NISD student athletes qualified for the state track and field meet in their respective events on May 13 and 14 in Austin, Texas. These students represent the finest track and field athletes in Region 4.
The following individuals have been recognized at an NISD Board of Trustees meeting for state and national achievements
Mariana (Mahuiyang) Rong from O'Connor High School is the UIL 5A High School Tennis State Champion. She is now the first female athlete to win a state tennis championship for the District, and the first UIL championship for the school. Tennis Coach is Donna Van Auken.
The UIL High School Swimming and Diving Championship Meet was held on February 18-19. NISD students represented their high schools and NISD at this prestigious competition as they demonstrated great athleticism and character. Congratulations to these students for competing at the highest level in the state of Texas.
Just like their motto stated, The Taft Boys Basketball team were truly Austin Ready, by having one of the best seasons in school history. They finished with an overall record of 34-6, 29-1 vs All Region 4 opponents and were District Champions, Area Champions, Regional Champions, and State Semifinalist. They finished ranked 4th in the state and were ranked number 1 in the final city rankings. During the season, they also won the San Antonio ISD Tournament and set a school record by winning 22 games in a row. We are extremely proud of the young men and women who helped make this a dream season.
In only its third year of competition, NISD High School Bowling Club now has teams from each high school. This makes NISD the biggest promoter of High School Bowling in the state of Texas and in the nation.
The Texas Cavaliers River Parade Art Contest is an elementary art contest which selects finalists from each City Council District plus one Non-City Council District. The finalists each receive a summer scholarship to the Southwest School of Art, $1,000 for art supplies for their school, and a special school visit from King Antonio. The Grand Prize winner of this contest rides in the parade with the Grand Marshall. Of the total 11 finalists, four were from Northside including the Grand Prize winner and the runner-up for Grand Prize.
The honorees are:
The annual Western Art Contest and Exhibit recognizes outstanding artists interested in Western Art. The top 50 pieces are exhibited at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. The top 25 pieces are auctioned to the highest bidder, with each student artist receiving the full amount of the winning bid in the form of a college scholarship award. NISD had a top 50 piece that was exhibited and a top 25 piece that was auctioned for a total of $12,500 in scholarship monies.
2011 is the 50th year of the Texas Youth Art Month Flag Design Contest and Capitol Exhibit. Each year a winner in each division - elementary, middle, and high school -- is selected in the Flag Contest and 100 pieces of artwork are selected to hang in the state Capitol in Austin. NISD had the 1st place winner in the elementary division of the flag contest and also had one art piece selected to be hung in the state Capitol.
The U.S. Congressional Art Competition is a national competition offered to high school art students each year. Students enter original artworks based on a theme initiated by the U.S. House of Representatives. Hyun Ah (Christina) Lee is the sole winner from NISD this year. As part of the award for winning, she receives an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for her and her family, and her artwork will hang in the Capitol Building for one year.
VASE competition allows academically eligible high school students an opportunity to present and defend their original artwork one-on-one with a certified art juror in order to qualify for state. This year 19 pieces advanced to state and 14 received 1st place state medals. The Gold Seal Award is given to the top artwork selected from all the 1st place medal winners across the state of Texas; Northside ISD captured 2 of these Gold Seals.
Since the school's opening, Brandeis High School's UIL One Act Play has ranked in the top 20 5A High School programs in the state. By qualifying for Regionals every year and appearing at the state meet last year, Brandeis HS UIL One Act Play has the most consecutive wins for a new school in Texas. Brandeis' artistry and achievement have been commemorated with a photo of their production on the UIL Academic website. Congratulations to the cast of "Madonna."
The University Interscholastic League One-Act Play Contest, founded in 1927, is the largest high school play production contest in the world. More than 14,000 Texas high school students participate in Zone, District, Area, Region, and State contest. In the UIL 4A One Act Contest, Brennan HS was named a 2011 One Act Play Regional Qualifier for their performance of "Cinderella Waltz."
The Texas Thespian All State production of "Our Town" was performed in Corpus Christi this year. Out of the thousands of students auditioning throughout the state of Texas, Zachary Teague, a senior at Taft High School was the only San Antonio actor selected for this production. In addition, Teague was elected this year to the Texas Thespian Student State Board, where he served as communications liaison for all the Thespian Troupes in Texas.
Students from O'Connor, Taft, Stevens and Clark high schools will be representing the state of Texas at this year's National Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska in June, 2011. These students will compete for national honors in various theatre categories. As state winners, they also qualify to audition for college and university scholarships.
ReNee Nadeau, Thornton Elementary Music Teacher, has been selected as the very first recipient of the Charlotte Louise Dashiell and Lota M. Spell Endowment Outstanding Cooperating Teacher Award from The University of Texas at San Antonio.
