National Charity League’s Cypress Gems Graduating Seniors Honored

Nineteen graduating seniors from the Cypress Gems Chapter of the National Charity League were recognized for philanthropic activities and contributions to their community. They performed more than 4,050 hours of community service at 14 different charities. Cypress Gems comprises girls from Cy-Ranch, Cy-Woods, Cy-Fair and Bridgeland High Schools. The 2019 class includes Erin Strautman, Mary Shank, Ellie Brister, Samantha Eshelman, Kaitlyn Robinson, Ivanna Acevedo, Jane Stovall, Gabby Gwinn, Devery Janson, Paige Schweighardt, Mackenzie Hammonds, Asia Franklin, Caroline Johnson, Emily Schomburg, Hailey Peacher, Hanna Lewis, Shelby Oliveaux, Mina Lawyer and Brie Allen.

Now Open: Edelweiss Restaurant Offers Traditional Swiss Dishes and Delicacies

Edelweiss Restaurant, the first Swiss restaurant in the Greater Houston area, opened in April at Bridgeland’s Lakeland Center Village. Edelweiss serves the famous Swiss delicacy of raclette, an Alpine cheese aged three to six months commonly used for melting. One of the special aspects of Edelweiss is its tableside raclette melting. As the cheese wheel is heated, it is scrapped onto diners’ plates where they can eat it with meats, pastas and vegetables. Other parts of the menu include traditional Swiss dishes.  

Cy-Woods Student Wins at Texas Science and Engineering Fair

Cy-Woods High School junior Govind Chada earned first place at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair in the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics category for his research on innovative methods for early detection of lung cancer using machine learning with state-of-the-art accuracy. Govind was awarded a scholarship to attend the prestigious Governor’s Science and Technology Champions Academy summer camp, to be held in July at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. The weeklong STEM academy helps students explore practical applications and provide exposure to career options.

Jersey Village HS Student Chosen for PBS Reporting Academy

Jersey Village High School junior Kaleb Velezearned a spot in the PBS Student Reporting Labs Academy, an all-expenses-paid experience from June 22–28 in Washington D.C. The academy helps give an opportunity to student journalists to build critical-thinking, problem-solving and communication skills. Kaleb will work alongside public media mentors to produce original digital content. He is in his first year with the Jersey Village Television student reporting lab and serves as the student director. He has directed two episodes of What’s Up Falcons; filmed sports packages for CFISD Cinema’s sports show, Beyond the Score; and created a professional promotion for Jersey Village English teacher Holly Charles. Kaleb has also worked many football, basketball, volleyball and baseball games, while also directing and filming nationwide PBS packages. He also organized Jersey Village’s annual Fine Arts Festival and filmed the Gold Duster spring show.

Star Furniture Opens New Location in Cypress

Star Furniture and Mattresses’ new Cypress location is now open! Located at the corner of Highway 290 and Barker Cypress Road, this newest showroom boasts the latest innovations in home furnishings. You’ll find a huge selection of quality furniture and wide breadth of price points, all in-stock and ready for immediate delivery. Superior customer service and a unique mattress shopping experience are hallmarks of Star.

Bridgeland’s HS Students Create Viral Lip Dub Video

Bridgeland High School students along with teacher Kathrina Moore and the BHS Audio/Video Production students organized a campus-wide lip dub using Weezer’s cover of “Take on Me“, recreating scenes from iconic 1980s films. Twenty-five scenes and 43 campus clubs and organizations took part in the lip dub, a type of music video that combines lip synching and dubbing over the video with the song’s original audio. The video has garnered more than 34,000 views. Weezer promoted the video from its own Twitter account, as did A-ha, the Norwegian band that first released the song in 1984. Bear Nation Productions posted a side-by-side comparison of Bridgeland’s video and the movie clips, highlighting not only all the organizations but the community the young school and its students have built. To see the video, visit and search for Bridgeland High School.