Mustang News

January 2017


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Counselors Corner

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Important Due Dates

  • Choice Sheets are due on paper and in Skyward by January 24, as well as paper versions of 4-year plans.
  • Academic Planning Guides and all other course selection materials are on Canvas.
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FHS Buzz

Recycling Club

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CONGRATULATIONS to Joseph Brownfield and his fabulous English students for earning Recycling Club's highest award!! Mr. Brownfield has indeed started out 2017 STRONG by filling up with nothing but cans and plastic bottles!! Way to get the New Year started!!!

Student "Recycler of the Week" is sophomore, Jared Costello - an enthusiastic and hard-working member of our team!!!!

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CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs. Overstreet-Goode and her wonderfully talented and environmentally conscious choir students for being awarded Recycling Club's highest honor - The Traveling Trash Trophy!!! These amazing vocalists collected ONLY cans and plastic bottles in their overflowing bin - and that is just what we LOVE. Way to go!!!!!!

​Student Recycler of the Week is sophomore, Nicholas Le - who is a hard-working, enthusiastic member of our recycling team!!

As always, thank you ALL for for continued support and participation in our recycling efforts here at FHS!!!


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Congratulations to our DECA members for qualifying for State Career Development Conference in San Antonio in February. Most of the members were new this year and we are excited about the results.

Dallas Williams- Sports & Entertainment Marketing Series (not pictured)

Klay Krenek- Food Marketing Series

Human Resource Management Series- Gautam Rangappa

Chris Brewer- Start-up Business Plan

Charmel Royster- Personal Financial Literacy Event ( 2nd year to compete in this area and advance to state.)

2016 UIL Sponsor Excellence Award goes to...

Congratulation to Ms. Cheryl Ryne! The University Interscholastic League announced that Cheryl Ryne has been chosen as one of the recipients of the 2016 UIL Sponsor Excellence Award.

UIL District CX Debate

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On January 14th, three FHS Debate teams competed at the UIL District CX Debate meet at Clear Falls High School. Two teams advanced to finals and will be co-Champions for District 24 (6a). The other team placed 3rd. We are so proud of these students. This gives FHS a great start on our way to repeating as overall District Academic champions! Please congratulate the following students:

1st place--Rachel Sims & Elizabeth Hejmancik (advanced to UIL State)

2nd place--Kelsey Ehrig & Jonathan Monday (advanced to UIL State)

3rd place--James Barr & James Mills

BPA Regional

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Please congratulate the following students for representing FHS Saturday, 1/14, at the BPA Area 5 Region 4 competition:

Competitive Events

Nate Hejtmancik, Accounting, 1st, advances to state

Chase Falterman, Advanced Spreadsheet, 1st, advances to state

Kennedy Bateman, Intermediate Word Processing, 3rd, advances to state

Natalia Gonzalez, Advanced Office Systems & Procedures, 3rd, advances to state

Than Trang, Fundamental Word Processing, 3rd, advances to state

Brianna DeVita, Banking & Finance, 5th, first alternate

Torch Awards

Nate Hejtmancik

Miles Baker

Vince Perez, who competed in Entrepreneurship, will be going to state for BPA in March!


Congratulations to all of the Friendswood FFA members that participated at the Dickinson Winter Showdown Saturday!
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Congratulations to Justin Phelps and Cole Gordon who showed their hog projects at the H-F FFA Alumni Association Ruben Stringer Memorial Livestock Show. Congratulations to Justin for placing 2nd in class and 4th in class with his two hogs and to Cole for placing 3rd in his class!
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Gracie Kempken received Grand Champion Breeding Heifer! Cortni Cox received Grand Champion Senior Breeding Heifer Showmanship! Hailey Binkley placed 3rd in her class! Caitlyn Marsh placed 3rd in class with her goat and also received Reserve Grand Champion Senior Showmanship!


AP Physics Hovercraft Projects

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Science Fair

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Congratulations to the seventeen science fair students on their outstanding research!

Students will now compete at the Galveston County Science and Engineering Fair on February 11 and compete at the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston on February 25.

Thank you to all the science teachers that supported these students and that helped with the fair. Thank you to the many judges that spent the morning with these students and provided great feedback and mentoring. Thanks also to the PTO for supporting the event and providing hospitality to all of the judges.

9th Grade Division- Biological Science

1st Place: Aly Knowles Do Electronic Screens Impact Low Light Vision?

