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Cy-Fair Schools, Sports, Students July 2017

| June 1, 2017

Chef Gordon Ramsay, center, congratulates Cypress Springs High School staff members (from left) Dr. Cheryl Henry, principal; Sam Lopez, culinary teacher; Andrea Lagard, associate principal; and Clay Smith, assistant principal.

Chef Gordon Ramsay, center, congratulates Cypress Springs High School staff members (from left) Dr. Cheryl Henry, principal; Sam Lopez, culinary teacher; Andrea Lagard, associate principal; and Clay Smith, assistant principal.

CYPRESS SPRINGS TEAM WINS COOKING CHALLENGE ON FOX TV SHOW

Team “School Pride,” featuring staff and administrators from Cypress Springs High School, won the cooking challenge on the June 7 episode of Chef Gordon Ramsay’s new food show, The F Word.

“School Pride,” consisting of Cypress Springs staff Dr. Cheryl Henry, principal; Andrea Lagard, associate principal; Clay Smith, assistant principal; and Sam Lopez, culinary teacher, defeated The Cooking Cubans in the live challenge.

The two teams worked in an open kitchen and had an hour to prepare a complete dish and serve it to a dining room full of guests. Diners decided whether they would pay for their meal if it were served in a real restaurant. The menu for the evening was pan-seared pork chop with mustard grain sauce and caramelized apples served on a bed of braised cabbage and mashed potatoes.

The Panther staff members practiced cooking the dish the day before the taping, building their camaraderie along the way.

“It was emphasized that even though we were on a television show, we were cooking for a real restaurant and the food needed to be delicious,” said Henry. “We have all worked together before, but we really were able to bond as a team and depend upon each other throughout the process.”

By the end of the fast-paced taping, “School Pride” was declared the winner, with more diners willing to pay for their meal.

“We never thought we’d actually make it on the show, but once we were there, we were in it to win it,” Henry said. “The time in the kitchen went by so fast, once we got our rhythm, we couldn’t believe it was over. At the end when he announced the winner, we were overjoyed!”

“School Pride” was the second winning team in the 10-week competition. Following the 10 challenges, Ramsay will pick the top two teams to compete in the finale for the $100,000 grand prize. Cypress Springs is hoping to win the prize money in order to fund the remainder of its 20th anniversary Panther statue.

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Lone Star College—University Park President Shah Ardalan congratulates Cy-Fair High School junior Amar Moturu on earning his associate degree this spring.

Lone Star College—University Park President Shah Ardalan congratulates Cy-Fair High School junior Amar Moturu on earning his associate degree this spring.

CY-FAIR HS JUNIOR EARNS ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE

Cy-Fair High School student Amar Moturu took “graduating early” to an entirely different level this spring, earning his Associate of Science degree with a 4.0 grade-point average from Lone Star College—University Park (LSC–UP).

Moturu finished his junior year at Cy-Fair on May 25. LSC–UP President Shah Ardalan congratulated his young student on his rare achievement.

“Lone Star College–University Park is honored to support the educational pursuits of students like Amar. Our passion is for serving all students, and we are proud of Amar’s accomplishments as it is a testament to our mission,” Ardalan said. “LSC-University Park continues to be the model innovative college for this community and remains committed to helping students unlock their potential and fostering community. Our faculty and staff work diligently to provide students with the programs and resources that enable them to go far.”

Taking advantage of the CFISD and Lone Star College dual-credit partnership, Moturu has also taken college courses each summer since his freshman year. He finished up his final two college classes this summer while balancing seven classes at Cy-Fair.

Moturu began his CFISD path as a Hancock Elementary School student in the PPCD program. Despite a hearing impairment, he has thrived in his academic journey. He was the first-runner up in the You Be the Chemist competition and took quantum physics at Harvard University as a sophomore. He qualified for the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Band this year, and finished as a champion in several percussion competitions around the country.

