Falls
Elkins vs.
Clear Creek vs.
Fort Bend Bush
Dawson vs. Foster
Cinco Ranch vs. Bellaire
Cinco Ranch
Cinco Ranch
Cinco Ranch
This week’s record
Season record
Cream of varsity basketball crop headed to McDonald’s invite
Continued from Page 1B
Invitational tournament,”
Meador said.
On the boys’ side, 48
teams from across Texas
have been divided into two
24-team divisions.
Each division has been
dealt into eight three-team
After two pool-play
games on Nov. 21, the
teams will be matched by
record into Gold, Silver
and Bronze brackets, each
of those working toward a
champion in bracket play
on Nov. 22 and Nov. 23.
On the girls’ side, 32
teams are divided into two
16-team divisions, and each
division is paired into four
four-team pools.
Three pool games are
held over Nov. 21 and Nov.
After pool play, teams
are placed, according to record, into Gold, Silver and
Bronze brackets. All bracket games are held on Nov.
Each of the boys’ and
girls’ varsity teams from
the five Pasadena ISD high
schools will compete in
Division II, as will Deer
Park’s boys’ and girls’ varsity teams.
Each of the Pasadena
and Deer Park boys’ teams
will play in their home
gyms for two pool play
games on Nov. 21.
With a couple of exceptions, Pasadena ISD and
Deer Park ISD girls’ teams
will host all three of their
pool play games.
Because of a scheduling
conflict, the boys’ Division
I Gold title game will not
be televised live by Fox
College Sports cable this
However, both the Division I Gold title games
for boys and girls will be
streamed live over the internet by FoxSportsSouth
All other games played
at Phillips Field House on
Saturday will be streamed
live by the Legacy Sports
Network. Legacy will also
stream all games played at
Memorial High School on
Thursday and Friday.
All proceeds from the
tournament are returned to
the Pasadena ISD and Deer
Thursday, Nov. 21 Pool Play Schedule & Locations
Dobie H.S.
10220 Blackhawk
Bev. Hills Int.
11111 Beamer
S. Houston H.S.
3820 S. Shaver
Pas. Mem. H.S.
4410 Crenshaw
Rayburn H.S.
2121 Cherrybrook
DP Watkins &
DP South
710 W. San
DP North
402 Ivy
Phillips F.H.
2906 Dabney
Pasadena H.S.
206 S. Shaver
All games pass
$20 on/before
Nov. 21
$15 on Nov. 22
$10 on Nov. 23
One game ticket
$5 adults
$2 students
At Phillips
9 a.m.
B- Westlake
vs. Dekaney
10:30 a.m.
B- Hillcrest
vs. Westfield
At Pas. Mem.
9 a.m.
B- Pas. Memorial
vs. Cinco Ranch
10:30 a.m.
B- Mans. Summit
vs. Kingwood
At Dobie
9 a.m.
vs. Humble
10:30 a.m.
B-Strake Jesuit
vs. N. Crowley
vs. Langham Creek
At Rayburn
9 a.m.
B-La Porte
vs. Klein Collins
10:30 a.m.
B-F.B. Marshall
vs. Atascocita
G – Pasadena
vs. Deer Park
G- Pas. Memorial
vs. Cy-Fair
G-Dobie vs.
G-S. Houston vs.
G-Rayburn vs.
Victoria East
1:30 p.m.
B- Judson vs.
1:30 p.m.
B- Pas. Memorial
vs. Flower Mound
1:30 p.m.
B- Dobie vs.
S.A. Taft
1:30 p.m.
B- S. Houston vs.
S.B. Memorial
1:30 p.m.
B- Rayburn vs.
La Porte
3 p.m.
B- Duncanville
vs. Hillcrest
4:30 p.m.
G- Rayburn
vs. Pas. Mem.
3 p.m.
B- DeSoto
vs. Mans. Summit
4:30 p.m.
G- Victoria East
vs. Cy-Fair
3 p.m.
B- S.A. Clark
vs. Strake Jesuit
4:30 p.m.
G-Dobie vs.
N. Crowley
3 p.m.
B- F. B. Bush
vs. Copperas Cove
4:30 p.m.
G-C.C. Ray vs.
S. Houston
3 p.m.
B- Berkner vs.
F.B. Marshall
4:30 p.m.
