Community Pride - March 14

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Student-athlete makes honor roll at UT-Tyler

Kathryn Haag, a University of Texas at Tyler sophomore and 2010 Kingwood High School graduate, has been recognized by the American Southwest Conference on its 2011 fall All-Academic Honor Roll. The All-ASC academic teams include the sports of cross country, football, soccer and volleyball.

To be eligible for ASC All-Academic honors, student-athletes must be classified academically as a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student during the competition season and have been in attendance and completed at least one academic year (two consecutive semesters) at their institution. They must also have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average as certified at the conclusion of the academic semester in which the ASC sport championship is held.

Haag was also named to the President’s Honor Roll for the fall semester. To be named to the President’s Honor Roll, a student must have completed, in one semester, 12 or more semester credit hours with grades of “A” in all courses that carry grade points.

Students earn degrees from Lamar University

Lamar University conferred 1,132 degrees during commencement ceremonies on Dec. 17. Among those earning master’s degrees were Kingwood residents Michael Steven Grofman, Melissa Dawn Land, James Livingston, Bernard Patrick Mulvaney Jr., administration; and Becky Lynn Godell, educational technology leadership.

Resident earns degree from SMU

Virginia Ascencio, a resident of Kingwood, received a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing during the December 2011 Southern Methodist University commencement ceremony.

Student makes Dean’s List at Tufts University

Michael Borys, of Kingwood, a member of the Class of 2013, was named to Tufts University’s Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester. Dean’s List honors at Tufts University require a semester grade point average of 3.4 or greater.

Students make Dean’s List at LeTourneau

Kingwood residents Michael Watson and Kimberly Cook were recognized for outstanding academic accomplishments by being named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at LeTourneau University.

The Dean’s List recognizes students who have achieved a grade point average between 3.50 and 3.99 for the semester.

Officer gets promoted in pinning ceremony

Bradley A. Shearer was promoted to the rank of major at a ceremony on Dec. 2. Col. Dennis O’Brien, assistant chief of staff and chief information officer, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, presided over Shearer’s ceremony.

A 1998 graduate of Kingwood High School, Shearer’s parents, Kingwood residents Franklin and Elaine Shearer, attended the ceremony along with his wife, Taegan. Taegan assisted Franklin with the traditional pinning of the rank on Shearer’s dress uniform.

Students make TSU Dean’s List

The following Kingwood residents have been named to the fall 2011 Dean’s List at Texas State University: Craig A. Cardamone, Charles T. Casey, Brittany Cherry, Ashleigh K. Daley, Emily A. Divalerio, Paula J. Gerbig, Kelsey N. Jones, Anne O. Jost, Erin Caitlin Bell, Kelly A. Chambliss, Amy Elizabeth Cole, Kristen Marguerite Doyle, Rachel D. Ealy, Jessica T. Fleet, Shae A. Griffin, Nicole L. Hewett, Ashton Leigh Hogoboom, Austin R. Jensen, Shyanne Kenny, Kelly A. Stehle, Suzanne E. Uhlman, Devon Elizabeth Velchoff, Allison R. Weed, Steffani L. Willms, Callie M. Long, Shannon L. MacNaughton, Megan Elizabeth Martin, Patrick W. McGinnis, Briana R. Miller, Katharine E. Raught, Laura A. Rensberger, Sean J. Rickert, Michelle D. McGee, Dustin P. O’Neall, Suzanne E. Peterson, Tyler Luke Purcell, Brianne Jayla Richardson, Merideth S. Seiler, Emily Anastasia Sendukas, Gabriel Ashton Williams and Alexandria M. Zwick.

To be named to the Dean’s List at Texas State, a student must earn a minimum grade-point average of 3.50 while carrying a class load of at least 12 semester hours.

