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Accolades for HISD Students

2011 September 21
by HISD Communications

This was a great week for HISD’s high-achieving students. We announced Thursday that 54 seniors from six HISD high schools are semi-finalists for prestigious National Merit Scholarships. These are students who posted some of the top scores nationally on the Preliminary SAT exam during their junior year. They are now eligible to compete for more than 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth a grand total of $34 million. Special kudos are in order for the seniors at Bellaire High School, which boasts 38 semifinalists. Other schools on the list include: Lamar, Westside, DeBakey High School for Health Professions, High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and Carnegie Vanguard High School.

Last year, HISD graduates earned a record $129 million in scholarship offers, compared to $76 million just two years ago.

We also learned recently that three HISD campuses have earned the prestigious National Blue Ribbon School designation from the U.S. Department of Education. Lyons Elementary School, Challenge Early High School, and Eastwood Academy High School all made the 2011 list. To make this elite list, schools must achieve at the highest academic levels in the state, or make significant gains in closing the achievement gap. Only 304 U.S. schools made the cut and they will be recognized at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in November.

All of this success is a testament to the great work being done throughout HISD by our smart and dedicated principals and teachers.

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