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April 30, 2012 Special Meeting -- Board Recognitions

UIL State Competitions

Wrestling Meet
Bowie High School – Brian Dorsey, second place; Evalynn Reyna, third place; and Will Becker, third place
Akins High School – Michelle Guerrero, second place

Swimming and Diving Meet
LBJ High School/Liberal Arts Science Academy – Kevin Ku, fourth place

Business Professionals of America State Conference

Kealing Middle School – Devan Andrews and Miracle Wright earned first place in Team Intro to Video Production

Martin Middle School – Jennifer Padron earned second place in Extemporaneous Speech

Pearce Middle School – Chinyelu Egbuonye and Kathlina Beam earned first place in Team Career Research Project; and Rosa Secundino earned first place in Prepared Speaking

Crockett High School Named a National Outstanding School and Texas Urban High School

The Southern Regional Education Board, an interstate compact of 16 southern states, named David Crockett High School a National Outstanding High School by High Schools That Work and the Texas Urban High School of the Year for 2011. These recognitions are only awarded to those select high schools that have shown effective and continuous progress in improving the academic achievement of all students on their campuses.  

The south Austin school was recognized for the significant increase in its graduation rate, the percentage of students meeting college readiness standards as measured by the ACT and SAT, students passing state-approved employer certification exams, and significant improvement on state assessments.

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards – National Winners

Austin High School – Othon Tejeda, Gold Key award

McCallum High School – Michelle Deaver, Silver Key award

Their work was chosen from 250,000 entries to win the national awards and they will be honored at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Youth Art Month

To recognize Youth Art Month, the district organized three major art activities. The theme, “Art Makes Waves!” was adopted for this year’s T-shirt and “The Sky’s the Limit” was the theme chosen for the billboard design. Duy Ho, a 4th grade art student at Cunningham Elementary school, designed the 2012 Youth Art Month T-shirt and Julia Lund, a 10th grade student at Bowie High school, designed the billboard.

During Youth Art Month, the Texas Art Education Association hosts the Visual Arts Scholastic Event to recognize exemplary student achievement in visual arts. This year, 31 Austin ISD students were named first place winners.

Akins High School - Cameron Hall
Anderson High School - Callie Carson, Jenna D’aniello, Marco Figueroa, Christina Friar, Scott Lindauer, Julia Meitz, Elvis Rodriguez and Ellen Romero

Bowie High School - Jazzmin Agyayo, Brook Blue, Lily Craymer, Sofia Eichelmann, Katie Floyd and Danie Hammer

Liberal Arts Science Academy High School - Dexter Becklund and Katherine Nehyba                           
McCallum High School - Bianca Breed, Elizabeth Campos, Camille Cannell, Michaela Ford-Howse, Mohammad Javanmardi, Sylvia Lee, Leo Levy, Sara Moore, Nicholas Olivares, Breana Pettas-Cauthern, Robert Renfro, Vivian Stephens, Catherine Turner and Tillie Walden

State Youth Art Month Exhibit at the State Capitol

The Texas Art Education Association also selects pieces of art from across the state to represent outstanding art accomplishments which are displayed at the Texas Capitol. Yannet Munoz, LBJ High School; Gil Radilla, Paredes Middle School; Richard Alvarez, Ortega Elementary School; Bella Clayton, Mathews Elementary School; and Caroline Chomel, Summitt Elementary School had their art work chosen for this prestigious exhibit.