BJH students return to elementary school as mentors
Students in Bonnette Junior High teacher Mandy Addicks' eighth-grade AVID class are heading back to elementary school as part of a mentoring program at Carpenter Elementary. Each week, BJH students visit with students at Carpenter, working on projects, assignments, and classroom activities with them.
Addicks said one of her goals this year is to provide opportunities for her students to give back to the community. "Carpenter is close to many of their hearts, so we are going to try once or twice a month to go over there and either mentor a student or just have a small group of kids they can read with," she explained. "I am trying to introduce my students to volunteering and getting into the community."
The program is clearly a success as far as the Bonnette students are concerned. After their first visit, the entire group left Carpenter with smiles on their faces, and one of them threw her hands up and shouted, "I love these kids!"
Athletics Department announces 2019 hall of honor inductees
Congratulations to the Deer Park High School Athletic Hall of Honor class of 2019! The District celebrated the induction of four outstanding graduates on Friday, including Don Crosslin (Class of 1969), Robert Shaw (Class of 1979), Jason Skaer (Class of 1994), Ashley Winn (Class of 2006). After the induction dinner, the honorees and their guests attended the varsity football game and were recognized on the field prior to the start of the second quarter.
Don Crosslin, Class of 1969
Don Crosslin grew up in Deepwater and graduated from DPHS in 1969. While at Deer Park, Don was a varsity athlete in football, track and baseball. He was named all-district in football and baseball and was chosen as the Best All-Around Athlete at DPHS during his senior year. After graduation, Don accepted a football scholarship to the University of Texas and was a four-year starter for the Longhorns and was named All Southwest Conference three times. Don was also named Honorable Mention All American in 1971 and Preseason All American in 1973. Don played professionally in the World Football League for the Houston Texans and in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Robert Shaw, Class of 1979
Robert Shaw graduated from DPHS in 1979 and was the cornerstone of two of the most successful basketball teams in school history. During his junior year, the team reached the Region III Finals while compiling a 32-7 record. Robert achieved first team all-district and all greater Houston honors. During Robert’s senior year, the team finished with a record of 27-7 and reached the Region III Semi-Finals. That year, Robert was named first team all-district and all greater Houston as well as all-state and Honorable Mention All American honors. After graduating 22nd in his class, Robert accepted a scholarship to play basketball at Rice University, where he excelled athletically as well as academically, graduating with three bachelor of arts degrees in 1983. Since graduation from Rice University, Robert has enjoyed a career as a teacher, coach, and administrator.
Jason Skaer, Class of 1994
Jason Skaer grew up a coach’s kid and graduated from DPHS in 1994. Jason was a four-year starter on the varsity basketball team and a two-time all-state selection in 1993 and 1994. He was also an All-American selection at the completion of his senior season in 1994. After graduation, Jason attended Oklahoma State on a basketball scholarship and played in the 1995 Final Four as a true freshman. Jason later transferred to Rice University, where he became a team captain in 1999. His professional career took him to the European Professional Leagues from 1999-2003, where he was the Austrian League Most Valuable Player in 2001. After playing in Europe, Jason nearly played in the National Basketball Association as he competed in the NBA Developmental League in 2002.
Ashley Winn, Class of 2006
Ashley Winn is a state champion track athlete as well as a former volleyball player for DPHS. Ashley was a four-year member of the varsity track team and made her mark throwing the discus. She was the track team’s most valuable player for three consecutive years, and she won district and region in discus in 2004, 2005, and 2006. In 2004 and 2005, she earned silver as the runner-up at the state track meet, missing the gold medal her junior year by a mere 1.5 inches. During her senior year, she saved her best for last as she threw a school record 149’4” at the state meet to win the State Championship. Ashley graduated from DPHS in 2006 and accepted a track scholarship to University of Houston, where she became a three-year team captain and two-time regional qualifier.