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| June 1, 2017

Langham Creek junior Eric Edwards was CFISD’s lone first-place medalist at the UIL State Track and Field State Meet, winning the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.39. Edwards also placed third in the 300-meter hurdles.

Langham Creek junior Eric Edwards was CFISD’s lone first-place medalist at the UIL State Track and Field State Meet, winning the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.39. Edwards also placed third in the 300-meter hurdles.

CFISD ATHLETES WIN EIGHT MEDALS AT STATE TRACK MEET

The Cypress Springs High School girls’ track and field team placed third overall, and CFISD brought home eight medals at the UIL State Track and Field Meet, held May 12-13 in Austin.

The Lady Panthers track team, which placed second in 2014, third in 2015 and second in 2016, scored 44 points to finish behind state champion DeSoto (65) and runner-up Lamar (46).

Other CFISD girls’ teams claiming points were Cypress Ranch and Jersey Village (t-28th, 6 points), Cypress Woods (37th, 4) and Cypress Lakes (45th, 2).

In the boys’ competition, Cy-Fair placed sixth overall with 22 points and Langham Creek was ninth with 18 points.

Langham Creek High School junior Eric Edwards won the state championship in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.39. Edwards also placed third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 36.68.

“This is a dream come true,” Edwards said. “Just being able to be at the state meet and come home with two medals is a phenomenal feeling. I was feeling good in the 110 – good start, good finish, everything.”

The following other CFISD entries qualified for the medal stand after their respective events:

The Cypress Springs 4×100-meter relay team (Rachel Hall, Ariele Adams, Essance Sample and Tiffany Mack) placed second (45.07); the Cypress Springs 4×200-meter relay team (Tiffany Mack, Ariele Adams, Rachel Hall and Essance Sample) placed second (1:35.53); Cy-Fair junior Edward Sumler placed second in the 200-meter dash (21.01); Cypress Ranch junior Kaitlyn Banas placed third in the pole vault (13-00); Cy-Fair senior Walter Boyd placed third in the 100-meter dash (10.60); and Jersey Village senior Morgan Stewart placed third in the 400-meter dash (54.28).

The following CFISD athletes placed fourth through ninth in their respective events:

Cypress Woods junior Elizabeth Bradley placed fourth in the pole vault (12-06); the Cy-Fair 4×200-meter relay team (Ryon Senegal, Jaelon Woods, Edward Sumler and Walter Boyd) placed fourth (1:25.32); the Cypress Springs girls’ 4×400-meter relay team (Erica Cormier Jordan, Rachel Hall, Ariah Mack and Wonders Oguejifor) placed fourth (3:42.57); Cypress Lakes freshman Keayla Dove placed fifth in the shot put (38-09.75); Langham Creek senior Jordan Murray placed fifth in the long jump (23-03.00); Cypress Springs freshman Wonders Oguejifor placed fifth in the 800-meter run (2:13.40); Cypress Springs senior Essance Sample placed fifth in the 100-meter dash (11.72); Langham Creek junior Ahmad Young placed seventh in the 110-meter hurdles (14.12); and Langham Creek sophomore Brooklyn House placed eighth in the discus (112-03).

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Cypress Ridge senior Emma Lu Valdez poses with her self-portrait mixed media art creation.

Cypress Ridge senior Emma Lu Valdez poses with her self-portrait mixed media art creation.

CYPRESS RIDGE SENIOR WINS $4,000 ART SCHOLARSHIP

Cypress Ridge High School senior Emma Lu Valdez was selected to receive the Northwest Art League (NWAL) Kerstin Wyman Memorial Scholarship Award, given to a candidate based on merit and a demonstrated commitment to visual arts. The scholarship award is worth $4,000.

The NWAL, a member of the Lone Star Art Guild that was established in 1976, selects one deserving student each year from among surrounding high schools.

Cypress Ridge High School art teacher Shawna Billet and counselor Stacey Fernandez each wrote impressive letters of recommendation on behalf of Valdez.

“During her time at Cypress Ridge High School, she has developed a strong artistic voice. She has spent countless hours practicing her technique, mastery of media and quality,” Billet said.