“Amar was able to achieve these accomplishments only with all of CFISD’s support and encouragement every step of the way,” said Sarada Moturu, Amar’s mother. “We are truly humbled with all the opportunities, understanding and loving guidance Cy-Fair ISD teachers, staff, nurses and administration provided him.”

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(L-R): Cy-Fair students Cassidi Young, Harry Wang, Sabrina Sommer and Carli Young at the commencement ceremony.

(L-R): Cy-Fair students Cassidi Young, Harry Wang, Sabrina Sommer and Carli Young at the commencement ceremony.

CY-FAIR SENIOR HIGH GRADUATION STUDENT SPEAKERS

Four graduating seniors were featured presenters at the Cy-Fair Senior High School Commencement Program, held on May 26 at 4 p.m. at the Richard E Berry Educational Support Center. Cassidi Young gave the Opening Remarks, Harry Wang led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance, Sabrina Sommer gave the Commencement Address and Carli Young presented the Closing Remarks.

Cy-Fair Senior High School just celebrated its 75th year anniversary. There were 856 graduates in the class of 2017.

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Jennifer Terry

Jennifer Terry

CY CREEK STUDENT SELECTED FOR SPACE RESEARCH INTERNSHIP

Jennifer Terry has been selected for the prestigious Student Enhancement in Earth and Space Science (SEES) summer internship, to be held at the University of Texas’ Center for Space Research July 15-29. She will be a junior at Cypress Creek High School this fall. Terry and her fellow interns will work with scientists and engineers to conduct authentic research from data received from NASA’s earth observing satellites as well as designing Mars habitats and lunar exploration.

The nationally competitive program is sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium, which selects students who will increase their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math through space education. More than 600 applications were received for the coveted 40 internship positions.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to participate in the NASA SEES Internship. As a child, I have always loved math and science, and my fascination for space exploration and Earth has only grown since then,” Terry said. “Besides space exploration, the 2015 Houston flood was also a huge inspiration because it sparked my desire to solve these types of problems and positively impact my community and the world.

She added, “I am prepared for the challenges of this internship and am excited to learn more about NASA and insight in the typical routine of STEM experts. This summer, I will be given the opportunity to analyze data, work with live scientists and engineers and aid in solving missions with other students. I am greatly looking forward to the hands-on experience and knowledge I will gain, and am thrilled to have been given the chance of a lifetime to use my skills in the advancement and future of STEM development.”

Visit the Texas Space Grant Consortium webpage for more information: tsgc.utexas.edu

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Francone Elementary School students on the innovation team prepare their garden by placing the recyclable water bottles to grow different varieties of plants in the National C-STEM Challenge.

Francone Elementary School students on the innovation team prepare their garden by placing the recyclable water bottles to grow different varieties of plants in the National C-STEM Challenge.

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Francone robotics team members present their robotic car during the National C-STEM Challenge at the Health Museum on May 20.

FRANCONE STUDENTS EARN AWARDS IN C-STEM COMPETITION

Students from Francone Elementary School placed in two categories at the 2017 National C-STEM Challengeheld at the Health Museum of Houston on May 20. Hosted by the local nonprofit C-STEM Inc., the STEM skills competition challenged elementary through high school students to show off their skills in debate, robotics, film, photography, computer programming and more.

Francone sent two teams to compete in two different competitions; an innovation team and an all-girls robotics team.

The innovation team placed second with its project, a garden that could be maintained in recyclable plastic water bottles. The robotics team received the “Rookie Award” for its remote-controlled robot that could follow commands and navigate an obstacle course.

Each team had to keep a scientific notebook and take pictures of its progress while working on the projects from December 2016 to May 2017.

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Cypress Falls Coach Richard Flores, Deshang Weaver, Trajan Wesley, Andrew Nguyen, Nigel Hawkins and Kendall Scott with Rep. Kevin Roberts on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives.

Cypress Falls Coach Richard Flores, Deshang Weaver, Trajan Wesley, Andrew Nguyen, Nigel Hawkins and Kendall Scott with Rep. Kevin Roberts on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives.

