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Pasadena students praised for letters to famous authors

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With their answers to the question “How has the work of an author changed your view of the world or of yourself?” two Pasadena students were named winners of the 2021-2022 Letters About Literature Texas competition.

Inspired by the Heroes of Olympus book series, Emily Hoang placed second in the high school division with her letter to author Rick Riordan. “Through the relationships created in your stories, I realized the universal value of friendship, kindness and authenticity,” she wrote.

Frida Gonzalez’s letter to JK Rowling about the Harry Potter book series won third place. “I may not have been a boy who had an evil, noseless lord chasing after him every school year, but I could still relate to the feeling of wanting to belong,” she wrote.

To visit tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature to read the winning letters.

Sports program gains national recognition

The National High School Strength Coaches Association recently awarded the Friendswood Independent School District its Program of Excellence Award for 2022-2025.

To earn the honor, the district demonstrated excellence in safety, quality, efficiency and awareness, according to an NHSSC press release. Learn more about www.nhssca.us.

The UHCL Communication Diploma is growing

The University of Houston-Clear Lake is enhancing its Bachelor of Arts in Communication to include courses in strategic social media.

“Our curriculum has always been a mix of applied courses and theoretical courses to prepare students,” said Anna Klyueva, associate professor of communication. “One of the things we needed was social media. Our students have skills in media writing, infographics, video production, communication ethics, public relations and more, but the social media element has been missing until now, and we know from the demand from students and industry, that hiring managers in all disciplines want students to not only be social media savvy, but also understand social media analytics.

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