Cypress, TX (May 26, 2016)
By Miranda Duncan, Cypress Creek HS
Cypress Creek High School’s young ladies celebrated their strength and value during the first annual Girls in Pearls event, May 17-18. The event, sponsored by H-E-B and planned by counselor Courtnie Grigsby, allowed students to visit with vendors during lunches and enjoy a special breakfast.
From left: Mariah McShepard, Jada Ward, and Darcy Randall
Grigsby said witnessing the effects of March’s Thousand Guys in Ties conference on the young men in the school inspired her to create an event for female students.
“The message expressed by Gabriel Handley and Samantha Collins’ husband, Chris Collins, to the young men and dads that day was powerful,” Grigsby said. “It hit me hard that we needed to do something that would pour into the hearts and minds of our young ladies as well.”
Other Girls in Pearls events included performances by the HOLA Club, junior Jada Ward and Silvie Janaria Walker and speeches by Laura Gallier and former 89.3 KSBJ radio hostess Coppelia Marie.
From left: Sterling Rubottom and Emily Downey
The goal of the event was to promote excellence and positive decision-making and to celebrate the value of the young ladies at the school.
“I hoped that they would see just how important and valued they are,” Grigsby said. “I think they felt so special, especially when members of Thousand Guys in Ties helped me hand out flowers to any girl who would accept. Their faces lit up.”
Coppelia Maria speaks to female students; young ladies pose for a selfie
Grigsby said she worked with Assistant Principal Doris Holden-Smith and teachers Terri Williams, Ryan Garcia and Samantha Berry to plan the conference.
“I shared my vision with them about planning events that would remind girls of their value and to encourage them to make good choices,” Grigsby said. “Everyone was immediately on board. We naturally clicked. Everyone took on a role.”
Additionally, 12 young ladies were selected as “Phenomenal Young Ladies” and were awarded a certificate, flowers and a gift bag of goodies on May 12:
- Alise Maxie, Willow Schmeling and Mikayla Gray.
- Makensie Balcar, Zoe Cruz and Laura Del Angel.
- Grace Duffy, Anh Pham and Lucia Becerril.
- Lueku Kapuku, Ally Fleischhauer and Hannah Freeman.
Grigsby said the event ended a success, and she hopes to continue the tradition for future students.
“From what girls have said to me so far and teachers, it seems like they saw just how important they are and that they matter,” Grigsby said. “The plan is to continue moving onward and upward. I don’t plan to stop here!”