Education

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library will present an introductory demonstration of Tai Chi techniques on Saturday, May 20, beginning at 2:30 p.m., in the meeting room of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

YooSoo Shin, an instructor at Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, will present a demonstration of Tai Chi-Qigong. After warming up, participants will learn simple forms of Tai Chi and Qigong. Those attending the class are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing.

YooSoo Shin has been teaching Tai Chi, Qigong, yoga, and meditation for more than 20 years.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 281-395-1311.

Emily Graham Of Katy Taylor High School Awarded “Best In Show” For 19th Annual Wells Fargo Art Contest Presented By Society For The Performing Arts

Emily Graham, a junior at Katy Taylor High School was awarded the “Best in Show Award,” given by Mary and Mike Sultanik in memory of Viola Davis Rosson, for her piece titled “Sweet Tooth” in the 19th Annual Wells Fargo Student Art Contest presented by Society for the Performing Arts<http://www.spahouston.org> (SPA). The area-wide art contest was open to grades Pre-K through 12 with the theme “Culinary Art.” Students were asked to use their creativity to answer the question, “How does Houston taste to you?”

Graham and the other winners received their awards on April 29 at a ceremony at Episcopal High School. Categories included Pre-K; Kindergarten and grades 1-2; grades 3-5; grades 6-8; grades 9-11 and 12th grade.
SPA celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. One of the organization’s focuses is education, which includes the annual Wells Fargo Art Contest, as well as many other initiatives, including the Ballet Hispanico Dance Intensive in June, student and educator programs, master classes and lectures.

SPA and Wells Fargo congratulate Emily Graham and all of the student winners who worked so hard to create innovative works of art. To learn more about SPA and its education initiatives, go to spahouston.org/education<http://www.spahouston.org/education>.
About Society for the Performing Art
Founded in 1966, Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) is the largest independent non-profit presenting organization in the Southwest. Since its inception, SPA has sponsored more than 1,000 performances of the world’s finest music, dance and theater events, in adherence to the belief that the arts are fundamental to the overall enrichment and quality of life within the community. In addition to presenting artists, SPA seeks to provide a variety of learning experiences for adults and children through master classes, lectures and special student performances, as well as build relationships between the performing arts and other interests within the greater Houston area and throughout the state of Texas.

By: Tom Behrens

May 12-13 at the University of Texas’ Mike A. Myers Stadium.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

SHOT PUT … 1. Adrian Piperi, The Woodlands, 68-3 3/4; 2. Gabe Oladipo, FB Hightower, 65-7; 3. Cooper Campbell, Katy Seven Lakes, 64-1
Campbell repeated as a state qualifier after winning the III-6A shot put championship. He placed eighth in the state with a heave of 51 feet, 8 ¾ inches as a junior. His performance has reached a new level this year, evidenced by a winning throw of 66-7 in League City which ranked second entering the state meet.
HIGH JUMP … 1. Mason Corbin, Katy Tompkins, 6-11; 2. Josh Canete, Copperas Cove, 6-8; 3. Jack Scarborough, SA Johnson, 6-8
Tompkins junior Mason Corbin. Corbin won the III-6A gold medal by clearing 6-9 in the regionals.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

100 … 1. Kynnedy Flannel, Alvin, 11.43; 2. Kaylor Harris, Mes. Horn, 11.56; 3. Kailei Collins, Katy Tompkins, 11.61
Tompkins boasts the top-ranked sprinter in the state as sophomore Kailei Collins carried an 11.31 into the state 100.
100 HURDLES … 1. Kaylor Harris, Mes. Horn, 13.38; 2. Milan Young, Hou. Lamar, 13.44; 3. Javlyn Cameron, Katy Mayde Creek, 13.54
Cameron entered the state meet as the No. 4 seed in the 100 hurdles after running a 13.72 at the regional meet. Cameron said her primary goal was to beat her personal record of 13.62 seconds, set at the area meet during her junior year.

