Cy Woods HS achieves history, wins CFISD’s first UIL Academics title

June 3, 2019

Cy Woods HS achieves history, wins CFISD’s first UIL Academics title
Cypress Woods High School won the University Interscholastic League 2019 Conference 6A Academic State Title on May 31, earning an overall score of 105.5. Several individuals and team champions helped contribute to the unique honor. Kneeling in the front row are (from left) Fernando Mercado, Zeke Gurbuz, Anand Iyer and Rahul Shanmugham. Standing in the back row are (front left) Zach Foster, Henry Thurman, Aayush Gupta, Steven Cheng, Tristan Wiesepape and Sam Armstrong. Foster, Wiesepape and Armstrong each won an individual state championship, while Foster, Gupta, Thurman and Mercado teamed together to win the team championship in Accounting.

June 3, 2019—Cypress Woods High School was officially crowned the University Interscholastic League (UIL) 2019 Conference 6A academics state champion on May 31, the first school to win such an accolade in the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD’s 79-year history.

Cypress Woods is the only school in Conference 6A to earn more than 100 points, finishing with 105.5 points over the past academic year. “This is an incredible accomplishment out of a bigger picture than just students or staff,” Gary Kinninger, Cypress Woods principal, said. “This is a combined effort of teachers who work with students to excel beyond the classroom. With all the individual and team events happening with UIL academics, this is an incredible feat and says a lot about the staff and students at Cy Woods to go that extra degree and to commit themselves to excellence beyond the classroom. I’m beyond proud, not just because it’s the first ever, but because of the commitment of the staff and students to achieve this.”

At UIL competitions, students and schools earn points by placing in competitions, which add up to an overall score. While Cypress Woods won the overall state title, individual students also won state titles in certain competitions, contributing to the overall win. Earlier this year, Cypress Woods seniors Tristian Wiesepape and Zach Foster were named the computer science and accounting state champions while senior Sam Armstrong was named the computer applications state champion. Junior Sarah Swift also earned a state title for Theatrical Design Scene. The Cypress Woods accounting team, consisting of junior Aayush Gupta and seniors Zach Foster, Henry Thurman and Fernando Mercado, also earned a team state title.

UIL offers high school students the opportunity to compete in 29 different academic competitions including accounting, computer science, news writing and robotics. UIL creates these competitions to complement academic curriculum and gives students the opportunity to show mastery of specific skills. To learn more about UIL academic competitions, visit the Academics page of the UIL website.

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Conference 6A – Top 5

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Total Points Earned

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