Mustang News

March 2017


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Counselor's Corner

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Click here to visit the Twitter page for our counseling department!

FHS Buzz

Congratualtions to Our Newest Eagle Scout!

Daniel Turner completed his board of review to become an Eagle Scout. Congratulations, Daneil!

Friendswood FFA HLSR Results

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The Friendswood FFA Chapter has been busy at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo these last few weeks. Congratulations to the following students for their participation in the following events!

Meat Judging Contest

  • Gracie Kempken
  • Kain Kennedy
  • Sydney Turner

Junior Breeding Beef Heifer

  • Kenzie Jeter -10th
  • Gracie Kempken -3rd
  • Emily Pate -12th
  • Rachel Pate -9th
  • Hailey Binkley -4th
  • Magan Cotham
  • Dustin Surber
  • Cortni Cox -3rd
  • Haley Bratton
  • John Aldridge -11th
  • Brianne Wharton -8th
  • Ty Kempken -2nd
  • Morgan Thatcher -1st
  • Olivia Cates -2nd

The cattle team also received 2nd place for the Good Herdsman award! Judges score stall spaces in NRG Center by the orderliness and cleanliness of our space as well as personal appearance and good sportsmanship/behavior of students.

Meat Pen Rabbits

  • Kaitlyn Pederson
  • Haven Franks

Breeding Rabbits Does

  • Haven Franks -12th Junior/24th Junior

Breeding Rabbits Bucks

  • Haven -6th Junior/19th Junior

Youth Boer Goat Show Does

  • Haley Davidson -4th Junior/9th Open Show

Market Barrow Hogs

  • Nick Roberts -4th (Junior Market Swine Auction Friday March 24th)
  • Justin Phelps

Livestock Judging Contest

  • Kaitlyn Pederson
  • Brooke Burris
  • Jessica Rogers

Senior Prepared Speaking Contest

  • Gracie Kempken

Calf Scramble

  • Jessica Rogers

BPA State

The FHS BPA chapter competed in Dallas at the state competition. These students represented FHS and won the following:

  • Nate Hejtmancik - Statesman Torch Award Recipient, Texas State Representative to run for National officer position in Orlando
  • Miles Baker - Statesman Torch Awards Recipient
  • Vince Perez - 1st Place Entrepreneurship - advances to nationals
  • Chase Falterman - 2nd - Advanced Spreadsheet - advances to nationals
  • Kennedy Bateman - 2nd Intermediate Word Processing - advances to nationals
  • Trang Than - 3rd Fundamental Word Processing - advances to nationals
  • Natalia Gonzalez - 7th Advanced Office Systems & Procedures

Congratulations to these students on their hard work. Nationals will be held May 10-14 in Orlando, Florida.

Thank you to Mrs. Pearce and many others who listened to presentations and assisted these students in learning content. We could not have done it without your help.

HP Code Wars

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FHS advanced Computer Science students attended the 20th annual HP Code Wars on Saturday, March 4th at the HP campus in north Houston. There were 250 teams represented from all over Texas as well as Florida. Trophies were given out to the top five scores in both the novice and the advanced programming categories.

  • The team of Josh Dickens, Oliver Olsen and Noah Geno placed 5th
  • The other two teams were in the top 20.
  • The students that competed in the advanced division were Jenna Chenette, Joseph Steiger and Cameron Brunt.
  • The other students in the novice division that competed were Jared Clifford, Ben Parker and Nick Ess.

NMA Leadership Speech Contest

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Last night Nicholas Jeffcoat and Kelsey Ehrig represented FHS at the New Management Association Leadership Speech contest held at NASA. Congratulations to Kelsey Ehrig on winning 1st place and receiving a $150 scholarship.

