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Cy-Fair Schools, Sports,
Students Dec 2015

| December 1, 2015

(left) (L-R) Colette Vallot, assistant principal; Dr. Cheryl Henry, principal; LaDaysa Johnson, student; Phong Medez of Free the Captives; Princess Hines and Alize James, students; Sandra Cahee; and Dr. Heather Bergman, associate principal.

(left) (L-R) Colette Vallot, assistant principal; Dr. Cheryl Henry, principal; LaDaysa Johnson, student; Phong Medez of Free the Captives; Princess Hines and Alize James, students; Sandra Cahee; and Dr. Heather Bergman, associate principal.

CY SPRINGS STUDENTS DONATE TO CHARITY FOR TRAFFICKING VICTIMS

Members of the Girls RULE (Respect – Understanding – Love – Each Other) club at Cypress Springs High School donated toiletry items to the charity Free the Captives, which benefits teenage girls who have been victims of human trafficking.

Girls RULE, which was established in 2010 to promote sisterhood, camaraderie and the development of leaders at Cypress Springs, presented the donations to Free the Captives representative Phong Mendez at the school on Oct. 9.

According to Assistant Principal Sandra Cahee, one of the club sponsors, the 22-member organization chose to wrap the toiletries as gifts for adolescent females less fortunate than them.

“We chose this charity because many of these girls are no longer with their families and we want these young ladies to know that they are loved, cared for and supported,” Cahee said. “Ms. Mendez stated how blessed their organization was to receive this generous contribution. Girls RULE continually seeks opportunities to be a light for young women.”

For the past two years, Girls RULE has celebrated every young woman on campus by hosting “Girl Empowerment Week,” a week filled with motivational speakers and activities for all females to participate.

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(L-R) Nicole Shair (Superior, Feature Writing); Hannah Willingham (Superior, Headline Writing); Julie Ryza (holding 2014-2015 newspaper second-place Best of Show award); and Emme Enojado (Honorable Mention, Feature Page Design).

(L-R) Nicole Shair (Superior, Feature Writing); Hannah Willingham (Superior, Headline Writing); Julie Ryza (holding 2014-2015 newspaper second-place Best of Show award); and Emme Enojado (Honorable Mention, Feature Page Design).

CY-FAIR HS JOURNALISTS WIN 4 AWARDS AT TAJE FALL FIESTA – CY-FAIR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT JOURNALISTS WON FOUR awards at the Texas Association of Journa­lism Educators (TAJE) Fall Fiesta, held Oct. 17-19 in San Antonio.

The Cy-Fair Reporter 2014-2015 student newspaper won second place in Best of Show for the large school newspaper category.

The following students won individual awards: Nicole Shair, sophomore – Super­ior, Feature Writing; Hannah Willingham, sophomore – Superior – Headline Writing; and Emme Enojado, junior – Honorable Mention, Feature Page Design.

“It was so exciting for our group of seven who attended this year’s conference to come home with four awards,” said Lillian Harris, Cy-Fair publications adviser. “For most of them, this was their first time to compete in a statewide journalism competition. It was also a thrill for our newspaper to be recognized with Best of Show. That’s a tough category and I was grateful to see my students (this year and last) being recognized for their hours and hours of work writing and designing the school newspaper.”

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(L-R): Nicole Ray, Lea Gonzalez, Braydon Saenz, Basit Farrukh, Kristina Perez and Liz Miller.

(L-R): Nicole Ray, Lea Gonzalez, Braydon Saenz, Basit Farrukh, Kristina Perez and Liz Miller.

CLUB REWIND EMPLOYEES COME TO THE RESCUE OF CHOKING STUDENT

Three CFISD employees used experience, training and quick reactions to help save the life of a third-grade student at Swenke Elementary School.

The employees, who work for the district’s before- and after-school program, Club Rewind, came to the aid of a student who was choking on Oct. 7. For their heroic actions, Nicole Ray, assistant superintendent of communication and community relations, presented program manager Lea Gonzalez and support staff Basit Farrukh and Braydon Saenz with the Superinten­dent’s Challenge Coin during a ceremony at the school on Oct. 15.

“In Club Rewind we are all in it together for the same school children. We want to enhance what they do instructionally in the school,” said Kristina Perez, director of community programs. “This demonstrated that the students are well taken care of, and I think it is deserving of the special recognition.”