By: Tom Behrens

High hopes for several medals at the state championships

For Mayde Creek’s Javlyn Cameron, Katy’s Abby Brudnick, Morton Ranch’s Taila Fagan and Seven Lakes’ Cooper Campbell, it was one more shot at medals before beginning their college careers. Cameron, a hurdler, recently signed with Texas State University. Brudnick, a distance runner, signed with the University of Texas during the winter. Fagan, a sprinter, recently signed with the University of Houston. Campbell, a thrower, signed with the University of Oklahoma during the fall.

The boys high jump was an event of interest with Tompkins junior Mason Corbin and Seven Lakes senior Trey Angel among the favorites. Angel earned a bronze medal, with his 6-8 good enough for the state wild-card spot.

Tompkins boasts the top-ranked sprinter in the state as sophomore Kailei Collins carried an 11.31 into the state 100. She won an exceptional III-6A race that produced three of the fastest four times in the state.
Taylor junior Otito Ogbonnia emerged as one of the strongest throwers in the state, getting through a loaded regional field to advance to Austin in the shot put. Ogbonnia heaved 58-11 in the shot put and 172-9 ½ in the discus, taking bronze medals in both. He is ranked fifth in the shot put entering the state meet.

KATY ISD REGIONAL SCOREs

CINCO RANCH
Danella Munoz, 4th, high jump, 5-6
KATY
Abby Brudnick, 2nd, 1600, 5:02.80
Michael Matus, 5th, discus, 166-4
Ryan Yerrow, 3rd, 3200, 9:44.00
MAYDE CREEK
Javlyn Cameron, 2nd, 100 hurdles, 13.72; 5th, 300 hurdles, 43.80
MORTON RANCH
Taila Fagan, 2nd, 200, 24.81
Nic Hernandez, 6th, 200, 22.67
Boys 800 relay, 6th, 1:29.58 (Nic Hernandez, Telron Bradford, Dallas Ross, Westley Sellers)
SEVEN LAKES
Laura Broman, 6th, 3200, 11:36.65
Morgan Janda, 6th, high jump, 5-4
K.C. Nwadei, 6th, triple jump, 39-4; 6th, high jump, 5-4
Dana Pollack, 4th, pole vault, 11-0
Rachel Smith, 4th, discus, 127-11.5
Trey Angel, 3rd, high jump, 6-8
Cooper Campbell, 1st, shot put, 66-7
Zion Mpeye, 4th, 300 hurdles, 38.68
Boys 400 relay, 5th, 41.42 (Jahquan Bloomfield, Nonso Anyanti, Joshua Anadu, Chris Williams)
Boys 800 relay, 3rd, 1:26.97 (Jahquan Bloomfield, Nonso Anyanti, Joshua Anadu, Chris Williams)
TAYLOR
Otito Ogbonnia, 3rd, shot put, 58-11; 3rd, discus, 172-9.5
TOMPKINS
Alyssa Balandran, 3rd, 1600, 5:04.90; 3rd, 3200, 11:18.69
Kailei Collins, 1st, 100, 11.31; 3rd, 200, 24.93
Mason Corbin, 1st, high jump, 6-9
Ben Perceful, 5th, pole vault, 14-6
Parker Powell, 6th, triple jump, 45-6

By Tom Behrens

And Now there is only one

The Katy Tigers are the remaining District 19-6A baseball team in UIL State Championship playoffs in Region 3.

Taylor Mustangs had to scratch and claw to earn the final seed in District 19-6A. Taylor prevailed 3-2 on the road, scoring twice in the seventh inning against Strake Jesuit; Matt Whelan worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half. The senior right hander struck out the side to force a winner-take-all playoff for District 19-6A’s final postseason berth.

The Taylor Mustangs faced Travis in Bi-district losing in two games, 13-3 and 5-3, eliminating the Mustangs from the playoffs.

Tompkins, 19-6A’s three-seed, eliminated the Kempner Cougars in three games, winning Games 1 and 3 11-10 (10 innings) and 5-4, respectively. Kempner took Game 2, 5-1 to force a decisive game but, ultimately fell victim to the Falcons, whose baseball and softball teams recorded their first playoff series wins, another first for the Tompkins sports history books.

