alief-isd-logoSix current Alief ISD students were named Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars with Distinction or Honor based on their AP exam scores from last school year. Steven Gu (Hastings) was named AP Scholar with Distinction for receivng an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of three or higher on five or more of these exams. Drew Bernard (AECHS), Dinaluz Castilla (Elsik), Edwin Tolon Tecu (Elsik), Dang Luu (Kerr) and Khang Nguyen (Kerr) were named AP Scholars with Honor for receiving an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of three or higher on four or more of these exams. Thirty-two current Alief ISD students were named AP Scholars, which means they received scores of three or higher on three or more AP exams. Only 22 percent of the 2.2 million students worldwide who took AP exams earned an AP Scholar Award.

Four Alief ISD students participated in the Education in Action’s summer 2015 Lone Star Leadership Academy. Albright Middle School student Charles Robins, Klentzman Intermediate student Annaliese Massicot, Miller Intermediate student Renemax Casimir (formerly Petrosky Elementary student) and Youngblood Intermediate student Chris Henriquez were selected for the academy based on demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation and involvement in school or community activities. During the week-long academy, the distinguished students developed leadership skills while learning about the state of Texas.

Alief Early College High School teacher Dr. Noemi Dimaliwat-Frias is invited to share her experience with helping students achieve their science fair goals at the 2nd Annual Science Fair Seminar. Dimaliwat-Frias was named the recipient of the 2015 Science Engineering Fair of Houston Teacher of the Year Award.

O’Donnell Middle School teacher Dr. Richard Spitz will be playing in the professional orchestra for Spring Branch ISD’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical production In The Heights. The show, which will be a collaboration featuring theatre students from across the Houston area, will be directed and choreographed by Taylor High School SEMS Clerk Monroe Moore.

Alief ISD graduate Frederick Nelson recently completed an internship with the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), researching the effects of climate change on an Antarctic fish species. Nelson, who is currently attending Howard University, was spotlighted by UC Davis for his work on the project. He attended Kennedy, Mata and Holub while in Alief and graduated from Alief Early College High School in 2013.