The Technology Student Association (TSA) promotes critical thinking and problem solving through competitive events. Students are challenged to apply technological skills and engineering principles as individuals and in teams. The TSA state winners competed in events related to their training in the content areas of metal production, architectural graphics and communication graphics.
Skills USA produces quality, well-trained, entry-level employees by developing leadership skills and pride in workmanship in such areas as automotive service technology, automotive collision repair, cosmetology, construction, welding and electrical trades. Skills USA state winners are recognized for their superior workmanship and acquisition of high-level, technological occupational skills.
The Health Occupations Students of America organization hosts competitive events that test knowledge of medical terminology and medical procedures. Students competing in these events show they possess the knowledge and skills that will allow them to deliver safe, effective, efficient, quality health care.
Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) helps students expand their leadership potential and develop skills through planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making and interpersonal communication. Through competition, students strengthen their creative, critical thinking and vocational skills.
Business Professionals of America helps prepare students by advancing their leadership, citizenship, technology, and academic skills. State winners are recognized for their excellence in achieving the skills required for a world-class workforce.
FFA develops student potential for leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural leadership activities. Leadership Development Events focus on creating situations for members to demonstrate their abilities in public speaking, decision making, communication and their knowledge of agriculture and the FFA organization.
FIRST, or For Inspirations and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an innovative robotics competition which builds knowledge of science, technology and engineering. Students work under strict rules, limited resources and time limits to design, build and program a robot to perform a specific function based on sound engineering principles. Students competed in head-to-head competitions against other teams from across Texas, United States and Mexico.
Cyber Patriot is a high school cyber defense competition in which teams must defend servers and a computer network from active attacks. Students must find vulnerabilities, anticipate hackers and know what to do when their firewall has been penetrated, all while avoiding shutdown of their servers. Students from Brennan and Warren were part of the team from Information Technology and Security Academy who advanced to national competition in Washington, D.C. and won 3rd place in the nation.
Rita Woodfill, O'Connor HS, is one of 20 high school educators in the nation to receive the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award. The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award recognizes high school educators for supporting young women's participation in computing and technology. Each Educator Award recipient will receive up to $1,000 for professional development related to computing education. She was selected from more than 900 applications.
On Saturday, April 23, teams from throughout the state gathered at Pasadena High School in Houston for the World Scholars Cup Regional Meet. The event was emceed by former Houston Mayor Bill White.
Academic Decathlon is a program that provides high school students across the U.S. an opportunity to experience the challenges of rigorous academic competition through participation in team activities. In addition, the Academic Decathlon involves members of the business/industry as active supporters of a program promoting academic excellence. Students are tested in ten categories: Art, Economics, Essay, Music, Language and Literature, Speech, Interview, Mathematics, Science, and Super Quiz. Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are awarded for individual and team scores. Winning teams advance through local, regional, and state levels of competition.
The GT Leadership students competed in the JA Banks in Action 2010-2011 North American Competition to see how effective they are at managing a bank. By taking on the role of banking business leaders, they made corporate decisions to steer their banks to success. Each bank's performance is based on the following factors: net profit, return on assets, return on equity, loan share, deposit share, and capital ratio. After the city-wide competition, the top five teams advanced to the North American competition, where they came in second place.
Three seventh grade GT students scored at the Grand Recognition Level of the Duke University annual Talent Search Program. SAT or ACT college entrance examinations are administered through the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP). Duke TIP routinely evaluates their ceremony score levels to make sure that they are in line with the national percentile rankings (NPR) for juniors and seniors (traditional testers) taking the SAT and ACT.
The National Spanish Examination Contest was given by more than 3,500 teachers throughout the United States. The National Spanish Exam recognizes achievement in the study of the Spanish language; and encourages further interest in the teaching and learning of Spanish.
Brandeis teacher Brigitte Deyle received the "Duden Award," which recognizes a teacher of German for outstanding efforts and achievements in providing high-quality instruction in German. This year is the 22nd year for the Duden Award. This award is presented by the "Bibliographisches Institut" and the "American Association of Teachers of German."
The purpose of the National German Examination is to recognize achievement in the study of the German language, and to promote proficiency in the German language. This examination is administered each year to more than 26,000 students in the United States. Three students from Brandeis High School scored above 90 percent on this difficult examination. They were the only students from San Antonio to achieve this accomplishment.
The state contest, hosted by the University of Texas at Austin in February, is the culminating German language event for the three regional Texas competitions. The contest includes events in academic, cultural, and performance categories. More than 1,500 students from more than 90 schools competed this year. This makes the Texas German contests the largest contest in the nation and the only one of its kind.
