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Connelly Cowan (center) with DAR representatives Tami Moler (left) and Lani Hightower (right)


Kelly Cowan

Mount Pleasant High School senior advances to state DAR contest

The Martha Laird chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has selected Mount Pleasant High School senior Connelly Cowan as the chapter winner of the DAR Good Citizen award. Out of six entries from local schools, Cowan has won a $500 scholarship, a certificate, and a pin and will advance to the state contest. The state winner will be announced later this spring and will represent Texas at the national level of competition.

The Martha Laird Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsors the DAR Good Citizen program in our area. They designed the contest to honor an outstanding young person in a high school’s senior class who demonstrates the four qualities of a DAR Good Citizen: Dependability, Service, Leadership, and Patriotism.

Cowan has not yet settled on a university but will major in Government or Political Science with plans to attend Law School. She is the daughter of Collin and Kelly Cowan.



Mount Pleasant High School FBLA students advance to State.

The Mount Pleasant High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competed against over 200 students in the Area VI FBLA Leadership Conference on Monday, January 31, at the Region 8 Educational Service Center. Of the 54 competitors representing Mount Pleasant High School, MPHS had a very successful day with 48 members qualifying for State. Thirty-one individuals earned 1st place at the area conference, and MPHS placed first in 20 of the 30 events they entered.

MPHS recently learned that they are the ninth-largest FBLA chapter in the entire State of Texas.

Students advancing to State, their area placement, and category are as follows: 

-Accounting 1: Rylan Hubbs 1st place

-Advertising: Mackenzie Lide 3rd place

-Agribusiness: Odalys Adame 2nd place

-Broadcast Journalism: Michelle Calderon, Taylor Hubbs & Anthony Orellana 1st place

-Business Calculations: Perla Guzman 1st place, Jonathan Tepetate 2nd place

-Business Communication: Reese Ball 4th place

-Computer Applications: Clayton Brison 2nd place

-Cyber Security: Heidi Ramirez 1st place

-Data Analysis: Rossy Banegas 1st place

-Digital Video Production: Ruby Ferretiz, Luis Garcia, and Rachel Rodriguez 2nd place           

-Electronic Career Portfolio: Monserrat Rivero 1st place

-Future Business Leader: Hope Powell 1st place

-Graphic Design: Madeline Plascencia and Javier Vazquez 1st place

-Health Care Administration: Natalie Crockett 1st place

-Hospitality Management: Natalia Plascencia, Joselyn Reyes & Evelyn Rodriguez 1st place

-Human Resource Management: Mary Reeve 3rd place, Harley Martin 4th place

-Impromptu Speaking: Eli Rider 2nd place

-Intro to Business Communications: Sophie Greco 1st place

-Intro to Business Concepts: Kate Ball 1st place

-Intro to FBLA: Gopi Amin 1st place, Xitaly Sanchez 3rd place

-Intro to Financial Math: Luke Thurman 1st place

-Intro to Public Speaking: Angelina Hernandez 1st place

-Journalism: Joseline Almazan 2nd place, Idania Castanon 3rd place

-Political Science: Connelly Cowan 1st place, Jose Olvera 2nd place, Luiz Olvera 3rd place

-PSA: Tommy Arredondo and Jocelynn Ponce 1st place

-Public Speaking: Elizabeth Lockett 2nd place

-Publication Design: Ilse Ojendis, Yasenia Paloblanco, and Tiffany Rangel 1st place

-Social Media Strategy: Alexander VanRijn and Anna Claire Wall 1st place

-Website Design: Nevaeh Bardwell, Hugo Bernardi, and Brady Sisk 1st place

Also placed for MPHS was Paulina Diaz, 5th place in Healthcare Administration.

Elizabeth Lockett | Angelina Hernandez

At the Area VI Leadership Conference, senior Elizabeth Lockett was named the Who’s Who Award recipient for Mount Pleasant High School. And sophomore Angelina Hernandez was selected Reporter Historian for Area VI for the 2022-2023 school year.

“It was a great day of competition for our FBLA students as we were able to compete for face-to-face for the first time in two years,” said FBLA Advisor John Whitten. “I am extremely proud of how our students performed in presentation, speaking, and testing events. Their success is direct evidence of the hard work they have put in over the last three and a half months at our weekly work nights and working on their own outside of school. I am excited to see our students have the opportunity to compete at State in Galveston. I expect them to put in the work necessary to achieve success going forward as we grow future leaders.”

Advancing students will compete at the FBLA State Leadership Conference in Galveston on March 23-25, 2022. MPHS FBLA Advisors are Whitten, Shanta Lockett, Jackie Scoggins, and Brian Williams.