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Houston Independent School District
News Release
Monday, April 10, 2017

HISD Scholars Banquet to recognize 100-plus high school seniors at top of their class 

The Houston Independent School District will pay tribute to the top students from each high school’s graduating class during the annual Scholars Banquet.

The 101 valedictorians and salutatorians will be recognized for their dedication and hard work during the banquet, which will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at The Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria, 5011 Westheimer Road.

“We are extremely proud of our class of 2017 scholars who have worked hard in order to reach their goals,” said HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza, who is scheduled to speak at the event. “Their hard work has paid off because these students have made it a personal priority to prepare for college and ultimately their future.”

Among the students being honored at the event is Maria Rodriguez, valedictorian at Northside High School. She plans to attend Brown University to study biology or human sciences and to pursue a career as a researcher or physician.

“Each one of the students who will be honored has undoubtedly made excellence a habit,” said HISD Board of Education President Wanda Adams, who will speak at the event. “Day in and day out, these students have paid attention in class, read, studied, completed assignments on time, and put forth their best effort. I encourage them to keep up these excellent habits, no matter where life takes them.”

Austin High School
Valedictorian: Santos Flores

Salutatorian: Abigail Calva

Bellaire High School
Valedictorian: Edward Dewei Cen

Salutatorian: Anusha De

Carnegie Vanguard High School
Valedictorians: Amrith Prashant Lotlikar and Andrei Alexei Savitski

Challenge Early College High School
Valedictorian: Andrea Subias

Salutatorian: Concepcion Barajas

Chávez High School
Valedictorian: Yemile Zareth Bazaldua Flores

Salutatorians: Gabriela Consuelo Moncada

DeBakey High School for Health Professions
Valedictorian: Tassica Lim

Salutatorian: Aparna Kambhampati

East Early College High School
Valedictorian: Edna Olvera

Salutatorian: Liem Nguyen

Eastwood Academy
Valedictorian: Jed Benedict Eloja

Salutatorian: Christopher Nugent

Energized for E-STEM Central High School
Valedictorian: Tobius Winfree

Salutatorian: Autumn Lewis

Energized for E-STEM West High School
Valedictorian: Kevin Argueta

Salutatorian: Cristina Duru

Energy Institute High School
Valedictorian: Timothy Chung

Salutatorian: Andrew Farias

Furr High School
Valedictorian: Priya Viren Ratanji

Salutatorian: Brianna Chavez

Heights High School
Valedictorian: Edwin Alexander Juarez

Salutatorian: Alec Lee Dickerson

High School for Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice
Valedictorian: Yesenia Mendez Pacheco

Salutatorian: Khrystalsjha Kyominique Black

High School for the Performing & Visual Arts
Valedictorian: Alexandria Elkhadem

Salutatorian: Augustin Liebster

Houston Academy for International Studies
Valedictorian: Faiza Qazi

Salutatorian: Jay Read Tatum II

Jones Futures Academy
Valedictorian: Irving Marquez

Salutatorian: Mairon Nolasco

Jordan High School
Valedictorian: Gerardo Carreon

Salutatorian: Destiny Raven Santos

Kashmere High School
Valedictorian: Bryaunna J'mece Givens
Salutatorian: Brya Jna Curtis

Lamar High School
Valedictorian: Samantha Kate Myers

Salutatorian: Edward Joseph Swart

Lee High School
Valedictorian: Russell M. Maranan
Salutatorian: Tesfamichael N. Negussie


Liberty High School
Valedictorian: Christian Ramos

Salutatorian: Mardia Idris

Jane Long Academy
Valedictorian: Kabita Adhikari

Salutatorian: Kleyder Sanchez

Madison High School
Valedictorian: Enrique Arancibia

Salutatorian: Christina Chantrell Hillard

Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men
Valedictorian: Daniel Saco

Salutatorian: Alexis Ortuno

Middle College High School – HCC Fraga
Valedictorian: Roland B. Bernal

Salutatorian: Daisy L. Constantino

Middle College High School – HCC Gulfton
Valedictorian: Johanna Peralta Lopez

Salutatorian: Joumana Al-Seryani

Milby High School
Valedictorian: Abraham Alvarado

Salutatorian: Rebeca Abigail Zamora Marquez

Mount Carmel Academy
Valedictorians: Charles Nolan Lewis and Chiedu Augustin Nwaobi

Northside High School
Valedictorian: Maria Rodriguez

Salutatorian: Iris Vasquez

North Forest High School
Valedictorian: Deonne Kyerra London

Salutatorian: Jose Washington Rodriguez

North Houston Early College High School
Valedictorian: Sandra Esthella Garza

Salutatorian: Aurelio Alejandro Melendez

REACH Charter High School
Valedictorian: Sade Elise O'Gilvie

Salutatorian: Shataura Anglic Murray

Sam Houston Math, Science & Technology Center
Valedictorian: Uriel Alberto Iglesias

Salutatorian: Brenda Rubio

Scarborough High School
Valedictorian: Emily Flores

Salutatorian: Jessica Benefiel

Sharpstown High School
Valedictorian: Jasmine Cervantes

Salutatorian: Tianming Deng and

Sharpstown International School
Valedictorian: Elsie Chen

Salutatorians: Jelani I. Kelley and Loi Q. Lao

South Early College High School
Valedictorian: Dominique Ahuixotl Garcia

Salutatorian: Leeah Rache Evella Howard

Sterling Aviation High School
Valedictorian: Jordan M. Owens

Salutatorian: Joe L. Thomas III

Texas Connections Academy Houston
Valedictorian: Cameron Mu-Lan Hah

Salutatorian: Kelly Elisabeth Lyons

Victory Prep North High School
Valedictorian: Paul M. Irvin
Salutatorian: Kevrin B. Flood

Victory Prep South High School
Valedictorian: John Vincent Dockery

Salutatorian: Jarred Jakobi Vanderbilt

Waltrip High School
Valedictorian: Emily C. Fox
Salutatorian: Sean R. Goodman, Jr.

Washington High School
Valedictorian: Adam James Capfer

Salutatorian: Dante Angelo Suyosa Tarzona

Westbury High School
Valedictorian: Monica Anahi Garay
Salutatorian: Vanessa Cantoran

Westside High School
Valedictorian: Ania Juliette Yee-Boguinskaia

Salutatorian: Emma Lani Stange

Wheatley High School
Valedictorian: Tommy Villalva

Salutatorian: Qualond Travon Fogle

Worthing High School
Valedictorian: Cedric Jaquay Jones

Salutatorian: Esmeralda Trejo

Yates High School
Valedictorian: Kenyell Janae Banks

Salutatorian: Dawn Elizabeth Smith

Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy
Valedictorian: Sofia Guadalupe Alfaro Galan

Salutatorian: Desirae Elise Thorne

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