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Texas Tribune: Waiting for keys, unable to break down doors: Uvalde schools police chief defends delay in confronting gunman

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Only a locked classroom door stood between Pete Arredondo and a chance to bring down the gunman. It was sturdily built with a steel jamb, impossible to kick in.

He wanted a key. One goddamn key and he could get through that door to the kids and the teachers. The killer was armed with an AR-15. Arredondo thought he could shoot the gunman himself or at least draw fire while another officer shot back. Without body armor, he assumed he might die.

“The only thing that was important to me at this time was to save as many teachers and children as possible,” Arredondo said.

The chief of police for the Uvalde school district spent more than an hour in the hallway of Robb Elementary School. He called for tactical gear, a sniper and keys to get inside, holding back from the doors for 40 minutes to avoid provoking sprays of gunfire. When keys arrived, he tried dozens of them, but one by one they failed to work.

“Each time I tried a key I was just praying,” Arredondo said. Finally, 77 minutes after the massacre began, officers were able to unlock the door and fatally shoot the gunman.

In his first extended comments since the May 24 massacre, the deadliest school shooting in Texas history, Arredondo gave The Texas Tribune an account of what he did inside the school during the attack. He answered questions via a phone interview and in statements provided through his lawyer, George E. Hyde.

Aside from the Texas Department of Public Safety, which did not respond to requests for comment for this article, Arredondo is the only other law enforcement official to publicly tell his account of the police response to the shooting.

Arredondo, 50, insists he took the steps he thought would best protect lives at his hometown school, one he had attended himself as a boy.

Students flee and authorities help others evacuate after a gunman entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on May 24, 2022.
Students fled and authorities helped others evacuate after a gunman entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on May 24. Credit: Courtesy of Pete Luna/Uvalde Leader-News

“My mind was to get there as fast as possible, eliminate any threats, and protect the students and staff,” Arredondo said. He noted that some 500 students from the school were safely evacuated during the crisis.

Arredondo’s decisions — like those of other law enforcement agencies that responded to the massacre that left 21 dead — are under intense scrutiny as federal and state officials try to decide what went wrong and what might be learned.

Whether the inability of police to quickly enter the classroom prevented the 21 victims — 19 students and two educators — from getting life-saving care is not known, and may never be. There’s evidence, including the fact that a teacher died while being transported to the hospital, that suggests taking down the shooter faster might have made a difference. On the other hand, many of the victims likely died instantly. A pediatrician who attended to the victims described small bodies “pulverized” and “decapitated.” Some children were identifiable only by their clothes and shoes.

In the maelstrom of anguish, outrage and second-guessing that immediately followed the second deadliest school shooting in American history, the time Arredondo and other officers spent outside that door — more than an hour — have become emblems of failure.

As head of the six-member police force responsible for keeping Uvalde schools safe, Arredondo has been singled out for much of the blame, particularly by state officials. They criticized him for failing to take control of the police response and said he made the “wrong decision” that delayed officers from entering the classroom.

Arredondo has faced death threats. News crews have camped outside his home, forcing him to go into hiding. He’s been called cowardly and incompetent.

Neither accusation is true or fair, he says.

“Not a single responding officer ever hesitated, even for a moment, to put themselves at risk to save the children,” Arredondo said. “We responded to the information that we had and had to adjust to whatever we faced. Our objective was to save as many lives as we could, and the extraction of the students from the classrooms by all that were involved saved over 500 of our Uvalde students and teachers before we gained access to the shooter and eliminated the threat.”

Arredondo’s explanations don’t fully address all the questions that have been raised. The Tribune spoke to seven law enforcement experts about Arredondo’s description of the police response. All but one said that serious lapses in judgment occurred.

Most strikingly, they said, by running into the school with no key and no radios and failing to take charge of the situation, the chief appears to have contributed to a chaotic approach in which officers deployed inappropriate tactics, adopted a defensive posture, failed to coordinate their actions, and wasted precious time as students and teachers remained trapped in two classrooms with a gunman who continued to fire his rifle.

Hyde, Arredondo’s lawyer, said those criticisms don’t reflect the realities police face when they’re under fire and trying to save lives. Uvalde is a small working-class city of about 15,000 west of San Antonio. Its small band of school police officers doesn’t have the staffing, equipment, training, or experience with mass violence that larger cities might.

His client ran straight toward danger armed with 29 years of law enforcement experience and a Glock 22 handgun. With no body armor and no second thoughts, the chief committed to stop the shooter or die trying.

77 minutes

One of Arredondo’s most consequential decisions was immediate. Within seconds of arriving at the northeast entrance of Robb Elementary around 11:35 a.m., he left his police and campus radios outside the school.

To Arredondo, the choice was logical. An armed killer was loose on the campus of the elementary school. Every second mattered. He wanted both hands free to hold his gun, ready to aim and fire quickly and accurately if he encountered the gunman.

Arredondo provided the following account of how the incident unfolded in a phone interview, in written answers, and in explanations passed through his lawyer.

He said he didn’t speak out sooner because he didn’t want to compound the community’s grief or cast blame at others.

Thinking he was the first officer to arrive and wanting to waste no time, Arredondo believed that carrying the radios would slow him down. One had a whiplike antenna that would hit him as he ran. The other had a clip that Arredondo knew would cause it to fall off his tactical belt during a long run.

Arredondo said he knew from experience that the radios did not work in some school buildings.

But that decision also meant that for the rest of the ordeal, he was not in radio contact with the scores of other officers from at least five agencies that swarmed the scene.

Almost immediately, Arredondo teamed up with a Uvalde police officer and began checking classrooms, looking for the gunman.

As they moved to the west side of the campus, a teacher pointed them to the wing the gunman had entered. As Arredondo and the Uvalde police officer ran toward it, they heard a “great deal of rounds” fired off inside. Arredondo believes that was the moment the gunman first entered adjoining classrooms 111 and 112 and started firing on the children with an AR-15 rifle.

Arredondo and the Uvalde officer entered the building’s south side and saw another group of Uvalde police officers entering from the north.

Arredondo checked to see if the door on the right, room 111, would open. Another officer tried room 112. Both doors were locked.

Arredondo remembers the gunman fired a burst of shots from inside the classroom, grazing the police officers approaching from the north. Some of the bullets pierced the classroom door, and others went through the classroom wall and lodged in the wall adjacent to the hallway, where there were other classrooms. The officers on the north end of the hallway retreated after being shot, but they weren’t seriously injured and returned shortly after to try to contain the gunman.

