Points of Pride (Week of Dec. 14)

Alief ISD Spotlights, Communications and Announcements

Nine Alief ISD schools won Texas School Counselor Association (TSCA)'s CREST Awards.

The following schools were named recipients of this state-level award:


  • Bush Elementary School
  • Liestman Elementary School
  • Outley Elementary School
  • Miller Intermediate School
  • Owens Intermediate School
  • O'Donnell Middle School
  • Elsik Ninth Grade Center
  • Elsik High School
  • Taylor High School


Miller and O'Donnell also won the CREST Award last school year. This is Miller's third consecutive year to be recognized.


CREST winners will be recognized during the TSCA annual conference, which will be held virtually in February.


The CREST Awards recognize schools across Texas for counseling excellence. CREST Schools appropriately utilize their Professional School Counselors and demonstrate a continuous commitment to building a campus team and programs based on the Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs, endorsed by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

Alief Early College High School and Kerr High School were recognized by Children at Risk.

Kerr and AECHS were named Top 10 Public High Schools in Houston, and AECHS was named the Top Performing High School in Racial Equity in Houston.

Texas State Thespian Festival Results

Dozens of Alief theatre students attended virtual workshops, watched recorded theatrical productions and competed virtually against other theatre students from across the state of Texas. Here are some of our accolades to celebrate:


National Qualifiers:

  • Ja’Miya Seaton (Elsik) – Costume Design
  • Xavier Sanchez (Elsik) – Duet Acting
  • Alexis Reyes (Elsik) – Duet Acting
  • Yahaira Guevara (Kerr) - Monologue
  • Betty Nguyen (Kerr) - Marketing
  • Amanda Tran (Kerr) - Scenic Design
  • Oscar Hough (Taylor) – Stage Management (awarded the second-highest scholarship award in the state from Texas Thespians valued at $2,000)
  • Daphnee Martinez (Taylor) – Costume Design
  • Daiara Garcia (Taylor) – Costume Design (received a perfect score from all judges)
  • Sofia Santana (Taylor) – Costume Design
  • Charlotte Garcia (Taylor) – Scenic Design
  • Miguel Rosales (Taylor) – Monologue


Natalie Yarborough (Taylor) auditioned for college theatre programs and received a dozen college callbacks to programs like The University of Texas at Austin, University of Houston, Louisiana State University, Oklahoma City University, Michigan University and more.


In addition to the student successes, Kerr High School teacher Julie Ryan was recognized as one of Texas Thespians Teachers of the Month for December.

Alief ISD high school choir students made UIL Region Choir.

Brissa Trondle (Taylor) and Mai Hoang (Kerr) advanced to the final round to audition for the UIL All-State Choir.


Region Choir Members:


Mixed Choir (Top 20 Chairs in each Section) - Top Choir

  • Brissa Trondle (Taylor)
  • Mai Hoang (Kerr)
  • Chibuike Madu (Kerr)


Treble Choir - 2nd Region Choir

  • Prudence Anyasor (Kerr)
  • Hailey Fernandez (Kerr)
  • An Dinh (Kerr)

Congratulations to Alief ISD's Scholar Athletes for December.

Stephanie Osazuwa (Taylor basketball) and Clinton Oreofe (Hastings basketball) were selected for their accomplishments on and off the field.

Congratulations to the December MVP Award recipients!

The employees who were selected exemplified the character trait of Compassion for the December MVP Awards.


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 Responsibility for the January MVP Awards, please submit the nomination form at www.aliefisd.net/mvp. The deadline has been extended to noon on Wednesday, January 13.

SOAR/LINC teacher Christopher Cashin was recognized as Group 1 Automotive's Teacher of the Month for December.

As a part of the recognition, he will drive a 2021 Acura RDX from Sterling McCall Acura for a month.


Pamela Roberts, who was the Teacher of the Month for November, was spotlighted on Group 1's website and Sterling McCall Nissan's social media accounts.

O'Donnell Middle School teacher Kelvin Douglas was spotlighted by the Houston Chronicle.

Douglas, who has served as Santa through Black Santa Houston, said "We can still bring the magic of Christmas while making sure we’re being careful.”

We are spotlighting the great ways that students, families and staff are going above and beyond.

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