Points of Pride (Week of Nov. 26)

Alief ISD News and Recognitions

Alief ISD high school students qualify for national competitions at the Texas Thespian Festival.


  • The Cadre Kerr Theatre Program earned the All-Star Troupe Award, recognizing the troupe as one of the top programs in the state. Kerr High School students Jennifer Mendoza (Stage Management), Chayanne Cabrales (Solo Musical) and Thien An Nguyen (Solo Musical) also qualified for nationals. Mendoza earned 38 callbacks with more than $80,000 in scholarship offers from various programs, including Carnegie Mellon University, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the California Institute of the Arts. Cabrales and Wayne Wong each earned 14 callbacks.
  • Elsik High School students Mohammad Hakim and Carlos Guevara advanced to nationals in Duet Acting, while Ariana Kunz advanced in Monologue.
  • Taylor High School students Daivaon Barone, Esther Falokun and Natalie Yarborough advanced to nationals in Group Acting. Alejandra Rocha (Monologue), Brigid Ferris-Hughes (Solo Musical) and Oscar Hough (Lighting Design) also advanced to national competitions.

Hastings High School student Anita Anwusi commits to Louisiana State University.

Anwusi recently signed her letter of intent to continue playing volleyball at LSU.

High school students in the Region Mixed Choir are advancing to UIL Pre-Area Audition later this month.

Congratulations to Kerr High School students Huy Ha, Logan Caudillo and Steven Tan and Elsik High School student Julio Hernandez Sandoval.

Hastings High School was recognized by Mayor Sylvester Turner and artist Travis Scott.

Hastings students and teachers created chalk murals at City Hall to raise funds for The Center for Hearing and Speech. This year's murals feature Travis Scott, and Hastings students and staff joined in on the mayoral proclamation recognizing Scott.

KHOU 11 spotlights Alief ISD graduate Martellus Bennett for his donation to Mahanay Elementary School.

Bennett is the founder of The Imagination Agency, a children's book author and a former NFL player. He donated 100 Osmo learning systems to Mahanay, which he attended as a student. View the KHOU 11 story.

Alief ISD Director of Risk Management Ida Wall was named Risk Management Professional of the Year by Texas PRIMA.

Wall was recognized by Texas PRIMA, a state chapter of the National Public Risk Management Association, for her outstanding work in the risk management field.

O’Donnell Middle School teacher Richard Spitz recently completed a two-week engagement playing in the orchestra for a Theatre Under the Stars production.

Spitz played in the orchestra for the production of The Wiz at the Hobby Center.

Congratulations to the following Alief ISD staff members, whose DonorsChoose.org projects were funded!

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