Points of Pride (Week of Jan. 27)

Alief ISD News and Recognitions

The Alief ISD CyberPatriot Team advanced to the semifinals in the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

This is the first year for the CyberPatriot to compete in the yearly competition. The Alief ISD CyberPatriot Team consists of Simone Samuel (Elsik), Gabriel Nagera (Hastings), Kelvin Tran (Elsik), Jennifer Akinola (Hastings), Deivid Garcia (Hastings) and Arturo Mora (Taylor).

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. At the core of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, the nation's largest cyber defense competition which puts high school and middle school students in charge of securing virtual networks.

Congratulations to the following Alief ISD high school students who qualified for state competitions after competing in the Business Professionals of America (BPA) Regional Leadership Conference.


  • Tommy Bui (1st Place – Banking & Finance)
  • Franklin Lim (1st Place – Computer Network Technology)
  • Kevin Truong (1st Place – Computer Security)
  • Khanh Van (1st Place - C++ Programming)
  • Wilson Hua (2nd Place – Fundamental Accounting)
  • Je'Veilleon Foreman-Colston (2nd Place – PC Servicing & Troubleshooting)
  • Je'Veilleon Foreman-Colston, Anthony Pham, Kevin Truong and Franklin Lim (2nd Place – Network Design Team)


  • Dinesh Chamlgai (1st Place – Fundamental Word Processing)
  • Kevin Larin (1st Place – Database Apps)
  • Tayla Adams (1st Place – Basic Office Systems and Procedures)
  • Jimena Torre (2nd Place – Desktop Publishing)
  • Jose Rivera (2nd Place – Spreadsheets)
  • Rita Ayoo (3rd Place – Integrated Office)
  • Edward Segovia (4th Place – Interview Skills)


  • Obafemi Ajayi (1st Place - Personal Financial Management)
  • Timmy Huynh (1st Place - Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications)
  • Muhammad Shekhani, Chloe Spiller, Victor King and Angie Bonilla Vargas (1st Place - Administrative Support Team)
  • Raul Arreguin, Ammar Al-Rubaye and Antonio Pulido (2nd Place - Small Business Management Team)
  • Johnna Hodge-Gipson (3rd Place - Legal Office Procedures)
  • Gabriela Cabello (3rd Place - Intermediate Word Processing)
  • Chloe Spiller (4th Place - Integrated Office Applications)
  • Karen Alvarez (4th Place - Basic Office Systems & Procedures)
  • Angie Bonilla Vargas (4th Place - PC Servicing & Troubleshooting)

Alief ISD was recently spotlighted by the Houston Chronicle.

The article focuses on strategies used in Alief ISD to reduce out-of-school suspension rates.

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Alief ISD Secondary Science Fair.

Out of those who competed, 24 Junior Division projects, 30 9th Grade Division projects and 16 Senior Division projects advanced to the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston.

Junior Division:

  • 1st Place - Alice Phan (Killough)
  • 2nd Place (tie) - Hoang-My Le (Albright) and Rebecca Orekoya & Michelle Dike (Albright)

9th Grade Division:

  • 1st Place (tie) - Jason Beltran (AECHS) and Gabriel Ajaegbu (ENGC)
  • 3rd Place - Samuel Ramirez (ENGC)

Senior Division:

  • 1st Place (tie) - Barisi Poi & Viet Tran (Taylor) and Crystal Okoh (Taylor)
  • 3rd Place (tie) - Alex Nguyen & Bobby Nguyen (Taylor) and Joanna Nguyen, Esther Okelana, & Mahum Khan (Taylor)

Congratulations to Alief ISD's Scholar Athletes for the month of January!

Tamerian Lemons (Hastings Girls Basketball) and Daniel Alvarez (Hastings Swimming/Diving) were selected for their extraordinary achievements on and off the court.

Albright Middle School educators presented at the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (TCTELA) Conference.

Their session “Book Club Matters: Vol. 2” was an informative and engaging session designed to help teachers from across the state go more in-depth with book clubs through the use of mini-lessons and planning strategies. This is the second year that this group, comprised of 7th grade English Language Arts & Reading (ELAR) teachers, the ELAR specialist and the library information specialist, has been invited to present at TCTELA.

Miller Intermediate School counselor Teri Marrow was spotlighted by Sam Houston State University.

Marrow was featured in the SHSU Counselor Education Weekly News for receiving the CREST Award from the Texas School Counselor Association. Marrow is currently completing her doctoral degree through SHSU.

Taylor High School graduate Baohan Phi was recognized by Raise Your Hand Texas.

Baohan Phi (Class of 2019 graduate) was spotlighted as a recipient of the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers. Every Charles Butt Scholar has committed to teaching in majority economically disadvantaged schools or in hard-to-fill subject areas.

Scholars receive up to $8,000 in annual funding for up to four years, as well as ongoing professional development opportunities, mentorship from sitting public school educators and participation in a statewide aspiring teachers network facilitated by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation. The competitive selection process includes an application, pre-screening by university teams and a day-long event consisting of a group activity, mock teaching lesson and panel interview.

Phi, who currently attends the University of Houston, previously attended Martin, Owens and Killough.

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

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.


  • The Safety and Climate Surveys are live for district students and parents as well as campus-based employees. Parents can take the survey by visiting www.aliefisd.net/survey. Campus staff members received a survey link via email, and students will be taking the survey at the school.
  • The 2020-2021 applications are online for the high schools of choice, Dual Language Program and Mandarin Immersion Program. The high schools of choice priority acceptance application deadline is February 28 at 5:00 p.m. Space is limited.

Latest Episode: 2020 Census – Help Erase the Undercount / Censo 2020 – Ayuda a combatir la baja participación

The Importance of the Census and What it Means to Your Tax Dollars

La importancia del censo y lo que significa para los dólares que pagas en impuestos

Charles Woods (Alief ISD Deputy Superintendent of Business Services) visits with Superintendent HD Chambers about the Census Undercount. They discuss how over 30 percent of Houston-area households did not respond to the 2010 Census, which results in estimates that Houston will lose nearly $16,000 per citizen in education, emergency and infrastructure funding between 2020 and 2030.

El superintendente adjunto para servicios financieros de Alief ISD, Charles Woods conversa con el superintendente HD Chambers sobre la baja participación en el censo. Nos cuentan como más del 30% de los hogares del área de Houston no respondieron al censo 2010, lo que se estima resultará en pérdidas de casi $16,000 por persona, para la ciudad de Houston, en concepto de educación, servicios de emergencia e infraestructura, entre el 2020 y el 2030.

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