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Board Briefs: Special Meeting for Recognitions (April 21)

At a special meeting for recognitions, the AISD Board of Trustees honored the following students and teachers who distinguished themselves in athletics, career and technical education, academic competitions, and fine arts.

Recognition of Dr. Meria Carstarphen for Her Many Contributions to the Austin Independent School District

Trustees recognized outgoing Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen for her service to AISD, citing the increase in graduation rates, the movement toward a culture that emphasizes the whole child, improvements in attendance and programs to prepare students for college and careers as examples of her leadership.

Junior Marines

The Bedichek Middle School Junior Marines were recognized for winning the Overall Grand Champion award at The National Middle School Cadet Corps Drill Competition. This is the second time in three years that they have won this prestigious championship.

  • Karen Baranda-Nolasco
  • Christopher Brown
  • Christopher Campbell
  • Isaac Carroll
  • Abraham Castano
  • Isaac Castañeda
  • Valerie Castañeda
  • Antonio Castro
  • Alexander Ditullio
  • Canela Evans
  • Destiny Fountain
  • Carlos García
  • Elijah Medina Garza
  • Ma’Kayla Gay
  • Emily Hernández
  • Ryan Hernández
  • Roberto Hinojosa
  • Krishonna Jones
  • William Jones
  • Marissa Luna
  • Anissa Martínez
  • Ezekiel Martínez
  • Emanuel Méndez
  • Gerran Molina
  • Ginette Morgan
  • Isaac Munoz
  • Kayla Patino
  • Lanna Payne
  • Nathaniel Peña
  • Anthony Pérez
  • Danielle Rivera
  • Samantha Robinson
  • Angelina Rodríguez
  • Robert Saenz
  • Dale Sheffield
  • Mark Soto
  • Elijah Vásquez
  • McKenzie Zapata
    Sponsor: Staff Sgt. Darrick Norton

2013 World Rowing Junior Championship Competition

Austin High School senior Kendall Brewer was recognized for winning a silver medal as a member of the USA National Team in the 2013 World Rowing Junior Championship Competition held in Trakai, Lithuania.


Crockett High School basketball team captain Jordyn Holmes was recognized for being one of 20 players in Texas named to the All-State Basketball Team by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. She also was named District 26-4A Most Valuable Player.

Swimming and Diving

At the UIL State Swimming and Diving Meet on Feb. 21–22, these athletes placed second through sixth:

Anderson High School

Joshua Tomazin placed fourth in the boys 50-yard freestyle and sixth in the boys 100-yard freestyle. He was named to the 5A All-State Team in three events and was named 2014 District Swimmer of the Year.
Lyle Markman placed fifth in the boys 1-meter diving. He was the Region IV champion, qualified for the 5A All-State Team and will be considered for the All-America Team this summer.
Coach: Juli Zamora

Austin High School

Laine Reed placed second in the girls 200-yard freestyle and third in the girls 100-yard freestyle. She has been the 5A District female Swimmer of the Year for the past two years, on the first Team All State for the past three years, and an All-America in the 100 and 200 freestyle for the past three years.
Coach: Drew Calver

Bowie High School

Zachary Cootes placed fourth in the boys 500-yard freestyle. In addition to UIL, Zachary has competed at the sectional, Junior Nationals and the Nationally Touring Swimming Grand Prix. Zachary is currently positioned to qualify for the Olympic Trials.
Coach: Michael Lacky

McCallum High School

Jessie Wooley-MacMath placed fourth place in the girls 500-yard freestyle, fifth in the girls 200-yard freestyle and is on the 4A All-State Team. She has been swimming competitively since she was 8 years old. Jessie is a junior and this is her third year swimming on the McCallum swim team. Last year, she earned the bronze medal in the 500-yard freestyle.
Coach: Jeff Rudy


These wrestlers were recognized for placing third, fourth or fifth at the UIL State Wrestling Meet on Feb. 14–15 at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland.

Akins High School

Anna Becerra competed in the girls 102-pound weight class.
Austin Boles competed in the boys 113- pound weight class.
Coach: Roy Tambunga

Anderson High School

Jacob Valadez placed third in the 285- pound boys weight class, with a record of 27-2.
Coach: Shawn Stoeffler

Bowie High School

Stefan Moreno placed third in the 126- pound boys weight class.
Coach: Spike Fogle

LBJ/LASA High School

Naomi Roch competed in the girls 148- pound weight class.
Shania Williams competed in the girls 165- pound weight class.
Coach: Ruben Padilla

McCallum High School

Jiro Deloach placed fourth in the boys 120-lb. weight class with a record of 36-7.
Coach: Ramon Amaro

Texas Youth and Government State Conference

The Board recognized the Austin High School Youth & Government Club for winning the Distinguished Delegation Award at the 2014 Texas Youth & Government State Conference. The award was based on student performances in such areas as Mock Legislature, Model United Nations and Mock Trial.

  • Noah Genovesi
  • Riley Brown
  • Alex Slider
  • Romteen Farasat
  • Dylan Sak
  • Wyatt Burkhalter
  • Melissa Galvan
  • Danielle Ortiz
  • Chelsie Kindred
  • Miriam Wnorowski
  • Justin Rusthoven
    Program sponsors: Steven Wnorowski, social studies teacher; Lauren Jackson, Youth and Family Director for Town Lake YMCA

Texas Forensic Association State Tournament

The Board recognized the Austin High School Policy Debate Team for placing second out of 114 teams in the state competition and for placing third and fifth place out of a total of 228 contestants.

