Alief Points of Pride

    • Hastings High School student Tatiyanni Riley was one of 24 girls from across the state selected to participate in the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star Basketball Game.

    • Mahanay Elementary School, Miller Intermediate School and Youngblood Intermediate School earned all possible distinctions in the Texas Education Agency accountability ratings for 2018.

    • Elsik High School boys soccer coach, Vincenzo Cox was named USA Today’s ALL-USA Boys Coach of the Year.

    • Kerr High School teacher Laura Negri was honored by two major journalism associations. Negri was appointed as a Director-at-Large for the Journalism Education Association, a national organization that supports free and responsible scholastic journalism. She will serve in this position until Spring 2020. The Texas Association of Journalism Educators also named Negri as one of this year’s Trailblazer award recipients. Trailblazers set trends and have helped shape Texas journalism. She will receive this award later this fall. Only a few advisers receive this honor each year.

    • Kerr High School student Annabel Choi earned a spot in the Houston Youth Symphony. She will be performing during their 2018-19 season.

    • Olle Middle School students competed in the National Speech and Debate Association Middle School National Tournament. Tomi Akinwande finished second in the nation in Dramatic Interpretation and third in the nation in Poetry Interpretation. Vivica Haverly advanced to the national semifinals (top 12 in the nation) in Poetry Interpretation.

    • Alief Center for Advanced Careers teacher Sherita Harmon was recognized as an Everyday Hero by Investigation Discovery’s Inspire a Difference campaign. Harmon, who is a Health Science Theory with Clinical Rotation teacher, was awarded $5,000 for her charity, Blessed to Be a Blessing Foundation.

    • Albright Middle School student Eden Etuk was selected as a 2018 Mozart Hammond Music Scholarship recipient. Etuk will be presented with Mozart Hammond Music Award, a medal and a $375 scholarship check. The student was selected by the Houston Masonic Library and Museum Foundation.

    • O’Donnell Middle School teacher Richard Spitz recently performed in the orchestra for the Theatre Under the Stars production of All Shook Up at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. He also performed in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society production of A Treasure Trove of Gilbert & Sullivan at the Hobby Center.

    • Elsik Ninth Grade Center student Kelvin Tran recently passed the CompTIA A+ Certification. While in eighth grade at Holub Middle School, Kelvin became one of the youngest people in the world to pass the CompTIA Network+ certification.

    • Outley Elementary School student Matthew Diep and Miller Intermediate School student Taylah Holmes were selected to attend the Lone Star Leadership Academy camp focused on leadership, problem-solving and creativity.

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