New Kids on the Block

By Henry Dibrell –

Carter, Jensen, Ashley and Campbell Vann.

Carter, Jensen, Ashley and Campbell Vann.Photography by Country Park Portraits.

s we head into summer, let’s look ahead to another great year in Katy ISD. Let’s take time with our young people, point them towards excellence and use this summer to prepare them for achieving great things in the 2014-15 school year.

I would also encourage each of you reading this to attend at least one board meeting this summer. The summer is the time we work on the budget. It’s a time we decide what priorities we have for the coming year, and put the dollars into those areas. Come speak out, and let us hear what your priorities are because at the end of the day, the schools are yours. We are only the keepers of the trust.

As we move into the summer, we have two new board members, two wonderful ladies I would like to take this opportunity to introduce to you. This month, I had the opportunity to visit with Ashley Vann.

Ashley, what would you like the 181 square miles we call Katy ISD to know about you?

Ashley Vann

Ashley Vann

May 14th, 1982 was my eleventh birthday and the day my parents moved my family from Houston to Katy, Texas. That fall, I walked the halls of Memorial Parkway Junior High (MPJH) as a sixth grader, the very first year it opened. From MPJH, I went on to James E. Taylor High School (THS), the second high school built in Katy. In the 1980s, anyone who lived in Katy was well aware of the staunch rivalry that existed between Katy and Taylor. It was a Texas A&M/UT sized rivalry. Oh the stories that can be told!  Taylor also had the occasional win in football against Katy in the 80s and that kept the rivalry quite strong. My greatest memories during my years at THS involved being a Pacesetter and a founding and active member of the first National Charity League chapter in Katy. Being a part of those organizations helped me value my grades, engage in the community, have immense accountability and create friendships I hold onto tightly today.

My college of choice since I was nine was Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and in 1989, I was fortunate to attend such a great university. In 1990, I came home to Katy for the summer, and my best friend, Laura, introduced me to her new boyfriend, Peter, and his best friend, J Scot, who were attending Texas A&M with her. Both boys were Katy High School grads – please remember the aforemen- tioned rivalry. I graduated in 1994 with a BA in Communica-