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(L-R): Kendall Scott, Andrew Nguyen and Nigel Hawkins try on their state championship rings for the first time.

GOLDEN EAGLES RECEIVE TITLE RINGS, RECOGNIZED ON TEXAS HOUSE FLOOR

Cypress Falls High School boys’ basketball players received their UIL Class 6A state championship rings on May 22 at Cypress Falls. The next day, the team traveled to the state Capitol in Austin to be recognized for its championship victory on the floor of the House of Represen­tatives by District 126 State Rep. Kevin Roberts.

Roberts’ House Resolution No. 2244 recognized the team for winning the first boys’ basketball state championship in school history and outlined its postseason journey to the Alamodome, where the Golden Eagles defeated San Antonio Wagner in the state final game 63-57. Each member of the team, including coaches, managers and trainers, was included for contributing to the victorious season.

Following the recognition, the team was treated to a tour of the Capitol building and the Texas Supreme Court, where it met and spoke with Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett about basketball and his role as a Supreme Court justice.

Roberts’ resolution capstones this celebratory chapter in Cypress Falls history, stating, “Winning a state championship represents the culmination of countless hours of hard work and unwavering commitment to excellence, and the Golden Eagles of Cypress Falls High School will treasure the memory of this accomplishment for the rest of their lives.”

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(L-R): Hamilton Elementary School students Ian and Rex Esch and Hancock Elementary School student Lily Taylor, members of the Cybots, were Phase One winners in the 2017 MOONBOTS Challenge.

(L-R): Hamilton Elementary School students Ian and Rex Esch and Hancock Elementary School student Lily Taylor, members of the Cybots, were Phase One winners in the 2017 MOONBOTS Challenge.

HAMILTON, HANCOCK STUDENTS TEAM UP TO WIN PHASE ONE OF MOONBOTS CHALLENGE

When CFISD elementary school students Rex Esch, Lily Taylor and Ian Esch began working with friends to compete in local science competitions, they never envisioned that two years later they would be Phase One winners in the 2017 MOONBOTS Challenge, a Google Lunar XPRIZE competition for youth.

Taylor is a fifth-grade student at Hancock Elementary School, Ian Esch is a fifth-grade student at Hamilton Elementary School and Rex Esch is a third-grade student at Hamilton. The trio, who named their team the Cybots after their hometown of Cypress, created a video proposal for what they would leave on the moon as a legacy.

Using animation software, the students created a video proposing that a special rover be designed and left on the moon to perform two tasks: 1) gather samples of lunar ice to find answers to their questions about why planets and satellites lose water; and 2) set up a series of labs across the moon equipped with virtual reality cameras and equipment reserved for children all over the world to use to perform their own experiments.

Nearly 200 teams from more than 24 countries started the challenge, but the Cybots were one of only 12 teams were selected as Phase One finalists and invited to participate in Phase Two.

“It’s important for us to go to space so we can discover new things – like new worlds,” said Rex Esch. “With a project like ours, kids can actually see what it’s like to be on the moon.”

For Phase Two, teams will construct a moonscape and an autonomous robot to simulate the tasks described in their video. In addition to building a robot, the finalists must perform outreach activities to inspire other youth to learn more about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Only one team will be selected as a Grand Prize winner of Phase Two. The Grand Prize, a trip to visit the winning Google Lunar XPRIZE team that successfully lands a rover or lander on the moon, is a “once-in-a-lifetime science-based experiential prize.”

As Phase One Winners, the Cybots have won a robotics kit to build their own robot, a Prusa i3 3D printer, a $500 gift certificate to purchase materials for the Phase Two challenge, and the knowledge that their video will be stored on an M-Disc, a time capsule that will be sent to the moon by a Google Lunar XPRIZE team.

“Letting kids explore the moon virtually is just the beginning,” said Taylor. “We could have rovers and labs all over the solar system one day.”

