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Fall 2016

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ATPE NEWS 11 1 Teen who was homeless graduates at top of class Liyjon DeSilva lost his mother at the age of five and, after bouncing from place to place, he was sleep- ing on the streets of Houston. But Liyjon made headlines for graduating at the top of his class at Margaret Long Wisdom High School. After the school's principal and others offered a helping hand and found him a living space, Liyjon graduated in the top five percent of his class. Liyjon has been accepted to college on a full scholarship. blogs.houstonisd.org 2 Students explore the archi- tecture of downtown Austin Fifth graders from Bee Cave Elementary and Serene Hills Elementary visited the Texas State Capitol grounds, Austin City Hall, the University of Texas campus, and Congress Avenue in down- town Austin as part of an architectural field trip. The students are involved in Lake Travis ISD's Discovery Program. One highlight of the trip was the chance to sign a cement wall on the 54th floor of The Austonian skyscraper. 3 Odessa students earn top spots in national essay contest Stefan Garcia (center) won first place, Irma Tinoco (left) placed second, and Jessica Suchil (right) won honorable mention in the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program (CCVYP) national competition. The Odessa High School students submitted essays about their experiences tutoring elementary school students. The three wrote about how the CCVYP program benefited them and the students they tutored. oaoa.com 4 Eagle Pass superintendent supports anti-bullying campaign Eagle Pass ISD Superintendent Gilberto Gonzalez is showing his support of C.C. Winn High School's anti-bullying campaign. The IMPACT Movement program encourages LGBTQ tolerance, promotes suicide prevention, and works to end bullying. The group's motto is "Your life has PURPOSE. Your story is IMPORTANT. Your dreams COUNT. Your voice MATTERS. You were born to make an #IMPACT." episdivision.blogspot.com 5 Harlingen students participate in video production camp Harlingen-area elementary, middle school, and high school students are several steps closer to their Academy Awards acceptance speeches. The students learned the basics of camera use and editing during a week-long audio and video sum- mer camp. The camp wrapped up with the students working in groups to produce a short movie and a newscast. hcisdnews.org 6 Dallas-area eighth graders win national science competition Eighth graders Sonya Ganeshram, Ashwin Koduri, and Rushil Chander are eCYBERMISSION national champions. The team invented a safety device that alerts hearing-impaired people to dangers using SMS text alerts and safety device vibrations. Their winning team was chosen from 7,000 entrants in the US Army-sponsored eCYBERMISSION Competition. wfisd.net From Across the State H E A D L I N E S Photos courtesy of: 1.Houston ISD; 2. Heather Tuley; 3. Jacob Ford/Odessa American; 4. Eagle Pass ISD; 5. Harlingen CISD; 6. Sonya Ganeshram

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