Cypress Creek Student Wins First Place in Mental Health Arts Contest

Cypress, TX (May 27, 2016) Cypress Creek High School sophomore Kayla Simmons won first place in the Texas State Department of State Health Services (DSHS) 2016 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Creative Arts contest.

The contest challenged elementary, middle and high school students to submit their best work highlighting why “Children’s Mental Health Matters” in either the Creative Writing, Poster Art or Video Art categories. Simmons’ video won first place in the High School division.

Her video will be displayed on both the DSHS and Texas System of Care website, and Simmons received special recognition at the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Walk and Rally kickoff event at the State Capitol on April 30. Simmons also won a selfie stick.

“I am so proud of Kayla,” said Cathy Trocquet, Simmons’ counseling and mental health class teacher. “She is a very dedicated and caring young lady. She really worked hard on the project she submitted and is truly deserving of a first-place award.”

Simmons’ winning video can be viewed at

Courtesy of the District