Four teens from Aldine, Klein, North Forest and Galena Park demonstrating exemplary leadership skills in emergency response will each gain $1,000 scholarships at a ceremony held at Harris County Department of Education, 6300 Irvington in Houston, Texas on May 3.
Earning the scholarships are seniors Gailin Tovar, Aldine High School, Aldine Independent School District; Sydney Robin Koshnick, Klein Oak High School, Klein ISD; Kitana Chretien, North Forest High School, North Forest ISD; and David Estrada, North Shore High School, Galena Park ISD.
Through a program called Teen Community Emergency Response Team, or Teen CERT, the students spent the year training as first responders for emergencies. Learned skills included putting out fires, triaging accident victims, performing search-and-rescue tactics and assisting in disaster relief. Teen CERT is coordinated by HCDE and Harris County Citizens Corps.
About the honored teens:
Gailin Tovar, Aldine High School, Aldine ISD, attending Texas A&M. About Teen CERT: “Teen CERT helped me to understand that my true passion is to become a judge someday.”
Sydney Robin Koshnick, Klein Oak High School, Klein Oak ISD, plans to attend Texas Women’s University. About Teen CERT: “Teen CERT helped me to think quickly and calmly in emergency situations.”
Kitana Chretien, North Forest High School, North Forest ISD, enrolling in the University of Houston. About Teen CERT: “Teen CERT helped me take time to understand a situation and come up with a solution to the problem.
David Estrada, North Shore High School, Galena Park ISD, attending University of Texas-San Antonio. About Teen CERT: “Teen CERT taught me to delegate.”
About the Center for Safe and Secure Schools: Harris County Department of Education’s Center for Safe and Secure Schools understands that each school has unique and ever-evolving needs in the areas of safety and security. It is committed to helping schools assess and address those needs in all four phases of the emergency management cycle: mitigation, prevention, response and recovery.
About HCDE: Harris County Department of Education provides education services to the general public and 26 school districts throughout Harris County and beyond. Services include adult education, programs to promote safe schools, after-school programs, therapy services, professional development for educators, special schools, alternative certification for principals and teachers, Head Start, and Early Childhood Intervention programs. We offer contract procurement, grant development, program research and evaluation, records management, and school finance support. Since 1889, our services continue to evolve to meet the needs of our education public. Visit us at www.hcde-texas.org.
Carol E. Vaughn
Communications/Media Relations Manager
713-696-0756 office, 281-660-9205 cell