Speech & Debate

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The FHS Speech & Debate team recently competed at the National Speech & Debate Association South Texas tournament. Students from public and private schools compete to qualify for the National Tournament which will be held in Birmingham, Alabama this June. Our students did very well winning the 3rd place Grand Sweepstakes. The students listed below qualified for Nationals. We are so proud of these students, they are not only talented, but they also have an amazing work ethic. Congratulations to the following:

  • Carter Adams--Lincoln-Douglas Debate
  • Kennedy Bateman--Domestic Extemp
  • James Mills--Domestic Extemp
  • Rachel Sims--International Extemp

Academic Decathlon

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The Friendswood Academic Decathlon had a tremendous showing at the state meet this past weekend in San Antonio. With a group of novices and one returning letterman, they went focused and determined to improve their 10th place state meet ranking (from their posted regional score). The FHS AD team surprised everyone. They placed 3rd in the overall team division in this 6A competition. They passed some impressive schools along the way--Dobie-4th, Coppell-5th, Clear Lake--6th and Pearland 7th. Most teams either maintained their score or dropped from their regional score. But not us--we made a historical jump of 3100 points from regional. We are so proud of them!

  • They posted the highest math scores in 6A state ( Way to Go Mr. Lewis!!)
  • They posted the highest subjective scores ( speech, interview, and essay) in the state.
  • They won 12 individual medals.
  • They placed 4th in Super Quiz.
  • Each team member won 500 dollars in scholarship.
  • Hannah Xia won an additional 700 for placing 5th overall in the state.
  • Joachim Bendixen placed 6th overall missing a scholarship by 7 points.

Individual medals

  • Audrey Isaak- 3rd Lang and LIT and 3rd Science
  • Hannah Xia- 2nd Economics, 3rd Art, 2nd Social Science, and 1st Speech
  • Daniel Devoll- 2nd Lang and Lit
  • Jade Peters- 3rd Interview
  • Joachim Bendixen- 3rd Math, 2nd Speech, and 1st Interview
  • Ben Parker- 2nd Math
  • Other team members contributing to our score are Sarah Thomas, Jaden Walker, Nolan King

Thank you the coaches Elizabeth Woodley and Fred Lewis and thank you to Mark Griffon and Trish Hanks for traveling to San Antonio to support us!

TFA State Meet

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Over Spring break 6 students from FHS attended the Texas Forensic Association State meet held this year at Plano West High School in Plano, Texas. Students in public and private schools qualify for this meet during the regular season from August to February. Congratulations to the following students:

  • Carter Adams--LD Debate & Domestic Extemp
  • Kennedy Bateman--LD Debate
  • Kelsey Ehrig--Congressional Debate
  • James Mills--Congressional Debate & Domestic Extemp
  • Jonathan Monday--Foreign Extemp--Tied for 8th place
  • Rachel Sims--Foreign Extemp--Reached the Quarter finals


Social Studies

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Four FHS students went to Washington DC as part of the Close Up Program. Dianne Hanegan went as the sponsor. Students include (from left to right) Paul Birmingham, Dylan Walding, Sophie Rudd, and Emma Wimberly. Students spent the week touring Washington DC and participating in learning experiences to facilitate their ability to be productive members of our democracy.


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The Friendswood High School Food Science class recently took a field trip to the Food Lab at NASA. Students got a tour of the facility where the astronaut food is made and packaged. The director of the Food Lab, Vickie Kloeris, shared lots of details about the history of feeding astronauts in space and about the process of getting food to the astronauts in space now. Students learned that when astronauts go to Mars, their food will be sent to Mars before they ever take off from Earth. Food science is being offered for the first time at Friendswood High School. Students are currently learning about the science of dehydrating food.​

Science Fair Success

The 58th annual Science and Engineering Fair of Houston was held on Saturday, February 25 at the University of Houston Main Campus. More than 1100 junior high through high school projects competed. Fifteen students from Friendswood High School participated at the fair including Zeke Bickham, Crystal Chacko, Andrew Cianciolo, Mike Hermes, Christina Huang, Nicole Huning, Anushka Jetly, Aly Knowles, Sarah Palmer, Blake Propst, Lucas Rivera, Donald Rolston, Evan Rosenthal, Kaitlyn Smith and Madeleine Thompson.

Karan Jerath, an FHS grad and past INTEL ISEF award winner, served as one of the keynote speakers for the award ceremony. Karan thanked Theresa Lawrence for her many years of service to the science fair program at FHS and acknowledged her personal contribution to his success.

