Education briefs for Nov. 17

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Posted 11/17/22

Education briefs for Nov. 17, 2022.

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Education briefs for Nov. 17


Jaime Hahn of Katy recognized as a Ford Leadership Scholar

Members of the Texas FFA Association’s Ford Leadership Scholars Program are beginning their community service projects and apprentices for the school year, including Jaime Hahn of the Katy chapter. Through the Texas FFA Foundation and Texas FFA Association’s partnership with Ford Motor Company and Texas Ford Dealers, outstanding juniors heading into their senior year are chosen for the hands-on leadership program.

“The number of students invested in implementing change through the Ford Leadership Scholar program never fails to impress,” Jennifer Jackson, Texas FFA Association executive director, said. “While only 10 students are selected to serve as leaders, all of those who apply all play an important role in shaping a successful future for their communities.”

Hahn applied for the leadership program, not just for the title or scholarship, but to be able to give back to her community and make an impact on others. Her passion for service extends beyond the FFA as Hahn has been an active member in the Girl Scout organization for 12 years.  Service is vital to the FFA as is reflected in the last line of the organization's motto, “Living to Serve”. Hahn believes that as students, members are responsible for stepping outside of their chapters and implementing the incredibly important lessons learned through the FFA. In addition to career-focused, communication and management skills, one lesson Hahn has learned is that service is tending to others even when there is no demand, but merely out of a want to serve.

More than 50 Texas FFA members apply annually and are put through a rigorous interview process to pinpoint students who truly embody the FFA’s “Living to Serve” mission. Students like Hahn complete an online application, take an exam around assigned leadership text, conduct a telephone interview and are a part of a day-long behavioral interview as well.

The Ford Leadership Scholars program provides an extensive development experience for students through a week-long training seminar, relationship with their mentor, and the exposure they will have to key business and nationally recognized industry leaders. During this time, students complete a year-long community service project to fill a need they see within their city from building greenhouses at their school to jumpstart agriculture education to hosting life skill classes for other teens and young adults. The students also receive a $1,000 academic scholarship.

The 10 selected students all met the criteria of exemplifying six key characteristics of leadership: action, relationships, vision, character, awareness and continuous improvement. The next class of Ford Leadership Scholars will be chosen in the spring of 2023.

Seven Lakes, Taylor bands compete in UIL State Marching Band Championships

The Seven Lakes High and Taylor High marching bands competed at the 2022 UIL State Marching Band Championships, where were held Nov. 7-9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Bands were evaluated in three categories: music, visual, and content and design.

The Seven Lakes band finished 26th, with a score of 186. The Taylor band finished 36th, with a score of 235.

The bands were two of 42 teams from Class 6A schools that participated in the competition. The Hebron High band won the overall competition. Hebron is in Carrollton, just north of Dallas.

British International School of Houston to host rugby players to share leadership lessons

The British International School of Houston, a Nord Anglia school, will host Kieran Read and Andy Ellis, formerly of the New Zealand All Blacks, a World Cup-winning rugby team.

Read and Ellis are two of the most decorated players in world rugby history. They will share lessons learned in leadership and culture in their quest for winning the 2011 World Cup and after 20 years playing professional rugby.

The event is at 7 p.m. Nov. 28 at the British International School Theatre, 2203 N. Westgreen Blvd.

British International School students and families receive free admission. Non-British International School students and families can purchase tickets for $20 at the website

Taylor High Graduation Project annual Holiday Home Tour set

The Taylor High School Graduation Project is hosting its 19th annual Holiday Home Tour, the proceeds from which benefit its 2023 Graduation Project.

Tours of six holiday-decorated homes are from 6-10 p.m. Dec. 1, and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Dec. 2.

According to its website, Project Graduation is a national high school event where participating high schools plan a supervised and safe all night graduation party. The program was initiated in 1980 in response to alcohol-related traffic fatalities involving graduating seniors and to raise awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at, or in person at Southern Divas Boutique, 23114 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

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Cinco Ranch Cougar Stars host 2022 Holiday Home Tour

The Cinco Ranch High Cougar Stars Dance Team is hosting a Holiday Home Tour of five homes decorated for the holidays.

The tour features five Katy-area homes, full of decorations, to help put people in the holiday spirit.

Tours are from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 8-9. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at

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