“There are many planets and satellites, like Saturn’s moon Enceladus, that have water that could harbor life. We want to understand what causes planets and moons like these to lose water,” said Ian Esch.

Follow the progress of the Cybots at moonbots.org or on Twitter at twitter.com/CybotsTeam. Watch their winning video at moonbots.org/cybots.

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(L-R): Three members of Chanquin’s family; Cy-Fair senior Maria Chanquin; Robert Partin and Deputy Tyler Yawn.

(L-R): Three members of Chanquin’s family; Cy-Fair senior Maria Chanquin; Robert Partin and Deputy Tyler Yawn.

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(L-R): Deputy Tyler Yawn; Ibel Martinez, mother; Kevin Guzman, Cypress Falls senior; José Guzman, father; Robert Partin, Partin Foundation; and Lt. Sheila Jones.

TWO SENIORS WIN SCHOLAR­SHIPS IN HONOR OF SLAIN DEPUTY DARREN GOFORTH

Two CFISD students received a surprise on May 17 when they were selected as winners of the second annual Darren Goforth Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, named for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was slain in 2015, recognizes students with active extracurricular participation who exhibit characteristics of honor and sacrifice.

The scholarship went to two students in CFISD, where Deputy Goforth was contracted in the Stone Gate subdivision. Former Stone Gate HOA board member Robert Partin delivered the two $1,000 scholarships to Cy-Fair High School senior Maria Chanquin and Cypress Falls High School senior Kevin Guzman on behalf of the Partin Foundation.

Lt. Sheila Jones from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Tyler Yawn of the Precinct 5 Constable’s Office joined the surprise announcements at Cy-Fair and Cypress Falls.

“We wanted to do something in honor of Darren,” Partin explained. “We selected two students who we think will carry on his legacy.”

“It only takes one person to start a chain reaction; it only takes one person to show others not to be afraid,” Chanquin wrote in her scholarship essay. “That’s all it takes, one person to stand out and be different, to show those around them that it’s OK to stride away from the crowd. Before you know it people will start following in your footsteps.”

“Police officers make the choice to serve others and their communities. They sacrifice every day when they put themselves in harm’s way to help strangers,” Guzman wrote in his essay. “Honor and integrity go hand in hand. It is how I choose to live my life. It is how my mother and family have
raised me and I am grateful. I am an extension of them and I will continue to live my life with
honor and integrity.”

The money for the scholarship fund was raised through the Darren Goforth Memorial Golf Tournament last fall.

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Sarah Littell, a sophomore at Langham Creek High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting.

Sarah Littell, a sophomore at Langham Creek High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting.

JERSEY VILLAGE STUDENT’S REPTILE PROJECT EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Sarah Littell, a sophomore at Langham Creek High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting. The award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable community service projects that require a minimum of 80 hours to complete. Less than 5 percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.

To earn the award, Littell designed and created reptile habitats for the Science Resource Center (SRC) to care for animals to promote their well-being and provide sun exposure to improve their health.

“In my school district, one of my goals is to have animals for science demonstrations to keep students interested in science,” said Littell.

First, Littell researched the best types of habitats for reptiles in captivity. Then she designed habitats that would keep the animals healthy.

“I created a small replica of my design and presented it to SRC for approval,” said Littell. “I then put together a list of supplies and started construction.”

Littell said that hardest part of her project was the construction. She had difficulty working with the wood and power tools, but she persevered and used creativity to overcome obstacles. Once the construction was completed, she cut and manipulated wiring over the habitats. Then she sanded the two habitats and coordinated delivery to SRC.

With assistance from six volunteers, Littell’s project impacted more than 20 third-grade classes in Cy-Fair ISD.

“Through my project, I learned to work through exhaustion, and even frustration at times, to achieve a larger goal,” said Littell. “Thinking about all the girls and boys in my district who will experience the joy of meeting and petting real-life reptiles and hopefully become inspired and begin to love science just like I did makes it all worth it.”

