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Scholars Banquet

2011 May 25
by HISD Communications

Every time, I go to an event where HISD students are featured, it just makes me swell up with pride and that certainly was the case last night. I attended the Scholars Banquet honoring our Valedictorians and Salutatorians. These are some of the brightest students, not just in Texas, but the entire country. As they were called to the stage to receive their medallions, we learned where they will be going to college. There are a lot of Longhorns in the group, and a few Aggies too, as our Board President Paula Harris, a proud Texas A&M graduate pointed out!

We’ve been working hard to prepare all our students for college and meaningful careers. Last night, I was honored to report that, to date, the Class of 2011 has received $107 million in college scholarship offers! That’s a record for HISD! Just two years ago, HISD students received $77 million in scholarship offers and we have worked hard to boost that number. I can’t think of another company in Houston that has brought $30 million worth of economic development into our community! That’s money that our families won’t have to pay out of their pockets to educate their children.

Congratulations to our seniors, their parents, teachers, and principals for all their hard work. We are so proud of you!

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