Mustang News

December 2016


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Education Grants

Education Grants have become a lifeline for teachers at FHS. The Education Foundation’s Adopt-a-Grant program allows teachers to request resources, technology, and tools that the school district would not otherwise be able to provide. Since its inception, the Education Foundation has raised well over one million in funding for teachers and students.

Once a teacher submits a grant, community members and businesses have an opportunity to go online and adopt those grants. In addition, a Gala is held every year where foundation members, businesses, and community members adopt grants and provide donations for the Education Foundation. It’s almost like money growing on trees, so if you desire new technology, resources, or tools to improve classroom teaching and student engagement, allow Education Grants to be a lifeline for you.

World Language Donates to FPD Blue Santa Program

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NTHS Helps With the Santa Project

For the past several years, NTHS has been involved with the Santa Project. FHS students were given the opportunity to adopt a student from South Shaver Elementary grades pre-k through 2nd. FHS students bought, wrapped, and donated over 500 gifts. On December 12, students delivered the gifts to South Shaver Elementary. These young children were very grateful and excited to be receiving a gift from Santa. Thank you to all students and teachers who participated in the Santa Project!​

Joining Our Youth Community Service Project

Each year Taylor Rudell and Claire Kitchel have organized the J.O.Y (Joining Our Youth) community service project through the cheer program (Cheer for Change). They have set up boxes in teachers rooms and collected coats, gift cards, and toiletries for the Covenant House in Houston. The Covenant House serves homeless teens and children in the Houston area. They are hoping to continue this project their senior year.

FHS wants to give a special thanks to Taylor and Claire for their commitment and heart they've given to this organization.


CTE/PLTW Principles of Biomedical Science

PLTW Biomedical Science students were busy the last week of November analyzing Glucose Tolerance Tests and Insulin levels to diagnose diabetes in the case of Anna Garcia.

The Arts

Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts students were invited to visit Kona Grill Restaurant at Baybrook Mall to learn about the art of sushi making. Managers explained the history of Kona Grill and gave a behind the scenes tour of the restaurant and kitchen. Chefs at Kona Grill demonstrated different types of sushi, knife skills, plating and equipment used in the restaurant. Students used this information to prepare the different types of sushi and plated their handmade sushi rolls. Students also learned about proper etiquette when eating sushi and had the opportunity to try some foods on the Kona Grill menu. It was an awesome experience for the students.

FH Band Region/District Auditions

The FHS Band participated in the TMEA Region 17 District/Region Band auditions this past Saturday at Alvin High School. FHS had 43 students qualify for District, out of which 33 qualified for Region. Out of the region qualifiers, 8 advanced on to the Area Auditions to be held on January 7. Area is the last audition in this process towards earning All-State Honors.

Please congratulate these students!

Students earning All-District Honors were:

Mercedes Trammell (flute)

Kyle Jonesn and Nicole Huning (bassoon)

Kelly Cohorst, Spencer Beebe, Alex Van Pelt, Daniel Turner, and Evan Stepczyk (trumpet)

Faith Powell (horn)

Brian Knight (euphonium)

Andrew Pruitt (tuba).

Students earning All-District and All-Region Honors were:

Emily Young (piccolo)

Allie Hansen (oboe)

Price Moran and Alex Walker (Bb clarinet)

Priya Juarez and Sydney Schumtz (bass clarinet)

Patrick Hicks (contra-bass clarinet)

Amanda Froneberger, Sarah Palmer, and Daniel Nagle (bassoon)

Caleb Sperry, MK Donovan, Piper Costner, and Shannon McGill (alto sax)

Sarah McCullough (tenor sax)

Matt Ryan (trumpet)

Alex Mata and Amelia Anderson (horn)

Sebastian Gonzalez and Kayla McGuiness (trombone)

Thomas Cao (bass trombone)

Shane McCormack and Austin Pitts (tuba)

Blake Stanfield and Dalton Bui (percussion)

Students earning All District and All-Region Honors, and advancing to the Area auditions for All-State were:

Julian Falco (flute)

Sophie Rudd (Eb clarinet)

David Jones, Emily Ulsh, and Madelynn Mills (Bb clarinet)

Gabi Rodriguez and Josh Gruener (horn)

Sam Mills (trombone)

The Region 17 Band will give a concert on Saturday, January 15, 2017 at 5:00pm at Manvel High School.