To learn more, visit girlscouts.org.

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Chris Brown, CFP and Bob Frater, CFP of Houston Asset Management award Katie Deakins, a senior at Cypress Creek High School, a $10,000 scholarship to attend Texas A&M University.

Chris Brown, CFP and Bob Frater, CFP of Houston Asset Management award Katie Deakins, a senior at Cypress Creek High School, a $10,000 scholarship to attend Texas A&M University.

CYPRESS CREEK HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP TO PURSUE ACTUARIAL CAREER

Katie Deakins, a graduating senior at Cypress Creek High School, was recently awarded a $10,000 scholarship from Houston Asset Management, a financial services firm. This fall she will be attending Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School for a Business Honors degree.

“I learned that I was awarded the scholarship during one of my sister’s graduation ceremony at Texas A&M,” said Katie. “The good news gave our family two reasons to celebrate that day.”

Houston Asset Management Charitable Foundation has awarded more than $98,000 in scholarships to deserving students in the greater Houston area since 2009. Students are selected based on their academic achievement, a written essay and a group interview with members of the firm and their clients.

“Katie is looking at a career as an actuary, which is an impressive goal. Most of us didn’t know what an actuary was when we were in high school,” said Bob Frater, CFP, CEO of Houston Asset Management. “Her essay and perception of financial success showed a mature understanding of financial principles and the diligence required to be successful overall. We know Katie is on a focused path toward meeting her goals.”

Knowing her proclivity for math and business, Katie spent time researching a career opportunity that applied principles of both in a unique way. She was struggling to identify a possible career path that would ignite her spark for math.

“In college, I knew I would learn about many opportunities where math and business are applied. Then I found an interesting article on actuaries and a friend’s mother mentioned she was impressed with an actuary she met recently,” said Katie. “So that was twice in one week and a good inspirational sign.”

As a scholarship winner, Katie has the opportunity to intern with Houston Asset Management during the summer of her junior year.

“The Business Honors Program at Texas A&M requires that students complete an internship and it is really exciting that a great one is already lined up with Houston Asset Management,” said Katie. “I know it will be an exceptional learning experience.”

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The Cypress Ranch mixed doubles team of Varun Thachil and Melissa LaMette display their state championship trophy and gold medals.

The Cypress Ranch mixed doubles team of Varun Thachil and Melissa LaMette display their state championship trophy and gold medals.

MUSTANG MIXED DOUBLES TEAM CLINCHES STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

The Cypress Ranch High School mixed doubles team of junior Varun Thachil and sophomore Melissa LaMette clinched the school’s first tennis state championship on May 19, defeating Clear Brook in the final of the UIL Tennis State Tournament to earn the crown.

Thachil and LaMette beat Clear Brook’s Maria Herrera and Andres Padilla to win the state title. The Mustang duo previously knocked off The Woodlands’ Melissa Vizcardo and Carlos Esteban, 6-1, 6-4, in the state quarterfinal on May 18. They then eliminated Amarillo Tascosa’s Rebecca Ritchie and Avery Zavala, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, in the semifinal to advance to the title match.

LaMette and Thachil were playing as doubles partners for the first year ever, but knew they had championship potential. “We definitely knew we had a chance and that we would be someone to watch out for,” said LaMette. “We prepared for this, we worked hard for this, and we’re very excited. It’s very nice to be able to share this championship with Varun.”

The Cypress Ranch duo had previously defeated Clear Brook’s team in the regional tournament.

“It was a lot of pressure to beat them again, but we knew we had to be able to perform,” Thachil said. “No one at our school had done this before, and for us to play for the first time together and win it is amazing.”

The Cypress Falls High School girls’ doubles team of senior Rylee Braeden and sophomore Polina Radchenko made a deep run in the tournament, advancing to the finals where they lost in three sets to Midland’s Kate Daugherty and Allison Stewart, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

The state runners-up previously defeated Lake Travis’s Emily Bian and Mitali Khoje, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (1) in the quarterfinal and Fort Worth Paschal’s Emily Buell and Shauna Galvin, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in the semifinal on May 18.

