Points of Pride (Week of March 18)

Alief ISD News and Recognitions

Alief ISD students were named national medalists by Scholastic Art and Writing.

Killough Middle School student Trina Zhang received a National Gold Medal in Writing. Kerr High School student Kaylee Vu received a National Silver Medal in Art.

Alief ISD recently held a special graduation ceremony for Taylor High School senior Crystal “Iris” Marquez.

Iris is currently battling Ewing’s sarcoma but continues to attend school every day. Iris was spotlighted by multiple media outlets for her continued commitment to education in the face of adversity.

Science and Engineering Fair of Houston Results

Killough Middle School student Kathy Nguyen advanced to the 2019 Texas Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held from March 29 to 30 at Texas A&M University.

Killough Middle School 8th Grade Science STEM Teacher Lauren Mitchell was named the 2019 Science and Engineering Fair of Houston’s Junior Division Teacher of the Year.

Other Science and Engineering Fair of Houston honors include:

Killough Middle School -

  • Abby Vay - International Society of Automation
Olle Middle School -
  • Samuel Ramirez and Roman Medina - American Society of Indian Engineers & Architects Award
Alief Early College High School -
  • Damilola Afolabi - Boy Scouts of America, Sam Houston Council
  • Vinh Tan - Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Chi Cap - The Kristen Foundation for Arts and Sciences
  • Princess Hart - Art Award (1st Place Senior Division)
  • Gabriel Pulgar Grau - Art Award (2nd Place Senior Division)
  • Meggy Tran - Art Award (3rd Place Senior Division)

Congratulations to the Alief ISD Scholar Athletes for the month of March!

Kimberly Ikediobi (Taylor High School Girls Track and Field) and Adonay Alberto (Elsik High School Boys Soccer) were selected based on their distinguished achievements on and off the field.

Athletics Updates - Collegiate Commitments

Many Alief ISD high school seniors have recently signed and committed to playing sports for colleges and universities:


  • Rodquice Chaney - University of Houston
  • Rason Williams - Stephen F. Austin State University


  • Anita Anwusi - Louisiana State University
  • Terrence Batiste - Texas A&T Drillers Junior's College
  • Jacorey Benjamin - Texas Southern University
  • Le’Andre Bratcher - Texas A&T Drillers Junior's College
  • Rebecca Faulhaber - Letourneau University
  • Christian Felix – University of Arkansas at Monticello
  • Jevon Leon - Sam Houston State University
  • Gerred Wiltz - Stephen F. Austin State University


  • Shea Whiting - Boise State University (Idaho)
  • Ezrah Thibodeaux - Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • Khambrail Winters - Texas State University
  • Charlie McFarland - Bayou Prep (Louisiana)
  • Oscar Melara - Southwestern University (Kansas)
  • Victor Obi - Kilgore College

Mahanay Elementary School and Youngblood Intermediate School raised more than $1,300 and $3,700 respectively through the schools' Pennies for Patients campaigns.

All of the proceeds will go towards the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Alexander Elementary School specialist Brandy Jones was selected to serve as the Ocean Exploration Trust Science Communication Fellow.

Jones will be joining the community of the Corps of Exploration aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus. The Ocean Exploration Trust is a non-profit organization with an extended team of experts dedicated to ocean exploration. Dr. Robert Ballard, best known for his 1985 discovery of the RMS Titanic, founded this organization.

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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