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Photography by Angel Verdejo and Abbie Geveshausen

Originally published in Cypress Lifestyle

Kahla MS Students, Staff Conduct ‘Bears for the Blue’ Service Drive

Kahla Middle School students and staff members came together for an act of kindness while showing their appreciation for law enforcement this month with “Bears for the Blue,” a campus wide collection drive of new and gently used stuffed animals to donate to the CFISD police department and other local departments. In total, 160 stuffed animals were collected. They will eventually be donated to deserving children or others in need.

Bridgeland HS Student Media Named Finalists for Prestigious Awards

Bridgeland’s yearbook and newsmagazine staffs were named finalists for a National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) Pacemaker Award and a Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Crown Award. Both awards are the highest national scholastic journalism awards a high school publication can receive. In addition to the Pacemaker and Crown finalist nominations, Bridgeland junior Macie Gunn and Bridgeland 2021 graduate Joleigh Underwood both won NSPA individual awards for environmental photo and newsmagazine spread and cover, respectively. Bridgeland junior Blake Beaver also placed fourth in the NSPA individual awards competition for his sports action photo.

Culinary Arts Students Compete in Fifth CFISD Cupcake Battle

Jersey Village junior Ananda Stephens and Cypress Ranch junior Kiersten Vincenti won first place in their respective competition divisions at the fifth annual CFISD High School Cupcake Battle held at the Berry Center. The competition featured more than 70 entries from all 12 CFISD high schools. Vincenti placed first in the Culinary I division, Cypress Creek junior Miranda Gray finished second and Cy-Woods junior Olivia Cecchini placed third. Stephens placed first in the Advanced Culinary, Jersey Village junior Mikayla Kirkland finished second and Cy-Springs senior Ofelia Valle placed third. Winners in both divisions received prizes including KitchenAid mixers, decorating kits, baking accessories and gift cards.

Cy-Fair, Cy Woods Win District 17-6A Swimming Championships

The Cy-Woods boys’ swim team and the Cy-Fair girls’ swim team claimed the District 17-6A titles. Cy-Creek senior Hayden Miller and Cy-Woods junior Benjamin Scholl were named the 17-6A Swimmers of the Meet. Cy-Woods junior Chloe McKnight and Cy-Woods sophomore Benjamin Romig were named the 17-6A Divers of the Meet. Cy-Fair Head Coach Hannah Doré was named the 17-6A Girls’ Coach of the Year, while Cy-Woods Head Coach Michael Marucci was named the 17-6A Boys’ Coach of the Year. Coach Marucci was also selected as the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association Texas Boys Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year.  

Bridgeland Wins District 18-6A Swimming Championship

Bridgeland boys’ and girls’ swim teams claimed the District 18-6A championships at the district meets. Bridgeland junior Emma Kinsey was named the 18-6A and Cy-Lakes sophomore Joel Nace were named the 18-6A Swimmers of the Meet. Langham Creek freshman Jailen Cervantes and Cy-Springs sophomore Caden Feith were named the 18-6A Divers of the Meet. Bridgeland Head Coach Bob Perkins and Cy-Ranch Head Coach Richard Carnicle were named District 18-6A Co-Girls’ Coach of the Year. Cy-Ridge Head Coach Amanda Chow was named the 18-6A Boys’ Coach of the Year.

Eleven CFISD Dance Students Selected for All-state Honors

Eleven CFISD dance students representing 11 high schools were selected to the All-State Dance Team for the 2022 Texas Dance Educators Association (TDEA) Convention: Macy McClosky, Cy-Fair Brigade; Natalie Iruegas, Cy-Springs Panteras; Lillian Mathis, Cy-Lakes Sterling Stars; Adrienne Countryman, Cy-Creek Silverados; Samantha Escobar, Jersey Village Gold Dusters; Ellie Eugenio, Langham Creek Bailadoras; Kaylee Gibson, Cy-Woods Crimson Cadettes; Berenice Alfon, Cy-Ridge Dazzlers; Melissa Gonzales, Bridgeland Belles and Alexandra Cowburn, Cy-Ranch Classics. Cy-Lakes High School senior Lillian Mathis was selected to receive the TDEA Founders scholarship worth $2,500.

44 CFISD Musicians Named to TMEA 2021-2022 All-State Ensembles

Forty-four CFISD high school music students recently earned All-State honors through the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) audition process. Students began the process of competing locally in the fall semester and advanced through a series of rigorous competition rounds to eventually earn this performance distinction. Earning All-State honors is the highest distinction a Texas music student can receive. Approximately 1,810 students are selected to receive the honor through the audition process that begins with more than 70,000 students from across the state. Cy-Park High School senior Oscar Guevara made history by becoming the first student from Cypress Park to earn All-State honors in band.

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