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(June 19, 2017) – The small community of Chappell Hill is gearing up for one of the “biggest small town parades” in Texas this July 4th as they host their 41st Annual Independence Day Parade at 10AM in downtown Chappell Hill.  “Chappell Hill loves to showcase our patriotism and we are looking forward to celebrating Independence Day with this year’s theme “America: Home of the Beautiful, the Brave and the Free,” stated Joel Romo, 2017 Parade Chair.

“We have visitors from throughout Texas and the country that come to take part in our pa rade and our newest attraction, the Cool Rods Car Show which takes place immediately following the parade has also become a major attraction.  State Representative Leighton Schubert (R-Caldwell) will serve as this year’s Grand Marshal.  Schubert is currently in his second term in the Texas House of Representatives and we are honored he has chosen to celebrate Independence Day with the community of Chappell Hill.  The Patriot Guard and the Washington County EMS Honor Guard will assist with opening ceremonies and of course, the World Famous Marching Kazoo Band will be making an appearance and any child wanting to join the kazoo band is welcomed,” stated Romo.

“The Chappell Hill Chamber of Commerce invites all area veterans to ride in our designated Veterans Floats sponsored by Chappell Hill Bank and Brenham National Bank, they will be stationed at the corner of Poplar & Main Street.  Award winning singer-songwriter Gary Durrenberger will perform from 9AM to 10AM and then again during the Cool Rods Car Show immediately following the parade.  Thanks to our sponsors the Chappell Hill Chamber of Commerce is able to offer over $750.00 in parade entry prizes and over $500.00 in Cool Rods Car Show prizes.  The Flava Trailer will be selling food, refreshments and snow cones throughout the event and there will be free choo-choo train rides available for kids,” said Romo.

Anyone wanting to enter the parade, Cool Rods Car Show or register their child for the Marching Kazoo Band can visit or call 979-421-6353 for additional information.  There will be two free parking lots available this year, one off of FM 2447 and one off of FM 1155 by the Chappell Hill Volunteer Fire Department.

With the goal of taking education to the next level and raising funds for local scholarships, the Women Empowering Women Express Network (WEWEN) of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) presented the Empowering Business Conference at Lone Star College-University Park this May. The event featured an economic outlook address from Barbara Thomason of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, a large vendor fair, and numerous professional development sessions from prominent area business coaches including Toni Harris Taylor of Drastic Steps Marketing and Karen Sharp of the Small Business Development Center.

Darlene Hajduk, founding WEWEN President and EBC Planning Committee Chair stated, “WEWEN is proud to have pioneered the Empowering Business Conference with major sponsors University of Houston Downtown, Lone Star College- University Park, Leadership North Houston, and A Splash of Sass Boutique. This inaugural fundraising event was a huge success; the community, sponsors, members, vendors, featured speakers, and the educational community all collaborated to help fund scholarships for women in business and to support The University Park Express Network (UPEN), a student chapter of ABWA.”

WEWEN, formed just one year ago in the Vintage Park area of Houston, shares the mission of the ABWA national organization by bringing together businesswomen of diverse occupations and providing opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.

Now one hundred members strong, WEWEN meets once a month at Lone Star College-University Park and provides additional networking and educational experiences throughout the year. “Expanding access to education is at the core of our mission,” stated WEWEN Vice President of Communications Melissa Rotholz, “We empower women with the resources they need to be successful through events like the Empowering Business Conference. This conference generated over $5000, which will be used to fund educational scholarships for local female students and WEWEN members.”

Hajduk added, “This is just the beginning! When we formed WEWEN, we all shared a commitment to finding new and impactful ways to support women in Northwest Houston.  We look forward to expanding WEWEN’s reach in the area and next year’s conference!”

For more information about the Empowering Business Conference, the Women Empowering Women Express Network, or the American Business Women’s Association, visit or email

Student honored as one of the nation’s top football players for Class of 2018 

June 2, 2017 – Taylor High School student Max Wright has been nominated to play in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl presented by American Family Insurance.  In total, 400 football players are nominated, but only 100 are selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the nation’s premier high school sporting event, held every January.

Wright was nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of All American Games, its national network of coaches and scouts, as well as 247Sports.  This nomination recognizes the versatility and adaptability Wright possesses both on and off the field.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a unique event designed to showcase and recognize the talents of America’s youth while celebrating the team that makes a difference every day for the nation – the U.S. Army.