Fernandez added, “Academically, Emma Lu has taken challenging courses throughout her high school career and excelled in honors and advanced placement courses, making exceptional grades. Her true passion is the fine arts, drawing and painting. Many of her pieces have received awards and honors.”

The NWAL strives to promote and encourage further education and development of fine arts while creating educational opportunities for younger generations.

Email atslkostura@aol.com or visit northwestartleague.org for more information.

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The cast and crew of the Cypress Ranch production, Hello, Dolly!, received four nominations at the Tommy Tune Awards.

The cast and crew of the Cypress Ranch production, Hello, Dolly!, received four nominations at the Tommy Tune Awards.

CYPRESS RANCH STUDENTS EARN TOMMY TUNE NOMINATIONS

The Cypress Ranch High School theatre department received four nominations for Hello, Dolly! at the Tommy Tune Awards, held April 18 at the Hobby Center. The Tommy Tune Awards are Houston’s high school version of the Tony Awards, recognizing and celebrating musical theatre.

Cypress Ranch earned nominations for Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Costume Design and Best Crew.

Students Chance Jarvis, Brendan Morrow and Ryan Simon were selected as Tommy Tune Scholarship recipients, and students Grace Whaley and Max Foster were selected to perform in the Tommy Tune finale.

“They did an incredible job,” said Cheryl Bradford, Cypress Ranch theatre director. “Con­grat­ulations to the entire company of Hello, Dolly! ”

The Tommy Tune Awards are sponsored by KTRK Channel 13 (ABC) and will air in June.

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Aaron Xu

Aaron Xu

Meggie Cheng

Meggie Cheng

William Wang

William Wang

THREE CFISD STUDENTS ACHIEVE PERFECT ACT SCORES

Receiving a perfect score on an ACT or SAT can open doors to nearly any college desired, especially since only .02 percent of students make a perfect score. Three CFISD students – Aaron Xu, Meggie Cheng and William Wang – recently achieved just that.

Cypress Falls High School junior Xu said, “I was very happy, and proud of my achievement.”

Making a perfect score isn’t easy, but it is possible when students take the time and necessary steps to get themselves where they need to be. Xu began his studies with the SAT in mind. He spent hours working on practice tests to help prepare and found that the SAT and ACT had a lot of crossover when it came to content.

“I knew it was possible, but I doubted that it would happen,” Xu said. “So I was pretty surprised when I got the score. I don’t have a dream college per se. I plan to apply to Ivy Leagues and UT.”

Regardless of his future career path, Xu has a bright future ahead of him that he has proven with hard work and dedication.”

Cypress Woods High School junior Cheng also defied expectations on the challenging test.

“I was surprised; I didn’t think I would actually get it to 36,” Cheng said. “I thought it was kind of easy and it went really smoothly for me because it didn’t really have anything that I didn’t know.”

Cheng does not necessarily know the college she wants to attend but hopes to pursue a career path in computer science and continue to expand her knowledge and expertise.

Cheng is a well-rounded student who is just like any other student trying to achieve a goal. “For test takers, don’t study the night before. You should do it way
before. Also, focus on the content and format of the test,” Cheng said.

Cypress Ridge High School junior Wang also received a perfect score, but his approach was a little different.

“Honestly, I was going to study months before the
exam, but I procrastinated, and I just studied three days before,” Wang said.

On the day of the test, Wang trudged into the chilly gymnasium among the rest of the approximately 690 juniors to take the test for the first time.

“I walked into the testing room tired and sleepy, and I left tired and sleepy. After finding out [my results], I still feel the same, still tired every day. I still have a lot more work to do [to reach] my goals,” Wang said.

Although Wang has been recognized by the staff and his peers, he remains humble and sees himself as the same student he was before he got his results. Now, he focuses on his classes and obtaining the goal of attending either Harvard University or Rice University to study science.

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Board of Trustees Vice President Dr. John Ogletree Jr. congratulates the Cypress Falls boys’ basketball team on earning the National Guard National Ranking Trophy.

Board of Trustees Vice President Dr. John Ogletree Jr. congratulates the Cypress Falls boys’ basketball team on earning the National Guard National Ranking Trophy.

GOLDEN EAGLES RECOGNIZED WITH NATIONAL RANKING TROPHY

The MaxPreps Travel Team and the Army National Guard stopped by Cypress Falls High School on April 25 to present the state champion boys’ basketball team with the National Guard National Ranking Trophy.

