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School Spirit

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Article by Erica Hernandez

Photography by ANGEL VERDEJO AND ABBIE GEVESHAUSEN

Originally published in Cypress Lifestyle

Cy-Woods football team wins National High School Academic Excellence Award

The Cy-Woods High School football program was named the inaugural recipient of the 2021-2022 High School Academic Excellence Award given by the National Football Foundation. The team was chosen from 62 finalists across the country vying for the award. Teams must have a 3.0 grade point average or above to qualify as a state finalist. The team had a cumulative 3.9 GPA. Bridgeland and Cypress Park high schools also joined Cy-Woods as state finalists.

Dance Teams Perform at Annual District Show-Off

Dance teams from all 12 high schools showed off their routines at the annual district ShowOffs. The four-day event, which was hosted at the Berry Center, included solo and group performances. The showcase not only helps teams preview individual contest routines, but is a moment for school communities to come together and celebrate students’ dedication and talent. At the end of the event, the following students were named as scholarship recipients: Grace Sofia Garza, Cypress Woods Crimson Cadettes; Casey Nguyen, Jersey Village Gold Dusters; Victorya Roberts, Bridgeland Belles; Shea Ellis, Cypress Woods Crimson Cadettes; Lillian Mathis, Cypress Lakes Sterling Stars. 

Basketball Players Earn League Honors

Cy-Springs freshman Ayla McDowell was named the District 16-6A MVP. She helped lead the Panthers to the District 16-6A’s second seed. Cy-Ranch junior Chelsy Singleton was named Offensive Player of the Year, while Bridgeland High School senior Amanda Crowninshield was named Defensive Player of the Year. Cy-Falls freshman Raquel Hawk was named the district’s Newcomer of the Year. Cy-Ranch Head Coach Megan Daniel was voted Coach of the Year. In District 17-6A, Cy-Creek junior Corey Hadnot was voted the league’s MVP and senior Thurston Ashford was named the district’s Defensive Player of the Year for a second straight year. Jersey Village senior Silas Davis was voted Newcomer of the Year. Cy-Ridge Head Coach Marcus Gabriel was named Coach of the Year.

Cy-Ranch’s Harrell Finishes as State Runner-Up

Cy-Ranch High School senior Xavior Harrell finished the season as state wrestling runner-up in the Class 6A 120-pound division. He won 37 of 38 matches this season and finished as a four-time state qualifier for Cy-Ranch.  Harrell was CFISD’s top finisher and among six participants to earn top-six medals at the UIL Wrestling State Tournament. The following girls’ wrestlers placed among the top six in the state: Anna Vogt, Cy-Ranch; Abigail Sebesta, Langham Creek; Emma Thomas, Cy-Creek; The following boys’ wrestlers finished among the top six in the state: Xavior Harrell; Mikell Goodwin, Cypress Lakes; and Ethan Anderson, Cy-Fair.

Frazier, Sheridan Students place 1st, 2nd in Elementary Spelling Bee

Fifth-grader Noah Nguyen from Frazier Elementary School won first place in the annual CFISD Elementary Spelling Bee. Noah correctly spelled the word invertebrate in the eighth round of the bee held in February at the Berry Center. Fifth-grader Psalm Molina from Sheridan Elementary School was the runner-up. Both Nguyen and Molina represented the school district at the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee in March.

Spillane 8th Grader Wins Middle School Spelling Bee Crown

Spillane Middle School eighth grader Alexander Gibson won first place by correctly spelling the word frugivore in the 19th round of the annual districtwide Middle School Spelling Bee, held at the Berry Center in February. Gibson also participated in the competition in 2020 while in the sixth grade. Cook Middle School eighth grader Benjamin Trevino was the runner-up participant for the second time in three years. Both Gibson and Trevino represented the district at the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee in March where Gibson placed 6th.

Four CFISD swimmers earn titles at state swim meet

Four CFISD swimmers earned gold, silver or bronze medals, and 21 others placed in the top 15 at the UIL Swimming and Diving Class 6A State Meet. Cy-Creek senior Hayden Miller earned two state titles in the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle, setting a new Class 6A state record in the process. Miller was also named the Class 6A Female State Swimmer of the Meet. Bridgeland junior Emma Kinsey earned a gold in the 100-yard breaststroke and bronze in the 100-yard butterfly. Cy-Woods junior Benjamin Scholl won gold in the 50-yard freestyle and silver in the 100-yard freestyle. Cy-Fair sophomore Ella Smoker won bronze in the 100-yard breaststroke. See the complete list of winners at CFISD.net.

Cy-Woods AVP students win first in short film at STN Nationals

Cy-Woods Audio Video Production (AVP) students won first place for their short film at the National Student Television Network (STN) Conference. Seniors Jacob Arango, James Darden and Abe Garcia, along with junior Nicole Howard, were tasked with writing, filming and editing a two-minute short film in six hours following the prompt “I’m Starting to Have Second Thoughts.” The film follows a lone individual, played by Darden, who has been living on the streets and has to decide to either stay on the streets or go to a hotel that is rumored to be responsible for people going missing on the 14th floor. The team placed first out of more than 2,200 total participants.


 

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