Farrukh was monitoring the cafeteria during snack time after school on when he spotted a student at the table in need of assistance. “I saw her, I grabbed her and picked her up and notified Lea that something was wrong,” he said.

Gonzalez called for Saenz, who spotted the student, Gabriela, hunched over a trash can. “At first I was patting her on the back to make sure she was OK, but I knew it was serious when I noticed a little blood coming up,” he said.

Gabriela was able to communicate to Gonzalez, a three-year Club Rewind employee, that she was choking on a water bottle cap. Reacting to the CPR and first aid training the employees take every two years, she administered the Heimlich maneuver.

“I’ve been through the training three or four times, so I just remembered what to do out of instinct,” she said. “After about three thrusts, the cap came out and she was able to gasp for a good breath.”

Seeing that she was able to breathe, the employees contacted her parents and helped calm her classmates after taking a moment to decompress.

“After that, it took me a couple deep breaths to calm down and be able to speak to the child without freaking her out more,” Saenz said.

Farrukh said he was relieved to see the employees’ training yield successful results. “In the back of your mind you think, ‘Maybe one day I’ll use this,’ but you hope you never have to,” he said. “It’s a good thing to have in your head in case something like this happens.”

The Club Rewind staff received positive feedback from the student’s mother, who expressed gratitude for their actions.

“I got choked up reading the story from the parent’s perspective and hearing what they had to go through,” Perez said. “I was shocked that we had such a severe incident, but I had every confidence that Lea and her team would handle it beautifully.”

Swenke Principal Liz Miller said she was proud of the employees, and that the incident reaffirmed her confidence in them caring for the Swenke students.

“Even though I don’t hire or oversee them, I consider them a part of our Swenke family,” she said. “They do an awful lot for our kids; they are here early and stay late. The fact that they responded like this is not surprising. The honor is well-deserved and I am thankful to have them as a part of our family.”

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Cypress Ranch High School senior David Zhou, pictured in Las Vegas last summer at the 2015 WorldComp International Conference on Image Processing, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, was recognized as a semifinalist in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology.

Cypress Ranch High School senior David Zhou, pictured in Las Vegas last summer at the 2015 WorldComp International Conference on Image Processing, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, was recognized as a semifinalist in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology.

CY RANCH STUDENT IS SIEMENS SEMIFINALIST

Cypress Ranch High School senior David Zhou was recognized as a semifinalist in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology.

Established by the Siemens Foundation in 1999, the competition is the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students and seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. Zhou was one of 466 national semifinalists from among more than 1,800 projects submitted. He was the only winner from CFISD.

His project title is, “A Smart Virtual Eye for the Visually Impaired.” Zhou also published his work in a conference last summer and submitted a full paper to IEEE Potentials.

“I am very honored to be a Siemens Semifinalist and would like to thank my Prairie View A&M research mentor Professor Yang and my Cy Ranch computer science teacher, Mr. [Bryce] Hulett, for building my passion for computer science,” Zhou said. “I am very excited about future possibilities and will undoubtedly continue to do computer science research in college.”

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(L-R) Hank and Rita Mann, grandparents; Jim Mann, father; Braden Mann; Pam Mann, mother; Kylee Mann, sister; and Claudia and Ron Coberley, grandparents.

(L-R) Hank and Rita Mann, grandparents; Jim Mann, father; Braden Mann; Pam Mann, mother; Kylee Mann, sister; and Claudia and Ron Coberley, grandparents.

BOBCAT KICKER/PUNTER SELECTED TO UNDER ARMOUR ALL-AMERICA ROSTER – CY-FAIR HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR kicker/punter Braden Mann was presented with his honorary game jersey at the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2016 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game in the Cy-Fair teaching theater on Oct. 21.

The event was part of the three-month American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the Under Armour All-America Game, which will take place on Jan. 2 in Orlando and be broadcast live on ESPN2.

Bobcat coaches and teammates joined media, friends and family as Mann spoke about his selection to the team.

“It’s a dream come true to be able to play in a game with the best talent in the nation,” he said. “I’ve been watching the game since I was in sixth or seventh grade and seeing the amount of talent that’s come out of that game is just amazing. To be able to compete on this level and be invited to the Under Armour All-America Game is an absolute honor.”

