I hope everyone had a great summer and is looking forward to a new year of Longhorn athletics. Our fall sports programs are under way and I am excited about all that our student athletes and coaches will accomplish this year.
Once again, our student athletes met the challenge in front of them and delivered District, Regional and State level honors to the Ranch. Longhorn football, volleyball, cross country, wrestling, aquatics, golf, tennis and track and field all made UIL 5A State appearances. Our football team won the 5A Division 1 State Championship and our Boys’ Track team brought home a couple of gold medals from the 5A State Meet. You can see the accomplishments of our sports programs on our 2015-2016 Longhorn Wall of Fame. We win at the Ranch!
The Athletic Booster Club (ABC) exists to serve our sports programs, student athletes and coaches at George Ranch High School, in the form of fundraising and volunteer resources. The ABC accomplishments for the past year were:
Raised over $40,000 at our annual Boots and Bling fundraiser.
Donated over $40,000 to our Longhorn sports programs.
Provided $20,000 in scholarships to deserving senior Longhorn student athletes.
This year, we are in a bit of a transition. In the last UIL realignment, George Ranch was moved to Division 6A, while our other LCISD counterparts remain in 5A. This means new opponents, new district, new traditions (and rivalries!) and higher expectations on our programs. Competing against the big schools provides lots of challenges, and opportunities, to raise the bar for our sports programs.
The ABC needs to “step up the game” to meet these challenges, just like our coaches and student athletes. We need EVERY family at the Ranch to play a role in supporting our sports programs. We have several ways for you to get involved:
Become a family member of the ABC by joining us today. We have a couple of different membership levels and for those that want to contribute financially, above and beyond, can do so at our Lone Star level. Our goal this year is to get as close to 100% participation in the ABC as possible. If you have a student athlete at the Ranch, we need your assistance to help serve and support these programs.
Become a business member of the ABC through sponsorship. We have several business membership levels available, which include new signage on the athletic fields/facilities, GRHS iRadio advertising and much more. We need our business community to rally around our sports programs so that every need is met. If you have an employer willing to sponsor us, or are a local business owner, we would love to hear from you.
Families and businesses can sign up online at our website. We can’t do what we do without the support of our Longhorn families, businesses and communities. We challenge you to be a part of the best sports programs in the State of Texas!
Lastly, I would like to thank the ABC Board of Directors for all that you do. We have a great team that is very focused on a challenging mission. I love serving alongside each one of you.
One Herd, One Heartbeat!
President, GRHS ABC
The George Ranch High School Athletic Booster Club is honored to announce the recipients of our 2016 scholarships! The scholarships will be awarded to the recipients at the Spring Athletics Award Ceremony on May 23rd at 6:30 pm at GRHS. Please join us to celebrate with these deserving senior student athletes:
David Kvinta $4000 “Always Believe” Scholarship Shreya Desai $4000 “Always Believe” Scholarship Noah Joe $3000 “One Herd, One Heartbeat” Scholarship Lydia Masters $3000 “One Herd, One Heartbeat” Scholarship Madeline Bares $1500 ABC General Scholarship Sydney Scott $1500 ABC General Scholarship Sydney Heikkila $1500 ABC General Scholarship Allyson Dernehl $1500 ABC General Scholarship
Thank you to all of the students that took the time to apply and good luck on your future endeavors.
Join us in welcoming the 2016-2017 George Ranch High School Athletic Booster Club Executive Officers:
President: Don McGee 1st VP of Merchandise/PTO Liaison: Gina Burkett 2nd VP of Athletics: Eddie Morris 3rd VP of Membership: Josh Connealy 4th VP of Sponsorship: Jeff Galvan 5th VP of Communications: Bill Murray 6th VP of Fundraising: Stuart Rimes Treasurer: Carol Kostelnik Secretary: Karen Reid
We would like to express our gratitude to outbound 1st VP Lisa Watson for her leadership and hard work this past year, and welcome Karen Reid as our newest member of the ABC Board of Directors.
Please join the George Ranch High School Athletic Booster Club for our 2016 Spring General Meeting on Monday, April 25 at 6:30 PM in the GRHS LGI Room. This is our most important meeting of the year. The 2015-2016 fiscal year audit results will be reviewed, the 2016- 2017 budget will be presented for approval, and the 2016-2017 ABC Executive Officers will be elected (ballot) during this meeting. In addition, this is a great opportunity to meet the current ABC Board, learn about this year’s accomplishments, see what we have planned for the future, and discover how you can become more involved. If you have not joined the ABC, you can join on-line or at the meeting.
Please join the George Ranch High School Athletic Booster Club for our 2016 Winter General Meeting on Monday, January 25 at 6:30 PM in the GRHS LGI Room. This is a great opportunity to meet the ABC Board, see what we have planned for the Spring, and discover how you can become more involved. If you have not joined the ABC, you can join on-line or at the meeting.