Residents receive degrees at Texas State

The following Kingwood residents were among the degree candidates at the 2011 fall commencement ceremonies at Texas State University: Wade T. Angerman, bachelor’s degree in management; Kelly A. Chambliss, bachelor’s in art; Rachel E. Hamblin, bachelor’s in family and child development; Zoila Y. Herrera, bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies; Kyle W. Johnson, bachelor’s in accounting; Heather L. Lowery, bachelor’s in marketing; Kelly E. Lyman, bachelor’s in marketing; Kelsey R. Manning, bachelor’s in mass communication — electronic media; Eric A. Peterson, bachelor’s in performance; Julie M. Raught, master’s in accounting; Sean J. Rickert, bachelor’s in theater; Chelsea M. Rivet, bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies; and Colton J. Smith, bachelor’s in exercise and sports science.

Seaman completes Navy basic training

Navy Seaman Tait S. Garrett, son of Delisa L. and Brian P. Garrett, of Kingwood, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Garrett completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Student makes Harding University’s Dean’s List

Melissa Nelson, of Kingwood, was among nearly 1,200 Harding University students included on the Dean’s List for grades achieved during the fall 2011 semester. She is an early childhood special education major.

To be eligible, a student must be carrying 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher grade point average and no incompletes.

Student achieves academic honors at Tarleton State

Phillip Hensley, of Kingwood, was recently named to Tarleton State University’s A Honor Roll List for the fall 2011 semester at the university’s Stephenville campus. Hensley is majoring in engineering.

Students making the list have a 4.0 grade point ratio on the 4.0 system and are taking a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Student named to Dean’s List at Beloit College

Laura Shope, of Kingwood, has been named to Beloit College’s Dean’s List for the fall semester.

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must carry a semester GPA of 3.4 or higher and take a minimum of three letter-graded units for the term.

Student graduates from Trinity University

David Shope, of Kingwood, has graduated from Trinity University with a Bachelor of Science in physics. Commencement exercises were held Dec. 17 on the San Antonio campus.

Kingwood native hires on at national agency

The Lindsey and Asp Advertising and Public Relations Agency at the University of Oklahoma recently hired Kingwood native Nicole Rogers. The agency is one of only 10 fully integrated student-operated agencies in the nation.

Rogers will be working with the media team and Fort Sill account in the public relations department as a reporter. Selection as a member of the agency is the result of a rigorous interview and portfolio review process and is a noteworthy accomplishment.

Students make Trinity University Dean’s List

The following Kingwood students have been named to the Dean’s List for the 2011 fall semester at Trinity University: Jacob Pekarek, Maxwell Robinson and Rosemary Steup.

The Dean’s List honors Trinity students who maintained a grade point average of 3.65 or better while enrolled in a minimum of 15 semester hours.

Residents earn engineering degrees from Georgia Tech

The Georgia Institute of Technology presented degrees to approximately 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students during the Institute's 241st commencement exercises. Among those were Kingwood residents Chad Bednar and Blake Soileau. Bednar received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, and Soileau received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering.

Music students make Dean’s List at Berklee

Berklee College of Music announces students who have earned placement on the Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 2011 academic year. To be eligible for this honor, a full-time student must achieve a grade point average of 3.4 or above; a part-time student must achieve a grade point average of 3.6 or above. The following students from Kingwood earned placement on the 2011 fall Dean’s List: Rebecca Patterson and Christen Keogh.

Student makes Dean’s List at UT-Tyler

The University of Texas at Tyler has named Jason Wu, of Kingwood, to the Dean’s List for the 2011 fall semester. To be named to the Dean’s List at UT Tyler, a student must have completed at least 12 semester credit hours at the university with a grade point average of 3.75 or above.

Austin College students study abroad

Karah Garcia and Scott Meara, both of Kingwood, enjoyed a full-term study abroad experience during the fall 2011 semester through Austin College.

Karah is the daughter of Gilbert and Maria Garcia. She spent the semester studying in Limerick, Ireland. Scott is the son of John and Linda Meara. He spent the fall in Belem, Brazil. Both students are graduates of Kingwood High School.

Kingwood High senior receives scholarship to Berkley College

Dr. Dario A. Cortes, Berkeley College president, has announced that Shelby Eastman, of Kingwood, a senior at Kingwood High School, has received a scholarship to attend Berkeley College.

