Cy Creek Wall of Honor

Cypress Creek High School is proud of all of the exemplary citizens that have walked through our commencement ceremonies over the years. A committee of proud citizens has formed an initiative to honor our graduates who have made outstanding contributions to their field or to society in general. The Wall of Honor was instituted in 2013 with 9 inductees and has added outstanding graduates each year since. The committee strives to continue to seek out and honor additional inductees.

The purpose of the Wall of Honor Project is to acknowledge the outstanding contributions and lifetime achievements of former Cypress Creek Cougars in a variety of categories, including, but not limited to athletics, performing and visual arts, humanitarian efforts, military service, business and industry, politics and government, health sciences, research and development, medicine and technology.

The Wall of Honor Committee is now accepting nominations for Wall of Honor candidates. To be considered for this year's induction ceremony, please submit your nomination using the form below by February 1st, 2018. Late applications may be considered for next year's induction ceremony.

We hope that the student body and community will be inspired by these role models and strive to emulate their high levels of motivation, integrity and achievement. 

To learn more about submitting a Nomination Form, click here. 


Current Inductees include:

Sam Adams, Professional Athlete (class of 1991)

Sam Adams

  • Played college football at Texas A&M University 1991-1994
  • Drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks 1994
  • Southwest Conference Newcomer of the Year 1991
  • First Team All-American 1991
  • All South West Conference 1992
  • Consensus First Team All-American 1993
  • Named National Defensive Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated 1993
  • Named South West Conference Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated 1993
  • Runner-Up for the Lombardi Award 1993
  • Played in the 2000 and 2001 Pro Bowls
  • Played with the Baltimore Ravens 2000-2001; Super Bowl Champions (XXXV), 2000
  • Inducted into the Texas A&M Hall of Fame 2001
  • Played with the Oakland Raiders 2002; Played in Super Bowl (XXXVII), 2002
  • Currently a businessman in Seattle, Washington
Kevin Beam, Veterinary Medicine (class of 1990)

Kevin Beam

  • 1993 NAIA 2nd Team All American Quarterback
  • 1994 NAIA 1st Team All American Quarterback
  • Three time Academic All-Conference
  • 1994 Hardin Simmons University BS in Chemistry
  • 1998 1999 President, Student Chapter of American Veterinary Medical Association
  • 1999 Most Outstanding Veterinary Student Scholarship
  • 2000 Texas A&M University Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2006 Indicted into the Hardin Simmons Athletic Hall of Fame
  • 2000 to Present- Partner/Owner Alvarado Veterinary Clinic, currently the largest multi-species veterinary hospital in Texas, employing 16 veterinarians and 50 employees.
  • Member North American Academy of Veterinary Orthopedic Surgeons, American and Texas Veterinary Associations, and Texas Equine Veterinary Association
  • 2011-2016 Board Member, Tarrant County Veterinary Association
  • 2013- President Tarrant County Veterinary Medical Association
  • Dr. Beam also serves as the Medical Director and head of the Internship and Externship programs
Jason Colbert, Military, (class of 1984)

Jason Colbert

  • 1986 Enlisted in the United States Army Infantry; honorably discharged in 1989
  • 1993 Graduated from Texas Tech University with Bachelor of Arts
  • Commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Field Artilley
  • 1995 Graduated from the University of Houston with a Masters Degree in Public Administration
  • 1995-2000 Served as Platoon Leader, Executive Office and Fire Support Officer in the 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
  • Served as Commander, Brigade Fire Support Officer and Operations Officers in the 1st Cavalry
  • Division, For Hood, Texas (2000-2004) and in Baghdad, Iraq (2004-2005) during Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • 2005-2007 Selected to attend the Navy Post Graduate School, earning a Master of Science in Information Operations.
  • 2007-2009 Served as Director of Information Operations at Fort Polk, Louisiana and Afghanistan
  • 2009-2013 Served as Director of Special Operations Support for a classified Special Ops Task Force, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas and in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Colbert’s awards include: The Bronze Star, The Joint Meritorious Service Medal, The Meritorious Service Medal (2), The Army Commendation Medal (4), the Combat Action Badge, parachutist Badge (airborne), and Air Assault.
Susan Collins, Professor/Behavioral Science (class of 1994)

Susan Collins

Nick Drago, Performing Arts (class of 1999)