The Golden Eagles also received a Nationally Ranked banner – one of only 10 boys’ varsity programs to be recognized on the 2016-2017 MaxPreps Tour of Champions.

MaxPreps representative Bill Moore and Army National Guard SSG Marcus Jolivet were in attendance to present Cypress Falls with the award.

“Your achievement is a testament to what your team put together this season,” Jolivet said. “Congratulations to you.”

Head Coach Rich Flores expressed gratitude for the award and reflected on the Golden Eagles’ first state championship in school history on March 11.

“It takes a total team effort,” Flores said. “We all believed in our core value of Teammates Matter. Each player had their one shining moment in one or more games. This championship was achieved because you genuinely wanted to see each other succeed. Your success led to our success, and here we stand as one of the top teams in the nation.

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(L-R): Britta Merwin, KPRC 2 meteorologist; Tamara Meldahl, Langham Creek director of instruction; Catherine Rowley, Caitlin’s mother; Caitlin Rowley, Langham Creek senior; Susan Nolen, Langham Creek associate principal; and David Hughes, Langham Creek principal.

(L-R): Britta Merwin, KPRC 2 meteorologist; Tamara Meldahl, Langham Creek director of instruction; Catherine Rowley, Caitlin’s mother; Caitlin Rowley, Langham Creek senior; Susan Nolen, Langham Creek associate principal; and David Hughes, Langham Creek principal.

LANGHAM CREEK SENIOR WINS CFISD’S THIRD KPRC SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP

Langham Creek High School senior Caitlin Rowley was one of the Houston-area high school students selected to receive a KPRC Senior Scholarship, sponsored by Texas Mattress Makers.

Throughout the spring, KPRC representatives are traveling to various high schools to surprise students with $2,500 scholarships to a college of their choice. Meteorologist Britta Merwin presented Rowley with a scholarship on April 28. The giveaway aired during the KPRC morning news on May 3. Rowley was nominated by Langham Creek counselors’ secretary Mariela Bishop.

She is the third CFISD senior to win the scholarship this spring, as Cypress Ridge’s Silvia Navarrete and Cypress Creek’s Robert Cook each received the $2,500 award.

Rowley is a four-year member of the Lobo tennis team. For several years she has participated in the Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis walk in Houston. In 2016 she was the honored hero of the walk, and her team “Caitlin’s Crew” raised more than $20,000.

Rowley will attend the University of Texas in the fall, where she plans to pursue a liberal arts degree with the goal of advancing to either law school or medical school.

“I am extremely grateful to have received the KPRC Texas Mattress Makers scholarship and I am proud to represent Langham Creek in a positive way,” Rowley said.

Watch Rowley’s KPRC Senior Scholarship surprise at click2houston.com.

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(L-R): Melody Nguyen, Emma Louc, Amy Hammett and Carolina Gonzalez.

(L-R): Melody Nguyen, Emma Louc, Amy Hammett and Carolina Gonzalez.

SPILLANE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WIN AT WELLS FARGO STUDENT ART CONTEST

Spillane MIddle School, eighth-grade art student Emma Louc won first place and a $400 prize in the middle school division of the 19th Annual Wells Fargo Student Art Contest sponsored by Society for the Performing Arts. This year’s theme was the culinary arts in Houston – “What does Houston taste like to you?” Louc’s winning piece was a watercolor of Blue Crabs titled, “Where’s the Butter?”

Classmates Melody Nguyen, Amy Hammett, and Carolina Gonzalez won Honorable Mentions for their entries.

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Anthony Middle School art teacher Brad Conklin joins eighth-grade student Argos Lara in front of his Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Junior High division Best of Show artwork, “It’s a Horse.”

Anthony Middle School art teacher Brad Conklin joins eighth-grade student Argos Lara in front of his Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Junior High division Best of Show artwork, “It’s a Horse.”

ANTHONY MS STUDENT WINS GLASSELL ART PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP

Anthony Middle School eighth-grade student Argos Lara won a three-year scholarship for the Glassell School of Art Advanced Portfolio Preparation Program.

Lara won Best of Show in the Junior High Division of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Exhibit and Competition on Jan. 11 for his artwork, “It’s a Horse.” Because he won Best of Show, Lara had the opportunity to apply for the Glassell program.

