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DeBakey HSHP welcomes back students for the first day of school

Reaching five-stories high, the stairwells at DeBakey High School for Health Professions were filled with students making their way to their classrooms on Monday morning for the first day of school.

DeBakey Principal Agnes Perry said she had been looking forward to having her students back, and both her parents and students also seemed excited about the day.

“I’ve been waiting for this day to happen,” Perry said. “Our teachers are ready.”

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Hundreds attend dedication for new DeBakey HS for Health Professions

More than 300 students, teachers, parents, and medical center community members converged on the Texas Medical Center on Thursday to celebrate the dedication of the new DeBakey High School for Health Professions.

Columns of blue and white balloons flanked center stage and music from the DeBakey orchestra filled the five-story atrium as attendees took their seats, eager to celebrate the school’s opening and tour the new facility.

“This year we will be celebrating 45 years,” DeBakey Principal Agnes Perry said. “DeBakey High School for Health Professions has successfully introduced and honed an innovative magnet school model.”

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HISD breaks ground on four new campuses, celebrates first project to ‘go vertical’

Two years ago, Houston voters approved a $1.89 billion bond to replace or repair 40 HISD campuses, including 29 high schools. Now, taxpayers are starting to see the fruits of that decision, as HISD officials and community leaders have broken ground on four brand new campuses over the past two weeks, and recognized the first project from the 2012 bond to “go vertical.” Continue reading

HISD Students Named Among Semifinalists for National Achievement Scholarship

Thirteen African-American seniors from four HISD high schools are among the semifinalists for the National Achievement Scholarships.  These students will have the opportunity to compete for 800 scholarships worth more than $2.5 million that will be offered next spring.

The National Achievement Scholarship program is a privately financed academic competition that was started in 1964 to recognize and offer scholarships to academically promising African-American students throughout the nation.

To be considered for this scholarship, more than 160,000 high school juniors took the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test.  The nationwide pool of semifinalists, about 1,600 students, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

To become a finalist, semifinalists must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

“We are very proud of these students and their academic achievements,” said HISD Superintendent Terry Grier.  “To be recognized among the nation’s best students by the National Achievement Scholarship program is truly an honor and a testament to their hard work.” 

The selected semifinalist students are from the following HISD schools: Bellaire High School, DeBakey High School for Health Professions, the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and Westside High School.  The 2013 National Achievement Winners will be announced starting in April 2013. 

National Achievement Scholarship Semifinalists

 Bellaire High School                                

Alexander Franshaw                                                              Evan S. McClain
Alayah M. Frazier                                                                    Lonnie A. Smith
Salem B. Hadgu

DeBakey High School for Health Professions

Rachel A. Adenekan                                                                   Nathalie C. Meremikwu
Anusha A. DeSilva Bradley                                                      Acara E. Turner                      
Malcolm C. Lizzappi                             

High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Ellisa M. Bray                                                                             Jyron Walls

 Westside High School

 Bianca R. Draud

HISD’s DeBakey High School is a Finalist for Title I National Distinguished Schools Award

DeBakey High School for Health Professions is one of only two Texas schools that are finalists for the Title I National Distinguished Schools award.  The award recognizes schools that have consistently demonstrated strong academic performance over a three-year period and have also achieved the “academically exemplary” rating for the present year.   The schools must also have a population of 40 percent or more low-income students.

DeBakey was recognized for its successful curriculum and instruction and for providing opportunities for all students to succeed. All of its graduates are accepted into colleges or universities, and in 2012 DeBakey students received more than $30.8 million dollars in scholarship offers.  The school was also acknowledged for its continuing professional development for teachers and administrators and its partnerships with parents, families, and members of the community.  

“We are excited DeBakey High School for Health Professions is receiving national recognition for its effective approach to learning,” said HISD Superintendent Terry Grier. “We’re proud of the hard work our students, administrators, and staff have shown in making DeBakey one of the best schools in the nation.”

DeBakey is also the 2012 No. 1 high-school in the eight-county Houston region, according to Children at Risk.  DeBakey received National Title I Distinguished school recognition during the 2006-2007 school year. This year’s winner will be announced in January.

HISD Students among Semifinalists for National Merit Scholarship

Fifty-six seniors from six different HISD high schools are among the semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship program.  These students will have the opportunity to compete for more than 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

“The National Merit Scholarship Program has a long tradition of excellence,” said HISD Superintendent Terry Grier. “We are extremely proud of these students being recognized nationally for their academic achievements.  Their accomplishments are a testament to their dedication and hard work.”

