March 17, 2021
Cypress Springs High School senior Charles Beckworth, middle, represents 1,000 Guys in Ties by giving a speech during the school’s annual Empowerment Week, held March 8-11. (Photo by Yadira Yanez, Cypress Springs HS)
By Yadira Yanez, Cypress Springs HS
March 17, 2021— Cypress Springs High School hosted its annual Student Empowerment Week, held March 8-11, which was highlighted by the Girls in Pearls and 1,000 Guys in Ties tradition. The event is used to acknowledge, uplift and empower students and their efforts in and out of the classroom.
“Women empowerment to me means having the ability to speak up and having confidence in yourself when everyone else doubts you,” said Cypress Springs junior Sharlene Gallego.
Cypress Springs is among numerous CFISD campuses that have held or continue to hold student empowerment events and days throughout March. Campus events have included speakers, dress up days, special breakfast and lunch gatherings and career fairs.
At Cypress Springs, the week consisted of many activities, including specific dress up days. It concluded with a Girls in Pearls and 1,000 Guys in Ties photo opportunity where the men wore ties and the ladies wore pearls.
"Our goal was simple: we wanted to use music to inspire, spread positivity and love," said Kenneth Simpson, Cypress Springs assistant principal, who started the week’s festivities by DJing outside the school and during lunches.
March 11 consisted of a program called “Brunch of Champions,” hosted by Chef Cedrick Thompson and honorary guest speakers Judge Rachelle M. White and Mario Hinojosa.
White is an administrative law judge, former associate municipal court judge and immigration attorney.
Hinojosa is the regional vice president of Primerica and has been with Primerica since 1995. With two decades of entrepreneurship experience, Hinojosa has built a financial services business with three different branch locations. He shared the importance in the growth of his faith, family, finance, fitness and friendship with students.
During the week, Cypress Springs students and scholars were highlighted, such as junior Ofelia Valle and senior Antonio Valle.
Selected speakers for the final day’s event were sophomore Bryanna Marroquin, who represented the Girls in Pearls, and senior Charles Beckworth gave the speech for 1,000 Guys in Ties. The guest speakers were introduced by senior Martin Basa and there were additional performances by the Cypress Springs Air Force Junior ROTC Color Guard, Cypress Springs Jazz Band and a poem read by senior Karabella Montalbo.
“It is truly an honor to be a part of something like this,” Beckworth said. “It is a fantastic event for our school as young men and women can dress professionally for one day and be celebrated.”