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Five HISD students win coveted Gates Millennium Scholarship

2016 May 4
by HISD Communications

Five Houston Independent School District students are among more than 1,000 high school seniors from across the country to be selected this week to the final class of the Gates Millennium Scholars program.

The students — Nofisat Babajide and Esther Brown from Bellaire High School, Janeth Rodriguez from Carnegie Vanguard High School, Leslie Benavides from Eastwood Academy, and Sheighlah McManus from Jane Long Academy— will be awarded a scholarship that can be used to pursue a degree at accredited colleges or universities of their choosing. Learn more about the program here.

Congratulations also go out this week to:

  • Student athletes at Deady and Stevenson middle schools, for receiving donations in excess of $53,000 from the JJ Watt Foundation. Read more about the donations, and JJ Watts’ inspiring speech here.
  • Madison HS, whose rocket club team, “Sensation Station,” has qualified to compete in the national finals of the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), which will be held outside of Washington, D.C. See photos of the team building their second rocket here.
  • Carnegie Vanguard HS senior Cole Bennette, who won First Place in the Society for the Performing Arts’ Annual Wells Fargo Art Contest.  He will receive a check for $750.00.  See his winning artwork on the SPA website.
  • Jaelyn Walls, a junior at Carnegie Vanguard HS, for winning Princeton University’s Ten-Minute Play Contest. To read more about the competition, click here.
  • Four students from Carnegie Vanguard HS and Lamar HS were recently notified that they earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. On average, less than 0.1 percent of students who take the ACT nationally earns the top score. Read more here.
  • Thao T. Lam of DeBakey High School for Health Professions, who received a $2,500 corporate-sponsored scholarship from The Novartis Group, a leading manufacturer of pharmaceuticals and health-care products. Lam plans to attend the University of Miami and later work in pediatrics. Click here to learn more.
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