Points of Pride (Week of Dec. 2)

Alief ISD News and Recognitions

Alief Early College High School student Alberto Medrano was spotlighted as the CITGO December Scholar of the Month by ABC 13.

The CITGO 2019/20 Distinguished Scholars Program was created to assist select Houston area school districts' students planning to continue their education at a two-or four-year university. Only 40 scholarships of $5,000 each were awarded to select Class of 2020 graduates.

Congratulations to Alief ISD's national qualifiers for theatre!

The following Alief ISD high school students qualified for national competitions after competing at the 2019 Texas Thespians State Festival:


  • Mekaila Pounds and Caitlin McNeil – Duet Acting


  • Savannah Lopez and Amechi Obodoechina - Duet Acting
  • Daniel Nadal and Alexander Huy Vo - Duet Musical
  • Teresa Gramajo and Madison Owens - Duet Acting
  • Andrea Hernandez - Marketing
  • Kimberly Hernandez - Costume Design
  • Joewinson Mang and Harper LaRoche – Duet Acting


  • Oscar Hough – Stage Management
  • Charlotte Garcia – Set Design
  • Kadrian Williams, Tajh Mason and Justice Taku – Group Acting
  • Kirsten Bell – Stage Management
  • Andrea Segura – Monologue
  • Cansandra Perez – Monologue
  • Anna Maldonado – Short Film
  • Natalie Yarborough and Esther Falokun – Duet Acting

Alief ISD graduate commissioned to create the Alief Community Mural.

Thomas Tran created the Alief Community Mural located at 11360 Bellaire Blvd. Approximately 50 volunteers, including Alief ISD students and teachers, assisted with the painting of the mural over the course of three days.

The mural was sponsored by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance as well as the International Management District.

Tran previously attended Mahanay, Outley, Budewig and O'Donnell and graduated from Kerr in 2014.

Photo of Thomas Tran by George Chuang

Olle Middle School teacher selected to serve on a national committee.

George Tennison has been selected to serve on the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) 2019-2020 Ad Hoc Committee that is being formed to discuss the pedagogical impacts and implications of NSDA's speech and debate events.

The City of Houston will proclaim December 11, 2019, as Donna Pennie Jones’s Day.

Jones, a counselor who last recently served at Youngblood Intermediate School, passed away recently.

Want to share a Points of Pride with the Alief ISD Public Relations Department?

Email your Points of Pride submission to Tracy Lau at tylau@aliefisd.net.

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