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Posts published in “Day: March 14, 2019

Harris County approves voting at any poll location

LEFT TO RIGHT: Houston Comptroller Chris Brown, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Harris County Clerk’s office Administrator of Elections Michael Winn, Harris County Clerk Dr. Diane Trautman, Harris County Tax Assessor & Collector Ann Bennett, and Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Place 1 Joe Stephens at the announcement. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

HOUSTON, TX – Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman announced last week, “The Texas Secretary of State David Whitley approved Harris County — as one of six Texas counties with a population of more than 100,000 — to participate in the Countywide Polling Place Program. With over 2 million registered voters, this makes Harris County the largest county in the country to implement this program. The state program allows eligible counties to establish non-precinct based Election Day Voting Centers.”

“The voters of Harris County have made it clear that a Countywide Polling Place Program would have a positive impact on elections, and I am confident that the transition to a Countywide Polling Place Program will be successful. If the Election Day Voting Centers increases just one percent, with 2 million registered voters, that is a significant increase. We’re hoping for a 1 to 10 percent increase,” Trautman said.

Mustangs Basketball Team ends State Championship Run

North Shore Mustangs Basketball Head Coach Sam Benitez (left side) and players with Texas UIL State Semifinalist trophy, at the San Antonio Alamodome, Friday, March 8, 2019. Mustangs end playoff run, Duncanville Panthers won 63 – 56. Pictured above: North Shore Mustangs Head Coach Sam Benitez and players, #0 Joshua Cooper, #1 KJ Smith, #2 Oriekose Egbule, #4 Deveon Taylor, #5 Joseph Murray, #10 Keiman Capers, #11 Bruce Scott, #13 Randy Woodard, #15 Jalen Means, #20 Colton Price, #21 Colby Francis and #22 Jakari Marshall. Assistant Coaches, Trainers and Managers: Trey McDowell, Jonathan Dillon, Theadis Reagins, Reggie Wallace, Lamon Atkins, Anthony Boutte, Dvonte Davis, Ashley Maxey, Kalynn Gray, Chyna Rogers, Mariah Washington, Samantha Nila, Tim Chavanne and Kyle Rice.

By Allan Jamail

San Antonio, TX. – Alamodome — On Friday, March 8, 2019, the North Shore Mustangs, playing in the 2019 Boys State Basketball Championship – 6A Tournament, took the court against the Duncanville Panthers and got off to a good start and a halftime 5 point lead, 26-21.

At the beginning of the third quarter, the Mustangs increased their lead, and with four minutes left in the third period, they led by 10 points, 35-25. By the end of the third quarter, the Panthers stepped up their pace and were only behind 2 points.

One minute into the beginning of the final fourth quarter Duncanville tied the game 41-41. The remaining seven minutes, the Panthers took the lead and held a small lead until the final seconds ticked off.

Channelview HS Band shows resilience one year after bus crash

CHS band students show resilience one year after the bus crash.

The Band program at Channelview High School is preparing for the upcoming UIL band evaluation. This year’s preparation looks very different from one year ago. March 13, 2019, marks the 1 year anniversary of the band’s bus accident as they returned from their trip to Disney World in Florida. A total of 46 students, teachers, and parents were on the bus when it crashed 38 feet below the roadway in Loxley, Alabama. Many of those students and their director were seriously injured in the bus accident. As students began to heal, they would return to school and start working on UIL band evaluation. Their motto has always been “once a band kid, always a band kid.”

Band Director Aaron Allison remained in the hospital as one of the most severely injured. It would be months before he returned to school. However, his injuries did not stop him from attending the bands UIL evaluation last year; wheelchair, casts and all! Mr. Allison was determined to support his students who worked so hard to show him they would never give up. CHS band students never gave up! They proudly earned the most coveted “sweepstakes” rating that all band programs hope to receive. This year the band still hopes to get sweepstakes, but the students are able to work towards achieving the goal with Mr. Allison by their side.

Channelview HS choir headed to NYC

Channelview High School Choir prepares to experience New York City during Spring Break.

The Channelview High School Choir Program aspires to introduce students to the unlimited opportunities Choral music has to offer. After two years of planning and fundraising, 17 students and 5 chaperones will depart for the Big Apple on March 10, 2019.

The trip will be infused with musical experiences tied to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills requirements for Music. Students will visit the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Ground Zero. In addition to seeing and experiencing the history of New York City, the students will enjoy a workshop with Broadway directors and Actors, as well as the live performance of a Broadway musical. Students will end their trip with a performance in St. Malachy Actors’ Chapel. This trip is sure to be one that students, directors, and parents will never forget.