Close to 5,000 Katy ISD seniors walked across the stage at the Leonard E. Merrell Center during this year’s graduation ceremony. Katy ISD congratulates all graduates and wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

The District is proud to announce the Top 10 graduates from each of its comprehensive high schools. They are:

Cinco Ranch High School:

·         Valedictorian: Trisha Neha Madhavan

·         Salutatorian: Tiffany Cheng Yu

·         No. 3: Alyssa Shuang Wu

·         No. 4: Nirmit Shah – No Social Media

·         No. 5: Sarah Kyoko Halvorsen

·         No. 6: Aidan Roy Gettemy – No Social Media

·         No. 7: Amol Milind Patil

·         No. 8: Sabrina Clare Hodgins

·         No. 9: Sean Bao Ngo

·         No. 10: Jamie Liang Tan

CRHS photo gallery

Katy High School:

·         Valedictorian: Holly Grace Meier

·         Salutatorian: Bryan Daniel Marin

·         No. 3: Kendrick Tan Mendoza

·         No. 4: Brandon Jay Komplin

·         No. 5: Sophia Nicole Carmen Lecher

·         No. 6: Jacob Michael Clayton

·         No. 7 : Sabrina Pereira Ghelardi

·         No. 8: Alexandria Helen Woodward

·         No. 9: Thanh Tam Thi Vo

·         No. 10: Denali Evangeline Ibbotson

KHS Photo Gallery


Mayde Creek High School:

  • Valedictorian: Kunal Shailesh Jain
  • Salutatorian: Wahibah Hannan
  • 3: Juseung “Chris” Park
  • 4: Shourya Kashyap
  • 5: Thy Nguyen
  • 6: Joseph Ola
  • 7 (tie): Andrew Duong
  • 7 (tie): Kassem Abusnineh
  • 9: Justin Ngov
  • 10: Vivian Lam

MCHS Photo Gallery

Morton Ranch High School:

·         Valedictorian: Alejandro Guadalupe Gaona

·         Salutatorian: Pranav Jayaraman

·         No. 3: Uche Ogochukwu Okwo No Photo Available

·         No. 4: Nicholas Alexander Rose

·         No. 5: Victoria Belen Baltazar

·         No. 6: Alyssa Patricia Chuidian

·         No. 7: Alexander Octavio Viteri

·         No. 8: Alyssa Ann Catoc Reyes

·         No. 9: Jeremy Sander See Bayangos

·         No. 10: Isra Rehman

MRHS Photo Gallery

Seven Lakes High School:

  • Valedictorian: Naveen Chokkar
  • Salutatorian: Jessica Shu No Photo Available
  • 3: Jingze Yu
  • 4: Thomas Xiong
  • 5: Helen Zhou
  • 6: Eva Patel
  • 7: Rohan Sura
  • 8: Justin Zhang
  • 9: Sharon Xu
  • 10: Moniish Elanchezhian

SLHS Photo Gallery

Taylor High School:

  • Valedictorian: Maria Sturzu
  • Salutatorian: Shujian “Scott” Lin
  • 3: Irena Wan
  • 4: Oishik Saha
  • 5: Sheel Yerneni
  • 6: Ananya Subraman
  • 7: Angela Lin
  • 8: Jessica Rao
  • 9: Alissa Nguyen
  • 10: Vincent Liu

THS Photo Gallery

Tompkins High School:

  • Valedictorian: Kavya Chandran
  • Salutatorian: Lucy Haoyue Chen
  • 3: Saloni Patel
  • 4: Brett Lawrence Dolotina
  • 5: Tanaya Pampattiwar
  • 6 (tie): Sudarshan Gopalakrishnan
  • 6 (tie): Tanvi Jadhav
  • 8: Audrey Liu
  • 9: Brian Bandaranaike
  • 10: Venkata Ravila

OTHS Photo Gallery

People of all ages and backgrounds invited to join in the celebration

HOUSTON, May 31, 2017 – Levy Park will host World Refugee Day Houston 2017 on June 17 to honor and celebrate the strength and perseverance of the many refugees who have rebuilt their lives in Houston and contributed to the city in multiple ways. The event, presented by the Houston Refugee Consortium, is scheduled from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Levy Park, 3801 Eastside St. in the Upper Kirby District.

