More than 140 Clear Creek ISD projects advance to regional competition


The Clear Creek Independent School District recognized the work of hundreds of elementary and middle school student researchers on Jan. 26 at the 62nd Annual Science and Engineering Fair Awards.

Some 144 junior and senior division projects will advance to the Science & Engineering Fair in Houston on February 25-26.

The Grand Award winners were also announced. Clear Springs High School’s Zoe Mark received the Life Sciences Grand Prize, and Clear Lake High School student Emmy Li was named a finalist.

The physical science grand prize was awarded to Allen Shen of Clear Lake High School, and Chris Creedon of Clear Creek High School was a finalist.

The Engineering Grand Prize went to Partha Naga of Clear Lake High School.

Several students have incorporated visual or performing arts into their project hypothesis and have been recognized through the iYar Fine Arts Forum Sound Music Through Science-Universal Peace Through Music Award: Emma Lockwood, Ed White E-STEM Magnet School; Owen Steagall, Seabrook Middle School: and Emily Wang, Clear Creek High School.

HLSR rewards student artists

Nine students from the Clear Creek Independent School District took home honors from the 2022 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.

The Best of Show winners are: Cara Vajdos, Clear Falls High School; Guo Zhong, League City Middle School; and William Amonette, Ferguson Elementary School.

Four students won the gold medal: Zoe Baccaro, Clear Springs High School; Maha Majid, Clear Brook High School; Wyatt Sutton, League City Middle School; and Kalani Dittrich, Ferguson Elementary School.

Eliza Hoffman of Clear Springs High School and Anastasia Gonzalez of Clear Creek High School received special honors.

The students’ work will be exhibited from February 28 to March 20 at the Hayloft Gallery at the Houston Rodeo.

The robotics team progresses

Ranked seventh after their first league meeting in January, robotics team Thunderbolts in Disguise refined their entry and climbed to second place two weeks later at the FIRST Tech Challenge at Pearland Junior High West.

The team, also known as “#18140 TBD”, consists of 10 homeschoolers from the Friendswood, League City, Pearland and Pasadena areas. The league tournament will take place on February 19. Learn more at

UHCL students visit Oman

Ten students and three professors from the University of Houston-Clear Lake traveled nearly 9,000 miles to Muscat, Oman, in January for a two-week study of the country’s food and environmental sustainability practices, as well as its culture and its people.

Maria Curtis, associate professor of anthropology and cross-cultural studies, led the trip. Professors Kathy Garland and Georgina Moreno, who teach environmental management and psychology respectively, accompanied Curtis. To learn more, visit

Student Aid Program Wins Grant

Communities In Schools-Bay Area received a $50,000 contribution from the Moody Foundation to expand dropout prevention programs in the Dickinson Independent School District.

The organization’s programming includes basic needs assistance, resource connection, behavioral health support, academic assistance, career and college exploration, and family engagement activities.

“We are extremely honored to be the recipient of this grant and to have the Moody Foundation as a partial underwriter for our Dickinson ISD expansion project. This new partnership helps increase our impact so that we can deliver school programs for all 14 Dickinson ISD campuses,” said Executive Director Peter Wuenschel.

Seton Hall names local student to Dean’s List

Shelby Smith of Friendswood has qualified for the Fall 2021 Deans List at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.

To qualify for this honor, undergraduates must achieve a GPA of 3.4. For more information, visit

Friendswood native wins academic honor

The Ithaca College student named Emily Mesa, of Friendswood, to his fall 2021 deans list.

Learn more about the school in New York at

James Madison University Recognizes Local Student Achievement

Friendswood resident Caitlyn Williams has been named to James Madison University’s Fall 2021 Deans’ List.

Williams is a dance student. To qualify for Dean’s List honors, students must earn a GPA between 3.5 and 3.899. To learn more about the Shenandoah Valley School in Virginia, visit

Commissioner’s ‘listening tour’ stops at Friendswood

A Harris County precinct leader met with Friendswood leaders in January for the first time in at least a decade.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia is newly responsible for the Harris County portion of Friendswood, West Webster, the Southern Belt and parts of League City and Pearland. As part of an effort to meet with community members and their leaders, he met virtually with Mayor Mike Foreman. The two reportedly discussed several partnership and funding options. Visit to see the Harris County precinct boundaries.

Beneficial Pfizer booster, study finds

A third dose of COVID-19 vaccine provides robust protection against the omicron variant, according to research by a team of scientists from Pfizer, BioNTech and the University of Texas Medical Branch.

The non-peer-reviewed study, available at, found that two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are insufficient to induce robust neutralization of antibodies against omicron, but a third increases the extent of neutralization. The effect remained robust at 4 months after the third dose, according to the study.

Local students graduating from Champlain College

Lawrence Nissen, a native of Deer Park, earned a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity from Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.

Nissen joined 273 students who graduated after the fall 2021 semester. Learn more at

San Jac operated for National Credit Alignment Project

The Association of Community College Trustees and Education Strategy Group have selected San Jacinto College to participate in an initiative to improve pathways between non-credit and credit programs, enabling more students to pursue and graduate from college. associate.

Non-credit programs can be a starting point for workforce training and education that leads to higher earning potential and career sustainability, said Shelley Rinehart, Deputy Vice Chancellor acting in teaching effectiveness and program support.

San Jac will focus on marine and computer information technology programs to capture data and gather feedback from faculty, students, administration, and industry partners on the process and barriers.

“San Jac already offers a pathway for non-credit students to earn associate degrees in many of our programs, including maritime and CIT,” Rinehart said. “Both of these programs offer credit for prior learning opportunities and certificates, but we want to increase the number of programs that offer the opportunity to earn the 2-year degree.”

For more information, call 281-998-6150 or visit

Recovery in progress at the La Porte complex

Community members may notice flaring activity and increased traffic this month near the LyondellBasell La Porte complex, according to a recent press release from the East Harris County Manufacturers Association.

The resort began planned maintenance work on some of its units in January, Kara Slaughter, communications advisor for LyondellBasell’s external affairs, said in the statement. “Our other units will continue to operate as planned.”

Law enforcement officers have been hired to manage traffic, including shift changes from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, email [email protected]


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