On Jan. 22, Huffman ISD had the pleasure of recognizing an outstanding group of Hargrave High School seniors who are not only great athletes but also have been named to the Texas Academic All State roster by the Texas High School Coaches Association.

This major recognition has strict qualifying criteria that includes: earning a grade point average of 92 or above in grades 9-12; being an athlete, student trainer or manager in good standing; being of good moral character; and having commensurate class rank and SAT/ACT academic testing scores. Superintendent Benny Soileau called on Huffman ISD’s athletic director and high school football coach, Mike (Mac) McEachern, to make the presentations to the five outstanding seniors: one volleyball player and four members of the football team. He began with the volleyball player and called Lauren Russell, named to 1st Team All State, to receive her certificate and engraved plaque.

“What people don’t realize is that every one of our seniors on the volleyball team this year made Academic All State, ” McEachern said, and paused to allow for some good-natured laughter. “We had one senior, which means she had the highest grade point average of anybody else on the team. Lauren is planning on going to the University of Alabama and she will study to become a nurse. Congratulations, Lauren.”

McEachern called the football team members forward by name and presented each of them with recognition certificates and plaques. They are: Jack Perry, 2nd Team All State. He will attend the University of Texas to study history; Tyler Price, 2nd Team All State. He was not able to attend the presentation; Jacob Hortch, Honorable Mention, All State. He will attend the University of Houston to study business; and David King, Honorable Mention, All State. He will attend Sam Houston State to study sports management.

“There is something special about this group of kids that people don’t know about. Besides the fact that they are very high academically, these kids were the ones that were helping out during Hurricane Harvey. These were the kids working in the church, these were the kids that were working in the shelters, these are the kids, right here, that would call me and ask, ‘Coach, where is the next house to go to?’ And they went, nonstop. They went out in trucks, would go into houses, pull people out, and call up asking: ‘Where’s the next one?’ So not only are they high academically but also in their ethics and they did an incredible job. They are great kids. Congratulations!,” McEachern said.

The board room audience, which nearly filled the room, recognized the group with a long, standing ovation.

In other business, the board approved a resolution to the governor and legislature of the State of Texas from the Huffman ISD formally outlining a request for assistance, recovery and action to correct the situation that Hurricane Harvey exposed regarding the San Jacinto River. The resolution specifically addresses the river’s flood prone condition and demands implantation of preventative measures to ensure future protection of life and property. It is similar and in concert with other resolutions being sent from other communities, businesses and school districts that were severely impacted by the flooding that followed Hurricane Harvey.

The next regularly scheduled board of trustees meeting will be Monday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the board room of the Huffman ISD Administration Building.

Bruce Olson
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I have been married since 1970 to Kerry, my best friend and a great Australian woman. I served and survived Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force. I fought forest fires in the summer while in college, where I earned a B.A. in economics from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas. I retired from Continental Airlines. I have a son and two granddaughters in Kingwood, and a daughter and two grandsons on a farm near Mazabuka, Zambia. I am now enjoying life as a grandfather, Tribune correspondent and Humble ISD guest teacher when not traveling to Zambia or Australia.