Ambition and Talent in Alief ISD
Students Overcome Obstacles to Achieve Success
You have heard me say many times that there is tremendous talent in Alief ISD. Each and every year our students receive tens of millions of dollars in scholarships to attend the most prestigious colleges and universities in our state and nation.
I would like to call your attention to the talent featured in this issue of the Communicator. This edition includes three features on three students, one current and two former students, who refused to let obstacles stop them on their way to success.
Michael Jordan, the greatest player in NBA history, had this to say about achieving success, “If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”
Our feature stories in this edition focus on young people who have not let obstacles stop them. I think you will enjoy reading about former Elsik basketball standout Adaora Elonu who graduated from Elsik and then went on to lead Texas A&M University to the women’s national title and is currently playing with the Atlanta Dream in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). She has an incredible story about not giving up on your dream, despite the obstacles that may come your way.
This edition also focuses on Kerr High School senior Thienan Nguyen, who won the first Alief Idol competition and thrilled all of our employees during our 2018 convocation in August at the Smart Financial Center. I have seen this young lady perform many times and, trust me, she is the real deal. She also has a compelling story about overcoming obstacles and pursuing your dream. I hope you take the time to read about her journey to Alief and to her success.
And lastly, the third feature story is about a graduate of our pharmacy technician program who has recently been accepted into the distinguished University of Texas McGovern Medical School. Her story focuses on her success and the unwavering support system within Alief that has helped her soar.
As I have mentioned before, all of us in Alief ISD place the safety integrity of our students at the very top of our priority lists. You can read all about the many safety and security upgrades in the district in the extensive article on safety. Let me also point out that we are the only school district in the state with not only drug-detecting K-9 units but K-9s who can detect gunpowder and other materials used in explosives. This gives us yet another chance to be proactive and resolve potential issues before they become major problems.
Alief ISD Superintendent
Alief ISD superintendent HD Chambers greets students at Outley Elementary. Ensuring students feel supported in their education is vital to their future success.