From left to right; Chris Bezdek, vice president and regional CEO of CommunityBank of Texas; Dr. DeeAnn Powell, superintendent of schools and Cristina Womack, education foundation president-elect. CommunityBank of Texas received the Community Shining Star Award.
Platinum level sponsors A.J. Jabbary from ABC Dental and Barbara Walling from Neighbors Emergency Center.
The Pasadena ISD Education Foundation held its annual Shining Stars Gala honoring the top 10 students from each of the five district high schools, May 26.
Each year MDL Enterprise, Inc. provides the top 10 students with either a laptop or tablet. These students also nominate a teacher who has made a significant difference in their lives.
Kaleigh Reid, senior at Memorial shared her thoughts about her distinguished educator Tara Evans.
“Mrs. Evans shining enthusiasm and unceasing dedication to her work and the success of her students is undeniable,” Reid said. “She motivates and encourages, inspires and sometimes nags; constantly pushing her students to take a chance and believe in themselves.”
The event also honors an organization that has gone above and beyond to volunteer time and resources to the Education foundation with the Community Shining Star Award. This year’s recipient is CommunityBank of Texas.
“At our bank, our tagline is ‘bank where you live’ and that’s truly what we do,” said Chris Bezdek, Executive Vice President and Regional CEO of CommunityBank of Texas. “We don’t just want to serve the community as an institution, but we want to give back as well. We chose to support the Pasadena ISD Education Foundation and the McDonald’s Texas Invitational because it goes directly back to the children in our community. Thank you for this award.”
A special thanks was given to LyondellBasell Houston Refining for their generous donation of funds, resources and numerous volunteers to keep the event running smoothly.
The Pasadena ISD Education Foundation provides funds for educational programs and activities which either have not been funded or have been under-funded by the normal operating budget. Distributed to teachers who apply in the form of mini-grants, the funds are used to facilitate innovative teaching strategies, energize student achievement and skill development, recognize and encourage staff excellence and expand community involvement from individuals, businesses and civic organizations.
The 2016 honorees are:
Dobie High School:
Pasadena High School:
South Houston High School:
Sam Rayburn High School:
Pasadena Memorial High School:
Special thanks to the 2016 Shining Stars Gala Sponsors:
MDL Enterprise, Inc.; LyondellBasell; Photography by Roland and Rhonda; ABC Dental Family Dentistry; Neighbors Emergency Center; Brooks & Sparks, Inc./West Belt Surveying, Inc.; Dexter D. Joyner, Attorney at Law; Garner Environmental Services, Inc.; Gulf Coast Educators FCU; IBI Group Architects; Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; LyondellBasell Houston Refining; SBWV Architects; Thompson & Horton LLP; Ameriflex; CommunityBank of Texas; Dynamic Products, Inc.; Gallagher Barmore; Herff Jones; HTS Consultants;
Pasadena ISD board of trustees vice-president Vickie Morgan (far right) with her husband Bill and daughter Cheri Hutcherson, an education foundation board member.
Pasadena High School Class of 72; Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P.; San Jacinto College; Terry Brotherton; Austin Industrial; CJG Engineers; CRE-8 Engineers; DBR Engineering Consultants; Mr. G’s Guitars; Randall-Porterfield Architects and Texas Bay Credit Union.
Volunteers from LyondellBasell from row; Paula Oehlert, Kristi Huff, Paula Virgadamo and Maribel Zepeda. Back row: Kathy Manrique and Denise Jennings.
Pasadena ISD board of trustees president Mariselle Quijano (right) with her daughter Sabrina, a 2015 Memorial graduate.
Outgoing principal of South Houston High, Dr. Steve Fullen, principal of Rayburn, Robert Stock and principal of Dobe, Franklin Moses.
Dobie High School: Dr. DeeAnn Powell, superintendent of schools; Gilbert DeLeon, distinguished educator; Cristian Ascencio, distinguished scholar; Michelle Lamm, owner of MDL Enterprise, Inc.
Pasadena High School: Dr. DeeAnn Powell, superintendent of schools; Loraine Borkowski, distinguished educator; Andrew Cantu, distinguished scholar; Michelle Lamm, owner of MDL Enterprise, Inc.
Pasadena Memorial High School: Dr. DeeAnn Powell, superintendent of schools; Eve Emmons, distinguished educator; Alicia Crespin, distinguished scholar; Michelle Lamm, owner of MDL Enterprise, Inc.
South Houston High School: Dr. DeeAnn Powell, superintendent of schools; Bryan Randall, distinguished educator; Elizabeth Saldivar, distinguished scholar; Michelle and Dennis Lamm, owners of MDL Enterprise, Inc.
Sam Rayburn High School: Dr. DeeAnn Powell, superintendent of schools; Keely Erickson, distinguished educator; Sohara Zofar, distinguished scholar; Michelle Lamm, owner of MDL Enterprise, Inc.
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