Liberty Student Wins National Essay Competition
Congratulations to Liberty High School senior Annelise Best who is the winning essayist in the National Student Essay Competition in the category for students in grades 9-12. She has won a cash award and a four-year college scholarship for her essay examining the state of freedom of the press in the United States today in light of the First Amendment of the Constitution. Her prizes will be presented in November at the 15th Annual McCarthey Family Foundation Lecture Series: In Praise of Independent Journalism presented on YouTube.
Two FISD Students Named as Most Innovative ‘25 Under 25’
Congratulations to Independence High School senior Laiba Mehmood and Liberty High School senior Inaya Sheik who have been honored by the Dallas Business Journal as American Inno’s NTX Most Innovative ‘25 Under 25’. The pair cofounded CleanItCube to commercialize a door handle disinfectant product they created. Mehmood and Sheikh are currently working on further developing the product and bringing it to market, as demand for similar types of technology has rapidly increased.
Recent Memorial High School graduate Ritvik Ramakrishnan was also named in the list as the co-founder of IgniteSTEAM and CEO of Flaer. Click here to learn more about their recognition.
CTE Teacher is Certified Executive Chef
Congratulations to Chef Chad Burnett for becoming a Certified Executive Chef (CEC) through the American Culinary Federation. There are only 3,100 CECs in the world. All the best to Chef Burnett as he continues toward his goal of becoming a Certified Culinary Educator, a feat only achieved by 700 individuals in the world thus far.
Local Student Attends Virtual STEM Camp at Rice University
Nitin Chikkodi from Lebanon Trail High School was among a select group from around the state to attend virtual workshops hosted by the Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity at Rice University this summer. Students experienced an online STEM camp led by professors and experienced facilitators that builds problem solving and communications skills. Each camper was challenged to design their own heatsink, simulating the process through which heat is transferred away from the processor in a computer to keep the device from overheating.