G-Yates vs.
6 p.m.
vs. Judson
7:30 p.m.
B- Westlake vs.
At Pasadena
9 a.m.
B-Pasadena vs.
10:30 a.m.
vs. Bellaire
6 p.m.
B-Cinco Ranch
vs. Fl. Mound
7:30 p.m.
B- Kingwood vs.
At S. Houston
9 a.m.
B-Rich. Pearce
vs. S. Houston
10:30 a.m.
B-F. B. Bush
6 p.m.
6 p.m.
6 p.m.
B-Humble vs.
B-Rich. Pearce vs. B-Klein Collins vs.
Sam Rayburn
S.A. Taft
S.B. Memorial
7:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
B- S.A. Clark vs. B- Langam Creek B- Atascocita vs.
N. Crowley
vs. Copperas Cove
At Bev. Hills
At DP-Watkins
At DP-South
At DP-North
9 a.m.
9 a.m.
9 a.m.
9 a.m.
B-Galena Park vs. B-Deer Park vs.
G-E.P. Eastwood G-Woodlands vs.
College Park
vs. Manvel
Mans. Summit
10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
B-Sharyland vs.
G - S.A. Madison G- North Shore
vs. Pearland
vs. Duncanville
vs. Dawson
G- Clear Creek
vs. College Park
G- C.C. Ray
vs. La Porte
G- Yates
vs. N. Crowley
G- N. Crowley
vs. Yates
G- S.A. Jay
vs. Bellaire
1:30 p.m.
B-Pasadena vs.
Klein Oak
1:30 p.m.
B-Clear Falls
vs. Galena Park
1:30 p.m.
G- DeSoto
vs. Cy-Woods
1:30 p.m.
vs. Klein Collins
3 p.m.
B- Lancaster
vs. Dawson
4:30 p.m.
G-Clear Creek
vs. Pasadena
3 p.m.
B- Sharyland vs.
Katy Taylor
4:30 p.m.
G-La Porte
vs. Cy-Creek
1:30 p.m.
B-Deer Park vs.
S.A. Johnson
3 p.m.
B- Richardson
vs. Lewis. Hebron
4:30 p.m.
G-College Park
vs. Deer Park
3 p.m.
G- Woodlands
vs. Manvel
4:30 p.m.
G- Duncanville
vs. Dawson
3 p.m.
G- E.P. Eastwood
vs. Mans. Summit
4:30 p.m.
G- North Shore
vs. S.A. Madison
6 p.m.
6 p.m.
B-Clear Falls vs.
vs. S.A. Johnson
7:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
B- Katy Taylor vs.
6 p.m.
G- S.A. Jay vs.
Clear Springs
7:30 p.m.
G- DeSoto
vs. Pearland
6 p.m.
G-Temple vs.
7:30 p.m.
G- Klein Collins
vs. Cy-Woods
6 p.m.
B-Crosby vs.
Klein Oak
7:30 p.m.
vs Lancaster
Park education foundations.
“The tournament utilizes
the efforts of more than 400
volunteers from Pasadena
and Deer Park.
It’s not about me,”
Meador said. “Most of our
volunteers have been with
us from day one and are still
in the same roles they started in. It’s just been a team
Friday, Nov. 22
10:30 a.m. games
Manvel vs.
Mans. Summit
at D.P. South
E.P. Eastwood
at D.P. North
Noon games
North Shore vs.
at D.P. South
S.A. Madison vs.
at D.P. North
1:30 p.m. games
Clear Springs vs.
at D.P. South
S.A. Jay vs.
at D.P. North
College Park
vs. Pasadena
at Pasadena
Clear Creek vs.
Deer Park
at D.P. Watkins
Victoria East vs.
Pas. Memorial
at Memorial
Cy-Fair vs.
Sam Rayburn
at Rayburn
Yates vs. Dobie
at Dobie
North Crowley
at Phillips F.H.
La Porte vs.
S. Houston
at S. Houston
C.C. Ray vs.
at Beverly Hills
3 p.m. games
Pearland vs. CyWoods
at D.P. South
Klein Collins
vs. DeSoto
at D.P. North
Thursday, November 14, 2013, South Belt-Ellington Leader, Section B, Page 3
BAFL Super Bowl game set; Junior Rams dominate Hurricanes, reach BAFL Super Bowl game
junior Rams still in title hunt
Yes, it’s been a long season, but it’s all paying off
for the Ellington Rams’ junior team.
