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Sterling HS Student Completes His First Solo Flight

2011 November 10
by HISD Communications

HISD is proud to be a district of choice. This past Saturday, November 5, several thousand Houston students and their parents showed up at Hattie Mae White to get a closer look at the many quality magnet programs HISD offers. In fact, HISD’s Assistant Superintendent of School Choice, Lupita Hinojosa, told me that she and her staff arrived early Saturday morning to find a line wrapped around the building.

All 113 HISD schools that offer magnet programs were on hand at the annual HISD Magnet Open House. Many campuses brought current students to share their experiences first-hand with potential classmates and their parents. One such student was George Smith, Jr. who attends Sterling High School’s Aviation Magnet program. George had a special experience to share with others at the open house. Earlier in the morning, he made his first solo airplane flight–the first Sterling student to do so this year! Both he and his magnet coordinator, Lisa Stillwell, could barely contain their excitement. Congratulations, George! You can hear more about his experience and why he choose Sterling’s magnet program this video.

I am thrilled to see parents and students excited about the many choices and opportunities HISD has to offer. This week, parents and students can tour individual magnet schools at 1 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday, the tours begin at 9 a.m. Be sure to check out what HISD schools have to offer. And once you have made an informed choice, be sure to turn in your application by January 6. For more information and to download an application, click here.

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