“They had gone through a whole season where they haven’t really had a tough match,” said Lee Joiner, Cypress Falls tennis coach, who is retiring in June. “Then they had three tough matches here. Our girls played great.”

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Jersey Village student Iliana Ramirez earned an honorable mention in the News or Feature Photo category of the National Federation of Press Women High School Journalism Contest for Serenading His Sibling.

Jersey Village student Iliana Ramirez earned an honorable mention in the News or Feature Photo category of the National Federation of Press Women High School Journalism Contest for Serenading His Sibling.

 

Jersey Village student Sebastian Cordero won first place in the Press Women of Texas High School Journalism Contest for his Yearbook Photo entry, Strike Out.

Jersey Village student Sebastian Cordero won first place in the Press Women of Texas High School Journalism Contest for his Yearbook Photo entry, Strike Out.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WIN AWARDS IN JOURNALISM CONTEST

Students from Cy-Fair, Cypress Woods and Jersey Village high schools won several awards in the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) /Press Women of Texas High School Journalism Contest.

Students entered different projects that were used in various student publications in the 2015-2016 school year. The awards were highlighted by three national winners from Cy-Fair High School and one from Jersey Village High School.

“I am constantly amazed about the quality of the high school entries we receive every year,” said Kathie Magers, Press Women of Texas contest chair. “Many of them would fit right into any professional news media outlet in the state. The success of the Cypress-Fairbanks students in our competition speaks to the great work by the journalism advisers in CFISD.”

The following students placed in the NFPW competition: Cy-Fair student Nicole Shair earned a first-place award in the Environment category for The World is Ending, and We’re Going with it; Cy-Fair student Lauryn Walker earned a first-place award in the Single-Page Layout category for Kenny with the Shirts; Cy-Fair student Rachel Story earned a third-place award in the Yearbook Copywriting category for Junior finds his passion in film; and Jersey Village student Iliana Ramirez earned an honorable mention in the News or Feature Photo category for Serenading His Sibling.

The following students placed first, second, third or received honorable mention in the Press Women of Texas statewide competition:

First-place winners: Nicole Shair, Cy-Fair – Environment (The World is Ending, and We’re Going with it); Rachel Story, Cy-Fair – Yearbook Copywriting (Junior finds his passion in film); Lauryn Walker, Cy-Fair – Single-Page Layout (Kenny with the Shirts); Sebastian Cordero, Jersey Village – Yearbook Photo (Strike Out); Lin Vu, Jersey Village – Cartooning (Protesting Private Privileges); and Iliana Ramirez, Jersey Village – News or Feature Photo (Serenading His Siblings).

