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Stories from Kingwood Park High School
Like Father, Like Son
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Kathleen Ortiz | October 26, 2020

The nerves were intense as Shiloh Wilson tried to regroup after being bucked off his first horse in the biggest rodeo competition of his short career. A moment before the 7-year-old got on his second horse,…

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Foreign Exchange students return home early
Coronavirus

Sara Geiger | May 6, 2020

Foreign exchange students Cindy Schiller, Mariu Bertolo and Clara Schulze spent their junior years at Kingwood Park. The girls were supposed to fly back to their home countries in early June, but nothing…

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Teachers use workouts to lose weight, stay fit
Sports

Crosslin Silcott | April 23, 2020

With the amount of hours teachers and coaches spend at school, it is often difficult for them to find time to focus on their own personal fitness. Many have additional after-school commitments and families…

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Santa Fe shooting left mark on baseball program
Sports

Taylor Rankin | April 22, 2020

In 2018 there was a record number of 24 school shootings across America in which students were killed or injured. Ten of those students were at Santa Fe High School – just 61 miles from Kingwood Park High…

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Canceled livestock show leaves FFA students in limbo
Coronavirus

Trinity Curl | April 17, 2020

FFA students spent months preparing to show their animals at the Houston Livestock Show. They were devastated when Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the livestock show was closing almost two weeks…

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Daily life takes new turn as many juggle teaching, parenting
Coronavirus

Kathleen Ortiz | April 17, 2020

The schedule that algebra teacher Kathryn Espinosa made for her kindergartner Lilly was not very well received. The six-year-old drew an X through each heart that represented the lessons that she would…

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Admin passes out devices as final nine weeks get underway
Coronavirus

Kathleen Ortiz | April 14, 2020

Principal Lisa Drabing spent the past week and a half working to get electronic devices in the hands of students. Humble ISD rolled out its fourth nine-week grading plan on March 29, and since then Drabing…

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Former Humble ISD student adapts to changes in China
Coronavirus

Taylor Rankin | March 26, 2020

In November, Summer Creek alum Sarah Smithson moved to Shanghai, China, to work at Disney English. The 2015 graduate was set to spend 14 months teaching English to children in China through a Walt Disney…

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Allen sets sights on college, Olympic success
Sports

Gabby Norman | March 26, 2020

Senior Jacob Allen has crossed the sea in order to compete in races all over the world, and he credits his success to one thing – his pre-race meal of chocolate cake.

“I eat chocolate cake every time,”…

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Alumni adjust to college classes online
Coronavirus

Kathleen Ortiz | March 24, 2020

Megan Krippel had waited three years for this semester. The St. Mary’s University junior moved to France to study abroad in January. However, nothing has gone as planned. She spent the past few days…

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In a Heartbeat
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Kathleen Ortiz | March 24, 2020

For 27 minutes, sophomore Kate Tiedtke lay on the floor, her gray Nike sweatshirt cut in pieces at her side.

For 27 minutes last December, it didn’t matter that the sophomore was ranked first in her…

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Alcala bounces back from injuries for one final season
Sports

Gabby Norman | November 5, 2019

A few seconds was all it took. For senior Luisa Alcala, her dreams of collegiate swimming vanished when she felt the pop. Her childhood dream vanished as quickly as the pain rose.

“I remember it like…

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Veteran coach settles into new home with Panthers
Sports

Taylor Rankin | November 4, 2019

In James Showers’ 30-year coaching career, he has coached a half dozen sports, reached the playoffs and won coaching awards. The accomplishment he considers his greatest, however, did not happen on the…

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Passion to excel guides Overmyer to the top
Sports

Kathleen Ortiz | October 31, 2019

Senior Libby Overmyer changed in and out of dance tutus, heels and fancy outfits 10 times a day. She pretended to be a ballerina and practiced back handsprings in her yard daily, convinced she would become…

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Recovering, again
News

Kathleen Ortiz | October 30, 2019

Pond water was already pooling inside Hoa Do’s living room when she woke up on Sept. 19.

She faced the water alone. With her parents at work, the sophomore began to worry.

She was afraid her parents’…

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Rodeo Ready
Features

Kathleen Ortiz | April 23, 2019

The broom strokes echo rhythmically through the FFA barns as Ellie May works on her new victim. Her black snout sniffs around before choosing a pair of black and white Adidas. Senior Lauren Kocian wasn’t…

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Nine years since accident, Stantons showcase strength
Features

Kathleen Ortiz | April 19, 2019

Sandwiches, dip and cakes filled the kitchen table at the Stanton household as guests filed in wearing “crazy pants” as requested on the invitation. Joseph Stanton, the birthday boy, wore a yellow…

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Golden trio surrounded by rivalry, love
Sports

Gabby Norman | April 18, 2019

If there’s one thing the Golden siblings can’t agree on, it’s who would win in a race. They all know that John, a junior and the oldest of the three at Kingwood Park, would come in first, but the…

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Thriving business keeps Powells busy
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Crosslin Silcott | April 18, 2019

Brooks Powell found success early. He was a three-time state champion swimmer at Kingwood Park, National Honor Society president and homecoming king. He then went on to become the first in his family to…

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Support from coach key in senior’s transition to quarterback
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Gabby Norman | November 14, 2018

Senior Sam Johansen never intended on being a quarterback his senior year. In fact, he had been looking forward to spending his third year on the varsity football team as a linebacker. However, his coaches…

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From Private to Public
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Nick Farace | November 14, 2018

Going from a class of 33 students into a class of 500 can be a bit challenging, but freshman Juan Cintron has found has groove at KPARK. Cintron is one of  many transfer students from St. Martha Catholic…

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