Board Recognitions May 2016
Posted by Steve Scheffler at 5/23/2016 5:00:00 PM
Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms. For the second year in a row, Zach Lucas from Brookhollow Elementary won the PfISD National Geographic Bee.
The Legendary Apple Doom Skullz team from Windermere Elementary is bound for the 2016 Destination Imagination Global Finals. Destination Imagination is aimed at fostering the development of creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking and collaboration. Student teams solve open-ended challenges through the use of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and fine arts. Legendary Apple Doom Skullz team members are fifth-graders: Rudolf Bendixen, Carmen Garcia, Elena Howard, Kenneth Kalu, Astrid Quezada, and Adam Taylor. The team is led by Adriana Enriquez-Garcia and Louise Howard.
Students from Pflugerville High School placed in the top three at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America state competition and have advanced to nationals. Those PHS students are: Abby Jacobs, 2nd place, Chapter in Review Portfolio; Kristen Kaiser, 1st place, Interior Design; Avery Nauert, 1st place, Interior Design; Gabriela Townsend, 2nd place, Chapter in Review Portfolio; Hung Truong, 3rd place, Recycle and Redesign; Xuan Truong, 2nd place, Fashion Construction; Laura Vargas, 1st place, Interior Design; Evelyn Walline, 2nd place, Chapter in Review Portfolio. The students are taught by Amber Beasley and Jackie Pasquarella.
Pflugerville High School students represented PfISD very well by qualifying for several state and national debate tournaments. This included Stanley Akano – National Speech & Debate Association National Tournament; Carli Jorgenson – National Individual Events Tournament of Champions; Urielle Ndri – National Individual Events Tournament of Champions; Preston Nieves – National Extemp Tournament of Champions and National Speech & Debate Association National Tournament; Juliet Ume-Ezeoke – National Extemp Tournament of Champions and National Speech & Debate Association National Tournament. The students are coached by Liz Waldrop.
For the first time in Cougar history, the Connally High School boys’ soccer team advanced to the state tournament, finishing in third place. The team is: Kristopher Cedillo, Jeremy Cook, Jerson De La Rosa, Daniel Escobar, Jose Estrada, Luis Flores, Chris Garza, Mauricio Gonzalez Acosta, Erick Guzman, Ty Hurley, Gustavo Jacinto, Erik Jaimes, Fernando Jaimes, Julio Orozco, Jorge Perez, Kevin Ramirez, Jose Rodriguez, Josh Rowan, Marlon Salas, Luis Sierra, David Torres, Carlos Valdivia Velasco, Jacob Villanueva, Nicolas Villanueva, Luis Wences, and Tre Whitney. The students are coached by Ryan Ford, Guillermo Aguilar and Caleb Nies.
Two Pflugerville High School students qualified for the HOSA National Tournament. Taking second place at the state competition for Health Career Display are: Mary Le and Hung Troung. The students are taught by Bonnie Villarreal.