Because the gunman was already inside the locked classroom, some of the measures meant to protect teachers and students in mass shooting situations worked against police trying to gain entry.

Arredondo described the classroom door as reinforced with a hefty steel jamb, designed to keep an attacker on the outside from forcing their way in. But with the gunman inside the room, that took away officers’ ability to immediately kick in the door and confront the shooter.

Arredondo believed the situation had changed from that of an active shooter, to a gunman who had barricaded himself in a classroom with potential other victims.

A woman holds her head during mass at Primera Iglesia Bautista Church in Uvalde on May 29, 2022.
People worshipped during Mass at Primera Iglesia Bautista church in Uvalde on May 29. Credit: Evan L’Roy for The Texas Tribune
Churchgoers bow their heads in prayer during mass at the Sacred Heart Church in Uvalde on May 29, 2022.
Churchgoers bow their heads in prayer during mass at the Sacred Heart Church in Uvalde on May 29, 2022. Credit: Evan L’Roy for The Texas Tribune
Thousands of roses, handwritten notes, hundreds of candles and dozens of stuffed animals surround a fountain in the center of the City of Uvalde Town Square on May 29, 2022.
Thousands of roses, handwritten notes, hundreds of candles and dozens of stuffed animals surround a fountain in the center of the City of Uvalde Town Square on May 29. Credit: Kaylee Greenlee Beal for The Texas Tribune

First: Churchgoers bowed their heads in prayer during Mass at the Sacred Heart Church in Uvalde on May 29. Last: Thousands of roses, handwritten notes, hundreds of candles and dozens of stuffed animals surrounded a fountain in the center of the Uvalde town square on May 29. Credit: Evan L’Roy and Kaylee Greenlee Beal for The Texas Tribune

Texas Department of Public Safety officials and news outlets have reported that the shooter fired his gun at least two more times as police waited in the hallway outside the classrooms for more than an hour. And DPS officials have said dispatchers were relaying information about 911 calls coming from children and teachers in the classrooms, begging the police for help.

Arredondo said he was not aware of the 911 calls because he did not have his radio and no one in the hallway relayed that information to him. Arredondo and the other officers in the hallway took great pains to remain quiet. Arredondo said they had no radio communications — and even if they’d had radios, his lawyer said, they would have turned them off in the hallway to avoid giving away their location. Instead, they passed information in whispers for fear of drawing another round of gunfire if the shooter heard them.

Finding no way to enter the room, Arredondo called police dispatch from his cellphone and asked for a SWAT team, snipers and extrication tools, like a fire hook, to open the door.

Arredondo remained in the hallway for the rest of the ordeal, waiting for a way to get into the room, and prepared to shoot the gunman if he tried to exit the classroom.

Arredondo assumed that some other officer or official had taken control of the larger response. He took on the role of a front-line responder.

He said he never considered himself the scene’s incident commander and did not give any instruction that police should not attempt to breach the building. DPS officials have described Arredondo as the incident commander and said Arredondo made the call to stand down and treat the incident as a “barricaded suspect,” which halted the attempt to enter the room and take down the shooter. “I didn’t issue any orders,” Arredondo said. “I called for assistance and asked for an extraction tool to open the door.”

Officers in the hallway had few options. At some point, Arredondo tried to talk to the gunman through the walls in an effort to establish a rapport, but the gunman did not respond.

With the gunman still firing sporadically, Arredondo realized that children and teachers in adjacent rooms remained in danger if the gunman started shooting through the walls.

“The ammunition was penetrating the walls at that point,” Arredondo said. “We’ve got him cornered, we’re unable to get to him. You realize you need to evacuate those classrooms while we figured out a way to get in.”

Lights in the classrooms had also been turned off, another routine lockdown measure that worked against the police. With little visibility into the classroom, they were unable to pinpoint the gunman’s location or to determine whether the children and teachers were alive.

Arredondo told officers to start breaking windows from outside other classrooms and evacuating those children and teachers. He wanted to avoid having students coming into the hallway, where he feared too much noise would attract the gunman’s attention.

While other officers outside the school evacuated children, Arredondo and the officers in the hallway held their position and waited for the tools to open the classroom and confront the gunman.

At one point, a Uvalde police officer noticed Arredondo was not wearing body armor. Worried for the chief’s safety, the Uvalde officer offered to cover for Arredondo while he ran out of the building to get it.

“I’ll be very frank. He said, ‘Fuck you. I’m not leaving this hallway,’” Hyde recounted. “He wasn’t going to leave without those kids.”

Without any way to get into the classroom, officers in the hallway waited desperately for a way to secure entry and did the best they could to otherwise advance their goal of saving lives.

“It’s not that someone said stand down,” Hyde said. “It was ‘Right now, we can’t get in until we get the tools. So we’re going to do what we can do to save lives.’ And what was that? It was to evacuate the students and the parents and the teachers out of the rooms.”

Tools that might have been useful in breaking through the door never materialized, but Arredondo had also asked for keys that could open the door. Unlike some other school district police departments, Uvalde CISD officers don’t carry master keys to the schools they visit. Instead, they request them from an available staff member when they’re needed.

Robb Elementary did not have a modern system of locks and access control. “You’re talking about a key ring that’s got to weigh 10 pounds,” Hyde said.

Eventually, a janitor provided six keys. Arredondo tried each on a door adjacent to the room where the gunman was, but it didn’t open.

Later, another key ring with between 20 and 30 keys was brought to Arredondo.

“I was praying one of them was going to open up the door each time I tried a key,” Arredondo said in an interview.

None did.

Eventually, the officers on the north side of the hallway called Arredondo’s cellphone and told him they had gotten a key that could open the door.

The officers on the north side of the hallway formed a group of mixed law enforcement agencies, including U.S. Border Patrol, to enter the classroom and take down the shooter, Arredondo said.

Ten days after the shooting, The New York Times reported that a group of U.S. Border Patrol agents ignored a directive spoken into their earpieces not to enter the room. The Times has since reported that Arredondo did not object when the team entered the room.

Hyde said if a directive delaying entry was issued, it did not come from Arredondo, but the Times reported that someone was issuing orders at the scene. Hyde said he did not know who that person was. The Border Patrol declined to comment.

At 12:50 p.m., as the officers entered the classroom, Arredondo held his position near the south classroom door in the hallway, in case the gunman tried to run out that door.

At last, the shooter, Salvador Ramos, 18, was brought down. A harrowing standoff rapidly became an effort to find the wounded and count the dead.

Once the officers cleared the room, Border Patrol agents trained to render emergency medical service assessed the wounded. Arredondo and other officers formed a line to help pass the injured children out of the hallway and to emergency medical care.

