Texas Renaissance King presents scholarship to Cy Woods student

May 27, 2016

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The Texas Renaissance King visited Cypress Woods High School to award senior Leo Perez with a $1,500 scholarship from the Texas Renaissance Scholarship Program

May 27, 2016 –Cypress Woods High School senior Leo Perez recently received a visit on campus from the Texas Renaissance King for being selected as a recipient of the 2016 Scholarship Program by the Texas Renaissance Festival.

Perez, who was awarded $1,500 to go toward his degree in film and media at the University of Utah, said he plans to pursue a career in game design.

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Cypress Woods High School teacher Abigail Paysse and principal Gary Kinninger join scholarship recipient Leo Perez and the Texas Renaissance King for a photo opportunity. Paysse recommended Perez for the $1,500 Texas Renaissance Scholarship.

“My goal, after attending the University of Utah, is to secure a job as a 3D modeler and then finally work my way up to my dream job as a game designer.”

Perez was recommended for the scholarship by Abigail Paysse, his Digital Art Media teacher and sponsor of the club he founded, The Pathfinders.

“From the moment I met Leo three years ago as a sophomore, I knew there was more to him than what I saw on the surface. He is a fascinating young man with diverse interests who is passionate about learning and is driven to better himself in any way possible to ensure he is successful,” Paysse said. “Leo took a job at the Renaissance Festival last fall and when the scholarship opportunity came up I did not hesitate to write him a recommendation because I believe there was no better candidate for this scholarship than Leo Perez. It's been my pleasure to call him my student. I can't wait to see where life takes him.”

As a candidate for the scholarship and a former employee for the 2015 Renaissance season, Perez was evaluated on academic achievement, two essays detailing personal goals and influences, service to the community, leadership qualities and accomplishments in his field of interest.

“We are so impressed with Leo Perez and his eagerness to pursue a career he is truly passionate about,” said Kim Bryant, School Days coordinator for the Texas Renaissance Festival. “At the Texas Renaissance Festival, we encourage everyone to immerse themselves in the Renaissance period and we are thrilled that Leo shares passion for creativity and storytelling in his games.”

In addition to academic achievement, Perez serves as president and founder of the Live Action Role Playing Club (LARP) and The Pathfinder club at Cy Woods. He has also participated in two iD Tech camps to learn more about 3D modeling and animation and designing role-playing games. 

“We are proud of Leo for all of his accomplishments and for being selected as the recipient of the Renaissance scholarship,” said Cy Woods principal Gary Kinninger. “We wish him the best as he pursues his dreams.”

The Texas Renaissance Scholarship Program is a continuation of the Texas Renaissance Festival’s annual School Days program, which introduces and engages students in the Renaissance period.

For more information about the Texas Renaissance Scholarship program, go tohttp://texrenfestinfo.com/school-days.

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