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Cy-Fair Schools, Sports, Students September 2016

| September 1, 2016

Ryan Linton, an incoming seventh-grade student at Aragon Middle School, prepares to fly a stunt drone at the 2016 Rice University Drone Camp.

Ryan Linton, an incoming seventh-grade student at Aragon Middle School, prepares to fly a stunt drone at the 2016 Rice University Drone Camp.

ARAGON MS STUDENT HARNESSES UAV TECHNOLOGY AT RICE DRONE CAMP

Aragon Middle School incoming seventh-grade student Ryan Linton was among a select group of 25 students to attend the Rice University Drone Camp, hosted June 6-10 by the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership.

Linton was chosen from among more than 200 middle school applicants who applied from the United States and other countries. In addition to offering hands-on experience piloting drones, the five-day camp taught students about the technical aspects and socio-cultural implications of drone technology. Industry experts and Rice faculty worked collaboratively with Houston ISD teachers and curriculum specialists to align camp curriculum with Texas education standards, ensuring that the content reinforced and supplements the traditional classroom experience.

Linton earned a free tuition scholarship for the camp, courtesy of Trumbull Unmanned, Microsoft and BP.

“I really enjoyed the camp. It was an amazing learning experience for me,” said Linton, who plans to pursue a career in medicine. “I had flown drones before but I have a lot more knowledge of them now. Drones are going to be a big part of our future, so I feel like this camp gave me a head start with the technology.”

Students also visited the Microsoft Technology Center to explore cutting-edge advances in the computer technology that drives the drone and aerial robotics industry.

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(Front row, l-r): Anthony Boutros, Langham Creek; Rushendar Birudala and Heeba Ahmed, Cypress Ranch; and Cy-Fair FCU employee Georgette Salazar; (second row): Matthew Walther, Cypress Ranch; Alex Ramponi, Jersey Village; and David Zhou, Cypress Ranch; (third row): Cy-Fair FCU Scholarship committee members Alice Wimberly and Celina Lapidus; and (fourth row) committee members Tony Barcelona III and Isiah Spikes.

(Front row, l-r): Anthony Boutros, Langham Creek; Rushendar Birudala and Heeba Ahmed, Cypress Ranch; and Cy-Fair FCU employee Georgette Salazar; (second row): Matthew Walther, Cypress Ranch; Alex Ramponi, Jersey Village; and David Zhou, Cypress Ranch; (third row): Cy-Fair FCU Scholarship committee members Alice Wimberly and Celina Lapidus; and (fourth row) committee members Tony Barcelona III and Isiah Spikes.

CY-FAIR FCU AWARDS $8,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO SEVEN STUDENTS

The Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union (Cy-Fair FCU) recently awarded seven scholarships worth a total of $8,000 to CFISD students from four district high schools.

The scholarships were given to students who demonstrate academic excellence with a commitment to pursuing higher education. The students, who were chosen from among 247 applicants, were celebrated at a summer breakfast reception hosted by the credit union.

Anthony Boutros of Langham Creek High School earned the Pattie R. Miller namesake scholarship, receiving $2,000. The scholarship was named in honor of Ms. Miller, a renowned 20-year employee of Cy-Fair
FCU who lost her battle with cancer in 2010. Six additional students received $1,000 scholarships.

“My goal is to attend Johns Hopkins University, and Cy-Fair FCU has granted me the privilege of embarking on this mission with less worry about debt,” Boutros said in a Cy-Fair FCU release. “I was elated and humbled to receive the generous $2,000 Patty Miller Scholarship.”

The additional 2016 Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union Scholarship Program winners are:

Cypress Ridge High School: Pooja Agrawal – $1,000.

Cypress Ranch High School: Heeba Ahmed – $1,000; Rushen­dar Birudala – $1,000; Mathew Walther – $1,000; and David Zhou – $1,000.

Jersey Village High School: Alex Ramponi – $1,000.

The selection process began in March and is run by an independent, all-volunteer committee comprised of various community leaders. The scholarship committee — Tony Barcelona, Barbara Crook, Jan Goodson, Celina Lapidus, Harold Rowe, Isiah Spikes and Alice Wimberly — is tasked with scoring essays and reviewing the applications, including the activities and transcript component, in order to determine the winners.

“Every year our scholarship applicants become even more impressive, but this year’s group of winners is particularly outstanding,” said Cy-Fair FCU President Cameron Dickey. “We are honored to support their achievements by making a contribution toward their tuition, and continuing our long-standing commitment to helping local students pay for continuing education after high school.”

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Cypress Ranch High School junior Nafisa Ahmed was inducted into the National Society of High School Scholars this summer.

Cypress Ranch High School junior Nafisa Ahmed was inducted into the National Society of High School Scholars this summer.

CYPRESS RANCH JUNIOR INDUCTED INTO NSHSS

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) announced in July that Cypress Ranch High School junior Nafisa Ahmed was selected to become a member of its organization, which recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment.

The announcement was made by NSHSS founder and chairman Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

“On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Nafisa has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence,” Nobel said in a NSHSS release. “Nafisa is now a member of a unique community of scholars – a community that represents our greatest hope for the future.”

