FHS Alumni Assoc. names Distinguished Alumni

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The Friendswood High School Alumni Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards, who will be honored at a special event on Thursday, Oct. 22, in conjunction with Friendswood High School’s homecoming activities. The 2015 recipients are Robert Andrews, Scott Bockart, Elizabeth McKee Gore and Honorary Alumnus, Kenton Harris.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize Friendswood High School graduates who have demonstrated exemplary performance and made significant accomplishments in their professional career, or have made significant contributions in the area of philanthropy and/or public service.

A 1975 graduate, Robert Andrews was a petroleum landman and an investment banker early on in his professional journey. But a desire to help others and enhance their lives prompted a change in direction. He founded the Institute of Sports Performance®, and has been in private practice as a sports psychologist for more than two decades. Andrews’ work with high school, college and professional athletes and coaches has created phenomenal success and results. He attended the 2008 and 2012 Olympic games, where he worked with American and international athletes on the gymnastics, trampoline, and track and field teams. In addition, he has worked with athletes from the Houston Dash women’s professional soccer team, the University of Houston and the Houston Astros. He currently serves as the sports performance coach and consultant for the Houston Rockets and Houston Texans. In addition to being a Certified Sports Counselor, Robert also is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist, and the director of Accelerated Behavior Change Training, a dynamic personal growth and life skills training for men and women. He publishes a monthly feature article in National Athletic Trainers Association magazine and on gymnast.com regarding various aspects of sports performance and sports injuries. Andrews also is proud to serve on the board of directors of Foundation for Athletes in Need.

Scott Bockart graduated from FHS in 1984 and has enjoyed a career dedicated to education and the students of Texas. After earning his degree in secondary education from Abilene Christian University, he began his teaching career in Birdville ISD, where he also held numerous coaching positions. In 1994, Bockart started a five-year tenure as a teacher and coach at Keene High School. He returned home to “Mustang Country” 15 years after he graduated, and joined the staff of Friendswood High School as a math teacher, head boys’ basketball coach and boys’ athletic coordinator. After three years in Friendswood, Bockart became an administrator with Clear Creek Independent School District. He served as assistant principal of Victory Lakes Intermediate and principal of League City Intermediate before joining the team at Clear Creek High School as its principal. While in that role, Bockart led the campus through six years of downsizing due to the opening of two new high schools, mentored fellow administrators, served on numerous committees, was the UIL 24 5-A District Executive Committee Chairman, and was named CCISD’s Secondary Principal of the Year in 2011. In 2013, Scott was named Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education for Clear Creek Independent School District, where he serves the educational growth of more than 41,000 students in Galveston and Harris counties. CCISD is one of the largest school districts in Texas.

With a passion for helping others and a marketer by trade, Elizabeth McKee Gore has seamlessly integrated both into a career that has had an impact across the globe. She has been working between the private sector and the humanitarian world since 1999, just four years after her 1995 graduation from FHS. This year, Gore joined Dell Inc. as its Entrepreneur-in-Residence, a position designed to help small- and medium-sized businesses scale and prosper, fueling the expansion of global entrepreneurship, and thus creating jobs that will drive the world economy. Gore also chairs the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council and builds global partnerships that positively affect the UN’s critical humanitarian issues. Prior to this position, she served as the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Foundation, as well as Vice president of Global Partnerships. She founded strategic grassroots efforts such as Nothing but Nets, Girl Up and the [email protected] Before joining the UN Foundation, Elizabeth served as the director of Points of Light Foundation. As a consultant, she created and implemented successful philanthropic initiatives such as the Great American Bake Sale, an anti-hunger initiative for Share our Strength, ABC television and Parade magazine. She also is a former United States Peace Corps volunteer.

The 2015 Honorary Alumnus Award will be presented to Kenton Harris, a longtime and beloved coach at FHS from 1971 to 1996. He also taught biology and industrial arts. Harris served as the assistant varsity football coach under the leadership of the late Henry Winston, earning a state championship in 1973, and later came out of retirement to work with former FHS coach and athletic director, Steve VanMeter. Prior to joining the staff of FHS, Harris spent almost two decades as a coach and teacher at various schools, including Clear Creek High School, Cypress-Fairbanks High School, Elkhart High School in Kansas, William Penn College in Iowa, and Friends University in Kansas. Harris also served with the U.S. Army’s 868th Field Artillery Battalion in West Germany. Highly respected and admired, Harris has had an impact on countless students, colleagues and friends over the years. Coach Harris was named to the FHS Athletic Hall of Honor in 2002, and the athletic weight room was named in his honor.

“We are thrilled to be honoring these outstanding individuals, and we couldn’t be more proud of their accomplishments,” said Judy Ballard Connors, President of the FHS Alumni Association. “All of them have made such significant contributions to their communities that will last for many years. The Association, FISD and our community are all so proud of their achievements in their personal and professional lives.”

The Distinguished Alumni Banquet will be held Thursday, October 22, at the Green Event Center in Friendswood. The reception begins at 7:30 p.m., with dinner and program starting at 8 p.m. Individual tickets are $50, and tables can be sponsored for $500. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 281-827-2663.

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