Tompkins was defeated by Cy Ranch, 8-5 and 2-0.

Seven Lakes lost to Ridge Point in three games to Ridge Point, 3-2, 3-6, 10-0 (five innings).

Katy edged out Bellaire, 2-1 and 7-1 to advance to the regional quarterfinals where they will meet Travis on May 20.

Softball …

Might be wise to place your order for tickets to the State Championship game

The Lady Tigers of Katy survived a scare by Travis in their Bi-district playoff game, winning 3-0. Travis in the seventh inning had two runners on base in scoring position with the game tying run at home place with one out before Katy pitcher, Alyssa LeBlanc stopped the Travis uprising

LeBlanc allowed six hits, striking out eight and walked three while pitching a complete game.

Katy found their old groove again defeating Cypress Lakes, 12-0 and 13-1. Cypress Lakes had previously eliminated Chaves 19-2 and 11-2. LeBlanc dominated in the 12-0 win, pitching a no-hitter while striking out seven in five innings. She also homered and drove in five at the plate.

Cait Calland was three for three with a home run and two RBIs. Kat Lopez homered in game one. McKay Boxham had five hits and three RBIs in the two games.

Kylie Redding and Chloe Cobb split the pitching in game two.

Next up for the Lady Tigers were the Ridge Point Panthers who the Tigers disposed of in one game, 3-0. Katy scored their first two runs on wild pitches.

The Panthers of Ridge Point had their chance to get back into the game after Tigers made two errors—a bad throw by Kat Lopez and a dropped ball by Chloe Cobb which allowed two Panther runners on base.

Never fear…Alyssa LeBlanc took care of the rest, pitching a complete game shutout.

Tompkins was eliminated from the playoffs after losing to Bellaire 4-2 and 8-0. This was the first ever playoff appearance for Tompkins.

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Junior High students score high on PSAT and ACT tests

Katy ISD is proud to announce that 566 seventh grade students participated in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke Tip) this year demonstrating advanced aptitudes on grade level assessments which qualifies them to take either the PSAT and ACT test.

Approximately 344 of those testers qualified to participate in either the Academy for Summer Studies or the Center for Summer Studies.  State recognition was given to 251 students whose scores were equal to the 50th national percentile rank for college-bound seniors taking the test and 36 students earned Grand Recognition for achieving a score that is equal to the 90th national percentile rank for college-bound seniors in at least one subtest.

Duke Tip is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically talented youth.  As a global leader in gifted education Duke Tip works with students, families and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage and support gifted youth in reaching their highest potential.

Kilgore College Names Hall of Fame Inductees

Kilgore College Sports Information reports that Kilgore College will honor former standout athletes, coaches and contributors at its annual Hall of Fame Weekend Oct. 6-7.

Jorge Diaz played offensive tackle for the KC football team from 1992-93 under head coach Marion Turner. Born in New York, he grew up in Katy, playing football for Katy High School.

Following two years at KC, he played his remaining college football at Division II Texas A&M-Kingsville, where he was named an All-American. In 1996, he was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent where he played until 1999. He started six games as a rookie at left guard. The next year he became a regular starter at right guard. He was a part of a rushing attack that included running backs Mike Alstott and Warrick Dunn. Diaz also played one year for the Dallas Cowboys during the 2000 season.

Joshua Oglesby of Katy High School commits to BYU

More often than not in recruiting, there’s a decent amount of time between when a coaching staff sees a prospect for the first time and when they offer a scholarship, and then another chunk of time before that prospect commits to the school.

Such certainly wasn’t the case with the BYU football program’s newest commit for the 2018 class, running back Joshua Oglesby of Katy High School in Texas.

The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Oglesby was first contacted by Cougar running backs coach Reno Mahe on Twitter just last Friday, received a scholarship offer the next day at BYU’s Fanfest in Houston, and announced his commitment on Thursday.

A runner who has registered a time of 10.6 seconds in the 100 meters, Oglesby said Cougar coaches were first intrigued by his speed, and offered a scholarship after seeing his film. He has played at slot receiver and in the kick and punt return games in addition to running back.