Science fair results were announced at the award ceremony held at the University of Houston Cullen Theater on Tuesday evening, February 28.

Special Award Winners

  • Mike Hermes- 1st, Arno Bonner
  • Andrew Cianciolo- Senior Division Award, Boy Scouts of America- Sam Houston Council
  • Anushka Jetly- 9th grade Division Award, Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Madeleine Thompson- Summer Intern Program Nominee Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Andrew Cianciolo- 1st place, Gulf Coast section of IHIA
  • Sarah Palmer- 1st place- Senior Division, Dilorio Foundation
  • Anushka Jetly- 1st place 9th grade Division, Texas Earth Science Teachers Association
  • and 1st place- 9th grade Division, Water Environment Assoc. of TX & SE TX American Water Works Assoc.

Place Award Winners

  • Madeleine Thompson- 3rd- Senior Division, Animal Science
  • Ali Knowles- 1st- 9th Grade Division-, Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Blake Propst- 3rd- 9th Grade Division, Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Lucas Rivera- 1st- 9th Grade Division, Biochemistry and Microbiology
  • Christina Huang- 3rd- 9th Grade Division, Chemistry
  • Sarah Palmer- 1st- Senior Division, Energy and Transportation
  • Evan Rosenthal- 1st - 9th Grade Division, Engineering- Mechanical, Electrical & Civil
  • Anushka Jetly- Honorable Mention- 9thgrade Division, Environmental Science
  • Ali Knowles, Evan Rosenthal, Lucas Rivera, and Sarah Palmer will all advance to the State Science Fair to be held in San Antonio, TX on April 1.

Grand Award Winners

  • Ali Knowles- 1st Place- Life Sciences - 9th Grade Division
  • Evan Rosenthal- 1st Place- Physical Science- 9th Grade Division
  • Sarah Palmer was selected as one of 13 Grand Award winning Senior projects from the fair. Sarah’s project will be advancing to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Los Angeles, CA from May 14- 19.

MOS Certification Excel Exam

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The following students recently passed the Microsoft Office Specialist Excel 2016 Certification test. Congratulations to these students:

  • Patricia Baker
  • Sophie Culembourg
  • Eva Baker
  • Camryn Moore
  • Avery Wiggs
  • Ben Frankhouser
  • Sam Mills
  • Marina Meche
  • Julia Kelly

Special Education

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Friendswood ISD, along with Alvin, Pearland, and Santa Fe ISDs, is hosting a Autism and disability conference called Bridging the Gap Between Home and School Conference and Resource Fair on April 8th from 8am-1pm at Dawson High School. The keynote speaker is Grant Manier. Here is the link to learn more about him. He currently does speaking engagements with Temple Grandin and will be a wonderful keynote.

Our own Kimberly Davis will be one of the presenters. There are over 15 presenters speaking on topics that vary from social skills, behaviors, guardianship, sexuality, parent and sibling support, and more. Please check out the registration link for additional information. The information presented at the conference will be applicable for all Special Education students and their families. If one of your families is going to need childcare, encourage them to register early as space is limited. Also, the Transition Center and HS Quest students will be having a table to sell food and craft items.

The Autism and disability awareness conference is going to be awesome!!! See the attached flyer for details. Here is the link for online registration.

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FHS Les Misérables nominated for 14 out of 17 Tommy Tune Awards

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This year FHS presented Les Misérables, the school edition, as the Friendswood High School’s 49th Annual Musical.

The Tommy Tune Awards for the 2016-2017 season of High School musical are out. The nominations were announced Tuesday, March 21 from 6 am to 7 am via the Tommy Tune Awards Facebook page. Before the 7 am hour, Friendswood High School’s Production of Les Misérables the school edition, received 14 Nominations in the 17 possible categories!

