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Class of 2021 Graduation Weekend Honors Seniors


Last week's Leaving Tree Tradition, Virtual Baccalaureate Chapel, and Commencement celebrations joyfully capped off the Class of 2021's four years at Episcopal High School.

Saturday morning, May 15, the seniors arrived in socially distanced groups to kick off the fun weekend with the annual Leaving Tree tradition. As they heard their names called by Dean John Colello, they placed their leaves on the wall-sculpture tree near Trinity Courtyard and posed for photos with their parents and guardians.

In the pre-recorded Chapel for Baccalaureate that evening at 5:00 p.m., The Rt. Rev. Hector Monterroso, Bishop Assistant of the Diocese of Texas, addressed the Baccalaureate viewers. Bishop Monterroso emphasized the importance of being open to change in our lives and nurturing a strong faith in God. He shared that while growing up in Guatemala, he considered many careers, from soccer player to engineer, to astronomer to businessman. By adapting to change and taking a few calculated risks, such as moving to the United States, he advanced in his career as an Episcopal priest to become a bishop in Texas."Everything worthwhile contains risk," he said. "Chase your dreams, help others, and do your best.... The values you receive here such as faith and prayer, are tools you can use...And remember, God always walks beside you."

The following day, Sunday, May 16, the seniors and their families braved a series of rain showers to gather for the Commencement event on Simmons Field. Head of School Ned Smith, Grade Level Dean Jess Adams, and Principal Kim Randolph started the evening by revealing the Senior Award winners to the attendees. Alexa Hendricks was announced as the 2021 valedictorian and Jake Siegel was named salutatorian. Mateo Bastidas was named Outstanding Male Student and Alena Haney was named Outstanding Female Student. The Spirit Award went to Randall Holstead, the Citizenship Award to Gloria Ni, the Head of School Awards went to Gwen Rippeto and Donovan Jackson, and the Jess Borg Award went to Jaquon Marion.

Commencement speaker Donovan Jackson applauded his classmates and said that if ever a group epitomized the phrase, "Knights Stand Out," this group of seniors qualifies. The Class of 2021, he pointed out, overcame Hurricane Harvey, tropical storms, a Texas deep freeze—and the global pandemic. "We have everything we need to overcome adversity. Now is the time to create our legacy in the world," Jackson advised. He concluded his speech with Coach Steve Leisz's trademark sayings, "Don't Be Afraid, and Go Knights!"

With a boost of fortuitous timing by Mother Nature, the clouds parted and the sun began to shine as the last few seniors walked on stage to receive their diplomas. The Rev. Beth Holden then blessed the graduates, and Head of School Ned Smith presented the Class of 2021 to the crowd.

In total, this diverse and talented group of 184 seniors gained acceptances at more than 225 colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad, where they have earned more than $20 million in scholarships and grants.

#2getherWeAre1 #KnightsStandOut


Knights Cap Outstanding Fall with SPC Titles

The girls volleyball team completed an outstanding season with a 3-0 win over ESD in the SPC championship game in front of a large and spirited group of fans Saturday afternoon in Alkek Gym. The Knights earned their spot in the championship game with earlier tournament wins over Houston Christian (3-0) and St. John's (3-0). The win marks the Knights second SPC title in three years and gave the team an impressive 35-4 record this season.

The EHS football team captured their first SPC title in five years with a thrilling 42-21 win over Kinkaid at Butler Stadium. The Knights used an overpowering running game, led by Quon Marion's 270 yards rushing and three TD's, to complete the season sweep of the Falcons. Adrian Cormier's 119 yards rushing and two TD's gave the Knights two running backs who eclipsed the century mark on the ground. The Knight defense held the Falcons to 21 points and stifled the Falcon offense in the fourth quarter.

The girls cross country team ran one of their best races of the season Saturday morning at Spring Creek Park in Tomball and took home their second consecutive SPC Runner-Up trophy. The Knights were led by All-SPC runners KitKat Kwiatkowski, Kate Freeman, and Ella Newman. Alena Haney, Lucy Holden, and Elizabeth McLauchlin each ran fantastic races to help the Knights reach the podium. The EHS boys cross country team finished twelfth in a very competitive SPC field.

The field hockey team capped an outstanding weekend with an impressive 3-1 win over Greenhill to take fifth place in the SPC. The finish marks the highest finish for the Knights in more than ten years. The Knights began tournament play with a thrilling 1-0 overtime win over Hockaday and gave North Zone #1 seed Trinity Valley all they could handle before falling 1-0 in overtime in the quarterfinal matchup.

The boys volleyball team overcame a tough 3-2 loss to Greenhill in the quarterfinals and defeated St. Andrews 3-0 and place fifth in the SPC. The Knights finished an outstanding season with a record of 22-12.

Congratulations to our students and coaches for their achievements this past season and we look forward to honoring all of our fall varsity teams at Wednesday's athletic awards chapel in Alkek Gym.

Knights Win the 2019 SPC Football Championship

Football defeated Kinkaid 42-21 to capture the crown! #KnightsStandOut

Stay tuned for final Fall SPC results or catch up on Twitter: Twitter.com/EHSSports

Knights Capture the 2019 SPC Girls Volleyball Championship

Girls volleyball defeated ESD 3-0 and capture the 2019 SPC Championship! #KnightsStandOut

Stay tuned for final Fall SPC results or catch up on Twitter: Twitter.com/EHSSports