Recognitions

The following individuals have been recognized at an NISD Board of Trustees meeting for state and national achievements

May 20, 2011 to September 24, 2012

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.

May 20, 2011 to September 24, 2012

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.

May 20, 2011 to September 24, 2012

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.

May 20, 2011 to September 24, 2012

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.

May 20, 2011 to September 25, 2012

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.

May 20, 2011 to September 24, 2012

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.

May 20, 2011 to September 24, 2012

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.

May 20, 2011 to September 24, 2012

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."

May 10, 2011 to September 24, 2012

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.

May 10, 2011 to September 24, 2012

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.

January 21, 2011 to September 24, 2012

The O'Connor and Taft High School marching bands qualified for the Texas State UIL Marching Contest in 2010.

January 21, 2011 to September 24, 2012

Several Northside students were selected to the Texas Music Educators Association All State Band, Choir, Orchestra or Jazz Ensemble.

January 21, 2011 to September 24, 2012

Marshall High School student journalists garnered multiple individual achievement awards at this summer's Interscholastic League Press Conference at the University of Texas.

January 21, 2011 to September 24, 2012

Several Northside ISD publications earned recognition at the Texas Association of Journalism Educators Fall Fiesta convention in San Antonio in October.

January 21, 2011 to September 24, 2012

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.

January 21, 2011 to September 24, 2012

Two NISD students have been named National Achievement Scholar semifinalists.

January 21, 2011 to September 24, 2012

Northside students were named scholar finalists in the 2010-11 National Hispanic Recognition Program.

January 21, 2011 to September 24, 2012

Northside School District students were named commended students in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

January 21, 2011 to September 24, 2012

Northside School District students were named semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

January 21, 2011 to September 24, 2012

O'Connor High School placed fourth in the nation in the FFA's Ag Mechanics event, which tests both technical and agricultural mechanics skills. During the event, members completed a written exam and demonstrated problem-solving and hands-on performance skills.

January 21, 2011 to September 24, 2012

O'Connor High School won first place at the state FFA competition for both levels of Chapter Conducting, making it the first time in at least 25 years that a single high school won both the junior and senior levels of the contest.

January 21, 2011 to September 24, 2012

Northside high school students attended the annual National Junior Classical League Competition at North Dakota State University in Fargo last summer. These students participated in academic, artistic, and athletic competitions with some of the best Latin students from around the country. NISD students are:

January 21, 2011 to September 24, 2012

In Cross-Country, Northside had six individuals from four high schools who finished in the top 10 out of more than 150 runners at the Region 4 Cross-Country Meet. These outstanding student/athletes went on the represent Northside at the state cross country meet. They are:

January 21, 2011 to September 24, 2012

The Stevens High School Varsity Football Team was recognized for making it to the 5A state semifinals. With a record of 11-4, the Stevens Falcons advanced to the state semifinals to play Pearland at the Alamodome. Team members include:

January 21, 2011 to September 24, 2012

Martin Elementary School has received the “Silver” certification of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System. The LEED rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.

January 21, 2011 to September 24, 2012

Nancy Ramos, a biology teacher at Health Careers High School, was selected as one of the 2011 honorees of the Texas Exes Awards for Outstanding Teachers...

January 21, 2011 to September 24, 2012

Danielle Chapa has received the national National Center for Women and Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing.

January 21, 2011 to September 24, 2012

Louis Coy, senior clarinetist in the Clark High School band, was selected as the concerto winner of the 2010 Youth Orchestra of San Antonio Concerto Contest.

January 21, 2011 to September 24, 2012

The Northside Citizenship Award was created in 1999 to recognize deserving individuals who have made a positive impact on the Northside ISD community. The Citizenship Award is presented to individuals and/or groups whose actions are "above and beyond the normal day's scope of activities" and/or may be unique.

November 16, 2010 to September 24, 2012

Brandeis High School Air Force JROTC cadets Dawn Naville and Jonathan Mercer recently were awarded the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross.

November 16, 2010 to September 24, 2012

Dr. Laura Cox, a molecular gene scientist at Southwest Research Institute and a part-time coach/consultant for the NISD Aquatics Program for more than 20 years, is the recipient of the "Ousley Award".

November 16, 2010 to September 24, 2012

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Northside ISD by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

October 6, 2010 to September 24, 2012

The Northside Suburban All-Stars recently captured the Senior League Softball World Series title with a 17-0 record.

October 6, 2010 to September 24, 2012

Member volunteers of the 2009-10 School Boundary Advisory Committee (SBAC) were formally recognized by the Board for their accomplishments and were presented with certificates of recognition.

October 6, 2010 to September 24, 2012

The Board of Trustees recognized outgoing members of the Northside Educational Improvement Council (NEIC), which includes 19 parents, community members, and business representatives appointed by Board members.

October 6, 2010 to September 24, 2012

Daniel Leija, a fifth grade teacher at Esparza ES, has been chosen as a finalist in the Texas Teacher of the Year program.

October 6, 2010 to September 24, 2012

Kent Page, a fifth grade teacher at Carnahan ES known for his hands-on lessons with students, has been named a finalist for the prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program.

October 6, 2010 to September 24, 2012

Both the 2009-2010 Stevens yearbook, Tradition, and the school newspaper, The Talon, have received the All American rating from the National Scholastic Press Association.

May 26, 2010 to September 24, 2012
  • Title I Part A Distinguished School Performance Awards
  • Texas State Development Council Leadership Awards
May 26, 2010 to September 24, 2012
  • O'Connor and Clark HS Academic Decathlon State Qualifiers
  • JA Banks in Action National Qualifiers
  • Duke University Talent Search Program Grand Level Winners
May 26, 2010 to September 24, 2012
  • NISD High School Bowling Club State Winners
  • Water Polo, Swimming and Diving State Qualifiers
  • Track and Field State Qualifiers and Winners
May 26, 2010 to September 24, 2012
  • Middle and High School Science Bowl Winners
  • Texas Junior Academy of Science Winners
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Winners
  • Exxon-Mobile Texas Science and Engineering Fair Winners
  • Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Winners
  • International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering, Environment) Project (I-SWEEEP) Olympiad Winners

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