Photos by Joshualee Vivar
It was a packed house at the Board Meeting on Monday, May 9 as the Board of Trustees and administration recognized over 100 students for their outstanding accomplishments in the UIL State Soccer Tournament, DECA, SkillsUSA, Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE), and the Houston Community College Associates Degree program.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Bostic, the Board of Trustees, Chief of Schools Dr. Dawn DuBose, Director of College & Career Deborah Nordt, Stafford High School Principal Raymond Root, and Athletic Director Ken Savanah spent time recognizing all of the hard work from students and staff. They were joined by other dignitaries from the City of Stafford and Houston Community College. Many parents and families were also beaming in attendance, and filled every seat in the house.
Athletic Director Ken Savanah began the evening by congratulating the historic playoff run for the soccer program and said, "This is probably one of the most enjoyable times you have as an Athletic Director when you're trying to give recognition to your kids. This group is consistently one of the best soccer programs in the area."
There were numerous awards for players and the team including soccer's Head Coach Ruben Perez, who was selected to be District 24-4A Coach of the Year, as well as being named the Region 3-4A Coach of the Year by the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches (TASCO).
DECA Teams have competed in district competition for the last 10 years and members have advanced to state competition for the last 9 consecutive years. This year, DECA Team and their sponsors, Ms. Smith and Ms. Laurent, advanced to state competition once again. For the first time in history, two students advanced to the national competition in Atlanta, Georgia this year.
SkillsUSA teams placed in the state competition for Film & Video, Information Technology, Web Design & Development, and Welding. Additionally, students were honored from the Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) for their service project that highlighted our back-to-school event Party on the Plaza.
The end of the presentation honored 47 graduates from the Houston Community College. These seniors will walk the stage at NRG Arena and graduate from HCC with an Associates Degree on Thursday, May 12 before obtaining their high school diplomas on June 4. These students will enter a 4-year college as a junior or the workforce with certifications putting them ahead of entry-level positions. Only a few years ago, the first cohort from the class of 2020 had 3 students in this program.
Director Deborah Nordt said, "Graduating students college and career ready without remediation is the number one goal of Dr. Bostic, the SMSD Board, and every staff member of the district. The students graduating from Houston Community College in just a few days have reached this goal."
We are very proud of all of these Spartans!