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Cy-Fair Schools, Sports, Students Jan 2014

| January 1, 2014

The Cypress Ranch High School marching band performs its 2013 show, “Bohemian Rhapsody in Blue,” at the UIL Region 27 Marching Contest.

The Cypress Ranch High School marching band performs its 2013 show, “Bohemian Rhapsody in Blue,” at the UIL Region 27 Marching Contest.

CFISD MARCHING BANDS EARN DIVISION I RATINGS AT REGION 27 CONTEST

Eight high school marching bands earned Division I ratings at the UIL Region 27 Marching Contest. Hosted by CFISD with the assistance of the Cypress Ranch High School Boosters, the regional marching contest was the largest hosted by CFISD to date.

CFISD high school marching bands earning Division I ratings are: Cy-Fair, Cypress Creek, Cypress Falls, Cypress Lakes, Cypress Ranch, Cypress Springs, Jersey Village and Langham Creek high schools.

“The outstanding performances of our marching bands are a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our students, parents and teachers,” said Mary Running, coordinator of secondary music. “Our district has a strong tradition of outstanding music programs, and I am proud of our marching bands.”
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Lamkin students display their artist trading cards depicting the theme of “Gratitude” for the Everyartist Live! event, captured by a video crew from Mitchell Communications Group.

Lamkin students display their artist trading cards depicting the theme of “Gratitude” for the Everyartist Live! event, captured by a video crew from Mitchell Communications Group.

LAMKIN STUDENTS SHOWCASED IN EVERYARTIST LIVE! EVENT

Students from Lamkin Elementary School displayed their artwork for the national collaborative art event Everyartist Live! The goal of the event is to simultaneously engage 1 million elementary school children in an expression of art, making it the largest school art event in history.

While all CFISD elementary students participated by creating and displaying artist trading cards depicting the 2013 theme of “Gratitude,” Lamkin students will be featured in promotional video footage for the event. Professional artist Brendan O’Connell, who started Everyartist Live! in 2012 as a way to spark human creativity, said the event grew from 8,000 students in Arkansas last year to more than 300,000 across the country.

The student artists affixed their artist trading cards to large paper banners, which will be displayed around the campus. Lamkin fifth-year art teacher Pat Berry, who has served 37 years in public education, said the school’s Everyartist Live! event was a huge success.
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Cypress Woods High School journalism students won eight awards at the NSPA/JEA Fall Convention Write-Off Contest.

Cypress Woods High School journalism students won eight awards at the NSPA/JEA Fall Convention Write-Off Contest.

CYPRESS WOODS, CY-FAIR STUDENTS WIN JOURNALISM AWARDS

Journalism students from Cy-Fair and Cypress Woods high schools won national awards in the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA)/Journalism Education Association (JEA) Fall Convention Write-Off Contest in Boston. Out of 2,032 nationwide participants, 859 were recognized — including 141 Superior awards, 259 Excellent awards and 459 Honorable Mention awards.

The following CFISD students brought home awards: Superior winners Adayre Bevill, Cypress Woods – Editorial Writing; Cassie Cotton, Cypress Woods – Review Writing; Madelynn Marlow, Cypress Woods – Commentary Writing; Ayesha Siddiqui, Cy-Fair – Yearbook Copy/Caption: Clubs; and Kaylin Jones, Cy-Fair – Review Writing;  Excellent winners – Nicole Chacon, Cy-Fair – Yearbook Layout: Inside Pages; Honorable Mention winners – Gail McGehee, Cypress Woods — News Writing; Colin Gay, Cypress Woods — Sports Writing; Nikki Carter, Cypress Woods — News Magazine Layout; Julie-Ann Micetich, Cypress Woods – Yearbook Copy/Caption: Student Life; Derielle Keiser, Cypress Woods – Yearbook Layout: Inside Pages; Sarah East, Cy-Fair – Yearbook Copy/Caption: Student Life; Alex Edwards, Cy-Fair – Feature Writing; and Ashlynn Peters, Cy-Fair – Editorial Writing.
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CFISD students and parents gathered information from service academy representatives during the annual Military Academy Night.