“We are proud to recognize the academic accomplishments of Shelby by awarding a scholarship to attend Berkeley College,” said Cortes. “As a college that values diversity, fosters academic growth and recognizes the potential of each student, Berkeley College looks forward to welcoming Shelby to our campuses in the coming year.”

Berkeley College scholarships are awarded annually to high school seniors who demonstrate a high level of achievement in high school. Scholarships are renewable based on the recipient’s cumulative grade point average at the end of each academic year and continued enrollment as a full-time student.

Seaman apprentice completes basic training

Navy Seaman Apprentice Christopher A. Garcia, son of Lisa A. and Pete R. Morales, of Kingwood, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Garcia completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Kingwood student receives scholarship to Concordia Texas

Brittany Wolfe, of Kingwood, has been awarded the Presidential Scholarship at Concordia University Texas in recognition of her academic achievements. Wolfe will graduate from high school in 2012. She plans to pursue a degree in English.

Student makes Dean’s List at A&M-Corpus

Leonard Genco, of Kingwood, has been named to the Dean’s List at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for the 2011 fall semester. Genco is a student in the College of Liberal Arts and is studying criminal justice.

To qualify, undergraduates must be enrolled full time with a minimum of 12 semester hours and must earn a grade point average of 3.65 or better on a 4.0 scale.

KHS student to attend youth summit

Jeff Greco, of Kingwood, a student at Kingwood High School, has been selected to represent Texas as a National Youth Delegate at the 2012 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University June 24-29.

Greco has been awarded the opportunity to join a select group of 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive week-long study of leadership in environmental science and conservation. Greco was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies.

Student earns degree from Western Governors

Sarah Holmes, of Kingwood, received a Master of Education in management and innovation from Western Governors Univesity on Feb. 11.

Navy lieutenant reports for duty

Navy Lt. Jeffrey P. Hooke, son of Joyce Downey, of Kingwood, recently reported for duty with Training Air Wing Two, Naval Air Station, Kingsville, Texas.

Hooke is a 2000 graduate of Kingwood High School and joined the Navy in June 2000.

University of Dallas student makes Dean’s List

Jonathan Allison, a sophomore business major from Kingwood, has been named to the University of Dallas Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester.

Student makes Dean’s List at Merrimack

Emily Para, a resident of Kingwood, was named to the fall semester 2011 Dean’s List at Merrimack College. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must achieve a 3.25 grade point average or higher, based on a 4.0 grading system.

Residents earn honors at University of Oklahoma

Several Kingwood residents are listed on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus honor roll for the fall 2011 semester. Those include the following: Nicholas Keith Purcell, Laura Christine Zastoupil, Ashlee Patricia Barrett, Dylan Taylor Akers, Catherine E. Cunningham, Nicole Elizabeth Rogers, Laura Elizabeth Murphy, Christine Amanda Bayse, Diana R. Drummond, Kyle M. Whalen, Miranda Holmlund Miles, Kelley Brennan Curtis, Courtney Ann Woltjen, Gregory Tyler Rosser, Corrie J. Degraffenreid and Rebecca J. Hardwicke.

In most colleges, students must earn a minimum 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale to be included on the honor roll. Students in the College of Architecture are recognized with a 3.3 or better, and students in the College of Engineering are recognized with a 3.0 or better.

Cunningham and Whalen were also named to the President’s Honor Roll for earning a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.

Graduate students earn degrees from TWU

Texas Woman’s University held winter commencement exercises Dec. 16-17. Among the graduates were Kingwood residents Angela Paiz, Master of Business Administration; Linda M. Drake, Master of Library Science; Shannon Keith Cortez; Master of Occupational Therapy; and Suzanna Keenan, Master of Occupational Therapy.

Student makes Dean’s List at Emory College

Elizabeth Brewer, of Kingwood, daughter of Julie Brewer and David Brewer, both of Kingwood, was named to the Dean’s List of Emory College for the 2011 fall semester.

Students must be in the top 20 percent of Emory College or have approximately a 3.81 grade point average or higher to be named to the Dean’s List.