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Cy-Fair Schools, Sports, Students August 2017

| August 1, 2017

(L-R): Emily Fernandez and Julie Canales, Cypress Woods 2017 graduates, prepare threads for sewing a sleeping bag liner at Cypress Ridge High School this summer.

(L-R): Emily Fernandez and Julie Canales, Cypress Woods 2017 graduates, prepare threads for sewing a sleeping bag liner at Cypress Ridge High School this summer.

CY RIDGE STUDENTS CONTINUE PROJECT FOR INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

Cypress Ridge High School fashion design summer interns are entering into the last few months of working on a NASA HUNCH (High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware) sleeping bag liner project for the International Space Station (ISS).

The students were tasked with fabricating a total of 96 sleeping bag liners over a two-year period to be used in the ISS to help make a more comfortable sleeping experience for the astronauts.

“With the Russian-designed bag liners, some American astronauts were too tall to fit into them,” said Marcie Dickson, NASA HUNCH Softgoods project manager. “With these liners, we are making them 6 inches longer and a little wider to allow for more room to move around in while the astronauts are sleeping.”

NASA requested a total of 96 liners. Oak Ridge High School in Conroe ISD joined the project this summer to make 30 liners to help lighten the load on Cypress Ridge.

Six of the bag liners were launched on flight OA7 on April 18, and were sent up to the ISS as Class 1-E (experimental) cargo to see how they function for the crew onboard the space station.

The summer interns worked diligently on NASA Projects throughout the school year and applicants were chosen based on sewing skills, work ethic and the ability to work as a team. The group works Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to make the liners in Maureen Thomas’ fashion design classroom. The summer interns are as follows:

  • Julie Canales, Cypress Woods alumni;
  • Leslie Vazquez, Cypress Ridge alumni;
  • Ileana Carbajal, Cypress Ridge alumni;
  • Larissa Alanis, Cypress Ridge alumni;
  • Dulce Sanchez, Cypress Ridge senior;
  • Mekayla Hughes, Cypress Ridge junior;
  • Emily Fernandez, Cypress Woods alumni;
  • Emily Qualia, out-of-district intern.

Fifteen liners were completed and delivered to NASA by the 2016-2017 semester break, while another 10 liners were in progress by the end of the school year. Thomas’ fashion design classes participated in the HUNCH project by tracing and cutting out liner material to have supplies ready for the summer interns to complete 45 additional liners. By summer’s end, the Cypress Ridge HUNCH program plans to complete a total of 66 liners, with 30 additional liners from Oak Ridge, for a final delivery due date of Dec. 31 to the Johnson Space Center.

The next NASA HUNCH project that Thomas has been tasked with creating is cargo transfer bags that will be used in a training module at the Johnson Space Center to help astronauts train in a replica of the space station.

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(From left): Jessica Truong, Rachel Somavarapu, Alicia Benavides and Tiana Smith won a first-place award in the Children’s Stories category of the National TSA Conference in June in Orlando.

(From left): Jessica Truong, Rachel Somavarapu, Alicia Benavides and Tiana Smith won a first-place award in the Children’s Stories category of the National TSA Conference in June in Orlando.

LANGHAM CREEK STUDENTS PLACE AT NATIONAL TSA CONFERENCE

Students from Langham Creek High School and Smith Middle School brought home awards from the 2017 National Technology Student Association (TSA) Conference, held June 21-25 in Orlando, Florida.

Langham Creek students Alicia Benavides, Tiana Smith, Rachel Somavarapu and Jessica Truong placed first for their STEM-based pop-up book in the Children’s Stories category.

Smith student Sandy Nguyen placed among the top 12 as a national semifinalist in the Children’s Stories category.

The Langham Creek quartet competed against 200-plus books at nationals after placing second in the regional and state competitions. The Lobos chose the topic of metamorphosis to fit the STEM theme for their book titled “Dakota’s Journey.”

The unique book design used a living hinge, with a cover made out of wood with a laser engraver.

“By creating a pattern in the spine of the book of positive and negative space, it allows the wood to bend,” said Jennifer O’Brian, Langham Creek instructor and TSA sponsor. “According to the judges of the event they were the only team to do this with their cover. The girls are all three-year members of TSA and have worked very hard on their project.”

The students read their book at Holmsley and Copeland elementary schools in the spring, as part of the project’s requirements were to read the book to the age group for which it was intended.

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Cypress Ranch graduating senior Taylor Seibel holds her fifth-place certificate in the Lesson Planning – CTE Competition at the 2017 Educators Rising National Conference.

Cypress Ranch graduating senior Taylor Seibel holds her fifth-place certificate in the Lesson Planning – CTE Competition at the 2017 Educators Rising National Conference.

