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Cy-Fair Schools, Sports, Students Sept 2013

| September 1, 2013

Thornton student George Cortez Jr. and fellow Texas students visit the State Capitol during the Austin/San Antonio Lone Star Leadership Academy.

Thornton student George Cortez Jr. and fellow Texas students visit the State Capitol during the Austin/San Antonio Lone Star Leadership Academy.

THORNTON STUDENT EXPERIENCES TEXAS THROUGH LEADERSHIP ACADEMY – Thornton Middle School eight-grade student George Cortez Jr. was selected to travel to the Austin/San Antonio area as a participant in Education in Action’s Lone Star Leadership Academy.

George’s selection  was based on his outstanding academic success, demonstrated leadership ability, a nomination from his counselor Carla Nelson-Broussard, and involvement in school and community activities.

Joining a delegation of outstanding students from across the state, George developed leadership skills while learning about the state of Texas and its leaders. He learned about future career and internship opportunities and visited historically, politically and geographically significant sites including the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, LBJ Library, Alamo, Institute of Texan Cultures, Witte Museum State Cemetery, State Capitol, Supreme Court and Aquarena Springs.

The Lone Star Leadership Academy provides unique opportunities for outstanding fourth- through eighth-grade students to learn about Texas. Participants discuss what they learn, complete problem-solving and decision-making simulations, exercise creativity and practice presentation skills.

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CYPRESS FALLS STUDENT ELECTED TO KEY CLUB INTERNATIONAL POSITION –  Cypress Falls High School senior Roshni Chandwani was elected as one of 11 Key Club International Trustees at the Key Club International Convention in Washington, D.C.

To win, Roshni had to receive an endorsement from her home Key Club district at the District Convention in Dallas in April. After her endorsement at DCON, she submitted her intent to run at the international level of Key Club before officially campaigning at ICON. Finally, she made it past the regional caucuses before being elected in July.

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(L-R) Jessica Duckett and LaCarol Baynes place first and second, respectively, in the 400-meter hurdles event of the 15-16-year-old girls’ division at the AAU Junior Olympics.

(L-R) Jessica Duckett and LaCarol Baynes place first and second, respectively, in the 400-meter hurdles event of the 15-16-year-old girls’ division at the AAU Junior Olympics.

STUDENTS MEDAL AT AAU JUNIOR OLYMPICS –  Cy Fair ISD track and field athletes placed in the top three of their respective events during the AAU Junior Olympics in Ypsilanti, Mich. Cypress Lakes High School junior Jessica Duckett won the national championship in the 400-meter hurdles in the 15-16-year-old girls’ division. Duckett’s high school teammate, junior LaCarol Baynes, brought home the silver medal in the same event and division. Both athletes qualified for the New Balance Indoor and Outdoor Nationals in March 2014.

Hamilton Middle School eighth-grade student Trent Kennedy won the 100-meter hurdles in the 15-16-year-old boys’ division.

Hairgrove Elementary School third-grade student Nathan Thomas won the 200-meter run in the 8-and-under boys’ division. Thomas joined A. Robison Elementary School third-grade student Myles West, Holmsley Elementary School second-grade student Christopher Tippins and Cameron Harris to claim silver medals in the 400-meter relay of the 8-and-under boys’ division.

Duckett and Baynes combined with Langham Creek High School juniors Erin Derrow and Ashley Cameron to capture the silver medal in the 1,600-meter relay in the 15-16-year-old girls’ division. Duckett, Baynes, Katy Seven Lakes student Sydney Gandy and Cypress Falls freshman Jean Jenkins won the bronze medal in the 3,200-meter relay in the same division.

Aragon eighth-grade student Cameron Hudson placed second in the 800-meter event and fourth in the 1,500-meter run in the 13-year-old boys’ division.

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After competing at nationals, Cypress Woods students Robert Lipman and Alie Derkowski tour the facilities of the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space.

After competing at nationals, Cypress Woods students Robert Lipman and Alie Derkowski tour the facilities of the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space.

CFISD STUDENTS SUCCESSFUL AT NATIONAL TSA COMPETITION –  Students from Cypress Woods and Langham Creek high schools represented the district by placing in the top 10 of their respective events at the 2013 National Technology Student Association contest in Orlando, Fla.

Cypress Woods student Alie Derkowski placed second in the nation in the 2-D Architecture competition, receiving compliments from the judges on the knowledge and skills she brought to the contest. Ali qualified for the national competition after placing second in 2-D Architecture at the Texas TSA competition. Fellow Cypress Woods student Robert Lipman qualified for the national competition by placing second in 3-D Engineering at the state contest.

Langham Creek High School student Taylor Frith-Brown placed sixth in the Technical Sketching event at the National TSA contest. The event requires students to solve an on-site engineering graphics problem using standard drafting techniques. The 2013 on-site problem included a pen with six parts, and required students to draw an orthographic projection of all six parts along with an exploded assembly view of the pen in one and one-half hours.

