Mustang News

November 2016


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Congratulations to Melissa Victorick and Emily Rich on their Making A Difference Awards!

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Counselors Corner

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College deadlines are near...

Seniors, don't forget a very important college deadline is coming up December 1st! Please check your applications and make sure you have requested and paid for transcripts in the Registrar's office. Also, remember that a brag sheet is required on Naviance with 2 weeks of notice for counselor/ teacher recommendation letters. Scholarships are being posted on Naviance and Twitter (@fwoodcounselors) so start applying!

FHS Buzz

US Army All American Marching Band

Congratulations to senior trumpet player Kelly Cohorst for earning a position in the US Army All American marching band. She will perform at halftime in the US Army All American Bowl on January 7 in the Alamodome.

The Golden Knights dropped into our football game on Friday, November 4!

Recycling Club

National Spanish Exam Scholarship Recipient

FHS would like to congratulate Ashley Cao for being a national award winner on the National Spanish Exam in 2016. Ashley was the 2nd place recipient of the 2016 Senior Scholarship and received $1,000.
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Hometown Heroes

The Hometown Heroes pep rally was a success. Click to see these amazing photos of our Hometown Hero pep rally!
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Veteran's Day Program

The Veteran's Day program on November 9th was a success! Many thanks to Dianne Hanegan, Corey Truman, Diane Nemecek, the PTO, and ALL of our veterans!​
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Veteran's Day POW/MIA table set up.

Congratulations to Ms. Cheryl Ryne and the FHS Speech & Debate Team

The FHS Speech & Debate team has earned significant recognition from the National Speech & Debate Association. Students earn points and degrees in the honor society based on competitive and service-related activities, ranging from the Degree of Merit with 25 or more points to the Degree of Premier Distinction with 1,500 or more points.

Because our chapter achieved a total of 100 or ore degrees last year, it has ranked among the top 23% of schools nationwide and earned membership in the Association's prestigious 100 Club.

The National Speech & Debate Association commend the team's leadership and is looking forward to another successful season!

In addition to their national recognition, the Friendswood Forensics had another successful meet at South Houston High School on November 5. FHS won 1st place Grand Sweepstakes out of 28 schools. We are very proud of these students.

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The Friendswood HS Programmers attended their first programming meet of the year at Katy Taylor High School on October 29th. Congratulations to he following teams that placed in their division with 50+ teams being represented at this contest.

5th place:

Oliver Olsen

Ben Parker

Aidan Hernandez

8th place:

Jenna Chenette

Jenna Horn

Cameron Brunt

9th place:

Josh Dickens (also placed 9th on the written test)

Ben Kuo

Nick Ess

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Academic Decathalon

Congratulations to the FHS Academic Decathlon team who placed fourth out of 17 teams on Saturday, November 12. Hannah Xia took third overall and Daniel Devoll took fourth overall. We also won about 20 other individual ribbons.

The Academic Decathlon team wants to give a special thanks to the AP volunteers and to the following teachers, Brian Bruce, Cathy Novasad, Ashley Birmingham, Arden Curtis, and to the sponsors: Renae Simmons, Elizabeth Woodley, and Fred Lewis.

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Donations Needed

The Transition Center is in need of sellable items to be donated to the FISD Transition Center. Items will be sold at our 2nd Annual Garage Sale in February.

The FISD Transition Center is a program for individuals who have special needs ages 18-22. Our program provides settings and opportunities for students learn important skills, helping them successfully transition from school to life after. Proceeds will fund student activities and opportunities for students to learn and practice in a real life setting.

Items can be dropped off at the FISD Transition Center, located at at 402 Laurel Dr. Friendswood, TX 77546, Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm. Contact Arielle Downing for more information or oversized items at or call 281-996- 6668.

The Transition's Center's Fall Social was a Big Success!

On Saturday, November 5th, the Transition Center hosted the Fall Social. This was an amazing event and raised $4,300 for the program. The Transition Center staff and students want to thank everyone who came out to participate and support them.

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Kate Huddleston, Employee of the Month!

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Congratulations to Friendswood High School's Newest Eagle Scout!

Congratulations to senior, Brian Main , who recently completed his board of review to become Friendswood High School's newest Eagle Scout!



The Chemistry department honored veteran's this Veteran's Day with their annual Wall of Honor. Students and teachers added names and pictures of family and friends who have served our country.
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The Arts

Floral Design

Floral design classes put their creating to work work by creating pumpkin arrangements!
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Culinary Arts

Culinary students prepared and served our first Salad Bar of the year. We served about 80 teachers!
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Vocal Ensemble

The FHS Vocal Ensemble was selected as one of four Houston-area high schools to perform at the University of Houston Moores School of Music High School Invitational this month. The concert was at the Moores Opera House on the UH campus, and featured choirs from Morton Ranch HS, Clements HS and Davis HS, as well as the University of Houston Concert Chorale.

All-Region Orchestra

FHS had six students earn positions in the All-Region Orchestra. These students will put on a concert on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Clear Falls High School, at 5:45pm. The concert is open to the public.