Nick Drago

  • Oklahoma City University – BA in Dance Performance
  • Lambda Chi Alpha, Theta Delta Zeta – Fraternity Educator
  • Featured in Dance Teacher, Dance Spirit, and Dancer Magazine cover
  • Los Angeles – Professional dancer, actor, writer, film maker
  • Appeared in music videos, television shows, television commercials, and film
  • Co-Owner – Flow 20 Dance Works
  • Co-Host – Nick & Desiree’s Infinite Dance Cast
  • Co-Owner – Another Good Sandwich Productions
David Edgerton, United States Navy (class of 1994)

David Edgerton

  • Graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1998
  • Earned a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas 2000
  • Served in the United States Navy as a submarine officer achieving the rank of commander in 2014
  • Division Officer on the USS Honolulu (SSN 718) from 2001-2004 with deployments in the 5th and 7th fleets, and a surfacing at the North Pole, The ship earned the Navy Unit Commendation
  • Engineer Officer on the USS Ohio (SSGN 776) (Blue Crew) from 2006-2008 during which time the ship’s awards included the Meritorious Unit Commendation
  • Executive Officer on USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23) from 2011-2012 during which time the ship received numerous awards including the Presidential Unit Citation
  • Commander Edgerton became the Commanding Officer of the USS Columbia (SSN 771) in May 2015
  • As of 2015, personal awards included the Navy Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal (4), and Navy Achievement Medal (3)
TJ Farnsworth, Entrepreneur (class of 1996)

TJ Farnsworth

  • 2001 – Graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
  • 2005 – Founder of SightLine
  • Named to Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest growing companies in the US-2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • 2012 – Named as one of the “40 Most Influential Houstonians under 40”
  • 2012 – Inducted to the University of Texas Hall of Legends
  • 2014 – Named as the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Healthcare
  • 2014 – Founder of Inception Fertility Ventures
Katie (Dildy) Goossen, US Military (class of 2000)

Katie (Dildy) Goossen

  • Appointed to the United States Air Force Academy – 2000
  • Team Captain of the USAF Academy Inter-Collegiate Volleyball Team 2002-03
  • USAF Academy Representative to the Mountain West Athletic Conference
  • Selected as one of 200 of the “World’s Most Outstanding Young Scholars and Graduate Students” to attend the International Achievement Summit – 2003
  • Recipient of Alberta Bart Holiday Scholarship, Oxford University for a Master’s Degree
  • Second ever female Wing Commander in the history of the Air Force Academy – 2003
  • Graduated from the USAF Academy as Distinguished Graduate (top 10%) – 2004
  • Current Occupation – Director of Human Resources, Scaled Composites, Mohave, California, creators of the first ever privately funded space ship (Space Ship One)
Paul Janish, Professional Athlete (class of 2001)

Paul Janish

  • Played baseball for Rice University 2002-04
  • Chosen to Western Athletic Conference All Star Team 2002 and 2004
  • Played on Rice Owls College World Series Championship Team – 2003
  • Chosen in the Major League Baseball draft by the Cincinnati Reds organization – 2004
  • Played Minor League Baseball for the Reds during 2004-07
  • Called up to the majors in 2008 where he played from 2008-2011
  • Played for the Atlanta Braves during the 2012-13
  • Played for the Baltimore Orioles 2015-16
Chris Knaute, U.S. Military (class of 2003)

Chris Knaute

  • Appointed United States Air Force Academy 2003; graduated 2007.
  • Team Captain U.S Air Force Academy Men’s swimming team, 4 times chosen MVP; 9-time mountain West conference champion, 2-time conferee swimmer of the year; 2 time NCAA All-American;U.S Air Force Academy Outstanding Athletic Achievement and Athletic Excellence Award recipient- 2006 and 2007.
  • Admitted into U.S Air force world class program for swimming, 2007-2008; Competed in 2007 World Military Games and 2008 US Olympic Trials.
  • Attended U.S Air Force Specialized Undergraduate Pilot training, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas; piloted T-6 Texan II and T-I Jayhawk aircraft, 2009-2010;
  • Stationed at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas; piloted over 2000 flight hours in the KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft; performed inflight aerial refueling in support of combat operations over Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya; flew 990 combat flight hours spanning 5 deployments; 2010-2013
  • Earned a Masters of Business Administration, Trident University International; 2012
  • Stationed at Kadena Air Base, Japan earned KC-135R instructor and evaluator pilot accolade; also served as Flight Commander, Operations Group Standardization and Evaluations Branch Chief and Wing Executive Offers to the Vice commander; 2013-2016
  • Military decorations include: 5 Air Medals, Ariel Achievement Medal, and 2 Air Forces Commendation Medals for distinguished military service and combat support operation.
  • Current occupation as C-40C Clipper Pilot, Major, U.S. Air Force; stationed to Scott Air Force Base, Illinois; performs worldwide executive airlift missions for various member of Congress, White House Staff, and Senior military leaders; 2014-present
Keefe Manning, Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering (class of 1991)

