Ray Zepeda (right), CFISD director of athletics, leads a session during the College Special Interest Night, held Jan. 30 at the Berry Center by CFISD’s office of advanced academics. The event included a college fair followed by conference-style presentations on various topics, including highly selective schools, fine arts majors and international college options. Zepeda presented tips for prospective college athletes. (CFISD courtesy photo)
Ray Zepeda (right), CFISD director of athletics, leads a session during the College Special Interest Night, held Jan. 30 at the Berry Center by CFISD’s office of advanced academics. The event included a college fair followed by conference-style presentations on various topics, including highly selective schools, fine arts majors and international college options. Zepeda presented tips for prospective college athletes. (CFISD courtesy photo)

CYPRESS TEXAS — CFISD’s office of advanced academics welcomed more than 800 visitors to its College Special Interest Night on Jan. 30 at the Berry Center.

Open and designed for CFISD freshmen, sophomores and juniors, the event opened with a one-hour college fair through the district’s partnership with the Houston Area Recruiters Network (HARN). Approximately 30 colleges and universities were represented, with local regional admissions recruiters on hand to assists students and parents.

Following the college fair, guests and patrons attended conference-style presentations and various topics, including NCAA eligibility, understanding highly selective schools and their admissions, and both out-of-state and international college options.

College Special Interest Night began with a college fair featuring approximately 30 colleges and universities.
College Special Interest Night began with a college fair featuring approximately 30 colleges and universities. More than 800 visitors attended the night, held Jan. 30 at the Berry Center. Representatives from in-state, out-of-state and international colleges were on hand at the fair to assist students and parents.

Ray Zepeda, CFISD director of athletics, led a session entitled “Tips for Prospective College Athletes.” Current Cy-Fair High School teachers and former collegiate athletes Amanda Jenkins and Cody Glenn served on a College Athlete Panel.

“People don’t know what they don’t know,” said Jenkins, who participated in cross country and track and field at Texas A&M University. “That being said, I think the College Athlete Panel is a good way to communicate with the athletes and parents what to expect out of college athletics and give them an idea of what questions to ask during the recruiting process. Coach Glenn and I were able to communicate the basic requirements of a college athlete and then the floor was open for the audience to ask more specific questions.”

 Following a college fair with representatives from approximately 30 colleges and universities, College Special Interest Night featured conference-style presentations on various topics, with a number led by the admissions recruiters.
 Following a college fair with representatives from approximately 30 colleges and universities, College Special Interest Night featured conference-style presentations on various topics, with a number led by the admissions recruiters.

Presentations were led by college experts, including first-time topics. Molly Thompson-Vander Heyden, an admission counselor at Albion College, led a session specifically for prospective fine arts majors. Lindsay Parker, a global recruitment officer for Duke Kunshan University, led another on attending college internationally – Duke Kunshan is a partnership in China between Duke University and China’s Wuhan University.

“This event is one of my favorites each year, and we’re always looking to expand and adjust the offerings to better meet the needs of our CFISD students and families,” said Amber Stephens, Cypress Creek High School college and career specialist. “These college partnerships are so important in bringing high quality, accurate information to our Cy-Fair families, and we are grateful for their help in making this evening a success.”

Amanda Jenkins joined fellow Cy-Fair High School teacher and former collegiate athlete Cody Glenn on a College Athlete Panel during the College Special Interest Night, held Jan. 30 at the Berry Center.
Amanda Jenkins joined fellow Cy-Fair High School teacher and former collegiate athlete Cody Glenn on a College Athlete Panel during the College Special Interest Night, held Jan. 30 at the Berry Center.

Admissions recruiters for out-of-state colleges and universities lead an information session during the College Special Interest Night, held Jan. 30 at the Berry Center. More than 800 visitors attended the night, which featured a number of sessions on various topics and a college fair.
Admissions recruiters for out-of-state colleges and universities lead an information session during the College Special Interest Night, held Jan. 30 at the Berry Center. More than 800 visitors attended the night, which featured a number of sessions on various topics and a college fair.

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