CY-FAIR HIGH SCHOOL COMMEMORATES 75TH ANNIVERSARY
Seventy-five years to the day that the building first opened to students in 1942, Cy-Fair High School welcomed former students and staff members back for a 75th anniversary celebration on Jan. 22.
Visitors browsed a “Cy-Fair Through the Decades” display and living museum in the cafeteria, which featured performances by the Cy-Fair Brigade drill team and theatre students. A “What Cy-Fair Means to Me” time capsule opportunity in the teaching theater allowed guests to make minute-long videos for the school’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2042.
The event program kicked off with a presentation of colors by Cy-Fair AFJROTC cadets, followed by a national anthem performance by the Cy-Fair Singers. The YLPA and YMPA step teams, Cy-Fair band, Cy-Fair Singers and Cy-Fair cheer squad all gave performances during the event program.
Speakers included current and former Cy-Fair students and staff: Mike Smith, Wayne Richardson, Kathy Hoover, David Maddox, Jerry Orsak, Don Ryan, Shelly Hancock and Ana Martin.
During his speech, Smith, the former principal, asked alumni or staff from each decade to stand. He thanked 1942 valedictorian James Kirk and other former Bobcats for setting the standard for the next 75 years.
“The brick and mortar of our school is what you recognize visually, but it’s the people, the traditions and the legacy that’s been passed down since 1942 that makes Cy-Fair High School and the Cy-Fair community one that’s recognized throughout the state,” Smith said. “I’ve been all over the state, and when people hear that I’m from Cy-Fair, they mention our students always being so respectful and polite. It’s those legacies of never giving up, being kind to our neighbors, supporting each other—that’s what makes Cy-Fair High School great.”
Orsak, a retired assistant principal, said the traditions of the school extend down
“I was working on my fourth generation of students when I retired, and that’s pretty
amazing,” he said. “Cy-Fair is all about family, relationships and community. When kids graduate from here, they go off to college, get married, start having children and then they move back so their kids can come to Cy-Fair High School. I think that’s a very neat legacy to leave for your children.”
David Maddox, a teacher and coach who first admired the campus while driving down Hempstead Highway in the 1960s, said he has been fortunate to spend half his life at Cy-Fair.
“When I was little I thought it was all about the pretty school with the clock, but it wasn’t,” Maddox said. “Cy-Fair was not a place. It was a way of life. And I bought into that way of life.”
LIVESTOCK SHOW AND SALE TO GENERATE ABOUT $800,000 FOR PROJECTS
CFISD students are expected to raise about $800,000 from the 23rd Annual CFISD Livestock Show and Sale, held Feb. 2-4 at the CFISD Exhibit Center. The CFISD community showed an incredible amount of generosity in the live auction, freezer sale and via additional monetary contributions to students.
The Premium Sale (live auction) unofficially raised $400,000. Final amounts from the Freezer Sale (animals not placing high enough for the live auction), Agriculture Mechanics and Horticulture silent auction and additional gifts to students are not yet available, but one new record was broken: Material Express Inc. paid $42,500 for the reserve champion steer exhibited by Hailey Brenner (Cypress Ranch), eclipsing the previous record.
“It was a great show and sale,” said Denise Kubecka, lead curriculum coordinator in the career and technical education department. “I am not sure who was more excited as we waited for the judges to name the champions — the students, parents, ag teachers, or family and friends. We felt blessed to have so much community support at the sale, despite the slowing economy. As one of our judges stated in his comments, this experience not only impacts students in the moment, it is something that plays a huge role in molding them into productive and responsible adults.”
The following Livestock Royalty representatives were chosen: Show King – Hunter Osina from Cypress Ranch FFA; Show Queen – Ciara Hall from Cy-Fair FFA; Mr. Show Teen – Jacob Shafer from Cypress Creek FFA; Miss Show Teen – Dallas Leblanc from Jersey Village FFA; and Top Hand (Sales) – Shelby Bronstad from Langham Creek FFA.
For a complete list of champions and sale prices visit bit.ly/cfisdlsa
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