Playing for the National
Conference Championship,
the Rams used a quickstrike offense to defeat the
Hurricanes 31-14 Nov. 9, at
The Rig in Pearland.
Playing on the Hurricanes’ home field mattered
little to the Rams, who
dominated the game while
running their overall record
to 10-2.
Christian Cleckley had
three rushing touchdowns
to pace the Rams’ offense,
and Marquice Scott had a
55-yard kick return for a
Leroy Rios got in on
the scoring act as he had a
50-yard reception from Domenic Martinez for a touchdown.
But as head coach Byron
Scott pointed out, the Rams’
win would not have been
possible if it weren’t for the
outstanding offensive and
defensive play of the rest of
the team.
That terrific group included Salvador Vargas,
Zion Pineda, Fernando Sifuentes, Nicholas Rojas,
Omar Mateen, Zachory Dehoyos, Kyle Button, Abel
Condado, Deven Cypert,
Marco Deleon, Nicholas
Esparza, Orion Hererra,
Damien Sotomayor, David
Cherry, Damien Arrellano,
Travis Watson Jr., Arturo
Zamora, and Daniel Mateen.
With the win over the
Hurricanes, the Rams were
able to avenge a 13-12 loss
during the fourth week of
the regular season.
Now, the Rams will try
to settle the score against
the 12-0 Pearland Texans.
In the second week of the
Bay Area Football League
regular season, the Texans
defeated the Rams 18-6 and
has since posted a 12-0 record.
Ellington will represent South Belt community in championship tilt Nov. 23 at Texas City
Getting a great block from teammate Jaja Sanni (80), Marquice Scott (22) of the
Ellington Rams’ junior football team returns a Pearland Hurricanes’ kickoff for a
touchdown during the Rams’ 31-14 victory Nov. 9 at The Rig in Pearland. The win
also came with the National Conference title and sends the locals to the Bay Area
Football League Super Bowl game.
Photo by Jaime Hickman
The Ellington Rams junior division team is headed to the Bay Area Football
League’s Super Bowl round after defeating the Pearland Hurricanes 31-14 Nov. 9,
at The Rig in Pearland. The Rams, now 10-2 overall this season and champions of
the National Conference, will take on the American Conference champion Pearland Texans for the Super Bowl crown. That big game will be played Saturday,
Nov. 23, at Texas City’s Stingaree Stadium, beginning at 10:45 a.m. Members of
the Rams’ Super Bowl-contending team are, left to right, (front row) Kyle But-
8-under Lady Cougar softball takes second at Romero tournament
ton, Nicholas Rojas, Omar Mateen, Damien Sotomayor, Nicholas Esparza, Arturo
Zamora, David Cherry, Abel Condado, (second row) Orion Herrera, Daniel Mateen, Marco Deleon, Leroy Rios, Fernando Sifuentes, Marquice Scott, Giovanni
Caballero, Domenic Martinez, (third row) Zion Pineda, Damien Arellano, Travis
Watson, Zachory Dehoyos, Christian Cleckley, Deven Cypert, Salvador Vargas,
(back row) assistant coach Fernando Sifuentes, team mother Carolyn Pineda,
head coach Byron Scott and assistant coach Cedric Allen.
Lady Wolverine basketball
win five out of six to start
First-year Clear Brook
varsity girls’ basketball
coach Garrett Hilton has to
like what he’s seeing.
Chassidy Harris led three
players in double figures
with 21 points as the Lady
Wolverines won their fifth
game in six starts this season, downing Bay City 5347 Nov. 12 at Clear Brook.
Ryane Adams had 12
points while Twon Mackey
added 10 more.
Through the team’s six
games to open the 20132014 season, Harris, Alex
Box, Adams and Mackey
have consistently led the
way in the scoring column.
Clear Brook won its season opener Nov. 5 at Chavez
and then produced victories
in three of four games at the
Baytown Lee Tipoff Classic
Nov. 7-9.
The Lady Wolverines
moved to 2-0 with a a 56-42
victory over George Ranch
in that tipoff classic opener.
In that win, Mackey
paced the scoring with 16.
