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Westside HS wins national ‘Cooking Up Change’ competition

2015 June 24
by HISD Communications

When the heat was turned up, the Westside High School’s Culinary Arts Program team stayed cool under pressure, taking home first place at the Cooking Up Change National Finals recently in Washington, D.C.

Students José Acosta, Jalien Noel, and Briseida Salas, working under the direction of Westside Chef Reggie Martin, wowed the judges with a menu that highlighted different flavors from the Bayou City: cowboy Cajun chicken lollipop, twisted Texas cabbage and collard greens, and a pineapple tart.

Read the full story here.

Congratulations also go out this week to:

  • Carnegie Vanguard High School students Destiny Moore and Tyler Pugh, and Reagan High School student Jamal Felder, whose graduation stories were shared with thousands of people on a billboard in Times Square. Find out why here.
  • Luz De Leon (Davis High School) and Karen Ortiz (Sharpstown International School), who received Passport Awards from the Institute of International Education on June 15. The awards are given to students across the country in an effort to encourage them to study abroad in college. Get that full story here.
  • Lanier Middle School’s debate team, which was one of three winners of the Overall School of Excellence Awards at National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament for High School and Middle School Speech and Debate. Get that full story here.
  • Dozens of members of the Class of 2015, who were honored with special awards by their schools’ respective Board of Education representatives. See the list of Outstanding Young Men and Women at each campus, as well as those earning Honorable Mention, here.
  • HISD’s Office of Communications, which won two Golden Achievement Awards as well as several other recognitions this year from the National School Public Relations Association. Find out why they were honored here.
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