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Evidence of Excellence
Deer Park ISD students recently showcased their rodeo-themed art pieces for the 2017 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) annual school art competition.
HLSR art judges visited Fairmont Junior High on Tuesday, Jan. 10, to judge entries from DPISD students.
Kendra B., art student of Wayneara Adams at Carpenter Elementary; Austin S., art student of Amanda Baker at Fairmont Junior High; and Pete V., art student of Ricia Kerber at Deer Park High School-Wolters Campus, were awarded the Best of Show awards.
Gold Medals were given to Sabino B., art student of Meghan Petty at CE in the elementary division; Dalton B., art student of Amanda Baker at FJH in the junior high division; and Christina D., art student of Ricia Kerber at DPHS-WC in the high school division.
The winning artwork will be on display in the Hayloft Gallery at Reliant Center on the first floor in the west end of the main hallway during the entire run of the Houston Rodeo. The Best of Show and the Gold Medal winners and parents will be invited to be guests of the rodeo. The students will be recognized at a special awards reception to receive trophies and gold medals.
Deer Park High School-South Campus choir students were treated to a special performance by the Texas A&M Singing Cadets, which also included three DPHS alumni.
Corey Bowers, Colton Laird, and Christopher Thomas graduated from DPHS and were also involved in the choir while in school. Each was able to speak about the history of the singing cadets and the brotherhood.
The special performance was possible during the group’s 10-day winter tour through Texas with stops in Deer Park, Kingwood, and Pearland.
The Deer Park High School choir continues to excel with another year featuring six All-State selections. Students were selected to the 2017 All-State Choir and will perform at the annual Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio in February.
Sophomore Brendon B. (Bass 1) was selected to the Mixed Choir, junior Shane D. (Tenor 1) was selected to the Mixed Choir, senior Daisy G. (Soprano 1) was selected to the Treble Choir, junior Madeline G. (Soprano 1) was selected to the Mixed Choir, senior Faith S. (Alto 1) was selected to the Treble Choir, and senior Kayleigh T. (Alto 1) was selected to the Mixed Choir. Senior Miles D. (Bass 1) and junior Jimmy P. (Tenor 2) were named second alternates.
The students go through four rounds of auditions to reach the final state audition. Across the state, over 18,000 singers started the process with the top four percent being named to the All-State Choir.
“It is exciting to get six All-State Choir members,” said Barry Talley, DPISD executive director of fine arts. “There is so much competition around the state, but it is especially tough in our area, which includes schools from Katy, Cy-Fair, Clear Creek, Fort Bend, Friendswood, and The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.”
Pictured left to right, front row: junior Madeline G., senior Kayleigh T., senior Faith S., and senior Daisy G. Left to right, back row: sophomore Brendon B. and junior Shane D.
A once in a lifetime opportunity arose for Deer Park High School Deer Escort Colonel Ashley F. just after Thanksgiving: the chance to perform at this year’s presidential inauguration ball for newly-elected president, Donald Trump.
“I was supposed to participate in majestic court that night, but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity,” said Ashley.
Twenty-five All-State dancers from Texas were invited to dance at the inauguration ball, and Ashely is one from the Houston area.
“I’m really excited, because I didn’t expect this opportunity at all…it’s kind of surreal,” she said.
Ashley will be leaving on Jan. 17 to travel to Washington D.C. to prepare for the dance routine with the 24 other dancers. They will also do some sight-seeing. The inauguration ball is scheduled for the night of Jan. 19.
“I’m not sure what to expect, but the organizers did say to expect up to a 1,000 politicians, celebrities, and a possible appearance by the newly-elected president,” she said.
Ashley is the first Deer Escort to represent Deer Park in a presidential inauguration.
“I’m honored, because I would have never thought I would be representing this town on such a big scale,” she said. “I’ll be wearing my Escort uniform and a sash that says I’m from Deer Park.”
“We are very proud to have Ashley representing our organization, our school, and our city,” said Deer Escorts Director Kristi Morrison. “She is an excellent representation of our program, and we are elated that she will be able to participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity. We are excited for her to show America how great of a fine arts program we have at Deer Park.”
Congratulations to Deer Park High School-South Campus 11th-grader Samantha J., whose artwork was chosen for the District’s 2016 Christmas Card. Samantha was recently recognized by the Board of Trustees, and she received a set of cards for her personal use. Samanatha’s teacher is Debi Yeiter.
Photos courtesy of Deer Park High School-South Campus Publications Adviser Amy Gullett
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