A special thanks goes out to the FHS Band directors, Greg Dick, Aaron Brown, and Julio Sanchez.

Academic Decathlon

Academic Decathlon had participated in their last practice meet this past weekend. We placed fifth out of 20 6A schools at the meet on Saturday and we placed 10th in the state with this score!



Hannah Xia scored 6061 which placed her third overall. She medaled in six of the seven events. Math-2nd, Music-3rd, Eco-4th, science-5th, art-3rd, and gold- Social Science

Sarah Thomas

Math-5th and 5th in Social Science


Daniel Devoll Scored 5302 and placed First overall in his division. Music-2nd, Eco-4th, Science-3rd, Lang/Lit-2nd, Art-first, Social Science-1st

Jaden Walker


Jade Peters


Mitchell Santo



Ben Parker

Art-5th, Social Science 4th

A special thanks to Academic decathlon's sponsors, Renae Simmons, Elizabeth Woodley, and Fred Lewis for their hard work and support with this team.

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FHS Speech & Debate

Last weekend Friendswood Forensics (FHS Speech & Debate) competed at the Westside HS Speech Tournament and brought home the 3rd place Grand Sweepstakes winning. FHS competed against 17 other schools.

Congratulations to the following:

Elizabeth Hejtmancik & Rachel Sims--1st place Championship Public Forum Debate

Kelsey Ehrig & Jonathan Monday--1st place Championship CX Debate

Jonathan Monday--1st place Championship CX Debate Speaker & 4th place

International Extemp

James Mills--3rd place Congressional Debate, 5th place Championship Oration & 6th

place Domestic Extemp

Rachel Sims--1st place International Extemp & 1st place Championship Impromptu

Andrea Beasley--2nd place Championship Poetry & 4th place Championship


Nicholas Jeffcoat--2nd place Championship Prose & 6th place Championship


Elizabeth Hejtmancik--6th place Championship Prose

Christopher Bluth--5th place Championship Impromptu

James Barr--7th place Championship Impromptu

Adam Warren--1st place Novice Extemp

Jose Camacho--5th place Novice Extemp

Andrea Beasley, Adam Warren & Nicholas Jeffcoat--2nd place Group Improv

James Mills, James Barr & Christopher Bluth--3rd place Group Improv

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FHS Theatre Performed "Golden Boy"

The theater production, "Golden Boy" was presented by FHS Theatre from December 1-3 in the FHS Studio/Black Box Theatre. Mrs. Powdrell would like to give a special thanks to her cast and crew for their hard work.

Choir Pre-Area Audition Results

Following auditions at Shadow Creek HS on Saturday, Dec. 3, twelve FHS Choir students advanced to the final round of auditions for the Texas All-State Choir. From the 120 initial auditionees, 40 were selected, giving Friendswood 30% of the final total.

Students advancing are:

Helena Haas, Soprano 1

Marina Meche, Soprano 2

Jamie Laurents, Alto 1

Emily Mesa, Alto 1

Emily Ulsh, Alto 1

Maddie Pertuis, Alto 2

Kylee Hill, Alto 2

Gabi Gonzalez, Alto 2

Jeremiah Stubblefield, Tenor 1

Will Clyburn, Tenor 2

Tyler Pitman, Tenor 2

Alex Rudd, Bass 1

The final audition will be held on January 7.

Congratulations to these outstanding singers.


Athletic Trainers

FHS is pleased to share that we have been awarded the National Athletic Trainers' Association Safe Sports School 1st Team Award. This award is given to secondary schools that provide safe environments, best level of care, injury prevention and treatment for student athletes. In the next coming weeks, we will be sent a banner for us to hang and Friendswood High School will be listed as a Safe Sports School 1st Team on

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FHS Volleyball girls continue to win awards post-season!

TGCA All State All Star- Junior, Mckenna Fridye will represent FHS this summer at the TGCA all star games in Austin.