FUTURE EDUCATOR PLACES FIFTH AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Cypress Ranch High School 2017 graduate Taylor Seibel placed among the top five students in her respective competition at the 2017 Educators Rising National Conference, held June 23-26 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Seibel, a member of the education and training program at Cypress Ranch, earned fifth place in the Lesson Planning – Career and Technical Education (CTE) Competition at the conference. She was the only CFISD student representing the district at the conference.

“It was an absolute honor to represent every future educator in CFISD in Phoenix,” Seibel said. “Actually receiving my award and finding out I placed fifth in the U.S. was an unexplainable feeling.

“I couldn’t have done it without my incredible sponsor, Abby Parsons, for supporting me and always leading me in the right direction in the field of education. I also could never have completed the competition without Natalie Beckworth, a Cy Ranch child development teacher, who allowed me into her classroom and to teach her students. Placing fifth in the nation is one of my biggest accomplishments knowing that all my hard work for over two years has paid off!”

Seibel will pursue an elementary education degree at Texas State University in the fall.

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Cypress Falls graduate Bayli Luke and Cross Country Coach Dave Rainey display a $40,000 Susan Poorman Blackie Scholarship from the Houston Marathon Foundation, half of which will go toward Luke’s college education.

Cypress Falls graduate Bayli Luke and Cross Country Coach Dave Rainey display a $40,000 Susan Poorman Blackie Scholarship from the Houston Marathon Foundation, half of which will go toward Luke’s college education.

CYPRESS FALLS GRAD WINS HOUSTON MARATHON FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

The Houston Marathon Foundation announced on June 28 that Cypress Falls High School 2017 graduate and cross country runner Bayli Luke was one of two recipients of the Susan Poorman Blackie Scholarship.

The scholarship, named after the cofounder of the Houston Marathon Foundation, will pay a $5,000 grant annually for four years, totaling $20,000 in financial aid toward Luke’s college tuition. Luke was presented with the scholarship along with George Ranch High School graduate Robert “Will” Lord.

The Susan Poorman Blackie Scholarship is designed to recognize student athletes in the Greater Houston Region who have demonstrated academic success, participated in high school cross country running, volunteered for extracurricular activities and applied to attend a college or university in the state of Texas.

“It is amazing,” Luke said. “I feel very blessed to have been selected to receive this scholarship.”

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(L-R): Ifra Raja and Heidi MacMillan at the Scholarship Check Presentation.

(L-R): Ifra Raja and Heidi MacMillan at the Scholarship Check Presentation. photo – Simon Youth Foundation

KLEIN STUDENT RECEIVES SIMON YOUTH FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

A local student will continue their education this fall with the help of Houston Premium Outlets and Simon Youth Foundation (SYF). Ifrah Raja of Klein has received a Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarship valued at $1,500. The scholarship is awarded in partnership between Houston Premium Outlets and SYF, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational and career development opportunities for youth.

Raja is a recent graduate of Klein High School and exemplified herself through academic excellence, leadership skills, and participation in both school and community activities. She plans to study nursing at The University of Texas at Austin this fall. She volunteered at local nonprofit health clinic during high school, which inspired her to major in nursing.

“We are very proud of the Simon Youth Scholarships program because it has given us the opportunity to support the academic endeavors of promising youth right here in our community,” said Heidi MacMillan, director of marketing at Houston Premium Outlets.

Simon Youth Scholarships are awarded annually to at least one student in every U.S. community that is home to a Simon® property. This year, approximately $1.3 million will be awarded.

“Simon Youth Community Scholarships reward academic excellence across the country and help students to continue their education,” said J. Michael Durnil, president and CEO of SYF. “Financial concerns should never be the reason preventing a child from pursuing their dreams.”

The 2017 SYF Community Scholarship recipients were selected by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS), a third-party administrator. Students were selected based on a variety of criteria, including financial need, academic performance, leadership skills and participation in school and community activities.

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(L-R): Fernando Garza, Akram Soubaa and Henry Nguyen set up their presentation at the EurekaFest.

(L-R): Fernando Garza, Akram Soubaa and Henry Nguyen set up their presentation at the EurekaFest.

CY SPRINGS STUDENTS SHOW­CASE POTENTIALLY LIFE-SAVING INVENTION AT MIT

Cypress Springs High School’s 2016-2017 InvenTeam, one of 15 teams selected to participate in the Lemelson-MIT Program, completed a year of hard work at the 11th annual EurekaFest, June 16-17 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The InvenTeam initiative, in its 14th year, inspires youth to solve real-world problems through invention, utilizing hands-on, active learning strategies. Using a Lemelson-MIT grant of $8,700, the Cypress Springs team developed an electric heating system to clear condensation from a firefighter’s face mask.

