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Posts published in “Day: October 16, 2014

2014 Miss Highlands & Jr. Miss Highlands crowned

HIGHLANDS – The 57th Annual Miss Highlands Pageant was held last Saturday, with ten girls competing for the top title, and another ten competing for the junior honors. Two competitions were held, at 2 and 7 pm at the Highlands Junior School auditorium, with a full crowd in the audience hoping their favorite would take away the title.

The Pageant show was emceed by Baytown police assistant chief David Alford and the 2013 Miss Highlands, Taylor Moser.

Originally the pageant was part of the Highlands Jamboree, but in recent years has been sponsored and run by the Highlands Horizons. Pageant directors for Miss Highlands are Norma Cotten, Pam White, Carol Forrest, Chrissa Teel, and Becky Baumbach. Directors for Junior Miss Highlands are Ashley Forrest, Delene Cotten, Kathryn Dunlop, Laura Little, and Jamie Gonzalez.

The pageant receives strong support from the greater Highlands business community, and Goose Creek schools.

This year the theme was “Salute to the Armed Forces” with decorations on that theme, and a donation bin to benefit the USO.

Proceeds from the pageant are used by the Horizons for scholarships, and to help needy families in the community. In 2013 the organization was able to award 12 scholarships to deserving graduates.

Contestants competed and were judged in casual wear modeling, talent, dress modeling, and interview questions and responses.

An additional award, the Jennie Robbins Community Service Award, was given to Katlyn Burns for community mindedness and dedicating her time to serve and help others. Presented by Kathryn Robbins-Dunlop.

Crosby E.F. goes black & white to fund valued lessons

It was a Black & White night for the Crosby Education Foundation (CEF) as it hosted its Fourth Annual Grants Gala this past Friday at the Crosby Knights of Columbus Hall.

The Grants Gala, held annually to raise funds to provide grants to Crosby ISD teachers to impact the learning experiences they provide to Crosby ISD students, featured fine food, fine attire, as well as fine music provided by The Busch Administration with Coy Killion, Cody Kouba and Friends.

Guests generously took part in a live and silent auction. Whether one wanted to yell ‘GOAL’ at a Houston Dynamo game or enjoy a quiet movie night at home, there was a wide variety of items to be won during the silent auction. Sports memorabilia featuring JJ WATT, exciting fishing or hill country excursions, and handcrafted outdoor products highlighted the live auction.

Gala guest and Crosby ISD parent Tashaella Bennett stated, “Although Crosby ISD does a fantastic job of providing necessary resources to our kids and teachers, the funds raised through this event will help to take classroom experiences to the next level for our students.”

Preliminary results indicate that the gala raised approximately $76,000 for Crosby ISD programs. This tremendous amount is representative of the great support the Gala received from underwriters, sponsors and attendees.

Connie Harrison, CEF Grant Gala committee chair, commented about the event and its supporters. “The CEF Gala could not happen without a multitude of persons planning, working and supporting the event. The decor, food and music were outstanding with unique touches that reflected the dedication of our board to create a wonderful experience for CISD supporters. The Teacher Grant display, where 26 teachers had their grant adopted, was our Gala highlight. We were fortunate to see Grants that provided enhancements to the students’ learning experience, such as Rigby readers, a trike program, a sensory room, AP graphing calculators, science kits, and a cougar spirit store adopted during the night.”

CEF was formed for the purpose of partnering with Crosby ISD and the local business community to enrich teaching, inspire learning and maximize opportunities for all Crosby ISD students. The fall grants gala and spring golf tournament serve as CEF’s primary fundraising vehicles.