District Accolades - 3/26/2015

District Accolades From the March 26, 2015 Board Meeting
Lassiter student honored by President Barack Obama for community service
Jeremy Broadnax, a senior at Lassiter Early College, received the Prudential Spirit of Community Award which recognizes Americans who volunteer a significant amount of time serving their communities and their country. The award was presented by the Prudential program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Jeremy received a certificate along with a letter from The White House.

North Dallas student makes history
Kymberlynn Jackson won the UIL 5A Girls Wrestling Championship title making her the first in Dallas ISD to earn that state honor. Kymberlynn, who began wrestling competitively this year, won every match by pin during the state competition in February.

Foster Elementary receives national award

Stephen Foster Elementary School has been awarded a 2015 Support Music Merit Award by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. The award recognizes schools for their outstanding school-based music education programs.

Music students perform with top-selling recording artist
Three district students performed with recording artist Joshua Radin at the historic Granada Theater earlier this month. The students performed vocals with Radin, a number one, hit music singer/songwriter. The students are: Felicianna Long and My’Keal Richard from Seagoville Middle School and Atoria Fields from Tasby Middle School. The performance was made possible by Little Kids Rock.

Bilingual teacher wins national honor
Irma De La Guardia, a teacher at Harry C. Withers Elementary, was named the National Association of Bilingual Educators 2015 Teacher of the Year. Ms. De La Guardia is a third-grade dual-language teacher who won the state honor last fall.

Madison athlete named player of the year
James Madison High School senior and student athlete Admon Gilder has been named the 2014-2015 Gatorade Texas Boys Basketball Player of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high academic achievement, and exemplary character on and off the court. Gilder is now a finalist for Gatorade’s National Boys Basketball Player of the Year Award.

Art students honored with award will have work displayed at Dallas Love Field
Students from Booker T. Washington were awarded cash and acclaim in the recent Young American Juried High School Art Competition. Eleven BTW students received cash awards ranging from $100 to $1,000 in the art competition sponsored by the school’s Visual Arts Guild and the El Centro College Fine Art Gallery. The students’ drawings, jewelry, photography and paintings will also be on display at Dallas Love Field Airport from October 2015 to January 2016.

Skyline athlete and coach earn prestigious titles
Skyline High School’s wrestler Maria Vadales was awarded third place in girl’s wrestling at the state competition, and the school’s Girls Basketball Coach Cassandra McCurdy was recently named 2015 Class 5A-6A Coach of the Year by the Texas Girls Coaches Association. Coach McCurdy and the Lady Raiders Basketball Team went as far as state competition this school year.