CFISD Students, Staff Raise $17,250 For AHA Heart Walk
CFISD students and staff raised a record amount of $17,250 for the American Heart Association (AHA) at the Northwest Harris County Heart Walk, held Oct. 29 at Lone Star College—University Park.
The non-competitive 5K walk promoted walking as a part of a healthy lifestyle and helped raise funds to support cardiovascular research and educational programs for the AHA.
Cypress Lakes High School was the top fundraising team, with more than $7,000 raised. It marked the ninth consecutive year that the Spartans have led school donations. Hopper Middle School was the runner-up school with more than $1,000 raised, followed by third-place Tipps Elementary School ($700-plus) and fourth-place Bane Elementary School ($600-plus).
Cypress Lakes was the No. 1 school in total attendance at the Heart Walk, while Bane was the runner-up.
“I am so proud of our schools for continuing to support the American Heart Association, not only by raising funds but also by promoting an active lifestyle by attending the Heart Walk,” said Leslie Francis, director of marketing and business relations. “It is especially honorable that Cypress Lakes High School is once again the top fundraising school as well as the top participating school with walkers. Way to go Spartans!”
Computer Science Students Place At Clements Invitational
Students from Cypress Woods and Cypress Ranch high schools placed among the top 10 in their respective categories at the seventh annual Clements Computer Science Invitational on Nov. 12. More than 90 teams from Texas competed at the contest, with CFISD representatives earning the following awards:
Advanced Division, Individual Results:
- Walter Han, Cypress Woods – first place;
- Steven Cheng, Cypress Woods – second place;
- Nathan Huckleberry, Cypress Woods – third place;
- Travis Bonneau, Cypress Ranch – fifth place;
- Steve Knabe, Cypress Woods – sixth place;
- Meggie Cheng, Cypress Woods – ninth place.
- Arami Guerra, Steven Cheng and Sammy Armstrong, Cypress Woods – first place;
- Krish Suchdev, Steve Knabe and Spencer Norris, Cypress Woods – fourth place;
- Walter Han, Nathan Huckleberry and Meggie Cheng, Cypress Woods – seventh place.
Novice Division, Individual Results:
- Tristan Wiesepapi, Cypress Woods – first place;
- Govind Chada, Cypress Woods – second place;
- Rahul Shanmugham, Cypress Woods – ninth place.
- Anand Iyer, Tristan Wiesepapi and Rahul Shanmugham, Cypress Woods – first place;
- Hunter Obendorfer, Srithi Cheermla and Jaymon Kendall, Cypress Woods – sixth place;
- Govind Chada, Danny Vu and Aaron Ramirez, Cypress Woods – seventh place.
Huskies, Bengals Fulfill Dream Of Hopper Student
Hopper Middle School eighth-grade student Neil Sawh can’t get enough of football. The manager for the Huskies’ eighth-grade A and B teams is the program’s biggest supporter. His rare genetic disorder, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is the only thing keeping him off the field. On Oct. 25, the Hopper and Salyards eighth-grade A teams arranged for a way to put him on it.
Trailing 16-6 early in the third quarter of their home finale, Huskies’ Head Coach Chris Ford called time out, and substituted in the wheelchair-bound Sawh at running back. Hopper’s quarterback took the snap from shotgun and handed the ball to Sawh, who took a sweep around right end and dashed 50 yards to the end zone.
“He reached out to the head coach earlier in the season and said he wanted to be in a game,” said Neil’s father, Navin. “Coach Ford made it happen.”
Ford had coordinated the play prior to the game with Salyards’ head coach, Brannon Baumboree.
As the scoreboard flickered to 16-12, all the Huskies and Bengals players surrounded Sawh to congratulate him on his achievement.
“He was all smiles. Total smiles,” said Wendi Witthaus, Hopper principal and Salyards parent. “I’m blessed that I’m a part of both communities — one recognizing this young man, and the other supporting that recognition.”
Sawh’s father said he felt an incredible sense of pride after the touchdown was scored.
“I try to teach him that if you want something, you go out and get it yourself. You want to make it easy for the decision makers to say yes to you,” Navin said. “I know he’s done a lot to help out with the team, and he made it easy for the coaches to say yes. Two teams gave my son a boost with what he has to deal with on a daily basis. The emotions were overwhelming.”
Although the Huskies ended up losing the game to Salyards, Ford said no victory could compare to sharing the moment with Sawh.
Cy-Fair Baseball Players Serve Special Olympics Bowlers
Cy-Fair baseball players continued their tradition of volunteering for the Special Olympics of Texas on Dec. 3, when 18 athletes served bowlers from Greater Houston at the Area 4 Bowling Tournament at Copperfield Bowl.
