LTHS FFA students impress at Travis County, San Antonio shows

Students in the Lake Travis FFA program earned numerous accolades—including the coveted Grand Champion Market Steer—at the Travis County Youth Show held January 12-15 at the Travis County Expo Center.

In all, 25 students placed at the show, making it to sale in the following animal and non-animal categories as follows:

YOUTH FAIR
Mark Lackey - Champion, Barbeque Pits
Grace Martindale - Champion, Large Accessory
Taylor Breeden - Champion, Photography, Details and Macro
Abbigayl Chafé - Champion, Quilting
Shannon Harding - Champion Photography, Night Photography
Ashton Owens - Champion Photography, Computer Enhanced
Bryson Rother and Garret Jeter - Champion, Wildlife Equipment Division
Danny Crompton - Reserve Champion, Wood Working
Chelsea Lee - Crafts Division, Artistic Compositions, Blue Award
Maya Noha - Arts Division, Black & White Drawings, Blue Award
Zach Winovitch - Arts Division, Black & White Drawings, Red Award
Cody Cotton - Reserve Champion, Arts Division, Recycled Trash to Art

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Allie McFadden - Grand Champion Steer, Market Steers
Kinzi Jo Leon - 4th Place, Market Steers
Samantha Waida - 4th Place, Market Steers
Kadyn Leon - 4th Place, Market Steers
Travis Roberson - Cross Reserve Breed Champion, Market Barrows
Cody Cotton - OPB Reserve Breed Champion, Market Barrows
Ridge Neri - 1st Place, Market Barrows
Kadyn Leon - 1st Place, Market Barrows
Payton Janecek - 3rd Place, Market Barrows
Claire Roark - 3rd Place, Market Barrows
Chelsea Lee - 3rd Place, Market Barrows
Jordan Smith - 4th Place, Market Barrows
Sydni Ellisor - 5th Place, Market Barrows
Bryson Rother - 5th Place, Market Barrows
Logan Ledwik - 2nd Place, Market Goats
Hannah Durnell - 3rd Place, Market Lambs
Courtney Bradley - 4th Place, Market Lambs
Talya Carney - 14th Place, Meat Rabbits

Additionally, Sydni Ellisor won Champion Charlais and ultimately earned Reserve Overall Champion Market Steer at the 2017 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.  The win secured Sydni's place as second to sell in the San Antonio Market Steer Auction, bringing her winning totals to more than $72,000.  Allie McFadden, who exhibited the Grand Champion Market Steer at the Travis County Youth Show, placed 6th in San Antonio.  The win guaranteed her a spot in the Market Steer Auction, bringing her winning totals to more than $25,000 for the season.

Approximately 300 students are enrolled in the Lake Travis High School Agriculture program due in large part to FFA.  Founded in 1928 as Future Farmers of America, the organization was renamed in 1988 to the National FFA Organization, now commonly referred to as FFA.  In addition to production agriculture, FFA is a Career and Technical Education organization which recognizes individuals with diverse interests in the food, fiber, and natural resource industries, encompassing science, technology and business.  Approximately 150 agriculture students are members of the Lake Travis FFA chapter.       

Perry White, Agricultural Foods and Natural Resources Teacher, leads the FFA program.  He is assisted by Kelly White

LT Students Score During Special Olympics Basketball Season

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The Lake Travis Special Olympics Basketball season has come to a successful close. The team had 20 athletes practice for the 3v3 team competition and individual skills. Fourteen athletes participated in the Area 13 competition held February 25 in San Marcos. 

Area 13 competition results are as follows:

1st Place
Hailey Shoumaker       
Ryan Taylor                  
Sheriden Gorden  
   

2nd Place
Emelia Holmertz       
Andrew Jones        
Mark Theodore        
Marco Valdes         
Christopher Whitty
 

3rd Place
Carter Anderson    

Each of the players on the Lake Travis Cavaliers 3v3 team who competed won a bronze medal in his/her bracket. They include:

William Haley
Reagan Lowman
Tiffany Mayer-Spivey
Andrew Sauerwein

The team was coached by Bee Cave Elementary teacher Wendi Daniels. Individual Skills competition was coached by LTISD Adapted Physical Education Teacher Marisa Schuller.

Lake Travis Cavaliers 3v3 team

Lake Travis Cavaliers 3v3 team

LTMS elected 3rd Vice President School for TASC District 18

Lake Travis Middle School was elected 3rd Vice President School by the Texas Association of Student Councils District 18.  Ginger Meeks, LTMS student council sponsor, also received the Middle School Student Council Sponsor of the Year award.  The announcement was made at the TASC Lone Star District 18 Spring Convention in February. 

