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Katy ISD Honors Veterans Day with Special Events


November 11, 2019

By Natalie Cook Clark

Katy ISD has planned to honor military heroes during Veterans Day events throughout the district. Celebrations include concerts, flag ceremonies, receptions, and one big Army homecoming surprise. How are you honoring veterans today?

Friday Night Lights Full of Surprises

A Friday night football game featured a celebration for veterans and Katy military. Mayde Creek and Morton Ranch high schools combined in a halftime performance worthy for all who were honored. In a joint performance, the bands and drill teams honored each branch of the military.

The appreciation didn't stop there. Katy ISD Police Officer and Mrs. Texas, Shannon Dresser, was invited onto the field to represent her husband, Sergeant First Class Chance Jackowski. The ceremony honored him for his service in Korea for the past year. During the ceremony, Dresser and Sergeant Jackowski's 11-year-old daughter were stunned when Sergeant Jackowski walked up behind them. The sweet surprise wowed the crowd at Legacy Stadium.

"I was completely shocked!! As the announcer started saying, 'Back from a one year deployment,' I figured I was going to be giving someone an award for coming home," says Dresser. "I had no idea the surprise was my husband!"

Friday was already an emotional day for Dresser as she had her last day with KISD Police Department. She is moving to Colorado as her husband is being transferred to a base up there.

"It has been an absolute pleasure," says Dresser in regards to her time with Katy ISD PD. "Friday's game was such a fabulous surprise and I am so thankful for everyone who helped make it happen."

Two Katy Elementary Schools Kicked off the District Celebrations

Last week, both Hutsell and Bryant elementary schools celebrated local veterans in patriotic programs. During the program at Hutsell, the school welcomed honored special guests from the VFW Post 9182.

Hutsell Elementary students honor local veterans.

Scout Troops Come Together in Flag Ceremony This morning, Hayes Elementary participated in a special flag ceremony that for the first time included all scouting troops who attend the school.

Veterans Day Flag Ceremony at Hayes Elementary. Photo credit: Kerri Shultz

"You honor the people that fought for our country. You honor them every day but this day is special," says Hayes fourth grader Ashley Schultz.

Katy Schools Honoring Veterans Day Today

Each Katy ISD elementary school and junior high is holding a Veterans Day event today. Here are just a few listed with information:

Mayde Creek High School 7:30 am - ROTC Flag Ceremony

Alexander Elementary 8:10 am - Celebration

Mayde Creek Elementary 8:30 am- Breakfast 9:30 am - Ceremony

Randolph Elementary 8:30 am - Celebration in the gym; reception to follow

Memorial Parkway Junior High 9:15 am- Celebration

Cardiff Junior High 1:30 pm - Reception 3:00 pm - Ceremony

West Memorial Junior High 3:10 pm - Veteran recognition in LGI

Katy Junior High 3:15 pm - Reception in LGI 4:30 pm - Program in Cafe, Special Guest: Sarge Summers

Upcoming Veteran's Day Concert

The Cinco Ranch High School Choir is hosting a Veterans Day Concert on Tuesday, November 12 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Cinco Ranch High School. The event is free and open to the public. All veterans are invited and encouraged to attend to be honored by the CRHS Fine Arts department. The concert features performances by the CRHS choirs, band, orchestra, and dance department. The art department also created pieces specifically for this event.

Do you know of another Veterans Day event? Please share it in the comments.


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