William Clyburn – Student Spotlight

Whether he is on the stage, marching on the field or just simply walking down the hallway, William Clyburn was made to stand out. The FHS senior is someone who is known throughout the campus and throughout the community for his contagiously outgoing personality. Clyburn uses his bold nature in many campus activities. He is a member of the FHS … Read More

Ruben Rubalcava

If there is one thing that can universally bring people together, it is food. Everyone loves to eat. From gourmet mushroom risotto to a classic American cheeseburger, the thing that makes these dishes so delicious is the same thing that makes all of life’s moments sweeter: love. Friendswood High School senior Ruben Rubalcava has been in the FHS culinary arts … Read More

Tony Laurito – Student Spotlight

When trying something new, most people ease into it by getting their toes wet and testing the waters; however, Friendswood Junior High seventh-grader Tony Laurito dives in head first to the things he loves. At just five years old, Laurito began swimming competitively. It was obvious from early on that he had a natural talent for the sport, but as … Read More

Carter Payne – Student Spotlight

If ever you meet Bales Intermediate fourth-grader Carter Payne, you may not immediately see how exceedingly talented he is because of his humility and quiet demeanor; but, if you ever have the privilege of watching him perform, there will be no denying he is very gifted. Payne’s main passion lies in musical theater, but for being someone who performs in … Read More

Natalie Alnas – Student Spotlight

When you hear the word “genius” perhaps your mind immediately thinks of Stephen Hawking or Albert Einstein, but Friendswood ISD believes anyone can be a genius, no matter how famous or how old. Genius Hour is something that was implemented across elementary schools in FISD four years ago. The idea was taken from big-business companies like Google and Microsoft who … Read More

Caroline Velek – Student Spotlight

To dance is to tell a story; each turn a new chapter, each movement a reflection of peaks and valleys. To dance is to enliven tales that may not otherwise be told, so today, let us dance with Caroline Velek as we tell her story. Velek is a senior at Friendswood High School and the Grand Marshal of the Wranglerettes. … Read More

Thomas Mataro – Student Spotlight

One of the most common fears people have is public speaking. The idea of standing in front of a crowd with all eyes glued on them is enough to make some people shudder. To get up and speak on a hot-button issue, however, is arguably even more frightening. When Friendswood High School senior Thomas Mataro joined the Academic Decathlon, AD, … Read More

Student Spotlight – James and Nathan Pine

It doesn’t take a gathering of angels appearing above their heads to get James and Nathan Pine to “come sail away.” The Windsong fifth-graders make the 1977 Styx song background noise as they compete in regattas, both nationally and internationally. The Pines’ interest in the sport came after spending time sailing with their grandpa during the summer when they were … Read More

Student Spotlight – Michael Richards

Imagine a world without baseball games, without movie theaters, without certain restaurants, without circuses. Imagine living in a state of constant fear. That world was Westwood Elementary second-grader Michael Richards’ reality from the time he was a baby. It was not until after his first birthday that Michael’s parents discovered their son had been born with a life-threatening peanut allergy. … Read More

Westwood kindergartner wins mutton-bustin’ competition at the HLSR

Westwood Elementary kindergartner Daxton Benson made his first mutton-bustin’ appearance at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on March 5. Despite it being – quite literally – the five-year-old’s “first rodeo,” he made riding the sheep look easy and took home the win. “I tried to hold on as tight as I could for as long as I could,” Benson … Read More