District Accolades -- 5/27/2016

May 26, 2016 Board Meeting


Scholarship totals climbing for the Class of 2016

The Class of 2016 has done well in the scholarship department. To date, they have been awarded more than $104 million in college scholarships and institutional grants. 

Two Presidential Scholars in the Arts named

Two students from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts have earned prestigious national awards. Modern dance seniors Jared Brown and Kaylin Sturtevant are the 2016 Presidential Scholars in the Arts. The award, based on the students’ artistic and academic achievement, leadership and service, is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. 

Seven students named Gates Millennium Scholars.

The Gates Millennium Scholarship program is one of the most prestigious in the country which covers all college-related costs for students at the university or college of their choosing and tuition for select graduate school programs. Congratulations to Dallas ISD students:

    • Khagindra Kadariya, Emmett J. Conrad High School 
    • Cheyenne Allen, Seagoville High School 
    • Seth Crouch, W.W. Samuell High School 
    • Maya Farr-Henderson, School for the Talented and Gifted 
    • Landon Finley, South Oak Cliff High School
    • Vernon Johnson, Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet 
    • Deve (Dave) Mehta, School of Health Professions 


Two National Title I Distinguished Schools honored

Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School and F.P. Caillet Elementary School were named 2016 National Title I Distinguished Schools. Every year, two schools are selected from each state, and it’s quite possible that this is the first time both Texas winners have come from the same school district. 

Schools receive grants from the Cole Hamels Foundation

Winnetka and Adelfa Callejo elementary schools received grants from the Cole Hamels Foundation to support programs at the school. Winnetka won $5,500 to help with physical education equipment, and Callejo won $5,000 to support a counseling program at the school. 

Greiner celebrates new wing

The entire W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy community celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the school’s new wing. The celebration included the unveiling of student artwork that reflects the school’s diverse heritage and student experiences. This is the last large addition of the 2008 Bond Program. 

Wilmer-Hutchins takes track championship

Congratulations to Wilmer Hutchins High School Track, who are state champs in the boys 4A 4x100 meter relay after their win at UT Austin on May 14. The relay team was made up of:

  • Herb Woods-Sparks
  • Diameon Brewer
  • DeMarkus Acy
  • Bryce Gibson 


Science student placed third in international science event

Townview Science and Engineering student Shelly Goel, the first Dallas ISD student in decades to qualify for the International Science and Engineering Fair, placed third at the fair held in Phoenix this month. 

District student to represent Texas at DECA conference

Karrington Bradley, a sophomore student and first year DECA member at the Townview School of Business and Management, was selected to represent the state of Texas at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Nashville, TN.  

Seventh-grader earns top debater award

The Dallas Urban Debate Alliance recently held their 2016 Awards Dinner, where Harry Stone Montessori Academy’s Justin Martinez was named the 7th Grade Debater of the Year. Justin’s in his first year of debate, and his passion for the practice was evident with consistently positive feedback. 

School recognized by Children at Risk

This month, Children at Risk recognized H.I. Holland Elementary School at Lisbon as a “Gold Ribbon” North Texas Public School.