Keefe Manning

  • Ph.D. Virginia Common Wealth University, Biomedical Engineering 2001
  • M.S, Texas A&M University, Bioengineer 1997
  • B.S, Texas A&M University, Bioengineer 1995
  • Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Associate Professor of Surgery, The Penn State Medical Center
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Electronics, Information, and Bioengineering, Politecnico de Milano, Italy
  • J. Tinsley Oden Faculty Fellow, Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES), The University of Texas at Austin 2013, 2015
  • American Heart Association (AHA) Great Rivers Affiliate Research Committee 2013-2015
  • Distinguished Honors Faculty, Schreyer Honors College, The Pennsylvania State University 2010-2012 FDA Award
  • Group Recognition-Critical Path Computational Fluid Dynamics Team 2010
  • Funding Support for Research Activities in Cardiovascular Devices and Fluid Dynamics
  • FDA Award Group Recognition-Critical Path Computational Fluid Dynamics Team 2010
Rachel McNeill, Broadcast Journalism (class of 1992)

Rachel McNeill

  • Reporter for KIMD-TV Big 2 News – Midland, Texas 1995-96
  • Reporter for KWES-TV – Midland, Texas 1996-97
  • Reporter for WLFL-TV - Raleigh, North Carolina 1997-99
  • Anchor/Reporter for WWL-TV – New Orleans, Louisiana 1999-2001
  • Anchor/Reporter for KPRC-TV – Houston, Texas 2001-Present
  • Extensive experience as an anchor and reporter,
  • generating stories, live and breaking coverage,
  • developing special medical reports
Some of the big stories covered by her over the years include:
  • The 2013 Presidential Inauguration,
  • 2012 Presidential Election,
  • Super Bowl XLVI,
  • 2012 Hurricane Sandy/Nor’easter and Gulf Coast hurricane coverage,
  • United Nations in New York,
  • 2004 Republican Convention,
  • Space Shuttle tragedy
Honors, Awards, and Affiliations:
  • Anchored Regional Emmy Award winning Evening Newscast 2006
  • Named one of New Orleans Magazine’s “People to Watch” July 2000/li>
  • Hosts the Rachel McNeil Big Golf Challenge and the Big Taste of Houston/li>
  • Serves as a member of the board for the Zina Garrison Academy Serves on the Advisory Board of Dress for Success
Yehudi Mercado, Art, (class of 1992)

Yehudi Mercado

  • Has worked in Animation, video games, and comic books for over 20 years.
  • 2004 – 2006 Co-wrote and directed the animated series “The Trevor Romain Project”
  • 2006 Won 2nd Place in the Final Death Big Break Screenwriting Project
  • 2006 Wrote and directed the short film “Monster Job Hunter”, official selection in Fantastic Fest and winner of Best Comedy at Dragon’Con.
  • 2009 Accepted into the NALIP Filmmakers Workshop for writing and directing Mock Trial
  • 2010 – 2012 Wrote and directed “Buffalo Speedway” ( (Devastator Press) graphic novel about his time as a pizza delivery driver in Houston, Texas.
  • 2013 Wrote and illustrated “Pantalones”, TX (Boom/Archaia), a graphic
  • novel about troublemaking kids in a tiny Texas town.
  • 2014 Wrote and art directed “The Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon” mobile game (Disney Interactive Marvel).
  • 2014-2015 Wrote “Rocket Salvage” (Boom/Archaia), a comic mini-series about race car drivers in space.
  • Art Director at Playmation and Disney Consumer Products
  • Head at SuperMercado Comics and Films
Dan Neil, Professional Athlete (class of 1992)

Dan Neil

  • Played football for The University of Texas 1993-1996
  • Voted as consensus first team All-American 1996
  • Drafted in the third round (67th overall pick) by the Denver Broncos
  • Played for the Denver Broncos 1997-2004, starting 104 of 108 games
  • Won Super Bowl XXXXII (1998) and XXXXIII (1999) with the Broncos
  • After football, co-hosted “The Morning Rush” in an Austin, Texas ESPN radio affiliate
  • 2010 was the Republican Nominee for the 48th District of the Texas House of Representatives
  • Currently works in the insurance industry in Austin, Texas
Erin Christine Pettit, Ph.D., Professor/Scientist (class of 1989)

Erin Christine Pettit, Ph.D.