He, his parents and Anthony art educator Brad Conklin worked to prepare his application materials before the Jan. 27 deadline. Conklin wrote a short essay and Anthony Principal Sherma Duck wrote a letter of recommendation to support the application.

Lara’s father, Enrique, phoned Conklin on May 9 to inform him that Lara earned the scholarship.

“Now Argos has the opportunity to have specialized art instruction on Saturdays and weekday evenings in a huge range of techniques and media,” Conklin said. “This will be in addition to his high-quality CFISD high school art instruction. I am very excited that a student with so much potential to climb has just been given an extra ladder and a surge of confidence. I am very proud of him and so excited for his artistic future.”

Visit mfah.org for more information on the Advanced Portfolio Preparation Program.

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The Cypress Creek girls’ water polo team beat St. Agnes, 10-6, to clinch its second consecutive TISCA state championship on May 6.

The Cypress Creek girls’ water polo team beat St. Agnes, 10-6, to clinch its second consecutive TISCA state championship on May 6.

CYPRESS CREEK WINS BACK-TO-BACK STATE WATER POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Cypress Creek High School girls’ water polo team defeated St. Agnes, 10-6, on May 6 in Lewisville to clinch its second consecutive TISCA state championship.

It marked the seventh all-time championship for the Cougars, who defeated Southlake Carroll in the 2016 championship. They faced Carroll again in the 2017 semifinal round on May 6, edging the Dragons 12-11 after trailing by 6 entering the fourth period. Cypress Creek had previously beaten Marcus (20-8) and Dawson (14-1) in first- and second-round action on May 5.

“This team stayed with their game plan all year. Whether being up by 10 or down by 6, these girls never quit on each other,” said Jeff Chandler, Cypress Creek head coach. “I am so proud of these girls and honored to be able to experience this tremendous task of going back to back.”

Chandler won TISCA Girls’ Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.

In the boys’ state tournament, Jersey Village High School placed third overall after defeating Southlake Carroll, 10-9, in the third-place game. The Falcons previously earned wins against Denton Guyer (10-6) and Brazoswood (10-4) before losing to eventual champion St. Marks, 12-4, in the semifinal.

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Black Elementary second-grade students Allena Tardy, left, and Kylie Finch participate in the JDRF Kids Walk.

Black Elementary second-grade students Allena Tardy, left, and Kylie Finch participate in the JDRF Kids Walk.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS RAISE JDRF FUNDS THROUGH KIDS WALK

Students at Black Elementary School celebrated a fundraising milestone on April 28 when they eclipsed $100,000 in donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) after seven years of hosting the annual JDRF Kids Walk program.

The Bearkats raised $10,377 in the seventh annual walk for a grand total of $108,595. The money raised supports the JDRF as it seeks to find a cure, improve treatment options and find a vaccine to prevent type 1 diabetes, which affects approximately 500 CFISD students.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the pancreas no longer produces insulin. The walk is personal to the Black Elementary campus, where three students suffer from the disease.

“We are extremely proud of the continued generosity of our Bearkat family and friends in our fight to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes. For the past seven years, Black Elementary has supported JDRF through fundraising,” said Kurt Anselmi, Black PE teacher. “Through educating our students about T1D, they truly look forward to this fundraiser every year because it’s about helping others.”

Learn more at jdrf.org.

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(L-R): Jesse Rodriguez, Jauanna Harris, Nykeria Johnson and Dashia Compton.

(L-R): Jesse Rodriguez, Jauanna Harris, Nykeria Johnson and Dashia Compton.

CYPRESS LAKES STUDENTS’ PSA WINS NATIONAL ANTI-BULLYING CONTEST

By Brandon Castelo, Cypress Lakes HS

Cypress Lakes High School senior co-producer and editor Jauanna Harris was surprised during lunch on April 20 with the announcement that her PSA, “We Are All One,” won first place for Best Community Involvement PSA in the national NO BULL Challenge. The award is a first for the district.

The NO BULL Challenge is a leadership and social action organization that inspires teens and young adults from around the world to say NO BULL, by taking a stand against all things hateful, through taking a leadership role and leveraging the power of filmmaking.