2nd Place: Joshua Bickham Shocking Transformations: The Effect of Heat Shock Duration on Cell Transformation

2nd Place: Lucas Rivera Shocking Soil! Testing Soil for The Presence and Efficiency of Electrogenic Bacteria

3rd Place: Anushka Jetly Affordable Desalination of Salt Water

4th Place: Blake Propst The Use of Virtual Reality to Improve Learning of Spatial and Navigation Skills

9th Grade Division- Physical Science

1st Place: Evan Rosenthal It doesn't have to be too late: A novel method of detecting overheating of electrical systems behind walls

2nd Place: Nicole Huning These Muffins Will Rise to New Heights

3rd Place: Christina Huang Chlorine Level Analysis for Drinking Water from Different Water Filters

9th Grade Division

1st Place Overall- Aly Knowles

2nd Place Overall- Evan Rosenthal

Senior Division (10th- 12th grade)-Biological Science

1st Place: Andrew Cianciolo Color Me Surprised: Investigating UV Blocking Technology Inside Intraocular and Spectacle Lenses Medicine & Health

1st Place: Crystal Chacko Role of Lipid Exchange Between Stromal and Epithelial Cells in Pancreatic Cancer Biochemistry & Microbiology

2nd Place: Madeleine Thompson Evaluating an Alternative Food Source to Optimize the Growth Rate and Overall Size of Juvenile Aurelia aurita

3rd Place: Mike Hermes Remote Livestock Management System

4th Place: Mikayla Mullin The Dependability Of Eyewitness Testimonies

5th Place: Kaitlyn Smith The Canine Pulmonary Affect

Senior Division (10th- 12th grade)- Physical Science

1st Place: Sarah Palmer Optimizing Micro-geometric Bladeless Wind Turbines

2nd Place: Donald Rolston Fusion Reactor Simulator

3rd Place: Jaden Walker Cold Computation III

Senior Division (10th - 12th grade)

1st Place Overall- Sarah Palmer

2nd Place Overall- Crystal Chacko

The Arts

The 2017 Musical Les Misérables


FHS will present Les Miserables on January 27-28, 2017 and on February 3 -4 2017 at 7 pm.

And two matinees on Sunday January 29 and February 5 at 2:30 pm at Myrlene Kennedy Auditorium at Friendswood High School. Tickets are $10 and available at the door one hour before each performances.Tickets will also be sold at FHS Visitor’s desk 9 am – 3 pm Monday – Friday beginning January 22, 2017.

Director, Kathy Powdrell is happy to be working with Music Theatre International to present Les Misérables as the 49th ANNUAL Musical. The Musical has a strong tradition at Friendswood High School and the Directors are excited to begin working on this production. Production Director/Producer Kathy Powdrell, Vocal Director is Janwin Overstreet Goode, Instrumental Music is under the direction of Julio Sanchez, Choreographer is Alyssa Goza, Set Design Cale Borne, Production Manager is Amy Thornton and in charge of the Box Office is Pepper Smith.

Rodeo Art Show

Congratulations to the following students for placing in the Rodeo Art Show!

Best of Show was awarded to Toan Van - 10th grade (left)

Gold medals were awarded to Anna Chen- 12th grade (middle) & Samantha Page- 9th grade (right)



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January 10, the girls competed in the Dobie High School tournament. Please congratulate these girls for taking home first place in the tournament. A special congrats to Mckinley Young (center of photo) took home first place individually as well for the overall best score in the tournament.

The girls did an amazing job this past Tuesday. The other coaches joked that it was the "Friendswood invitational" as we took home nearly all the awards. As a team we got 1st place out of 17 schools.

Individually we took home 1st 4th place awards.

1st - Savannah Monahan

2nd - Peyton Carroll

3rd - Karley Waters

4th - Zada Saenz

5th - Clear Falls golfer


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Congratulations to the FHS cheerleaders who participated in the State UIL Cheer competition, Jan 10 and 11. There were over 500 teams that participated and of those 125 were 6A. The competition lasted 2 days and only the top 20 teams from the 6A division advanced to the second day. We placed 10th overall in the 6A division! Way to go girls!


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Mustang Wrestling competed in the Longhorn Invitational this past weekend at George Ranch High School. The team brought home multiple placers, including Baily West; Manny Elizondo; and Michael Priebe (JV) who all placed 1st in their weight class. Baily West and Michael Priebe were also honored with the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award. This award is similar to a tournament MVP award and is a great honor for both of these young men. Mustang Wrestling will compete again this weekend at the Clear Falls Armbar Invitational.


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Tuesday night the Mustangs traveled down 518 to take on the Chargers from Clear Springs. In the Battle for Marble Slab, the Mustangs came into the night having lost their last three in heartbreaking fashion. The night didn't get off to a good start after both freshman teams and JV lost. Sophomores once again got the victory, and still only have one loss in district.

