Points of Pride (Week of August 27)

Alief ISD News and Recognitions

Hastings High School student participated in the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star Basketball Game this past summer.

Tatiyanni Riley was one of 24 girls from across the state selected to participate in this game held in Arlington. Riley is a senior this year.

Alief ISD students participated in Education in Action’s Lone Star Leadership Academy camps.

Outley Elementary School student Matthew Diep and Miller Intermediate School student Taylah Holmes were selected for the camps based on demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation and involvement in school/community activities.


During the week-long, overnight camps, Diep and Holmes developed leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas. Participants discussed what they learned, completed problem-solving and decision-making simulations, exercised creativity and practiced presentation skills.

Kerr High Schools student Annabel Choi earned a spot in the Houston Youth Symphony.

Choi, who is a senior, will be performing during their 2018-2019 season.


The mission of the Houston Youth Symphony is to recruit, educate, develop and nurture young musicians and to provide them the opportunity to train under professional musicians and perform in professionally conducted concerts.

Albright Middle School student Eden Etuk was selected as a 2018 Mozart Hammond Music Scholarship recipient.

Etuk will be presented with Mozart Hammond Music Award, a medal and a $375 scholarship check. The student was selected by the Houston Masonic Library and Museum Foundation.

Class of 2018 graduates named to UIL's All-State Journalism Staff.

Hastings High School alumni Gaby Ytuarte and Simon Silva qualified by earning points based on their performance in competitions throughout the school year for both UIL journalism competitions and for their work in the student newspaper and yearbook.

Elsik High School graduate Adaora Elonu signed with WNBA team Atlanta Dream.

Elonu, who is a forward for the team, previously played for CB Avenida in the Spanish league and also played for Texas A&M University.


Elonu, who graduated from Elsik in 2008, previously attended Liestman, Kennedy, Mata and Holub.

Hastings High School graduate Alex Olivares won an Emmy at the Lone Star Regional Sports Emmy Awards.

Olivares won in the category of Photographer - Short Form (Promos, PSAs, Commercials, Opens, etc.). He currently serves as the Lead Promotions Producer at Telemundo Houston.


Olivares graduated from Hastings in 2009 and also attended Miller and Albright.

Alief ISD graduate Tobe Nwigwe performed at his first sold-out solo headlining show at White Oak Music Hall.

Nwigwe sold approximately 950 tickets at his first solo headlining show in Houston.


Nwigwe graduated from Elsik in 2005. While in Alief, he also attended Best, Cummings, Klentzman, Youngblood and Killough.

O'Donnell Middle School teacher Richard Spitz recently performed in local productions.

Spitz performed in the orchestra for the Theatre Under the Stars production of All Shook Up at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. He also performed in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society production of A Treasure Trove of Gilbert & Sullivan at the Hobby Center.

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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