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A Tale of Two Sisters

Cypress Texas
Posted November 30, 2015

Cy-Fair, TX (November 30, 2015) An inside look at a bond between identical twin sisters whose love conquers all

Twins, Casey and Taylor Kirk, were born at 25 weeks old. Casey was born with a minor heart condition while Taylor was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The girls have loved each other through life's obstacles.

Twins, Casey and Taylor Kirk, were born at 25 weeks old. Casey was born with a minor heart condition while Taylor was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Written by Emme Enojado | Photography by Candace Cook

Seventeen years ago, on June 17, 1998, two newborns were born at 25 weeks old with their quality of life and chance of surviving questionable. Before the birth of the twins, parents Denise and John Kirk were told that one of the twins, Casey, had severe heart failure. She was taking too many essential nutrients from Taylor, causing Casey’s heart to work overtime.

Denise and John were forced to make the decision to either keep them in or give them a shot at survival outside. Neither choice was secure. “We leaned on our faith,” Denise says. “We had to be strong, condent, and positive. I felt that if we weren’t, the girls would pick up on that and not survive.”


Bleyl Middle School and Arnold Middle School chosen for JASON Argonaut program


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Bleyl Middle School eighth-grade student, Elaine Pham, and Arnold Middle School seventh and eighth grade science teacher, Adam Schmidtendorff, were notified on April 13, of their selection as student and educator Argonauts for a scientific expedition this summer through JASON learning.

JASON learning, the world-renowned science education organization, chose a select group of Argonauts to join the weeklong expedition to the Cape Eleuthera Institute on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas in July. There, they will participate in an intensive hands-on research experience with resident and visiting scientists engaged in a diversity of marine science projects. (more…)

Catching Up with Rachel McNeill

Cy-Fair ISD alumna and KPRC anchor covers local news at national levels

Written by Gail G. Collins| Photography courtesy of Rachel McNeill

Rachel McNeill wasn’t born in Texas – in fact, she was born in Jamaica. Her family moved to the U.S. when she was 4 years old. The local gal spent many of her early years preparing for a career in broadcasting: playing talk show host and asking hardball questions on the playground at Moore Elementary; researching a ninth-grade study skills assignment on schools, skills, and salary at Cypress Creek High School; and earning an inevitable broadcast journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. The KPRC Channel 2 anchor pushed forward the old-school way, working markets from Midland to Raleigh and New Orleans before coming home to Houston in 2001.

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Cy Creek graduate Rachel McNeill now works as an anchor on KPRC Channel 2


CFPD Pays Respects to Fallen Deputy in Unified Ceremony

Cypress, Texas( September 15,2015)
On Sept. 4, 2015 the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD police department paid a special tribute to slain Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Darren Goforth and other fallen officers with a moment of silence and processional.

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Choirs Combine to Sing National Anthem at Rockets Game

Cypress Texas
Posted October 9, 2015

Cy-Fair, Tx (Oct. 9, 2015)—Men’s choirs at Cypress Falls High School and Labay and Truitt middle schools combined to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” on the Toyota Center court prior to the Houston Rockets preseason basketball game on Oct. 7.

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Choosing to Live

Devin Duncan, a Langham Creek High School alumna, shares the life lessons she learned while battling cancer…twice

Written by Devin Duncan | Select Photography courtesy of Devin Duncan

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Cultivating Champions On and Off the Field

Former Houston Astro, Larry Dierker, is hitting a home run in Cy-Fair with little league players of all skill levels

Written by Kimberly P. Taylor and Kirsten Cornell | Photography by Louie Galvez

Larry Dierker, former All-Star MLB pitcher, announcer, and Houston Astros team manager, and Ray Hughes, pastor at Foundry United Methodist Church, saw a chance to influence young athletes. These inspiring men, along with the support of Cy-Hope, created Dierker’s Champs, an organization that is committed to helping develop champions on and off the baseball field.