The event will feature entertainment, including musicians, dancers and a resource/artisan fair. Houstonians will also have the opportunity to enjoy delicious food from refugee and immigrant-owned restaurants, celebrating Houston’s culinary diversity. The entire family is invited to this fun, free and educational event.

“Houston was recently cited as the most diverse city in the United States, which is something we can all be proud of,” says Doug Overman, Park Director of Levy Park Conservancy. “We have led the country in refugee re-settlement in the last few years, welcoming people with open arms, which we are happy to celebrate at Levy Park on June 17. Community members are invited to come out and embrace other cultures which contribute so much to the quality of life in Houston and to enjoy all that Levy Park has to offer.”

World Refugee Day was established in 2001 by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children forced to flee their homes under the threat of persecution, conflict and violence. Since 2003, the Houston Refugee Consortium has honored refugees at the annual World Refugee Day event which is hosted in partnership with the City of Houston, UNHCR and several community partners.

The Houston Refugee Consortium is a partnership of six organizations serving refugees in Houston; the Alliance for Multicultural Community Services, Bilingual Education Institute, Catholic Charities of Galveston-Houston, Interfaith Ministries, Refugee Services of Texas and YMCA International Services.

The mission of World Refugee Day Houston is three-pronged:

  1. Raise Awareness: World Refugee Day introduces the general public to the many contributions refugees make in Houston
  2. Honor Refugees: World Refugee Day honors the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who were forced to flee their homes and rebuild their lives
  3. Show Gratitude: World Refugee Day thanks the many Houstonians who have welcomed refugees with open arms for more than 40 years.

Go to to learn more. You can also follow Levy Park on social media, including Twitter @levyparkhouston, Facebook @levyparkhou and Instagram @levypark.

About Levy Park Conservancy

The Levy Park Conservancy is an affiliate of the Upper Kirby District Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization managing Levy Park, a six-acre City of Houston park in the Upper Kirby District of Houston. The Conservancy oversees the maintenance, operations, long-term stewardship, programs and events, partnerships and visitor services, and concessions at Levy Park. Learn more about the Conservancy and the park at


As a salesperson, time doesn’t wait for you or your business. You need to stay ahead of the competition reaching your markets or you will become obsolete. Understanding how sales has evolved and how to keep competitive was the focus of the Working Lunch Series hosted by Central Fort Bend Chamber at Fort Bend Country Club on May 18th.

Guest Speaker Rob Thompson of TruCore Business Development presented on sales effectiveness including ways of communication, differences in buyer types, making sales your competitive advantage, importance of having a sales process, and more. “A sales person should develop a sales approach and processes for sales calls that create value, engage the buyer, and get their attention,” says Thompson. The seminar covered the various changes in technology for social selling, inbound marketing and how to generate more top leads and opportunities. Thompson continued, “Technology [social media] has introduced a different level of communication that creates challenges if not used correctly. However, good old fashion cold calling is still effective with persistence and the right approach.” The seminar closed with some actionable insights that can be used immediately – increasing sales and enhancing engagement.

Thompson is an expert in sales, sales operations, sales effectiveness, and sales team leadership. His consulting process applies passionate practices that win for companies and individuals seeking to achieve more.

For more information about the speaker and TruCore, visit

The Central Fort Bend Chamber’s Working Lunch Series focuses on technical education topics for small business and is held the third Thursday of each month. The next seminar is on emergency preparedness for small businesses. Learn how to prepare and cope with natural and man-made disasters that could affect your business and everyday life.

The cost of the luncheon is $25 for Chamber members and $35 for non-members.

For more information on how to sponsor or register, go to or call the Chamber at 281-342-5464.

The Central Fort Bend Chamber is a 106 year old non-profit membership organization dedicated to creating a strong local economy where businesses can prosper. The Central Fort Bend Chamber advocates for over 1,000 local businesses led by a volunteer board of directors who are dedicated to sustaining Fort Bend County’s quality of life, and keeping our community and economy vibrant.








