KISDEducation Foundation Media Contest


For the fourth consecutive year, students placed in the Klein Education Foundation’s Multi-Media Contest.

Arisha Mirza, junior, and Paige Smith, senior, placed first in the 11th & 12th grade category, while Karishma Porbanderwala, sophomore, placed second in the 9th & 10th grade category.

The topic for the videos was “Celebrate Overcoming Odds.” Mirza and Smith based their project on Lupe Franco, House 7 secretary and her battle in overcoming ovarian cancer.

“I’ve been her office aid for two years and saw her go through her battle,” Smith said. “I thought she was the epitome of the topic.”

During Eagle’s Nest, Tuesday, January 20, Patricia Crittendon, principal, summoned the students to meet her at the eagle statue in the commons.

“I was scared on the way meeting Mrs. Crittendon because I thought I was in trouble,” Mirza said.  “I wasn’t sure what she was going to do; I really didn’t even know what was going on.”

Once the announcement was made Mirza said she was “very happy.”

Porbanderwala’s project was about overcoming depression through writing.

Through Your Eyes Multi-Media contest began in 2011 when it transformed from the Freedom Trek essay competition which began in 2003. Klein Forest students have placed or swept the competition since its inception.

The students will be recognized at an event co-hosted by the Foundation and the Unite for Understanding Council, January 22 at the Klein Multi Purpose Center, 7500 FM2920, ½ mile east of Stuebner Airline. The program begins at 7p.m. and is free to the public.