Larry Dierker began Dierker's Champs to develop both coaches and players

Larry Dierker began Dierker’s Champs to develop both coaches and players


Cy Springs Senior Saved by Teammates

Courtesy of: Joel Weckerly, CFISD Communication

Cypress, TX (February 7, 2015) – Hours after signing his National Letter of Intent to play football for Stephen F. Austin State University on Feb. 4, the symbolism of inking a new chapter in his life story was not lost on Cypress Springs High School senior Lawrence Ghansah. It was only seven months before that his life was nearly tragically cut short.

“Without these guys right here,” Ghansah says, pointing to Panther teammates Brian Harden, Roshad Dorsey and Christian Vasquez, “I’d be in a coffin. I’d be six feet under right now. I would not be signing a letter of intent.” (more…)

Cy-Fair ISD Alum, WNBA Star Inspires Cy Springs Female Athletes

Cy-Fair High School graduate and WNBA star Chiney Ogwumike visited her hometown Cypress yet again in May to inspire young female athletes and academically successful women at Cypress Springs High School.

Cypress Springs Principal Travis Fanning thanks Chiney Ogwumike for visiting the school on May 8.

Cypress Springs Principal, Travis Fanning, thanks Chiney Ogwumike for visiting the school


Cy-Fair ISD Board Approves Continuation of Residence Homestead Exemptions

The Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Board of Trustees approved a resolution to continue the residence homestead exemptions for CFISD residents for the 2015 tax year during the regularly scheduled Board meeting on May 11.

CFISD is among a select group of Houston-area school districts that offer a 20-percent Local Optional Homestead Exemption to all resident homeowners. Coupled with a state-mandated $15,000 homestead exemption, CFISD residents pay less per year than residents of most neighboring districts on homes of the same value.


CY-FAIR ISD Student of the Week: Dylan Lee

Cypress Texas
Posted September 23, 2015

Cy-Fair, TX (September 23, 2015) - Warner Elementary School fourth-grade student Dylan Lee is an enthusiastic reader and writer who placed third in his school’s spelling bee last year. Lee is also an accomplished musician who has won awards for his prowess as a pianist, and enjoys athletics such as soccer and Taekwondo—a discipline in which he has earned a purple belt.

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Cy-Fair People: Kelechi Osemele

Langham Creek graduate and Baltimore Ravens tackle shares about life before and after the Super Bowl

Written by Kirsten Cornell | Photography by Shawn Hubbard

CY-FAIR, TX (CFM) – Being drafted into the National Football League (NFL) is the dream of every pee wee football player that steps onto the Astroturf. Dreams of cheering crowds, packed stadiums, and carrying the name of professional teams they watched when they were young inspire them to train hard and stay on top. The culmination of these dreams would end in a championship, namely, the Super Bowl.

For Langham Creek football player Kelechi Osemele, those dreams proved more viable than he had ever imagined when he was chosen as the second round 2012 NFL draft pick by the Baltimore Ravens. Osemele now finds himself at the beginning of a whirlwind success.

Osmele thanks God for his success just moments after the Ravens were declared the winners of the XLVII Super Bowl in 2013

Osmele thanks God for his success just moments after the Ravens were declared the winners of the XLVII Super Bowl in 2013


Cy-Fair Students Win Press Women of Texas Awards

CFISD student journalists have been named winners in the Press Women of Texas Edith Fox King 2015 High School Journalism Contest. The winning entries in each of the categories have been forwarded to the national competition for judging.

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The following students from Cy-Fair, Jersey Village and Cypress Woods high schools earned first-, second- and third-place or honorable mention honors:


Cypress Assistance Ministries Celebrates 25th Anniversary

CY-FAIR, TX – Cypress Assistance Ministries (CAM), a local nonprofit organization providing services to individuals and families needing financial, food and employment assistance, today announces the 25 anniversary of the founding of CAM and the introduction of new branding to usher in a new era.  CAM will introduce a new logo and mission statement, in addition to implementing new strategies to assess and then meet the changing community needs.

