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| May 1, 2013

Cy-Fair Culinary Academy instructor Kara Palermo and Jonathan Manalili.

Cy-Fair Culinary Academy instructor Kara Palermo and Jonathan Manalili.

CULINARY STUDENT PLACES THIRD AT FCCLA REGIONAL CONTEST – Cy-Fair High School senior culinary student Jonathan Manalili placed third in the Mystery Basket Contest during the Texas Family Career and Community Leaders of America Region 4 Leadership Meeting in Galveston. Manalili placed third among 26 competitors in the event, which was sponsored by the Texas Beef Council.

Using their own cooking equipment, students were given one hour to create a meal using four ingredients from the mystery basket: flank steak, a red bell pepper, an avocado and an orange. As a top-three finisher from his region, Jonathan qualified for the Mystery Basket Contest at the 2013 State FCCLA Leadership Meeting in Dallas.

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COACHES SELECT ALL-DISTRICT BOYS’ SOCCER TEAM – Cy-Fair SD boys’ soccer coaches released the All-District 17-5A Boys’ Soccer Team following the end of each team’s season. Langham Creek High School senior Samuel Omondi was named the Offensive MVP and Langham Creek senior Connor Harwell was named Defensive MVP. Langham Creek head coach Scott Tucker was named Coach of the Year.

The following athletes were named to the first and second all-district teams: First Team All-District: Roberto Lopez, Jersey Village, Forward; Geoff Orhiel, Cy-Fair, Forward; Robert Garza, Cypress Ridge, Forward; Josue Turcios, Cypress Springs, Forward; Juan Carlos Salmeron, Cypress Lakes, Forward; Cameron Ross, Langham Creek, Midfielder; Jorge Callejas, Cypress Lakes, Midfielder; Selvin Medrano, Cypress Springs, Midfielder; Funcia Kenneh, Cypress Springs, Midfielder; Greg Gutierrez, Jersey Village, Midfielder; Jacob Marek, Langham Creek, Midfielder; Faustino Martinez, Cypress Ridge, Midfielder; Bryan Mendoza, Langham Creek, Defender; Ravi Lumba, Cypress Ridge, Defender; Thomas Ebeweber, Jersey Village, Defender; Travis Hasting, Cy-Fair, Defender; Hudson Hernando, Cypress Falls, Defender; Christian Gomez, Cypress Lakes, Defender; Raul Luera, Cypress Springs, Defender; Gavin Ng, Cypress Falls, Goalkeeper; Marco Solano, Jersey Village, Goalkeeper; Brandon Anselmi, Cy-Fair, Goalkeeper; Second Team All-District –  Fernando Hernandez, Langham Creek, Forward; Zach Brown, Cypress Woods, Forward; Kevin Garcia, Cypress Springs, Forward; Marlon Cardenas, Cypress Ridge, Forward;Tyllen Bicakcic, Cypress Falls, Forward; Chase McLaughlin, Cypress Woods, Midfielder; Austin Hendricks,    Langham Creek, Midfielder; Eduardo Cedeño, Cypress Ridge, Midfielder; Angel Cardona, Cypress Falls, Midfielder; Murtza Rizvi, Cy-Fair, Midfielder; Mauricio Arreguin, Cypress Ridge, Midfielder; Alex Guerrero, Jersey Village, Midfielder; Andrew Yeang, Langham Creek, Defender; Kristian Martinez, Cypress Woods, Defender; Tripp Manzella, Cy-Fair, Defender; Brian Gravesmill, Cypress Creek, Defender; Ludym Lopez, Cypress Ranch, Defender; Kevin Robles, Cypress Lakes, Defender; Eduardo Beltran, Cypress Ridge, Defender; and Brian Godoy, Cypress Lakes, Goalkeeper.

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(Front row, l-r) Mikel Ellison, dad; Tyler Ellison; Bronze Ellison, mom; (back row) Coach McIntyre, head baseball coach at Blinn; Maddi Ellison, sister.

(Front row, l-r) Mikel Ellison, dad; Tyler Ellison; Bronze Ellison, mom; (back row) Coach McIntyre, head baseball coach at Blinn; Maddi Ellison, sister.

LANGHAM CREEK HS SENIOR SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT – Langham Creek High School senior Tyler Ellison has signed with Blinn to continue his baseball career. Tyler is a team captain for the Lobos and plays outfield and first base.

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STUDENTS ADVANCE TO NATIONAL FBLA COMPETITION – Six Cy-Fair ISD students placed in the top three of their respective categories at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference and Competition to qualify for the FBLA 2013 National Leadership Conference.