The Cypress Lakes PSA featured a series of interviews between students of different backgrounds giving one message: unity. Other video contributors were Jesse Rodriguez, co-producer Nykeria Johnson and Dashia Compton.

“A lot of the older winning videos were negative, so the kids wanted to take a more positive stance on the subject,” said Adriel Ortiz, video tech teacher. “The message was basically we are all one, we are all human, so there is no need for bullying because it is our individuality that makes us special and unique. The strongest point of the film was that the actors used their own language during the interviews. One of the actors spoke with broken English, and to make it easier they had him speak his own language and it just clicked.”

While making the film, Harris and senior co-producer Diamond said their personal experiences inspired them to make their award-winning PSA for the contest.

“I just wanted to express what I knew was currently going on in the world. I felt like nobody should be judged by what parts of the world they are from or how they were brought up. I experienced things like that growing up,” Diamond said. “Jauanna and I experienced some things as I come from New York and she comes from Mississippi. Based on me growing up in the slightly middle-class area of New York, I got judged a lot. A lot of people didn’t believe I was going to make it this far because they expected me to be an 18-year-old dropout, running out in the streets with nothing else better to do. I took those experiences and kept improving myself day by day. Now I’m graduating and I won this award.”

Visit nobullchallenge.org for more information.

View the winning Cypress Lakes PSA at youtube.com/watch?v=tkVCPM2X_co

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Parents Pablo Garcia and Marisol Carpio listen in as Horne Elementary School kindergarten student Dannah Garcia showcases her project. Garcia and fellow Horne students used the Seesaw and Chatterpix apps on iPads to create book summaries and other projects.

Parents Pablo Garcia and Marisol Carpio listen in as Horne Elementary School kindergarten student Dannah Garcia showcases her project. Garcia and fellow Horne students used the Seesaw and Chatterpix apps on iPads to create book summaries and other projects.

CFISD TECHNOLOGY FESTIVAL DRAWS NEARLY 4,000 GUESTS IN EIGHTH YEAR

Approximately 3,700 total guests turned out at the Berry Center on April 27 for the eighth annual CFISD Student Technology Festival, #NEXT.

The districtwide celebration of student technology projects featured approximately 1,000 students in grades pre-K through 12 showcasing the use of technology in the classroom. Students demonstrated devices and software as tools to solve problems, simulated collaboration in and outside of classroom walls and modeled products they created using technology.

The 2017 event featured a couple new additions that made their debut at the Berry Center. The Tech Playground allowed campuses to showcase new technologies such as Sphero robots, coding, virtual reality and Maker Spaces.

High school health science students brought displays on which they can view the human body as a 3D image, allowing them to manipulate organs in a virtual body so they have a better understanding of body systems working together.

“Every year, we continue to be amazed by the incredible projects our students create utilizing technology as a tool,” said Becky Cook, director of instructional technology. “We’ve been impressed with the complexity of the projects being showcased and can’t wait to see what next year brings!”

View more photos from the Technology Festival on CFISD’s Facebook page.

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Cypress Creek High School senior Keiry Argueta (center) of AFJROTC Unit TX-20102 served as the commander of troops for the 15th annual Pass in Review.

Cypress Creek High School senior Keiry Argueta (center) of AFJROTC Unit TX-20102 served as the commander of troops for the 15th annual Pass in Review.

15TH ANNUAL PASS IN REVIEW SHOWCASES AFJROTC CADETS

More than 1,000 cadets representing all 11 high schools and eight JROTC units displayed their discipline and uniformity at the 15th annual Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Air Force Junior ROTC Pass in Review, held April 22 at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium.

A military tradition designed to show the readiness of troops to a newly assigned commander, the Pass in Review featured Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools, as the reviewing official.

Cypress Creek High School AFJROTC Unit TX-20102 was the host school for the event. Cypress Creek’s unit is led by Maj. Craig Llorance and MSgt. Marvin Tasby.

Special guests included family members of cadets, Board of Trustees members and campus and district administrators.

“The hard work and discipline of the cadets and their instructors was evidenced by the precise communication between the cadet officers and the flights of cadets resulting in precision maneuvers,” said Dr. Sharon Hogue, career and technical education curriculum coordinator and Air Force JROTC coordinator.


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