Your eyes are not deceiving you. Everywhere you turn, there is a new school being built in this exploding area of Harris County. Community school bonds are paving the way for this expansion and students in the area are reaping the benefits. “By opening up additional schools our Humble ISD administration and school board is now providing more opportunities to allow student achievement and growth,” said Kingwood Park dance and drill team teacher Cyndi Vaughn. Residing in such a competitive district can sometimes alienate those who are not capable to compete at the highest levels, as well as, prevent proper training opportunities to help those reach new heights. “Our Humble High School student body now has more opportunities to be a part of athletics, various clubs and organizations. This will only lead to the sculpting and molding of better leaders for our future,” Vaughn said. Some would disagree and say that the talent pool is actually being diluted, but competition always proves to be a tool to strengthen teams and players. Besides competitive benefits, more extra-curricular activities offered by new schools afford more students the chance to become more well-rounded as they prepare for higher education and future opportunities. “Students are now given the chance to go out for things again which will only result in adding things to their high school resume for college admissions, scholarships, state recognition, and the list goes on,” Vaughn admits. One of those opportunities presented itself to Vaughn as the new teacher for the charter dance and drill squad at Kingwood Park High School. A dance veteran of 16 years, Vaughn jumped at the chance to build a program from the ground up. “Once the team was set I sat them down and we talked about this ground breaking "thing" we are starting. They got goose bumps as I told them their names will forever go down in Kingwood Park history,” beams Vaughn. Clearly, the chance at making a long list of “firsts” and creating a slice of history would not have been possible if not for the new experiences offered by the school bonds and the growing population of our community. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Photo: Welcome the charter members of the Kingwood Park Drill Team. Front Row (l-r): Corinne Besch, Amanda Brown, Kelli Blayney Second Row (l-r): Hannah Cousins, Shannon Cole, Tori McLeish, Crystal Martinez, Gabby Martinez, Angelia Rambally, Adrienne Ortega Third Row(l-r): Hannah Rice, Emily Thomasson, Hannah Guel, Monica Garcia, Brianna Jones, Kat McKee, Diane Murphy, Camila Palma, Sham Tisdom Fourth Row(l-r): Director Cyndi Vaughn, Emily Allen, Kim Flockton, Kirsten Hartman, Melanie Hooper, Jojo Stafford, Morgan Katz, Jessica Lasyone, and Sarah Lawless. Photo by Wesley Orton

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