By Joan Frances
A public school is much like a small community. It consists of leaders and followers, teachers and students. The structure of the community dictates direction and discipline. The leaders show compassion and support and the followers work to accomplish goals. A successful community is a sign of positive reinforcement. In a public school environment, the greatest measure of success is through team work. Teachers work with students in academics and sports to engage and teach them about life. A winning team is not only a symbol of a schools success, but shows unity and devotion from its players and spectators.
One of the newest schools in Fort Bend ISD, Ridge Point High School, has exhibited exceptional team work and talent. Ridge Point High School opened in 2010 and was built to accommodate 2,500 students grade 9th through 12th. The first year, only freshmen and sophomore students attended the school. During this second year of operation, students were on the varsity teams in all sports and they did incredibly well.
The girl’s soccer team (17-6-0) had a strong season in 4A Region III. The team consisted of only one junior, half freshman and half sophomores. They advanced to Regional’s and played against Waco Midway, on Friday April 13. Midway, perhaps a more experienced team defeated the girls. The members of this Ridge Point team can be so proud of this huge accomplishment. They ended up as one of the top 16 schools in Texas. Next year will be their time to win it all.
The golf team has continued to improve thanks to Tanner Springfield and Kaycee Bankert. These two students advanced to the regional 4A III tournament in Huntsville. Tanner is the grandson of Don Trull, a former Houston Oiler quarterback. Trull also has three other grandchildren at Ridge Point High School, two on the basketball team and one on the volleyball team. Wednesday, April 18, Kaycee finished 19th out of 76 female golfers.Thursday, April 19, Tanner placed 15th out of 85 male golfers. These two, along with Samm Liedtke and Alex Fluke, earned 24- 4A level all district teams.
Kudos to the Lady Panthers soft ball team for an amazing first season as well, with a 18-6 overall record, 11-3 in District 46-4A. They play the first round of the State Playoffs against George Ranch this Friday, April 27, 7 p.m., at George Ranch High School.
As for academics, in March, the Quiz Bowl team, consisting of Duff Dean, Christopher Hamborsky, Kristen Mynes and Alexandra Ward competed against Marshall High School and earned an overall score of 230 points over Marshall’s 70 and was named winner of Fort Bend ISD’s 2012 Quiz Bowl. Proving this school is excelling in every challenge.
None of the these teams have seniors …. yet!
This Ridge Point High School “community” has accomplished a great deal in these first two years. They are exhibiting talent and team work, something every school should strive for. With a great combination of leaders and followers, this high school will continue to grow and improve in the years to come.