IMG_1984                  (left to right): Matt Breazeale, Jones|Carter; Rene Casanova, Casanova Insurance; Tom Crayton, Crayton & Vilt, PLLC


IMG_1981                  (left to right): Matt Breazeale, Jones|Carter; Mona Parikh, Keller Williams; Tom Crayton, Crayton & Vilt, PLLC


IMG_2003                  (left to right): Regina Morales, Central Fort Bend Chamber; Rob Thompson, TruCore Business Development


IMG_2007                  (left to right): Ann Bivin, Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union; Amaris Kinsy, Greenway Cleaning Solutions; Tom Crayton, Crayton & Vilt, PLLC; Tom Skupnjak, CPG Energy; Marla Jurek, Brazose Valley Schools Credit Union; Rob Thompson, TruCore Business Development; Rene Casanova, Casanova Insurance; Mark Bratton, Bratton Pools; Maggie Castillo, Bratton Pools; Veronica Mendoza, Bratton Pools; Mona Parikh, Kellwe Williams; Joel Raymond, GreenScape Associates, LLC; Matt Breazeale, Jones|Carter; Chris Prewitt, GreenScape Associates, LLC

UT Physicians Community Health &Wellness Center – Rosenberg, the clinical practice of McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), celebrated the grand opening of the newest health center at 5115 Avenue H, Suite 701 with a ribbon cutting. UT Physicians staff, Central Fort Bend Chamber representatives, elected officials and over 350 guest enjoyed tours of the new facility; fun activities for the attendees; free health screenings; including a meet and greet with the Rosenberg Fire and Police Department.

Fort Bend County residents will now be able to receive high-quality primary care and medical screenings at the multispecialty center. The clinic offers primary care for children, adolescents and adults. Specialists include a family practitioner, pediatrician, psychiatrist and urogynecologist.  Andrew Casas, vice president and chief operating officer of UT Physicians, welcomed the large crowd and spoke about UT Physicians’ mission, “Providing exceptional health care close to home is one of the missions of UT Physicians,” Casas said. “UT Physicians is looking forward to providing excellent, comprehensive care that people can count on in their neighborhood.”

UT Physicians brings to Rosenberg the world renowned care of the Texas Medical Center and has partnered with Community Health Choice whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of underserved residents of Southeast Texas by opening doors to coordinated, high-quality, affordable health care and health-related social services. The new facility will have a dedicated space for wellness education programs, including a food demonstration kitchen where they will be teaching diabetes awareness and Zumba classes for the exercise enthusiasts.


For more information on UT Physicians Health and Wellness Center, visit or call (713) 486-1950.


The Central Fort Bend Chamber is a 106 year old non-profit membership organization dedicated to creating a strong local economy where businesses can prosper. The Central Fort Bend Chamber advocates for over 1,000 local businesses led by a volunteer board of directors who are dedicated to sustaining Fort Bend County’s quality of life, and keeping our community and economy vibrant.

For more information on the Chamber or its programs, call 281-342-5464 or visit


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Andrew Casas, UT Physicians; Dr. Thomas Murphy, UT Physicians; Carmen Lawrence, UT Physicians; Tom Wilson; Dr. Kevin Hwang, UT Physicians; Kenneth Janda, Community Health Choice; Karen Love, Community Health Choice; Cynthia McConathy, Mayor, City of Rosenberg; Dr. Johneca Broussard, UT Physicians; Dr. Kairav Shah, UT Physicians; Rose Pickens, Attack Poverty; Dr. Sevahn Carril, UT Physicians; Griselda Zacek, UT Physicians; Jernae Bijou, UT Physicians; Brenda Ramagnoli, UT Physicians; Victor Garcia, UT Physicians; Amanda Barta, Council Member City of Rosenberg

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Dr. Thomas Murphy; UT Physicians; Karen Love, Community Health Choice; Kenneth Janda, Community Health Choice; Andrew Casas, UT Physicians

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Cynthia McConathy, Mayor City of Rosenberg; Dr. Johneca Broussard, UT Physicians; Andrew Casas, UT Physicians

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Twana Wilson, UT Physicians; Johnathan Gray, UT Physicians; Cynthia McConathy, Mayor, City of Rosenberg; Esmeralda Melton, UT Health Center

HOUSTON (5/9/2017) – Step right up, step right up! Circus 1903-Golden Age of Circus will help cap off SPA’s 50th Anniversary Season, for several performances June 9th through the 11th in Jones Hall, presented by the Society for the Performing Arts.

