My Future is Bright Campaign

We're excited to launch a new recognition campaign to honor the hard work and achievement of our students in SBISD.

This blog focuses on sharing real stories about real students. Why? We want to honor and celebrate our students' achievements and empower others to take action in achieving their own personal dreams.

Stories spotlighted here are of high-achieving students in Spring Branch and what they are doing to ensure success - in school, for their future and in life. We've also provided a resources page for students, parents and anyone looking to make a positive change in their life. 

We hope you enjoy the postings on this site, and take time to participate in our Facebook campaign.  Details will be posted soon on how you can join us in supporting T-2-4 and students success...simply by putting on your sunglasses and snapping a photo.  Look for more information soon!

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Samatha Moon - Guthrie & MHS

Guthrie Center CTE Program 2013 Scholarship Winner
Career & Technical Education Scholarships

Samantha Moon, Guthrie & Memorial
Jane Primrose & Christy Capps, Nominating Teachers

When defining the ideal Agricultural Sciences student, or any student for that matter, it would simply require a photograph of Samantha Moon.

Sami shows many of the characteristics that a model student, as well as a model citizen, should possess; she simply craves to make our community better than when she began. Sami is involved in FFA, National Technical Society, National Charity League, Theater, Band and many other activities. She is the Guthrie Center "Character Without Question" nominee for 2012 - 2013. She shows conscientiousness and humanity when working with her animal projects and thrives on learning both the physiology and behavioral aspects of all living things around her; never settling for good enough.

This quality, along with her impeccable leadership when working solely as well as in a group, have made her an immeasurable asset to the Spring Branch FFA chapter. Moreover, her communication skills have equally positively impacted our chapter and community by exemplifying to community members the “product” of an SBISD education as well as educating our future agriculturalists that will succeed her.

She is simply an amazing individual that I feel blessed to have been a part of her journey. Educators can simply only hope to have a few “Sami’s” in their careers. Sami has aspirations of attending veterinary school and I undoubtedly know that she will be successful in that venture as well as become a leader in the veterinary sciences field.


Jordan Jump - Guthrie & SWH

Guthrie Center CTE Program 2013 Scholarship Winner
Career & Technical Education Scholarships

Jordan Jump, Guthrie & Spring Woods
Sonia Greiner, Nominating Teacher

Jordan Jump is the “go-to” guy. He’s the guy you want on speed dial and several people do, including principals! He has this innate talent for knowing when an individual needs his assistance. Time after time and without hesitation, he jumps in to help his teachers, fellow students or strangers. Jordan has been blessed with an incredible work ethic.

His extracurricular activities are solid with his active participation as Technical Director/Scenic Designer of the Varsity Technical Theater, as a swimmer on the Varsity Swim Team, as Secretary for National Technical Honor Society, and active participation in Class of 2013 Leadership Group, UP Leadership Conference, and a member of OSA (Organization of Student Architects).

He regularly volunteers at The Houston Food Bank, Tallowood Baptist Church, Shadow Oaks Recreation Association, for Council Member Brenda Stardig and Spring Woods High School Thespians.

He has held down part time employment with Shadow Oaks Recreation Association as pool manager, Sky High Sports, and St. Francis Episcopal Church while attending school.

His GPA score of 6.3 on a 6.5 scale only accentuates his academic abilities. He has received high school honors such as 2012 Texas Thespian State Show, Lighting Chief, SWHS Academic Achievement Award, Most Improved Varsity Swimmer and the Principal’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. Jordan would like to attend Texas A&M and study industrial engineering.


Jeremy Dyer - Guthrie & Westchester

Guthrie Center CTE Program 2013 Scholarship Winner
Career & Technical Education Scholarships

Jeremy Dyer, Guthrie & Westchester
Jennifer Cardenas/Erin Land, Nominating Teachers

Jeremy arrived at the Guthrie Center Culinary Program as a freshman and has remained a strong force in our culinary classes throughout high school. He may have begun as a quiet,studious, focused worker, but he leaves us confident, skilled, and a viable force to reckon with in the Food Service Industry.

While Jeremy is academically advanced, his creativity and love of food and the science of working with it, has propelled him into a future that few may ever imagine. We have no doubts that he will make advances in the research and understanding of what makes food appetizing and interesting.