The varsity got back on the right track last night after getting over the HUMP (Thanks Mrs. Lockhart) and finishing the game strong. In practice Monday, the coaches talked about picking up the pace, getting off to a better start to the game, and finishing the easy plays. The Mustangs hit the first three of the game, but went cold in the first quarter after that. After the first quarter of play, the Mustangs trailed 18-10. Going into the second quarter, the boys knew they had to get it in gear. Griffin Schneider (19) and Alex Dehoyos (26) came up big, and each had six of the nineteen points scored in the frame. After a couple of sloppy plays at the end of the quarter, the Mustangs went into the half down two. During the third quarter, the Mustangs played some great defense and got great energy from Reed Roher who had a key lay up and got sent to the line on another attempt. The Mustangs outscored the Chargers 14-10 in the third to take a two point lead heading into the final eight minutes.

In the fourth, the Mustangs constant full court pressure the entire game finally wore down the Chargers. We outscored them 25-12 to secure a 68-53 victory on the road. Griffin was a beast getting into the paint, and Alex hit a dagger three off a pass from Griffin to put the nail in the coffin. Reid Nickerson had a great game with nine points, and Elijah Martinez had five points to go along with four rebounds.

The Mustangs will be back in action on Friday at home against one of the top players in the state and the Alvin Yellow Jackets. We need everybody there, as we try to keep the winning train rolling! Our STUDENT-Athletes love seeing ya'll in the stands and the kind words of encouragement that you give them! Make it a great day to be a Mustang!


Disney World Trip

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The Mustangs actually played a little basketball while on the trip, and participated in an 8 team tournament. We also paid for an extra game, bringing the total number of games on the trip for Varsity to four. On Tuesday, the Mustangs took on a very good Bonita HS (CA) team in the opening round of the tournament. The Mustangs fought hard all the way until the very end, but fell 70-63. The Mustangs went to the break down 5, but just couldn't make enough plays down the stretch and were outscored by 2 in the second half. The Mustangs were led in scoring by Alex Dehoyos (Jr.) with 21. Garrett McGregor (Jr.) chipped in 12, and Tanner Bandini (Jr.) rounded out the double digit scorers for the Mustangs with 10.

The second game of the trip was the extra game for the Mustangs. El Toro (CA), who ended up winning the tournament, did not have very much luck against the shooting from the Mustangs. The Mustangs hit 12 3's on the day, en route to a 75-66 victory. Elijah Martinez (Jr.) made some smooth passes, and Alex and Tanner both hit 5 3's. Alex led the team in scoring with 25 in the game. Tanner added 17, Griffin Schneider (Sr.) contributed 15, and the Mustangs got outstanding post play from Reid Nickerson (Jr.) who had 12.

On Thursday, the Mustangs took on Palm Harbor (FL) and dominated the Hurricanes from start to finish. Everybody scored the Stangs, and Alex Dehoyos led with 21. Tanner Bandini and Reid Nickerson rounded out the double digit scorers with 11 and 10 respectively. In the finale, the Mustangs took on Owasso HS out of Oklahoma. It was a hard fought game between the two schools, with the Rams prevailing 64-59. Tanner led the Mustangs with 20, with three made baskets from behind the arc. Griffin (12) and Alex (10) rounded out the double digit scoring for the Mustangs.

Alex Dehoyos was named to the All-Tournament team by KSA after averaging 19 ppg.

The JV also competed, and went 2-1 in the tournament. The Mustangs took on Bonita HS on Wednesday. They fought hard, but came up just short falling by a score of 52-47. On Thursday, the Mustangs took on North Kingston (RI) and beat the Skippers 65-61. The Mustangs were led in scoring by Zach Zamora who had 12. Mark Ranostaj rounded out the double digit scorers with 11. On Friday the Mustangs finished out the tournament with a 73-66 win over Foundation Academy (FL). Zach Zamora (SO) was named to the All-Tournament team.

Look through the timeline of our twitter account to see some of the fun!

Alumni News

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Please congratulate FHS Alum Charles Connell class of 2016 for achieving Samford University dean's lists after the close of the fall and spring semesters each academic year. To qualify for the dean's list, a student must have earned a minimum 3.5 grade point average out of a possible 4.0 while attempting at least 12 credit hours of coursework. Dean's List is the highest academic recognition given by the school at the end of each semester.

Substitute of the Month

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Congratulations to Mr. Beau Miller, our January 2017 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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