Police block off the road leading to the scene of a school shooting at Robb Elementary on May 24, 2022, in Uvalde.
Police blocked off the road leading to the scene of a school shooting May 24 at Robb Elementary. Credit: Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune

Expert analysis

A police officer intentionally ditching his radio while answering a call? “I’ve never heard anything like that in my life,” said Steve Ijames, a police tactics expert and former assistant police chief of Springfield, Missouri.

The discarded radio, the missing key and the apparent lack of an incident commander are some of questions raised by experts about the response of Arredondo and the various agencies involved.

Officers are trained never to abandon their radios, their primary communication tool during an emergency, said Ijames. That Arredondo did so the moment he arrived on scene is inexplicable, he said.

Ijames added that it is “inconceivable” that Arredondo’s officers did not have a plan to access any room or building on campus at any moment, given that the school district makes up the entirety of the tiny force’s jurisdiction.

The experts, which included active-shooting researchers and retired law enforcement personnel, homed in on the moment officers entered the school and found the doors to rooms 111 and 112 locked. Three said this moment afforded Arredondo a chance to step back, regroup and work with other officers to devise a new strategy.

“It takes having someone who has the wherewithal to come up with a quick, tactical plan and executing it,” said former Seguin police Chief Terry Nichols. “It may not be the best plan, but a plan executed vigorously is better than the best unexecuted plan in the world.”

Nichols, who teaches classes on active-shooter responses, said he understands the instinct for command staff to want to confront a gunman themselves. But he said commanders must not lose focus of their role in an emergency.

“We have to — as leaders, especially as a chief of police — step back and allow our men and women to go do what they do, and use our training and experience where they’re needed, to command and control a chaotic situation,” Nichols said.

Active-shooter protocols developed after the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School, where a slow police response delayed medical care that could have saved several victims, train police to confront shooters immediately, without waiting for backup and without regard for their personal safety. An active-shooting training that Uvalde school district police attended in March stressed these tactics, warning that responders likely would be required to place themselves in harm’s way.

“The training that police officers have received for more than a decade mandates that when shots are fired in an active-shooter situation, officers or an officer needs to continue through whatever obstacles they face to get to the shooter, period,” said Katherine Schweit, a retired FBI agent who co-wrote the bureau’s foundational research on mass shootings. “If that means they go through walls, or go around the back through windows, or through an adjoining classroom, they do that.”

Bruce Ure, a former Victoria police chief, said drawing conclusions about police conduct during the shooting is premature since the authorities have not completed their investigations. He said he believes Arredondo acted reasonably given the circumstances he faced.

Ure disagreed that Arredondo should have retreated into a command role once other officers arrived, since most active-shooter events last mere minutes. He argued that no amount of ad-hoc planning outside would have changed the outcome of the massacre once the shooter got inside the classrooms.

He said attempting to breach windows or open classroom doors by force were unrealistic options that would have exposed police and children to potentially fatal gunfire with little chance of success. Officers’ only choice, he said, was to wait to find a key, which he agreed should not have taken so long.

Hyde said attempting to enter through windows would have “guaranteed all the children in the rooms would be killed” along with several officers. He said this “reckless and ineffective” action, when police could not see where the shooter was, would have made officers easy targets to be picked off at will.

Ure, who as an attendee was wounded in the hand during the 2017 Las Vegas concert shooting that killed 60 people, acknowledged the post-Columbine wisdom that immediately confronting shooters is paramount. But he said the scene inside Robb Elementary presented a “perfect storm” of an active shooter barricaded with hostages.

“There’s no manual for this type of scenario,” Ure said. “If people need to be held appropriately accountable, then so be it. But I think the lynch-mob mentality right now isn’t serving any purpose, and it’s borderline reckless.”

Questions over command

The day after the shooting, Arredondo and other local officials stood behind Gov. Greg Abbott and DPS Director Steve McCraw as they held their first major news conference to address the slaughter.

Abbott lauded law enforcement agencies for their “amazing courage” and said the actions of police officers were the reason the shooting was “not worse.” McCraw said a school resource officer had “engaged” the shooter outside the building but was unable to stop him from entering.

To Arredondo, that information did not ring true. Arredondo turned to a DPS official, whom he declined to identify, and asked why state officials had been given inaccurate information.

In a stunning reversal at a news conference the next day, the DPS regional director for the area, Victor Escalon, retracted McCraw’s initial claim and said the gunman “was not confronted by anybody” before entering the school.

At a third news conference the following afternoon, Abbott said he was “livid” about being “misled” about the police response to the shooting. He said his incorrect remarks were merely a recitation of what officers had told him.

Hyde said the inaccurate information did not come from Arredondo, who had briefed state and law enforcement officials about the shooting before the first press conference. Abbott on Wednesday declined to identify who had misled him, saying only that the bad information had come from “public officials.”

McCraw also told reporters that Arredondo, whom he identified by his position rather than his name, treated the gunman as a “barricaded suspect” rather than an active shooter, which McCraw deemed a mistake. In the news conference, McCraw referred to Arredondo as the shooting’s “incident commander.”

Hyde said Arredondo did not issue any orders to other law enforcement agencies and had no knowledge that they considered him the incident commander.

The National Incident Management System, which guides all levels of government on how to respond to mass emergency events, says that the first person on scene is the incident commander. That incident commander remains in that charge until they relinquish it or are incapacitated.

Hyde acknowledged those guidelines but said Arredondo’s initial response to the shooting was not that of an incident commander, but of a first responder.

“Once he became engaged, intimately involved on the front line of this case, he is one of those that is in the best position to continue to resolve the incident at that time,” Hyde said. “So while it’s easy to identify him as the incident commander because of that NIMS process, in practicality, you see here he was not in the capacity to be able to run this entire organization.”

With no radio and no way to receive up-to-date information about what was happening outside of the hallway, Hyde said, another one of the local, state and federal agencies that arrived at the scene should have taken over command.

Nichols, the former Seguin police chief, dismissed the idea that another officer would seamlessly adopt the incident commander role simply because Arredondo never did. He said decisive commanders are especially important when multiple agencies respond to an incident and are unsure how to work together.

“You know the facility. You’re the most intimately knowledgeable about this,” Nichols said of Arredondo. “Take command and set what your priorities need to be, right now.”

On May 31, officials with DPS, which is investigating the Uvalde shooting, told news outlets that Arredondo was no longer cooperating with the agency. The agency’s investigative unit, the Texas Rangers, wanted to continue talking with the police chief, but he had not responded to the agency’s request for two days, DPS officials said.

