Splendora students in GEARS program spotlighted at board meeting

Splendora High School GEARS program students present a program during the August meeting of the Splendora ISD Board of Trustees.

At the August meeting of the Splendora ISD Board of Trustees, students in the Splendora High School Growing Exceptional Adaptable Resourceful Students (GEARS) program were spotlighted. The program has eight students working as interns in several departments. The program gives students internship-based experiences, but also allows them to share their voice to improve the District.

The GEARS students are (back row) Michelle Inglis, Joey Morrow, Wyatt Gaas; (front row) Natalia Vazquez, Erin Tullos and Makenzie Keel.

Career and Technical Education Director Adam Lira described the new program to the Board of Trustees. Students will act as colleagues and participate and work alongside many of the administrators. According to Lira, students were given information about the program in May. After the selection process, students participated in a kickoff event in July, and hit the ground running on the first day of school. Some of the students even worked prior to the first day.

The following GEARS students were selected for the program: Communications – Gabriel Beard and Joey Morrow; Leadership and Culture – Wyatt Gaas; Teaching and Learning – Makenzie Keel, Erin Tullos, Natalia Vazquez, and Michelle Inglis; and Technology – Jacob Mikel.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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