Harris scored 14 in the
game, and Adams and Leanne Riman had 10 apiece.
Clear Brook played very
well but just came up a bit
short in the next round, a
59-51 loss to state-ranked
Pearland. Despite the loss,
Harris and Box tallied 15
points apiece.
The Lady Wolverines
bounced back with a 5149 victory over Dawson in
the team’s third game of the
Clear Brook outscored
Dawson 5-3 in overtime to
take the victory, with Harris scoring a game-high 21
Going against District
24-5A rival Clear Lake in
the tournament finale for
both teams, Clear Brook ran
away with an easy 44-30
Box had 15 points as the
Lady Wolverines led 38-18
after three quarters of play
and coasted to the win.
On Nov. 12 against Bay
City, the Lady Wolverines
won their home opener, 5347 over Bay City, to move
to 5-1 this season.
Harris again led things in
scoring with 21 points. Adams had 12 while Mackey
fnished with 10.
CB boys win opener
The Clear Brook varsity
boys’ team began its 20132014 season Nov. 12 with a
70-58 victory at Brazosport.
Jovan Yancy, a key returnee from last year’s team,
had 16 first-half points for
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Friday at 7 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church
Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, in the Cornell
Conference Room. Call 281-487-8787 for information, or
just drop in.
10 a.m.
Interfaith Care Partners – Interfaith Care Partners ministry has been established at Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic
Church, 10727 Hartsook Street in Houston, near Almeda
Mall. The gathering is for persons with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, strokes and similar disabilities and their
caretakers is provided on the third Friday of each month
from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The gathering consists of a
continental-type breakfast, arts and crafts, exercises,
entertainment, a sing-a-long, devotional break, lunch, and
ends with a bingo game. Those who have a family member
or know of someone with these challenges are welcome to
attend. For additional information, call the church office at
713-946-5768; Claudia Rojas, Interfaith Care Partners, at
713-682-5995; or visit the website at interfaithcarepartners.
Moving Forward Women’s Adult Children Anonymous
– The ACA group meets Fridays at noon at the Up The
Street Club in Webster, 508 Nasa Parkway, in room 4. ACA
is a 12-step program of hope, healing and recovery for
people who grew up in alcoholic or dysfunctional homes.
For more information, call 281-286-1431.
6 p.m.
Un Dia a la Vez Alanon Group (Spanish speaking)
– Provides support for family and friends of alcoholics
or addicts. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 6 p.m. at
First United Methodist Church, Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont
Parkway, Room 232. Call 281-487-8787, or just drop in.
6:30 p.m.
Alcoholics Anonymous – Sunday, Thursday and Friday
at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1062
Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, Fellowship Hall 4. Call 281487-8787, or just drop in.
7:30 a.m.
Alcoholics Anonymous – Saturday at 7:30 a.m. at
First United Methodist Church, Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont
Parkway, Cornell Conference Room. Call 281-487-8787,
or just drop in.
9 a.m.
Un Dia a la Vez Alanon Group (Spanish speaking)
– Provides support for family and friends of alcoholics
or addicts. Saturday at 9 a.m. at First United Methodist
Church, Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, Room 232.
Call 281-487-8787, or just drop in.
11 a.m.
Al-Anon Meeting (Women Only, English) – For persons
whose lives are affected by someone who is addicted.
Each Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist
Church, Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, Cornell
Conference Room. Call 281-487-8787, or just drop in.
6 p.m.
Frontier Squares – Meets to square dance at the
Westminster Academy at 670 E. Medical Center Blvd. in
Webster. Refreshments provided. For more information,
contact Gina Sherman at 281-554-5675 or visit
7 p.m.
Bay Area Bluegrass Association – Produces a bluegrass
music show and jam session the third Saturday of each
month, May and December are exceptions. The stage
show begins at 7 p.m., but pickers are welcome to bring
their instruments and come earlier. Admission is free. The
show is held at the Johnny Arolfo Civic Center, 300 Walker
in League City. For more information, visit http://www.
7:30 p.m.
Pearland Overeaters Anonymous HOW Meeting –
Saturdays 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Open discussion. Memorial
Hermann Prevention and Recovery PARC, 2245 N. Main
St., Suite 2, Pearland 77581. (Located on Hwy 35, just
north of Broadway). The group’s primary purpose is to
abstain from compulsive overeating and to carry the message of recovery to those who still suffer. Call 713 8651611 for information, or just drop in.
