Dan Crenshaw Speaks at Creekwood Middle School Veterans Day Program on November 11th, 2021

U.S. Representative Dan Crenshaw Creekwood Middle School Veterans Day November 11th 2021

Creekwood Middle School part of the Humble Independent School District in Kingwood, Texas held it's annual Veterans Day program honoring those that have served our country. 



Presentation of Colors by the Kingwood High School NJ-ROTC


Lessons Shared by U.S. Representative, Dan Crenshaw

The keynote speaker for the event was U.S. Representative Dan Crenshaw. Dan Crenshaw is the United States Representative for the Texas 2nd Congressional District. A United States Navy Seal that served on Seal Team 3 in Afghanistan, he was injured in combat by an IED, and upon return and recovery was elected into Congress in 2018 to replace the retiring Ted Poe.

Dan spoke with the crowd in attendance about some of the different sayings used throughout Navy Seal training, and the sayings definitley had application beyond the training in both business and life. It got me to research the topic, and I added my own spin on to some of what Dan shared.

"Embrace the suck." You are going to face challenges in life, and you've got to be capable of dealing with them. Nothing is going to go exactly as planned, and knowing that, embracing the suck, from that challenge comes opportunity for learning and personal growth and development.

"Don't be that guy." Don't be the one that jacks things up. Don't be the one if depended upon to drop your responsibilities thus impacting everyone involved.

"The only easy day was yesterday." Everyday is a new day. New challenges and obstacles you will have to overcome. My favorite phrase as a kid was "suck it up buttercup". Thinking that everything will be easy tomorrow is setting yourself up for a world of hurt. Yesterday was easy, and today is a new day. Be prepared to battle. 

"It's easier to stay up vs. catch up." I liked how Dan tied this into weight loss. Obesity in our country is a pandemic. It is easy to say, "I will start that workout or diet tomorrow." Why not start now? Why not stay up on your health than waiting to play catch up later. It is always easier to keep up. The same in taking on your business activities. If you procrastinate, things will stack up, and more than likely, not get done. Just stay up with the work load, and you will find both work and life easier.



Dan Crenshaw - United States Representative for Texas's 2nd Congressional District


Creekwood Middle School Veterans Day Program 2021

It was a great evening honoring our Veterans that have served our country. We were also in attendance to watch our son, Logan, play in the Creekwood Middle School Honors Band led by Director, Missy Allen. The band played Marches of the Armed Forces.



The Veterans Day 2021 program was presented by Creekwood Service-Learning Students and sponsored by: Ms. Jan York, Mr. Erich Fritsch, Mrs. Janelle Hunt, Mrs. Kellianne Olson, and Ms. Jennifer Tye. The artwork for the cover of the program for the evening was provided by former CMS Art Teacher, Allison Gardner.

The Veterans Day 2021 Program

Presentation of Colors - Kingwood High School NJ-ROTC
Pledge of Allegiance - Khai Nguyen and Callum Volk
Texas Pledge - John Dool and Ian Simon
National Anthem - Choir Soloist Amara Amadi
Welcome and Recognition of Guests - Principal, Walt Winicki
Keynote Speaker - U.S. Representative, Dan Crenshaw
Marches of the Armed Forces - Director, Missy Allen and the CMS Honors Band
The Importance of History in Our Schools - Mr. John Schmonsees
Wreaths Across America - Mrs. Samantha Jameson
Final Remarks - Corinna Stephan
Benediction - Mr. Cecil McConnell of Kingwood VFW Post 12075

Ceremony at the Veterans Honor Garden

Following the Veterans Day 2021 Program, the crowd filed out to the Creekwood Middle School Veteran Honor Garden for a candlelight rememberance ceremony including the laying of the wreath and flowers. The closing remarks for the Veteran Honor Garden portion of the program was given by Presley Grisaffe and taps was played by Todd Olges.

Friends of the Creekwood Middle School Veterans Honor Garden Acknowledgements

U.S. Representative, Dan Crenshaw and Staff
Kingwood Rotary
Flags Across Amercia
Kingwood Garden Club
Blue Star Moms
Fallen Heros Golf Tournament, Scott Mitchell
Wreaths Across America, Samantha Jameson
Kingwood Area Republican Women
Kingwood Area Democrats
Kingwood VFW Post 12075
Boy Scout Troop #1377
CMS STUCO Pride and Patriotism Committee

A Special Thanks - Creekwood Middle School Veterans Day 2021 Program

Principal, Walt Winicki
CMS Staff, Students & PTA
Loretta Hughes
Ashley Kindig
CMS Social Studies Teachers
CMS Choir Director, Megan Lewis
CMS Band Director, Missy Allen
Bob Ligon, Design & Construction

The Creewood Middle School Service-Learning Students 2020 - 2021

The Service-Learning students at Creekwood Middle School that provide and maintain the Veterans Honor Garden include:

Dyllan Baker
Victoria Belt
Makayla Brady
William Burton
Lauren Campbell
Dominque Chambers
Marisa Chinen
Olivia Cooper
Hannah Dodson
John Dool
Logan Fritsch
Alex Geter
Leslie Gray
Presley Grisaffe
Brooklyn Hill
Julian Jones
Khai Nguyen
Kendall Olson
Alexander Pagel
Jason Ramirez
Landon Ritchie
Kason Rutledge
Ian Simon
Corinna Stephan
Katherine Tims
Callum Volk
Clayton Wadell
Jacob Wadell
Coy Zavala


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