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Students from the Deer Park High School-North Campus mentoring program, Deer Tracks, recently received some valuable advice on how to achieve future goals.
Former Houston Texans player Jimmy Herndon, DPHS-NC Assistant Principal Cassie Herndon’s husband, spoke to the students on how he was able to achieve his goal of playing in the National Football League (NFL).
Jimmy told his mother, when he was nine years old, that he was going to play football as a career and began his goal in the fifth grade.
He played football at Baytown’s Robert E. Lee High School and the University of Houston before being picked in the fifth round of the 1996 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He also spent time in the Chicago Bears organization before finishing his last two years with the Houston Texans.
“It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” Jimmy said. “It’s not always easy because you will need to learn at a young age to fight for the right things in life.”
His varsity football coach told him his senior year, in front of the whole team, that he needed to grow up.
“When he told me that, I did just that…grow up,” Jimmy said.
He told the students about four tips to have for their goals and make sure to keep them in mind.
“Daily decisions determine destinations and will help you reach goals,” Jimmy said.
The second tip is to commit to the vision.
“Something will come up to keep you from achieving that dream, but you have to learn to stick to it,” he said.
Making sacrifices to achieve a goal is the third tip.
“You will have to make sacrifices in order to achieve your goal,” Jimmy said. “I had to move my family nine times in 10 years to live my dream, so we had to sacrifice.”
The last tip he offered to the students was to ask for help.
“If you are stuck while trying to achieve your goal, make sure to ask someone for help like a teacher, a counselor, or principal to help you succeed,” Jimmy said.
Deer Tracks is an organization that Cassie Herndon developed this school year in which campus personnel mentor students who may need additional encouragement and academic support to help them succeed. They meet during advisory and have guest speakers come in to talk to students on how to achieve future goals and work through obstacles.
The Harris County Department of Education recently announced the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Award winners, and 27 Deer Park ISD students were writing award winners and one was an art winner.
Six students were awarded with the Gold Key in writing: Briana A. from Deer Park Junior High, Marla G. from Fairmont Junior High, Taylor G. from DPJH, William S. from Bonnette Junior High, Peyton V. from Deer Park High School-North Campus, and Elizabeth W. from DPJH. Deer Park High School-South Campus senior Mia S. was the lone Gold Key winner in art. These students advance to the national competition in New York City. National medalist winners will be announced in March.
Twelve students were awarded with the Silver Key in writing: Morgan C. from DPJH, Ximena G. from DPJH, Alyssa H. from DPJH, Anissa H. from DPJH, Aryssa K. from DPJH, Abigail M. from FJH, Haylee M. from DPJH, Abha M. from FJH, Maleah M. from DPJH, Tristan P. from BJH, Elissa R. from BJH, and Grace R. from BJH. Nine students were awarded with Honorable Mention: Ashtyn A. from BJH, Alyssa C. from BJH, Mariana C. from DPJH, Emma F. from BJH, Abby F. from BJH, Anthony H. from FJH, Jubilee H. from DPJH, and Bethany J. from DPJH.
For the last 92 years, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has provided young artists and writers in grades seven-12 with the chance to showcase their work as it identifies and documents their outstanding achievement. The competition’s mission is to bring outstanding visual arts and writing created by teens to a national audience by showcasing the work and encouraging creativity and career development.
At the beginning of each legislative session, a number of selected school districts are invited to bring a small representative group of their students along with their teachers with current exceptional applications of educational technology. On Monday, Jan. 30, the Texas Capitol Schoolhouse and the Capitol Schoolhouse Foundation facilitated actual high tech school classrooms in the basement of the Capitol Rotunda using state-of-the-art educational technology. Legislators and invited guests were given the opportunity to experience digital learning at its best.
Deer Park ISD was one of the 11 selected school districts to demonstrate the use of technology in its schools. Six students were selected by their campuses and the Technology Department to share how they are supported to learn digitally through the District’s Empower 1:1 iPad program. The students are: Michael S. from Bonnette Junior High, Durjoy E. and Katrina G. from Deepwater Junior High,Alyssa H. from Deer Park Junior High, and Anthony B. and Abigail K. from Fairmont Junior High.
The students hosted Senator Larry Taylor at the Deer Park ISD table in the Capitol Rotunda and taught him how to organize his files in the Notability App on his iPad. Representative Briscoe Cain, a Deer Park High School graduate, took time from his busy schedule to visit with the students and sponsors at the table. Additionally, the DPISD delegates were hosted in the offices of Representative Briscoe Cain, Senator Sylvia Garcia, Representative Mary Ann Perez, and Senator Larry Taylor as they participated in “photo ops” with the legislators, met the staff members of the different offices, and shared how educational technology is vital to their learning as Generation “Z” students.
In addition, Anthony B. was chosen as one of five students selected to participate in the opening exercises on the Texas Senate floor as a resolution was read by Senator Taylor declaring Monday, January 30, 2017 as Texas Capitol Schoolhouse Day.
The DPISD staff members who sponsored the students were BJH Campus Technology Integration Specialist Marla Chandler, DWJH CTIS Sheila Schatzke, DPJH CTIS Leslie Kilbourn, FJH CTIS Rachelle Corry, Computer Support Technician Shawn Hartis, and Chief Technology Officer Kari Murphy, Ed.D.
Editor’s Note: This article was written by Kari Murphy, who helped coordinate the Schoolhouse event. Photographs were taken by Rachelle Corry.
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