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| July 1, 2013

Tori Collet, a 2012 Jersey Village High School graduate, helped the University of Central Oklahoma win the NCAA Division II national softball championship.

Tori Collet, a 2012 Jersey Village High School graduate, helped the University of Central Oklahoma win the NCAA Division II national softball championship.

JVHS grad leads team to DII national softball championshipTori Collet, a 2012 graduate of Jersey Village High School, completed a successful first season at the University of Central Oklahoma by leading the Bronchos to an NCAA Division II national championship in Salem, Va.

Tori, the starting catcher for UCO, was selected to the Division II All-Tournament team following her 2-for-5 effort in the Bronchos’ 5-2 championship game win over Kutztown.

She started all 62 of UCO’s games this season, carrying a .294 batting average and a .991 fielding percentage. Tori started three years for head coach Bruce Beets’ Jersey Village varsity softball team from 2010-12. Beets called her one of the best players he has ever had.
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Members of the Cypress Ranch Key Club hand out umbrellas at an Astros game

Members of the Cypress Ranch Key Club hand out umbrellas at an Astros game

Cy Ranch Key Club “Teams” Up with Houston Professional Sports Teams – Members of the Cypress Ranch Key Club volunteered with both the Houston Rockets and the Houston Astros. Club members and their parents passed out huge foam fingers to fans entering Toyota Center for one of the final Rockets’ games of the regular season. The club was invited back a week later to hand out towels to fans at the Rockets first playoff game. A highlight of the Key Club’s year was being asked to pass out a giveaway item to fans at the Rockets home opener this season. The Key Club also volunteered at the Rockets Black-Top Battle and has helped for years at the post-race party at the annual Rockets Run.

For the second year in a row, the club has been chosen to be a part of the Houston Astros promotional giveaway program. Club members, faculty advisors, and parents spent time at two weekend games passing out umbrellas and tote bags to fans entering Minute Maid Park.
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Jeleny Solorzano placed third in the Yearbook Academic Photo category of the NFPW High School Writing Contest for his photo.

Jeleny Solorzano placed third in the Yearbook Academic Photo category of the NFPW High School Writing Contest for his photo.

Journalism students bring in national awards – CyFair ISD journalism students won a series of national awards in writing, video and photo competitions. Jersey Village High School sophomore Jeleny Solorzano placed third in the National Federation of Press Women High School Communications Contest in the Yearbook Academic Photo category. Jeleny placed for her photo of senior Dylan Golvach, who was participating in a hands-on experiment in the physics lab.

Cy-Fair High School senior Carly Wood received an honorable mention award in the NFPW contest in the Opinion category for her submission “Shakespearean Stupidity.”

Jersey Village junior Monica Garcia was selected to attend the Asian American Journalists Association 2013 Journalism Camp this summer. Garcia is one of only 42 students selected from among hundreds of applicants to attend the all-expense-paid summer workshop in Washington, D.C.

Cypress Falls High School senior Zachary Babb placed third in the Live Interview category of the Student Television Network National Spring Contest. The STN hosts contests for student-produced programs several times throughout the school year, and adheres to professional guidelines for student-produced work, thus ensuring that students are equipped with real-world knowledge during their education.

Zachary was also a finalist for the Youth Journalism International Student of the Year in the 2013 Excellence in Journalism competition. He placed second in the Sports News category at the competition, and also took home an honorable mention award in the Multimedia Opinion category.

Cypress Falls senior Leah Lebeau won a first-place award in the Multimedia Opinion category of the YJI competition, and earned an honorable-mention award in the Features – Individual category.
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Maryam Ali

Maryam Ali

Cy Lakes student places second in Texas History Day competition – Cypress Lakes High School sophomore Maryam Ali won second place in the Individual Interpretive Web Site category of the Texas History Day competition. The name of Ali’s project was The Internet: A Powerful Changing Force of the World.

By placing second in the statewide competition, Ali advanced to compete in the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland – College Park campus.

Additionally, Cypress Lakes students Kelley Fairman, Amanda Guerra and Veronica Leal won a distinguished achievement award in the Group Exhibit category.

More than 1,000 students participate in the state-level History Day contest, which is the culmination of a year-long education program for students in grades 6-12. The program provides an opportunity for students to develop their knowledge of history, critical thinking, analytical reading, writing, presentation, media design and public performance skills through creative and original papers, performances, documentaries, websites or exhibits.
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Nico Scala.

Nico Scala.

Cy-Fair student’s Eagle Scout project benefits Arnold MS – Cy-Fair High School sophomore Nico Scala  renovated the PE field in front of Arnold Middle School during a day-long service project to earn his Eagle Scout rank. Nico, a member of Boy Scout Troop 519, raised $6,000 from local businesses to fund the project.

He began his Eagle Scout project last fall by seeking donations from businesses including the Stone Gate Home Owners Association, Lone Star Provisions and H-E-B, eventually generating money, food, T-shirts and time amounting to $6,000.