Austin High School

  • Alex Estrada
  • Joseph Estrada
    Coach: John Mast

State and International Science Fairs

This year, 25 AISD students qualified for the 2014 ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair as individuals and in teams. The AISD Board of Trustees recognized 11 students for their exceptional and creative award-winning science fair projects.

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Qualifiers

Liberal Arts and Science Academy

  • Ying Liu
    Second place, Cellular & Molecular Biology, State Fair
    Best of Fair, Regional
  • Jessica Wang
    Second place, Cellular & Molecular Biology, State Fair
    Best of Fair, Regional 
  • Pia Sen
    Second place, Microbiology, State Fair
    Best of Fair, Regional
  • Lily Xu
    Fifth place, Chemistry, State Fair
    Best of Fair, Regional
  • Advaith Anand
    Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering
    Best of Fair, Regional 
  • Chaarushena Deb
    Mathematical Sciences
    Best of Fair, Regional 

Other award winners:
Bowie High School

  • Angela Kang, first place, Plant Sciences, State Fair
  • Brian Kang, second place, Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical, State Fair
  • Amy Cox, third place, Medicine and Health Sciences, State Fair

Liberal Arts and Science Academy

  • Sai Sameer Pusapaty, special award, Earth Day Texas Award, State Fair; second place, Environmental Management, State Fair
  • Dhruv Puri, fourth place, Biochemistry, State Fair

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Out of more than 255,000 entries nationally, some 1,800 artists earned national gold or silver awards and will be honored at an awards ceremony in Carnegie Hall in New York City in June 2014.

Anderson High School

Julianna Goldfield, sophomore, silver medal, frawing, The Eyes of Africa
Mauro Gaza, art teacher

McCallum High School

  • Emily Hunteman, senior, silver medal, photography, Identity Crisis
    Carey West, art teacher
  • Lily Hickman-Waldon, junior, silver medal, drawing, The Art of Survival
    Carol Beth Torrance, art teacher
  • Daniel Sorto, senior, American Visions Award, jewelry, Three Divided Ovals
    Mary Ghazi, art teacher
  • Nicholas Olivares, senior, gold medal, Printmaking, Mints
  • Owen Summers, junior, Best in Grade Award, gold medal, Sculpture, Ovum
  • Tillie Walden, senior, gold medal, Comic Art, Pneumonia
    Bill Cauthern, art teacher

State Youth Art Month Exhibit

The Texas Art Education Association's Youth Art Month Committee selects 101 pieces of art from across the state to be displayed at the State Youth Art Month Exhibit during the month of March. Artwork by these AISD students was selected for this exhibit.

Anderson High School

Beatriz Machado
Tommie Foster, art teacher

Burnet Middle School

Carlos Puente
Albert Ochoa, art teacher

J.J. Pickle Elementary School

Andrew Brau
Anne Davidson, art teacher

Baldwin Elementary School

Ahnes Kim
Cynthia Worsham, art teacher

2014 Billboard and T-shirt Design Winners

In the district’s annual art T-shirt design, a committee of art educators chose one design from more than 75 entries. The design is displayed on 10 billboards throughout Austin.

Billboard design

Bowie High School

Julia Lund, billboard artist
Carlye Brookshire, art teacher

T-shirt design

Baranoff Elementary

Marley Hall, T-shirt artist
Roger Stryker, art teacher

State First-place Winners of Visual Arts Scholastic Event

At the Texas Art Education Association Visual Arts Scholastic State Meet, these students’ artwork received a four, the highest rating. The top 1 percent in each division were chosen as Gold Seal works and will be in a traveling show for the next year.

Akins High School

Paige Derickson
Eric Cannon, art teacher

Anderson High School

  • Kris Bushong
  • Julianna Goldfield
  • Bobi Huh
  • Kennedy Ketcham
  • Raquel Key
  • Raphael Lee
  • Jasmine May
    Mauro Garza, art teacher
  • Lauren Heinrich (Gold Seal)
  • Alyssa Trimble (Gold Seal)
    Tommie Foster, art teacher
  • Jessi Amaro
  • Robert Buchanan
  • Dominique Cuellar (Gold Seal)
    Randy Rankin, art teacher
  • Jennifer Adams
  • Sydney Hardy
  • Anna O'Toole (Gold Seal)
    Amy Rowland, art teacher
  • Zaryaab Rashid (Gold Seal)
    Tania Romero, art teacher

Austin High School

  • Keren Ortega
    Abby Mandel-Burnham, art teacher

Bowie High School

  • Klara Baker
  • Otto Brittain
  • Eric Moe
    Carlye Brookshire, art teacher

Lanier High School

  • Annamary Becker
    Frances Jahnke, art teacher

LASA High School

  • Emma Genet (Gold Seal)
  • Jenna Ma (Gold Seal)
    Jessica Michlik, art teacher
  • Aidan Henderson
    Elizabeth Estes Hewitt, art teacher

LBJ High School

  • Jennifer Chavez
    Emily Atkinson, art teacher

McCallum High School

  • Dexter Becklund (2)
  • Olivia Clark
  • Megan Dale (Gold Seal)
  • Calynn Reed
  • Anastasiya Zinchenkon (Gold Seal)
    Carey West, art teacher
  • Holly Cerna
  • Lily Hickman-Waldon (2)
  • Caroline Ladd
  • Sofia Mock (2)
  • Fi Moen
  • Nicholas Olivares
  • Abi Trent
  • Miranda Webster
    Carol Beth Torrance, art teacher
  • Calynn Reed
  • Zoe Watts
    Mary Ghazinezhadiansh, art teacher
  • Nicholas Olivares
    William Cauthern, art teacher