Points of Pride (Week of March 29)

Alief ISD Spotlights, Communications and Announcements

Congratulations to our national Scholastic Writing Award winners!

Out of the hundreds of Alief ISD students who were recognized at the regional level of the Scholastic Art and Writing Contest, the following students won national recognition:


  • Natalie Dinh (Kerr High School) was recognized for her work titled “Mother." She has also been recognized as an American Voices Medalist.
  • Joseph La'Zavia (Hastings High School) was recognized for his work titled “Am I Next.” He is a New York Life Award recipient.


  • Muhammad Annas (Albright Middle School) was selected for his work titled, “My Real Home.”

Alief ISD high school students are headed to the national competitions after competing in the Business Professionals of America (BPA) State Leadership Conference.

Congratulations to our national qualifiers and alternates, who will compete in the FBLA Virtual National Leadership Conference in May!

Elsik High School:

  • Van-Anh Trinh (Fundamental Accounting and Digital Communication Design Concepts/Open)

  • Hastings High School:

    • Samuel Fofana (Ethics and Professionalism)

    Taylor High School:

    • Kayla Cao (Digital Marketing Concepts/Open)

    Soccer Playoffs - Regional Quarter-Final Round

    Congratulations to the Elsik High School Boys Soccer Program for defeating the Kingwood Mustangs.

    Regional Quarter-Final Round - Elsik vs North Shore:

    • Date – Thursday, April 1, 2021
    • Location – Galena Park ISD Stadium (15025 Wallisville, Houston, TX 77049)
    • Time – 7:00 p.m.
    • Cost – $5 cash at the gate (No Passes, No ID’s)

    Alief ISD high school students qualified for national competitions for the Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE).

    The following students, who are virtual learners, qualified for the virtual national competition after placing in the state-level competitions:

    • Jabir Osman, Perry Ehimuh and Lacey Reynolds (Taylor High School) placed first in the state in the Ethical Dilemma Competition.
    • Gianni Cadet (Taylor High School) placed in the Creative Lecture Competition.
    • Perla Lopez (Elsik High School) placed in the Job Interview Competition.

    Karla Cardenas (Taylor High School) was also selected as the TAFE state president.

    Congratulations to the Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) winners who are advancing to state-level competitions.

    Alief ISD art students earned a total of 129 regional medals, with 11 pieces advancing to the State VASE competition in April. Congratulations to the following high school students:
    • Elsik - Johana Diaz, Sally Dinh, Sherlyn Fuentes, Cinthia Gomez, An Huynh (2 pieces) and Jannat Merchant
    • Hastings - Uwezo Alexis
    • Kerr - Aranzazu Carreno, Chelsie Cisneros Perez and Sheila Nguyen

    Congratulations to the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston and District Science and Engineering Virtual Fair Award winners!

    Science and Engineering Fair of Houston Winners:

    • Paola Mendoza (Alief Middle School) - 2nd Place JR Division - Physics and Astronomy and American Society of Women in Science 2nd Place Middle School Division Award
    • Megan Luong (Albright Middle School) - 3rd Place JR Division - Plant Science
    • Favor Adigun (Elsik High School) - Science Fair Scholars Award and ECH-EST Council of Houston Award - Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) Summer Internship
    • Esther Fatoye (Hastings Ninth Grade Center) - American Society of Women in Science Honorable Mention Award
    • Brian Truong (Alief Early College High School) - UH STEM Center Rising Star Award
    • Alexander Pham (Alief Early College High School) - UH STEM Center Rising Star Award
    • Taylor Ceasar (Alief Early College High School) - UH STEM Center Rising Star Award
    • Hastings Ninth Grade Center teacher Arthur Graham was named the Senior Division Science and Engineering Fair of Houston Teacher of the Year for 2021. Graham teaches Biology at HNGC.

    District Secondary Virtual Science and Engineering Fair Winners:

    Senior Division

    • 1st Place - Crystal Okoh & Maame Sey (Taylor High School)
    • 2nd Place - Kim Chuong & Quynh Doan (Hastings High School) and Gabriel Ajaegbu (Elsik High School)
    • 3rd Place - Jimena Valdez (Alief Early College High School)

    9th Grade Division

    • 1st Place - Mojola Okusaga (Alief Early College High School)
    • 2nd Place - Alexander Pham (Alief Early College High School)
    • 3rd Place - Brian Truong (Alief Early College High School) and Susan Tran (Alief Early College High School)

    Junior Division
    • 1st Place - Paola Mendoza (Alief Middle School)
    • 2nd Place - Thanh Vo (Albright Middle School)
    • 3rd Place - Megan Luong (Albright Middle School) and Joshua Salu (Alief Middle School)

    Taylor High School student Stephanie Osazuwa was named a recipient of the KPRC 2 Senior Scholarship.

    Osazuwa is one of only 20 deserving Houston-area seniors to be awarded this $2,500 scholarship.

    Vote for the Alief Community Garden in the Nature's Path Gardens for Good Contest!

    Voting ends April 7 at 8:00 a.m. You can vote once a day per email address.

    If the Alief Community Garden wins this contest, it will receive a $5,000 grant to improve the existing garden.

    Congratulations to Alief ISD's Scholar Athletes for March.

    Amber Dinh (Taylor girls soccer) and Ayomide “Ayo” Aderohunmu (Elsik boys track) were selected for their accomplishments on and off the field.

    Congratulations to the February and March MVP Award recipients!

    The employees who were selected exemplified the character trait of Resilient for February and Citizenship for March.

    Students, parents, staff and community members may nominate an Alief ISD employee for the Monthly MVP Award. To nominate an employee for exemplifying the character trait of Cooperation for the April MVP Awards, please submit the nomination form at www.aliefisd.net/mvp. The deadline for the nomination is Wednesday, April 7, at noon.

    February MVPs (Trait - Resilient)

    March MVPs (Trait - Citizenship)

    Taylor High School teacher Benedict Khoo has been nominated for the prestigious 2021 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

    If selected for this award, Khoo would be one of two Texas educators to receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a paid trip to Washington D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Khoo currently teaches Pre-AP and AP Biology.

    Elsik High School teacher Cheila McCoo-Dogan was recently featured on a national panel focused on creating equity in science education.

    The STEM Teacher Leadership Network panel, organized by the National Science Teaching Association and Association for Multicultural Science Education, focused on "The Challenge of Creating Equity in Science Education." She teaches AP Biology, Microbiology and Pathophysiology.

    Alief's Asian Community and Perseverance Through a Pandemic and Racial Tensions

    A Conversation with Katherine Cheng (Houston Event Planning) and Bin Yu (Asian Chamber of Commerce)

    Superintendent HD Chambers speaks with Katherine Cheng, EVP, Houston Event Planning and Bin Yu, Chair, Asian Chamber of Commerce. They discuss the impact of COVID-19's origin on the Asian community, race relations and how Alief's Asian community persevered through the pandemic with the help from diverse customers.

    ImpactEd Ep61: Alief's Asian Community and Perseverance Through a Pandemic and Racial Tensions

    COVID-19 - How a Pandemic Led to Advances in Science

    A Conversation with Dr. Eric Boerwinkle (UTHealth School of Public Health)

    Superintendent HD Chambers speaks with Dr. Eric Boerwinkle, Dean of UTHealth School of Public Health. They have an in-depth conversation about the COVID-19 pandemic, new variants and the amazing advances in science that assisted in creating a vaccine in record time.

    ImpactED E60:How a Pandemic Led to Advances in Science/Cómo pandemia condujo a avances en ciencia
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