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Shining Stars Gala Rewards Students, Teachers Hard Work

Shining Stars Gala Rewards Students, Teachers Hard Work
Posted on 05/29/2015
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Pasadena ISD’s Education Foundation held its annual Shining Stars Gala recently honoring the top 10 students from each of the five district high schools.

Each year MDL Enterprises, Inc. provides the top 10 students with either a laptop or tablet at the event, which is held in May. These students also nominate a teacher who has made a significant difference in their lives.

Amanda Ramirez, senior at Sam Rayburn High School shared her thoughts about her distinguished educator Lyndon Wang.

“Mr. Wang is my definition of perseverance. With him, I learned that improvement is limitless. You can always strive to become even better. He showed me that despite obstacles in life, you have to keep moving forward,” she said. “New opportunities will rise and lead you to a better future.”

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 the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.

“It is truly an honor to accept this award and for the chamber of commerce to join forces with the Pasadena Education Foundation for the benefit of the children in our community,” Pasadena Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Cristina Womack said.

A special presentation was also made 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 supports educational programs and 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.

Lyondell Basell

Shining Stars

Chamber of Commerce

Dobie
Dobie High School teacher Sam Flippin; Dobie valedictorian Elissa Nguyen; MDL Enterprises co-founders Michele and Dennis Lamm and Pasadena Education Foundation President Rick Guerrero.

PHS
Pasadena High School teacher Michael Bonas; PHS valedictorian Cynthia Moreno; MDL Enterprises co-founders Michele and Dennis Lamm and Pasadena Education Foundation President Rick Guerrero.

Memorial
Pasadena Memorial High School teacher Debbie Purdy; Pasadena Memorial valedictorian Stephanie Green; MDL Enterprises co-founders Michele and Dennis Lamm and Pasadena Education Foundation President Rick Guerrero.

Sam Rayburn
Sam Rayburn High School Teacher Lyndon Wang; Rayburn valedictorian Amanda Ramirez; MDL Enterprises co-founders Michele and Dennis Lamm and Pasadena Education Foundation President Rick Guerrero.

South Houston
South Houston High School teacher Brenda Varvout; South Houston valedictorian Arlen Suarez; MDL Enterprises co-founders Michele and Dennis Lamm and Pasadena Education Foundation President Rick Guerrero.

The 2015 honorees are:

Dobie High School:
Shining Stars
Elissa Nguyen
Vincent Gonzales
Ruben Vargas
Giaan Nguyen
Gilberto Campa
Catherine Nguyen
Dona Nguyen
Carolina Herrera
Theresa Tran
Kiyah Brooks

Distinguished Educators
Gilbert DeLeon
Sonja Mull
Steven Higginbotham
Maureen Nweke
Lisa Barrett
Sherrie Kent
Sam Flippin
Jeanne Parlangeli
Linda Puckett
Lynn Capell

Pasadena High School:
Shining Stars

Cynthia Moreno
Hector Carrillo
Jose Sanchez
Alfredo Dominguez
Crystal Garcia
David Escalera
Alondra Moran
Angelica Salas
Evelyn Ibanez
Brenda Escobar

Distinguished Educators
John Tran
David Adams
Christina Zapata
Ruben Marichalar
Loraine Borkowski
Armando Morales
Christina Sanitillan
Michael Bonas
Angelica Salas
Gavin Bruce

South Houston High School:
Shining Stars

Arlen Suarez
Karen Perez
Diego Medina
Daisy Vaquera-Atilano
Areli Torres
Dianet Olivetti
Adan Diaz
Crystal Islas
Chifulumnanya Ik-Ejiofor
Genesis Rodriguez

Distinguished Educators
Matthew Koska
Kim Smith
Michael Oseguera
Bryan Randall
Kimberly Graham
Alexander Gladney-Lemon
Christopher Stewart
Debbie McNabb
Brenda Varvoutis
Paul Gutierrez

Sam Rayburn High School:
Shining Stars

Amanda Ramirez
Steven Moncrief
Misael Garcia
Alicia Olivo
Rebecca Gomez
Enrique Callado
Ricardo Andrade
Azalea Rosales
Rebecca Velazquez
Marivi Rodriguez

Distinguished Educators
Lincy Due
Betsy Gonzalez
Shaun Owen
Gumaro Gomez, Jr.
Gerald Braun
Heidi Butcher
Lyndon Wang
Teresa Sarabia
Dr. Orlando Oliver
Dr. Angela Baker

Pasadena Memorial High School:
Shining Stars

Stephanie Green
Jacob Minter
Maniroth Ouk
Julio Hernandez               
Samuel Cervantes
Jesus Juarez
Michelle Ngo
Serena Roy
Carlos Herrera
Caleb Olson

Distinguished Educators
Amy Duke
Debbie Purdy
Dana Deibel
Charlie Herrera
Tristan Hunkin
Gerald Cole
Oscar Torres
Rene Caudillo
Theresa Al-Asmar
Katie Skelton

Special thanks to the 2015 Shining Stars Gala Sponsors:

ABC Dental Family Dentistry; ASA Dally; Brooks & Sparks, Inc.; West Belt Surveying, Inc.; Dexter D. Joyner, Attorney-at-Law; Garner Environmental Services; Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union; Gulfgate Dodge Chrysler Jeep; Herff Jones High School; Randall-Porterfield Architects Inc.; Rogers, Morris and Grover, LLP.; SBWV Architects, Inc. and Thompson & Horton, LLP; Dr. Kathy Flannagan; Dynamic Products Inc; Gallagher Barmore; HTS, Inc. Consultants; Texas-IBI Group; LyondellBasell Houston Refining; Neighbors Emergency Center; Pasadena High School Class of 1972; San Jacinto College; Teacher's Pet Team; Team Won Team; Opportunity Strikes Team and Texas Bay Area Credit Union; CJG Engineers, DBR En