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Cy-Fair Schools, Sports, Students January 2018

| January 1, 2018

Cadet Jacob Posada (left), Cy-Fair High School AFJROTC academic team commander, joins fellow cadets (from left) Brandi Pineda, Ameris Willis and Martin Perez in reviewing mathematical formulas.

Cadet Jacob Posada (left), Cy-Fair High School AFJROTC academic team commander, joins fellow cadets (from left) Brandi Pineda, Ameris Willis and Martin Perez in reviewing mathematical formulas.

Cy-Fair, Jersey Village AFJROTC Teams Advance in Academic Bowl

AFJROTC academic teams from Cy-Fair and Jersey Village high schools competed in the international AFJROTC Academic Bowl, sponsored by the College Options Foundation (COF), and were the only two teams from CFISD to qualify for the next round of competition.

The AFJROTC Academic Bowl is a competition available to all cadets across the world. Teams of six cadets work as a group to answer questions in a variety of subjects, including science, math, reading, grammar, leadership and current events. Cadets take a computerized test together with the goal being to obtain the highest combined score for all the subject tests.

During each level, teams that finish in the top 50 percent qualify to advance to the next round. The competition began with 327 teams, an increase of 80 from the year before. From that total, 179 teams assigned to three divisions qualified for the second round, which will be held in February.

The competition helps promote academic excellence, improve SAT and ACT scores and demonstrate academic strength of the JROTC programs. Four teams each in Division I and II, and eight teams in Division III will qualify for the championship round in June in Washington,D.C.

“Our team has consistently qualified for Round 2, but haven’t been able to make the final championship,” said Cadet Jacob Posada, the academic team commander for Cy-Fair AFJROTC. “We are determined to make the finals and be the first team in the district to make it to Nationals.”

 

 

Cypress Springs High School varsity wrestler Marcello Perez had the opportunity to train with MMA competitor Tim Elliot during a wrestling camp in 2014, helping improve his own wrestling and pursue his goal of competing professionally one day.

Cypress Springs High School varsity wrestler Marcello Perez had the opportunity to train with MMA competitor Tim Elliot during a wrestling camp in 2014, helping improve his own wrestling and pursue his goal of competing professionally one day.

Cy Springs Wrestler Using Once-in-a-Lifetime Meeting to Pursue Goal

With a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity right in front of him, Cypress Springs High School varsity wrestler Marcello Perez jumped on it.

As a result, the senior was given the opportunity to spar with Tim Elliott, a mixed martial artist (MMA) who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and is a former champion in a regional circuit. That placed Perez in a real-life situation of what his future encounters could resemble.

Perez met Elliot in 2014 while attending a wrestling camp in Wichita, Kansas, feeling compelled to approach the winner of UFC’s “The Ultimate Fighter” show and asking him to spar, which is training but not full-contact competition. Elliot obliged and the two practiced for 15 minutes, which is equivalent to three rounds in MMA. Perez said he was able to gain momentum and motivation from Elliot, resulting in improvement concerning his wrestling skills.

Elliot encouraged Perez to keep his head up and not rush in too fast.

“It gave me an edge,” Perez said. “It taught me that it isn’t going to be easy. I have to work hard.”

In his wrestling career, Perez lost just once as part of the junior varsity team. He posted a 23-11 record in 2016. First meets and tournaments for the 2017-2018 season begin Nov. 13.

Perez added the encounter motivated him to become even more determined and motivated. He now trains twice a day in order to pursue his dream of becoming a professional UFC competitor.

“At the end of the day, it’s just me on the mat,” Perez said. “I don’t have my team doing it for me. So, if I lose, it’s my fault and if I win, it’s on me.”

Text by Jaslyn Estrada, Cypress Springs HS

 

 

(L-R): Cy-Fair High School senior linebacker Patrick Atkinson was a Touchdown Club finalist, and Cypress Ranch High School senior linebacker Alex O’Connor  was named the high school scholar-athlete of the year.

(L-R): Cy-Fair High School senior linebacker Patrick Atkinson was a Touchdown Club finalist, and Cypress Ranch High School senior linebacker Alex O’Connor was named the high school scholar-athlete of the year.

Cy Ranch Senior Named Touchdown Club Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Cypress Ranch High School senior Alex O’Connor was named Touchdown Club of Houston’s 2017 High School Scholar-Athlete of the Year, winning the honor Nov. 14 among 25 finalists in Greater Houston at a ceremony at the J.W. Marriott.

Among the finalists was a second talented student-athlete from CFISD – Cy-Fair High School senior Patrick Atkinson was also honored at the luncheon.

All finalists received a $500 scholarship from the Touchdown Club of Houston, with the three winners receiving additional scholarship money. In winning first place, O’Connor’s scholarship total equaled $1,500.

In addition to an academic ranking near the top of his graduating class, O’Connor has a 1,560 SAT score, is a member of the National Honor Society and is an officer for Pony Up, a mentorship club at Cypress Ranch for freshmen.