The Bobcats took on various volunteer responsibilities, from keeping score to cheering for players, in the Saturday morning event. The team, coached by Paul Orlando, has previously served at a Special Olympics basketball tournament and a volleyball tournament.
“There are some core values we try to teach the kids in the program that you can only get off the field through activities like this,” Orlando said. “It teaches them to be accountable and have character — things that we ask them to have that will help them throughout life. I think it’s a great thing; it’s fantastic.”
Teammates spread out throughout the Copperfield Bowl facility, some joined by National Honor Society representatives, to support the athletes. Several of the students extended well-wishes to fellow student Carson Berg, who was participating in the tournament.
“My favorite part is getting to know the kids and having fun with them,” said senior Cole Wesneski. “Coming out here as a team and working together to help them have fun is an awesome experience.”
The Bobcat volunteers came away with positive feelings from the cohesive activity.
“Coming out here and helping those who are less privileged and making them feel good about themselves, it gives you the chills sometimes,” said Evan Godwin, sophomore. “It was a blast getting out here as a team on a Saturday morning and having fun with these kids.”
Athletes Sign With Colleges During 2016 Early Signing Period
CFISD athletes joined thousands across the country in signing letters of intent to participate in collegiate athletics during the early signing period, which started Nov. 9.
The following athletes signed or plan to sign during the early signing period:
Cy-Fair High School
Baseball: Blake Faecher, University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Women’s basketball: Olivia Noah, University of the Incarnate Word.
Softball: Haley Moore, Lamar Community College; Sheridan Fisher, Sam Houston State University; and Simone Langland, Concordia Lutheran University.
Cypress Creek High School
Baseball: Benjamin Casas, Wharton
County Junior College; and Kyle Harper, Baylor University.
Cypress Falls High School
Women’s volleyball: Alyssa Deloney, Clemson University; and Yossi Pressley, Baylor University.
Cypress Lakes High School
Softball: Jolie Readeaux, University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Cypress Ranch High School
Baseball: Colton McKee, Texas Wesleyan University.
Women’s basketball: DiDi Richards, Baylor University; and Arianna Whitfield, Southern Methodist University.
Softball: Alyssa Bazan, East Texas Baptist University; Ashley Koncir, McNeese State University; Karlee Canada, Sam Houston
State University; and Tori Lopez, Texas Southern University.
Cypress Ridge High School
Women’s volleyball: Jenna Krenek, Texas A&M – Corpus Christi.
Cypress Woods High School
Women’s volleyball: Allison Hughes, West Virginia University; Jordan George, New Mexico State University; and Paige Sebesta, Wake Forest University.
Jersey Village High School
Women’s track and field: Morgan Stewart, Baylor University.
Women’s volleyball: Becca Mauer, Ohio State University; and Tyeranee Scott, Texas State University.
Langham Creek High School
Women’s volleyball: Ashley Lewis, Sam Houston State University.
Baseball: Tylor Fischer, Texas A&M University.
Women’s basketball: Kayla Owens, University of California Los Angeles.
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Three Cfisd Students Join Under Armour All-America Roster
Under Armour All-America Football Game representatives visited Langham Creek and Cy-Fair high schools to present three CFISD student athletes with their honorary game jerseys for the 2017 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game.
Langham Creek senior running back Toneil Carter received his jersey on Oct. 24, while Cy-Fair senior offensive tackle Austin Deculus and senior tight end Brock Wright received theirs on Nov. 2.
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. 1 in Orlando, Florida, and be broadcast live on ESPN.
Carter has rushed for 1,004 yards and 15 touchdowns through nine games to help the Lobos clinch a playoff spot. “It’s a blessing and an honor,” said Carter, who will play for the University of Georgia in the fall. “I’m glad to be playing this game. There’s going to be some big time players there.”
Carter said he was also excited about the chance to play on the same team as his Cy-Fair rivals. “I’ve been playing against them for four years, so finally playing on a team with them should be awesome,” he said. “We’re trying to put Cypress on the map.”
Deculus, who will graduate in December and enroll early at LSU, has amassed 67 finishes and 41 pancake blocks in the 2016 season. He said he was equally looking forward to paving the way for the Lobos’ star.
“I’ve been talking to him about it a little bit,” Deculus said. “It’s going to be fun. I can’t wait to hopefully have Toneil to block for. Overall, I’m so happy to get to showcase my skills and put my last name in a positive light for my family.”
Wright, a Notre Dame commit who will also enroll early in January, has 22 receptions for 389 yards and three touchdowns this season. As a blocker, he has 70 finishes and 38 pancake blocks. Wright said he has had his eye on the All-America game for years. “I was super pumped to make the team,” he said. “I’d always watched the game every year with my brother, so to get a chance to play in it is so special.
