Friendswood ISD news: Senior awarded Grand Opera scholarship
Friendswood High School graduating senior Jeff Allison was awarded a $3,000 first-place scholarship at the Houston Grand Opera High School Voice Studio.
Friendswood High Choir Director Janwin Overstreet-Goode said the scholarship is "a tremendous honor." It is the third consecutive year that one or more Friendswood students have received a scholarship from HGO.
Eight seniors from the Greater Houston area are selected each year to participate. A scholarship recital is presented in May, for which each singer prepares four arias or art songs.
At the conclusion of the recital, three scholarship winners are selected.
The first-place winner received a $3,000 scholarship, second place gets $2,000, and third place receives $1,000.
This year-long scholarship program includes private weekly voice lessons, master classes, vocal coaching from Houston Grand Opera staff, and performance opportunities.
Participants receive assistance with applications and auditions for college programs.
In addition to improving vocal skills, the program is designed to enhance self-esteem, find healthy means of expression, teach rigorous standards of achievement, and reward disciplined commitment.
BPA student competes at nationals competition
Alex de la Fuente competed in the fundamental accounting contest for Bridge to Professional Accounting and placed fourth at a national competition in Washington, D.C.
He began studying for the BPA contest in December and took an Accounting I class this year at Friendswood High School.
He placed second at regional level, advancing him to the state level.
He continued to study for BPA and University Interscholastic League accounting competition. He competed at state in fundamental accounting for BPA in March in Fort Worth.
He took first place and advanced to nationals in Washington D.C. where he placed fourth last month.
Principal selects, buys student art
Friendswood Junior High School Principal Dana Drew wanted good artwork to adorn the walls in the main office of the campus.
He mentioned it to his art teachers and asked them to submit student work that would be judged, with a winner singled out for the wall. The teachers submitted approximately 40 pieces to be judged. The judging committee individually judged all pieces and selected three finalists.
The winning artwork by student Molly Chen was then selected.
The work was purchased with parent approval from the young artist and Drew is now having it professionally framed before hanging it in its new location.
The school has decided to hold the competition every year.
Media students win at film festival
Friendswood High School students competed in several categories at the third annual Pearland High School Film Festival.
Categories included short film, news segment, commercial, public service announcements and music video.
Friendswood High students placed in several categories.
In the short film category, first place was presented to Bridget Landis for Twins.
Also in short film, second place was awarded to Hailey Lutz and Frances Moody for Mean Girls Finish Last.
Colleen Owen received first place in the news segment category for her report on stadium construction at Friendswood High, and Kristen Davis and Jenna Doane received second place for a report on energy drinks.
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