SPILLANE STUDENTS BRING HOME STATE MATH, SCIENCE AWARDS
Spillane Middle School’s math and science teams gave an outstanding performance at the Texas Math and Science Coaches Association (TMSCA) State Championship, held April 16 at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Competing in the largest and toughest 6A division with hundreds of students from more than 80 middle schools across the state, Spillane’s teams won the fourth-place trophy in math and fourth-place trophy in science. Spillane also placed seventh in Number Sense and seventh in overall Sweepstakes.
Spillane’s science team was comprised of students Govind Chada, Tristan Wiesepape, Rahul Shanmugham and Ashay Swadi.
Math team participants included Angela Zhong, Steven Cheng, Rahul Shanmugham and Ashay Swadi.
The Number Sense team was represented by Angela Zhong, Steven Cheng, Sritha Cheemerla and Archit Junnarkar.
Competing with hundreds of students, Govind Chada and Tristan Wiesepape won fifth- and sixth-place individual trophies in science, Angela Zhong won the fifth-place trophy in math and ninth-place trophy in Number Sense and Steven Cheng won the sixth-place trophy in math.
Showing outstanding work ethic and perseverance, the students spent hundreds of hours in the evenings and weekends learning critical problem-solving skills and teamwork that prepares them for life beyond middle school. Spillane won numerous competitions throughout the year, including impressive performances in MathCounts and National Science Bowl.
“Once again, this dedicated team of talented students came together to shine,” said Cheryl Flint, Spillane science campus content instructional specialist and club sponsor. “We are incredibly proud of their accomplishments and efforts.”
CYPRESS RANCH TENNIS DUO REACH STATE SEMIFINAL
The Cypress Ranch High School mixed doubles team of sophomore Dylan Payne and freshman Melissa LaMette finished the season as state semifinalists in the UIL Tennis State Championships, held May 16-17 at Texas A&M University.
Payne and LaMette won their quarterfinal match over Rachel Funk and Lane Adkins of Abilene, 7-6(2), 6-1, advancing to face Phillip Quinn and Chandler Carter of Highland Park in the semifinal. The Mustangs’ duo dropped the first set of the semifinal, 6-4, but bounced back with a 7-6(5) second-set win. Highland Park won the deciding third set, 6-2, to eliminate Payne and LaMette.
“I’m extremely proud of the way Melissa and Dylan competed at the state tournament,” said Minh Phan, Cypress Ranch head tennis coach. “They fought their hearts out and lost a close match to a very good Highland Park team. Melissa and Dylan are still young and optimistic to come back to compete in this tournament next year.”
CY-FAIR, CY FALLS DRUMLINES EARN TOP SPOTS AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Cy-Fair and Cypress Falls high school indoor drumlines both placed among the top 15 at the Winter Guard International (WGI) World Percussion Championships, held April 14-17 in Dayton, Ohio.
Both groups advanced from 40 Open Class competitors in the preliminary competition to the Open Class Finals on April 16, as Cy-Fair captured the third-place bronze medal with a score of 94.263. Cypress Falls earned 14th place overall with a score of 88.850.
Cy-Fair drumline director John Nelson said he was proud of the Bobcats for honing a craft that goes beyond the standard band program. “This trip to the WGI World Championships represents several hundred hours of preparation and hard work,” Nelson said. “It is a big honor to not only finish as a finalist, but as a bronze medalist. As the director, I am very inspired by our students’ motivation and the support of the parents, my campus administration and fine arts colleagues.”
Cypress Falls drumline director Robbie Green led the Eagles in their show titled “The Power of One,” inspired by the school’s motto, “We Are One.”
“Through music and motion we told the story of the power of the individual to make change, and the power of the group to make change,” Green said. “The kids had an amazing time performing for thousands of people and getting to expand their view of the world. My students will be forever changed from this experience.”
Video from Cy-Fair’s and Cypress Falls’ finals performance is available on YouTube.
Green and Nelson, who are best friends in addition to drumline rivals, supported each other’s groups during their Championship performances. “Before my kids went into the arena for our finals performance, his kids and parents lined up and cheered us on as we entered the performance arena,” Green said. “We did the same for them as they entered the arena.”
CY CREEK GIRLS WIN STATE WATER POLO CHAMPIONSHIP
The Cypress Creek High School girls’ water polo team clinched the Texas Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (TISCA) Water Polo State Championship on April 30 at Texas A&M University, defeating Southlake Carroll 8-4 in the title game to win it all.
It was the girls’ sixth all-time championship and first since 2005. Head Coach Jeff Chandler, who won his first title as the Cougars’ coach, was named TISCA Water Polo Coach of the Year.
