Cypress, TX News – Cypress Creek High School Inducts Three Alumni into Wall of Honor

Cypress, TX News (June 4, 2015) – Three alumni were inducted into the Cypress Creek High School Wall of Honor during a recognition ceremony at the school on May 27.

The Wall of Honor recognizes outstanding lifetime achievements and significant contributions made by former students dating back to the opening of Cypress Creek in the 1976-1977 school year.

Former Cypress Creek High School Principal Jim Wells, left, and current Principal Sandy Trujillo unveil the new inductees for the 2015 Wall of Honor class at the school on May 27.

Former Cypress Creek High School Principal Jim Wells, left, and current Principal Sandy Trujillo unveil the new inductees for the 2015 Wall of Honor class at the school on May 27.

A Wall of Honor committee comprised of current and former principals, counselors and various Cypress Creek staff selected the following three graduates to be inducted in the 2015 class:

  • Jamie Rauch, class of 1997;
  • Keefe Manning, Ph.D., class of 1991; and
  • David Edgerton, class of 1994.

Jamie Rauch swam as a part of the 2000 Olympic swim team, where he received a silver medal in the 800-meter relay. Before becoming an Olympic medalist, Rauch claimed the still-standing UIL state record in the 200-meter freestyle and was a National Merit Scholar. During his training, Rauch maintained his grades and graduated with a business honors degree, finance honors and government degree from the University of Texas in 2002.

Rauch was also a 17-time All-American at UT and helped the Longhorns win a national championship. He now resides in Chicago, Ill., with his wife Lauren and son Will, and works as a senior analyst, CFA for Core Capital Management.

“I am honored to represent a school that I am very proud to have graduated from, Cypress Creek, on its Wall of Honor. I have fond memories of my time at Cy Creek—both the achievements we earned and the lifelong relationships that we formed. My sincere appreciation goes out to the Wall of Honor selection committee for considering me for this incredible distinction.”

Keefe Manning, Ph.D. works as the associate professor of biomedical engineering at Penn State University, where he researches and develops pediatric cardiovascular and ventricular assistive devices and is associate professor of surgery at The Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Manning has also received several honors including FDA Award: Group Recognition – Critical Path Computational Fluid Dynamics Team (2010), becoming a member of the Distinguished Honors Faculty, Schreyer Honors College, The Pennsylvania and several others.

In the fall of 2014, Manning returned to Cypress Creek to take part in a symposium for students interested in pursuing careers in the engineering and medical field. Dr. Manning guided, motivated and informed students about the path he took to reach where he is now.

“It is my belief that my experience and education at Cypress Creek set me up for future success and where I am today,” Dr. Manning said. “I know that many of my teachers have moved on or retired from Creek, but to be frank, it was their teaching, guidance and expectations that created an awesome learning environment. I am eternally grateful. Now that I am an educator myself, I truly appreciate the commitment that the teachers and administrators had for all of us students and recognize the effort needed every day to make Creek as amazing as possible.”

Naval Commander David Edgerton was an honor student and exceptional leader at Cypress Creek. Upon graduating, he accepted appointment to the United States Naval Academy, and upon graduation from the academy, he went on to receive a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. After continued education at the United States Navy Nuclear Power School, he rose through the ranks. Commander Edgerton has received many awards and recognitions including the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation among numerous others.

He is currently assigned to command a nuclear attack submarine. Commander Edgerton is married to Jennifer and they have three children, Sophia, Maxwell and Mary.

“If it were not for the great education I received at Cypress Creek along with the opportunities for extracurricular activities, I probably would not have received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy,” said Commander Edgerton. “If it were not for the strong leadership and mentoring of the teachers and administrators at Creek, I might not have learned the strong study habits I needed to make it through the rigorous academic routine at the Academy. These skills and habits, along with the knowledge obtained here at Creek, continue to be the strong foundation upon which I have built my career as a nuclear submarine officer. I am honored to be included among so many impressive individuals on the Cypress Creek High School Wall of Honor.”

The three new inductees join the nine existing members of the inaugural class that was inducted in March 2013, consisting of:

  • Sam Adams, athlete (class of 1991);
  • Nick Drago, performing arts (1999);
  • Katie (Dildy) Goossen, military (2000);
  • Paul Janish, athlete (2001);
  • Rachel McNeill, broadcast journalism (1992);
  • Dan Neil, athlete (1992);
  • Erin Christine Pettit, Ph.D., professor/scientist (1989);
  • Richard Stout, performing arts (1982); and
  • Josh Williams, athlete (1996).