Cypress Assistance Ministries was founded in July of 1990 as the ministry of a local church, serving macaroni and cheese meals from the backseat of a car.  Within a year CAM was its own entity, with nonprofit status in place, poised to grow.  Today, CAM serves members of the community in crisis, providing financial assistance primarily toward rent and utilities, food for individuals and families with children, offering resume updates and mock interviews, along with job counseling and job leads through the Operation Jobs program, and ESL and GED classes on a year-round basis.     (more…)

Cypress Christian School Student Raises Funds for Cancer Research

Cypress Texas
Posted October 2, 2015

Cy-Fair, TX (October 2, 2015) – Landen Nealy, the kicker for Cypress Christian School Warriors in Houston Texas is raising money for children’s cancer research. Nealy decided to dedicate his last season of high school football to kids with cancer by becoming a Kick-It Champion.

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Cypress Teen with Marfan Syndrome Honored with Isaiah Austin’s Dream Again Award

Cypress Texas
Posted October 8, 2015

Cy-Fair, TX (October 8, 2015) – Owen Gray, 14, of Cypress , TX, was recently awarded the first annual Dream Again Award by the Isaiah Austin Foundation. The presentation was made by Isaiah Austin, the former Baylor Basketball star, at his Baylor Basketball Legends event in Waco on September 24.

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Owen was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, a potentially fatal connective tissue disorder, after he and his father, Rod Gray, watched NBA Commissioner Adam Silver make Isaiah a ceremonial selection in the 2014 NBA draft. Isaiah, who many experts projected to be a first round selection, had to withdraw from the draft because he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome just days earlier. Rod noticed Isaiah’s Marfan features while watching the draft and immediately thought of his son. They saw a doctor the next day and Owen’s diagnosis was confirmed soon after.



 Cy-Fair, Texas (July 31, 2015)

Volleyball star plays her way from the court at Cy Woods High School to a professional Swiss team

Written by Lorrie Crow Kimble

Desiree Elliott constantly wanted to be around her mom when she was younger. But the shy, budding athlete started playing volleyball at the Cypress YMCA at age 9 and fell in love with the sport. Now a 5’10” 22-year-old, she’s gained her independence as her journey led her to play professional volleyball for the Power Cats Team in Dundigen, Switzerland. But Elliott says she didn’t get there by herself. She reached her goal with the support of her family, friends, and others.

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E! News Reporter Lindsey Caldwell

Cypress Texas
Posted November 25, 2015

Cy-Fair Bobcat alumni Lindsey Caldwell is chasing her journalistic dreams, interviewing celebrities and challenging herself in Hollywood
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Written by Debbie McDaniel | Photography courtesy of Lindsey Caldwell

Cy-Fair alumni, Lindsey Caldwell, took a leap of faith by pursuing a degree in theatre and business from the University of Southern California. rough the ups and downs, her faith has led her to becoming a broadcaster on E! News, where she interviews celebrities and reports on the red carpet. She has stuck to her roots while chasing her dream.


Education: Eric’s Legacy

Following the tragic loss of their son, the Bassett family started a foundation to give other students the opportunity Eric never had

Written by Lorrie Crow Kimble | Photos by Margaret Chapman Photography

CY-FAIR (CFM) – Eric Bassett Jr. was a Cy Falls High School linebacker, a player for the school’s baseball team, and a master guitar player – but if you ask the people who knew him best, they will also tell you that Eric was a friend to everyone he knew. The Cypress community was deeply affected by Eric’s tragic passing in an automobile accident on Dec. 2, 2007 at age 17. Just a few days after the accident, friends approached his parents, Eric Sr. and Ana, about a memorial scholarship in Eric’s name.

Within a few weeks, the Bassetts received various donations, mostly through word of mouth and their church, Christ the Redeemer. “We received contributions from all types of people,” says Eric Sr. “Our intention was to try to create an endowed scholarship of $20,000. We realized we needed to raise some money, so we decided on a golf tournament fundraiser – the Eric Bassett Memorial Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament.”

