Superintendent House surprises 10 hand-selected seniors with Scholars Awards

HISD Superintendent Millard House II presented high school seniors with the 2022-2023 HISD Superintendent Scholars Award on Wednesday, April 26, and Thursday, April 27.

The Scholars Award is given to students who have exemplified outstanding character and resilience by persevering through challenges they have encountered in their lives.

“Today is an exciting day—an opportunity to talk to the individuals and their parents that have worked extremely hard to display what it is to be college-ready and what it is to start their journey to college,” said House. “Annually, I have the opportunity to give $3,000 awards to deserving students all over the school district. We’re excited to be able to help assist them to start their journey to college.”

One of the stops was Northside High School, where friends and staff members gathered in the cafeteria to surprise scholarship recipient Jayde Wilson.

“This is just reassurance for me that I am on the right path for my life,” said Wilson. “I have so much support and people who believe in me so, I’m not going to stop.”

All HISD high school principals nominated one senior for this award.

Each nominee received a scholarship from the district in the amount of $1,250 and will be honored by their principals with certificates and novelty checks.

House selected the top 10 students to each receive a $3,000 scholarship and personally visited the campuses of all 10 recipients (listed below) to present them with their scholarship checks and a new laptop.

  • Favour Kamsorochukwu Aguekwe – Mount Carmel Academy
  • Jaydon Lathon – Westbury High School
  • Sarahi Gomez – Sharpstown High School
  • Joseph Vu Tran Giap – Long Academy
  • Luis Cacho Martinez – Wisdom High School
  • Sarah Quintanilla – Furr High School
  • Emanuel Castro – Mickey Leland College Preparatory
  • Jayde Wilson – Northside High School
  • Faith Morris – High School for Law and Justice
  • Kacelyn Torres – Houston Academy for International Studies