The Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees recognized 24 students for nationally recognized academic achievement at their meeting today.
Fourteen students have been named National Merit Commended Students by the College Board based on their scores on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which means these students have placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition. The commended students are: David Kopper, Arsheen Rajan, Erin Ritchie, Dylan Schneider and Easton Turner from Coronado High School; The commended students from Lubbock High are: Sabiha Armin, Brian Dane, Dayton Dorman, Alejandra Estrada, Emily Evans, Rebecca O’Briant, Aidan Ross and Dane Stull. Dylan Treadwell was selected from Monterey High School.
Nine Lubbock ISD students were selected for the National Hispanic Recognition Program, from a nationwide total of more than 250,000 juniors, for their performance on the 2012 PSAT/NMSQT and their grade point average. The students are: Brittney Dean, from Coronado High School, Diana Chavez, Joshua Dobrin, Alejandra Estrada, Mark Guzman, Andres Martinez-Marin, Marcos Palacios, Sydney Santos and Brandon Thomas from Lubbock High School.
The National Achievement Scholarship program recognizes the highest scoring participants among the more than 160,000 Black Americans who requested consideration in the 2014 National Achievement Program. Monterey senior Devin McMillian was among the 1,600 semifinalists selected.
The board also approved parameters for the district administration to refinance $17 million in bonds approved in the 2004 bond election, in order to take advantage of current lower interest rates. The savings anticipated by the reduced interest rate on the bonds is about $1 million. Trustees also gave the green light to expending additional funds to continue participation in the Taxpayer and Student Fairness Coalition, which has been in litigation against the state over the equity of school funding. The coalition represents LISD and about 500 other school districts in the state.