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Students Choice Awards
05/12/2019

 


Students (front, from left) Jacob Naiser, Tarece Lensing and Canon Svegliato, all from Ross S. Sterling High School, with teachers (back, from left) John Tremmel, RSS; Katie Reyna, Robert E. Lee High School and Homebound and Mindy Merling, Stephen F. Austin Elementary are presented at the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation’s Students Choice Awards.

Photo by Mima Trujillo

 

Students (front, from left) Jacob Naiser, Tarece Lensing and Canon Svegliato, all from Ross S. Sterling High School, with teachers (back, from left) John Tremmel, RSS; Katie Reyna, Robert E. Lee High School and Homebound and Mindy Merling, Stephen F. Austin Elementary are presented at the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation’s Students Choice Awards.

 

 


Students (front, from left) Joshua Thompson; Justin Gonzales, Jr.; Brianna Herrera and Autumn Harris, all from Ross S. Sterling High School, honor their teachers (back, from left) Amy Albus, previously at Travis Elementary and now at Cedar Bayou Junior School and Mike Anzaldua, Bert Dunnington; Jennifer Henry and Brenda Fess, all from RSS, at the recent Students Choice Awards.  Not pictured are students Casey McCray from RSS, Zion Shillingford from RSS and teacher Ashlee Bellard Madison from Alamo Elementary.

Photo by Mima Trujillo

 

Students (front, from left) Joshua Thompson; Justin Gonzales, Jr.; Brianna Herrera and Autumn Harris, all from Ross S. Sterling High School, honor their teachers (back, from left) Amy Albus, previously at Travis Elementary and now at Cedar Bayou Junior School and Mike Anzaldua, Bert Dunnington; Jennifer Henry and Brenda Fess, all from RSS, at the recent Students Choice Awards. Not pictured are students Casey McCray from RSS, Zion Shillingford from RSS and teacher Ashlee Bellard Madison from Alamo Elementary.

 


 


Josiah Hughes (front) from IMPACT Early College High School, honors her former teacher Patricia Authement (back right) from Gentry Junior School. Megan Downs (back left) from Cedar Bayou Junior School was also honored by student Everett Crutchfield (not pictured) from IMPACT ECHS. Also pictured is Emily Patrick, English teacher, from IMPACT ECHS.

Photo by Mima Trujillo

 

Josiah Hughes (front) from IMPACT Early College High School, honors her former teacher Patricia Authement (back right) from Gentry Junior School. Megan Downs (back left) from Cedar Bayou Junior School was also honored by student Everett Crutchfield (not pictured) from IMPACT ECHS. Also pictured is Emily Patrick, English teacher, from IMPACT ECHS.

 


Students (front, from left) Emily Hansen, Almarie Green, Lorenzo Salinas and Maeva Flavien, all from Goose Creek Memorial High School, honor their teachers (back, from left) Gunnery Sgt. Jason Wells from GCM; Alexsia Shankle-Smith from Highlands Junior School (Gary Guy, principal, accepted her award.); Byoung (Sean) Kang from GCM and Shari May from GCM during the Students Choice Awards at Houston Raceway Park Club.

Photo by Mima Trujillo

 

Students (front, from left) Emily Hansen, Almarie Green, Lorenzo Salinas and Maeva Flavien, all from Goose Creek Memorial High School, honor their teachers (back, from left) Gunnery Sgt. Jason Wells from GCM; Alexsia Shankle-Smith from Highlands Junior School (Gary Guy, principal, accepted her award.); Byoung (Sean) Kang from GCM and Shari May from GCM during the Students Choice Awards at Houston Raceway Park Club.

 

 

Students Choice Awards

By Susan Passmore

 

Despite heavy rain and a power outage, 15 teachers, nominated by seniors as having made a difference in their lives, were honored at the Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation’s Students Choice Awards Banquet. A selection committee chose the honorees from a field of 550 letters from seniors about their teachers or former teachers.

 

The event, sponsored by Aramark; Awards & Engraving; Beehive Florist; Comex Corporation; Houston Raceway Park Club; Hutchison, Shockey, Erley & Co. and Texas Roadhouse, took place at Houston Raceway Park Club. Entertainment was provided by the Ross. S. Sterling High School Varsity Orchestra, under the direction of Camille Gates.

 

Erika Foster, GCCISD Education Foundation director, kicked off the event, and Laurie Terry, president, welcomed guests. Jennifer Walsh, vice president of development, led the pledge and Jim Wadzinski, board member, gave the invocation. After dinner, Ronnie Hotchkiss, president-elect, recognized students and teachers. Teachers received a plaque, a $50 gift card and a copy of a video created by Carrie Pryor-Newman of the GCCISD Communications Department. Students also received a copy of the video and a $50 gift card. Randal O’Brien, GCCISD superintendent, gave closing remarks. To see the video, go to https://youtu.be/JESyZoEug7M.

 

Teachers recognized with their students were Byoung (Sean) Kang, teacher, and Lorenzo Salinas, both from Goose Creek Memorial High School (GCM); Shari May, teacher, and Maeva Flavien from GCM; Alexsia Shankle-Smith, teacher from Highlands Junior School, and Almarie Green from GCM; Jason Wells, Gunnery Sgt. (Ret.), teacher, and Emily Hansen, GCM; Patricia Authement, teacher from Gentry Junior School, and Josiah Hughes from IMPACT Early College High School; Megan Downs, teacher from Cedar Bayou Junior School, and Everett Crutchfield from IMPACT ECHS; Amy Albus, teacher from Travis Elementary, now at Cedar Bayou Jr. School, and Joshua Thompson from Ross S. Sterling High School and Mike Anzaldua, teacher/coach from RSS, and Justin Gonzales, Jr. from RSS.

 

Others honored were Ashlee Bellard Madison, teacher from Alamo Elementary, and Zion Shillingford from RSS; Bert Dunnington, teacher, and Brianna Herrera, both from RSS; Brenda Fess, teacher, and Casey McCray from RSS; Jennifer Henry, teacher, and Autumn Harris from RSS; Mindy Merling, teacher and now counselor, from Austin Elementary, and Canon Svegliato from RSS; Katie Reyna, teacher from Robert E. Lee High School/Homebound, and Tarece Lensing from RSS and John Tremmel, teacher/coach, and Jacob Naiser from RSS.

 

A special tribute to her fourth-grade teacher at Travis Elementary, Suzy McGrew Gregory, from Lizeth Mendoza, a senior at Robert E. Lee High School, was included in the program. Gregory passed away shortly after giving birth to her son in 2011 while Mendoza was in her class.

“I do remember your smile and I recognize now just how much you sacrificed for me. You believed in me and you believe that I was capable of living my best life. You knew all along that I would become a leader and have a successful life. You knew all along that I would accomplish great things in life . . .Although I know that teaching twenty-one fourth-graders was not an easy task, still you had so much patience for us . . . I am proud to announce to you that all twenty-one of your Class of 2019 students will graduate this year,” Mendoza wrote in her letter.

 

Over the past 10 years, 150 teachers have been honored through the Students Choice Awards as one of the GCCISD Education Foundation’s goals of recognizing staff for exemplary teaching.

 

For more information or to donate to the GCCISD Education Foundation, contact erika.foster at gccisd.net or call 281-707-3610 or 832-597-9106. Individuals can also follow the foundation on Facebook or Twitter or through its webpage at www.gccisd.net/page/EducationFoundation.

 

 


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