TGCA Academic All State- senior Jenna Chenette

TAVC All State team- Shannon Murphy

All Galveston County Team

1st team- Shannon Murphy and Jordan Pleasants

2nd team- Mckenna Fridye and Natalie Abowd

Honorable Mention- Jenna Chenette and Faith Marabella


The Mustang Wrestling Team traveled to Foster High School on December 10th to participate in the Falcon Classic. When all was said and done, the Mustangs came home with Varsity Boys Runner-Up honors, taking home 3 individual Gold medals and 2 Individual Silver medals. Friendswood Wrestling travels to Clear Brook High School on December 17th to participate in their first outdoor tournament.
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HO HO HO Mustangs,

Jingle Bells Jingle Bells

Mustangs almost went all the way!

Oh what fun it is to get Dubs

Even on cold and rainy days!

Hey! Mustangs went two and two

and had greeaatt play

Oh what fun it is to ride

on a cold and damp bus to play alllll day!

Hey, Jingle Bells Jingle Bells

The varsity Mustangs made great plays

Griffin Schneider and Alex Dehoyos scored throughout the day!

Eli Mart, Jake Yuracheck, Cade Roenne, and Reid Roher

played so swell that the crowd yelled and the bench went up in a roar!

Tanner Bandini shook of a cold, got back into the fold

and did what he was told

Reid Nickerson got boards yes heeee did and Dulles hid

As the final buzzer sounded,

The Mustangs were victors,

even though none are name victor at all!

Hey, Jingle Bells Jingle Bells

Our sweater game was on fire,

if anybody else says different,

then they are just a liar!

Freshman A got third

behind John McCabe.

He had 8 three pointers innn one game.

Jerome Scott sealed deal,

and Hudson Bockart and the A Team shouted and squealed.

Here is the picture

Dane has huge arms yes he really does

but thats OK, because Varsity A Team gooott DUBS!

Jingle Bells Jingle Bells, JV played hard

until the end and with great play,

they were led by Ben (Redding)

They went two and two

and beat Stratford High School

In the final game, the Mustangs came up short

but its oooook because Marburger kept his cool (always does, just needed a rhyme)

Jingle Bells Jingle Bells, Varsity and JV willl be back in action Friday

Come support the Boys and Girls

Varsity play begins at 5:30

Its alumni night,

so come support and cheer

and if this song stinks,

then you can shed a tear.

That is all for now,

but I will be back

Only 4 more days

till you get a break!

Jingle Bells Jingle Bells Santa is on his way!

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Congratulations to the Newest Wranglerettes!

Please congratulate our newest Wranglerettes:

Lauren Ballard

Ashley Bryan

Allison Eaton

Bella Guminey

Caroline Julich

Kirby Jane Landry

Brooke Langford

Alyssa Leggio

Kaitlin Manion

Kaylan Martin

Lexi Nicholas

Jacqueline Ruffeno

Daisy Snitkoff

Delaney Suffield

Monica Vega

Emily Vu

Special Olympics Bowling Tournament.

The Friendswood Special Olympics Team competed in the Area 22 Special Olympics Bowling Tournament on Saturday, December 03, 2016. There were 26 teams at the tournament. Athletes from Bales, Windsong, Friendswood Jr. High, and Friendswood High School were in the tournament. The results are as follows.

Friendswood High School

Garrett Burtzlaff- 2nd Place- Silver Medal

Audrey Crues - 1st Place- Gold Medal

Sterling Dean - 1st Place- Gold Medal

Laurel Encarnacion - 2nd Place - Silver Medal

Blake Howard - 1st Place- Gold Medal

Kristina Kawas-Moras-2nd Place- Silver Medal

Alexa Molen- 1st Place- Gold Medal

James Rejack- 1st Place- Gold Medal

Ashlee Reuter - 2nd Place- Gold Medal

Logan Saucedo - 4th Place Ribbon

Jake Varley -3rd Place- Bronze Medal

All together, Friendswood won 12-1st Place Gold Medals, 9-2nd Place Silver Medals, 4-3rd Place Bronze Medals and 1-4th Place Ribbon. Congratulations to all of our athletes. We are very proud of this team.

Coach Byrd would like to give a huge thank you to all of the parents, volunteers, and staff who came out to support the team. We could not have done it without all you!

Alumni News

FHS Alum at the University of Alabama

Congratulations to the following Friendswood High School Students for receiving the UA Merit Award: Shelby Crenshaw, Katherine Ferazzi, Maret Moran, Steven Pitts, and Kriten Ryan!

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Substitute of the Month

Congratulations to Mr. Bryce Lynn, 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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