He plans to attend the University of Houston, pursuing a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.


Lucero Gonzalez - Guthrie & NBH

Guthrie Center CTE Program 2013 Scholarship Winner
Joan Vastola Scholarship

Lucero Gonzalez, Guthrie & Northbrook
Betty Franklin, Nominating Teacher

Lucero Gonzalez is in the top ten per cent of her class, participates in multiple supportive pursuits in volunteering, competing,representing Northbrook and the Guthrie Center in a highly commended fashion. She participated in District 8 Skills USA Competitions and obtained 1st place in 3D Acrylic Nail Art and 3rd Place in Prepared Speech.

While maintaining outstanding scholarly values, Lucero has tutored kids at Edgewood Elementary, worked with Rebuilding Houston painting homes, and cooked at Turning Point for the elderly. She is a member of the Childress Foundation, National Honor Society, Honor Roll and National Technical Honor Society.

After high school Lucero plans to continue her college education with a major inHuman Service Psychology and a minor in Technology Engineer.


Lydia Sweet - SHS

Guthrie Center CTE Program 2013 Scholarship Winner
Village Family Practice Scholarship

Lydia Sweet, Stratford
Sean Plake, Nominating Teacher

Lydia Sweet is a young lady with a dream. Her dream is to study medicine and one day have an advanced degree in genetics or pathology. As Lydia has made her way through high school, she never lost sight of her dreams.

She is an academic wonder that will quickly rise to the top in a collegiate arena. Lydia has been part of Stratford’s award-winning orchestra and band programs, an active member of her church Altar Guild, volunteering with Project C.U.R.E. and West Houston Assistance Ministries. She is a young lady that gives back to others.

Quoting her, “The world is full of issues that one person can’t resolve, but sometimes just one act of kindness can have a major impact on another person’s life. I have never regretted the time I spent helping others have a better life”. Lydia plans to attend the University of Washington and majoring in Microbiology.


Alexandria Snook - Guthrie & NBH

Guthrie Center CTE Program 2013 Scholarship Winner
The Art Institute of Houston Scholarship

Alexandria Snook, Guthrie & Northbrook
Jennifer Cardenas & Erin Land, Nominating Teachers

We call Alex “Little Miss Sunshine” because of the sweet endearing light she has brought into our program. There are actually many ways to describe this young lady that reveal the joy and happiness she has shared with us all.

As a freshman walking in the door, Alex exuded an attitude of excitement and fascination that she was given the opportunity to study culinary arts while in high school. She was ready to work and work she did. Alex felt like everyone should be as grateful as she was to have this amazing opportunity. Through the four years she has grown and developed her skills and never shied away from helping anyone at any time.

She is nurturing,kind, firm, and sometimes motherly to her classmates. There has never been anyone with whom Alex was not ready and willing to work. Her dreams of attending culinary school and pursuing her professional career are falling into place. She has taken full advantage of a unique Guthrie Center opportunity.

We send her to culinary school prepared and equipped to succeed. Her dreams are achievable and we could not be more proud. She will be missed, but we will speak of her accomplishments as we embrace students who share her dream. We will tell her story for years to come.

She is planning on attending The Art Institute getting a degree in Culinary Arts.


Damian Benavidez - Guthrie & SWH

Guthrie Center CTE Program 2013 Scholarship Winner
Academy of Finance and Academy of Hospitality & Tourism

Damian Benavidez, Guthrie & Spring Woods
Lorraine Hamilton, Nominating Teacher

Throughout his high school career, Damian Benavidez focused on the technical education path to someday become a chef of his own fine dining restaurant. From the Baking and Pastry practicum, to Chef Training practicum, to Restaurant Management and Practicum in Hospitality Services, Damian has exhibited his passion for the industry.

As an intern in the Guthrie Center café and at the Omni Houston Hotel Westside, he has demonstrated professionalism and excellent customer service. He will be attending HCC and then his goal is to earn a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the Conrad N. Hilton College at the University of Houston.


Adam Tutt - SWH

Guthrie Center CTE Program 2013 Scholarship Winner
Academy of Finance and Academy of Hospitality & Tourism

Adam Tutt, Spring Woods
Lisa Slattery, Nominating Teacher

Adam is an excellent student with big ideas and big ambitions! As a senior, he founded a new student organization at Spring Woods that partners seniors and freshmen in mentoring relationships, was one of the founding members of JETS,the Junior Engineering Technical Society, and served as president of Spring Woods’ Senior Men.