Hyde said Arredondo participated in multiple interviews with DPS in the days following the shooting, including a law enforcement debriefing the day of the attack and a videotaped debriefing with DPS analysts and the FBI the day after.

He’d also briefed the governor and other state officials and had multiple follow-up calls with DPS for its investigation.

But after McCraw said at a press conference on May 27 that Arredondo made the “wrong decision,” the police chief “no longer participated in the investigation to avoid media interference,” Hyde said.

The Rangers had asked Arredondo to come in for another interview, but he told investigators he could not do it on the day they asked because he was covering shifts for his officers, Hyde said.

“At no time did he communicate his unwillingness to cooperate with the investigation,” Hyde said. “His phone was flooded with calls and messages from numbers he didn’t recognize, and it’s possible he missed calls from DPS but still maintained daily interaction by phone with DPS assisting with logistics as requested.”

Hyde said Arredondo is open to cooperating with the Rangers investigation but would like to see a transcript of his previous comments.

“That’s a fair thing to ask for before he has to then discuss it again because, as time goes by, all the information that he hears, it’s hard to keep straight,” Hyde said.

Hundreds wait in line holding flowers and each other to pay their respects at a memorial in front of the Robb Elementary School on Saturday evening.
Children visited the memorial at Robb Elementary on May 28. Hundreds of people waited in line holding flowers and one another to pay their respects there. Credit: Kaylee Greenlee Beal for The Texas Tribune

“They loved those kids”

When the gunman was dead, police had another grim task: moving the tiny bodies of injured children out of the room and getting them emergency medical care as soon as possible.

A line was formed to gently but quickly move them out. Each child passed through Arredondo’s arms.

Later that night, Arredondo went to the Uvalde civic center, where families waited desperately for news that their loved ones had survived, or had at worst been taken to the hospital for treatment.

For Arredondo, his lawyer said, telling families that “no additional kids were coming out of the school alive was the toughest part of his career.”

The chaotic law enforcement response to the shooting by local, state and federal agencies is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Texas Department of Public Safety. It is the subject of an investigative committee of the Texas Legislature and will be the source of months of scrutiny by public officials, survivors and the families of the deceased. Survivors and the families of victims have started contacting lawyers for potential legal action.

Arredondo’s role will be central to all of those probes.

For now, he is avoiding the public eye, having left his home temporarily because it is under constant watch by news reporters.

But he’s also been unable to mourn with his community.

Arredondo grew up in the community and attended Robb Elementary as a boy. He started his career at the Uvalde Police Department and spent 16 years there before moving to Laredo for work.

He returned to his hometown in 2020 to head up the school district’s police department. He and his police officers loved high-fiving the schoolchildren on his visits to the schools, Hyde said.

“It was the highlight of his days,” Hyde said. “They loved those kids.”

Arredondo’s ties to the shooting are also familial. One of the teachers killed by the gunman, Irma Garcia, was married to Arredondo’s second cousin, Joe Garcia. Garcia died suddenly two days after his wife’s death.

Arredondo grew up with Joe Garcia and went to school with him. But when the funeral services started, Arredondo said he opted against attending because he didn’t want his presence to distract from the Garcias’ grieving loved ones.

His small police department is also suffering.

Eva Mireles, another teacher killed by the gunman, was married to Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District police officer Ruben Ruiz.

“They lost a person that they consider family,” Hyde said.

To relieve his grieving officers, Arredondo has picked up extra shifts at the police department.

And he’s received death threats and negative messages from people he does not know.

“Those are people who just don’t know the whole story that are making their assumptions on what they’re hearing or reading. That’s been difficult,” he said. “The police in Uvalde, we’re like your family, your brothers and sisters. We help each other out at any cost, and we’re used to helping out the community, period, because that’s what most public servants are about.”

Arredondo said he remains proud of his response and that of his other officers that day. He believes they saved lives. He also believes that fate brought him back home for a reason.

“No one in my profession wants to ever be in anything like this,” Arredondo said. “But being raised here in Uvalde, I was proud to be here when this happened. I feel like I came back home for a reason, and this might possibly be one of the main reasons why I came back home. We’re going to keep on protecting our community at whatever cost.”

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Uvalde fallout affecting nation

It’s not a gun problem – it’s a criminal response to your brothers in blue deciding to not act to save those kids. We expect better and arrests at the very least. The whole “looks like your parking light isn’t working” is a perfect excuse to clean up the wannabe cops in Uvalde.

Now the whole country knows that police are not compelled to stop crime. This knowledge in educated citizens is one thing. But the bad apples learned the truth when it was laid out right in front of them. They understand that police are there to file reports.

Police inaction in Uvalde led to not just those immediate deaths and injuries, but now we basically need every citizen trained and armed to protect ourselves. To borrow from the Democrat platform, we need common sense police reform. LEOs must be compelled to defend citizens.

I went to a recent high school graduation. Cops everywhere. I felt less safe because the location is a restricted area, and those officers are not mandated to protect me or any other citizen. They could stand by while we’re slaughtered and have no legal consequences.

We need every LEO agency oath of office reworded. The legal statutes must be amended. And if cops aren’t willing to do their REAL jobs, then why are you holding back the good citizens from saving each other?

In short, a bunch of police in Uvalde earned life imprisonment. Which they certainly will never see. Instead of fixing the problem of bad cops, which has caused so many riots these recent years, we hear our politicians screaming that we need rice get rid of the one thing we can rely upon to keep ourselves and other citizens safe. I’m down with officer safety in most circumstances. When the lives are on the line we expect the same we get from our military: ante up and your life is on the line. It’s better to try and die as the hero, than to cause further death and destruction because cops can’t figure out how to shoot a lock, crash a car through wall, etc. LEOs get access to MRAPs and military gear. This is when it’s expected to be used.

Waller High School students win District UIL Academics Championship

WALLER — Waller High School’s UIL Academic Team won the 19-5A UIL District Championship. This is the seventh time, and third consecutive year, WHS UIL Academics has claimed the UIL district champion title.


For the seventh time in school history, the Waller High School (WHS) UIL Academic team has earned the title of District Champion. The team also won the title in 2002, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2019, 2021, and 2022. No competition was held in 2020 due to COVID.

This year, in District 19-5A, WHS competed against Brenham, Bryan Rudder College Station, College Station A&M Consolidated, Katy Jordan, Katy Paetow, Magnolia, and Magnolia West. The team won with over 60 points ahead of second place, and has nine teams and 25 students advancing to Regional competition.

