Montgomery County education briefs: May 13-17

May 17, 2019 GMT

Students and teachers alike from around the county have recently received awards, scholarships and recognition for work in their individual fields.

John Cooper students recognized for art and writing

Several John Cooper students, both young and old, have been recognized for their work.

At the Texas Elementary Art Meet, a visual arts event sponsored by the Texas Art Education Association, 11 lower school students received awards, and 10 of those students received the highest rating during judging.

Abby Cain, Piper Casile, Riley Moore and Royce Poelma were selected “Top of Team” for being among the top 10 percent awarded and their art will be displayed on the organization’s website. Gia Aggarwala, Maddie Brents, Charlie Compofelice, Thomas Feng, Maisie Heitman, Dylan Swan and Morgan Youngblood also won awards.


In the upper school, another 11 students were recognized in the regional division of this year’s National Scholastic Art and Writing awards.

Senior Brian Ross was giving a Gold Key award for his writing portfolio, as well as an honorable mention in flash fiction. Silver Key recipients include Gabrielle Drinkwine, Caitlin Ross and Sarah Tindell for their poetry, Maya Robles for their writing, Amelia Solomon for her short story and Jessica Young for her dramatic script.

Several other students received honorable mentions.

Conroe ISD teachers awarded

Audra Langston, a speech and debate coach at Grand Oaks High School, has won her second Diamond Award from the National Speech and Debate Association. This award recognizes a professional career that combines excellence and longevity in speech and debate education, according to a press release.

In her work at the high school this year, Longston created the Bluebonnet World Schools Debate International Tournament to bring the international debate circuit to her students. Langston is to be recognized at the organization’s tournament in Dallas this June, where nearly 10,000 will be in attendance.

Also in Conroe ISD, McCullough Junior High School math teacher Kelly Vader won a Red Apple Award from Ashley Homestore and KHOU.

The award, of $500 in cash and a $2,500 check to refurnish the school’s teacher lounge, is given to difference makers in schools. One of Vader’s students, Hudson Richey, nominated her for the award for being his “school mom”.

“She’s been fighting breast cancer and even when she wasn’t feeling well she would still help me. She is the best teacher I’ve ever had,” Richey wrote in his nomination.


The Woodlands College Park senior given $10,000 scholarship

Graduating senior Jill Bohnet, who plans to attend Louisiana State University to study finance and engineering, received a $10,000 scholarship from Houston Asset Management, an investment advisory firm.

The firm selects a business or finance student seeking to advance their education and career goals to give the four-year scholarship to, which is made possible by donations to the firm’s charitable foundation.

To receive the scholarship, Bohnet had to apply, write an essay and participate in an interview with a 10-person panel. In addition to the scholarship funds, she is also eligible for a paid summer internship at the firm after her junior year of college.

Lone Star College student selected for international program

One student at Lone Star College-Kingwood, Matthew Molinar, was chosen as the lone United States student to attend the n+i Engineering Institutes study program in France this year. It’ll help him train for an international career.

Molinar, who will also receive a full scholarship for a master’s degree in engineering, is the third student from LSC to be selected to participate.