Andrew, Ana, and Erik Bassett Sr., along with Tiffany and Michael Baker, have kept Eric's legacy alive through the Eric Bassett Memorial Scholarship Fund

Andrew, Ana, and Erik Bassett Sr., along with Tiffany and Michael Baker, have kept Eric’s legacy alive through the Eric Bassett Memorial Scholarship Fund


Fayes Fighters

Cy-Fair, Texas ( July 23, 2015)

Cy-Fair’s Meldrum family shares how their daughter’s devastating diagnosis has become a journey of hope. Faye Meldrum was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a rare type of cancer. Her parents, Nick and Stacey, say the support of the Cy-Fair community has helped their family throughout Faye’s treatment process.

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Fire Chief Amy Ramon

Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department’s new fire chief shares what it takes to keep Cy-Fair safe

Written by Marysabel Cardozo | Photography by Kristofor Rodriguez

The Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department (CFVFD) searched across the nation for a qualified leader to champion their team. Little did they know, 25-year veteran Amy Ramon fit the bill perfectly. With roots running deep in Cy-Fair, Ramon beat out more than 50 applicants for the position and became the station’s first female fire chief.

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How long have you been a part of the Cy-Fair community? Since I was in fifth grade. I attended Frances Holmes, Campbell Middle School, and Jersey Village High School.

How did you become a part of this organization? I’ve been part of CFVFD since 1990. I knew people that worked with the station, and I just got hooked on it.


Fostering Love

Cy-Fair family opens their arms and hearts to help children in need

Written by Lana Timbs | Photography by Candace Cook

Cypress, TX News (December 3, 2014) – Most every family says they love children, but one family has stepped up to welcome needy children into their home. Lisa and Rodney Johnson currently have six children at home, including biological, adopted, and fostered. They have had an additional six who were foster care scenarios and reunited with family members.

Through the fostering and adoption processes, the Johnson family has grown a family of five to a family of eight. They have three biological children: Anna, 14, Grace, 10, and Joshua, 9. They also have one adopted child, Tori, 5, and two foster children, Miss M*, 3, and Little Miss K*, 1. Lisa Johnson says they follow a spiritual calling from God to embrace children needing a better environment and extra love.


Rodney and Lisa with their children, Little Miss K, Anna, Miss M, Tori, Joshua, and Grace


Fun and Fortune

Cy-Fair resident Ashley Rieck Wimberley shares her amazing experience on the popular TV show, Wheel of Fortune

Written by Lorrie Crow Kimble

Ashley Rieck Wimberley, a 2004 graduate of Jersey Village High School, will most likely never forget the words “investment tips.” Why? Because those two words earned her $4,700 as a contestant on the TV show, Wheel of Fortune.

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Ashley won thousands of dollars as a contestant on Wheel of Fortune


Gift of Life

Recipients of organ transplants share the heart and importance of choosing to donate

Written by Lorrie Crow Kimble | Photography by Candace Cook

Across the country, there are more than 120,000 men, women, and children waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Eighteen of these people die every day while waiting for an organ. Thousands more are waiting for life-saving tissue transplants. In Texas alone, there are more than 11,000 people waiting for an organ transplant, according to Laura Frnka-Davis the director of communications for Life Gift. The following are the experiences of two Cy-Fair organ recipients.


Girls Above Society

Lauren Galley’s non-profit empowers and inspires teenage girls

Written by Liza Winkler | Photography courtesy of Girls Above Society

Cypress, TX NEWS - Since Lauren Galley was 13 years old, she made it her mission to bring awareness to an almost silent epidemic plaguing schools today – bullying and lack of self-confidence in tween and teenage girls. Galley, now 18, is an honor student at Lone Star College-CyFair, balances school work, extracurricular activities, a social life, and her role as founder and president of the non-profit organization, Girls Above Society. With wisdom beyond her years, Galley seeks to make a difference in the world, one girl at a time, through motivational speaking.

