Members inducted into National Junior Honor Society at Needville ISD
Seventh-grade students inducted into the National Junior Honor Society at Needville Junior High are, front row, from left, Wyatt Brady, Mason Oliver, Emma Jernigan, Avery Schwaiger, Whitney Chumchal, Claire Ashburn, Gabriel Jeske and Anthony Munoz; middle row: Kylee Montalvo, Danica Tate, Taylor Watson, Carolina Muniz, Rylie Mikulec, Maylee Smith and Shelby Kuban; back row: Jacob Pentecost, Chandler Gabrysch, Lane Stavinoha, Kole Whiddon and Ava Valchar.
8TH GRADE: Eighth-grade students inducted into the National Junior Honor Society at Needville Junior High are, front row, from left, Lilian Arredondo, Ivylynn Von Niederhausern Ivylynn, Brylie Nesvadba, Gwendolyn Ellis, Claire Jetton, Brianna Russell, Hope Deleon, Isabella Flores, Lita Meyer, Maddie Watson and Chloe Frick; second row: Reyha Johnson, Cailyn Bliss, Abigail Campbell, Joselin Reyes, Mackenzie Dees, Me’chale Mayberry, Sofia Garcia, Sage Korczynski, Emma Satsky and Caroline Jetton; third row: Kourtney Carter, Angie Mejia, Emma Echols, Amanda Gibson, Claire Todd, Jessalyn Gregory, Cooper Mires, Aiden Armstrong, Jacob St. Hilaire and Joshua Kasmir; and Makala Smith, James Schreck, Clay Struska, Kaiden Bittner, Price Wylie, Jacob Muniz, Avrit Casey and Rylan Legendre.
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That’s a welcome statement for the 249 graduating seniors and their families and friends who have been looking forward to the big night for so long.
Gates at Blue Jay Stadium will open at 6 p.m. Friday, May 21, with the event beginning at 7 p.m.
“These students have worked long and hard to reach this milestone in their lives, and we are happy they will be able to enjoy the ceremony the way they deserve to,” said Rhodes. “We always want the best for all our students, and certainly for these young men and women who are eager to celebrate their accomplishments.”
As more and more people are vaccinated against COVID-19 and Texas continues to move toward a return to normalcy, restrictions have lightened to the point where Needville ISD administrators feel comfortable opening graduation to all who wish to attend.
Recently, Rhodes announced masks are no longer required for those attending outdoor events at NISD, and will not be required throughout the district as of June 1.
“Not only have we survived the pandemic, we have thrived here at Needville ISD,” said Steve Adamson, high school principal. “I am extremely proud of our students and their accomplishments. The graduation ceremony will be as close to normal as we can get. The graduates will be spaced 3 feet apart on the field and the processional and recessional will come and go from the middle school this year; those are the only real changes.”
Valedictorian Nicole de la Houssaye and Salutatorian Cody Estes will address the crowd, and the Rev. Greg Garcia of Creekside Christian Fellowship and the Rev. Donald Brdecka of The Filling Station Church will provide the opening and closing prayers.
In the meantime, seniors have a busy couple of weeks, starting with the prom from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, May 15, at the Wharton Civic Center.
Individual senior pictures were taken quite some time ago, but a class photo was impossible due to pandemic guidelines. However, the group picture is now slated to be taken Thursday, May 20.
Pro-Grad will take place just after graduation at Creekside Christian Fellowship, with graduates required to check in by 11 p.m.
The last day of school for students in pre-kindergarten through 11th grade is Thursday, May 27, with students released at 1 p.m. that day and the day before.
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Athletic trainers get Greater Houston Athletic Trainers’ Society award
The GHATS 2020 Tom Wilson Award was won by Needville High School Head Athletic Trainer Cale Cosper, and the GHATS Spring 2021 Student Athletic Trainer Scholarship was awarded to senior Emma Altreche, a student athletic trainer at the school.
Cosper wins award
Both Cosper and Assistant Athletic Trainer Casey Nichols are GHATS members in good standing, which is required of individuals who nominate trainers for the Tom Wilson Award. They are also licensed athletic trainers.
Nichols said he nominated Cosper for the honor “because he’s a great person to work with and I felt like he deserved the award. I feel like he represents what the award is all about.”
The award was established in 1995 and is named for legendary University of Houston Athletic trainer Tom Wilson. It is a tribute to the high standards he set for himself and others, as well as his lifelong passion for athletic training and for the Greater Houston area.