  • Received her Ph.D. in Geophysics with a specialty in glaciology 1997-2003
  • Assistant Professor in Geophysics-Research for the University of Alaska 2008-Present New York Times published an article about the educational experience she created “Girls on Ice” in 2008
  • National Science Foundation Research Fellowship 1998-2003
  • David A. Johnston Memorial Fellowship for Research Excellence 2000
  • She has been on eight remote field research expeditions in Antarctica
  • WINGS World Quest honored her for exceptional research in her field 2007
  • UAF College of Natural Science and Mathematics Outstanding Teaching Award recipient 2012
  • In 2013 National Geographic honored her as an Emerging Explorer, a program that recognizes and supports uniquely gifted and inspiring young adventures and scientists
Jamie Rauch, Olympic Athlete (class of 1997)

Jamie Rauch

  • Olympic Silver Medalist Swimming Men’s 800 Freestyle Relay in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games
  • Fédération Internationale De Natation (FINA)
  • World Championship Bronze Medalist Men’s 800 Freestyle Relay 2001 World Swimming Championship
  • Eighteen time NCAA All-American
  • Helped lead the University of Texas Men’s Swimming and Diving Team to back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2000 and 2001
Courtney Robertson, Medicine, (class of 1985)

Courtney Robertson

  • 1989 BS Biochemistry, Texas A&M 1993- Medical Degree, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • 1996 Pediatric Residency, University of North Carolina 1999- Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship, University of Pittsburg
  • 1999- 2009 Assistant professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • 2009- Present Associate Professor, John Hopkins University School of Medicine, Attending Physician, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, John Hopkins University Associate Fellowship Director, Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship, Co-Director of Pediatric Neurocritical Care Program, John Hopkins University.
  • 2002-2008 NIH K08 Research Grant
  • 2016- Present- NIH R01 Research Grant
  • Multiple intramural and extramural Research Grants
  • Author and co-author of over 25 peer reviewed publications
  • Site principal Investigator in pediatric traumatic brain injury trials
  • Member of Data and Safety Monitoring Committee in pediatric traumatic brain injury trials.
  • Recurrent lectures for multiple health care team members; Research member for more than 20 students, fellows, and junior faculty.
  • Invited speaker for more than 50 national and international conferences; Pediatric Advanced Life Support course instructor.
  • Founding member of Pediatric Neurocritical Care Research Group
  • Member of Society of Critical Care Medicine Executive member of National Neurotrauma Society Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
Tom Ryan, Business and Industry (class of 1983)

Tom Ryan

Mike Smith, Performing and Visual Arts (class of 1985)

Mike Smith

Richard Stout, Performing Arts (class of 1982)

Richard Stout

  • Preforms as the Second Trombonist in the Cleveland, Ohio Orchestra
  • Serves as the Director of Brass Chamber music at the Cleveland Institute of Music 2001-Present
  • Serves on the Trombone Faculty at Baldwin Wallace University 2001-Present
  • Preformed in Jacksonville, Florida Symphony 1988-2000
  • Preforms locally and nationally, performing or organizing ensembles including The National Brass Virtuosi, The Atelier Ensemble, and the New York Big Brass
  • His inspiring story is chronicled in his 2011 solo CD release “Increasing Radius”
Jeff Ullom, Professor/Director of Undergraduate Studies (class of 1990)

Jeff Ullom

Josh Williams, Professional Athlete (class of 1995)

Josh Williams

  • Played football for the University of Michigan 1996-1999
  • Drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round of the 2000 NFL Draft
  • Played 6 seasons for the Colts appearing in 73 games from 2000-2005
  • Received the Thomas W. Moses Sr. /Noble Max Award in 2000
  • Volunteered for Horizon House, Homeward Bound
  • Honorary Co-Chair for Samantha’s House Foundation
  • Founded the “Tackling Homelessness”, Horizon House’s annual fund raising event
  • Recipient of the Jay Meador Award for Outstanding Volunteer in 2005
Keith Wright, Medicine and Technology (class of 1986)

Keith Wright

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