2 p.m.
Grief Support Group – For any adult who has lost a loved
one. Meets every Sunday, except Mother’s Day, Easter and
Christmas from 2 to 3:15 p.m. at First United Methodist
Church Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway. For more information, call 281-487-8787.
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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (continued)
5:30 p.m.
Celebrate Recovery – A faith-based 12-Step Program
meets every Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel of
the Educational Building at Life Church in Houston at 9900
Almeda Genoa. Call 713-419-2635 for more information or
to RSVP for child care.
6:30 p.m.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) – For persons who are trying to overcome drug addiction. Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at
First United Methodist Church, Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont
Parkway, Cornell Conference Room. Call 281-487-8787,
or just drop in.
Alcoholics Anonymous – Sunday, Thursday and Friday
at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1062
Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, Fellowship Hall 4. Call 281487-8787, or just drop in.
8 p.m.
Alcoholics Anonymous – Alcohol problems? AA meetings are held Sundays and Tuesdays from 8 to 9 p.m.
and Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Stephen
Presbyterian Church, 2217 Theta Street. For information,
call 713-204-2481.
9 a.m.
Houston Area Parkinson Society – Free exercise and
speech therapy from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Clear Lake
Rehabilitation Hospital, 655 E. Medical Center Blvd.,
Webster. Visit for a complete list of
services offered.
10 a.m.
Al-Anon Deer Park – Mondays 10 to 11 a.m. Literature
Study. In His Presence Fellowship Church, 1202 East P
Street, Deer Park. Enter through Fellowship Hall in back of
church. Call 409 454-5720 for information, or just drop in.
10:30 a.m.
Seniors and Law Enforcement Together – SALT holds
monthly meetings at 10:30 a.m. at Madison Jobe Senior
Citizens Center, 1700 East Thomas St. in Pasadena, on
the third Monday of each month except December. The
meetings teach seniors how to avoid identity theft, scams,
fraud, etc. Police officers and sheriffs are normally in attendance. There is no charge to attend, and refreshments are
served. Meetings start on time and last one hour or less.
For more information, call the center at 713-477-0175.
11:30 a.m.
Overeaters Anonymous Deer Park – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. Literature Study. In His Presence Fellowship Church,
1202 East P Street, Deer Park. Enter through Fellowship
Hall in back of church. Call 409 454-5720 for information,
or just drop in.
6 p.m.
Scrabble Club #511 – Meets every Monday at IHOP at
11222 Fuqua at 6 p.m. Come and improve crossword game
playing skills. Call 281-488-2923 for more information.
7 p.m.
Grief Support Group – “Friends Helping Friends” meets
every Monday from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at Kindred Rehabilitation
Hospital, 655 E. Medical Center Blvd. in Webster. Those
who have lost a spouse or other loved one are invited to
participate. For information, call Betty Flynn at 281-4743430 or Diana Kawalec at 281-334-1033.
7:30 p.m.
The Clear Lake Gem and Mineral Society – Meets the
third week of each month at the Clear Lake Park Building,
5001 NASA Parkway in Seabrook. Guests are welcome.
Presenters for the educational program explore a variety
of subjects such as fossils, planetary geology, mineralogy,
lapidary, jewelry making, rock, fossil and mineral collecting, and field trips to various collecting sites throughout
Texas and surrounding states. All persons with an interest
in these topics are welcome to attend. Door prizes. Free
parking. For more information, visit
7 a.m.
AA Meeting – “Breakfast With Bill” each Tuesday through
Friday at 7 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church
Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, in the Cornell
Conference Room. Call 281-487-8787 for information, or
just drop in.
11 a.m.
The Bay Area Military Officers’ Wives – hold monthly
luncheon meetings on the third Tuesday of each month.
Meetings are held at Bay Oaks Country Club from 11 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Active duty or retired officers’ wives are eligible.
For information, call Wendy Peters at 281-333-3115.
1 p.m.
Pasadena Heritage Park and Museum – Exhibits include
dioramas, an old-time kitchen and a turn-of-the-century
doctor’s office. Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. 204
S. Main, Pasadena. For information, call 713-472-0565.
1:30 p.m.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) – TOPS #1530 meets
at the Sagemont Park Community Center, 11507 Hughes
Road, at 1:30 p.m. For information, call Jeanette Sumrall
at 713-946-3713.