Lake Travis Middle School StuCo

Lake Travis Middle School StuCo

Lake Travis High School DECA Advances to International Competition

Eighteen students from Lake Travis High School will compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference scheduled for April 26-29 in Anaheim, CA.

The students will join over 18,000 DECA members from all over the world to develop 21st Century skills in the areas of marketing, finance, hospitality, management and entrepreneurship.

International qualifiers include the following:

DECA is one the largest student organizations on the Lake Travis campus with 121 members. DECA students are advised by LTHS teachers Jill Oates and Amy Johnson.

Record-number Lake Travis HS visual arts students advance to state

Forty-four Lake Travis High School students will have their artwork juried at the state Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) to be held April 28-29 in San Antonio.

Students earned the trip to state after a successful showing at the Region 13 North VASE competition held at Cedar Ridge High School in the Round Rock school district February 4. Approximately 1,340 pieces representing 27 area high schools from 15 districts were scored based on student interviews with a judge and quality of the artwork.  LTHS had approximately 195 pieces of art juried and all but four received medals at the regional level. Thirty-seven percent of the total pieces that qualified for state were created by LTHS students.  LTHS had four participating teachers—Cha Asokan, Kristin Blauvelt, Diane Wrinke and Amber Forgey—with all four advancing student work to state.

VASE is a state-wide curricular competition—one of the largest of its kind in the nation—for high school art students that gives them the opportunity to develop creative works of art and to discuss and analyze their artwork with professionals. 

“This is the highest number of students we’ve ever had qualify for state,” LTHS art teacher Wrinkle said.  “These students are to be commended for their passion, dedication and talent."

LTHS students who have qualified for state include (front to back, left to right): Hunter Tran Claire Rodgers Natasha Tiffany Ashley Londa Kiara Dietze Yumna Kamal Thira Schlegel Kristin Ormsby Olivia Radi Rylie Gately Julia Ojeda Raya Siddiqi Chloe Brownlow Katerina Cotroneo Bianca Podniesinski Catie Soo Jenna Sedovic Mackenzie Coffelt Samuel Garvins Noe Resendiz Samuel Pierce Ethan Bernick Ivanna Chappa Elliot Ward Zach Coldewey Jake Ruggiero Megan Hostetter Lauren Paulson Coco Greene Nathan Howard Alyssa Curry

LTHS students who have qualified for state include (front to back, left to right):

Hunter Tran
Claire Rodgers
Natasha Tiffany
Ashley Londa
Kiara Dietze
Yumna Kamal
Thira Schlegel
Kristin Ormsby
Olivia Radi
Rylie Gately
Julia Ojeda
Raya Siddiqi
Chloe Brownlow
Katerina Cotroneo
Bianca Podniesinski
Catie Soo
Jenna Sedovic
Mackenzie Coffelt
Samuel Garvins
Noe Resendiz
Samuel Pierce
Ethan Bernick
Ivanna Chappa
Elliot Ward
Zach Coldewey
Jake Ruggiero
Megan Hostetter
Lauren Paulson
Coco Greene
Nathan Howard
Alyssa Curry

LT Dance and Music Showcase at Austin Spurs Game

Lake Travis students showcased their talents at the Austin Spurs basketball game held February 23 at the HEB Center in Cedar Park.  Pregame activities included performances by the Hudson Bend Middle School Pom Squad and the Lake Travis Middle School Jazz Company.  Halftime featured performances by the Lake Travis High School varsity Cavalettes and the junior varsity Red Rubies.

Pre-K, K Round up for 2017-2018 is Wednesday, March 22

Calling parents and guardians of Prekindergarten and Kindergarten students for the 2017-2018 school year: it's Roundup Time! Enroll your 'Lil Cavaliers for the upcoming school year between 3:30 and 6:30 pm, Wednesday, March 22 at each LTISD elementary campus.  Get more info. here.

Round Up marks the beginning of student enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year. 

Can't attend the Round Up and need to register your new student after March 22nd?  Click here to get started.

LTHS DECA Cav Zone achieved Gold Re-certified status

(left to right) Faith Putman, Samantha Bryant, Nikita Tiffany

(left to right) Faith Putman, Samantha Bryant, Nikita Tiffany

The School-Based Enterprise at Lake Travis High School were among 360 school-based enterprises in the United States achieving Gold Level Re-certification this year and will be recognized at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California.

The students who worked on the certification were Samantha Bryant, Faith Putman, and Nikita Tiffany with the assistance of their advisors Amy Johnson and Jill Oates. The school-based enterprise at Lake Travis High School has operated for 9 years and is to be commended for this achievement.

A school-based enterprise (SBE) is an entrepreneurial operation in a school setting that provides goods and services to meet the needs of the market. SBEs are managed and operated by students as hands-on learning laboratories that integrate National Curriculum Standards in Marketing, Finance, Hospitality and Management. Marketing educators and DECA advisors have utilized this effective educational tool for over four decades to provide their students with realistic and practical learning experiences that reinforce classroom instruction, enhance twenty first century skill development, and prepare students for college and careers.

