The Huffman ISD Board meeting on March 27 was preceded by a special presentation of the annual Mirabeau B. Lamar Scholarship and Award for Excellence in Education. The Lamar Medal is awarded by local Masonic Lodges to students and educators in recognition of outstanding personal achievement in academics, citizenship, community service and/or sports. This year’s Huffman recipient is Shanelle Shojaei, a senior at Hargrave High School. Mark Lee, Huffman’s Masonic Lodge president, made the presentation. 

Shanelle Shojaei is this year’s Lamar Scholarship and Award recipient. From left, Patrick Keith, Huffman ISD board president; Shojaei; Mark Lee, president of Huffman Masonic Lodge # 1428; and Benny Soileau, Huffman ISD superintendent. Photo by Bruce Olson

“Each year in conjunction with Public Schools Week, Masonic Lodges all across Texas present the Mirabeau B. Lamar Award for personal achievement in education. Our recipient this year was chosen by your high school principal and his staff. I have to tell you folks, as I read this bio, each and every one of you should be extremely proud because I know this is not the only student that might be deserving of this award, but this young lady is certainly spectacular,” he said.

Lee explained that Shojaei is a very well-rounded student who has been involved in various activities throughout her high school career. She has served as an officer in several organizations, including class officer for two years, president of Health Occupation Students of America for the last two years, treasurer for Business Professionals of America (BPA), and secretary of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). She has served on the student council and student advisory council and is a member of the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. She’s also been a cheerleader. She recently placed 1st in the state in Human Resource Management for BPA and will compete at the national level in May. In addition to being involved in so many organizations, she has also managed to balance a rigorous course load by taking advanced classes and dual-credit classes. 

Concluding the presentation, Lee said, “Shanelle has displayed a strong sense of motivation and determination. Her plans for the future include attending the University of Houston and pursuing a career in the medical field. When I think of what a leader is, I think of someone with an inspiring vision of the future that motivates and inspires people to engage with that vision. That is a perfect description of Shanelle.”

In addition to the Lamar award for excellence, the rest of the meeting was highlighted by a number of other recognitions of many students in a variety of activities:

-The Huffman Middle School academic team earned the 2nd place trophy at its district meet Saturday, Feb. 18th with 66 students participating in 54 events against four other school districts. There were 74 medals and ribbons earned for 1st through 6th place. The 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students who could attend the board meeting received their individual certificates of achievement in events ranging from science and mathematics to spelling, editorial writing and poetry.

-The Hargrave High School FCCLA competed at the region conference in Galveston on Feb. 7 and eight students advanced to state level competition to be held in Dallas in April. The board congratulated the group and recognized each of the students present at the meeting.

-The board recognized the Hargrave High School Texas Association of Future Educators students who competed at the regional conference held at Needville High School where several students advanced to the state competition.

- The board also recognized the members of Huffman’s two LifeSmarts teams. LifeSmarts is a literacy quiz hosted by the national Consumer League. The 20-year-old program tests students in five different areas: environment, health and safety, consumer rights and responsibilities, technology, and personal finance. Team members must compete in six quizzes individually with the highest score of each team member applied to the overall score of the team. Huffman fielded two teams this year, the Falcon Masters and the Bomb Squad, and both did well.

The next board of trustees meeting will be on Monday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in the boardroom of the Huffman ISD Administration Building, 24302 FM 2100.

Bruce Olson
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I have been married since 1970 to Kerry, my best friend and a great Australian woman. I served and survived Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force. I fought forest fires in the summer while in college, where I earned a B.A. in economics from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas. I retired from Continental Airlines. I have a son and two granddaughters in Kingwood, and a daughter and two grandsons on a farm near Mazabuka, Zambia. I am now enjoying life as a grandfather, Tribune correspondent and Humble ISD guest teacher when not traveling to Zambia or Australia.

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