Houston Area Parkinson Society – Free exercise and
speech therapy from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Bayshore Sports
Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, 4021 Brookhaven,
Pasadena. Visit for a complete list of
services offered.
2 p.m.
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees
– NARFE Chapter 941 meets the third Tuesday of each
month at 2 p.m. at the El Franco Lee Park Community
Center, 9500 Hall Road, in Houston. Visitors are welcome.
For additional information, call Roy at 713-734-1461.
6 p.m.
Un Dia a la Vez Alanon Group (Spanish speaking)
– Provides support for family and friends of alcoholics
or addicts. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 6 p.m. at
First United Methodist Church, Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont
Parkway, Room 232. Call 281-487-8787, or just drop in.
6:30 p.m.
Breast Cancer Support Group – Meets the third Tuesday
of every month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the lobby of the Clear
Lake Regional Breast Diagnostic Center, 200 Medical
Center Blvd., Suite 106, in Webster. For more information
call 281-526-6840.
Pearland Area Republican’s Club – meets the third
Tuesday of the month at the Pearland Church of Christ
Annex, 2217 N. Grand Blvd. in Pearland. For more information, call 281-485-4140 or 281-485-1431.
7 p.m.
Positive Interaction Program – meets the third Tuesday
of each month at 7 p.m. at Memorial Hermann Southeast
Hospital, 11800 Astoria, in the staff meeting room 1st floor.
Bring a friend or neighbor and work together to make PIP
the best in the city. PIP consists of police and citizens working together to help make neighborhoods safer. For more
information, call Officer Richard Buitron at 281-218-3900.
Bay Area Turning Point Crisis Intervention Center –
Weekly sexual assault support group offers a confidential
self-help support group for victim/survivors of rape and
sexual abuse. To attend or for more information, call 281286-2525.
8 p.m.
Alcoholics Anonymous – Alcohol problems? AA meetings are held Tuesday and Sunday from 8 to 9 p.m.
and Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Stephen
Presbyterian Church, 2217 Theta Street. For information,
call 713-204-2481.
7 a.m.
AA Meeting – “Breakfast With Bill” each Tuesday through
Friday at 7 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church
Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, in the Cornell
Conference Room. Call 281-487-8787 for information, or
just drop in.
10 a.m.
Un Dia a la Vez Alanon Group (Spanish speaking) –
Provides support for family and friends of alcoholics or
addicts. Wednesday at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist
Church, Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, Room 232.
Call 281-487-8787, or just drop in.
11:30 a.m.
Houston Hobby Airport Lions Club – meets at 11:30
a.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month.
Meetings are held at the Golden Corral, 12500 Gulf
Freeway (Fuqua and I-45). For information, call Monica
Montoya at 281-794-5531.
4 p.m.
Houston Area Parkinson Society – Free exercise held
from 4 to 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Pearland, 3005
Pearland Parkway, Pearland. Visit for
a complete list of services offered.
6 p.m.
Un Dia a la Vez Alanon Group (Spanish speaking)
– Provides support for family and friends of alcoholics
or addicts. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 6 p.m. at
First United Methodist Church, Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont
Parkway, Room 232. Call 281-487-8787, or just drop in.
6:30 p.m.
Bay Area Turning Point Crisis Intervention Center –
Domestic violence support group for male survivors meets
each Wednesday at 210 S. Walnut off NASA Parkway. Call
281-338-7600 for information. Participants may join at any
time as this is an open group.
7 p.m.
Survivors of Suicide Support Group – The Southeast
Houston group meets the first and third Wednesday of
each month. The group offers support and coping skills in a
non-threatening environment to adult individuals who have
lost a loved one to suicide. For information on registration
or to obtain a physical address for a location, call 713-5334500 or visit
Bay Area Turning Point Crisis Intervention Center –
Confidential domestic violence support group for women
meets every week. For information, call 281-338-7600 or
visit BATP is located at 210
S. Walnut off NASA Parkway between Interstate 45 South
and Highway 3. The 24-hour crisis hotline is 281-286-2525.
7 a.m.
AA Meeting – “Breakfast With Bill” each Tuesday through
Friday at 7 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church
Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, in the Cornell
Conference Room. Call 281-487-8787 for information, or
just drop in.
