Cypress Ranch student surprised with KPRC Senior Scholarship

April 8, 2019

 KPRC 2 morning anchor Owen Conflenti (left) interviews Cypress Ranch High School senior Nishat Nabi on March 29 after he surprised Nabi during class with the announcement that she won a $2,500 KPRC Senior Scholarship, sponsored by Texas Mattress Makers.
 KPRC 2 morning anchor Owen Conflenti (left) interviews Cypress Ranch High School senior Nishat Nabi on March 29 after he surprised Nabi during class with the announcement that she won a $2,500 KPRC Senior Scholarship, sponsored by Texas Mattress Makers.

April 8, 2019—Cypress Ranch High School senior Nishat Nabi was one of the Houston-area high school students selected to receive a KPRC Senior Scholarship, sponsored by Texas Mattress Makers.

Throughout the spring semester, KPRC representatives travel to various high schools in greater Houston to surprise students with $2,500 scholarships to a college of their choice. Morning anchor Owen Conflenti surprised Nabi during the senior’s calculus class and presented her with a scholarship March 29. The giveaway aired during the KPRC morning news on April 3. Nabi was nominated by the Cypress Ranch counseling team’s scholarship committee featuring Coordinating Counselor Dede Cash, Counselor Lindsey Housson and College and Career Specialist Kimberly Marks.

Cypress Ranch High School students celebrate with Nishat Nabi (center holding check) in their calculus class March 29 after Nabi was surprised with a $2,500 KPRC Senior Scholarship, sponsored by Texas Mattress Makers. Joining in on the celebration were Cypress Ranch Principal Mike Maness (left holding check) and KPRC 2 morning anchor Owen Conflenti.
Cypress Ranch High School students celebrate with Nishat Nabi (center holding check) in their calculus class March 29 after Nabi was surprised with a $2,500 KPRC Senior Scholarship, sponsored by Texas Mattress Makers. Joining in on the celebration were Cypress Ranch Principal Mike Maness (left holding check) and KPRC 2 morning anchor Owen Conflenti.

“She has faced a lot of adversity in her life and she’s overcome that adversity and showed leadership,” Cash said of Habi. “So not only did she overcome it but she came out on top. She challenges herself, she dedicates herself and she volunteers herself. She’s the whole package.

“Everything that she does is what we would want Cy Ranch to be represented by.”

Nabi and her family moved to the United States from Bangladesh, where she made the adjustment to making new friends after leaving many behind. She spends countless hours volunteering through her involvement with National Honor Society, Student Council and Key Club at Cypress Ranch. Nabi also serves as a mentor to younger students.

Cypress Ranch High School senior Nishat Nabi (second from left) displays her $2,500 KPRC Senior Scholarship at the school March 29. Pictured, from left, are Mike Maness, Cypress Ranch principal; Dede Cash, Cypress Ranch coordinating counselor; Marissa Mulligan, Cypress Ranch college and career specialist; and Owen Conflenti, KPRC 2 morning anchor.
Cypress Ranch High School senior Nishat Nabi (second from left) displays her $2,500 KPRC Senior Scholarship at the school March 29. Pictured, from left, are Mike Maness, Cypress Ranch principal; Dede Cash, Cypress Ranch coordinating counselor; Marissa Mulligan, Cypress Ranch college and career specialist; and Owen Conflenti, KPRC 2 morning anchor. 

Nabi, who plans to study economics in college, is the second KPRC Senior Scholarship CFISD winner this year. Cypress Woods High School senior Sebastian Aguirre was surprised with his scholarship in February.

Other recent CFISD winners include Angelica Aulbaugh, a 2018 Cy-Fair High School graduate, and Silvia Navarrete, a 2017 Cypress Ridge High School graduate.

“Winning was special because it felt like they valued what I wrote, which was my personal story,” Nabi said. “My parents actually read my essay after I was announced as a winner and they were proud.”

Watch Nishat Nabi’s KPRC Senior Scholarship surprise on the KPRC website.

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