CFISD students and parents gathered information from service academy representatives during the annual Military Academy Night.

STUDENTS GAIN KNOWLEDGE AT MILITARY ACADEMY NIGHT

The CFISD Guidance and Counseling Department hosted the annual Military Academy Night at the Berry Center, welcoming secondary students and their parents while they gathered information and visited with representatives from the five service academies: U.S. Military Academy (West Point), U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Representatives were also available from the Army and Air Force ROTC and the Texas Maritime Academy.

Information regarding the admissions requirements, application process and the nomination process was reviewed. Students will open their admissions file with an academy and begin the application for a nomination from their senator or congressional representative during the spring semester of the junior year. Guidance counselors are available at each campus to assist students with this process. Additional information can be found on the academies’ websites.
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PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO STUDENTS WIN ATPI AWARDS

CFISD students won 28 awards at the 2013 Association of Texas Photography Instructors Fall Contest. Three judges spent eight hours judging almost 6,000 entries from 72 schools from Texas, Kansas and California.

The following CFISD high school students earned awards: First Place – Kelly Quintero, Cypress Ranch – Advanced Alternative Process; Sabina Raja, Cypress Ranch – Advanced Black and White Darkroom Print; Alexandria Quinn, Cypress Woods – Advanced Cell Phone Photograph; and Joy Travis, Jersey Village – Advanced Video – Music; Second Place – Kelly Quintero, Cypress Ranch – Advanced Alternative Process; Ethan Nicosia, Cypress Ranch – Advanced Black and White Darkroom Print; Matt McClellan, Cypress Woods – Advanced Digitally Constructed Single Image; Andrew Cordova and Diego Gomez, Jersey Village – Advanced Video – Public Service Announcement (Be Creative); Natalie Solano and A.J. Gonzalez, Jersey Village – Advanced Video – Short Film (The Janitor); Miguel Guerrero, Cypress Ranch – Beginning/Middle School Digitally Constructed Single Image; and Tia Nguyen, Jersey Village – Beginning/Middle School Video – PSA/Advertisement; Third Place – Kelly Quintero, Cypress Ranch – Advanced Alternative Process; Sahaj Singh, Cypress Ranch – Advanced Black and White Darkroom Print; Amy Troung, Myranda Cuellar and Clare Wineman, Jersey Village – Advanced Video – News (Homecoming); and Simon Marcus, Jersey Village – Beginning/Middle School Video – PSA/Advertisement; First Honorable Mention – Monica Garcia, Jersey Village – Beginning/Middle School Sports/Action-Reaction; Honorable Mention – Jade Partain, Cypress Ranch – Advanced Black and White Darkroom Print; Hannah DiBenedetto, Cypress Woods (2) – Advanced Informal/Environmental Portrait and Advanced Landscape; Sarah Clark, Cypress Ranch – Advanced Nature; Pablo Vazquez, Jersey Village – Advanced Sports/Action-Reaction; Amelia Haddad, Cypress Woods – Advanced Travel; Matthew Bierwagen, Jersey Village – Advanced Video – News (Junior Firefighters); Andrew Cordova and Diego Gomez, Jersey Village – Advanced Video – News (Football Story); Joy Travis, Jersey Village – Advanced Video – Public Service Announcement (Ignore the Haters); Tryton Wendt and Bob Hughes, Jersey Village – Advanced Video – Short Film (The Arts); Miguel Guerrero, Cypress Ranch – Beginning/Middle School Digitally Constructed Single Image; and Megan Da’grella, Jersey Village – Beginning/Middle School Fashion.
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Cypress Springs Panther Band members march through the streets of downtown Houston for the annual Veterans Day Celebration Parade.

Cypress Springs Panther Band members march through the streets of downtown Houston for the annual Veterans Day Celebration Parade.