The Cougars defeated Alamo Heights, Clear Brook and St. Agnes to advance to the championship game. They concluded a dominant season in which they went 37-0 and never trailed in a game with an equally impressive championship performance.
Junior Sydney Coachman was named the TISCA Water Polo Player of the Year.
The Jersey Village High School girls also represented at the state tournament, tying for fifth place overall.
In the boys’ tournament, Jersey Village tied for fifth place in the state and Cypress Creek tied for seventh place.
The following athletes were named to the TISCA Water Polo All-State teams:
First Team All-State:
Girls – Sydney Coachman, junior, Cypress Creek; Whitney Dore, senior, Cypress Creek; and Katie Gill, freshman, Jersey Village.
Boys – Michael Lewandowski, junior, Jersey Village; and Todd Coachman, senior, Cypress Creek.
Second Team All-State:
Girls – Maggie Montgomery, sophomore, Jersey Village; Brooke Brown, junior, Cypress Creek; and Gaby Renteria, senior, Cypress Creek.
Boys – Jake Sharar, junior, Cypress Creek; and Reece Dubaniewicz, senior, Jersey Village.
Honorable Mention All-State Boys – Chris Onorato, senior, Jersey Village.
CY SPRINGS HS STUDENT CHOSEN AS A GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLAR
Cypress Spring High School senior Jay’Len Boone was one of 1,000 students nationwide named to the final class of high school recipients of the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program. Boone, who was selected from a pool of 53,000 recipients, will receive scholarship funds to pursue a degree in any undergraduate major and selected graduate programs at any accredited college or university of his choice.
“It is an honor to earn the Gates Millennium Scholarship,” Boone said. “When I was in 10th grade, I promised my parents that they wouldn’t have to pay a dime for my college education. Since then I have worked tirelessly to keep that promise. I am hopeful that I can be a great representative for future students to strive for similar honors to create a great legacy.”
Boone, whose application was evaluated on academic achievement, community service and leadership potential, plans to attend the University of Texas–San Antonio in the fall.
“The fact that this scholarship recognizes students for outstanding academic achievement and leadership potential makes us [CFISD] proud that one of our very own was selected for this outstanding honor,” said Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools.
In addition to the scholarship funds, Boone will have access to GMS programs and activities to use as resources, assist with his development as a leader and connect with the Gates Scholar community.
“Jay’Len is intelligent, outgoing and excels in everything for which he is involved,” said campus principal Dr. Cheryl Henry. “We are very proud and honored that Jay’Len is a Cypress Springs Panther and the recipient of Gates Millennium Scholars Program.”
Established in 1999, the GMS Program was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The program’s goal is to promote academic excellence by providing thousands of outstanding students the opportunity to reach their full potential. For more information about the program, visit gmsp.org.
SMITH, SPILLANE, BLEYL WIN MS DISTRICT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Smith Middle School seventh-grade girls and boys, the Spillane Middle School eighth-grade girls and Bleyl Middle School eighth-grade boys track and field teams all clinched their respective district championships at the Middle School District Meet, held April 27-28 at Cypress Woods and Cypress Ranch high schools.
Smith won the seventh-grade boys’ competition with 93.2 points, ahead of second-place Campbell Middle School (82.3) and third-place Spillane Middle School (72.3).
“The boys’ hard work finally paid off,” said Jeff Sims, Smith head boys’ track coach. “They came together and peaked as a team at the perfect time, the district finals. Four school records were broken in their quest to become district champion. It was truly an honor and joy to coach this group of young men.”
Smith also won the seventh-grade girls’ competition with 98 points, followed by runner-up Anthony Middle School (89) and third-place Goodson Middle School (76).
“Our Smith seventh-grade girls’ track Team has wonderful young ladies with a lot of talent, drive and desire,” said Roslin Copeland, head coach. “It was a great season with many new school records being set. The girls have and did exhibit perseverance in the face of tough competition. They all gave great and awesome efforts in each of their events. They are a joy to work with and we are all very proud of these tremendous athletes that not only have talent but have such great hearts.”
Bleyl won the eighth-grade boys’ competition with 98 points, followed by second-place Anthony (68) and third-place Goodson (58).
“The team showed great character considering the devastating floods and the week out of school,” said Scott Bacon, Bleyl head track coach. “Their determination to overcome adversity is what won this championship.”
Spillane won its second consecutive eighth-grade girls’ competition with 94.75 points, followed by runner-up Hamilton (80) and third-place Anthony (79).
“Knowing I was retiring this year, my eighth-graders worked their tails off to achieve the ultimate prize of back-to-back district championships,” said Diana Weeks, Spillane head coach. “They are such extraordinary young athletes and just great people. I truly love them and their never-say-die attitude. We are blessed to have known them.”
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