• Best Direction – Kathy Powdrell
• Best Choreography – Alyssa Goza and Katelyn Gallagher
• Best Musical Direction – Janwin Overstreet Goode and Michael Tyer
• Best Orchestra – Julio Sanchez ad conductor Michael Tyer
• Best Technical Execution/Best Crew
• Best Lighting Design
• Best Scenic Design
• Best Ensemble
• Best Supporting Actor – FHS landed two nominations in this category
– – Clayton Senter in the role of Enjolras
– – Cade Tucker in the role of Thenardier
• Best Lead Actress – Emily Mesa in the role of Eponine
• Best Lead Actor – FHS landed two nominations in this category
– – Alex Rudd in the role of Jean Val Jean
– – Max Morgan in the role of Marius

The Tommy Tune Awards recognize and reward excellence in high school musical theatre created by students and educators in the greater Houston metropolitan area.The Awards Program will be held at Theatre Under the Stars April 18, 2017 at the Hobby Center.

Created by TUTS in 2002, the Tommy Tune Awards recognize and reward excellence in the production of musical theatre by high school students and their teachers.

During the 2016/17 school year, a team of Houston-based theatre professionals will evaluate the participating high schools’ productions and announce the winners at a Tony Awards-style ceremony on April 18, 2017 at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. The event will highlight musical numbers from the nominated shows and celebrate the winning performers, directors, choreographers, orchestras and designers.

“GREAT JOB! You all should be commended on this outstanding Musical & I’m glad. Thanks for all your hard work & dedication to this program & our students. Dr. K is smiling, CONGRATS!,” stated FHS Principal Mark Griffon.

The Arts

UIL One Act Play Contest

FHS recently hosted the District 24 6A UIL One Act Play Contest where eight schools competed. Friendswood High School's UIL One Act Play, Golden Boy by Clifford Odets placed first among the eight performing schools and move onto the Bi District Contest, Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Dawson High School. The contest will begin at noon. Congratulations to this wonderful team!

The following students received awards:

  • Tech Award - Joseph LeBlanc, senior
  • Honorable Mention Medal to All Star Cast - Katie Sharp, senior for the role of Lorna Moone
  • All Star Cast Medal - Max Morgan, senior in the title role Joe Bonaparte, the Golden Boy


  • Lorna Moon: Katie Sharp
  • Tom Moody: Cade Tucker
  • Joe Bonaparte: Max Morgan
  • Tokio: Alex Rudd
  • Mr. Bonaparte, Joe’s father : Jacob Goodin
  • Mr. Carp, family friend: Garrett Morris
  • Siggie, Joe’s brother in law: J.C. Mills
  • Anna, Joe’s sister: Elaina Roher
  • Frank Bonaparte, Joe’s brother: Jacob Johnstone
  • Roxy Gottlieb: Kyle Dickens
  • Eddie Fuseli: Nate Hejtmancik
  • Driscoll: Andrea Beasley
  • Mickey, a trainer: Jacob Vegas
  • Pepper White, boxer: Garrett McGregor
  • Sam, boxer: Tyler Pitman


  • Joseph LeBlanc, Meredith Fraga, Emily King, Jacob Jaime, Sydney Antill

  • Jana Ryan, Trey Hahn, Rory Sims, Jacquelin Kutz

Thank you to Contest Manager, Amy Thornton, Student Honor Crew, faculty member Cale Borne and Faculty Jaimie Honeycut from F J H for hosting an outstanding contest.

Art- Rodeo Photography Winners

We are pleased to announce that THREE of our students made the top 10 in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Photography contest out of thousands of entries.

Awards we given to:

  • Jackson Bouley's orangutan was awarded 2nd place
  • Adam Warren's caterpillars received 4th place
  • Jordan Johnson earned a 7th place award for her zebra photo.

All three will receive cash prizes through the rodeo, and their work will be displayed on the HLSR website. Congrats to these amazing artists!



The girl's soccer team finished in second place in district 24-6A and just played against George Ranch high school in the bidistrict playoff round at The Rig in Pearland on Thursday, March 23, at 7:00.

The boys soccer team finished as District 24 6A runner up with a 9-1-4 record during district play. Their heir season came to a close Thursday night in Bi District action.


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Baseball opened district with a slow start but bounced back Tuesday night (3/21). As we honored our faculty with Teacher Appreciation Night, the Mustangs defeated Clear Falls with a 6-4 comeback win! We play at Clear Falls again on Friday (3/24) 7:00pm. Our next home game is against Clear Brook 1:00 pm Saturday, April 1st and Alumni appreciation! We invite all FHS alumni to the game and post game social. (Location TBA). Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the games!