Texas History Day, a part of the National History Day program, is a yearlong education program that culminates in an annual state-level history fair for students in grades six through 12. It provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their interest in and knowledge of history through creative and original papers, performances, documentaries, websites, or three-dimensional exhibits. This year NISD had a large number of students who won regional competition and qualified for the state competition in Austin.
Northside ISD, with corporate support from Booz Allen Hamilton and Mitre Corporation, has hosted the South Central Texas Regional Middle School and High School Science Bowls for the last several years. Each school fields up to three teams each with four members and one alternate. Teams compete in a game show format academic quiz on science, math, and technology topics. The winning team advances to the National Middle School Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. In addition to the academic competition, each middle school team designed, built, and raced a model solar-powered car. This year, Rawlinson Middle School represented NISD at the national competition.
Clark High School's yearbook, The Witness, has been featured as an exemplar in Balfour's Yearbook of yearbooks as a National Design Manual winner. Balfour published copies of The Witness to share with high schools across the nation.
The Interscholastic League Press Conference, the journalism branch of the University Interscholastic League, conducts competitions that result in individual awards and ratings of student publications. The Marshall Rampage earned this highest ranking for the 17th consecutive year and was nominated as finalist for the Star Award, the highest overall honor a student newspaper can receive from the UIL. The Clark Chronicle placed in the top 10 percent of newspapers statewide through the Interscholastic Press Association.
Erin Dunbar, a student at O'Connor High School, placed third in the Congressional Debate at the Texas Forensic Association State Tournament. The Texas Forensic Association promotes the interests of interscholastic speech by encouraging a spirit of fellowship among participating students and teachers. Activities viewed as central to the organization's function include debate, theatre, and competitive individual speaking events.
The National Forensic League vision is that every child in the United States will be empowered to become an effective communicator, ethical individual, critical thinker, and leader in a democratic society. Tournament events include humorous interpretation, extemporaneous speaking, dramatic interpretation, and congressional debate.
Lauren Zook, a student at Marshall High School, was the recipient of the University Interscholastic League award. The UIL sponsors four journalism contests - news writing, feature writing, editorial writing, and headline writing. Students compete at the district level, and then the top three places advance to regional competition. From regional competition, the top three places advance to state competition.
The quality of a school's publications and how they present themselves to their reading community is a guidepost to the quality of the publishing school. ASPA, through its competition, provides advice on page design, story layout, graphics, headlining, cover design, advertising placement, photography and a variety of other useful items. Each literary magazine is scored on a point system by a panel of judges who are experienced faculty advisers for scholastic publications.
Sponsored by Abydos Learning International, Inc. (formerly the New Jersey Writing Project in Texas), this statewide competition recognizes outstanding student writers of prose and poetry at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Students and their families are honored at a reception at the Abydos Learning Trainers' and Teachers' Annual Conference.
Kirsten Bonifacio, a student at Luna Middle School, is the recipient of the 2010 Scholastic Art and Writing Award. The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and its 108 Regional Affiliates recognize young artists and writers with Gold Keys, Silver Keys, and Honorable Mention Certificates. This year submissions numbered more than 180,000 works of art and writing from across the nation. Each work is reviewed by a panel of arts professionals for the following criteria: originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision or voice.
Linda M. Kelly, a chemistry teacher at Marshall High School, is one of two San Antonio high school science educators to be named winner of the 2011 Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching. She was chosen from 19 distinguished educators who were nominated by their school districts in recognition of outstanding performance in public education. After teaching 23 years, Kelly still proclaims, "Chemistry is my love."
The NISD Purchasing Department received an Award of Merit from the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO). Much of the award's emphasis is based on the Best Practices in Purchasing as identified by the Legislative Budget Board during the Texas School Performance Review process, and on the Purchasing Module in the Management Section of the Financial Accountability System Resource Guide published by the Texas Education Agency.
Cornelius Phelps, principal of Connally MS, was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Administrator Award by the Texas Caucus of Black School Board Members (TCBSBM). He received the award at the TCBSBM Summit recently, along with $500 for the school.
The O'Connor and Taft High School marching bands qualified for the Texas State UIL Marching Contest in 2010.
Several Northside students were selected to the Texas Music Educators Association All State Band, Choir, Orchestra or Jazz Ensemble.
Marshall High School student journalists garnered multiple individual achievement awards at this summer's Interscholastic League Press Conference at the University of Texas.
Several Northside ISD publications earned recognition at the Texas Association of Journalism Educators Fall Fiesta convention in San Antonio in October.
The Chronicle, the Clark High School newspaper, earned a Pacemaker Award, one of the highest national awards a high school newspaper can receive, from the National Scholastic Press Association.