More than 1,300 top FBLA students from Texas competed in 57 events at the State Leadership Conference, held in Dallas. During the event, students networked with peers, discussed parliamentary procedure of formal business meetings and participated in a state voting caucus.

The following CFISD students qualified for the National Leadership Conference, scheduled for June 27-30 in Anaheim, Calif.:

Cypress Woods High School senior Matthew Potts placed first in Health Care Administration; Cypress Creek High School junior Nicole Tranchita placed first in Public Speaking II; Cypress Creek sophomores Cory Shneffler and Nick Bounds placed second in Marketing; Cypress Lakes High School senior Jahlen Mathis placed third in Economics; and Cypress Ridge High School freshman Pooja Agrawal placed third in Intro to Business Communications.

Four other students placed in the top five of their respective events at the FBLA State Leadership Conference: Cypress Creek High School senior Navya Puvvada placed third in PowerPoint Advanced; Cypress Creek High School senior Dhruti Gopaluni won the Who’s Who chapter award, as well as third-place in Computer Applications/Spreadsheet and a fifth-place award in Local Chapter Report; Cypress Creek High School sophomore Sai Mulukuri placed fourth in Business Math; and Cypress Creek High School freshman Brandon Sheets placed fifth in Intro to Technology Concepts.

Additionally, Cypress Ridge High School senior Frank Jarquin, the school chapter president as well as the Houston Area FBLA president, won $1,000 in scholarships for his leadership. FBLA gave only five such scholarships away.

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JERSEY VILLAGE STUDENT ATTENDS SPACE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM – Jersey Village High School senior B. Dewayne Newton II was one of four Texas students and 227 from around the world selected to attend the 2013 Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

The HLCA provides students with a unique opportunity to engage in sessions addressing current issues in science, technology and engineering. The weeklong program is designed to develop their capacities through hands-on challenges and build their leadership skills.

Newton and his fellow attendees engaged in interactive activities and workshops created to enhance their leadership fundamentals, including simulating jet-fighter pilot training; scenario-based space missions; designing, building and testing their own rockets; and meeting with top scientists, engineers and former astronauts to reinforce core leadership competencies and provide them with firsthand accounts of professional experiences.

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Leah Bydalek won one of 15 Scholastic Art & Writing Portfolio Gold Awards.

Leah Bydalek won one of 15 Scholastic Art & Writing Portfolio Gold Awards.

STUDENTS WIN SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING NATIONAL MEDALS – Six CFISD students were among 37 Harris County teens recently chosen as Scholastic Art & Writing national gold and silver medal winners. Cypress Falls High School senior Leah Bydalek won one of 15 national scholarships for her gold-medal art portfolio, which includes a $15,000 cash scholarship along with the eligibility to earn more than $8 million in scholarships from more than 60 higher-learning institutes across the country. Bydalek was the only winner named from the state of Texas.

Bydalek entered the Scholastic Art & Writing regional competition hosted through Harris County Department of Education. Her portfolio was forwarded for national judging, and she will travel to a reception at Carnegie Hall in New York City to be recognized for her accomplishment in May.

Cypress Woods High School junior Simon Purrington won a gold medal in the Photography category for his work, entitled Invisible Graffiti.

Four other students earned Art & Writing silver medals: Jersey Village High School junior Brandon Harris, Photography, Antique Antiques; Jersey Village High School junior Brandy Rodriguez, Photography, Self Portrait with Veils; Cypress Woods High School senior Lauren Thawley, Portfolio, various works; and Langham Creek High School senior Taylor McCaslin, Personal Essay/Memoir, Miss Pecos.

In 2013, a record number of 230,000 submissions were received in the art and writing competition in 28 categories, including dramatic script, journalism, humor, novel-writing, science-fiction, as well as painting, sculpture, photography, fashion design, film and animation and video game design.

Earlier this year, the Harris County Department of Education named 925 regional Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention winners of the competition. HCDE is one of 100-plus regional participants in the competition. Gold Key Award winners advance to the national competition. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards provides a creative, competitive arena for students in grades 7-12. It is the 90th year of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

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Alexandria Derkowski

Alexandria Derkowski

CY WOODS HS JUNIOR TO COMPETE AT TSA STATE CONFERENCE – Cypress Woods High School junior Alexandria Derkowski had an impressive showing at the Brazos Valley Technology Student Association Region 6 competition, placing first in all 12 categories in which she entered projects. Derkowski competed at the TSA State Conference in Waco.

Alexandria had five projects compete and place at regional and state Technology Student Association (TSA) competition during her freshman year.During her sophomore year, she had seven projects place at regional and state TSA, with one advancing to nationals, where she placed in the top 10. This year, all 12 of her projects placed first at regional TSA.