From the producers of The Illusionists, the best-selling magic show in the world, and the creative minds at Significant Objects, the award-winning puppeteers behind War Horse on Broadway, comes a celebration and reimagining of a turn-of-the-century circus spectacular.

Two decades ago, Cirque du Soleil famously removed the animals from the circus, but with Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus they are back and more beautiful—and distinctive—than ever! Along with mesmerizing puppets and special effects to create the animal acts, Circus 1903 -The Golden Age of Circus also features the most amazing, dangerous, and exceptional acts from the four corners of the globe. It all comes together to transport the audience to the golden age of the circus, a truly captivating circus extravaganza that is the perfect night for the entire family.

All performances will be held in Jones Hall for the Performing Arts. There will be five total performances from Friday, June 9th through Sunday, June 11th.
Friday, June 9, 7:30pm
Saturday, June 10, 2pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, June 11, 2pm and 7pm Tickets are $33-93 and can be purchased online at, by phone at 713-227-4772 or at the courtyard level ticket office at Jones Hall located at 615 Louisiana St. Hours of operation: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday. For groups of 15 or more call 713-632-8113. Prices are subject to change. About Society for the Performing Arts 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.

Kids can sample water sports, horseback riding and more on May 21 

HOUSTON – On the banks of scenic Lake Livingston mounted to the tall pines is one of the longest dual zip lines in Texas. All summer long, children – secured in their harnesses – race each other down the cabled lines in what many have described as an “experience of a lifetime” on the 530 acres of YMCA’s Camp Cullen.

For those who have never experienced Camp Cullen in Trinity, Texas, the YMCA is opening its doors to the public free of charge on May 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. During this time, children will get to sample what this lakeside camp has to offer, specifically kayaking, horseback riding, archery and tours of the extra modern and air-conditioned cabins and a newly built dining hall that offers dramatic views of the lake at any time of day.

After attending Camp Cullen and climbing its 55-foot tall Alpine tower, going wake boarding, sailing, and playing sports, parachute games and paintball, kids often return home from this residential camp having gained much more than a week of fun.

“YMCA Camp Cullen is more than just a summer camp. It provides an opportunity for kids to have life-changing experiences. While each day is packed full of tubing, ropes courses, creative arts, drama, dancing and opportunities to learn about geology and environmental science, behind the scenes kids are building self-confidence and making lasting friendships,” said Andrew Hood, director of the camp. “Camp Cullen is a community that instills a sense of belonging and being a part of something.”

Camp Cullen has consistently garnered the highest ratings from camp participants and their parents. Hood believes this is because the camp is also designed to appeal to a kid’s heart and soul.

“No doubt our kids like the cool stuff, but at Camp Cullen, they feel at home. They are welcomed energetically from the minute they arrive and are embraced by a staff that takes caring of the children to more meaningful levels,” Hood said of the camp counselors, many of whom travel from as far away as Great Britain and Australia to be an instrumental part of the camp experience. “Every year, parents tell us that their children return home more confident than ever, and that they forged so many new and lasting friendships with kids they otherwise would never have met.”

Camp Cullen is open to kids ages 7-17 and operates in one-week sessions. It is located 90 miles north of Houston.

No registration is necessary to try Camp Cullen on May 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. for free. Simply drive up and have fun! Camp Cullen is located at 460 Cullen Loop in Trinity, Texas: Camp Map and Directions

Want to arrange a tour on another day? Please call 936-594-2274.

For more information, please visit:


Adventure Courses include: Challenge Course, Alpine Climbing Tower, Hamill High Ropes Course, Dual Zip Lines.

Special Tracks include: Horsemanship, Water Sports (water skiing, wakeboarding, knee boarding, tubing, canoeing, sailing), Teen Leadership and Kamp K’aana for children who struggle with weight issues.

Sports include: Basketball, Kickball, Soccer and Parachute Games.

Target Sports include: Archery, Paintball, and a .22 Rifle Range with a focus on safety.

Other Activities include: Creative Arts, Dance, Fishing, Outdoor Living Skills, Cookouts, Hiking, Nature Classes, Geology and Environmental Science.

Themed Weeks include: Aloha Summer, Teen Leadership Camp, Under the Big Top, Sci-Fi, Outdoor Leadership Development, Teen Adventure Camp, Superheroes, Passport to Another World, Wild Wild West, Planet Earth Safari and Time Traveler.

By: Tom Behrens

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


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.


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.