District Accolades - 12/18/14

District Accolades From the December 18, 2014 Board Meeting
Four district schools received national recognition for excellence
The National Center for Urban School Transformation recently named four Dallas ISD schools as finalists for the Excellence in Education Award. The four schools are: John Quincy Adams, Jimmie Tyler Brashear, John J. Pershing and Walnut Hill elementary schools. The award recognizes the top urban schools in the country that are excelling despite the many challenges its students face.

Seagoville High School Debate Team named City Champions during their first year of competition
Debate students Gisselt Estrada and Cayro Bustos were crowned City Champions of the Novice Division in the Dallas Urban Debate Fall City Championship. Cayro was also named Top Individual Speaker in the Novice Division. Team mates Chris Caddell and Jazmin Cortez made it to the semifinals and Madison Tenorio ranked 19th in the individual speaker category out of a field of 150 students. Congratulations to this talented team for their great work during their first year competing.

District students were named finalists in the Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition
Eight, 4th and 5th grade students will now advance to the MLK Oratory finals on Jan. 16 at the Majestic Theatre, where they will deliver their original speeches. The event starts at 11 a.m. It’s free and open to the public, so please come out and cheer on our students.

Students advancing are:
  • Kywin Brown, fourth grade, Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary
  • Serenity Dugan, fourth grade, Thomas L. Marsalis Elementary
  • Jalien Hedgeman, fifth grade, Clara Oliver Elementary
  • Walker Homan, fifth grade, Harry C. Withers Elementary
  • Etana King, fifth grade, John Neely Bryan Elementary
  • Camilla Meza, fifth grade, Thomas Tolbert Elementary
  • Hannah Wesley, fifth grade, Charles Rice Learning Center
  • Aisha Young, fifth grade, William Brown Miller Elementary

Conrad senior becomes school’s first student to be accepted to Harvard
Congratulations to Quentin Neroes on his recent acceptance to Harvard. Neroes applied during the early application period and was the only non-magnet student in the district and the first Conrad student to be accepted. Best wishes to all of our students.