Team Awards:

  • Accounting: 1st place

  • Calculator Applications: 1st place

  • Current Issues and Events: 1st place

  • Journalism: 1st place

  • Literary Criticism: 2nd place

  • Spelling/Vocabulary: 1st place

  • Social Studies: 1st place

Individual Awards:

  • Accounting: Thanh Chiem (1st), Lydia Jurischk (3rd), Jimena Ruiz (4th), and Misael Maldonado (5th)

  • Calculator Applications: Austin Hyatt (1st), Helmut Ulrich (2nd), and Riley Meeves (4th)

  • Computer Applications: Nathalie Jones (1st), Edwin Vazquez (2nd), and Tyler Faulk-Romero (3rd)

  • Copy Editing: Avery Ragsdale (1st), Macy Jones (3rd), and Shelbi Gorman (5th)

  • Current Issues & Events: Austin Davis (1st), Blake Green (3rd), and Joey Camann (5th)

  • Editorial Writing: Brooke Allen (3rd)

  • Feature Writing: Grace Isaacks (2nd) and Brooke Allen (4th)

  • Headline Writing: Amelie Cox (1st) and Austin Davis (6th)

  • Literary Criticism: Amelie Cox (6th)

  • News Writing: Brooke Allen (2nd)

  • Poetry: Macy Jones (2nd)

  • Prose: Lucy Bayles (1st)

  • Ready Writing: Brooke Allen (2nd), Amelie Cox (4th), and Christian Turrubiartes (6th)

  • Science: Michael Rivera (Top Biology Score)

  • Social Studies: Celestine Duncan (1st), Javier Porras (2nd), Joey Camann (3rd), and Blake Green (4th)

  • Spelling/Vocabulary: Helmut Ulrich (1st), Avery Ragsdale (2nd), and Steven Rabago (3rd)

Cypress Ranch HS wins first in prestigious Madrigal Choir Festival

SAN ANTONIO — Cypress Ranch High School’s chamber choir won first place and was named the 2022 honor choir, at the prestigious American Classic Madrigal & Chamber Choir Festival, held March 5 at the University United Methodist Church in San Antonio.

The Cypress Ranch chamber choir earned first place after competing against more than 40 chamber choirs from across the state. Cypress Ranch last won the first place honor in 2013. As the 2022 festival champions, the group will return to the Madrigal & Chamber Choir Festival in 2023, perform an honor choir concert and present the top award to next year’s winner.

“The American Classic Madrigal Festival is highly respected and valued across Texas,” said Cynthia Douglas, Cypress Ranch head choir director. “To simply participate with all of the amazing choirs, truly the best of the best, is always a highlight of our year. We come to compete, but also, we come to listen, learn and be inspired. The music the students learn for this event is extremely challenging and mature, and they polish and perform it to a collegiate standard. To win such a competition was a huge honor and very thrilling.”

Chamber choirs from Bridgeland® High School, Cy-Fair and Cypress Creek high schools earned “Performance of Distinction” awards in this year’s contest.

As part of the American Classic Tours & Music Festivals, which specializes in domestic and international student performance tours, festivals and educational travel, the Madrigal & Chamber Festival is the company’s flagship event and combines singing, camaraderie, competition and education through clinicians. A panel of three judges evaluates each performance and provides ratings and written comments.

The top three choirs earn recognition in addition to judges naming “Performance of Distinction” awards for notable performances.

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Your Success Story Begins at LSC-CyFair’s Open House April 12, 2022

CYPRESS — Come to Lone Star College-CyFair’s Open House April 12 to learn about all the academic, athletic and achievable choices available for making the grade, making history and making a global impact, all while pursuing your career dreams.


There are more reasons to attend LSC-CyFair than small classes that provide interactive personalized instruction, flexible class schedules, transferrable classes and the affordable cost of approximately $1,000 a semester for a full-time load. LSC-CyFair also offers more than the opportunities to earn associate degrees, a Bachelor of Applied Technology in Cybersecurity (offered at LSC-Westway Park Technology Center) and numerous workforce certificates.


What more is there? How about adding to the resume being a championship athlete, named as an inventor on a NASA tool design patent, or lead of an award-winning binational Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge team?


Registered Nurse Ena Cusi, who graduated magna cum laude with her Associate Degree in Nursing, was team captain of LSC-CyFair’s Falcon Tennis Team when, in 2019, the team was named United States Tennis Association (USTA) Club of the Year and she won USTA Texas Leader of the Year. In addition to being a championship athlete, she was a student worker and held several student organization leadership roles as a nursing student at LSC-CyFair.


Kary Meadows, now studying aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University, was one of two members of LSC-CyFair’s Team C.R.A.T.E.R. recently named inventors on a patent for the NASA space tool design of a dust tolerant pivoting mechanism. Team C.R.A.T.E.R. garnered top honors at the Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge in multiple categories, such as 1st-place overall in Top Design Team, as well as the NASA Micro-g NExT Design Challenge. While at LSC-CyFair, Meadows also had an opportunity to ask questions of astronaut Bob Behnken at International Space Station.


Current Honors College student Alma Gallardo Campa, who desires a career working with other engineers finding solutions to critical issues in the health care industry, recently led a binational team (consisting of Lone Star College and Al-Balqa Applied University in Jordan students) to success with their business concept proposed as a solution for improving quality education. She was team director for Team Jordan that took second place and earned $1,500 in the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge with their “OurLib” website with a mission to facilitate the exchange of affordable books and host virtual study groups and tutoring sessions.


To read more about the experiences and impact of attending LSC-CyFair from Cusi, Meadows and other successful alumni, scroll the success stories featured on the college’s Cy Spotlight page.


For students ready to start their own path to success, May mini-mester, summer and fall registration are now under way, so drop by the open house between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Center for Academic and Student Affairs.


LSC-CyFair’s Student Services team members are ready to answer admission, financial aid and registration questions as well as provide advising on certificate, degree and bachelors programs. Students will also get information on available resources such as The Empowerment Center,  the Student Success Institute, tutoring, campus safety, continuing education, online learning, student life, testing services, veteran services and more.


Open houses are being held across the Lone Star College System. For information, visit LoneStar.edu/openhouse.

About Lone Star College-CyFair

Helping more than 20,000 students reach their academic and career goals, Lone Star College-CyFair is the fifth comprehensive college in the Lone Star College System, located at 9191 Barker Cypress Road just 3 miles south of U.S. Highway 290. Start close and go far at LSC-CyFair as well as at LSC-Cypress Center, located at 19710 Clay Road and LSC-Westway Park Technology Center, located at 5060 Westway Park Boulevard. For more information visit LoneStar.edu/cyfair.