CFISD BANDS PARTICIPATE IN VETERANS DAY ACTIVITIES

CFISD bands honored local veterans and current service members by participating in Veterans Day activities

The Cypress Springs High School Panther Band joined the school’s AFJROTC unit to march in the city of Houston’s Annual “Houston Salutes American Heroes” Veterans Day Celebration Parade. The band performed the official service songs of the five branches of the United States military while marching alongside the 2013 Distinguished AFJROTC Unit, led by corps commander Cadet Lt. Col. Michael Magaña and directed by Lt. Col. Charles A. Pryor III and M.Sgt. Michael V. Galifaro. The Cypress Springs band director is Justin Smith. The Dean Middle School band participated in the school’s Veterans Day program and performed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Armed Forces on Parade” and “Taps.” The Dean band is directed by Paul Hogue, Justin Butterfras, Cole Smith and Carter Frederick.
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Cy-Fair High School head coach Ed Pustejovsky addresses the Bobcats following their loss to Pearland in the Division I Region III-5A final.

Cy-Fair High School head coach Ed Pustejovsky addresses the Bobcats following their loss to Pearland in the Division I Region III-5A final.

CY-FAIR FOOTBALL TEAM ENDS SEASON IN REGIONAL FINAL

The Cy-Fair High School football team concluded a successful season in the Division I Region III-5A final, losing a 10-3 battle to Pearland High School in near-freezing temperatures at Mercer Stadium in Sugar Land.

The Bobcats finished the season with a 12-2 record. They were District 17-5A champions and regional finalists. The Bobcats had a couple of opportunities to tie the game late in the second half, but critical penalties prevented them from scoring. Following the game, Coach Ed Pustejovsky commended his emotional players on a superb season that ended in a defensive struggle that came down to the final minutes.

“You’re never happy unless you’re the last one standing with that trophy,” he said. “They made a run at it; they’re district champions and won 12 ball games. That’s a heck of a season. A lot of kids don’t get to experience that.”

Cy-Fair was led by senior running back Dillon Birden, who concluded his high school career on a high note — carrying the ball 29 times for 152 yards.
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Cypress Lakes High School senior Diana Lopez created her own mural in the Via Colori street painting festival.

Cypress Lakes High School senior Diana Lopez created her own mural in the Via Colori street painting festival.

STUDENT SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL

Cypress Lakes High School senior Diana Lopez was selected by The Center for Hearing and Speech (CHS) to participate in the seventh annual Via Colori street painting festival, during which the streets of downtown Houston were transformed into an unconventional art gallery.

Diana joined nine fellow emerging artists from Houston area high schools in the Via Apprendista section, each creating a 6-foot by 6-foot street art mural at the festival. Each high school artist signed on to volunteer their time and talent for this local grassroots event in hopes of increasing public access to art. Via Colori attracts thousands every year with its distinctive and massive colorful chalk murals, celebrating the art of creativity and benefiting children with hearing impairments.
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Madison Gilcrease was CFISD’s top overall runner at the state championships, placing ninth overall in the girls’ race.

Madison Gilcrease was CFISD’s top overall runner at the state championships, placing ninth overall in the girls’ race.

CYPRESS WOODS CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS PLACE AMONG TOP 10 IN STATE

The Cypress Woods High School boys’ and girls’ cross country teams each placed among the top 10 in the state at the UIL Class 5A Cross Country Championships. The Cypress Woods girls placed fourth overall with 155 points behind state champion Southlake Carroll (110), runner-up New Braunfels (116) and third-place College Park (117).

Led by junior Madison Gilcrease, who placed ninth overall with a time of 18:51.25, the Wildcats’ score was also comprised by freshman Kelsey Evans (24th place, 19:31.31), sophomore Gabby Howes (26th place, 19:34.30), junior Lorena Malendez (39th place, 20:04.22) and sophomore Kara Sanstrom (57th place, 20:32.52).

The Cypress Woods boys placed eighth overall with a score of 197. Junior Zach Quinlan led the way by placing 14th with a time of 16:14.58. The team’s other scorers were senior Aaron Austin (24th, 16:33.87), senior Raymond Berrones (43, 16:57.01), junior Shea Foster (47, 17:01.91) and junior Blake Tepera (69th, 17:40.48).