Adam is also active in his church and has participated in a mission trip that he says, “insures that I would never take what I have for granted and will give to those in need when possible”.

Working in his Academy of Finance internship at the engineering firm, Hamilton, gave him the opportunity to explore every area of that company and learn what it takes to create and run a successful business in the oil and gas industry.

He knows that’s what he wants to do with his future. Adam will begin his Business studies at Blinn, and transfer to Texas A&M at his earliest opportunity.


Rachel Moore - MHS

Guthrie Center CTE Program 2013 Scholarship Winner
Academy of Finance and Academy of Hospitality & Tourism

Rachel Moore, Memorial
Lori Baker & Richard Ruez, Nominating Teachers

Rachel Moore is set apart by her outstanding GPA of 6.5833 and her diligent attention to getting her assignments completed. Rachel has been involved with many extracurricular activities that have included Academy of Finance, soccer, student council, Young Life, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Charity League, and the MHS spirit clubs.

She has also donated her time volunteering on community service projects such as initiating a neighborhood food drive for the Fair Haven Food Pantry and working with Memorial Assistance Ministry and the Parish School. Rachel received the Distinguished Honor Roll Award in 2009 and the Geometry Pre-AP Mathematics Award in 2009.

She had an excellent summer internship at CB Richard Ellis. She attended the Academy of Finance NYC trip.Rachel was accepted at the University of Virginia and UT at Austin, but is currently waiting on acceptance at other universities before she makes her final decision.

I take pleasure in knowing that whatever Rachel pursues in the future, she will give her full effort to and do an outstanding job.


Travis Hanes - SHS

Guthrie Center CTE Program 2013 Scholarship Winner
Academy of Finance and Academy of Hospitality & Tourism

Travis Hanes, Stratford
Mary Jackson & Kristy Schaper, Nominating Teachers

Determination, focus and a great work ethic are a few qualities that describe this incredible young man. Travis Hanes is a true gentleman who leads by example. In addition, he plans on playing football for the TCU Horn Frogs!

Not only is he a great leader on the football field, but in the classroom as well. Travis worked at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church this past summer for his Academy of Finance Internship. The main project he focused on was the annual mission trip the high school kids take each summer. His responsibilities ranged from handling the budget allocations for the mission trips, counting supplies,organizing paperwork, to smoking briskets for the homeless!

He is the first one to volunteer to help whatever job needs to be done. His drive to excel and be the best he can be is so prevalent in all that he does. With this undying commitment to obtain his goals, he will truly be successful.

Something Travis always lives by, “It’s never the right time to do the wrong thing, and never the wrong time to do the right thing”. He is pursuing his dreams of majoring in Business by attending Texas Christian University this fall.


Anna Chong - SHS

Guthrie Center CTE Program 2013 Scholarship Winner
Academy of Finance and Academy of Hospitality & Tourism

Anna Chong, Stratford
Mary Jackson & Kristy Schaper, Nominating Teachers
Intelligent, kind and confident are just a few words to describe this remarkable young lady. She is a hard-worker who is always willing to accept new challenges and achieve them. She has a great aptitude for the field of Business and has proven that with the many awards she has received through Business Professionals of America. Anna had the opportunity to work in the family business – BAW Enterprises.
This company provides clothing for sports teams and schools as well as casual clothing wear. While working in the accounting department,Anna’s duties included cataloging and organizing stock information and taking online web orders.
The highlight of her internship was attending the ASI Trade Show in Chicago, IL. You can always find Anna with a smile on her face. She has a great work ethic and is willing to help others in whatever needs to be done. Whether in a classroom or being the drum major in front of the band,
Anna is a natural leader. She will be graduating first in her class at Stratford HS and is looking forward to attending the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.


Success for SHS Journalism Students

The Journalism Education Association (JEA) and National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) held their Semi-annual Fall National High School Journalism Convention on Nov.15-18 in San Antonio. Thousands of high school newspaper and yearbook students attended the convention with their advisers, including 16 students from Stratford High School.

