KLEIN, TX – Students, teachers, administrators, and community members across Klein ISD gathered at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center for the Through Your Eyes Community Celebration on Jan. 22.
In the fourth year for the event, the district recognized its Touch the Future honorees and the winners of the Klein ISD Education Foundation (KEF) multimedia student competition. The evening was culminated with a moving presentation by keynote speaker State Representative Sylvester Turner.
Representative Turner is the valedictorian for the Klein High graduating class of 1973 and a graduate of the University of Houston and Harvard Law School. His speech focused on encouraging students to never give up no matter what obstacles they may face. The Klein ISD Unite for Understanding Council was instrumental in having Rep. Turner speak at the event.
The Klein ISD has awarded the Touch the Future Award (originally named the Friend of Freedom Award) since 2003. Honorees are individuals and businesses that perform outstanding volunteer service and are advocates for Klein ISD students. Two awards are presented in each of the four high school attendance zones and two awards are also given out at the district level.
Touch the Future Award honorees were, Eleanor Thompson and Susan McHenry from the Klein High attendance zone, Rev. Beth Warpmaeker, Dr. Grace England, and Marj Patten from the Klein Forest attendance zone, Amber Bowman and Rebecca Wilt from the Klein Oak attendance zone, and Jennifer Wammack and Andrea Langford from the Klein Collins attendance zone. Julie Stevens and Leanne Donelson were selected as the first recipients of the districtwide Touch the Future Award.
The KEF’s student multimedia competition invited students in kindergarten through grade 12 to create projects based on themes related to learning new things about others, friendships, diversity, creativity, or overcoming the odds. Members of the Klein ISD educational technology department, as well as local community, clergy and business volunteers then judged these works.
First place winners got the opportunity to present their video or PowerPoint to teachers, families, friends, and community members during the event.
Winners of the multimedia competition include:
KINDERGARTEN – 2ND GRADES: Katie Haines – Bernshausen (1st), Nathan Daquinag – Schultz (2nd), Lydia Alldredge – Metzler (3rd)
3RD – 5TH GRADES: Henry Haskin – Mittelstädt (1st), Jocelynn Durham – Metzler (2nd), Jonathan Huang – Bernshausen (3rd)
6TH – 8TH GRADES: Jay Dileep – Krimmel (1st), Rylie McBride – Schindewolf (2nd), Abby Stafford – Ulrich (3rd)
9TH – 10TH GRADES: Roman Kuhn, Haani Tai & Max Lin – Klein High (1st), Karishma Porbanderwala – Klein Forest (2nd)
11TH – 12TH GRADES: Arisha Mirza & Paige Smith – Klein Forest (1st)
Videos from all first place winners of the multimedia competition can be viewed at the Foundation’s Through Your Eyes website located at https://kleinisdeducationfoundation.net/through-your-eyes-multimedia-contest/.
For more information on the Foundation contact Cindy Doyle, Education Foundation Director, at (832) 249-4753 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Foundation can also be contacted through their website at http://kleinisd.net/KEF.