NSHSS members must be high school students and meet one of the following criteria:

3.5 cumulative GPA (4.0 scale); 1280 SAT score or higher; 1150 PSAT score or higher; 26 ACT score or higher; score 4 or higher on any AP exam; score 5 or higher on any IB exam; or top 10 percent rank in class.

Ahmed also assumed leadership positions in organizations including Key Club, Model United Nations and speech and debate to strengthen her application.

“When the NSHSS was able to recognize these accomplishments, I felt honored and truly special to see my efforts being paid off,” she said. “The acceptance letter inspired me to continue to work hard and lead my community to greater heights. I am extremely grateful for the scholarships, events and honor that this opportunity has to offer, as well as to the Cy-Fair community for guiding me along every step of the way.”

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The Langham Creek High School symphonic band band placed sixth in the Texas Music Educators Association Class 6A State Honor Band finals.

The Langham Creek High School symphonic band band placed sixth in the Texas Music Educators Association Class 6A State Honor Band finals.

LANGHAM CREEK PLACES 6TH IN STATE HONOR BAND FINALS

The Langham Symphonic band placed sixth in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Class 6A State Honor Band finals, held in conjunction with the Texas Bandmaster Association convention in San Antonio on July 27.

Judges evaluated the Lobo band’s recording, which previously tied for first in the area competition, before ranking it sixth among the top 14 honor bands in Texas.

Six members of the Lobo band were also selected by adjudicator James Keene as Outstanding Soloists in conjunction with the National Wind Band Honors competition. Langham Creek’s individual honorees were: Roman Arizaga – trumpet soloist; Gillian Bustos – oboe soloist; John Cermak – E-flat clarinet soloist; Alyssah Roberts – English horn soloist; José Rojas – xylophone soloist; Sarah Walters – flute soloist; and Hannah Scott – B-flat clarinet soloist.

“We are extremely proud of and excited for our band program, school, community and our district,” said Gloria Ramirez, Langham Creek band director.

John Morrison, CFISD coordinator of secondary music, expressed pride in the band’s representation of CFISD on the state level. “The student musicians and staff continue to raise the bar of excellence through their outstanding performances,” Morrison said.

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Cypress Ridge sophomore Mark Blevins, left, and Jersey Village junior Stephen Garcia paint the Box Tops for Education receptacles that they crafted as part of an Eagle Scout project this summer.

Cypress Ridge sophomore Mark Blevins, left, and Jersey Village junior Stephen Garcia paint the Box Tops for Education receptacles that they crafted as part of an Eagle Scout project this summer.

SCOUTS’ EAGLE PROJECT BENEFITS 7 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Two CFISD students gave back to seven district elementary schools through an Eagle Scout project with Boy Scout Troop No. 655.

Cypress Ridge High School sophomore Mark Blevins and his cousin, Jersey Village High School junior Stephen Garcia, created custom wooden receptacles to collect Box Tops for Education at the following elementary schools: Lieder, Hairgrove, McFee, Francone, Met­calf, Bane and Holbrook.

Blevins is an alumnus of Bane, and wanted to contribute something nice for his former school as well as neighboring cluster schools.

“That school was a second home to me at times,” Blevins said. “Stephen and I always knew we’d do an Eagle project together, and we’re glad it could go toward these schools.”

Blevins was initially approached last spring by a Bane teacher who informed him that the schools were using cardboard boxes to collect the box tops, which students collect to raise money for their campuses. He and Garcia crafted the receptacles throughout the summer using 2-by-4 planks and plywood, creating a slot on the top for the box tops while leaving a hinged opening for the contents to be removed.

The cousins delivered the finished products to Bane, where the other campuses will pick them up. Bane Principal Dr. Carrie Marz credited the young men for their act of service.

“As supporters of scouting programs, we were happy to be the recipients of these containers to collect box tops,” Marz said. “Not only did the scouts want to help Bane Ele­men­tary, they also wanted to support all of the schools in our district with the largest numbers of at-risk students. These scouts are excellent examples of the benefits scouting programs have on communities as well as how students can serve as role models for other students.”

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Cy-Fair students Michael Peroutek, left, and Koustubh Nyshadham display their first-place trophies in the Web Design competition at the FBLA National Leadership Conference.

Cy-Fair students Michael Peroutek, left, and Koustubh Nyshadham display their first-place trophies in the Web Design competition at the FBLA National Leadership Conference.

CY-FAIR STUDENTS WIN FIRST PLACE AT FBLA NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Two Cy-Fair High School students won a first-place trophy at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Nation­al Leadership Conference Awards of Excel­lence Program in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 2.

Cy-Fair students Koustubh Nyshadham and Michael Peroutek won top honors in the Web Design competition after creating a website from scratch and presenting it to a panel of judges in advance of the competition. The students were then asked to explain how they came up with the idea and how they created it live on the World-Wide Web.

“I have never been so proud of such motivated young students,” said Marti Peddicord, Cy-Fair FBLA club adviser. “I know they will go forward and make a huge difference in business and the lives around them.”

The award was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-Phi Beta Lambda that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas.

The FBLA National Leadership Conference, held June 29-July 2, allowed more than 9,380 students to enhance their business skills, expand their networks and participate in more than 65 business-related competitive events.

In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall and heard from motivational speakers on a broad range of business topics.


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