Congratulations to:

Julian Falco - Flute

Helena Haas - Oboe

Amanda Froneberger - Bassoon

Gabi Rodriguez - French Horn

Amelia Anderson - French Horn

Austin Pitts - Tuba

Gabi Rodriguez also qualified for All-Area Auditions on January 7.

Congratulations to the FHS Band!

Congratulations to the FHS Band for finishing 23rd out of 40 in the prelims of the 6A State Marching Contest. A total of 239 6A bands started the process at the region level. Our students worked very hard and have had a successful season. Thanks for all your support.
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CTE Organization, FCCLA, invited to work the Macy's Fashion Show at NRG 2016

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Friendswood Football is Making a Playoff Run!

Friendswood football finished the regular season 7-2, coming in 3rd place in district with two tough losses to Dickinson and Clear Springs. We had our first playoff game against the defending state champions George Ranch last week and won 42-21. This week we play LaPorte at Challenger Stadium at 7PM on Friday. Please come out and support our boys in blue on our road to the State Championship.
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The lady mustang volleyball team concluded the season with a 34-11 record and as Bi-District Finalist. Numerous girls received all district honors. All District Academic team members include:

Seniors: Jenna Chenette, Kelly Colwell, Riley Garden, Delaina Locklear, Jordan Pleasants, and Delaney Rhoades

Juniors: Natalie Abowd, Zeyanna Dhalla, and Mckenna Fridye

Sophomores: Elle Mcgown and Ashlyn Ross.

Honorable Mention All District Members:

- Juniors, Zeyanna Dhalla and Bri McGown.

- 2nd team all district members are senior Jenna Chenette and junior Faith Marabella.

- 1st team all district members are seniors Shannon Murphy and Jordan Pleasants and junior Mckenna Fridye.

In addition to being named to the first team all district team Junior Natalie Abowd was also named the 24-6A Newcomer of the year.

Also three seniors recently signed their letter of intents to play volleyball in college. Kelly Colwell will be attending Houston Baptist University, Shannon Murphy signed with Pepperdine University and Jordan Pleasants signed with New Mexico State University.

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Swimming and Diving

Mustang Swim and Dive Win! On November 3, the Mustang Swim and Dive Team competed against Clear Brook High School in a dual meet at the Friendswood Natatorium. The final score was Mustang Girls 78 to Clear Brook 21, and the Mustang Boys 88 vs. the Clear Brook score of 14.
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Cross Country

Congratulations to the Varsity Boys Team for winning the District Championships by 3 points over Clear Falls. Receiving medals for the Mustangs were:

Tyler Melebeck - 1st

Sam Thomas - 5th

Garrett McGregor - 6th

Andrew Camp - 8th

Congrats to the Varsity Girls for placing 2nd, 6 points behind Clear Lake. Receiving medals for the Lady Mustangs were:

Emily Wilbanks -6th

Olivia Theall- 10th

The JV Boys finished 2nd. Receiving medals for the Mustangs were:

Max Pedersen - 1st

Andrew Cianciolo - 4th

Christian Alvarez - 9th

Ajay Palmer - 10th

The JV Girls also placed 2nd. Receiving medals for the Lady Mustangs were:

Katie Lichter - 2nd

Mikayla Wiest - 6th

Adrianna Feaster - 7th

Emma Wittman - 9th

The Freshman Boys took first with a perfect score. Receiving medals for the Mustangs were:

Gracen McGregor - 1st

Jacob Bradley - 2nd

Thomas Kidd - 3rd

Julian Cuellar - 4th

Austin Cloyd - 5th

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On Friday and Saturday, November 4-5, the boys golf team played in the Biker Rally Open at Moody Gardens. It was the tale of two different days, as the Mustangs struggled on Friday.

In his first tournament of the year, Hart Holtzclaw led the way for the #GoLow Mustangs with a two day total of 153 (76,77). Matthew and Adam Smith each shot 87 on Friday, but continued the #GoLow effort on Saturday by shooting a 76 and 77 respectively. Drew Walmsley and Nathan Ruffeno rounded out the scoring shooting 175 for their two day total. It was great to see such improvement from the kids the second day of the tournament, as each one of them played well.

The Mustangs placed 6 overall, but the Mustangs look forward to getting everyday with the hope of being in the right groove when it comes time for districts at Moody in the spring.

The girls golf team had another amazing victory at the tournament this past Tuesday, taking home another first place trophy. Also, Heidi Demel (freshman), took home an individual 4th place high score overall.

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The wrestling team got off to a great start this past week as they traveled to take on George Ranch, Katy and Foster. The Mustangs have a young squad with high hopes this year and took care of business in this non-conference matchup.
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Alumni News

Congratulations to.....

FHS Alumn, Jerett Bell, for making the Honors List at McMurray University and to Jessica Rodriguez for making the Presidents List at Cumberland College. FHS is proud of these students and their continuing academic achievement.

Substitute of the Month

Congratulations to Mr. Richard Salazar our November 2016 Substitute Teacher of the Month! Thank you for all that you do!

FHS wants to give a special thanks to all of our substitute teachers. Substitutes make a difference everyday for our students. They are committed to making a seamless bridge in the classroom environment when our teachers have to miss. They do a very important job and do it with Mustang Pride! Thanks to our Subs for all they do for our students!

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