In order to be considered for the award, an athletic trainer must be nominated by a current GHATS member in good standing, submit a resume, and be a practicing athletic trainer with a minimum of 10 years’ experience.
He or she must also demonstrate activities at the local, state or national level which have benefitted GHATS and its members.
Young said once individuals are nominated, the GHATS Honors and Awards Committee scores all applicants, with one winner named annually.
“It is an honor to be nominated, let alone be awarded, the Tom Wilson Award from GHATS,” Cosper said. “We, as athletic trainers, never do what all we do for our athletes, teams, schools and communities to receive an award; it is just in our nature as Allied healthcare professionals. But it is nice to know sometimes it doesn’t go unnoticed. Thank you again, Casey Nichols and the GHATS Honors and Awards Committee.”
Altreche receives scholarship
Cosper and Nichols nominated Altreche for the scholarship she received from GHATS and said it is open to all student athletic trainers in all schools in the greater Houston Area, from 1A to 6 A.
“It gets to be a pretty fierce competition, and this is Needville’s second year in a row receiving one of these scholarships for one of our students,” Cosper said. “We are very proud of Emma.”
Students who apply for the scholarship must submit an essay and must be continuing in the medical field in some form.
Altreche will attend Baylor University’s pre-med program.
“I think I’m leaning toward pediatrics or emergency medicine,” she said. “I really appreciate being considered for this scholarship and I want to thank the staff I worked with here at the school.”
Young said Altreche will be presented with a plaque during the GHATS summer banquet.
“It’s a very competitive field, and we are happy for Emma,” he said.
CALE COSPER AWARD:
Needville High School Head Athletic Trainer Cale Cosper, center, received the prestigious Tom Wilson Award from the Greater Houston Athletic Trainers’ Society (GHATS). From left are: Assistant Athletic Trainer Casey Nichols, who nominated Cosper for the award; Cosper; and GHATS Past President Daniel Young, who presented the award.
Needville Elementary children learn life skills in a plot of land
It may not be a hidden garden, but it’s pretty magical to the students who tend its colorful plants.
Life Skills teacher Ada Moreno and paraprofessionals Lori Zurovec and Lana Morales said their students are involved in every aspect of the gardening process and learn a great deal from the experience.
“We all work together to show them the process of planting from beginning to end, starting with the seeds and getting the garden ready,” said Moreno.
“Hopefully it teaches them the skills to want to plant something and grow something at home, and maybe get their parents involved as well. One of my students told me, ‘I’ve never seen a garden with plants to eat!’ She was amazed.”
Others are impressed as well. Students can view the garden from the cafeteria, and can often be seen pointing out some of the vegetables that are starting to appear.
Yellow squash, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers and jalapenos are sprouting everywhere, and the students are excited to begin harvesting them.
“Our Life Skills students help prepare the garden, plant the seeds, weed and water the garden, and pick the vegetables; so they are involved in the entire process,” said Moreno. “They’re learning how plants work, from seed to fruit, and we discuss the dirt and the soil and all the aspects of how the plants need those things to grow.”
The garden was planted March 5 and Moreno has taken photos of the entire process to share with the students and their parents.
Life skills students taste some of the fresh vegetables in class, and any extras are offered to staff members for donations that are used for the purchase of seeds and other needs for next year’s garden.
The Life Skills garden has been a favorite on campus for several years, but COVID-19 prevented its planting last year.
This year, the class has students in grades kindergarten through three, all of whom enjoy the wonder of their garden.
Morales said she likes seeing the different varieties of the same vegetables the students pick, and Zurovec said she likes watching the students taste vegetables fresh from the garden and trying new recipes with them.
As for second-grader Jasmine Herrera, it’s all about the cucumbers, which she finds delicious.
Fellow second-grader Sophia Salcido’s favorite thing to do is pick vegetables, while classmate Lizbette Tula enjoys pulling grass and watering.
In fact, water seems to be a big draw for just about all the young gardeners. First-grader Christopher Pulido not only likes watering the plants, he also enjoys carrying the watering can to the garden.
“And I like watching Ms. Zurovec run from the water sprinkler,” kindergartner Diego Rodriguez said with a laugh.
In this enchanting garden, smiles and laugher are always plentiful as its charming caretakers work their magic.