Magnolia High School community comes together to celebrate graduating seniors

200 seniors have been adopted through Magnolia High School's "Adopt a Senior" Facebook page. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
200 seniors have been adopted through Magnolia High School's "Adopt a Senior" Facebook page. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

200 seniors have been adopted through Magnolia High School's "Adopt a Senior" Facebook page. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

With her 20th high school reunion around the corner, Magnolia-resident Katie Silhan said she had recently been remembering her final semester of high school.

“I just remembered everything we got to do, [like] graduation and prom,” she said. “These are the last things [the class of 2020 is] missing out on and it really broke my heart.”

While Silhan does not have a graduating senior of her own, she said in speaking with her neighbors she found there was interest in starting an adopt-a-senior Facebook page for Magnolia High School.

Silhan said the response from the community has been overwhelming, as seniors have received everything from cards and gifts to yard signs to show support.

“There are about 500 seniors this year and we have about 200 adopted within the page,” she said. “I didn’t think it would be as big as it is and it is amazing how much it has grown."

Likewise, Silhan said the seniors have also been amazed by the community response.

“These kids just want somebody thinking about them and [to feel like] they are not just missing out on everything,” she said.

Silhan said the mother of Magnolia High School's senior class president brought over a bouquet of flowers as a gift from the class of 2020.

“A lot of [seniors] have reached out to say 'thank you,'” Silhan said. “They didn’t think that somebody who didn’t know them could [start something like this for] them.”

Jeff Springer, a former Magnolia High School principal and current minister of men at Wildwood United Methodist Church, said he too wanted to do something to encourage this year's senior class. Springer had previously hosted baccalaureate services in person since leaving Magnolia High School in 2016.

“I was feeling bad about the fact [that] our seniors aren’t experiencing prom, graduation and things like that,” he said. “And I thought 'What if we hosted the baccalaureate again, and we did it on Zoom?'”

Baccalaureate service invitations will be mailed out to all Magnolia High School students within the next week, including instructions on how to join the service, which will be held at 7 p.m. May 26, Springer said.

“We felt like we could contribute [by] adding a little bit of normalcy [for] the seniors,” he said.

Springer said while past in-person baccalaureate services typically included 80-100 seniors, he is hoping that more will be joining this year.

“We can’t fix it for them, but we can commiserate and have compassion for [seniors],” he said.


Free COVID-19 testing will be available to festival staff, participants and patrons every weekend of the festival this fall. (Courtesy Steven David Photography)
Texas Renaissance Festival to offer free COVID-19 rapid testing throughout season

Additionally, a free drive-thru testing site will be set up in Todd Mission on Sept. 19.

Both locations specialize in men's haircuts, shaves and waxing, and they also offer complimentary alcoholic drinks. (Courtesy Tune Up: The Manly Salon)
New owners take over Tune Up: The Manly Salon locations in Champions, Northpointe

Rachael and Michael Worthen and Jackie and Scott Qaulley took ownership of two Tune Up: The Manly Salon franchise locations in the North Houston area effective Aug. 10.

Drive-thru services include picking up and returning library materials, library card replacements, and children's craft kits available for pickup. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Lone Star College–Tomball Community Library now offering drive-thru services

Drive-thru services will operate by appointment only Mon.-Thu. from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Fri. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Montgomery County will now include antigen cases in its total case counts. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Montgomery County to begin including antigen positive cases in COVID-19 daily reports

Antigen cases will now be included in total case counts. However, a breakdown of antigen versus PCR cases will be available.

Tomball Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2427 is no longer hosting events after closing its facility's doors in June earlier this summer in response to state-mandated regulations due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy VFW Post 2427)
After 80 years in Tomball, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2427 hits hard times

According to Post 2427 Quartermaster Fred Kelly, the organization finds itself in a tight spot following a slew of event cancellations.

Dr. Sam Rolon is a physician for Baylor St. Luke's Medical Group Creekside Family Medicine in The Woodlands. (Courtesy St. Luke's Health)
Q&A: St. Luke's physician shares advice on flu season, vaccine and prevention

The influenza vaccine is recommended for nearly all patients of all ages ahead of this year's flu season, Dr. Sam Rolon said.

student in mask
TEA launches statewide COVID-19 dashboard for public schools

The Texas Education Agency, in collaboration with the Texas Department of State Health Services, has launched its latest COVID-19 dashboard for positive cases in Texas public schools.

The Houston Food Bank is looking for more volunteers as it handles increased food distribution during COVID-19. (Courtesy Houston Food Bank)
Houston Food Bank: COVID-19 pandemic amplifies already-high food insecurity rates across region

Before COVID-19, the Houston Food Bank distributed about 400,000 pounds of food daily. That number has since increased to about 1 million pounds a day.

Gov. Greg Abbott said Sept. 17 that data from Texas' 22 hospital regions will dictate when certain businesses can reopen at 75% capacity. (Screenshot of Sept. 17 press conference)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: Retail stores, restaurants, office buildings, gyms can reopen at 75% capacity as early as Sept. 21

Nursing home and long-term care facilities will also be allowed to reopen for visitation as early as Sept. 24.

Vehicles drive alongside the Tomball Tollway in Harris County. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
Newly formed corporation could divert Harris County toll road revenue to non-mobility projects

A new limited government corporation formed by Harris County Sept. 15 could result in surplus revenue from the Harris County Toll Road Authority going to other county needs outside of the realm of transportation and mobility.

(Courtesy Curry Masala)
Curry Masala opens in The Woodlands and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from Greater Houston.

One in five children and adults have a learning disability, according to statistics from the National Center for Learning Disabilities. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Q&A: National Center for Learning Disabilities expert discusses challenges of special education, remote learning during pandemic

The NCLD's director of policy and advocacy spoke about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on special education students and their development in and out of the classroom.