Mallori Johnson, Samantha Obuch and Sutton Horner show everyone their ribbons
While many students were using the summer to regroup a bit, Judson FFA students were busy receiving awards and recognition at the 88th Annual Texas FFA Convention. They took a road trip to Dallas for the event and they didn't come back empty handed.
First, Samantha Obuch had an outstanding entry in the Food Processing category, division II and was awarded first place with her project called "Bad To The Buns: Extending the Shelf Life of Baked Bread Using Preservatives."
Samantha with her ribbon at the state convention
Then Mallori Johnson and Sutton Horner also participated in the Food Processing category division IV and took first place with her project "The Effectiveness of Natural Versus Artificial Preservatives in Creating Shelf Stable Snack Sticks."
Besides both entries winning first place in their divisions, they also advanced to the national level and were selected in the top fifteen to compete at the National FFA Agriscience Fair in Indianapolis in October. Congratulations to these students
In addition, the Judson FFA Chapter also received the prestigious Gold Emblem rating. The Gold Emblem rating is only for the top 10 percent FFA chapters in the state. The Judson Chapter will go on to the National FFA Chapter Contest to compete.
Finally, twelve Judson FFA members were awarded the Lone Star FFA degree. That is the highest degree that a student can earn from the Texas FFA. Congratulations to Ashley Chandler, Alexandra Covarrubias, Renae Hill, Jocelynn Hodgson, Haley Klar, Jenna Lehman, Machayla Longfoot, Kelsey Shumake, Regan Stanton, Sarah Stautzenberger, JB Trees, and Morgan Wintermeier.
There is a lot of exctiement with the first week of classes of the 2016-17 school year and...of course High School Football Season!! Both the Judson Rockets and Wagner Thunderbirds are starting their varsity play with some big games on tap. Judson will be traveling up Interstate 35 to take on Austin Lake Travis while Wagner will be defending the house at D.W. Rutledge Stadium against Laredo South. It's a fresh start and anything can happen, and many times does. Let's show our support and take in the excitement of high school football at its best.
(L-R)Peggy Carnahan of Our Lady of the Lake University, director of Project ACORN and co-founder, Liz Rameriz, Live Oak Parks and Recreation council member, Dr. Judy Garber, U.S. State Dept. and Augustine Frkuska, Crestview Elementary, co-founder Project ACORN
You know your campus is leading the crowd when it is involved in a project that gets the attention of the feds. Dr. Judy Garber, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs rearranged her schedule to come out to San Antonio to take a look at something called Project ACORN. Project ACORN (Area Children Organized to Replant Natives) is an environmental initiative developed by Our Lady of the Lake University as well as teachers from NISD and Judson ISD. It brings together scientists, professionals, educators and community members to create ways to renew and rejuvenate our natural surroundings in a way that also educates students scientifically with the great outdoors as the laboratory.
Augustine Frkuska of Crestview Elementary and Elizabeth Ramirez of Live Oak Parks and Recreation shared the process and how they worked together to make it happen with Dr. Garber. This is a long term community project that will keep giving in educational value. This includes some new native trees and additional vegetation that compliments the whole landscape that were planted by Crestview students, community members and Live Oak personnel last November.
Crestview students working on ACORN related project
It was a big day for teachers, students and administrators...the first day of school is filled with both excitement and nervousness for many. 2016 was the first day of school ever for Veterans Memorial High School. Some 600 freshmen and sophomores walked through the doors of Veterans Memorial as they were greeted by members of the armed forces. Superintendent Carl A. Montoya and Principal Christina Clark stood by as well greeting and directing students where to go. Their show of support and their warm smiles were appreciated as the day began and history was made. We also congratulate teachers and administrators across the district for preparing for this big day. We look forward to a great new school year making a difference with each student.
Veterans Memorial HS
At Kitty Hawk MS
Parents, Teachers and Students writing sticky notes about what their hopes are this year.
Board recognitions usually take a break during the summer time just because most everyone goes different directions during the break, but JISD Police Chief Teresa Ramon has been busy this summer. She was recently recognized by the Texas School Based Law Enforcement with a very prestigious honor. Because of her impact here and beyond, at its recent state conference, the TxSBLE recently awarded her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. This is a pioneering award that recognizes law enforcement officers who have established and sustained efforts toward keeping schools safe and secure. The JISD Board of Trustees wanted to recognize Chief for this achievement. Congratulations to her and the JISD Police Department.