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Deepwater Junior High hosted the school’s Second Annual Graduation Walk on Wednesday, and over 100 Deer Park High School 12th-graders and college students who had attended school at DWJH gathered to celebrate their graduation and reconnect with their former teachers and a new generation of students. Refreshments were served in the school cafeteria, and each senior received a “Once a Pirate, Always a Pirate” shirt. Students shared stories, looked at yearbooks from their time at DWJH, and took photographs. Next, they walked the halls of the school, which were lined with current DWJH students and staff members, who clapped and cheered as the seniors made their way through the building.
The Floral Design program at Deer Park High School started over twelve years ago but has really taken off over the last eight years. Students at South campus are able to take Floral Design for an agriculture course or to obtain their fine arts credit. The program has grown to over 180 students with the option of taking classes for three years (Principles of Floral Design, Floral Design II, and Practicum in Floral Design.) Students are given the opportunity to create floral arrangements and projects for holidays and different seasons of the year. Some of the examples of these creations include; homecoming mums, wreaths, live arrangements for the holidays, wedding planning and funeral designs.
The Board of Trustees recently recognized a number of award-winning student writers, an athletic team, Career and Technical Education (CTE) students, and several employees.
SCHOLASTIC AWARD WINNERS
The Harris County Department of Education recently announced the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Regional and National Award winners. DPISD students earned one gold key award in art and, in the writing category, eight honorable mentions, 13 silver key awards, and five gold key awards. Three students who earned gold key awards at the local writing competition---Taylor G., Peyton V., and Elizabeth W.---also won gold medals at the national level of competition.
Pictured are: [from left, kneeling] Peyton V., Marla G., Abha M., Tristan P., Aryssa K., Abigail F., Haylee M., [standing] Ximena G., School Board President Lee Giddens, Maleah M., Grace R., Morgan C., Taylor G., teacher Candace Adams, Brianna A., Elizabeth W., teacher Madeline Evans, Alyssa H., teachers Amy Barclay, Paula Shamburger, Bethany Bradley, and Luz Guillen, and Superintendent Victor White.
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION COMPETITION
Many of the District’s Career & Technical programs offer students the opportunity to participate in Student Leadership Clubs that are a part of the class. These groups also give students the opportunity to enter competitions related to various aspects of their respective CTE programs. Six Deer Park High School students competed in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America [FCCLA] state competition.
Kristina G. competed in the Focus on Children category.
Pictured are, from left, Giddens, Sponsor Kayla Hoelscher, Kristina G., Sponsor Maura Sandhu, and White.
In the Culinary Arts area, the DPHS team earned first place in the state and advanced to national competition in Nashville in July. Deer Park students also took first and second place in the Mystery Basket competition, which is similar to the popular television series, Chopped. No school has ever taken first place in both state culinary events.
Pictured are, from left, Giddens, Chef Reggie Vincent, Ivan V., Addison B., Lorenzo M., Matthew G., Christian H., and White.
The following students in Marketing Education (DECA) represented Deer Park High School at the State Texas Career and Development Conference in February.
Pictured are, from left, Giddens, Derek L., Ashley R., Kenedy H., Tristan B., DECA sponsors Allene Pennington, Susan Robson, and Lisa Edmoundson, and White.
LADY DEER SOCCER
Trustees regognized the Lady Deer Varsity Soccer Team for being the area and bi-district champion as well as the district champion for the 13th consecutive year.
Pictured are, from left, Giddens, Girls Soccer Head Coach Jesse Saavedra, Nyah S. (District 22-6A Most Valuable Player), Laura A. (District 22-6A Goal Keeper of the Year), Madelyn H. (First Team All-District, Academic All-State), Sydney H. (First Team All-District, Academic All-State), Ashley A. (First Team All-District), and White.
The Board’s final guests included District representatives who won a combined 17 awards as part of the annual Texas School Public Relations Association Star Awards.
For the third consecutive year, a video created and produced by the District's videography team received the best of category award. Digital Media Specialist Jared Creel and former Digital Media Specialist Travis Pennington won this year for their Bring Me Sunshine video, which was the opening video for the 2015 convocation. The video also won a gold award. (Editor’s Note: The video can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/136632287.)
Director of Communications Matt Lucas received two gold awards and one silver award for photos and a gold award and a bronze award for articles he wrote for the District blog.
Department Administrative Assistant Cheryl Leon received a silver award for creating the printed program for the District's Employee Service Award Dinner and a bronze award for creating the printed program for the DPHS Industrial Academic Honors Dinner.
Former employee Jeri Martinez received two gold awards and two silver awards for her photos and three silver awards and one bronze award for articles she wrote for the District blog.
Over 1000 entries were submitted for awards consideration this year.
Pictured are, from left, Giddens, Director of Communications Matt Lucas, Digital Media Specialist Jared Creel, former Communication Specialist Jeri Martinez, Communications Administrative Assistant Cheryl Leon, and White.
Opening Exercises for the meeting were led by students from Parkwood Elementary. PWE Principal Debbie Yampey introduced the students, including second-grader Hailey H., first-graders Maybeth R. and Melanie S., and kindergartners Eleanor E. and Abigail Z.
Fifth-grade students at Dabbs Elementary recently presented a walk through history at the school's first Live Wax Museum. The participating students researched a historical figure and wrote a report on that person. For the Wax Museum, students dressed up as their chosen historical figure, coming to life to speak to visitors as that person.
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