Representatives from Stone Gate HOA and Land Tejas presentED Nico with a $3,500 check prior to the groundbreaking. He also arranged for Hou-Scape to donate equipment and machine use for the job. He had about 10 friends, including fellow troop members and football teammates, assist him with the project. The workers spread dirt along the uneven terrain of the area and constructed a track around the perimeter.
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(L-R) The Cypress Springs High School 4x100-meter relay team members Tyra Blake, Kelsey Monroe, Trameceia Sample and Samiyah Samuels.

(L-R) The Cypress Springs High School 4×100-meter relay team members Tyra Blake, Kelsey Monroe, Trameceia Sample and Samiyah Samuels.

Three CFISD entries win medals at state track meet – Six CFISD student athletes and three entries won medals at the 2013 UIL Track and Field State Meet in Austin. Cypress Creek High School senior Daina Harper placed second in the 400-meter run with a time of 54.4 — only .05 seconds behind the winner. Langham Creek High School senior Skylar Ross Ransom placed third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.9.

The Cypress Springs High School 4×100-meter relay team, consisting of sophomore Trameceia Sample, junior Tyra Blake, sophomore Kelsey Monroe and freshman Samiyah Samuels, placed third with a time of 46.24.

The Cypress Springs girls’ track team was the highest CFISD finisher at the state meet, placing ninth overall with 16 points. Six additional CFISD athletes had top-five finishes in their respective events at state:

Cy-Fair High School freshman Amber Ivey placed fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.38; Langham Creek High School sophomore Erin Derrow placed fifth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.37; Cypress Falls High School senior Keon Roberson placed fifth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:14.26; Cypress Springs’ 800-meter relay team, consisting of Trameceia Sample, Samiyah Samuels, Tyra Blake and Kelsey Monroe, placed fifth with a time of 1:38.99; Cypress Springs senior Sam Williams placed fifth in the 400-meter run with a time of 48.58; and Cypress Springs junior Isaac Samuels placed fifth in the discus with a distance of 155-03.
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Graduating seniors appointed to service academies – Two graduating seniors from CFISD have received appointments to attend United States service academies. Cy-Fair High School graduate Jake Davis was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

“Cy-Fair High School is extremely proud of Jake Davis for earning an appointment to the United States Naval Academy,” said Cy-Fair principal Mike Smith. “Jake has shown strong athletic ability, high academic achievement and superior leadership skills. He was a member of our varsity baseball team and maintained high academic standard while attending Cy-Fair High School. These outstanding characteristics are the foundation that helped him achieve this appointment.”

Cypress Woods High School graduate Jacob Davies was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

“It has been an honor to have Jacob as part of the Wildcat family,” said Cypress Woods principal Gary Kinninger. “His honor, work ethic and commitment to doing the right thing has earned him a spot amongst the elite high school graduates in the entire United States.”
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(L-R) Cypress Woods High School junior Guarav Lalsinghani with Cypress Woods teacher George Villamagna.

(L-R) Cypress Woods High School junior Guarav Lalsinghani with Cypress Woods teacher George Villamagna..

Cypress Woods student places second in Texas Citizen Bee – Cypress Woods High School junior Guarav Lalsinghani finished as the runner-up in the Texas Citizen Bee held in Austin. Guarav previously won the Houston Regional Citizen Bee to qualify for the state competition.

The Citizen Bee is a social studies academic competition sponsored by The State Bar Association of Texas that requires students to show understanding of the United States Constitution, key documents throughout U.S. history, key Supreme Court decisions and current events.
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Cypress Woods takes third at state academics meet – Cypress Woods High School scored 63 points to finish third in the state among all schools in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) 5A Academics Spring Meet. Cypress Woods also claimed CFISD’s only state championships in two events: the Computer Science team, comprised of seniors Nikoli Cartagena, Ben Lin and Luke Tseng and junior Andrew Liu placed first with a team score of 1212; and junior Ian Echols placed first in Accounting.

Other CFISD schools scoring points at the state academics meet were Cy-Fair High School (20), Cypress Falls High School (12) and Cypress Ranch High School (6).

The following CFISD students also placed in the top six of their respective events at the state meet: Cypress Falls senior Amy Cunningham placed second in Editorial Writing; Cy-Fair senior Carly Wood placed second in News Writing; Cy-Fair senior Joshua Freed placed fourth in Persuasive Speaking; Cypress Woods senior Leslie Zhang placed fourth in Ready Writing; Cypress Woods senior Ben Lin placed fifth in both Computer Applications and Computer Science; Cypress Woods’ Andrew Liu placed fifth in Computer Science; Cypress Ranch freshman Lindsay Collier placed fifth in Feature Writing; and Cypress Woods’ Thomas Lam placed sixth in Computer Applications.


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