CYPRESS TEXAS — Forty-six CFISD high school music students recently earned All-State honors through the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) auditioning process.

Students began the process of competing locally in the fall semester and advanced through a series of rigorous competition rounds to eventually earn this performance distinction.

“I am extremely proud of the 46 students from CFISD that earned the recognition of being called a Texas ‘All-State Musician,’” said Mary Running, director of fine arts. “This is one of the largest groups of students that have ever been chosen for this honor from Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. These students are to be congratulated, along with their parents and teachers, on this outstanding honor. The TMEA auditions are a valuable educational experience for our music students and I would like to thank and congratulate the 1,000’s of student musicians from across our district that participated in the process.”

: Cy-Fair High School choir members (from left) Derek Parker, Ria Blank, Madison Haydel, Emma White and Minh Tran earned TMEA All-State accolades following a rigorous audition process.
Cy-Fair High School choir members (from left) Derek Parker, Ria Blank, Madison Haydel, Emma White and Minh Tran earned TMEA All-State accolades following a rigorous audition process.

The students have been invited to the TMEA Clinic/Convention from February 13-16 in San Antonio where they will work with world-class conductors to present All-State concerts. TMEA is the largest music education conference of its kind in the world.

According to TMEA, All-State musicians have consistently scored higher than the national and Texas averages on the SAT college entrance exam. SAT scores from 2017 show that Texas All-State student musicians averaged a score of 1273. The national student average was a 1090 and the Texas average score was a 1040. From 2012-2016, scores from Texas All-State musicians were 20 percent higher than the national average and approximately 23 percent higher than the Texas average.

Cypress Ridge High School senior Ethan Pham was named to the TMEA All-State Band, one of 46 total CFISD students to make the all-state ensembles.
Cypress Ridge High School senior Ethan Pham was named to the TMEA All-State Band, one of 46 total CFISD students to make the all-state ensembles.

The following CFISD students earned TMEA All-State honors:

Student Name School and Organization
Mahesh Govindu Cy-Fair Band
Luin Larson Cy-Fair Band
Thomas Veenstra Cy-Fair Band
Sara Rogalski Cy-Fair Band
Ria Blank Cy-Fair Choir
Madison Haydel Cy-Fair Choir
Emma White Cy-Fair Choir
Derek Parker Cy-Fair Choir
Minh Tran Cy-Fair Choir
Audrey Godfrey Cy-Fair Orchestra
Kendra Schmeig Cypress Creek Band
Logan Pierce Cypress Creek Band
Kameron Thrasher Cypress Creek Band
Emily Pace Cypress Creek Choir
Lucas McKearin Cypress Creek Choir
Quinton Parmenter Cypress Creek Choir
Lucas Lynn Cypress Falls Band
Carson Nguyen Cypress Falls Band
Giselle Bautista Cypress Falls Choir
Meghan Richards Cypress Falls Choir
Ethan Ha Cypress Falls Choir
Benjamin Mera Cypress Falls Choir
Ariana Bonilla Cypress Lakes Choir
Anushka Gupta Cypress Ranch Band
Sarah Simmons Cypress Ranch Band
David Holtgrewe Cypress Ranch Band
Jonathan Moore Cypress Ranch Choir
Ethan Pham Cypress Ridge Band
Alan Duong Cypress Ridge Orchestra
Mario Garay Cypress Springs Band
Carly Arguelles Cypress Springs Choir
Jolie Hammerstein Cypress Woods Band
Sophie Maness Cypress Woods Band
Sam Belcher Cypress Woods Band
Adam Chen Cypress Woods Band
Alexander Huang Cypress Woods Band
Joseph Park Cypress Woods Band
Joshua Pigg Cypress Woods Band
Gabi Flores Jersey Village Choir
Anndrea Sierra Jersey Village Choir
Victor Xia Jersey Village Orchestra
Andrew Cliburn Langham Creek Band
Adam Garcia Langham Creek Band
Kathryn Eugenio Langham Creek Choir
Samuel Jinkins Langham Creek Choir
Cameron Matthews Langham Creek Choir

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