Accompanied by their advisers Janice Cummons and Suzan Kim Lynch, Stratford attendees had the opportunity to attend various seminars taught by high school journalism teachers, professors and professionals in the industry. The convention was held at the well-known Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in downtown San Antonio. All of the seminars revolved around various types of media, including newspaper, design, online, broadcasting, yearbook and magazine. Read more >>


SWHS Debate Students Win Nationals

Two students with the Spring Woods High School Speech and Debate Team placed nationally at a recent competition.

Both are considered among the nation’s top debaters. Recognized at the National Forensic League’s National Debate and Speech tournament held in Indianapolis, Ind., were students Christian Rice and Cade Bundrick. Rice advanced to semi-finals competition in Congressional Debate and was later ranked one of the top 30 competitors in the nation.  Read more >>


Kendrick Foster - MMS

Kendrick Foster, a seventh-grader at Memorial Middle School, has been named a National Geographic Bee semifinalist in the 2013 Texas National Geographic Bee.

In January, Kendrick won the Memorial Middle School Bee. He took a written test to qualify for the state Bee. In Texas, more than 1,000 public school districts, private schools and home school organizations had school winners take the written exam, but only 101 students qualified for the state Bee.   Click here for full story >>


CTE Scholarship Winners at Guthrie

Eleven students from the Guthrie Center and four Spring Branch ISD high schools received scholarships for outstanding work from businesses and partnerships at the Guthrie Center on April 10. The Career and Technical Education Luncheon included a gourmet meal prepared and served by students in the center’s Culinary Arts program.

Scholarships of $1,000 were awarded to Academy of Finance and Academy of Hospitality & Tourism students.

They are dedicated to Peter DeLongchamps, Group 1 Automotive vice president for financial services and manufacturer relations, for his successful career and contributions to the automotive financial industry.

The $2,000 First Community Credit Union award is given to the an Academy of Finance (AOF) student who has made significant contributions to his or her local AOF chapter.


Emily Madaras - Wilchester Elementary

Eight-year-old Emily Madaras, a fourth-grader at Wilchester Elementary, won the heart of the audience if not the top award itself during the 2013 Houston PBS Spelling Bee, broadcast live March 23 from the station’s University of Houston studio. Emily, who was Spring Branch ISD’s Spelling Bee winner this year, was the youngest of the final seven students left standing when she slightly misspelled “noctilucous,” losing her place in competition.

Her difficult word was a term for “shining at night.”The Houston Chronicle, in its report on the Bee, said that Emily was “the biggest crowd pleaser of the night,” and a “fan favorite.” Her mom, Karen Madaras, reports that Emily won eyes, ears and hearts – and big bursts of applause – every time she walked up to the microphone.

“Her dream is to go to nationals. She has a gift for spelling,” Mrs. Madaras said. Before her misspelling, Emily correctly spelled “vicarious,” “wedel,” “tattersall” and “soilure.” Her only chance to memorize words ahead of time came in the first round, when all students in the competition had a chance to recall the correct spelling of 1,500 words.

After that, each new word could be any of tens of thousands of possible English language words.“She has had a natural ability since age 2 to spell words,” Mrs. Madaras said. “She spells faster than I can process what she’s saying so it makes it really hard to practice with her.”

“I just always wanted to go to nationals,” Emily told the Chronicle after the Spelling Bee.

For the first time, PBS will send two finalists as co-champions to the nation’s capital to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Students sharing this honor are Shobha Dasari, a 12-year-old from Pearland ISD, and Syamantak Pyra, 11, from Clear Creek ISD.

The National Spelling Bee awards more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.
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Mary Beth Schatzman - MHS

Name: Mary Beth Schatzman
Age: 17 Grade: 12th Grade (Senior)
School: Memorial High School

  • National Merit Semifinalist Recognition Program award winner
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar with Honors
  • Distinguished Honor Roll (2010-2012)
  • Memorial High Yearbook, editor
  • National Honor Society, treasurer
  • Varsity Tennis Team (2010-2012)
  • Executive Board member and Historian, Student Council
  • Memorial Math Honor Society (Mu Alpha Theta), member
  • National Charity League, member
  • St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Confirmation Class volunteer
  • Nominated for Homecoming Queen
  • Outstanding Girl Finalist Top 5 (9th-11th Grade)
Favorite class: My favorite class is Spanish. I currently am in Spanish 5 and I just love everything about it. I think it is so much fun to learn how to speak and translate the language and understanding the structure of it. Spanish is something I would love to keep up with in the future.

