Alief Points of Pride

    • Taylor High School student Olive Onyekwelu will be going to the National Educators Rising Conference in Phoenix this summer after being named a top five finalist in the Exploring Support Service Careers competition at the state-level conference. Fourteen Taylor High School students also received the highest honor of blue ribbon during the state conference. These students are a part of the Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE).
    • Kerr High School was among the best high school theatre programs in all of Houston that was honored at the Tommy Tune Awards Ceremony at the Hobby Center. Kathryn Negri and Jose Ramos performed in the ceremony’s finale.
    • Eleven Alief ISD high school students were named Dell Scholars. Each student will receive $20,000, a laptop and textbook credits. The students are from Alief Early College High School, Hastings High School and Taylor High School.
    • Alief Early College High School (AECHS) and Kerr High School were named Honor Roll schools for the 2016 Texas Honor Roll by the Educational Results Partnership. Both schools were recognized as STAR Schools for being high poverty and high performing Texas schools that close achievement gaps. In addition, AECHS was recognized as a STEM Honor Roll School for its higher performance in math and science.
    • Alief ISD was spotlighted by the Texas Education Agency through the High-Quality Pre-Kindergarten Grant Study. Approximately 600 public school districts and charter schools received this grant, but Alief ISD was the only Houston area public school district to be chosen for the high quality case study.
    • Alief Early College High School received the AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction status for the second year in a row. An AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction (SWSD) represents the highest level of AVID implementation fidelity, demonstrating excellence in instructional practice and the promotion of college readiness schoolwide. This elite group of candidate schools represents less than 10 percent of all AVID middle and high schools worldwide. This year’s nationwide class of 104 distinguished sites is comprised of 67 middle schools, 35 high schools and two middle/high combination schools.
    • The O’Donnell Middle School Robotics Club received the award for the “Highest Altitude” rocket launch during the Rockets Science competition, a collaboration between Houston Rockets, NASA and Houston Community College.
    • Alief Early College High School student Shahad Alfartosy received the Beat the Odds Scholarship. Only five high school seniors were selected for this award out of about 100 applicants. The scholarship is awarded by the Children’s Defense Fund-Texas.
    • More than 500 students from Collins Elementary, Mahanay Elementary and Miller Intermediate have been participating in the New York Road Runners (NYRR) Mighty Milers. So far, the students ran nearly 30,000 miles during the 2016-2017 school year. For the NYRR’s Miles for Books initiative, these students earned new books for their schools during the month of March just by running. The $400 that Collins, Mahanay and Miller students earned will be used to purchase heavily discounted, award-winning books through First Book.
    • Klentzman Intermediate orchestra student Pablo Gomez was awarded a $1,500 music scholarship from Music Doing Good. Only the top 20 scholarship recipients received the full scholarship. He will have the opportunity to perform at the University of St. Thomas in 2018.
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