HISD Scholars Banquet to recognize 100-plus high school seniors at top of their class

The Houston Independent School District will pay tribute to the top students from each high school’s graduating class during the annual Scholars Banquet.

The 101 valedictorians and salutatorians will be recognized for their dedication and hard work during the banquet, which will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at The Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria, 5011 Westheimer Road.

“We are extremely proud of our class of 2017 scholars who have worked hard in order to reach their goals,” said HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza, who is scheduled to speak at the event. “Their hard work has paid off because these students have made it a personal priority to prepare for college and ultimately their future.”

Among the students being honored at the event is Maria Rodriguez, valedictorian at Northside High School. She plans to attend Brown University to study biology or human sciences and to pursue a career as a researcher or physician.

“Each one of the students who will be honored has undoubtedly made excellence a habit,” said HISD Board of Education President Wanda Adams, who will speak at the event. “Day in and day out, these students have paid attention in class, read, studied, completed assignments on time, and put forth their best effort. I encourage them to keep up these excellent habits, no matter where life takes them.”


Austin High School

Valedictorian: Santos Flores

Salutatorian: Abigail Calva


Bellaire High School

Valedictorian: Edward Dewei Cen

Salutatorian: Anusha De


Carnegie Vanguard High School

Valedictorians: Amrith Prashant Lotlikar and Andrei Alexei Savitski



Challenge Early College High School

Valedictorian: Andrea Subias

Salutatorian: Concepcion Barajas


Chávez High School

Valedictorian: Yemile Zareth Bazaldua Flores

Salutatorians: Gabriela Consuelo Moncada


DeBakey High School for Health Professions

Valedictorian: Tassica Lim

Salutatorian: Aparna Kambhampati


East Early College High School

Valedictorian: Edna Olvera

Salutatorian: Liem Nguyen


Eastwood Academy

Valedictorian: Jed Benedict Eloja

Salutatorian: Christopher Nugent


Energized for E-STEM Central High School

Valedictorian: Tobius Winfree

Salutatorian: Autumn Lewis


Energized for E-STEM West High School

Valedictorian: Kevin Argueta

Salutatorian: Cristina Duru


Energy Institute High School

Valedictorian: Timothy Chung

Salutatorian: Andrew Farias


Furr High School

Valedictorian: Priya Viren Ratanji

Salutatorian: Brianna Chavez


Heights High School

Valedictorian: Edwin Alexander Juarez

Salutatorian: Alec Lee Dickerson


High School for Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice

Valedictorian: Yesenia Mendez Pacheco

Salutatorian: Khrystalsjha Kyominique Black


High School for the Performing & Visual Arts

Valedictorian: Alexandria Elkhadem

Salutatorian: Augustin Liebster


Houston Academy for International Studies

Valedictorian: Faiza Qazi

Salutatorian: Jay Read Tatum II


Jones Futures Academy

Valedictorian: Irving Marquez

Salutatorian: Mairon Nolasco


Jordan High School

Valedictorian: Gerardo Carreon

Salutatorian: Destiny Raven Santos


Kashmere High School

Valedictorian: Bryaunna J’mece Givens

Salutatorian: Brya Jna Curtis


Lamar High School

Valedictorian: Samantha Kate Myers

Salutatorian: Edward Joseph Swart


Lee High School

Valedictorian: Russell M. Maranan

Salutatorian: Tesfamichael N. Negussie


Liberty High School

Valedictorian: Christian Ramos

Salutatorian: Mardia Idris


Jane Long Academy

Valedictorian: Kabita Adhikari

Salutatorian: Kleyder Sanchez


Madison High School

Valedictorian: Enrique Arancibia

Salutatorian: Christina Chantrell Hillard


Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men

Valedictorian: Daniel Saco

Salutatorian: Alexis Ortuno


Middle College High School – HCC Fraga

Valedictorian: Roland B. Bernal

Salutatorian: Daisy L. Constantino


Middle College High School – HCC Gulfton

Valedictorian: Johanna Peralta Lopez

Salutatorian: Joumana Al-Seryani


Milby High School

Valedictorian: Abraham Alvarado

Salutatorian: Rebeca Abigail Zamora Marquez


Mount Carmel Academy

Valedictorians: Charles Nolan Lewis and Chiedu Augustin Nwaobi


Northside High School

Valedictorian: Maria Rodriguez

Salutatorian: Iris Vasquez


North Forest High School

Valedictorian: Deonne Kyerra London

Salutatorian: Jose Washington Rodriguez


North Houston Early College High School

Valedictorian: Sandra Esthella Garza

Salutatorian: Aurelio Alejandro Melendez


REACH Charter High School

Valedictorian: Sade Elise O’Gilvie

Salutatorian: Shataura Anglic Murray


Sam Houston Math, Science & Technology Center

Valedictorian: Uriel Alberto Iglesias

Salutatorian: Brenda Rubio


Scarborough High School

Valedictorian: Emily Flores

Salutatorian: Jessica Benefiel


Sharpstown High School

Valedictorian: Jasmine Cervantes

Salutatorian: Tianming Deng and


Sharpstown International School

Valedictorian: Elsie Chen

Salutatorians: Jelani I. Kelley and Loi Q. Lao


South Early College High School

Valedictorian: Dominique Ahuixotl Garcia

Salutatorian: Leeah Rache Evella Howard


Sterling Aviation High School

Valedictorian: Jordan M. Owens

Salutatorian: Joe L. Thomas III


Texas Connections Academy Houston

Valedictorian: Cameron Mu-Lan Hah

Salutatorian: Kelly Elisabeth Lyons


Victory Prep North High School

Valedictorian: Paul M. Irvin

Salutatorian: Kevrin B. Flood


Victory Prep South High School

Valedictorian: John Vincent Dockery

Salutatorian: Jarred Jakobi Vanderbilt


Waltrip High School

Valedictorian: Emily C. Fox

Salutatorian: Sean R. Goodman, Jr.


Washington High School

Valedictorian: Adam James Capfer

Salutatorian: Dante Angelo Suyosa Tarzona


Westbury High School

Valedictorian: Monica Anahi Garay

Salutatorian: Vanessa Cantoran


Westside High School

Valedictorian: Ania Juliette Yee-Boguinskaia

Salutatorian: Emma Lani Stange


Wheatley High School

Valedictorian: Tommy Villalva

Salutatorian: Qualond Travon Fogle


Worthing High School

Valedictorian: Cedric Jaquay Jones

Salutatorian: Esmeralda Trejo

Yates High School

Valedictorian: Kenyell Janae Banks

Salutatorian: Dawn Elizabeth Smith

Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy

Valedictorian: Sofia Guadalupe Alfaro Galan

Salutatorian: Desirae Elise Thorne