Favorite things to do after class: I usually hang out with my friends and family. We either go to see a movie, go to each other’s houses, go shopping or anything that is relaxing. I also play piano and sing so music has always been among my hobbies.

Favorite book: I love all of the John Green books; I randomly picked up “Looking for Alaska,” and realized he is an awesome writer.

Favorite song or favorite musical genre: I am a fan of alternative rock; some of my favorite artists are The Black Keys, Foo Fighters, Cake, and Arcade Fire.

Favorite website: No opinion

Favorite TV show: I don’t watch a lot of TV, usually just shows off of the Travel Channel and History Channel; whatever my parents are watching.

Favorite movie: Anything with Will Ferrell, I think he is a genius

Ambition: I hope to go to Yale. However, I am still trying to pick what I want to do when I am older. I am staying open to my options; I am hoping that when I go to college wherever that may be, I will find something that I am passionate about.


Fernando Trujano - SHS

Name: Fernando Trujano
Age: 18
Grade: 12th (Senior)
School: Stratford High School

  • Distinguished Honor Roll (2009-2013)
  • Stratford Tennis team (2009-2013)
  • Stratford Band (2009-2013)
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Junior Engineering and Technology Society (JETS)
  • Academy of Science and Engineering (ASE)
  • 2nd place in America Computer IT Concepts Regional Competition
  • 5th place in Engineering & 8th overall at the Marine Advanced Technology Education Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Competition
  • 1st place in Business Professionals of America (BPA) Financial and Math Analysis Regional Competition
  • 2nd place in C++ at BPA Regional Competition
  • 7th place in C++ BPA State Competition
  • Finalist for the “World of 7 Billion” National Public Service Announcement (PSA) Competition
  • Web Develop intern at Harvard University’s Rover, a student-run mobile application and website development corporation
  • Founder of Fertogo Productions, his own special effects and video business
  • Co-founded, a tutoring website
Favorite class:

My favorite class is physics. I love learning about how the world works and operates. Throughout high school, science has always been the subject I favored.

Favorite things to do after class:

Outside of school, I do a lot of work on the computer. Whether it is teaching myself new computer languages and coding, or creating special effects, there are always new things for me to learn and to enjoy.

Favorite book:

I don’t read literature very much, but I’m always reading articles and stuff on the Internet.

Favorite song or favorite musical genre:

I listen to music in all different genres, but I love classical.

Favorite website:

I have my own website if that counts. is a virtual resume of my entire high school career, and is the business I have started.

Favorite TV show:

I don’t watch very much TV. It is hard to find the time. Favorite movie: I can’t pick, there are too many great films out there.


I have been admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), something I still feel weird saying. I am majoring in electrical engineering and computer science, and I plan to pursue a career in that direction. My ultimate goal is to affect people and make a difference through the usage of technology.

What drives you to succeed?

My mom has always been really supportive in everything I do, and has made sure to give me the freedom to follow my own dreams. I work hard because I like working hard; I have found my passion, the love for my work pushes me to excel. You were a high school sophomore when your sister, Linda, was accepted into Harvard University.

Did you feel pressure to follow in her footsteps?

Yes and no. I felt pressure, but not in the negative sense. My sister’s success made me realize that my long-term goals are not just unrealistic dreams. Watching Linda achieve her dream of going to Harvard just made my dream of attending MIT all the more in reach.

-- Communications Dept. intern Kali Venable compiled this report.


Jay Wong - WAIS

Name: Jay Wong
Grade: Senior (12th Grade)
High School: Westchester Academy for International Studies (WAIS)
Favorite Subject: “My favorite subject is the arts. I am in both visual arts and advanced choir so I get to paint and sing often. I enjoy art because I get to express myself.”

Hobbies/Sports: “I am in the tennis club and I love to play tennis during my free time.” “I took Chinese classes every Saturday for three years and stopped last year because I completed the curriculum. Every Saturday, I would spend two hours learning Chinese vocabulary, improving my writing and speaking skills in the language. I am semi-fluent in Chinese, Korean and Spanish; I really appreciate being about to speak multiple languages.”