CFISD’s other top-100 individual runner was Cypress Lakes High School senior Ian Cazares, who placed 38th with a time of 16:30.67.
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Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson congratulates Jersey Village junior Cooper Cash on his success in a robotics competition as Staff Sgt. Christopher Buys looks on.

Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson congratulates Jersey Village junior Cooper Cash on his success in a robotics competition as Staff Sgt. Christopher Buys looks on.

THREE-STAR ARMY GENERAL VISITS JERSEY VILLAGE HS

United States Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, a three-star commanding general for the XVIII Airborne Corps, spoke to students in the Air Force Junior ROTC class at Jersey Village High School. Gen. Anderson, who was in Houston for a Veterans Day engagement with a local organization, took the opportunity to motivate some of the nation’s future leaders at Jersey Village.

Gen. Anderson, who is stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., and is responsible for 10 percent of the U.S. Army, spoke with students about current events and issues, provided an overview of his background and responsibilities, and inquired about their plans after high school. He spoke to students in Maj. Dennis Martinez’s AFJROTC class.

Gen. Anderson’s visit was coordinated by Staff Sgt. Christopher Buys, a U.S. Army recruiter who works with and mentors CFISD students. Jersey Village principal Ralph Funk said he was grateful for the visit. Following Gen. Anderson’s address to the students, Jersey Village associate principal Greg Brock presented him with a certificate of recognition and appreciation for leadership and service, along with a staff T-shirt.
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Thornton Middle School eighth-grade student George Cortez Jr. looks forward to traveling to Europe through the People to People Student Ambassador delegation.

Thornton Middle School eighth-grade student George Cortez Jr. looks forward to traveling to Europe through the People to People Student Ambassador delegation.

THORNTON MS STUDENT EARNS EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO EUROPE

Thornton Middle School eighth-grade student George Cortez Jr. has been accepted to join the People to People Student Ambassador delegation that is traveling to Europe in summer 2014. Through People to People, George will participate in the Celtic Cultures program, visiting England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales for 19 days. The academic focus of the trip will be on architecture, art, earth science, geology, history and political science.

Cortez created a 1-minute YouTube video, youtube.com/watch?v=r42PnzwgCGc, for a contest to win $500 toward the trip. Winners were announced in December.

“I would like to travel with the People to People Student Ambassador program to see and experience different cultures and societies around the world,” he said. “I like to see humanity in a whole different light.”

President Dwight D. Eisenhower inspired the People to People movement in 1956, the mission of which is to bridge cultural and political borders through education and exchange, creating global citizens and making the world a better place for future generations.
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(L-R, back row) Tami Hunt, Cypress Woods culinary instructor; Kyeonna Chyzinski; third-place winner Ashley Izundu; Tyler McKee, Cypress Lakes culinary instructor; (front row) Kara Palermo, Cy-Fair culinary instructor; and second-place winner Shelby Richey.

(L-R, back row) Tami Hunt, Cypress Woods culinary instructor; Kyeonna Chyzinski; third-place winner Ashley Izundu; Tyler McKee, Cypress Lakes culinary instructor; (front row) Kara Palermo, Cy-Fair culinary instructor; and second-place winner Shelby Richey.

STUDENTS SWEEP TOP THREE SPOTS IN CUPCAKE BATTLE

Three CFISD culinary students swept the top three places at the Fourth Annual Region 4 Hospitality Educators Association of Texas (HEAT) Cupcake Battle to qualify for the state competition April 26 in Allen.

Cy-Fair High School senior Kyeonna Chyzinski won first place, followed by Cypress Woods High School junior Shelby Richey in second place, and Cypress Lakes High School junior Ashley Izundu in third place. The students competed among 66 entries from Region 4 schools.

Kyeonna won first place for her her pumpkin spiced cupcakes with orange zest icing. Shelby won second place for her chocolate covered cherry cupcakes, and Ashley won third place for her banana nut cupcakes.

Cypress Ridge High School senior Lina Tran won the Best Presentation award for her cool mint cupcake display.