Mann, who has committed to kick for Texas A&M University in 2016, is evaluated at 5 out of 5 stars for both kicking and punting by Kohl’s Kicking Camp. He currently leads District 17-6A punters with a 44.1-yard average and a long kick of 66 yards. He has connected on 16 of 16 point-after-touchdowns (PATs). As a junior, Mann booted 46 of 48 PATs and 7 of 10 field goals.

Cy-Fair Head Coach Ed Pustejovsky said he recognized talent in Mann when he was a high school freshman.

“Watching him, I could tell by the way the ball came off his foot,” Pustejovsky said. “In his first game for us as a sophomore, he kicked a 46-yarder. From then on, we had confidence in him and he in himself.

“Braden has worked hard in the offseason, in the weight room, which is why he was selected as one of our captains. He’s a tremendous leader for us with a tremendous work ethic, and he’s deserving of this honor.”

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The Cy-Fair High School marching band earned a Superior rating at the UIL Region 27 Marching Band Contest.

The Cy-Fair High School marching band earned a Superior rating at the UIL Region 27 Marching Band Contest.

EIGHT BANDS EARN SUPERIOR RATINGS AT REGION 27 CONTEST

Eight CFISD marching bands earned Superior ratings at the UIL Region 27 Marching Band Contest, held Oct. 17 at the Berry Center.

The following bands achieved this highest rating: Cy-Fair High School; Cypress Creek High School, Cypress Falls High School, Cypress Lakes High School, Cypress Ranch High School, Cypress Woods High School,   Jersey Village High School; and Langham Creek High School. Additionally, the Cypress Ridge and Cypress Springs high school marching bands earned Excellent ratings at the contest.

“Our CFISD schools once again had a great showing at our recent UIL marching band contest,” said John Morrison, CFISD director of secondary music. “We are very proud of our students and directors for such outstanding work this year. We are also very thankful of our partnership with our district transportation department. On UIL contest day, 109 bus drivers safely transported our band students and their equipment to and from contest.”

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(L-R): Chase Uherek, Krish Suchdev, Arami Guerra, Will Hudson, Steve Knabe, Walter Han and computer science teacher Stacey Armstrong.

(L-R): Chase Uherek, Krish Suchdev, Arami Guerra, Will Hudson, Steve Knabe, Walter Han and computer science teacher Stacey Armstrong.

CY WOODS STUDENTS WIN FIRST PLACE AT COMPUTER SCIENCE INVITATIONAL

Cypress Woods High School students won first place in the Advanced Team division of the 12th annual Seven Lakes Computer Science Invitational on Oct. 10.

Juniors Steve Knabe and Walter Han and senior Will Hudson claimed the highest achievement at the contest, which featured more than 100 teams from across the state.

Students were given 18 programming problems to solve in two hours, and Cypress Woods’ winning team solved 17 of 18.

“Will, Steve and Walter have been working super hard this year,” said Stacey Armstrong, Cypress Woods computer science instructor and coach. “They are always looking for more problems and are determined to be the best. They spent time working over the summer to be ready to roll from the start of the year. I am proud of their hard work and hope they continue their winning ways all the way to Austin in May.”

Other Cypress Woods top-10 results at the Seven Lakes invitational were as follows: Arami Guerra, Chase Uherek and Krish Suchdev – seventh place, Advanced Team division; Walter Han, Will Hudson, Arami Guerra and Steve Knabe (tie) – second place, Advanced Individual division; Meggie Cheng, Max Zhou and Ariz Taqvi – seventh place, Novice Team division; Sammy Armstrong, Ariana Cartagena and Stephen Cheng – ninth place, Novice Team division; Meggie Cheng – third place, Novice Individual division; and Sammy Armstrong – fifth place, Novice Individual division.

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Copeland Elementary School third-grade students Vincent Bily and Matthew Rawls inspect a zinnia with gardening instructor Andrea Packer of Ready to Grow Gardens.

Copeland Elementary School third-grade students Vincent Bily and Matthew Rawls inspect a zinnia with gardening instructor Andrea Packer of Ready to Grow Gardens.