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FHS Lady Mustangs Lacrosse recently celebrated a 23-13 win over St. Pius X High School and the JV team also posted a win over Westside High School. Way to go, girls!

(From Left to Right)Top Row: Skyler Pope, Sydney Steingas, Hannah Ruiz, Miranda Wingfield, Maddie Jordan, Gabi Black, Kennedy Bateman, Emma Johnson, and Nadelyn Smith. Bottom Row: Jaden Cantu, Keenan Spencer, AbBy Dundee and Gabi Rodriguiz


The Mustangs basketball season came to a close in late February with a 49-35 loss against Dawson. The Mustangs fought hard the whole game, but Dawson's size and athleticism was just too much for the Mustangs. With the loss to the Eagles, it brought the end to the high school careers of five Mustangs. Griffin Schneider, Reed Roher, Cade Roenne, Alex Klump, and Jake Blain all played their final game Tuesday night.

Griffin Schneider was on Varsity for three years. After seeing the floor sporadically his Sophomore year, Griffin was a mainstay his junior and senior years. Griffin provided great leadership on and off the floor. Always attending open gym and different events to better himself as a person and basketball player. He will be missed next year!

Reed Roher spent this year on varsity after spending part of last year on varsity. Reed would always lighten up the mood either by his dancing or the jokes he would tell. Known for his athleticism, one couldn't wait to see what dunk he would try to pull all in practice or pregame warm-ups. His hustle on the floor and team first attitude will be missed!

Cade Roenne spent the last two years on varsity. While on varsity, Cade had to do the dirty work on the floor. Always undersized at his position, he battled night in and night out against the other teams big. He will hold a special place in my heart, in that he almost caused me to get in a wreck going to the Corpus Tournament with the scary story he had playing on the radio.

Alex Klump played in the program for four years. This was his lone year on varsity. In a testament to how hard he works, he made his way on varsity after being on the sophomore and JV teams. He never complained once, and made many contributions to the team this year.

Jake Blain made varsity this year, after being cut after his sophomore year. He worked hard to make his way back into the program. He came to open gym multiple times a week, and impressed us after trying out at the end of football season. His biggest game came at home against Creek, in which he hit some HUGE threes!

We want to wish all of these seniors good luck in their future, and hope that the lessons they have learned in basketball translate into future life situations.

The basketball staff would once again like thank all of the people who gave us well wishes and congrats this year. We would also like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to all who help work the games this year. Our promise to the school and the community is that we will continue to work to help our kids on and off the court to help guide them in being great STUDENT-Athletes!

Wranglerettes Bring Home a State Title!

Congratulations to our Wranglerettes for bringing home a state title!

State results as followed:

  • Emily Epperson- State Solo Champion- 1st Place
  • Payton Montemayor- 5th Place
  • Caroline Velek- 6th Place
  • Courtney Banfield- 2nd Place
  • Stephanie Reynolds- 2nd Place
  • Illusion Ensemble- 2nd Place
  • Socials- State Champions- 1st Place
  • Crowd Pleaser Award!
  • Officer Jazz- 1st Place
  • Officer Lyrical- 1st Place
  • Officer Prop- 1st Place
  • Officer Open- 2nd Place
  • Crowd Pleaser and Artistry Awards for Officer Jazz

Officers tied with Clear Lake for 1st Place in our size division and tied for Overall State Champions (highest scoring officer group in the entire contest!)

  • Team Contemporary- 1st Place
  • Team Hip Hop- 1st Place
  • Team Jazz- 2nd Place
  • Team Kick- 2nd Place
  • Team Pom- 2nd Place
  • 2nd Place Extra Large Team
  • Ranking 3rd Place in the entire contest! Score break down by .5 from 1st-2nd-3rd!

Substitute of the Month

Congratulations to Amanda Howard, our March 2017 Substitute Teacher of the Month! Thank you for all that you do! Ms. Howard is currently serving as our long term substitute in Science.

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!