June 6, 2017
Team “School Pride” from Cypress Springs High School will appear on Gordon Ramsay’s new cooking show, The F Word, on June 7 at 8 p.m. on Fox. Team members, from left, are Sam Lopez, culinary teacher; Clay Smith, assistant principal; Andrea Lagard, associate principal; and Dr. Cheryl Henry, principal.
June 6, 2017—Cypress Springs High School staff members are taking their culinary talents to the television airwaves this week with the hope of commemorating the campus’ 20th anniversary school year.
Cypress Springs staff Dr. Cheryl Henry, principal; Andrea Lagard, associate principal; Clay Smith, assistant principal; and Sam Lopez, culinary teacher, will comprise team “School Pride” on the new Fox cooking show from Chef Gordon Ramsay, The F Word*.
The team will appear on the program on June 7 at 8 p.m. on Fox, hoping to win the $100,000 grand prize in order to fund the school’s 20th anniversary Panther statue.
“Our school has received and raised enough donations to pay for one-third of the $50,000 project,” Dr. Henry said. “We are hoping that participating in the show will help us reach our target!”
The journey to appear on the show began in January, when Dr. Henry’s niece told her about a new Gordon Ramsay show that was seeking contestants.
“I emailed my interest to one of the producers, who told me they were looking for families to participate. I suggested that I could get a group together from my school to do something special for our school and students for our 20th anniversary,” Dr. Henry said. “She was excited that we could have a school team led by the principal to compete.”
The conversation evolved into several sessions of cooking, meeting the producers and taking photos and videos of the group in action.
“As the school year came to a close, things got really hectic and busy and we were unsure if we could continue to do all the extra activities required to continue the show's vetting process,” Dr. Henry said. “But we kept cooking and here we are! We are so excited to do this for our kids.”
Team “School Pride” learned that it would officially appear on the show during the school’s Legacy Celebration Dinner, celebrating students who qualified for state-level honors in academics, athletics and extracurricular activities. The staff cooked a big meal including smoked meats, all the sides and desserts, and gave the students certificates.
“One of the producers from the show attended the celebration to film us cooking and serving the students,” Dr. Henry said. “During the celebration, the producer had one of our students make the announcement that our team had been selected to appear on the show. We were surprised and thrilled—so were the students!
“We are having a blast preparing for our appearance on June 7 on Fox! We are hopeful that people will learn about our great school and that we are able to win enough prize money to build our 20th anniversary Panther statue!”
*This program may contain mature language, and parental discretion is advised.