Huffman ISD held its second annual “Tournament of Champions” Sept. 10 to kick off the Early Act First Knight program. EAFK is a year-long program that teaches Pre-K through eighth grade students, honesty, confidence, service, courage, friendship and justice based on knightly values and the Rotary’s Four-Way Test. This year’s program included an all-new show with two new characters, Sir Jefferson and Sir Timothy, as well as Sir Cass, who performs all the school’s knighting ceremonies. The show not only had plenty of swordfights, jousting and action, but also demonstrated to students that cheaters are punished while those with courage and bravery are rewarded. By the end of the program, Sir Timothy, who cheats and starts fights, is sent back to knight school and Squire Katy is knighted for saving Sir Jefferson. The program also received an all-new sponsor, the Kingwood Rotary Club. “Kingwood Rotarians are extremely proud and excited about being asked to sponsor the EarlyAct FirstKnight program at Huffman ISD” said Tommie Buscemi, EAFK Chair with the Kingwood Rotary Club. “Through this program, our Kingwood Rotarians will help students understand the high moral and ethical values of Rotary. Throughout the year, students will receive daily lessons teaching them how to use their skills and talents to help other people.” The program rewards students who demonstrate knightly morals with knighting ceremonies and medals. Each month students attend the ceremony not knowing who will be knighted. Hallways are decorated in medieval themes and medieval music plays to celebrate the event. The student is knighted by a fully armored knight knights while peers, friends and parents watch. Students receive medals and consideration to be knighted by performing knightly services. Each day the students will also recite Rotary’s Four-Way Test, which states:  Of the things we think, say, or do: 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned?  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?  4.  Will it be beneficial to all concerned? A goal of the Rotarians is to spread the program to other local districts, said Buscemi. Currently, Huffman ISD is the only district south of Austin using the program although other districts attended the tournament to gain information. “The program is spreading,” said Buscemi. “We had representatives from Clearlake and Highlands ISD. More will probably come and bring it back to their district.” The program was developed by Dr. Randall Parr and is evaluated scientifically every year to test its effectiveness. Parr has more than twenty years of experience in creating effective ethics development programs for young people. Parr said the core of his program will remain the same. “This year they will continue their daily study of character, morals and ethics in the classroom,” said Parr. Parr also said students will get the opportunity to learn service and knightly virtues outside the classroom. The Kingwood Rotary will work with the school’s student service clubs to develop opportunities for students to volunteer. “They did amazing things last year, and with Kingwood rotary they’ll be doing even more amazing things,” said Parr. For more information, contact the Kingwood Rotary Club at 281-359-7193 or e-mail Buscemi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Photo: Dr. Randall Parr sits atop his warhorse after getting a helping hand from the show’s villain, Sir Timothy Demerse, who proves he’s not really a bad guy. Photo by Crystal Simmons

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