“We are extremely proud of all the hard work and effort the students have put into this achievement,” said Mark Williams, career and technical education culinary arts coordinator.
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(L-R) MD Anderson development specialist Tracey Honea with Cypress Woods teachers Wes Schroller, Thomas Vance, Michael White and Emily Tate.

(L-R) MD Anderson development specialist Tracey Honea with Cypress Woods teachers Wes Schroller, Thomas Vance, Michael White and Emily Tate.

CYPRESS WOODS FUNDRAISERS BENEFIT MD ANDERSON CANCER CENTER

Cypress Woods High School staff members presented a pair of checks to the MD Anderson Cancer Center following two recent fundraisers that generated $3,125.73.

Cypress Woods staff and students raised $1,051 through an Eco Fair held Nov. 21, and $2,074.73 through No Shave November. During the Eco Fair, junior and senior economics students sold products that they developed to students in government classes. During No Shave November, staff members grew facial or leg hair for the entire month while asking for donations from students and local businesses.

Cypress Woods students elected to donate the $1,051 from the Eco Fair to the MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital, while donating the $2,074.73 from No Shave November to cancer research at MD Anderson. The Cypress Woods staff presented the checks to MD Anderson development specialist Tracey Honea.
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ARAGON MS SWEEPS EIGHTH-GRADE RACES IN DISTRICT CROSS COUNTRY MEET

The Aragon Middle School eighth-grade boys’ and girls’ cross country teams won each of their respective two-mile races at the CFISD Middle School District Cross Country Meet.

Spillane Middle School won the seventh-grade girls’ race, while Salyards Middle School won the seventh-grade boys’ race. The meet was co-hosted by Aragon and Hopper middle schools. The automatic timing and results were provided by Run Houston Timing.

In the eighth-grade boys’ race, Smith Middle School was the runner-up and Salyards Middle School finished third. Aragon’s winning effort was comprised by Grayson Frable (fourth place, 11:28.8), Ricardo Banks (eighth place, 11:31.6), Lloyd Parks (ninth place, 11:33.3), Juan Prieto (11th place, 11:45.6) and Connor Yeang (33rd place, 12:18.1).

The top three individual eighth-grade boys’ runners were Smith’s Zachary Turman (11:12.5), Bleyl’s Mateo Renteria (11:22.0) and Spillane’s Harlan Spjut (11:22.2).

In the eighth-grade girls’ race, Smith Middle School placed second and Spillane Middle School finished third. Aragon’s first-place score was clocked by Aliyah Carswell (first place, 12:37.3), Janna Skinner (fifth place, 12:59.4), Gillian Bustos (11th place, 13:27.0), Aileen Rodriguez (12th place, 13:28.3) and Amy Hooda (22nd place, 13:45.7).

The top three individual eighth-grade girls’ runners were Aragon’s Aliyah Carswell (12:37.3), Hamilton’s Sarah Avant (12:40.0) and Salyards’ Leilani Lawton (12:44.0).

In the seventh-grade boys’ race, Smith Middle School placed second and Spillane Middle School placed third. Salyards’ top finish was made possible by Derek Silveria (third place, 12:15.7), Hugo Delagarza (eighth place, 12:36.4), Isaac Rodela (12th place, 12:40.9), Branden Holt (15th place, 12:46.9) and Nicholas Bradley (27th place, 13:13.5).

The top three individual seventh-grade boys’ runners were Thornton’s Jason Linares (11:37.3), Arnold’s Blake White (12:05.0) and Salyards’ Derek Silveria (12:15.7).

In the seventh-grade girls’ race, Salyards Middle School was the runner-up and Hamilton Middle School placed third. Spillane’s victory was earned by Amber Byrd (second place, 12:40.3), Bailey Peschel (fourth place, 13:22.6), Maddie Aguirre (fifth place, 13:28.8), Peyton Davis (eighth place, 13:40.8) and Tasmeen Ssaid (24th place, 14:26.7).

The top three individual seventh-grade girls’ runners were Goodson’s Mary Rodriguez (12:32.8), Spillane’s Amber Byrd (12:40.3) and Aragon’s Erin Kelley (13:16.2).


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