Home

» More Features » Cy-Fair Schools, Sports, Student Nov 2013

Cy-Fair Schools, Sports, Student Nov 2013

| November 1, 2013

(L-R) Aaron Rodriguez, Cypress Springs college advisor; Esteban Aristizabal; Cameron Stevenson; and Dr.Roger Martinez.

(L-R) Aaron Rodriguez, Cypress Springs college advisor; Esteban Aristizabal; Cameron Stevenson; and Dr.Roger Martinez.

CYPRESS SPRINGS STUDENTS WIN SCHOLARSHIP DRAWING – Two Cypress Springs High School seniors were awarded $500 scholarships to Texas A&M University during a random drawing among the top 15 percent of seniors in a small assembly at the school. Seniors Esteban Aristizabal and Cameron Stevenson won the scholarships, awarded by Dr. Roger Martinez, associate director of the Office of Admissions at Texas A&M. Dr. Martinez spoke to the seniors about the transition process between high school and college, as well as specific details about Texas A&M. xxx
_________________________________________________________________________________

Cypress Lakes High School sophomore basketball player De’Aaron Fox and assistant coach Emmanuel Olatunbosun at the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team October Mini-Camp.

Cypress Lakes High School sophomore basketball player De’Aaron Fox and assistant coach Emmanuel Olatunbosun at the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team October Mini-Camp.

CY LAKES BASKETBALL PLAYER ATTENDS TEAM USA MINI-CAMP – Cypress Lakes High School sophomore De’Aaron Fox was one of 46 of the nation’s best high school basketball players invited to attend the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team October Mini-Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The 6-foot, 2-inch, 165-pound point guard is currently ranked No. 1 at his position and 13th overall for the Class of 2016 by ESPN. Cypress Lakes assistant coach Emmanuel Olatunbosun said De’Aaron drew notice from Team USA after his stellar play in summer basketball leagues. Olatunbosun attended the mini-camp with Fox and said the Spartans’ standout lived up to his national ranking.

Fox will attend a second tryout in Colorado Springs in July, and if he makes the roster will spend 13 days playing for the USA Men’s U17 National team in Dubai.

As a freshman, Fox started for the Cypress Lakes varsity team and averaged 23 points per game, including a 50-point performance against Aldine Nimitz on Dec. 1. Olatunbosun, who is also the head junior varsity coach, said he and the fellow Cypress Lakes coaches recognized his potential while he was playing for Thornton Middle School.
_________________________________________________________________________________

HAMILTON MS STUDENT SUCCEEDS IN NATIONAL CHEMISTRY CHALLENGE – Hamilton Middle School eighth-grade student Amar Moturu celebrated a top-10 finish in the nation at the You Be the Chemist National Challenge, held during the summer at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Pa.

Competing among the 27 best You Be the Chemist representatives from the United States, Amar showcased his science knowledge by advancing to the top 10 prior to an elimination round that narrowed down the final six. The National Challenge is an annual three-day celebration of science in which one student from each participating state and the District of Columbia test their knowledge of chemistry concepts, including important discoveries and chemical safety awareness tips.

More than 20,000 students participated in the initial challenge cycle. Amar had previously captured the You Be the Chemist statewide title during a challenge held April 27 at the University of Houston. Prior to that, he won his second consecutive regional You Be the Chemist challenge on Feb. 16 at the It’Z Family Fun Center.

By participating in the National Challenge, he received a Thames & Kosmos chemistry set, a gift certificate to the Discovery Channel Store, a commemorative plaque and other unique You Be the Chemist apparel.
_________________________________________________________________________________

Representatives from myON presented Farney Elementary School with a certificate for an interactive white board from Steelcase Education.

Representatives from myON presented Farney Elementary School with a certificate for an interactive white board from Steelcase Education.

ELEMENTARY READERS WIN BIG IN SUMMER READING PROGRAM – Two elementary schools won top-three awards and eight student readers placed among the top 100 individuals nationally in the myON second annual Summer SuperHero reading program. CFISD placed fourth in the total number of students appearing in the top 100 nationally. The program, which featured 65,000 students in 4,200 schools, challenged participants to read as much as possible from May 15-Aug. 15 using the myON Reader software.

Farney Elementary School placed second in the nation, winning an interactive white board from Steelcase Education. Birkes Elementary School placed third in the nation, winning a free, one-year subscription to the myON elementary school publisher bundle.

The following CFISD students ranked among the top 100 readers nationally: Vuong Vu, fifth grade, Gleason Elementary, fifth place; Dan Huynh, Bang Elementary, 21st place; Anh Nguyen, fourth grade, Lee Elementary, 45th place; An Duong, fifth grade, Copeland Elementary, 49th place; Jaenelle Adams, third grade Rennell Elementary, 57th place; Arya Uprale, fifth grade, Yeager Elementary (former student), 73rd place; Emann Loubani, fourth grade, Lee Elementary, 76th place; and Theresa Pham, sixth grade, Cook Middle School (formerly Bang Elementary), 93rd place.

myON Reader is a digital literacy program that provides 24/7 access to thousands of digital books, while recommending content to readers according to their interest and reading levels. The software uses embedded Lexile reading assessments that allow educators to measure and forecast reading growth.
_________________________________________________________________________________

Dominyck McCargo.

Dominyck McCargo.

CYPRESS RANCH GRADUATE PLAYS LEADING ROLE IN FEATURE FILM – Cypress Ranch High School graduate Dominyck McCargo debuted as lead actor in the independent film Something Different, which premiered in September at the Alamo Drafthouse in Katy. The film raises awareness about sickle cell disease, and how one teen named Corey (portrayed by McCargo) deals with having it. Director, writer and producer Trina Brown, who portrayed Corey’s mother in the movie, wrote the film after losing her daughter to the disease.