When she was 13 years old, Lauren developed a nonprofit organization to encourage self-esteem in young women

First-hand Experience
Galley is able to relate to the girls she meets because like them, she too experienced the pressures of middle and high school, which are difficult at times. She was introduced to the world of online bullying first-hand in middle school while using social media. Galley remembers a girl from thecheer team wrote a lengthy, harsh online post about her using name-calling and degrading, false information. (more…)

Heart & Health Ministries International

This Cy-Fair non-profit brings medicine and joy to developing nations

Written by Gail G. Collins | Photos courtesy of Heart and Health Ministries

CY-FAIR, Texas (CFM) – When nurse practitioner Angela Okotie-Eboh’s childhood friend died of a massive heart attack in her home country of Nigeria, Angela reacted with sorrow – and  etermination. Her friend’s death could have been prevented with basic medical care, so Angela began a practical campaign to help prevent substandard medical care in places  like Nigeria. The friend was the same age as Angela, only 42 years old, and her senseless death really hit home. ForAngela, where she now lives in the U.S., a place where people often take their medical care for granted, and in her birthplace of Africa, where people in remote locales don’t even have Tylenol to relieve pain.

Cy-Fair resident Shelly Gregurek assists a woman in a leper colony


Honoring Nicole

After losing our only child Nicole to lung cancer, we began a non-profit organization that educates and assists others affected by the disease

Written by Colleen Dumas | Select photography by Sara Isola

Cypress, TX News - We were a normal family, or so we thought. My husband and I grew up on the west side of Houston, got married in 1982, and moved to the Cypress area in early 1999. We envisioned raising our daughter in the Cypress community until retirement, many years down the road, when suddenly life changed overnight.


Horses and Healing

Local therapeutic equestrian center brings hope and happiness to people with special needs

Written by Liza Winkler | Photography by Hallie Garrett

Cypress, TX News - As a young child, Lauren Igler had difficulties with depth perception, coordination, and balance due to cerebral palsy, which affected her mobility in early development. She began speech therapy at 18 months of age. At 8 years old, she could still only say about 10 simple words and communicated primarily with an electronic communication device. But a horse would change all of that.

Igler was born with cerebral palsy, which affects her coordination and balance

Igler was born with cerebral palsy, which affects her coordination and balance


Joshua’s Amazing Transformation

Cypress Ranch High School graduate, Joshua Weissman, lost over 100 pounds after he discovered the Paleo diet and documented his dramatic transformation

Written by Lorrie Crow Kimble | Photography by Candace Cook

Cypress, TX News  - Joshua Weissman was picked on verbally and physically because of his weight. But it got more intense when classmates, who he thought were his friends, began pinching, pushing, grabbing, and laughing at him during class. The teacher did nothing about it. “Eventually, I lost my cool and yelled at one of them, and then that kid said he wanted to fight me,” remembers Joshua. His classmates started berating him for yelling and called him lame. Joshua put his head down on his desk. He started tearing up, and he didn’t want anyone to see. “This wasn’t the first time I was humiliated, but it was one of the worst,” says Joshua.

After being repeatedly bullied about his weight, Joshua Weissman changed his lifestyle, lost over 100 pounds, and became the author of his own Paleo-inspired cookbook

After being repeatedly bullied
about his weight, Joshua Weissman
changed his lifestyle, lost over 100
pounds, and became the author of
his own Paleo-inspired cookbook


Lamkin Elementary Student Stands up to Diabetes

Maddilynn Kelly, 10, raises money to end diabetes

Written by Samantha Villarreal | Photography by Candace Cook

While most elementary students spend their free time watching cartoons or playing outside, 10-yearold Maddilynn Kelly has been investing her time in fundraisers to spread awareness and find a way to end type 1 diabetes (T1D). The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the leading global organization funding T1D research, stated that more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults, approximately 80 people per day, are diagnosed with T1D in the U.S.