Houston Area Parkinson Society – Free water exercise
from noon to 1 p.m. at Clear Lake Rehabilitation Hospital,
655 E. Medical Center Blvd. in Webster. Visit for a complete list of services offered.
5:30 p.m.
Texas German Society, South Belt (Southeast) Chapter
– A social group interested in the culture, music, heritage
and language of the immigrants in early German settlements in Texas. Meetings are held the third Thursday of
each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Mount
Olive Lutheran Church, 10310 Scarsdale Blvd. Visitors are
welcome. Call 281-481-1238 for more information.
6:30 p.m.
Alcoholics Anonymous – Sunday, Thursday and Friday
at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1062
Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, Fellowship Hall 4. Call 281487-8787, or just drop in.
8:30 p.m.
Alcoholics Anonymous – Alcohol problems? AA meetings are held Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., and
Sundays and Tuesdays from 8 to 9 p.m. at St. Stephen
Presbyterian Church, 2217 Theta Street. For information,
call 713-204-2481.
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Undefeated Thompson seventh-grade A wins PISD football championship
Thompson Intermediate’s seventh-grade A football team defeated Beverly Hills 30-12 in the Pasadena Independent School
District championship game to finish the season as undefeated champions. In all, the team went 9-0 along the way, contributing big points to the school’s PISD Cup total. Members of the team are, left to right, (front row) Jonathan Moreno,
Nicholas Gaytan, Latonio Dansby, Mathew Benitez, Cervantis Pounds, Jeffrey McCall, Devin Childs, Caleb Exum,
(second row) Coby Riley, Kaleb Monroe, Angel Gonzalez, Eli Mazzochette-Seidel, Deveante Lopez, (third row)
Tristan Sanchez, Eric Perez, Jacob McMurrough, Kali Marquez, Alex Hernandez, Ezequiel Guerrero, Marc Silva,
Orion Wilson, coach Robert Boyes, coach Doug Sawyer, (back row) coach Bill Kirchman, Cameron Davis, Samuel
Juarez, Robert Manzanales, coach John Davis, Jayro Salamanca, Tyrin Jones, Orlando Munive, Kris Morris and
Julious Wells.
Thompson’s seventh-grade A team romps way to Pasadena ISD championship, winning 30-12
Thompson renewed their
decades-long rivalry on the
football field with the Pasadena ISD championship on
the line.
What a game it was, and
this time the Lions came out
on top. Combining a speedy
offense with stingy defense,
the Lions went on to win the
game 30-12 for the crown.
With the big win, the Lions
finished the season unbeaten at 9-0, joining Bondy’s
eighth-grade B team as the
lone PISD programs to do
“It was a real good
game,” Thompson coach
Doug Sawyer said of
Thompson’s win over the
“Our defense was solid.
Beverly Hills couldn’t get
things going offensively.
We kept shooting ourselves
Horns face NS a third time;
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Phillips told the Leader
he tried to gain every advantage off the field that
he could heading into the
He basically worked
a trade with North Shore
head coach David Aymond,
agreeing to play the game at
North Shore’s home field –
Galena Park ISD Stadium
– for the chance to play on
Although Aymond preferred to play Friday, he
agreed to the deal.
“North Shore hasn’t
played on a Thursday this
year, but we’ve done it three
times and actually played
pretty well (3-0 record),”
Phillips said. “Maybe with
a shorter week to prepare,
we can catch them off guard
a little bit. Anything to have
an edge.”
“The left side of their offensive line looks like they
should be in the NFL, and
the right tackle isn’t far behind.
“Defensively, they might
be better than I have seen
them in this three-year
span. They don’t pass the
ball very well, but they can
really attack you with the
All that being stated,
Phillips of course believes
in his troops. “Take away
four plays in the Pearland
game, and we are right
there,” he said. “Against
these top-notch programs,
you have to play as well as
you can play. Can we beat
them? Of course I believe
that. Every coach should
believe it.”
Offensively, Dobie will
turn largely to its rushing
attack with Joe Gonzalez
feeding the ball to Darobie
Stenline, Rashaad Randall
and Adoniz Thomas.
Defensively, the Longhorns will still be without
four starters.
