Alief ISD administrators Rosalind Burroughs (Budewig Intermediate principal), Noe Galindo (Liestman Elementary principal), Andree Osagie (Taylor High School associate principal), Hilda Rodriguez (Elsik High School principal) and Lisa Saarie (Chancellor Elementary principal) were accepted into the Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP) Business Fellowship for School Leaders Program. This acceptance recognizes these administrators for their academic and professional achievements, along with their potential for outstanding personal and career development.

Kerr High School student Junyuan Tan placed fifth in the state at UIL State Congress competitions. Only the top students qualified, and Tan debated for more than eight hours.

Hastings High School student Fatou Salla was selected to represent the state of Texas at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders at Harvard University this summer. The congress is an academic honors program with strict requirements.

Elsik High School students Nicholas Stone, Jamail Gaines and Jaleel Carter made the academic all-state football team.

Four Alief ISD students received recognition for their performing arts abilities. Taylor High School student Adrian Ellison and Hastings High School student Cristian Gutierrez made the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Band. Elsik High School student William Phi made the TMEA All-State Choir, while Hastings High School student Steven Gu made the TMEA All-State Orchestra.

Sixty-three Alief ISD middle school and high school students qualified for regional competitions at the Alief ISD Secondary Science Fair.

O’Donnell and Albright Middle School were chosen to be a part of the Rockets Science initiative, a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program by the Houston Rockets and Houston Community College. The six-week program will include webinars, workshops and a Rockets Launch Day where participating students will put into practice the concepts they learned during the program.

The Albright Middle School Speech & Debate Team placed second overall at the Dobie High School Speech Festival and earned Superior Ratings in every category. The team also earned first and third place in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate category.

District Rodeo Art Winners:

  • Elementary “Best of Show” – Abubakar Kamal – Boone Elementary – Teacher: Victoria Kuhn
  • Elementary Gold Medal – Jose Trujillo – Chambers Elementary – Teacher: Dawn Howard
  • Middle School “Best of Show” – Gabriel Smith – Klentzman Intermediate – Teacher: Abigail Eliezer
  • Middle School Gold Medal – Katherine Garcia – Albright Middle School – Teacher: Keris Freeman
  • High School “Best of Show” – Wenxiu (Natalie) Lei – Elsik High School – Teacher: Diane McMahon
  • High School Gold Medal – Marie Nguyen – Kerr High School – Teacher: Lisa Canorro
  • High School Gold Medal – Daisy Fuentes – Hastings High School – Teacher: Terry Kenefic

Alief Middle School and Hastings High School were designated as Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Highly Certified Sites for the 2014-15 school year for demonstrating exceptional program implementation and success.