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Students at UH at Sugar Land Show Their Cougar Pride

By Marisa Ramirez

April 29, 2022

A group of students stand in front of a monitor that says "Cougar Proud".

Four UH students at the Sugar Land Instructional Site took home cash prizes for showing their Cougar pride. The event was part of the Cougar Proud Competition that asked students attending classes at UH at Sugar Land to explain in a 60 second video why they were Cougar Proud.

The 17 videos submitted did not disappoint.

Answers ranged from ease of commute and access to instructors, to program selection and career advice.

“Having innovative state-of-the-art facilities, led by industry experienced professors, has equipped me to be a successful professional in the digital media industry,” said student Christian Ornelas in his video.

Others touted study spaces, parking availability, food and coffee.

One nursing student touted the diversity of the community and the culture of integrity fostered at UH.

“I will be graduating in December and that is because of my amazing professors,” said Tkeyah Sandlers. “They all are empathy personified; they are deep wells of wisdom and show you right away that you are not just a number here.”

A monitor that says "Congratulations to the Winners" along with the names of competition winners.

The winners of the 2022 Cougar Proud Competition are:

  • First Place/$4,000: Elysha Garcia/Information and Logistics Technology
  • Second Place/$3,000: Kais Khemakhem/Engineering Technology
  • Third Place/$2,500: Marcus Agustin/Information and Logistics Technology
  • Honorable Mention/$500: Emma Reijonen/Information and Logistics Technology

An anonymous donor provided the cash prizes for the first time event.

All participants were celebrated with an ice cream social.

Watch all the winning videos on our competition page.

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