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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ella Jenkins Patterson, Imperial Scholar in 1965

Ella Jenkins Patterson was valedictorian of the final class of M. R. Wood High School. She was also the last recipient of the Imperial Sugar Company Scholarship Award from the school.

The first article below appeared in the June, 1965 issue of The Crown (Imperial's monthly employee newspaper).

The second & third articles appeared in The Fort Bend Mirror (I think) & The Houston Post.

Notice the reports on previous winners. M. R. Wood ceased operation as an elementary-high school in the fall of 1965 when former students began attending Dulles High, Sugar Land Junior High, Sugar Land Elementary & Missouri City Elementary. M. R. Wood became a special-needs school a few years later. Believe it or not, there we just 5 schools in Fort Bend ISD at that time.