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This is a serious issue that Maddilynn is passionately fighting to end. T1D is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent it, and nothing you can do to get rid of it.


Making Men of Honor

Men of Honor, an organization at Cypress Springs High School, mentors young men to become respectable role models of the community

Written by Marysabel Cardozo | Photography courtesy of Cy-Fair ISD

Cypress, TX News – When Antonio Briones, a class of 2014 graduate, walked into his first Men of Honor meeting, he never thought it would change his views, values, and way of life. Coming from a family of divorced parents, an absentee mother, and a father who was always working, Briones had no one to confide in. “Growing up, I never had someone telling me what’s right,” Briones says.

Despite joining the wrestling team, Briones didn’t fully find a sense of belonging until he became an active member of Men of Honor. It was the first time he didn’t feel alone. There was someone to ask him, “What’s wrong?” and a chance for him to let go of the anger he had held onto for so long. “[There’s] no judgment, no hate, no discrimination.” Briones says. “You go into a room, and you are brothers.”

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Cy Creek student Emil Dillon has the opportunity to meet Crane Worldwide Logistics executive, Cedrick Young, at a Men of Honor event


New Commmercial For Bridgeland Highlights Community Amentities



Spot Features ‘We’ve Arrived’ Sound Track with Break-out Artist Riley Deaver 

With striking cinematography and an unforgettable sound track, the newest television commercial for Bridgeland® highlights the amenity-rich and nature-oriented lifestyle for which the 11,400-acre master planned community has become known. With more than 3,000 acres dedicated to lakes, trails and parks, Bridgeland offers the tranquility of a seemingly untouched natural environment while also providing the convenience of modern facilities – elements the community’s marketing team and advertising agency strived to depict in the newest spot.

 The commercial debuted in February to coincide with the grand opening of Hidden Creek, the largest section built within Bridgeland thus far with 1,000 homesites set along 142 acres of lakes and waterways.  (more…)

People of Passion: Prodigy for Parodies

Cy Creek graduate and YouTube sensation Jon Cozart shares his creativity behind his ingenious spoofs 

Written by Clare Jensen and Kennan Buckner | Photos courtesy of Jon Cozart

CY-FAIR (CFM) – Jon Cozart’s music video parody of what happened after the Disney princesses’ “happily ever after” took him to the world of videos gone viral. The self-created video titled “After Ever After” was once featured on the Yahoo homepage and the flick has over 15 million views. It’s been fitted with subtitles in French, Italian, and Spanish. As a 2011 Cypress Creek High School graduate, Cozart balances a YouTube career with his film major studies at the University of Texas.

Cy Creek graduate Jon Cozart's Disney princess parody, "After Ever After," has over 15 million views on YouTube.

Cy Creek graduate Jon Cozart’s Disney princess parody, “After Ever After,” has over 15 million views on YouTube.


People: Christ Through Comedy

Christian comedian Bob Smiley shares his messages of faith through laughter

Written by Kirsten Cornell | Photography by Brian Braun

CY-FAIR, TX (CFM) – When Bob Smiley was first deciding what he wanted to be when he grew up, he leaned toward elementary education. In high school, he witnessed a growing trend of children growing up without father figures in their lives which influenced his choice. “I thought that maybe God could use me as a positive male role model for kids,” Smiley recalls. “Plus, I figured the classes in college would be easy because I already knew most of the alphabet.”

When the opportunity came to participate in a stand-up competition at Smiley’s alma mater, Abilene Christian University (ACU), he participated in it for the prize money, but the results would forever change the course of his career.