“It speaks measures about our district to have three athletes in the game, and last year we had Braden [Mann] go as well. It’s kind of cool to see so many people from Cypress because we really have put out so many good football players over the past few years. We love our community because everyone here loves football.”
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Students Win Awards At TAFE Regional Competition
Students from four CFISD high schools attended the annual Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) regional competition at Needville High School in Nov. 12, earning several awards.
A total of 56 students from Cy-Fair, Cypress Creek, Cypress Ranch and Cypress Springs high schools qualified for the TAFE 33rd annual Teach Tomorrow Summit, to be held Feb. 16-19 at the University of Texas at Arlington and Arlington Convention Center.
Roy Garcia, CFISD associate superintendent of school administration and leadership development, was the keynote speaker at the regional competition, and spoke about leadership, modeling and the rewards of the field of education as a profession.
Twenty-three Cy-Fair students, led by sponsor Sue Silhanek, attended the regional, and 17 qualified for the state competition:
- Madeline Stevens, Shi’Anne Green and Jacob Green – Education and Learning Fundamentals (ELF) Test and Bulletin Boards;
- Caitlyn Herrera – Portfolio and ELF Test;
- Natalie Sarbeck, Joy Houston and Lesly Velazquez – Teacher Created Materials;
- Seth Sutherland – Teacher Created Materials and ELF Test;
- Nicholas Houser and Katherine Zehm – Children’s Literature and ELF Test;
- Julisa Valdez – Lesson Planning—STEM;
- LaSonta Jackson – Public Speaking
and ELF Test;
- Aaron Essex, Gabriella Armstrong, Joseph Peil, Jennifer Espinoza and Hayley Smartt – ELF Test.
Twenty-nine Cypress Ranch students, led by sponsor Abby Parsons, attended the regional competition, while 21 qualified for the state
- Jillian Choquette, Alexis DeOchoa, Gia Donahoe, Brandon Larsen, Luis Lopez Barrientos, Haley Michaelson,Ryan Murphy, Autumn Novosad, Nicole Popp, Lauren Santos, Kaitlyn Sellnau, Erica Shepherd and Aubrey Wells– ELF Test;
- Alissa Clark and Lana Danab – ELF Test and Teacher Created Materials – Middle School;
- Jillian Holderfield – ELF Test and Teacher Created Materials – Elementary;
- Milan Melton – Teacher Created Materials – Elementary;
- Shalyn Nicholson and Brittney Robison – ELF Test, Teacher Created Materials – High School and Scrapbook;
- Taylor Seibel – Scrapbook, Lesson Planning and Delivery—CTE and Portfolio.
Eleven Cypress Creek students, led by sponsor Christina Bramwell, attended the regional competition, with 11 qualifying for state:
- Krystal Morales-Florez and Ariana Gonzalez – Bulletin Boards;
- Mariana Garcia-Mendoza and Emma Miller – Bulletin Boards;
- Jules Desporte, Elizabeth Hearen, Kaitlyn Hilbun and Brooke Shanklin – Chapter Scrapbook;
- Elizabeth Hearen and Kaitlyn Hilbun – Teacher Created Materials- Elementary;
- Ryan Price – Lesson Planning and
Ten Cypress Springs students, led by sponsor Rachael Sanders, attended the regional competition, with eight qualifying for state:
- Jesenia Basurto and Queen Pratt – Children’s Literature K-3;
- Daisy Huerta – Children’s Literature Pre-K;
- Jayla Gosey – Bulletin Board;
- Damaris Pena – Bulletin Board;
- Ashley Rodriguez – Exploring Non-Core Teaching Careers;
- Kattlin Zibili – Job Interview;
- Tirza Gandara, Queen Pratt and Kattlin Zibili – ELF Test.
Holbrook Elementary, Faith Assembly Shoe Giveaway
CFISD partner Faith Assembly Church helped deliver another unforgettable holiday gift to CFISD students for the fourth straight year through a shoe giveaway for Holbrook Elementary School on Dec. 11.
Faith Assembly purchased 987 pairs of Under Armour shoes, and church staff and volunteers announced the giveaway to Holbrook students during lunch on Dec. 8.
Holbrook students and their families arrived on Sunday to find brand-new shoes wrapped and waiting for them in the church gymnasium.
“At Faith Assembly, we’re all about building on life’s greatest moments. And for us, this year, that meant helping make a principal’s dream come true for her school,” said Leah Carreon, Faith Assembly children’s pastor. “We know that these shoes are much more than a pair of shoes. They’re a gift of grace to show that someone loves your child.”
Faith Assembly initially partnered with CFISD schools through a bicycle giveaway, “The Gift,” in 2013 at Reed Elementary School. It continued the effort with another neighboring CFISD school at Frazier Elementary School in 2014, then served Bane Elementary School students in 2015.
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