About Lone Star College-System
Lone Star College enrolls over 80,000 students each semester providing high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and has been named a 2021 Great Colleges to Work For® institution by the Chronicle of Higher Education and ranked 35th in Texas in the Forbes ‘America’s Best Employers By State’ list. LSC consists of eight colleges, seven centers, eight Workforce Centers of Excellence and Lone Star Corporate College. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.


Road construction to affect traffic near Waller High School

WALLER — Portions of Stokes Rd. and Waller Spring Creek will be closed for widening and construction of turn lanes from Monday, April 4 through July 2022.

Please be aware these road closures will affect traffic around Waller High School (WHS) especially during arrival and dismissal. Initially the southbound lane on Stokes Rd. will be closed; the northbound lane will remain open. Once the southbound lane is complete it will be opened, then work will begin on the northbound lane.

Next, similar construction will begin on the eastbound and westbound lanes of Waller Spring Creek. Lane closures will be marked and will be approximately a half-mile in either direction of the intersection. Please be aware of this construction as you plan your routes around WHS and use caution in the area.

Why did we move from film to digital cameras? A look at costs and pricing.

As one of the “O.G.” film photojournalists in Cypress, Texas area, I want to bring a little bit of perspective to the history of photography.
Unlike VHS tapes, decades old film negatives are still viable quality-wise today. But as you will see, digital photography is a much better option than film today.

I think the last roll of film I bought was in 2004, maybe 2005. With a good modern negative scanner and today’s advanced software, you can make that look like it was shot on a modern mirrorless camera.

In a recent conversation I dropped this gem, which led me to authoring this piece: “Back in the film days, I calculated a frame of film cost roughly $1 per image for just getting a 4×6 done (cost of film + processing + printing). By sourcing the most viable film to do the job (which resulted in buying Kodak’s PRO film in bulk – we called them “bricks”), and only needing processed negatives, I got that down to 58¢ per image … I’m surprised that number is coming to me so easily. It was a lot of math about 22 years ago!”
I used to work in a one-hour photo lab back in the day, as well. I’d run my film when the tank’s chemicals were just in the right balance and temperatures (even the type of soft vs hard water has a big difference!).
I grabbed this 2022 data from B&H and my pro lab, Miller’s, for the processing.

When we talk about dynamic range, so just like different camera sensors react differently, each film stock handles that and even handles colors differently!
My favorite was Kodak Portra ISO 800 and Fuji’s ISO 1600.
Looking at B&H, they currently don’t sell the big bricks of Portra, just 5-roll boxes of 36 frames (180 frames), and that’s only of ISO 160 and 400. Ugh.
I would call my local camera store (they closed over a decade ago as most camera stores relied on film sales and were generally speaking the best photo labs we could get) and pre-ordered the big bricks for me to pick up a couple weeks later.
Unfortunately, Fuji is only selling up to ISO 400 films today.

This photo at Texas A&M University's Kyle Field was on Fuji 800, Canon Elan IIe, EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 at 75mm and f/4. (© 1999 Creighton Holub, all rights reserved)
This photo at Texas A&M University’s Kyle Field was on Fuji 800, Canon Elan IIe, EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 at 75mm and f/4. (© 1999 Creighton Holub, all rights reserved)

I had clients purchase that at 2-foot by 3-foot poster size.
This large print has so much detail that people in the stands can identify themselves.
Here’s one on display at a restaurant:

This photo at Texas A&M University's Kyle Field was on Fuji 800, Canon Elan IIe, EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 at 75mm and f/4. (© 1999 Creighton Holub, all rights reserved)
This photo at Texas A&M University’s Kyle Field was on Fuji 800, Canon Elan IIe, EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 at 75mm and f/4. (© 1999 Creighton Holub, all rights reserved)

Here’s the 2022 costs for just the film.
Portra 800 (36 frames): $16.95 ($0.48 per frame)
Portra 400 (180 frames): $64.67 ($0.36 per frame)

Now you need processing. You might be able to get this cheaper at a local 1-hour lab. But here’s the insider knowledge: The processing machines require volume for the chemicals to be right! I worked at one of the busiest labs in the Houston area 22 years ago.
Just how we use color checker cards today, your actual color balance on the negatives is affected by the quality of the processing (think chemical balance, temperatures, hard vs soft water, etc.). A machine not having enough volume is going to be having major issues keeping those tolerances tight.

I’m going to use Miller’s for my example here: For a roll or 24- or 36-exposures they charge a flat $8. Also, they have a minimum order of $15 (so you need to do two rolls of film).

2022 Processing:
36 frames: $0.22 per frame
24 frames: $0.33 per frame

Since we’re buying 36-shot rolls, we’ll use the appropriate pricing (still $8 per roll).

Film + processing:
Portra 800 (36 frames): $24.95 ($0.70 per frame)
Portra 400 (180 frames): $104.67 ($0.59 per frame)

Now, let’s say your camera takes up the roll incorrectly and only gives you 35 shots … your costs are actually per roll, so your costs are slightly more per image. Or if you arbitrarily shoot less than 36 images, then you’re costing yourself the same $25 per roll.

Now, if Miller’s is going to scan your negatives, that’s another $20.50. If they burn a DVD for you, it’s another $5.
Suddenly, that single roll of ISO 800 is $50.45.

Oh, we’ve not even touched on shipping.
Firstly, I’m going to drop the bomb on all of this: The post office was known for X-raying virtually every package shipped.

Film and X-rays don’t mix. At all.
You just spent all this money on film, shooting the film, and now have to ship it to a lab.
Thanks for nefarious actors using the post office as a weapon, the USPS started randomly X-raying packages. And those systems have evolved a lot over time. So after you’ve done all that investment and work, you have to risk the post office destroying all your images.
We had special mailers that were lined with lead or something like that, but imagine a postal inspector opening the package, finding a roll of film they’ve never seen before, and then sending it through the X-ray machine by itself …
This debacle was best illustrated by National Geographic and their last roll of Kodachrome slide film. I remember reading about this as they were doing it – they had to make arrangements to get that single roll around the world without it being scanned by postal inspectors. But it was National Geographic, so they could make things like that happen.
Kodachrome was ISO 25, and ISO 64, and had the best color at the time. (You also couldn’t do 1-hour processing, as slide film isn’t negative film. So slide film was ONLY available with offsite processing.)

