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Top Ten Graduates Feted With Luncheon (June, 2008)

top ten luncheon Scott Greenwood and studentJoanna Cone and student

Laura Simpson and student

FISD honored the top ten graduates from Centennial High School Frisco High School, and Wakeland High School on May 28 with a luncheon awards ceremony sponsored by Apple Computer, catered by Mattito’s Tex Mex Frisco Square. This FISD tradition has become a way for the district to honor top students but also a chance for these students to say thank you to a teacher who made a difference in their lives.

The top ten graduates honored at the luncheon were, Centennial High School; Nirjhor Rhaman, Zach Montgomery, John Enderle, David Malos, Sanaz Talaifar, Kevin Guan, Nicholas Orlofsky, Chelsea Tanner, Tiffany Weaver, and Emily Kaufaman. Frisco High School; Avinash Achaibar, Rachel LaViola, Tyler Noesser, Aryn Akin, Dominic Harris, Lauren Flores, Christopher Johnson, Scott Hales, Holly Hinsey, and Brent Ford. Wakeland High School; Austin Lane, Ilsa Levine, Paul Lee, Krystal Bailey, Christian O’Rourke, Ryan Piper, Melanie Bass, Melissa Salmon, Laura Grande, and Randy Flores. Teachers being recognized were; from Frisco High School: Danny Barrentine,  Rhonda Jackson,  Karol Kuykendall,  Daniel Jones,  Krista Wagner,  Carlin Udovich,  Laura Simpson,  Scott Greenwood, and  Andrew Steele . From Centennial High School, . William Priestley,  Lin Nolan,  Dirk Horst,  Clint Cypert,  Alicia Villarreal,  Kevin Peters,  Michelle Wehrwein,  Kelly Morgan,  Jackie Smith, and  Carolyn Kilpatrick. Wakeland High School was also honored this year with their first graduating class. Staff from Wakeland recognized were; Kenny Durand, Steven Cone, Joanna Cone,  Mary Fiebiger, . Angela Kollmann,  Nicole Pettee,  Christina Grider,  Alicia Cobb, and  Alesha Tatum-Howe. Blair Hickey a district-wide employee with FISD was also recognized by a top ten graduate at the luncheon.

The FISD teachers and staff who attended the luncheon were very aware of the honor paid them by these students.

“It was truly a privilege to attend the Frisco I.S.D. Top Ten Luncheon. Frisco I.S.D. has some really bright students and it was exciting to see the top graduates from each of the high schools. Sharing a fantastic meal with these students and their parents was the highlight of my year. I enjoyed hearing where the studentswere going to attend college and what their future plans were. It was also great to hear the students speak about their favorite teacher and the impact thatthose educatorshad on their lives.” said Clint Cypert of  Centennial High School teacher.

“I have truly been blessed to teach such awesome students. It was an honor to be chosen to attend the luncheon,” reported Angela Kollman, Wakeland biology teacher.

The top ten graduates from FISD high schools class of 2008 will be attending universities and colleges such as, Stanford, Texas A&M, Boston College, University of Texas at Dallas, University of North Texas, SMU, UT Austin, University of Dallas, Oklahoma State University, Georgetown, Indiana University, Washington University, TCU, UCLA and Yale,  to name a few.

Dr. Rick Reedy, Superintendent of Schools addressed the group of parents, students, and teachers commending the students on their academic excellence in the classroom and commitment to their goals as they move forward into their college careers. “FISD is proud of all our students but these young men and women are the cream of the crop. Their hard work and determination to be the best in their class is no small feat. We salute them.”

Principals Randy Spain from CHS, Rick Burnett, FHS, and Dr. Mike Farish with WHS. presented the students with their awards. It was particularly moving for Burnett, who is moving to a District Central Office position. After 16 years at FHS, Burnett has seen many teachers have a positive influence on students.


“The luncheon is great way to not only recognize and celebrate the achievements of the students, but also to recognize the contributions of the teachers who give their heart and soul to assistthe studentson their academic journey,” Burnett said.

“It's always amazing to see the level of excellence represented by the quality of young people in our district. This year's group of Top 10 graduates from FISD schools was no exception. Their talent, intellect, accomplishments and future plans are truly inspiring," Spain noted.

“It was great to see our first class of top ten seniors participating in this year's luncheon. It is always rewarding to see the appreciation the studentsshare for the teachers they invite to join them at the luncheon,” said Farish.

FISD high school students will graduate June 6 at three different ceremonies held at the Garland ISD Special Events Center.