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Members of the Cypress Woods High School FFA chapter won the Lone Star FFA Degree at the 85th annual Texas FFA State Convention.

Members of the Cypress Woods High School FFA chapter won the Lone Star FFA Degree at the 85th annual Texas FFA State Convention.

CY WOODS FFA RECEIVES STATE RECOGNITION – Fourteen stufents of the Cypress Woods FFA chpter were awarded the Lone  Star FFA Degree at the 85th annual Texas FFA State Convention, held in Dallas.

The Lone Star FFA Degree is the highest degree bestowed by the Texas FFA and only two other schools in Texas received more state degree recipients than Cypress Woods this year.

Cypress Woods FFA members who received their state degree were Emaleigh Esterak, Stephanie Halbert, Cody Keilers, Megan Kubecka, Jordann May, Monica McClellan, Hayley Mock, Mikayla Mott, Samantha Rayne, Faith Schmidt, Kacie Treichel, Jamie White, Joshua Winkelmann and Katelyn Wishkoski.

The Lone Star FFA Degree recognizes FFA members who have received the chapter degree, been active FFA members for at least two years, completed at least four semesters of agricultural science at or above the ninth-grade level, maintained a supervised agricultural experience program, demonstrated their leadership skills and shown a commitment to the FFA through involvement at the chapter level and above.

The 85th annual Texas FFA State Convention recorded more than 11,000 members and guests. Members of the agricultural youth leadership organization spent the week attending leadership workshops, participating in events and activities, being recognized for their achievements and serving as the legislative body for the Texas FFA Association.

The Texas FFA Rodeo Finals were also held in conjunction with the convention and Cypress Woods High School was represented by Kelsey Supak and Caitlin Quinlan in Barrel Racing and Breakaway Roping. Supak placed fifth in the first round of breakaway roping with a time of 4.2 and third place in the second round with a 3.0, which ranked her fourth in the overall average.

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Jersey Village High School students (l-r, front row) Monica Garcia, Pablo Vazquez and Marieke Alsguth; (middle row) Christin Ong, Megan Flores, Semon Adams; and (back row) Matt DuBose, Juan “Nito” Torres, Alexander Cruz and Kelsey Hodges.

Jersey Village High School students (l-r, front row) Monica Garcia, Pablo Vazquez and Marieke Alsguth; (middle row) Christin Ong, Megan Flores, Semon Adams; and (back row) Matt DuBose, Juan “Nito” Torres, Alexander Cruz and Kelsey Hodges.

STUDENTS WIN JOURNALISM AWARDS AT COMMUNICATIONS WORKSHOP – CFISD students won numerous awards at the Balfour High School Communications Workshop held at Texas A&M University. Approximately 800 students representing 80 Texas high schools were in attendance.

“Giving up days of summer vacation to attend a four-day intensive workshop shows the dedication and commitment the journalism students in the district have,” said Margie Comstock, Jersey Village publications adviser. “They want to make their publications some of the best in the state. They are amazing kids and outstanding scholastic journalists.”

CFISD students brought home the following awards: Cy-Fair High School – first place, Review Writing, Rebeccah Barger; second and third place, News Writing, Jessica Ullrich and Katelyn Gehrt; Best Graphic Presentation – Yearbook; Best Writing Project – Newspaper; Best Newsmagazine – Newspaper, Rebeccah Barger and Alex Edwards; and Outstanding Design – Newspaper; Cypress Lakes High School – Best Overall Classic Design; Cypress Ridge High School – Best Inside Design – Newspaper; and Outstanding Theme Development – Yearbook; Cypress Woods High School – Dynamic Spread Design – Yearbook; Best Newspaper Design – Newspaper; and Outstanding Staff – Newspaper; Jersey Village High School – Team Award, Integrated Design, Christin Ong, Marieke Alsguth, Megan Flores, Matt DuBose and Alexander Cruz; Superior Typography and Design Knowledge, Matt DuBose; Advanced Color Instincts, Alexander Cruz; Outstanding Team Leadership, Marieke Alsguth; Superior Layout Innovation and Ideas, Christin Ong; and Outstanding Writer, Kelsey Hodges; Langham Creek High School – Outstanding Yearbook Theme Packet, Cesar Perez, Emily Myers and Carolina Saldierna.

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FOUR STUDENTS WIN TILF SCHOLARSHIPS –  Four students from Cypress Falls and Cypress woods high schools were recognized as Texas Interscholastic League Foundation scholarship recipients for 2013. The TILF provides scholarships to students who excel in UIL academic and music contests, awarding 416 new and 179 continuing scholarships this year totaling more than $1.1 million.

Cypress Falls 2013 graduate Amy Cunningham received the Dr. Max R. Haddick Journalism Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $500.

Three Cypress Woods 2013 graduates won TILF scholarships: Benjamin Lin won the TILF Diamond Anniversary Scholarship, in the amount of $500; Sean Sellers won the Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd T. Jones Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $2,500; and Yameng Zhang won The Meadows Foundation Scholarship, in the amount of $4,000.


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