“After speaking with local firefighters at a Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department station and training center, we learned that fog developed on the interior surface of their face masks was a common problem and often led to injuries and fatalities,” said Mo Wong, Cypress Springs campus instructional coach and InvenTeam sponsor.

Six students – team leader Orion Jefferson, assistant team leader Henry Nguyen, Eldyn Castillo, Akram Soubaa, Ethan Ellis and Fernando Garza – joined educator sponsors Wong, Isaac Sanchez and Robyn Tompkins to present their project. Dr. Cheryl Henry, principal, and Kenya Turner, director of high school curriculum and instruction, also accompanied the team on the trip. “EurekaFest was a very rewarding and fun-filled experience,” Wong said. “It was gratifying to watch students proudly represent our school, our community and our city after the countless hours they all put in to make our idea become a reality.”

Panther students presented and showcased the prototype at the MIT Stata Center to crowds of other students, educators and inventors from across the country. In addition, collegiate grant winners presented their work and inspired the high school students.

While at EurekaFest, Cypress Springs students also celebrated and performed team challenges with students from the other grant recipient schools who shared the same passion in creativity and hard work. The events ended with a finale at the Boston Museum of Science.

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Eghosa Amadin

Eghosa Amadin

SENIOR’S SUCCESS REWARDED WITH SEVEN IVY LEAGUE ACCEPTANCES

The collegiate class of 2021 experienced one of the most competitive years in applying to Ivy League universities. The cumulative acceptance rate of the eight schools came in at 7.9 percent, and colleges like Cornell and Brown reached new low acceptance rates.

Among thousands of applications, Cypress Falls High School graduate Eghosa Amadin accomplished an incredible feat, earning seven Ivy League acceptances while making the wait list for the eighth.

Amadin, who instead chose to pursue an engineering degree at Stanford University, was featured in an ABC 13 report this month.

“It feels really good,” Amadin said. “It feels better that I made my parents proud more than for myself.”

Amadin has earned many accomplishments, including president of the National Honor Society, president of Spanish Club and secretary of Key Club, among other leadership positions. Despite a well-rounded academic and extracurricular résumé, Amadin faced apprehension for her future.

“The reason I applied to so many was because I was really scared that I wouldn’t get in anywhere,” she said. “But I knew I did as much as I could have done and I worked hard. I tried my best and whatever happened, happened.”

As the acceptance letters rolled in, Amadin’s parents, Richard and Lati, expressed pride in their daughter.

“My mom was jumping up and down and screaming and yelling and dancing, and my dad was off the walls and everything,” Amadin said. “My proudest moment honestly would be opening up the Harvard acceptance, because for my parents coming from Nigeria, that’s like the holy grail of education. I wish I could replay my mom’s reaction over and over again, it was so amazing.”

Amadin’s advice to fellow students was to pave the way to their dreams with strong motivation
and dedication.

“Don’t be afraid to aim high and reach for your dream schools because you never know what’s going to happen,” she said. “Also, work hard every single day. It might be tough at the time, but it will all be worth it in the end.”

Text by By Abigail Richardson and Brayan Crescencio, Cypress Falls HS

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Moore Elementary School librarian Kim Katz was one of 13 winners in Capstone’s “The Power of Librarians” national photo contest and will appear in a 2018 special edition calendar.

Moore Elementary School librarian Kim Katz was one of 13 winners in Capstone’s “The Power of Librarians” national photo contest and will appear in a 2018 special edition calendar.

MOORE ES LIBRARIAN WINS CAPSTONE “POWER OF LIBRARIANS” CONTEST

Capstone, a leading publisher of children’s books and digital products and services, selected Moore Elementary School librarian Kim Katz as one of its winners in “The Power of Librarians” national photo contest.

Katz’s photo and story will be showcased along with 12 other winners in a special edition 2018 calendar available in August at select Capstone events.

Celebrating the importance of librarians, the contest invited communities to nominate a school or public library media specialist who makes meaningful connections with students, describe why they should be featured in the calendar and share a photo that captured the spirit of the librarian’s talent or ability.

Moore campus secretary Kim Panter wrote the nomination summary on behalf of Katz, sharing that the campus would not be the same without its “Super Power Librarian.”

“You never know who you will find in the library as she is in costume at least one day a week,” Panter wrote. “She truly brings her book talks to life keeping everyone from PK-5 captivated by her story-telling ability. Her energy never waivers from the time she arrives at school until she shelves that last book!”

Katz’s nomination was chosen from among 325 entries submitted nationwide.

“I’m completely thrilled to have been chosen to be in the calendar. What an honor to have been selected out of all of the entries submitted,” Katz said. “I believe I have the best job in the world, and I love helping to connect students to books in a hope that they will develop a life-long love of reading!”


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