November 2019 Around Town 1

Cy-Ranch HS Equestrian Rider Earns National Recognition

Cy-Ranch High senior, Samantha Reynoso, competed in the USHJA Championship this past summer earning a team gold medal as well as an individual bronze medal, qualifying to compete in the USHJA National Finals in Las Vegas Nov. 11-17. She is also one of 16 riders from across the country to be selected for USHJA’s Emerging Athlete Program, a program for professional and non-professional riders younger the age of 25. Selection for the program includes not only the rider’s talent, but their knowledge of all phases of horsemanship.

Local Student Selected to Participate in National Leadership Program

Nathan Lee, a Cypress resident and student at St. Thomas High School, was selected to participate in the Economics for Leaders program, conducted at Wake Forest University, in Winston Salem, North Carolina, this past July. Nathan is one of 32 students from around the country accepted into the Foundation for Teaching Economics’ program. All of the students were selected because they demonstrated excellent leadership potential. During the week-long program, students gain an understanding of economic reasoning principles and how to employ these concepts for successful and effective leadership.

CFISD Trio Attends Prestigious STEM Camp at Rice University

Cy-Fair freshman Erin Nwachukwu, sophomore Amiya March and Cy-Falls junior SebastianCollins were among a select group of Texas students to attend Rice University’s Richard Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity Say STEM Camp in July. Sponsored by ExxonMobil, the camp features a week-long residential experience where participants experiment with hands-on STEM projects such as building miniature wind turbines or household items while enhancing their communication skills by learning how to simplify complicated STEM ideas via graphic drawings and an end-of-camp oral presentation.

Cy-Springs Volleyball Standout Reaches Milestone in Star Career

Cy-Springs volleyball player Lelan Bradley was named the Houston Chronicle’s female athlete of the week. Lelan reached 1,000 kills in Cy-Springs’ win over Cy-Ranch on Sept. 13, becoming the first in program history to reach the mark. The senior middle blocker is nicknamed “Beast” and boasts career statistics of 71 aces, 154 solo blocks, 83 assists and 120 digs. Lelan plans to continue her athletic career and has verbally committed to play at Stephen F. Austin State University. The Cy-Springs volleyball team has posted the most wins in a season.

Cy-Lakes Senior Named Finalist in Worldwide Video Competition

Cy-Lakes senior Mandy Tran is among 16 finalists in the fourth annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge, a worldwide competition for students to create and submit original videos that bring concepts or theories in sciences, physics or mathematics to life. Mandy created her entry on stress and stress response, which she learned in her former biology class. If Mandy wins, she’ll be eligible for a $250,000 post-secondary or college scholarship and the winner’s school will be awarded a state-of-the-art science lab valued at $100,000. Watch the Breakthrough Prize Foundation video on Facebook.

Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce Announces Date of 2020 WineFair Cy-Fair

The Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce announced the next WineFair Cy-Fair will take place on March 28, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Cypress Village Station. This can’t-miss event features 35-plus wine tasting tables, craft beer tastings at the Beer Garden and 30-plus food tasting stations with food provided by Cypress area restaurants and music on the Bridgeland Live Music Stage. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit local Cy-Fair businesses and artisan vendors. Get your tickets to Cy-Fair’s signature wine and food festival while you support REACH Unlimited, Inc.

Inspiring Hands Announces Scholarship Application Process is Open

The Inspiring Hands scholarship program helps local individuals who have financial and special needs to attend approved camps and equestrian centers in an environment that offers therapeutic support and adaptive recreation while instilling the skills, values and independence needed for success. The 2019 application process runs Nov. 1-March 22. To apply, visit InspiringHands.orgOnly the individual applicant, parent, guardian or counselor may complete the application request. The application includes a request for a written statement from the applicant concerning financial need and the option to include a photograph of the applicant.

Cy-Fair Kiwanis Club Looking for New Members

The Cy-Fair Kiwanis Club supports and encourages CFISD youth to be proactive in service and commitment to our community. We support local causes and service projects in association with CFISD High School Key Clubs and Junior High Builder’s Clubs in both development and sponsorship. As mentors, we broaden and encourage leadership for today and tomorrow’s leaders. We can’t do it alone!  We are actively seeking members who want to be a change agent for our kids. Make a difference. Join the movement at