“Just when I talked to the coaching staff, I felt very comfortable,” he said by phone Thursday night. “They seemed very interested in me. Coach Mahe and Coach (Ty) Detmer, they were really great. I just felt comfortable, like I was part of the family. I just felt like I had their trust, and that’s a big thing for me, the trust factor. I just felt like it was there and I just felt very comfortable and didn’t wait any longer.”

Oglesby, who holds one other scholarship offer from Montana State, said he’s open to more offers but is focused on attending BYU.

“They told me they really like me and they really wanted me, and no other school has told me that,” he said, adding that other schools have evaluated him but only the Bobcats had gone as far as to offer him before the Cougars did. “It was a big thing for me. BYU came the next day and offered, and I just felt like I was wanted there, and that was a big thing for me.”

Desert News Sports, Salt Lake City

This summer, World Theater in Katy will launch a series of performing arts Summer Camps and classes for both parents and students to choose from. Summer camps include:
The Musical Theater Summer Camps:
Beauty and the Beast from June 12 – June 24
Teen / Young Adult Musical Theater Camp from June 26 – July 7
Creative Mind Development Summer Camp
Camp 1 from June 5 – June 16
Camp 2 from July 3 – July 14
International Theme Musical Theater Summer Camp
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice June 19 – June. 30.
The Fire Dragon July 10 – July 21
Get Ready Talent Contest Camp:
Mon. – Fri. 1 PM – 4 PM (1 week half day camp)
• July 17 – July 21
• July 24 – July 28
• July 31 – Aug. 4
Burton Wolfe, World Theater Founder & Artistic Director; Theater Arts & Speech Communications teacher. Mr. Wolfe has taught Elementary School, Junior and Senior High, and currently teaches Acting and Speech Communications at Houston Community College. Burton Wolfe has been producing theatrical works and International Cultural Exchanges with China for two decades. He often says, “I love teaching Theater Arts; it builds teamwork, heart and soul…”
Mr. Wolfe has had the privilege of working with renowned movie stars and other performing arts celebrities including Audrey Hepburn, Mickey Rooney, Julio Iglesias and others.
Laura Bettis, Music Director: Vocalist, Music Educator, Choral Director and Composer; has earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal performance from California State University and Master of Music Degree from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Laura has performed and directed musicals with numerous professional Musical Theater Companies and is the Founder and Director of Opera Elegant. Laura has years of experience working with young age students to adult performers. She has been Music Director for many Broadway musicals that have been well received by diverse audiences. Her patience and attentiveness to children is well known and she has been called “Everyone’s mom”.
Winkie Ballas Jamail, Voice Coach & Dance Instructor
Winkie is an Educator With years of experience as a Producer, Writer, Vocalist, Dancer, and Actress. As an Entertainer, Winkie Performed at the MGM Arena in Las Vegas and Caesar’s in Tahoe; live shows have been on CBS, ABC, A&E and ESPN. Winkie played the role of MARY MAGDALENE in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR with Equinox theatre, Performed live at the ROYAL ALBERT HALL in England for the DUAL OF THE GIANTS; Produced, wrote, recorded 26 CD’s for Dance Vision International (all currently being sold); Produced an original orchestral piece to be presented to the KING of OMAN; Produced and Directed HOUSTON PERFORMS America!; She is a Certified EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT, specializing in Instruction in Acting, Music and Dance for grades Pre-K through 12.
Assistant Instructors include: Cherish Bettis, Lawrence Wong. All of the instructors have years of experience and passion teaching young kids to adults. They all committed to bring the best of the students during this summer through the performing arts learning experience. All Theater camps will have the children perform on stage .

This summer, we invite you to help us Build a Better World for those in our community. The Maud Marks Library will be collecting nonperishable food and personal items throughout the summer for the Katy Christian Ministries Food Pantry. Come in at any time from June 1- August 5 and place your donation in the cardboard box by the summer reading registration desk. Come help us Build a Better World for the less fortunate in our community.

For more information, call Naomi Haught at 281-492-8592.