CFISD Students Win Scholarship Named in Honor of Fallen Deputy

Cypress, TX (May 20, 2016)  Three CFISD students received a surprise on May 19 when a representative from the Stone Gate Home Owners Association delivered checks for the inaugural Darren Goforth Memorial Scholarship.

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Cy Falls seniors Viet Nguyn and Michael Gil joined by their families

The scholarship, named for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was slain last fall, recognizes students with active extracurricular participation who exhibit characteristics of honor and sacrifice.

The scholarship went to three residents of the Stone Gate community, where Deputy Goforth was contracted.

“Darren and I were very close,” said Robert Partin, Stone Gate HOA vice president and SG Adopt a School program representative. “It’s a way of honoring him. So much in today’s life gets lost in sensationalism and people forget. I didn’t want him to be forgotten.”

The scholarships went to Cy-Fair High School senior Jacy Phariss and Cypress Falls High School seniors Michael Gil and Viet Nguyen. All three also received HP laptops with Microsoft Office, purchased with private contributions from Stone Gate vendors. The Best Buy at Cypress Towne Center, managed by John Burdick, sold the laptops at a discounted price.

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Joni Phariss reacts after being surprised in class; Michael Gil and Viet Nguyn accepts checks form Robert Partin, vice president of the Stone Gate Owners Association

The $4,000 for the scholarship fund was raised through the Darren Goforth Memorial Golf Tournament last fall.

Gil won the largest portion of the scholarship, accepting a $2,500 check in the school library.

“In my essay I wrote about challenges with my family and myself, pushing through them,” said Gil, who plans to attend the University of St. Thomas in the fall. “I’m very excited and amazed. I don’t know if I deserve it the most, but I feel honored that I was qualified in the first place.”

Nguyen accepted his $1,000 scholarship alongside Gil on May 19. The story was covered by KHOU reporter Grace White.

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“I didn’t know what was going to happen exactly when I came in here, but when I saw Mr. Partin I said, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it,’” said Nguyen, who will attend Texas A&M University. “This is great, because it’s one less student loan I will need to apply for. I feel honored to have a scholarship with [Deputy Goforth’s] name on it.”

Phariss received a $500 check in the middle of her economics class and reacted emotionally.

“The reaction on their faces makes you feel good about what you’re doing,” Partin said. “I could see that with Jacy, especially. You’re helping someone else, at the end of the day. It kind of relates to what police officers do every day in the community.”

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Cy Falls counselor’s secretary Kelly Rodger congratulates Viet Nguyen
Courtesy of the District