Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital is growing again. City of Humble officials, Memorial Hermann executives and community supporters broke ground for the new five-story patient tower, office building and new parking lot. Humble Mayor Merle Aaron and MH CEO Josh Urban welcomed a huge crowd to kick off the $70 million project. Community Relations Manager LynAnn Centofani did a great job balancing all the attendees, the threat of rain and a new intern. Pretty in pink was Tricia Racine. Enjoying the festive atmosphere were Mayor Pro Tem Norman Funderburk, Tim Baker, Cynthia Calvert Shiflet, Connie Chandler, Jenna Armstrong and Heath Rushing.
Ted Poe welcomed Viviana Burkett as the second district’s veterans liaison through the House of Representatives Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program. As a veteran herself who served in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Navy Reserves and who was deployed to Afghanistan,Viviana is committed to ensuring that our military and veteran constituents have access to the federal government and the care that they deserve and earned. Viviana’s responsibilities will include veterans casework matters and veterans outreach. Welcome to our district, Viviana!
Lynn Fields had a ball in New York. Jack and Lynn attended the Tony Awards with friends Christopher and Susan Ketner at the iconic Radio City Music Hall to cheer on “Great Comet” with 12 nominations, the most-nominated show of the season. The Fields and Ketners then went on to party with the cast, which included Josh Groban, Phillipa Soo and Denee Benton. Lynn being Lynn, she had a blast on the many Broadway behind-the-scenes tours with the highlight being one of the costume makers workshops. No, Lynn, we cannot afford to rent those for whatever event you’re planning on roping me into next.
Kingwood High School and Kingwood Park High School announced their Top 10 grads; congratulations, graduates! From KHS: Valedictorian Sanjay Unni is heading to the University of Washington with a Purple and Gold Scholarship; Salutatorian Alexandra Bishop is bound for Texas A&M with a Marine Corps of Galveston and a Lechner Scholarship; Co-salutatorian Stephen Chamness will be attending Rice University with scholarships from KHS Orchestra Boosters and Kingwood HOSA; Daisy Johnston will be attending the University of Texas with scholarships from Texas Exes Houston Chapter, Exxon Mobil, Fallen Heroes William Meeuwsen Memorial, and Shane Hines Memorial; Madeline Meier is heading to Columbia University to study biomedical engineering; Ryan Elo is headed to Texas A&M with scholarships from Presidents Endowed and National Merit Recognition; Fernanda Lago will be attending Rice University with scholarships from Pam Appelhans (tennis), the Rotary Club and Rice Distinguished Trustees; Sarah Antrich is headed to Baylor with scholarships from J.T. Barger and Kingwood All-Sports Booster Club; Kristin Herink will be attending Trinity University with scholarships from Trinity U and KHS Theater; and Evan Loyka is bound for UT with scholarships from Reliant, Touchdown Club, Friends of Kingwood Baseball, Kingwood All-Sports Booster Club, Riverwood’s Karen Monteleone Memorial and Willow Creek Elementary. From Kingwood Park High School: Valedictorian and Prom King Gabriel Zolton is ready for Texas A&M with scholarships from TAMU National Merit and Presidents Achievement; Salutatorian Greg Mika will be studying environmental engineering at UT with an Honors Scholarship; Hanzelle Kleeman is headed to Colorado School of Mines with a Colorado President’s Scholarship; Joshua Smith will be headed to Baylor after first attending Lone Star Honors College to study radiology; Helena Vassiliades will be attending University of North Texas with an Excellence Scholarship from UNT and one from UNT College of Music; Amelie Hebert is headed to Texas A&M with scholarships from Lechner and KPark Student Council; Mario Foltz will be attending Southwestern University with a Top Scholar Award and a Mike Harper Leadership Scholarship; Amada Timmerman is headed to Schreiner University with scholarhips from Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and Schreiner Trustees; Nicole Kell will be pre-med at UT with scholarships from KPark Sports Boosters and Memorial Hermann Christian Holley CLASS Award; and Courtney Blanchard received a University of Alabama scholarship and will be studying biology. Good luck to you all!
Girlfriends starting out with Bloody Marys on the ride to the airport heading toward Puerto Vallarta included Kelly Paull, Geralyn Sullivan, Emmy Lee, Millie Garrison, Danell Fields, Connie Chandler, Rebecca Watson and Julie Roberts. The girls seemed to have a fantastic time dining oceanside, sipping on the many, many varieties of margaritas, shopping and, most of all, laughing with each other. What a fun trip!
Just getting back from Los Angeles are new grandparents Charlie and Kyle Campbell whose son, Scott, and daughter-in-law, Lake Bell, just welcomed new baby Ozgood (Ozzie) Ford Campbell into the world. At 10 pounds and 12 ounces, Ozzie will be a great little brother to Nova. Congratulations, Charlie and Kyle!
Special shout out to Jill Curran; sending you good vibes!