Local Christian Student Highlights

Riley Mata
Classification: 8th Grade
West Memorial Jr. High

Riley was born in Houston and has lived in Katy all of his life. He attended Crosspoint Preschool and has been a part of the Katy ISD school district since kindergarten. He currently attends West Memorial Junior High, where he is a member of the golf and basketall team.  He also participates in Science Olympiad, Speech and is a proud member of the Jaguar Band. Riley is a member of Living Word Evangelical Church where he is currently preparing for his Confirmation scheduled for May 2012.

Riley is currently enrolled at Katy Music & Arts where he has taken guitar lessons since the age of 7 and is a top percussionist in the Jaguar Symphonic Band. He is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and has received many school honor awards. In fact, he was a State recognized Duke T.I.P. Scholar. He is a very talented 2nd baseman and  pitcher for The Toro Baseball Club and has played ball since the age of 5. He enjoys the outdoors and can often be found practicing or playing in tournaments. Riley looks forward to attending either Rice University or The University of Texas where he can continue to follow his passion for baseball.

His favorite Bible verse is: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”-Philippians 4:13 .

Shane Donaldson
Classification: Senior
Faith West Academy

Shane was born in Houston and has attended Faith West since his Sophomore year.  He enjoys the Christian community at Faith West of students, teachers, faculty and parents that are part of his academic, athletic and social activities.

Shane excels in athletics and has been a baseball player since he was five years old, starting with T-ball.  He is a team member of the Varsity Football and Varsity Baseball teams. One of the highlights in the past year have been both Baseball and Football teams being Regional Finalists.  Shane was also selected as 2nd Team All District in Baseball.  He is currently working hard with a strong focus on his college career where he plans to major in Pre-Med. When not working with classwork or sports, Shane enjoys his free time with a great network of good friends, playing his guitar or working part-time at Grand Vision. Shane’s aspirations are to either become an Optometrist and join his dad at Grand Vision or pursue a different specialty in Medicine.

Shane’s favorite Bible verse is Judges 6:12 – “The Lord is with you Mighty Warrior.”

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