Dominyck said the moments leading up to the opening scene of the film during the premiere were nerve-wracking. “I was cringing in my chair during the countdown, but once I saw my name on the screen and heard the cheers from the audience, it was very heartwarming,” he said.

Although McCargo doesn’t have sickle cell disease, he said he did research and pulled from the education and training he received to prepare for the role.
_________________________________________________________________________________

CYPRESS FALLS BAND PLACES FIRST AT DEKANEY SHOWCASE – The Cypress Falls High School marching band placed first in its division at the USBands Dekaney Showcase, earning the highest score of the competition, as well as first-place honors in the Music, Visual, Effect and Color Guard caption areas. Leading the band in the performance were drum majors Danielle Cerdena, Jennifer De Santiago, Lani Nguyen and Bryanna Quineche.

The head band director is Shawn McAnear. Cypress Falls also competed at the USBands Cypress Showcase at Pridgeon Stadium.
_________________________________________________________________________________

Cypress Creek High School senior Brice Phillips won first place in the Stage Management competition at the International Thespian Festival.

Cypress Creek High School senior Brice Phillips won first place in the Stage Management competition at the International Thespian Festival.

STUDENTS PLACE AT INTERNATIONAL THESPIAN CONVENTION – Ten CFISD students placed first or second in their respective categories at the International Thespian Festival held in Nebraska. The students will be recognized at a Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 9 at the Berry Center.

Cypress Ranch High School graduate Logan Harper placed first in the Solo Musical Theatre competition after performing on the national main stage in front of 3,500 spectators. Harper is currently pursuing a degree in vocal performance at Belmont University.

Cypress Ranch seniors Meredith Ball, Bianca Galindo, Matt Jones, Maegan Knight and Kyle Wilganowski and graduates Richard Evan Brighi and Joe Pedoto placed first in the Group Acting competition, performing an ensemble number from the Tony Award-winning play, Peter and the Star Catcher. Pedoto is currently studying travel industry at the University of Hawaii, while Brighi is attending the University of Evansville on a theatre scholarship.

Cypress Woods High School junior Ashton Croft won second place in the Costume Construction competition.

Cypress Creek High School senior Brice Phillips won first place in the Stage Management competition, which includes a presentation of a prompt book from a show that the competitor was a part of. Phillips presented The Crucible, Cypress Creek’s fall 2012 show to three judges, including Jason Daunter, the stage manager for the professional touring company of Wicked.
_________________________________________________________________________________

The CFTV District News and News Flash talent for 2013-14.

The CFTV District News and News Flash talent for 2013-14.

DISTRICT NEWS 2013-14 CAST AND CREW SELECTED – CFISD has named the 2013-2014 cast and crew for the CFTV Channel 16 District News show. Sixteen students from six high schools were selected to serve as anchors and reporters, while two more students were selected to serve as CFISD News Flash hosts and two others were selected as alternates.

The District News broadcast runs on a weekly basis, featuring students from different high schools anchoring the newscasts. The following CFISD students auditioned and were selected for District News: Team 1 – Paige Parker, junior Cypress Creek High School; and Morgan Szkodj, senior, Jersey Village High School; Team 2 – Matthew Bierwagen, senior, Jersey Village; and Emma Denard, junior, Cypress Ranch High School; Team 3 – Samantha Samuels, junior, Langham Creek High School; and Sridhar Changalpet, junior, Cy-Fair High Schoo; Team 4 – Claire Wineman, junior, Jersey Village; and Kate Roemlein, junior, Cypress Ranch; Team 5 – Scott Holder, sophomore, and Alisa Trejo, senior, Cypress Creek; Team 6 – Manet Ota, senior, Cypress Springs High School; and Robert Hughes, sophomore, Jersey Village; Team 7 – Shayli Christensen, sophomore, Cy-Fair; Victoria Rojas, senior, Jersey Village; Team 8 – Joy Travis, senior, Jersey Village; and Jasmine Harris, junior, Langham Creek.

The two News Flash reporters are senior Samantha Casas of Cypress Creek and junior Alan Jaquez Orozco of Jersey Village. The two alternates are sophomore Miguel Sandoval of Cypress Creek and freshman Kendall Hughs of Cypress Falls High School.
_________________________________________________________________________________

Hopper Middle School teacher Callie Jones (seated) with (from left) Hopper principal Wendi Witthaus, OfficeMax assistant store manager Joe Rosario, and OfficeMax team members Baron O’Neal and Tony Pattay.

Hopper Middle School teacher Callie Jones (seated) with (from left) Hopper principal Wendi Witthaus, OfficeMax assistant store manager Joe Rosario, and OfficeMax team members Baron O’Neal and Tony Pattay.

TWO TEACHERS HONORED IN “A DAY MADE BETTER” – Two local OfficeMax stores surprised two CFISD teachers with approximately $1,100 worth of free classroom supplies in “A Day Made Better,” a joint effort with Adopt-a-Classroom. The goal of the “A Day Made Better” program is to work to erase teacher-funded classrooms. Approximately 1,000 teachers across the country received the same surprise visit Oct. 1. The OfficeMax location at 1250 N. Fry Road surprised Hopper Middle School READ 180 teacher Callie Jones, while the OfficeMax location at 6757 Highway 6 North recognized Lee Elementary School first-grade teacher Regina Butler.

In addition to a boxful of supplies including a Kindle Fire, digital camera and leather desk chair, each school received an extra box of supplies donated through an independent fund drive at each of the OfficeMax locations.


Category: More Features, Schools, Sports, Students

Comments are closed.