DECA’s School-based Enterprise Certification Program was developed to provide recognition for outstanding achievement by school-based enterprises and to motivate SBEs to strive for excellence and growth. SBEs can be certified at three levels: Bronze, Silver or Gold. In order to apply for the certification, SBEs must submit extensive documentation that demonstrates their adherence to various marketing and retail standards. After the documentation is submitted, a review committee evaluates the documentation to determine which level of certification has been achieved.

DECA Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization with more than 215,000 members in all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Canada, China Germany, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA’s activities assist in the development of academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.

Complete information about DECA’s School-based Enterprise Certification Program can be found at www.deca.org/high-school-programs/school-based-enterprises.

LTHS sophomore named Teen Activist of the Year

The Texas Advocacy Project, a statewide non-profit organization which provides free legal services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, has named Lake Travis High School sophomore Zoe Arora as its Teen Ambassador of the Year 2017 for her efforts to promote awareness and prevention of dating abuse in her community.  

Hosted by the Texas Council on Family Violence and TAP, Zoe was one of several teens from across the state who spoke directly to legislators at the Texas Capitol February 1 in the first-ever Youth Rally Day in honor of National Teen Dating Abuse Awareness Month.  Empowered by the theme "Young Hearts Matter," she and her peers addressed the importance of healthy relationships and fully funding domestic violence programs.

Zoe is one of 25 student leaders participating in TAP's Teen Ambassadors of Hope program.  In addition to learning about healthy relationships, ambassadors also receive training on leadership, marketing, and branding as part of their participation.

The campaign consists of three goals:

  • engage young leaders in raising awareness about dating violence;
  • promote TAP's mission and services; and
  • raise needed funds that will go directly towards helping clients

Members are also invited to participate in an exclusive leadership training opportunity at the University of Texas - LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Video credit: Texas Advocacy Project

LTHS sophomore Zoe Arora

LTHS sophomore Zoe Arora

Zoe’s drive and passion were evident throughout her entire fundraising campaign. She went above and beyond to create an unforgettable fundraiser—a combination of collecting donations and an interactive program to engage passersby in conversations about dating abuse awareness and prevention.
— Heather Bellino, TAP Executive Director

LT FOOTBALL ADDS TWO MORE COLLEGE SIGNEES

Two members of the Lake Travis High School 2016 Class 6A - Division I football state championship team signed letters of intent February 15—Zach Herman with Texas Lutheran University in Seguin and Sammy Ochoa with the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.  Earlier this month, 12 Lake Travis student-athletes inked letters of intent to play college football during National Signing Day, bringing the total number of signees to a school-record 14.

Sammy Ochoa – US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD

Zach Herman – Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, TX

Elementary Schools Host Annual Science Fairs

Fifth-grade students across each Lake Travis ISD elementary campus displayed their knowledge of Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and numerous other scientists during school science fairs held throughout January and February.

According to science fair organizers, students executed all phases of experimentation including the development of a hypothesis, planning, research, experimenting, analyzing data, and concluding their findings.  

"Participating in school science fairs introduces students to opportunities for scientific inquiry," said Kelly Bender, fifth-grade teacher at Bee Cave Elementary School.  "This experience not only gives them hands-on experience in science, it also helps prepare them to analyze issues and answer questions they have about the world."

Volunteer judges critiqued each entry and rated the projects based on presentation, documentation, and 'Q&A' with the student.  Judges included Lake Travis ISD administrators, Lake Travis High School students, parents, business leaders and members of the greater Austin community. 

West Cypress Hills Elementary School Science Fair

West Cypress Hills Elementary School Science Fair

Lake Travis Elementary Science Fair

Lake Travis Elementary Science Fair

Middle, High School Winter Guard Place in Competition

The Lake Travis ISD Middle and High School Winter Guard placed in the top five in its first competition of the season. The event was held at Canyon High School Saturday, February 4.

The newly-formed Middle School Winter Guard, with students from both Lake Travis and Hudson Bend middle schools, took 1st place in Cadet class. The High School Winter Guard placed fifth in Scholastic A class.  

Lake Travis Middle School Winter Guard

Lake Travis Middle School Winter Guard

Lake Travis High School Winter Guard

Lake Travis High School Winter Guard

Commissioner of Education agrees to fund 50% credit for Optional Homestead Exemption

Lake Travis ISD officials received confirmation earlier this week that the Commissioner of Education has agreed to fund the 50% credit for the Optional Homestead Exemption (OHE) starting with the current school year, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brad Lancaster announced.

