CFISD Student of the Week: Anushka Gupta

Cypress, TX (April 25, 2016) Cypress Ranch High School freshman Anushka Gupta, an award-winning oboe player, is passionate about playing music as a beautiful form of expression. Upon graduation, she wishes to pursue the Columbia-Juilliard exchange program—blending her love of STEM subjects and music.

0425 SOTW Anushka Gupta

School: Cypress Ranch High School

Age: 15

Grade: 9

Accomplishments: All-region band on oboe, 2015-2016; Area band member, 2015-2016; competed for all-state in January 2016; 1st division on both solo and ensemble in solo & ensemble competition, 2016; learned to play saxophone for marching band; started Red Cross Club at Cypress Ranch with Greater Houston Area Chapter, 2016; Distinguished Honor Roll through all school years; Middle School Region Band member, 2013 and 2014; Middle School Honor Band member, 2014; student council member, 2014-2015.

Favorite class: Band. “I am in Symphonic Band (varsity) this year and since I am a freshman the music is challenging but fun! I have also met new people and made a lot of friends in band.”

Favorite things to do after class: “After school I like to go to extracurricular activities such as school clubs so I can hang out with friends and enjoy doing some of the things I like such as Model UN and volunteering.”

Favorite song: Taylor Swift songs.

Favorite website: Pandora. “I like to listen to music in the background on Pandora while I’m doing homework.”

Favorite TV show: The Flash. “I love this show because The Flash (Barry Allen) is a selfless superhero who fights bad guys to make the world a safer place. He is kind and funny both in and out of his superhero suit.”

Favorite movie: Iron Man 3. “I love Marvel movies, and Iron Man 3 is full of action and Tony Stark is hilarious.”

Ambition: “My ambition after high school is to get accepted into Columbia and into the Columbia-Juilliard exchange program. I want to do this because I want to pursue a STEM career, but I also want to continue playing music after high school. I also have an ambition to write a book. I want my words to have an impact on the world and this is also a way for people to remember me years from now.”

What topics/things are you passionate about? “I am passionate about playing music. It’s a beautiful form of expression and has made me a more creative person. Playing the oboe is relaxing and enjoyable. I am also passionate about math and science. I believe these two subjects combined are important to the world and I like to learn about them.”

What inspires you? “I am inspired by the stories of other people who have overcome hardships and have done well. I know my goals are very high and will take effort to reach, but knowing what other people were able to achieve in the face of adversity makes me feel like I can do whatever I put my mind to.”

What three things can’t you live without? “The first thing I can’t live without is music. Ever since I started playing the oboe I have loved being able to play music. The other two things are my computer and my iPad, because I need them to get my schoolwork done now that most of my homework has to be done online. Also, these tools help me research topics that I care about.

What are you most looking forward to this year? ”I am looking forward to expanding my Red Cross Club and taking my very first AP test. I am also looking forward to performing in band concerts and going on the band spring trip.”

Courtesy of the District