Originally pursuing a degree in education from Abilene Christian University, Bob Smiley discovered a talent and passion for comedy that he simply could not walk away from

Originally pursuing a degree in education from Abilene Christian University, Bob Smiley discovered a talent and passion for comedy that he simply could not walk away from


People: Meet Kayla Conn

A rising country singer/songwriter from Cypress reaches new heights with her iTunes-charting music, performances with Scotty McCreery, and aims for country music stardom

Written by Lorrie Crow Kimble | Photography by Micah Kandros

CY-FAIR, TX (CFM) – Kayla Conn is a busy teenager. Her debut album, Kayla Conn - EP, soared to the Top 40 on iTunes’ country album chart; she writes songs and records in Nashville, has toured with American Idol country sensation Scotty McCreery – all before her 16th birthday.

At age 3, Kayla Conn was already showcasing her musical talent, and her parents have been encouraging her to chase her dreams ever since

At age 3, Kayla Conn was already showcasing her musical talent, and her parents have been encouraging her to chase her dreams ever since


Post-championship Honors Continue for Cy-Fair Woods Girls

The Cypress Woods High School girls basketball team celebrated two more major recognitions this week, in the wake of winning its first Class 6A state championship in March.

The Lady Wildcats traveled to the State Capitol on April 29, where they were recognized on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives. District 126 State Rep. Patricia Harless introduced House Resolution No. 2268 to honor the team, which was then adopted by the House.

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Cypress Texas
Posted February  1, 2016

Cy-Fair, TX (February 1,2016) Retired Cy Woods agricultural science teacher has made a life-changing impact on students for 33 years through his dedication and compassion for the FFA program
Written by Leigh Ann Mitchell and Krista Friedli | Select photography by Candace Cook

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Strong and Brave

After Raelyn was dealt a devastating diagnosis, Jenni Cutbirth realized that her daughter could teach her more about life than she ever thought possible

Written by Jenni Cutbirth | Select photography by Candace Cook

Cypress, TX News - Like many women, I always dreamed of being a mother. Little did I know what a challenge it would be to conceive a child. After many years of trying, I was gifted with a beautiful baby girl. From the time she was born, she would wake up excited and ready to experience the joys of life. There was no way to know that by Raelyn’s second birthday, her life and ours were going to change forever.

Amidst the visits to and from the doctor Raelyn still wears a smile

Amidst the visits to and from the doctor Raelyn still wears a smile


Teacher at Sea: Q&A with Cy Lakes’ Denis Costello

Teacher at Sea: Q&A with Cy Lakes’ Denis Costello
Written by: Cy-Fair ISD

On Sunday, May 11, Cypress Lakes High School chemistry teacher and team leader Denis Costello will embark on a monthlong research cruise aboard the R/V Melville to study ocean acidification in the Pacific Ocean. Costello’s exploits can be followed through his Twitter feed, @SoCalCostello, or on his blog at Prior to leaving on the National Science Foundation-sponsored cruise, Costello answered a few questions about the journey:

When most people hear the word “cruise,” I don’t think they picture a Scripps Institution of Oceanography vessel like the R/V Melville. Describe your new home/office for the next 25 days.

Living and working at sea is very different than doing so on land. First off, we all live and work together in the same confined space. Secondly, due to the constant rocking of the vessel, seasickness can make the job much more difficult.

My living space will be a small room that I will share with another scientist. It’ll be about half the size of a college dorm room and mostly likely not have windows.  Each “berth” is a mounted bunk bed.

My office is pretty much the entire ship. I’ll work on deck to collect samples and move indoors to test our samples. Many of the lab spaces are common areas, so we will have a flurry of activity going on most of the time.

When the work is done for the day, I’ll either watch a movie with the group in the ship’s lounge or head to the back deck to gaze at the night sky.

Cypress Lakes chemistry teacher and team leader Denis Costello leaves for a 25-day National Science Foundation-sponsored research cruise on Sunday to study ocean acidification in the Pacific Ocean.  Photo Courtesy of Cy-Fair ISD

Cypress Lakes chemistry teacher and team leader Denis Costello leaves for a 25-day National Science Foundation-sponsored research cruise on Sunday to study ocean acidification in the Pacific Ocean.
Photo courtesy of Cy-Fair ISD.


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