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Cypress Creek inducts two alumni into 2024 Wall of Honor

Cypress Creek High School alumna Minh-Tuyen (Em) Nguyen was inducted into the 2024 Cypress Creek High School Wall of Honor.
Cypress Creek High School alumna Minh-Tuyen (Em) Nguyen was inducted into the 2024 Cypress Creek High School Wall of Honor. Em poses for a photo with Cypress Creek principal Martin Drayton after addressing the Cypress Creek senior class at the 2024 senior awards ceremony.

 May 24, 2024—Two alumni were inducted into the Cypress Creek High School Wall of Honor during a recognition ceremony on May 13.

The Wall of Honor recognizes lifetime achievements of former Cougars dating back to the opening of Cypress Creek in 1976.

Annual nominations for the Wall of Honor go before a selection committee consisting of former principals, counselors and Cypress Creek staff who select inductees for the Wall of Honor class. The committee selected the following two graduates for the 2024 class:

  • Russell Allen, class of 1986; and
  • Minh-Tuyen (Em) Nguyen, class of 2011

Russell Allen studied Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University, and after beginning his career Brenntag and Southwest Shipyard, he later used his chemical distribution and maritime experience to build his own business.

Allen launched K-Solv Inc. in 1997 on the Houston Ship Channel. Over two decades, Allen rebranded and expanded his company on local and regional levels, building the multi-million-dollar companies, K-Solv Chemicals and K-Solv Maritime. Allen built a collection of eight businesses, the K-Solv Group, which is comprised of businesses he either founded or acquired throughout more than 30 years of business. The K-Solv Group operates in seven states and employs just under 400 people.

Of Allen’s businesses, Garner Environmental, currently manages multiple migrant shelter projects in New York City. Allen also serves on the board of directors of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and is also an active member of the National Association of Chemical Distributors.

Em Nguyen gave an acceptance speech at the 2024 Cypress Creek High School Wall of Honor Ceremony.
Em Nguyen gave an acceptance speech at the 2024 Cypress Creek High School Wall of Honor Ceremony. 

Minh-Tuyen (Em) Nguyen is a national news journalist and correspondent at ABC News. During her time at Cypress Creek, Nguyen created the service organization called Special People Assisting Remarkable Kids (SPARKS), which connects the general student body with students with special needs, and she was president of the Interact Club, which helps raise funds for the construction of wells in third-world countries.

Nguyen studied Broadcast Journalism at Boston University, where she covered prominent stories such as the Ebola outbreak and the Boston Marathon bombing, and was nominated for a 2015 Pulitzer Fellowship Award. After graduation she went on to report, anchor, and produce at local news stations and became a national correspondent at Spectrum Networks in Washington D.C.

Cypress Creek alumnus Russell Allen was inducted into the 2024 Cypress Creek High School Wall of Honor
Cypress Creek alumnus Russell Allen was inducted into the 2024 Cypress Creek High School Wall of Honor. Allen’s long-time friend, Rob Neblett, accepted the award on Russell’s behalf and posed with Cypress Creek Principal Martin Drayton.

Nguyen has reported on immigration, presidential campaigns and she played a vital role in producing and reporting the political block every morning from Washington for Spectrum News. Because of her work, her news team earned the L.A. Press Club’s Best Morning Newscast award in 2019.

“Cypress Creek is a very stellar place to learn and connect,” said Em Nguyen. “For me, Cypress Creek symbolizes a chapter in my life where I was still trying to understand me and what impact and change I wanted to make in the world. I’m extremely thankful to receive this honor.”

Nguyen currently serves as the vice president of the Asian American Journalist Association in Washington D.C., where she helps to connect aspiring journalists to the resources needed to succeed.