Join Longhorn Nation as we recognize our awesome Longhorns students and kick back to watch the Houston Texans play the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday October 4, 2015 at Constellation Field. The Longhorn Nation Kick-Off Pep Rally will begin at 11:00 a.m. and the game begins at noon. Tickets are $10.00 which includes admission and access to the moonwalks, carousel, silent auction, raffle entry, playground and splash pads. We’ll also have a few Longhorn favorites drop in to hangout with us. Visit www.sugarlandskeeters.com to purchase your tickets.
Please join us on October 12, 2015 at 6:30 PM in the LGI for our Fall General Meeting.
We are excited to announce that Billy Liucci of TexAgs.com will be joining us to discuss college recruiting (recruiting services, camps, social media, etc.) and share some information about Texas A&M athletics. He’ll finish up with an open Q&A session. If your student athlete competes in any sport and desires to learn more about the college recruiting process, this is a MUST ATTEND event!
Billy graduate from Fort Bend Kempner High School in 1992 and completed his Industrial Distribution degree from Texas A&M University in 1996. Currently, he is the Vice President and Executive Editor of TexAgs.com. TexAgs is an independent fan website that features articles, chat, forums and recruiting information about Texas A&M University sports. In addition to writing for TexAgs, Billy co-hosts The Beliucci Hour semi-weekly radio show on 1150 AM in College Station, TX.
This event is open to all George Ranch families, including those who are not members of the Athletic Booster Club. The ABC is able to host events such as these because of the generous support of our members. If you are not yet a member of the ABC, you can join online, or sign up at this event.
We are asking that all families wishing to attend to let us know by completing this online form, so that we can guarantee adequate space:
Welcome back to a new school year, Longhorn Nation!
I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer and is ready to kick off a new year of Longhorn sports! Our football, volleyball, cross country, tennis and cheer teams are starting to gear up for the fall… It’s going to be another great year!
As we look forward to what the year will bring, let’s take some time to reflect on our accomplishments last year. George Ranch had success in all sports programs, many of which, competed at state level competitions. Take a look at our 2014-2015 Wall of Fame and soak it in. Our student athletes continue to set the bar high, year over year.
The mission of the George Ranch Athletic Booster Club (ABC) is to support and serve these student athletes, our coaches and our sports programs. We do this by fundraising, service and scholarships. In 2014-2015, the ABC:
Raised in excess of $40,000 at our annual Boots and Bling fundraising event.
Increased family membership by 10% over the prior year.
Donated over $20,000 to many George Ranch sports programs.
Provided $20,000 in scholarships to deserving senior student athletes.
As we look forward to the new year, we already see a number of opportunities:
Student participation in George Ranch High School and Reading Junior High athletic programs continues to increase at a significant rate.
Increased collaboration and cooperation with district administrators, local staff and other parent organizations to prepare for the future.
We would like to take these challenges head on, but we need every family at George Ranch to be a part of it. We need financial and volunteer resources to continue to serve and support our athletes and sports programs. Your membership fees, and more importantly, your willingness to commit time and energy, are critical to meeting the needs of our sports programs this year.
Please consider joining the Athletic Booster Club today. Click Join Now to find out how to become a member or a corporate sponsor of the GRHS ABC. If you are interested in volunteering, please click Volunteer.
I would like to thank outgoing President, John Flannery, for his many years of service, along with the other outgoing board members. I would also like to welcome our new board. You can find out more about who we are and what we do by clicking About Us.
Congratulations to the new Athletic Booster Club Executive Officers for the 2015-2016 school year:
President: Don McGee
1st VP of Merchandise/PTO Liaison: Lisa Watson
2nd VP of Athletics: Eddie Morris
3rd VP of Membership: Stuart Rimes
4th VP of Sponsorship: Jeff Galvan
5th VP of Communications: Bill Murray
6th VP of Fundraising: Josh Connealy
Treasurer: Carol Kostelnik
Secretary: Gina Burkett
We would also like to thank our outgoing officers for their contribution and service: John Flannery, Patrick Ricci, Susan Tse, Mark Ellefson and Suzanne Varni
1st Row (left to right): Coach Ricky Tullos, Lisa Watson (VP PTO/Merchandise), Carol Kostelnik (Treasurer) and Gina Burkett (Secretary)
2nd Row (left to right): Josh Connealy (VP Fundraising), Stuart Rimes (VP Membership), Eddie Morris (VP Athletics), Don McGee (President), Jeff Galvan (VP Sponsorships), Bill Murray (VP Communications) and John Flannery (Outgoing President)
Our last General Meeting of the year will take place on Monday, April 20th at 6:30pm in the LGI. It will be a short agenda so that we can get our parents off to their respective sports events. Please plan on being there to help us finish out the year and kick off a new one!
Welcome / Boots and Bling Thank You’s (Flannery)
2014-15 Audit Presentation (Ricci)
2015-16 ABC Budget Presentation and Approval (Ellefson)
2015-16 Board Elections (Varni or Flannery)
The nominees for the 2015-2016 officers can be found here.