Katy Rotary Club recognizes students for top essays

Katy High School's Jordan Clark and Seven Lakes High School's Carlos Vargas were recently awarded $250 each as their prize for winning a Katy Rotary Club essay contest, club officials have announced.

Students were asked to write on the subject "What 9/11 Means to Our Country," contest officials said. The contest was tied to the dedication of Freedom Tower in Freedom Park, but the young essayists were unable to read their work due to inclement weather during the Sept. 11, 2015, dedication, officials said. Vargas and Clark recently read their essays as part of a Katy Rotary Club meeting program.

"It was a tragedy," said Vargas, 16, son of Luc and Carlos Vargas of Cinco Ranch, about the events of Sept. 11, 2001, "which led to more tragedy. But it shows how the U.S. and the whole world adapt and change."

Vargas was sponsored by Seven Lakes High English teacher Jonathan Frishman; Clark was sponsored by Katy High English teacher James Sanders, according to a Rotary Club spokesperson.

KISD student athletessign for scholarships

Twenty Katy Independent School District students have signed letters of intent for a variety of colleges and universities offering scholarships to the outstanding athletes, district officials have announced.

The following is a list of students, their sport and their school of higher learning:

Cinco Ranch High School:

1 Corin Evans, volleyball, Stephen F. Austin State University and

1 Katy Rutherford, golf, University of Nevada

Mayde Creek High School:

1 Hailey Williams, track, Memphis University

Seven Lakes High School:

1 Connor Capel, baseball, University of Texas at Austin

1 Austin Childs, diving, St. Bonaventure University

1 Kacie Jo Corbin, cross country/track, University of North Texas

1 Ashni Dhruva, golf, Pennsylvania State University

1 Kristen Hepler, swimming, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)

1 Andrew Knutson, baseball, Weatherford Junior College

1 Bryan Sturges, baseball, Texas Christian University

1 Carter Smith, baseball,, Sam Houston State University

1 Zack Smith, baseball, Blinn Junior College

1 Carlos Varela Jr., baseball, Oklahoma State University

Taylor High School: 1 Sophie Mitchell, volleyball, University of New Orleans and

1 Trey Morris, baseball, Texas Christian University

Tompkins High School:

1 Drew Guthrie, baseball, Harding University

1 Nick Hutchinson, baseball, A&M Kingsville

1 Marissa Langer, golf, University of Texas at Dallas

1 Brittany Panetti, basketball, University of New Mexico

1 Kendall Rollins, basketball, University of Mary Harden Baylor

CRHS Show Choir hosts 'Snowball Social'

The Cinco Ranch High School Bravo Show Choir is set to host its traditional "Snowball Social" on Friday, Dec. 4, school officials have announced.

This year, organizers said, the annual event is to feature dessert and coffee or beverage for guests as they listen to holiday classics including "The Christmas Song" ("Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire"), "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and other favorites.

The Cougar Stars Dance Team are to be special guests at the event, school officials said.

The "Snowball Social" is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 4. Tickets are $5 for everyone, event planners said, in advance or at the door.

Aristoi Academy Girlssweep tournament

Competing recently in the sixth annual Calvary Episcopal Private School Tournament in Richmond, members of the Aristoi Classical Academy's 6th-8th grade girls basketball team took first place and brought the championship trophy home to the Katy school, said school officials.

Under the tutelage of coach Kendrick Davis, the Griffins defeated Southwest Christian Academy and Fort Bend Christian Home School handily to take the trophy.

Eighth-grader Priscilla Williams was named the tournament's MVP with an average of 26 points, four assists and six steals per game, according to school officials.

Faith West acceptedinto Thespian Society

Faith West Academy has been accepted into The Educational Theatre Association, school officials have announced, with theater students now meeting as International Thespian Troupe No. 8225.

According to officials, the International Thespian Society is an honorary group for middle (6th-8th grades) and high school (9th-12th grades) theater students that honors student excellence in the theater arts, school officials said.