Six art pieces by Alief ISD students were on display at the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) art exhibit. Martin Elementary student Keiri Sandoval, Kerr High School student Connie Van, Taylor High School graduate Jasmine Escobar-Perry and Hastings High School students AJ Salas, Stephanei Almond and Andy Torres were selected for this prestigious honor.

An art piece by Mata Intermediate student Brandon Tzorin was chosen to be put on this year’s Texas Art Elementary Meet “TEAM” t-shirt. His art piece, “Blue Sunflower,” was selected from last year’s winners. Tzorin was attending Kennedy Elementary when he created the art piece. The TEAM t-shirt is a new Texas Art Education Association project.

The Hastings High School Marching Band received a unanimous Division 1 rating at the Katy Marching Festival this past Saturday. The marching band also participated in the U.S. Bands Competition in Conroe, where it was one of only 10 bands to earn a spot in finals competition after its preliminary performance. The band finished with a 4th place overall in its class.

Thirty-eight Alief ISD choir students advanced to UIL regionals. Eighteen Kerr High School students advanced, while 10 Elsik High School students moved onto the next round. Nine Taylor High School students advanced, and Hastings High School student Fortune Onwunali also advanced to UIL regional choir competition.

Scholar Athletes for September:
Kristal Jovellanos represents the Elsik High School tennis program. She is currently ranked fifth in her senior class. Jovellanos, who has been in the tennis program since her sophomore year, is also a member of the National Honor Society and LEO Club. In her spare time, she volunteers at her church. Jovellanos previously attended Hearne Elementary, Petrosky Elementary and Killough Middle School. She hopes to attend the University of Houston to study information technology.
Luke Rodriguez represents the Elsik High School football program. He is currently ranked eighth in his class. Luke has been a member of the football program for four years and is also a member of Student Council. He has been a UIL regional qualifier in choir for the past three years. Rodriguez plans to major in Computer Information Systems at the University of Houston and aspires to be a technology specialist for a company or a school district.

Miller Intermediate staff members Melissa Chapa and Sarah Watson were selected to participate in the Society of Petroleum Engineers energy education outreach program, Energy4me. This program invites 200 Houston-area science teachers to learn how to teach energy topics in hands-on and innovative ways. As a part of Energy4me, they will receive a variety of free instructional materials to take back to the classroom.

Alief ISD graduate Caleb Bedford was named Conference Offensive Player of the Week at the Heart of America Athletic Conference. Bedford is a quarterback for Central Methodist University. Bedford graduated from Elsik High School in 2013 and attended Alief ISD schools from Pre-Kindergarten through his senior year.

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