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JERSEY VILLAGE HS WINS SECOND PLACE IN TASB VIDEO CONTEST – Jersey Village High School won the second-place award in the high school category of the Texas Association of School Boards “Texas Public Schools Rock!” student video contest.

More than 100 schools participated in the first-ever contest sponsored by TASB. Jersey Village’s video, “JVHS Rocks,” earned the school a $2,500 prize. Guthrie High School of Guthrie Consolidated School District won first place and a $5,000 award.

“JVHS Rocks <vimeo.com/58460701> ” was co-directed by junior James Owens and senior Shane O’Neal, with additional help from senior Jamie Meun, sophomore Clare Wineman, junior Joy Travis, junior Mohammed Khan and senior Idara Akpan.

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Stephanie Posada won Best of Show in the Salon Innovation category at the SkillsUSA District 8 Leadership and Skills Conference.

Stephanie Posada won Best of Show in the Salon Innovation category at the SkillsUSA District 8 Leadership and Skills Conference.

COSMETOLOGY STUDENTS WIN AWARDS AT SKILLSUSA DISTRICT COMPETITION – Cy-Fair ISD cosmetology students won a series of awards, including four Best of Show honors, during the SkillsUSA District 8 Leadership and Skills Conference. Cypress Springs High School entered 20 projects and received 20 first-place awards, all rated Superior, to qualify for the SkillsUSA Texas Leadership and Skills Conference. Junior Kira Clark won Best of Show in the Fantasy Hairstyling category. Cypress Springs’ other first-place winners were: Abigail Coronado, Alyssa Lopez, Andrea Repreza, Azaria Del Villar, Carolina Davalos, Estefani Perez, Ginah Santiago, Ledis Santos, Liliana Sanchez, Luisa Martinez-Gomez, Nicholas Putch, Michelle Parra, Vanessa Milla and Zhayra Diaz Barron.

Cypress Ranch High School had 20 students qualify for the state competition. Junior Stephanie Posada won Best of Show in the Salon Innovation category.

Cy-Fair High School submitted 27 projects, all of which qualified for the state competition. Junior Ashlee Flavian-Day won Best of Show in the Day and Evening Comb Out category.

Cypress Ridge High School had 17 first-place winners who will move on to state.

Cypress Creek High School had six students receive ribbons and advance to state: Vivian Alcantar, Brittni Sherwood, Marlen Zamora, Amanda Martinez, Christina Morris and Taylor Lessing.

Cypress Lakes High School senior Cynthia DeGante won Best of Show in the Nail Art category. Five other Cypress Lakes students placed in the top five: senior Elizabeth Cayetano, second place; sophomore Fred Webster, third place, Men’s Haircutting Skills; senior Nina Edwards, third place, Estethics/Facial; senior Marlen Morales, fourth place, Cosmetology Skills; and senior Nidia Godoy, fifth place, Cosmetology Skills.

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Diane Dunbar presents Emma Farmer with an engraved state winner medallion for being the state winner in the Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Contest.

Diane Dunbar presents Emma Farmer with an engraved state winner medallion for being the state winner in the Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Contest.

SAMPSON STUDENT WINS STATEWIDE CONTEST FOR HANDWRITING – Sampson Elementary School third-grade student Emma Farmer was recognized as the state winner for the Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Contest during a surprise ceremony at the school.

Zaner-Bloser regional sales representative Diane Dunbar presented Farmer with an engraved Zaner-Bloser state winner medallion, and gave her language arts and reading teacher Karen Smith an engraved Glass Diamond Award. Additionally, Sampson Elementary will receive a $200 Zaner-Bloser coupon.

Farmer is now eligible to be the Zaner-Bloser National Grade-Level Winner. Winning students are eligible for more than $100,000 in scholarships and prizes.

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COACHES SELECT ALL-DISTRICT GIRLS’ SOCCER TEAM – Cy-Fair ISD girls’ soccer coaches released the All-District 17-5A Girls’ Soccer Team following the conclusion of each team’s season. Cy-Fair High School senior Hannah Dauzat was named the Offensive Player of the Year and Langham Creek High School junior Nicole Schaaf was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Cy-Fair freshman Sarah Hluza was named the Newcomer of the Year. Cypress Ridge High School head coach Sulema Tamez was named Coach of the Year.