Favorite Music genre/artist: “The music I listen to depends on how I am feeling, but lately I have been listening to a lot of musical records such as “Rent” and “Wicked.”

Favorite Book: “Honestly, I haven’t read any books during my free time because I spend so much of my time focusing on school academics.”

  • Current valedictorian (Straight A student throughout high school)
  • Co-President of Student Council -Executive Member of Spanish Honor Society
  • Member of Science Honor Society
  • Member of Director Advisors Council (DAC)
  • Member of the volunteer board at a local hospital
  • President of the Med Club -Tutoring Coordinator for National Honor Society
Career and College Plans: “I want to go to the University of Texas at Dallas because they have an accelerated medical program that I am really interested in. I want to be a pediatric immunologist.” “My parents are very laid back on me and let me do my own thing. My parents know I am determined to be the best that I can be and they are very supportive in everything I do.”

--This report compiled by Communications Dept. Intern Kali Venable.


Christa LeJune - WAIS

The Student Spotlight is a monthly feature highlighting one SBISD student for their hard work, leadership and accomplishments. We believe all students can achieve, and that when we work together...a dream can become a reality. Congratulations to this month's student honoree.

Name: Christa LeJune
Grade: Sophomore (10th Grade)
School:Westchester Academy for International Studies (WAIS)

Favorite class:
“My favorite subject is English. I adore reading different kinds of literature.”

Favorite hobby/sports:
“I am a member of the Anime Club at WAIS; I love to read and watch anime, then discuss my comments with the club.” “I am a gymnast at Stars Gymnastics, currently training Level Eight. I spend most of my time at the gym working on my skills and perfecting my technique. I have sacrificed a lot of normal teenage things for gymnastics.”

How long have you been doing gymnastics?
“I did gymnastics when I was really young, but I quit for two years to take care of my mom while she was sick. When I went back to gymnastics, I had to start from scratch because I lost all my skills. It has been about four years since then.”

What is the hardest part about being a teenage gymnast? “Gymnastics requires an unheard of amount of dedication and time commitment. It is hard to sacrifice things in order to make meets or practice, but we do it because we love to do it. The workouts are also really hard; sometimes I just want to cry it is so difficult. Gymnastics is a tough sport. Scoring is often based off the idea of a perfect routine, which is not even possible; sometimes it feels like you have failed before you even compete because the pressure for perfection is so high.”

How do you handle the pressure? “Stars Gymnastics is really great about dissolving the perfection standards. We are trained to focus on personal best rather than being the best.”

In what ways have you benefited from doing gymnastics? “I think by immersing myself in the sport, I have grown more responsible and developed strong leadership skills. My team has become my family which is also really cool. We spend so much time with each other every day and have grown really close. Gymnasts have a certain appreciation and understanding of each other – It is something I cannot really explain.”

Favorite music: “I like listening to heavy metal and scream. Paramore is my favorite band. I have seen them three times in concert.”

Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird - “The plot is timeless and can be relatable to readers no matter the generation.”

Career and College Plans:To Kill a Mockingbird - “As a sophomore, it is hard to say exactly what I want to do. I am really passionate about literature, so maybe something in the English field. As far as college, I have been looking at Alabama State. However, I plan on keeping all options open.”


Vicky Lopez - NBHS

The Student Spotlight is a monthly feature highlighting one SBISD student for their hard work, leadership and accomplishments. We believe all students can achieve, and that when we work together...a dream can become a reality. Congratulations to this month's student honoree.

Name: Vicky Lopez
Age: 18
Grade: 12th grade (Senior)
School: Northbrook High School

  • National Honor Society, two years
  • Volunteer, Clay Road YMCA Child Watch program
  • Volunteer, Holibrook Elementary School homework helper
  • Volunteer, Spring Spirit Baseball program (Hollibrook Elementary)
  • Historian, Class of 2013, Northbrook High School
  • Advanced Photography, SBISD’s The Guthrie Center, two years
  • Third Place District Ribbon, Houston Rodeo School Art Contest
  • History Award

Favorite class:
Art and Photography

Favorite thing to do after class:

Favorite book:
The Tender Bar by American author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist J.R. Moehringer. “I really liked reading about all of the experiences that the boy in this book went through without a father in his life.”