“I am honored to receive the Houston Touchdown Club 2017 Football Scholar-Athlete award with such an outstanding group of finalists,” O’Connor said. “I am grateful to my parents and coaches including Coach Johnson and Coach Arey for all of their support over the years, as well as my teammates for always having my back. Academics are my priority and my coaches, Cyp­ress Ranch, and CFISD always stress that philosophy.”

As an inside linebacker for the football team, O’Connor helped lead Cypress Ranch to its fourth consecutive playoff berth.

“We are so extremely proud of Alex for winning this award,” said Gene Johnson, Cypress Ranch head football coach. “To even be recognized among the group of young men that were chosen as finalists was quite the accomplishment in itself. For him to win the award is just the icing on the cake. He is a tremendous ambassador for our program and, I believe, for high school football in general.”

Atkinson carries a 6.8 grade-point average on a 6.0 scale and a 1,440 SAT score. He’s verbally committed to the Air Force Academy. A linebacker for Cy-Fair, Atkinson helped lead the football team to a 9-0 record and outright District 17-6A championship.

CFISD was one of five area districts to have multiple finalists.

 

 

Cypress Lakes senior Sarah Hillebrand holds the ornament she designed that was chosen to represent Texas District 138 and Rep. Dwayne Bohac on the 2017 Christmas tree at the State Capitol.

Cypress Lakes senior Sarah Hillebrand holds the ornament she designed that was chosen to represent Texas District 138 and Rep. Dwayne Bohac on the 2017 Christmas tree at the State Capitol.

Cypress Lakes Senior’s Ornament Picked for 2017 Capitol Tree Display

A holiday ornament designed and created by Cypress Lakes senior Sarah Hillebrand has been chosen to represent Texas District 138 and Rep. Dwayne Bohac on the 2017 Christmas tree that will stand in the House Chamber of the Texas Capitol during the holiday season (through Jan. 2).

Hillebrand’s design incorporates the recent catastrophe of Hurricane Harvey on the Houston area, and how people from all walks of life came together to help each other. Houston’s city skyline is shown on the ornament beneath blue water.

“I thought that this would be an appropriate theme since it still has a fresh emotional impact on this area,” Hillebrand said.

The ornament will join those chosen from all 150 Texas House districts to decorate a 23-foot, Texas-grown Christmas tree. Now in its ninth year as a project, a picture and description of each ornament will also be published in the House of Representatives’ 2017 ornament book.

“I am hoping to intertwine my artistic interests with serving others and organizations,” said Hillebrand, who plans to study graphic design following graduation.

Cypress Lakes fine arts department chair Jessica Green, who also serves as co-sponsor of the school’s National Art Honor Society, said Hillebrand, the organization’s president, was the ideal candidate for this project.

“Sarah was elected to hold this office by her peers and has proven herself to be a hardworking, passionate student in the art studio, as well as in NAHS,” Green said. “Lindsay Townsend and I are co-sponsors of (NAHS) and felt that Sarah is the best representative of our school, the art department and community in her design.”

 

 

Cy-Fair High School head football coach Ed Pustejovsky (center) is joined by his fellow winners, Offensive Player of the Year – Fort Bend Ridge Point tight end Mustapha Muhammad (left) and Defensive Player of the Year – Spring Westfield defensive tackle Keondre Coburn.

Cy-Fair High School head football coach Ed Pustejovsky (center) is joined by his fellow winners, Offensive Player of the Year – Fort Bend Ridge Point tight end Mustapha Muhammad (left) and Defensive Player of the Year – Spring Westfield defensive tackle Keondre Coburn.

Cy-Fair’s Ed Pustejovsky Named Touchdown Club Coach of the Year

Cy-Fair High School head football coach Ed Pustejovsky earned the top coaching award by the Touchdown Club of Houston, receiving the John Kelley Coach of the Year Award at the 38th annual awards dinner, held Dec. 13 at the JW Marriott.

Seven proved to be the lucky number for the Bobcats’  longtime head coach, who was nominated for the coaching honor six times prior to 2017.

“Any time you’re nominated, it’s just an honor to be there,” Pustejovsky said. “It means you
had a good season, your players played well and your coaching staff did a good job. That’s a team win there.”

Pustejovsky’s win is the first for CFISD since former Bobcats head coach Ronny Peacock was named Coach of the Year in 1999.

“Coach Pustejovsky is very deserving of the Houston Touchdown Club’s Coach of the Year award,” said Ray Zepeda, director of athletics. “He and his staff have been a model of excellence and consistency over the course of many seasons.”

Cy-Fair hasn’t missed the postseason under Pustejovsky since 2009.

Langham Creek head coach Todd Thompson was a finalist for the coaching award after he led the Lobos to an 11-2 season and berth in the Class 6A Division II Region III final. They met Cy-Fair in a historic all-CFISD regional championship game.

CFISD also had finalists for the two player awards. Cy-Fair senior linebacker Jace Bobo was nominated for the Clark Nealon Defensive Player of the Year Award, while Cypress Ranch senior offensive lineman Colten Blantonwas a finalist for the Dick Peebles Offensive Player of the Year Award.

 

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