The following athletes were named to the first and second all-district teams: First Team All-District – Jasmine White, Jersey Village, Forward; Regan Garant, Cypress Woods, Forward; Deja Stevenson, Cypress Ranch, Forward; Alisa Trejo, Cypress Creek, Forward; Kayla Ragusa, Cypress Woods, Forward;  Emily Castro, Langham Creek, Midfielder; Kristen Ginsburg, Cy-Fair, Midfielder; Shelby Stephens, Cypress Woods, Midfielder; Janelle Toner, Cypress Ridge, Midfielder; Christina Connealy, Langham Creek, Midfielder; Gracie Knight, Cypress Ridge, Midfielder; Brianna Brosch, Cypress Ranch, Defender; Rachel Leal, Cypress Creek, Defender; Chandler Cooney, Cy-Fair, Defender; Lauren Gilbert, Cy-Fair, Defender; Jennifer Francis, Cypress Creek, Defender; Jessica Suchma, Cypress Ranch, Defender; Alexis Overdiek, Cypress Falls, Defender; Samantha Sobel, Cypress Lakes, Defender; Allison DeLeon, Cypress Ranch, Defender; Skylynn Monroy, Cypress Springs, Defender; Mallory Majewski, Cy-Fair, Goalkeeper; Second Team All-District –  Reilly McGlamery, Cypress Creek, Forward; Megan Mugavero, Jersey Village, Forward; Ashton Ashley, Cypress Ranch, Forward; Katie Boane, Cy-Fair, Midfielder; Abby Buck, Cypress Creek, Midfielder; Haiden Carangie, Cypress Ridge, Midfielder; Dana Clancy, Langham Creek, Midfielder; Alexis Segovia, Cypress Ranch, Midfielder; Maria Sopher, Langham Creek, Midfielder; Sydney Daubendiek, Cy-Fair, Midfielder; Hannah Baker, Cypress Woods, Defender; Daniella Miranda, Cypress Lakes, Defender; Caitlyn Spears, Cypress Creek, Defender; Sydney Carangie, Cypress Ridge, Defender; Andreina Quintana, Cypress Falls, Defender;  Rachel Dozier, Cy-Fair, Defender; Monica Stevenson, Cypress Ranch, Defender; Serena Gallego, Cypress Springs, Defender; Katie Wright, Cypress Woods, Defender; Jaime Taylor, Jersey Village, Goalkeeper; and Taylor Ray, Cypress Woods, Goalkeeper.

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(L-R) Kaley Martin, Carly Stephenson, Arabella Cruz, Leanne Haynes and Emma Lund.

(L-R) Kaley Martin, Carly Stephenson, Arabella Cruz, Leanne Haynes and Emma Lund.

CYPRESS WOODS GIRLS WIN 17-5A GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP – The Cypress Woods High School girls’ golf team placed first in the District 17-5A Golf Championships, held at Cypress Lakes Golf Course.

Cypress Woods shot a two-day score of 737 to win the tournament, ahead of second-place Cy-Fair, which shot a 748. Both teams competed at the Region III-5A Golf Championships.

Cypress Woods’ scoring was comprised by senior Arabella Cruz (88-78), senior Leanne Haynes (90-86), junior Carly Stephenson (97-105), freshman Kaley Martin (94-99) and sophomore Emma Lund (105-112).

Cy-Fair’s scoring was comprised by freshman Sarah Carlat (89-95), sophomore Nicole Brinkley (95-100), freshman Esha Dewan (95-96), sophomore Courtney Johnson (104-91) and freshman Laura Palmer (95-92).

Cypress Woods and Cy-Fair will be
joined at regionals by the two individual medalists, Cypress Ranch High School senior Alexis Fichtel (83-84 – 167) and Cypress Creek High School senior Emily Moore (87-93 – 180).

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Thornton seventh-grade student Cora Bell asks ISS astronaut Chris Hadfield about what his career aspirations were in middle school during the ARISS event.

Thornton seventh-grade student Cora Bell asks ISS astronaut Chris Hadfield about what his career aspirations were in middle school during the ARISS event.

THORNTON MS STUDENTS MAKE CONTACT WITH ISS ASTRONAUT – Thornton Middle School students celebrated a successful transmission with the International Space Station when they took part in the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program.

During an approximate nine-minute window of ham radio correspondence between Houston and outer space, students took turns asking questions to Cmdr. Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut aboard the ISS. Commander Hadfield, who became the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space in 2001, is currently commanding ISS Expedition 35.

Thornton seventh-grade teacher Tom Maxwell, a ham radio enthusiast who has been planning the event since last summer, declared the communication an overwhelming success. Maxwell said he received emails from teachers as far away as Cuba and Mexico City who said they enjoyed watching the correspondence live via the Cy-Fair ISD website.


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