To be considered for this scholarship program, about 1.5 million high school juniors took the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, about 16,000 students, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

To become a finalist, the semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. 

The selected semifinalist students are from the following HISD high schools: Bellaire High School, Carnegie Vanguard High School, DeBakey High School for Health Professions, the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Lamar High School, and Westside High School.

 The 2013 National Merit Scholarship Winners will be announced starting in April 2013. 

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Bellaire High School                                

  • Andrew M. Alter                                                         
  • Zara Khan       
  • Lindsey D. Alter                                                         
  • Joseph C. Lau
  • Halla Bearden                                                             
  • Kirby J. Ledvina
  • Christina M. Breitbeil  
  • Benjamin Liu
  • Kevin Chen                                                              
  •  Jacqueline H. Luo                                                             
  • Blaine A. Cole                                                           
  • Aaron J. Mao
  • Andrei V. Didenko                                                     
  • Helen S. Mazella
  • Xinghua Dou                                                              
  • Alexander L. Mo          
  • Molly G. Dyer                                                           
  • Adarsh Nednur
  • Peter O. Elmers                                                          
  • Willis Nguy
  • Katherine Fang                                                            
  • Amanda K. Pevehouse
  • Alexander Franshaw                                                   
  • Holly S. Reichert                                                                
  • Garland R. Gay                                                           
  • Diana T. Ruan
  • Anneliese M. Gest                                                       
  • Yulan L. Shih
  • Sarah K. Godwin                                                        
  • Jun Ling Tao                   
  • Carrie X. Jiang                                                              
  • Edward D. Yun
  • Vivek Kantamani                                                                                                                                 

                           Carnegie Vanguard High School

  •  Kiera M. Brown
  • William J. Larsen
  • Sam M. Dietrich
  • Jonathan E. Vincent
  • Daniel Dreyfuss

                                    

                       DeBakey High School for Health Professions

  • Shannon E. Ahmed
  •  Tariq A. Patanam
  • Mohammad F. Bilal                                                  
  • Tiffany Pham
  • Anchit R. Khanna                                                  
  • Smruti Rath
  • Jeremiah M. Lee                                                     
  • Kristen L. Thompson
  • Nathalie C. Meremikwu                                 
  • Serene R. Yu

                    High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

  • Josef M. Lamel                     
  • Palmer L. Mills
  • Auburn H. Lee                                              
  • Jyron Walls
  • Amy Mattox

Lamar High School

  • Ashley Alcantara                                                        
  • Angela Chang                    

Westside High School

  • Konstantinos K. Varvarezos   

 

 

HISD Students Selected as National Merit Scholarship Winners

Six Houston Independent School District students have been selected among the final group of National Merit Scholarship winners announced for 2012.  A total of 26 HISD students were awarded National Merit Scholarships this year for undergraduate studies.  Each student will receive a $2,500 award.  Here are the recent winners.

  •  Jonas A. Actor – Carnegie Vanguard High School
  • Hader Ali – Lamar High School
  • Victor S. Prieto – Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions
  • Mitchell A. Sawyer – Bellaire High School
  • Frederick D. Vu – Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions
  • Lawrence Y. Zhu – Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions

 Here are the previously announced winners for 2012:

  • Olivia Arena – Bellaire High School
  • Dana Felberg – Bellaire High School
  • Meghana Golla – Bellaire High School
  • Weiting Ji – Bellaire High School
  • Amy Jiang – Bellaire High School
  • Joseph Lewis – Bellaire High School
  • Carrie Li – Bellaire High School
  • Natalia Majewska – Bellaire High School
  • Denes Marton – Bellaire High School
  • Ankeet Mutha – Bellaire High School 
  • Adriana Pantazis – Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions
  • Spencer Shen –  High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
  • Lavanya Sunder – Lamar High School
  • Jincy Varughese – Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions
  • David Williams – Bellaire High School
  • John Williams – Bellaire High School
  • Yihui Yang – Carnegie Vanguard High School 
  • Daniel Yun – Bellaire High School
  • Ni Zhan – Bellaire High School
  • Zhongmin Zhang –  Bellaire High School 

The winners were juniors when they received the highest scores on the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test.  The students also had to demonstrate an outstanding academic record; had to be actively involved in their school and the community and had to be recommended by a high school official. This year approximately 8,100 students nationwide will receive National Merit Scholarships totaling more than $35 million.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Over the past 57 years, more than 292,000 students have won National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $1 billion.  

The majority of awards offered each year are underwritten by approximately 440 independent corporate and college sponsors that support NMSC’s efforts to recognize scholastically talented youth and to encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.