Now, we also haven’t touched on the camera itself!
We are aware that all cameras have only so many shutter actuations.
My Canon R6 has about 300,000 pictures that shutter should be on-point.
But the average for most cameras was 100,000 photos.
A $2,500 Canon R6 costs $0.025 (two and a half pennies) per image if it lasts 100,000.
At 300,000 frames, that’s $0.0083 (just less than a penny) per image.

That caveat is that you’re paying all that up front. With film, a high-end camera was about $800 for a Canon 3. But you’d end up paying for it on the back end as you buy film.
My personal film camera shot a blazing 2.5 frames per second. When you look at that price, you now realize why we’d use foresight to get our images! In just two seconds, you could “spend” $3.50!
Now, imagine the top-end cameras shooting 8 or even 10 frames per second! In less than four seconds, you just burned through $25!!!

As a sports photographer, I was one of the handful of guys investing with shooting color film. Most shot B&W film for the massive cost savings.
Looking at B&H, Kodak Tri-X ISO 400 film is $10.49 for a roll of 36.
Now, you could also get film in giant bulk rolls and then you’d have to literally roll your own. LOL.
Now Creighton, why are you talking about an ISO 400 film when you were just bashing color ISO 400?
Just how we can use the dynamic range of our sensors, B&W doesn’t have to balance the color spectrum (chemical balance, temperature, time in chemical bath, hard vs soft water), and you can “cook” the film to achieve different effect ISOs.
I’m so old school that I often say “grain” instead of “noise.”
As a photojournalist, we’d often need faster film than the normal 100, 200, 400, or even 800. We’re talking the big balling, shot calling ISO 3200. You could get a proper gray card exposure at most football stadiums with ISO 3200 and f/2.8 lenses, but that dynamic range was pushed to the extreme and anything in shadow would drop off very fast. We had to plan around the stadium lights’ placement to get good exposures for good images. Using flash was a necessity back then, and it wasn’t a problem until you got into the urban stadiums.
That Kodak Tri-X 400 could be cooked to ISO 3200 in the proper hands! You couldn’t send the film out for processing to do this.
Now, that meant that you’d have to have the equipment to process that film. That’s a small investment but it pays for itself really fast.
Generally speaking, only the big daily newspapers would shoot color film at sporting events – and they routinely worked in venues such as the Astrodome, Cowboy Stadium, etc. When they’d send a photographer to a remote high school, that photographer would likely have Tri-X in their camera.

Speaking of ISO 3200 …

In the 1990s, there was one company – Konica – making ISO 3200 color film. It was about $30 per roll. Using an inflation calculator, that’s $52.22 per roll! It is about the equivalent in quality to racking your DSLR / mirrorless camera to the absolute highest ISO your model has. Now, imagine it about one stop worse. Some cameras couldn’t even read the barcode to automatically set the ISO!
I think my entire career only used 3 or 4 rolls of that film.
Nowadays, I routinely start shooting events at ISO 5,000 and 10,000 in certain environments. But that quickly leads to another conversation regarding post-production processes.

New Master Planned Community Lakeview Breaks Ground near Waller

WALLER — Lakeview, a new 1,200-acre master-planned community on the west side of Houston, is breaking ground on the initial phase of development.

Located on FM 362 near State Highway 529, the initial phase will include expansive 1- and 2-acre estate lots to be developed on more than 200 acres. The estate homes are expected to range from the mid $400,000s to more than $800,000. Builders David Weekley Homes, Jamestown Estate Homes, K. Hovnanian Homes and Sitterle Homes have been selected to offer homes in the first phase.

“Lakeview will be something entirely new for this market,” said Peter Houghton, Principal of Rooted Development who will be developing the property for the family who has owned the land for more than 50 years. “Waller is a growing area, but the communities coming in feature small lot sizes.  We’re giving people the space they want in a country atmosphere with an emphasis on creating a high-quality master-planned community.”

Prominent in the Lakeview master plan is a 45-acre lake surrounded by homesites with two additional lakes flanking the main entry. A central park will have a fishing pier and community gathering space. The lake will be stocked for catch-and-release fishing.

“We’re also planting abundant trees throughout the community, including some older mature oak trees that are up to 10 inches in diameter,” Houghton said.

The community will feature paved concrete streets, high-speed fiber internet and a community water system.

Sales are expected to begin in either July or August.

Lakeview is zoned to Waller Independent School District. Residents will have access to Highway 290, which is approximately eight miles away, and Interstate 10 and the Grand Parkway, both about 11 miles from Lakeview.

Rooted Development principals Peter Houghton and Christopher Gilbert have more than 50 years of residential real estate development experience between them and have helped shape the development of communities coast to coast. Houston-area communities include Bridgeland®, Cinco Ranch, Woodson’s Reserve, Greatwood and the Reserve at Katy.

Learn more about Lakeview at www.lakeviewtx.com.


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Bluebonnet Family Portraits return to Washington On The Brazos in 2022

Area families have a unique opportunity to have bluebonnet family portraits made at Washington on the Brazos while also helping to support this important Texas landmark.

“This is our second year to partner with the Washington-on-the-Brazos Historical Foundation to offer families this rare opportunity to have family portraits created at Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site.” said Sandy Flint of Flint Photography.

“I can’t think of a better place to create family photos than Washington-on-the-Brazos. These historic grounds will make a beautiful backdrop for portraits that will become a family legacy of their own.” said Flint. “The entire site is about to come alive with spring time color, so we’ll be there at one of the prettiest times of the year!”

The one-day portrait event will be held March 26, 2022. Advanced reservations are required but registration is now open. “We only have a very limited number of spots available, and they are available on a first-come basis.” said Flint

Registration for this event is just $99 and includes the photoshoot, a pre-shoot clothing consultation to help you prepare, as well as Flint Photography’s signature help in selecting the right images for your home and designing your final displays. Participants will also receive a $99 credit to be used towards portraits from the photoshoot.

“We’ll provide the complete start-to-finish service we offer all of our clients for this event.” says Flint “Plus, 100% of all reservation fees will be donated to the Washington On The Brazos Historic Foundation.”

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site is located near Navasota and is just 20 minutes from Brenham, 30 minutes from College Station, and about an hour from Houston.

For more information, please contact Flint Photography at 281-899-0818 or visit their web site for all of the details. www.SandyFlintPhotography.com/bluebonnets

Sandy Flint is a native Texan and full time portrait artist with Flint Photography. He has won numerous national and international awards for his work and specializes in heirloom portraits for families and children. His studio is located in the Houston Heights but he also creates portraits in the Brenham/Cat Spring/Round Top area.