Favorite song:
“I Don’t Want This Night to End,” by country singer Luther “Luke” Bryan

Favorite website:

Favorite television show:
None. Vicky does not watch television.

Favorite movie:
The Dark Knight “Christopher Nolan is a great director. His movies show his ambition and perfect creativity.”

“I’m open to what may happen. In 10 years, I think that I will be teaching within a middle school. I want to major in education and teaching.”


Julio Lores Cruz - NBHS

The Student Spotlight is a monthly feature highlighting one SBISD student for their hard work, leadership and accomplishments. We believe all students can achieve, and that when we work together...a dream can become a reality. Congratulations to this month's student honoree.

Name: Christian Rice
Age: 16
Grade: 12th grade (Senior)
School: Northbrook High School

  • National Honor Society, two years
  • President, HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)
  • Member, Northbrook High Debate Club
  • First Division Solo & Ensemble Band, tenor saxophone
  • Advanced Placement (AP) senior classes include Calculus, Chemistry II, Economics, English, and Government
  • SBISD Customer Service Taskforce member
  • Volunteer, Race for the Cure Hemophiliac Walk, assistant to the disabled
  • Volunteer member, School Nutrition Committee
  • Numerous Academic Excellence awards

Favorite class:
Advanced Placement Government & Economics “We always have interesting class discussions about politics. On TV, the news is often all the same. I like to talk about and discuss the impacts of laws.”

Favorite thing to do after class:
Boxing. “A friend of my dad, Rafael, coaches me. I’m really into it right now.”

Favorite book:
On the Origin of the Species, by English naturalist Charles Darwin. “I love that book. Charles Darwin was brilliant, and I really love the way that he describes science throughout his writing.”

Favorite song:
“Divenire,” by Italian pianist and Alt-Classical musician Ludovico Einaudi

Favorite website:

Favorite television show:
“Criminal Minds”

Favorite movie:

“I want to be an orthodontist. I was born in Cuba, and came to the United States when I was 9-years-old. Both of my parents were doctors in Cuba. I want to major in biomedical engineering so that I can work in that field while I apply to dental schools. I find both anatomy and physiology interesting. I believe for me orthodontistry will be a great field.” Julio was accepted in September by the University of Texas at San Antonio, but he has applied to several other colleges and will wait before making his school choice.


Christian Rice - SWHS

The Student Spotlight is a monthly feature highlighting one SBISD student for their hard work, leadership and accomplishments.  We believe all students can achieve, and that when we work together...a dream can become a reality. Congratulations to this month's student honoree.

Name: Christian Rice
Age: 16 Grade: 11th (Junior)
School: Spring Woods High School

  • Top 30 in Congressional Debate at National Forensic League Nationals held in Indianapolis, Ind.
  • 1st District qualifier for Texas Forensic Association state competition - Member Student Council, 2010-2013 - Distinguished Honor Roll, 2010-2012
  • Orchestra member
  • Member of the Humanitarian Society at Spring Woods
  • Founder of high school’s Young Democrats Club
  • Vice President of Marketing for Junior Achievement
  • Harris County Democratic Party intern
Favorite class:
Debate is my favorite class because I look forward to practicing and to improving my skills in all of my events Favorite things to do after class: I love to play both the guitar and the ukulele, also spending time with my friends and family. I am a people person; I always need to be around people.

Favorite book: 
Democracy in America, by Alexis De Tocqueville. The book is so well written and covers topics that are still important more than a century later.

Favorite song or favorite musical genre:
“Language,” by Porter Robinson

Favorite website:
“The Economist” and “Center for American Progress”

Favorite TV show:
Newsroom and Adventure Time

Favorite movie:
Batman-Dark Night Rising

I hope to attend the University of Harvard majoring in Public Policy and International Affairs, as well as gain a graduate degree from Harvard. I would like to live in New York City or Washington, D.C, and make a difference through politics. In the long run my ultimate goal is to be President of the United States so that I can help improve our country and the lives of our citizens.

We are always on the lookout for exemplary students and would love feedback from parents, teachers and other students who would like to nominate someone special. Please email Steven Brunsman, SBISD Director of Communications with your ideas.


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