“Not once in three seasons have we played them
with a 100 percent healthy
“That’s the way it goes
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Division I Men’s Soccer Championships
Nov. 18-23, Tyler Junior College
San Jacinto College vs. Cloud County (Kan.)
Monday, Nov. 18, 12:30 p.m., Opening Round Pool Play
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many returners as we had
back this season, including
some standouts, that we had
a chance. It’s all about getting the guys to buy in to
what you are doing and taking it game by game.”
Needing one win to
make it to nationals, San
Jacinto simply took care of
business at the South District event. Host Pearl River
elected to pack in tight on
the defensive end in the
opening minutes in an attempt to slow SJC’s potent
With a pro-Pearl River
crowd on its side early on,
the Eagles’ ploy worked –
for a while.
Seoane opened the scoring 15 minutes in on an
assist from Monteiro. Five
minutes later, Pearl River
was awarded a penalty kick
and converted to secure a
1-1 tie. From there, San Jacinto dominated the action.
“(Pearl River) packed
it up in the box and just
did everything they could
to control their end early,”
Spooner said.
“Sito scored a goal and
we just missed on a couple
of other chances.
“Then they tied it on a
PK that was really a gift to
be honest. After that, they
loosened it up and took
some chances.
“Once they opened it
up on their end, we were
able to convert some scoring chances. Obviously,
that 15-minute stretch put
the game away. Once it became 4-1, it really took their
crowd out of it.”
Monteiro took a feed
from O’Neal Moore (Houston /Alief Taylor HS) and
gave San Jacinto a 2-1 lead
at the 25-minute mark of
the game. Two more goals,
one each by Call Casarez
(Austin / James Bowie HS
(Concordia University) and
Vasquez, came in the next
five minutes.
Vasquez then assisted
Monteiro and Seoane five
minutes apart to close the
half as San Jac led 6-1 at
Vasquez scored in the
57th minute and then assisted on Moore’s goal with 15
minutes remaining as San
Jacinto finished the rout.
San Jacinto goalkeeper
Michael Rich (Friendswood
/ Friendswood HS) allowed
the PK to Pearl River but
little else along the way to
earn the win.
“We really dominated
from start to finish,” Spooner said. “Our guys stepped
up and played at a higher
level when they needed to
do so”
Now comes the NJCAA’s crowning tournament. San Jacinto has been
in attendance on multiple
occasions but is still seeking that elusive first championship trophy.
As the stakes become
higher, San Jacinto is all
in. Yet Spooner will chance
nothing. He knows one loss
means the end.
But he’s also confident knowing his team has
played against and beaten
four of the 12 teams headed
to nationals.
“These guys have definitely put in the work and
deserve this chance,” he
“Every week, it’s been
one game at a time for us,
no matter what the situation. We’ll continue to do
that. Our schedule speaks
for itself. It’s been arguably
the toughest in the nation.
“With a bit of a break
here before nationals, we’ll
focus on our technique and
on getting the guys healed
and rested.
“Beyond that, we’re going to be ready to go when
the time comes.
It’s not about how many
in a row we have won or
what our record is at this
point. We just have to keep
playing our brand of soccer.”
in the foot on offense in the
first half.”
As the second half
opened, the Lions began to
assert themselves on offense
and defense.
Jeffery McCall had the
only score in the first half
for Thompson, and Kris
Morris took over the game
in the second half with a
punt return for a touchdown
and two late rushing scores
in the fourth quarter.
Angel Gonzalez made
good on three of his four
2-point conversion attempts.
“The most valuable
player of the game was the
entire defense,” Sawyer
“Our interior linemen
(Kali Marquez, Orion Wilson and Tyrin Jones) made
it pretty hard to run up the
middle, and our defensive
ends (Jonathan Moreno and
Morris) didn’t allow them
around the outside
“Our linebackers (Ezekiel Guerrero, McCall and
Cervantis Pounds) filled
their gaps like they were
supposed to. The defensive
backs (Alex Hernandez, Ju-
lious Wells and Kaleb Monroe) held their receivers at
bay, except for one long
pass play over the top in the
first half.
“I can’t wait to see these
two teams get together at
Beverly Hills did get on
track in the seventh-grade B
division, winning the league
championship by downing
which feeds many of its students to Pasadena Memorial High School, won both
eighth-grade crowns.