GARDENING EFFORT BRINGS FLOWERS TO SENIOR CITIZENS

CFISD elementary school students are helping to brighten senior citizens’ days through the simple act of gardening. Each Tuesday, Copeland Elementary School third-grade students cut zinnias and sunflowers in their school garden that will accompany home-delivered meals to seniors through the Meals on Wheels program.

Stephanie Baker, owner of Ready to Grow Gardens, said she borrowed the idea from a news story she found online. “I thought it was such an awesome idea,” she said. “I contacted the local Meals on Wheels and they were all for it.”

Third-grade classes trade cutting duties each week during their garden instructional time. After they cut the flowers on Nov. 10, Ready to Grow Gardens assistant Andrea Packer delivered them in individual containers to the local Meals on Wheels distribution site at Windwood Presbyterian Church. Approximately 180 local seniors received the flowers along with their meals during Nov. 11 deliveries.

“They all stay within our area, and we have gotten great feedback from the seniors. It truly makes a difference to them,” said Packer, a Copeland parent. Baker, whose Garden Day curriculum serves pre-K through fifth-grade students at 16 school learning gardens, said the extra effort has been mutually beneficial for both seniors and students.

Visit the Ready to Grow Gardens website at readytogrowgardens.com.

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Employees of the radio station 100.3 The Bull display the book Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin with Lowery Elementary School students.

Employees of the radio station 100.3 The Bull display the book Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin with Lowery Elementary School students.

MORE THAN 4,100 CFISD STUDENTS JOIN GLOBAL READING EFFORT – ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT CFISD joined the Read Across the Globe initiative on Oct. 19, an official attempt to set a new Guinness Record of 300,000 students reading the same book for 30 minutes within a 24-hour period.

A total of 4,118 students from 13 CFISD schools read Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin for the volunteer effort, which was organized by service organization Points of Light and supported locally by the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation.

Approximately 15 business partners and many other volunteers visited the school to read to students and serve as official witnesses in an attempt to break the current record of 238,000 children reading. A minimum of two videographers and photographers per campus were also required to make the record official.

According to Leslie Francis, CFISD director of marketing and business relations, Guinness will determine if the record is official in several months.

“Thank you to our community and business partners for volunteering as a reader, photographer or witness,” she said. “Whether or not we were successful in setting a record, we know we were successful in participating in an event that allowed our students to be a part of something bigger than their school or district.” For more information, visit pointsoflight.­org/readacrosstheglobe.

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Jersey Village High School sophomore Tyler Gully displays the winning speckled trout he caught in the CCA Texas Star Tournament.

Jersey Village High School sophomore Tyler Gully displays the winning speckled trout he caught in the CCA Texas Star Tournament.

JERSEY VILLAGE STUDENT WINS FISHING TOURNAMENT, $20,000 SCHOLARSHIP – THE SMELL OF SALTWATER covered the area as the contestants focused on the task at hand, all competing for the chance to win $20,000 in scholarship money. Among the 11- to-17-year-olds from throughout Texas was Tyler Gully, sophomore at Jersey Village High School, who was awarded the scholarship money from the CCA Texas Star Tournament, which took place along the Texas coast from May 23-Sept. 7.

Gully began fishing at an early age, but did not make the transition to saltwater fishing until the age of 11. He quickly began enjoying fishing as a sport and would attend competitions in which his father competed.

“I saw my dad winning all these tournaments, so in the summer of 2014 I began to get serious about it. I began participating in fishing tournaments, and I even won a few,” Gully said. Gully, like most high school students, is haunted by the thought of future college expenses. So naturally, when the chance to win a great amount of scholarship money presented itself, Gully signed up to compete.

“I never realized how great of an opportunity I had until this summer. I won the scholarship and about six other tournaments, which all had a cash prize,” Gully said.

Gully has collected a total of $35,000, which he hopes to use to buy a car and to cover college expenses. Gully plans on continuing his saltwater fishing career, and hopes to accumulate more scholarship money by the end of high school to secure his college plans.

“Tyler has taken the skill and patience that I taught him and adapted his own style and flair that contributed to him catching the winning fish. Fishing in this tournament is something our family does together, so it was very enjoyable fishing with Tyler this summer. I am very proud of my son,” Patrick Gully, Tyler’s father, said.

Contributed by Damaris DeLeon, Jersey Village HS


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