PHS NHS Bell Ringers recently collected $937 from generous Lowes’ customers and employees to benefit Palacios’ Operation Santa Claus. Senior NHS members Montserrat Garcia, Alysha Jasek, Priscilla Nguyen and Garrison Kelly were some of the 37 students who solicited donations and provided holiday sounds during the first week of December.
The Robosharks competed at a qualifying tournament this past Saturday at Hamshire-Fannett High School. The team finished the qualifying rounds with 4 wins and one loss, ranked third. They advanced to the Semifinals as a captain of their alliance and won the 1st place Think award and the 2nd place Inspire award. With these awards they placed third overall and advanced the State championship in February. The Cybersharks and the Bionic sharks also participated in the qualifier and finished the ranked 12th & 13th respectively. CyberSharks Bionic Sharks
The varsity boys basketball team won the Bloomington tournament November 30 - December 2. They played and beat Kennedy 64-29, Louise 67-29, St. Joseph 85-42, and Bloomington 65-47. Cameron Polk was the Tournament MVP and Chase Ford and Zach Seaman were All-Tournament. Congratulations Boys!! Keep up the good work!!
On Wednesday, November 1st, Palacios High School WIT and POWER SET hosted a Japanese delegation of professionals from The University of Tokyo, Kindai University, Energy Communication Planning, and the Japan Atomic Energy Relations Organization. This was part of a bilateral program between the Nuclear Power Institute at Texas A&M led by Dr. Valerie Segovia. The program included multi-days of meetings and activities. The delegation visited Palacios High School to attend a “Texas Hoedown”, complete with barbecue, karaoke, and line dancing. The delegation learned about both WIT and POWER SET, including the activities and impact of all NPI programs on the students here in Palacios.
On Friday, November 10th, Palacios POWER SET traveled to College Station, Texas to visit Essentium Materials and Texas A&M University. Essentium Materials is a multi-faceted company that is, “…passionate about developing new and better materials and changing the business paradigm for high-tech companies.” They not only produce filament for 3-D printing, but they have also created the Fusebox, “The first step in the FlashFuse™ process is attaching a Fusebox™ to a printer. With this addition the printer is now compatible with FlashFuse™ Filament, making isotropric prints possible on any FuseBox™ enabled platform.” As a company committed to helping those in need, they use their materials and machines to produce high-quality, low-cost prosthetics for patients. POWER SET members toured their facilities and met with Blake and Elisa Tiepel, the President and COO respectively, of the company. After leaving Essentium, POWER SET traveled to the campus of Texas A&M University where they created magnetic slime with graduate students in the Chemistry department, and then attended a Nursing School presentation for future students geared specifically towards current high school students.
On Thursday, November 9th, WIT and POWER SET members visited the Phillips 66 Petrochemical Academy in Sweeny to participate in their annual career fair. Members learned about the following career paths that are available at Phillips 66: electrician, instrument technician, machinist/millwright, pipefitter, process operator, and welder. Students spoke to current employees about their education and career, as well as participated in hands-on activities related to those fields.
May has been a busy month for the Palacios High School POWER SET group. On May 4th, members attended STP’s Career Event where members from many of the local POWER SET and WIT groups were able to collaborate to build a Rubes Goldberg machine and then were given the opportunity to meet with STP employees from many different areas to discuss their careers.
Then, on May 10th, POWER SET members visited the very new Phillips 66 corporate office in Houston where they learned about their college recruiting program and career opportunities within many divisions of the company. Mrs. Jane Gasdaska, the GM for US Product Supply & Distribution at Phillips 66 took time from her day to speak to the group about building their personal brands to be successful. To end the day’s events, 6 female employees from 6 different areas at corporate held a career panel for POWER SET.