Teacher, student earn top Fine Arts honors
By Michele Chan Santos
Holy Trinity Catholic High School in Temple celebrated two very special achievements this spring: teacher Chris Mosmeyer was selected as State Fine Arts Teacher of the Year and senior Anthony Doak was chosen as State Male Fine Arts Student of the Year.
Mosmeyer and Doak were chosen by the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) as the Fine Arts winners in the TAPPS 2A division, which includes private and parochial schools with between 55 and 110 students; this category includes between 50 and 60 schools in Texas. Holy Trinity has about 95 students total, in grades nine through 12.
TAPPS Fine Arts includes five contests: academics, art, instrumental music, vocal music, and one act play. Mosmeyer and Doak excelled in the Academics portion, which includes speech and debate, as well as the academic testing events.
Mosmeyer coaches the Holy Trinity speech and debate team. The team was crowned the state champion in debate the last two years. He is the state director for Lincoln and Douglas debate.
Mosmeyer also coaches the academic team at Holy Trinity, which has placed first or second in TAPPS competitions for the last 11 years.
“We’ve been state champions in academics eight of those 11 years, including the last three,” he said.
Mosmeyer has taught at Holy Trinity for more than 13 years, and was formerly the principal. He chose to focus on teaching and coaching, stepping down from the principal position in June 2012.
“I enjoyed being principal, but I had to do some soul-searching for what I wanted to do in the long term,” Mosmeyer said. “When I looked down the line, I didn’t have any interest in being Principal of the Year, but I did have interest in winning national and state championships with our forensics team.”
Dr. Veronica Alonzo is now the principal at Holy Trinity and said Mosmeyer’s award from TAPPS “is an impressive honor and we are very proud of him.”
Mosmeyer credited Principal Alonzo for her support and said they have a great working relationship.
“It was my decision to go back to the classroom; she has been very supportive of our teams,” he said.
Mosmeyer teaches world geography, AP English, Journalism, Speech I and II, and Health. In addition to coaching the speech and debate team and the forensic team, he also serves as the newspaper adviser.
Mosmeyer and his wife, Tristan, have five children. Their son Thomas will be a junior at Holy Trinity in the fall, and his son Blaise will enter the ninth grade in the fall. The Mosmeyers’ three younger children, Samuel, Therese and Victoria, attend St. Mary’s Catholic School in Temple and are entering the seventh, third and first grades.
This is the second time Mosmeyer has won the State Fine Arts Teacher of the Year award; he also won in 2008, but he deflects any praise: “The students make me look good,” he said.
Doak said Mosmeyer “is a good coach because he knows when to help us and he also knows when to give us space. He’ll take time out of his day to help us write a case.”
In addition to being named Male Fine Arts Student of the Year, Doak was also Holy Trinity’s 2014 valedictorian. He will be attending Texas A&M University in the fall, majoring in civil engineering. He won the Dr. Joseph Graham Fellowship Award (a college scholarship) from the Texas Right to Life organization.
At Holy Trinity, Doak participated in speech and debate, football, soccer, track, baseball and quiz bowl. He was the first individual state champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate. In academic competitions, he placed first in the state in Social Studies and Current Events. His parents are Fred and Mary Doak; they are parishioners of Holy Family Parish in Copperas Cove.
Doak has five older siblings, who are all grown and married, and his younger brother, Andrew, 15, attends Holy Trinity.
In June, Doak traveled to Overland Park, Kan., for the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament. He is one of five students from Holy Trinity who qualified for the national tournament.
“He’s part of a pretty strong team!” Mosmeyer said. In fact, at the national competition, Holy Trinity had its best showing so far. Doak placed in the top 60 for extemporaneous speaking and in the top 65 for extemporaneous debate. Thomas Mosmeyer and Jillian Lauver also placed well.
Doak “has a real commitment to excellence. Anthony is pretty much an automatic to advance in any competition. He has a genuine interest in and true love of learning,” Mosmeyer said. He’s also a true team member, “bringing in the freshmen and talking to the sophomores.”
Doak is excited about college, but he will also miss Holy Trinity, he said.
“I’ll probably miss forensics the most,” he said. “It’s been a huge part of my life for the last four years. It feels weird to be home on a Saturday and not at a meet.”
Doak spoke highly of his years at Holy Trinity.
“The small school setting is great. It’s much more of a family setting. I was able to participate in a lot of activities. For a small school, there’s a lot of different things you can do,” he said.
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