Washington-on-the-Brazos Historical Foundation is a 501 (c)3 non profit organization focused on helping Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site with the development of educational programs, site improvement projects and special programs. The foundation recently helped to produce the movie “Independence! A Lone Star Rises” which premiered in 2021.

Key Information:

Event Dates: March 26, 2022
Advance Registration Required
Registration: Now Open
$99 Registration fee – 100% of which will be donated to the Washington On The Brazos Historic Foundation.


CFISD sends 38 wrestlers to 2022 UIL state championships at the Berry Center

CYPRESS — Thirty-eight wrestlers from 11 CFISD high schools placed in the top four of their respective weight classes at the Region III-6A Wrestling Championships on Feb. 11-12 at the Merrell Center in Katy to qualify for the UIL Class 6A Wrestling State Tournament, scheduled for Feb. 18-19 at the Berry Center. 

In the girls’ tournament, five CFISD schools finished in the 10 and eight placed among the top 15 led by Cypress Ranch High School. The Mustangs claimed the regional championship after finishing with 138.5 total points.  

Langham Creek High School (109 points) and Cypress Springs High School (81) placed third and fourth, respectively, behind runner-up Katy Seven Lakes. Cypress Ridge High School (58) finished ninth, while Jersey Village High School (54) placed 10th. Cypress Woods (49), Cypress Creek (41) and Cypress Park (38) high schools placed 12th, 13th and 15th. 

CFISD had seven girls’ regional champions: 

  • Cypress Ranch junior Anika Singh won the 95-pound title, pinning Langham Creek freshman Hailey Bello in 3:49; 
  • Cypress Springs senior Melissa Cifuentes won the 102-pound title, pinning Cypress Ranch freshman Arianna Beltran in 1:58; 
  • Cy-Fair senior Aliyah Trigueros won the 119-pound title, pinning Houston Clear Lake’s Trinity Nunez in 1:51; 
  • Langham Creek senior Annika Gotleib won the 128-pound title, pinning Jersey Village junior Genesis Fernandez in 1:39; 
  • Langham Creek senior Abigail Sebesta won the 138-pound title, defeating Humble’s Amirra Parker, 9-3; 
  • Cypress Ranch freshman Anna Vogt won the 148-pound title, defeating Katy Seven Lakes’ Camryn Strohman, 8-5; and 
  • Cypress Creek junior Emma Thomas won the 185-pound title, defeating Katy Seven Lakes’ Annmarie Janssen, 11-5. 

In the boys’ tournament, Cypress Ranch had the highest team finish, placing second overall with 145.5 total points behind Katy. Langham Creek finished sixth (105) overall, while Cypress Lakes (56) and Cy-Fair (41) high schools placed 13th and 14th, respectively. 

CFISD had two boys’ regional champions: 

  • Cypress Ranch senior Xavior Harrell won the 120-pound title, defeating Langham Creek senior Caden Lopez, 10-2; and 
  • Cypress Lakes senior Mikell Goodwin won the 132-pound title, defeating Cypress Ranch junior Kohen Coffman, 16-12.  

The fifth-place wrestler in each weight class will advance to state as an alternate. The following 29 wrestlers and nine alternates placed in the top five in the region: 

Regional wrestling tournament results:


First Place 

  • Xavior Harrell, Cypress Ranch, 120 pounds; and 
  • Mikell Goodwin, Cypress Lakes, 132 pounds. 

Second Place 

  • Caden Lopez, Langham Creek, 120 pounds; 
  • Eli Esquivel, Langham Creek, 126 pounds; 
  • Kohen Coffman, Cypress Ranch, 132 pounds; 
  • Trent Evans, Cypress Lakes, 145 pounds; 
  • Ethan Anderson, Cy-Fair, 195 pounds; and 
  • Michael Owoeye, Cypress Park, 220 pounds. 

Third Place 

  • Nico Lopez, Cypress Ranch, 145 pounds; 
  • Alec Robeson, Cypress Ranch, 152 pounds; 
  • Marcus Allen, Langham Creek, 160 pounds; 
  • Ben Vogt, Cypress Ranch, 195 pounds; and 
  • Aidan Shumate, Cypress Woods, 285 pounds. 

Fourth Place 

    • Oliver Scoble, Cypress Ranch, 113 pounds; and 
  • Logan Soileau, Langham Creek, 138 pounds. 

Fifth Place (alternates) 

  • Kevin McAleavey, Cypress Creek, 106 pounds; 
  • Kooper Good, Cypress Ranch, 126 pounds; 
  • Jonathan Manichia, Langham Creek, 145 pounds; 
  • Jaime Craven, Bridgeland, 152 pounds; and 
  • Brayden Grier, Cypress Ranch, 170 pounds. 


First Place 

  • Ankita Singh, Cypress Ranch, 95 pounds; 
  • Melissa Cifuentes, Cypress Springs, 102 pounds; 
  • Aliyah Trigueros, Cy-Fair, 119 pounds; 
  • Annika Gotleib, Langham Creek, 128 pounds; 
  • Abigail Sebesta, Langham Creek, 138 pounds; 
  • Anna Vogt, Cypress Ranch, 148 pounds; and 
  • Emma Thomas, Cypress Creek, 185 pounds. 

Second Place 

  • Hailey Bello, Langham Creek, 95 pounds; 
  • Arianna Beltran, Cypress Ranch, 102 pounds; 
  • Genesis Fernandez, Jersey Village, 128 pounds; and 
  • Asia Young, Cypress Ridge, 215 pounds.  

Third Place 

  • Savannah Sanchez, Cypress Ridge, 95 pounds; 
  • Alejandra Mezano, Cypress Ranch, 110 pounds; 
  • Andrea McDaniels, Cypress Woods, 119 pounds; 
  • Madeleine Morris, Cypress Park, 128 pounds; and 
  • Mia Zaino, Cypress Woods, 138 pounds. 

Fourth Place 

    • Christine Tran, Jersey Village, 102 pounds; 
  • Karla Matias, Cypress Springs, 110 pounds; 
  • Brooke Trevino, Cypress Springs, 119 pounds; 
  • Mariah Smith, Cypress Ranch, 128 pounds; 
  • Ruth Mendez, Cypress Springs, 165 pounds; 
  • Mary Roy, Cypress Ranch, 185 pounds; and 
  • Ruby Hill, Cypress Falls, 215 pounds. 

Fifth Place (alternates) 

  • Maria Gonzalez, Cypress Park, 95 pounds; 
  • Scarlet Sanchez, Cypress Ridge, 110 pounds; and 
  • Kaylah Johnson, Cypress Creek, 165 pounds.

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