Second-place winners: Alexandria White, Cy-Fair, Single-Page Layout (Stockton for College); and Opinion (Badge of Dishonor); Jack Phillips, Cy-Fair – Columns or Blogs (Jack Phillips: An Inside Look Into the Final Frontier); Jacob Grumulaitis, Cy-Fair, Sports Story (Nothing but Nneka); and Opinion (Whoa, Chill); Madi Christian, Cy-Fair – Opinion (Cypress: To Stay or Not to Stay); Bri Gonzalez, Cy-Fair – Opinion (The Ghost of Bri’s Past); Danyel’la Johnson, Cy-Fair, Opinion (Lazy Panel?); and Cartooning (The Racey of the Century Art); Wafa Kazmi, Cy-Fair, Opinion (Lights, Camera, Actual Representation); and Single-Page Layout (Houston Horror Page); Blake Nall, Cy-Fair – Opinion (Turned on for Turn Signals); Lauryn Walker, Cy-Fair, Opinion (Gender Roles); and Opinion (United we Kneel); Claire Mynatt, Cy-Fair – Editorial (A Baseless and Blatant Overreach);Hunter Woods, Cy-Fair – Yearbook Layout (Pop Culture); Emme Enojado, Cy-Fair – Double-Truck Layout (Into the Badlands); Nicole Shair, Cy-Fair – Review (Gotta Catch ’Em All); Claire Smith, Cypress Woods – Yearbook Layout (Yearbook Spread 1); Hannah Nicolaisen, Cypress Woods – Opinion (White Noise); Matthew Ramos, Cypress Woods – Opinion (More than the money); Odalys Delgado, Jersey Village – Yearbook Copywriting (A New Look); Damaris De León, Jersey Village, Yearbook Photo (Final Walk); and Yearbook Photo (Snap Shots); Damaris De León, Mimi Chhun and Sebastian Cordero, Jersey Village – Yearbook Layout (Color Guard); Gabriella Gladney, Jersey Village – Yearbook Photo (Power Up); Lesly Ventura, Jersey Village – Yearbook Photo (Christmas Time); Cade Schaudel, Jersey Village – Single-Page Layout (Not Just an Act); Emmilyne Thomas, Jersey Village – Single-Page Layout (The Things they will do); Ashlynn Smith, Jersey Village – News or Feature Photo (Traditional Dress); Emmilyne Thomas, Jersey Village – Feature Story (The New Normal); and Lin Vu and Emmilyne Thomas, Jersey Village – Double Truck Layout (Election).

Third-place winners: Alexandria White, Cy-Fair – Sports Story (The Fighting Last Resorts); Mackenzie Cook, Cy-Fair – Opinion (Sinking Under High School); Switch Brillo, Cy-Fair – Single-Page Layout (Who Let the Beasts Out?); Maddie Beard, Cy-Fair – Graphics/Photo Illustration (Geek to Chic Art); Emme Enojado, Cy-Fair, Review (Slammin’ Good Poetry); Cartooning (Political Candidates); and Feature Story (Bobcat Flood Never Drowns); Susana Vazquez, Cy-Fair – Feature Story (Into the Bandlands); George Holbrook, Cypress Woods – Yearbook Photo (Flags at Sunset, Make it Rain); Hannah Nicolaisen, Cypress Woods – News Story (AP Testing: Get the 5 and Still Survive); Angelo Gonzales, Jersey Village – Yearbook Copywriting (Pressure Eased); George Rosales, Jersey Village, Yearbook Copywriting (Festival inspires artists); and Yearbook Layout (Enlighten); Odalys Delgado, Alan Moreno and Ashlynn Smith, Jersey Village – Yearbook Layout (Workout Ties); Damaris De León, Jersey Village – Yearbook Layout (Here, There, Everywhere); and Pamela Jimenez, Jersey Village – Single-Page Layout (Festival Time).

Honorable mention winners: Switch Brillo, Cy-Fair – Double-Truck Layout (All Around the World); Audrey Gray, Cy-Fair – Single-Page Layout (Welcome to Houston); Katy Aing, Cy-Fair – Sports Story (Shooting for the Future); Nicole Shair, Cy-Fair – News Story (Lights, Camera, Laughs); Sabrina Sommer, Cy-Fair – Yearbook Photo (Step Photo); Hunter Woods, Cy-Fair – Yearbook Photo (Golf); Jack Phillips, Cy-Fair – Single-Page Layout (Simon Says); Danyel’la Johnson, Cy-Fair – Graphics/Photo Illustration (Change Can be a Good Thing); Megan Grisham, Cypress Woods – Yearbook Photo (Car Smash, Finish Line, Outdoor Theater, Team Bonding); Leah Torrez, Cypress Woods – Feature Story (Abayas to blue jeans); Jessica Sweeten, Jersey Village – Yearbook Photo (Christmas Voice); George Rosales, Yesenia Cuellar, Christopher Hodge and Lauren Middleton, Jersey Village – Yearbook Layout (Homecoming Parade/Pep Rally); and José Sosa, Jersey Village – News or Feature Photo (Spot the Student).


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