"Last spring, I began presenting to each school faculty meeting, PTA/PTO groups, and numerous community groups a general picture about our financial future," Dr. Lancaster stated.  "In addition, our Board of Trustees recently adopted a list of priorities for the 85th legislative session."

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Lake Travis HS band, choir, orchestra students earn All-State honors

The notable talents of five Lake Travis High School students have earned each of them a place on the 2017 All-State band, choir and orchestra as determined by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA).

According to TMEA, All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive.  Approximately 1,600 students were selected through a process that began in the fall of 2016 with over 64,000 students from around the state vying for the honor to perform in one of 13 ensembles (bands, choirs and orchestras).

(left to right) Grace Ward - 1st Chair Jazz Guitar, TMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble 1; Aly Ruiz - Piccolo, TMEA All-State Band; Jade Milam - 7th Chair Alto 1, TMEA All-State Women's Choir; Abigail Storm - 2nd Chair Alto 2, TMEA All-State Mixed Choir; and Molly Snodgrass - 2nd Chair Soprano 1, TMEA All-State Mixed Choir

(left to right) Grace Ward - 1st Chair Jazz Guitar, TMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble 1; Aly Ruiz - Piccolo, TMEA All-State Band; Jade Milam - 7th Chair Alto 1, TMEA All-State Women's Choir; Abigail Storm - 2nd Chair Alto 2, TMEA All-State Mixed Choir; and Molly Snodgrass - 2nd Chair Soprano 1, TMEA All-State Mixed Choir

Grace Ward: 1st Chair Jazz Guitar, TMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble 1

Grace Ward: 1st Chair Jazz Guitar, TMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble 1

Grace Ward has been playing guitar since she was nine years old. She also plays the double bass and sings.  Grace is also the first female to hold the 1st Chair, Jazz Guitar in TMEA history. She has many favorite musicians ranging from Esperanza Spalding to Stevie Wonder.  She is also inspired by her teachers and mentors.  Grace plans to study either jazz guitar or classical bass performance at the college/university level after graduation.

Anna Macias directs the orchestra program at Lake Travis High School.

I have never met anyone who wouldn’t say they have benefited from a fine arts program, whether it be heightened work ethic, organizational skills, close friends, or just a life-long hobby.
— Grace Ward

Aly Ruiz has been playing piccolo for seven years and also plays the flute.  Some of her favorite musicians include Amy Porter, Helen Blackburn and The Civil Wars.  Aly plans to study youth development and/or education after graduation.

Richard Hicks directs the band program at Lake Travis High School.

[Playing an instrument] allows me to express emotion in an extremely personal way.
— Aly Ruiz
Aly Ruiz: 1st Chair Picolo, TMEA All-State 6A Symphonic Band

Aly Ruiz: 1st Chair Picolo, TMEA All-State 6A Symphonic Band


Jade Milam: 7th Chair Alto 1, TMEA All-State Women's Choir

Jade Milam: 7th Chair Alto 1, TMEA All-State Women's Choir

Jade Milam has been training as a singer since age six.  She started participating in school choir in the 6th grade.  Jade also plays piano.  She enjoys a variety of musical styles from classic to modern.  Some of her favorite musicians include classical composers Brahms and Bach and the modern band Fun.  Jade plans to attend college and major in either musical theater or vocal performance.

[Fine Arts] provide a creative outlet for students to express themselves and to escape from daily stresses... while doing something they love.
— Jade Milan

Abigail Storm has been singing since age three.  She also plays the guitar and piano.  Some of Abigail's favorite musicians include Speed of Sound and Gladys Knight. Abigail plans to continue to sing after graduation and pursue a career in education.

[Fine Arts] gives me something to work for. It also give me great pride to represent my school.
— Abigail Storm
Abigail Storm: 2nd Chair Alto 2, TMEA All-State Mixed Choir

Abigail Storm: 2nd Chair Alto 2, TMEA All-State Mixed Choir


Molly Snodgrass: 2nd Chair Soprano 1, TMEA All-State Mixed Choir

Molly Snodgrass: 2nd Chair Soprano 1, TMEA All-State Mixed Choir

Molly Snodrass has performed in professional choirs since age five.  One of Molly's favorite musicians is Reheé Fleming.  Molly plans to attend the Boston Conservatory and major in vocal performance.

Kelan Latimer directs the choir program at Lake Travis High School.

The [Fine Arts] program helps students express their feelings... and helps students find a talent or passion for the arts that they might not have know that they had.
— Molly Snodgrass

The students will perform February 11 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio during the TMEA annual convention, the nation’s largest gathering of music educators.  TMEA is an association of more than 12,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education.

HBMS, LTMS students named Texas Geographic Bee Semifinalists

Jakob DeBlock - Lake Travis Middle School

Jakob DeBlock - Lake Travis Middle School

Stefan Schultz - Hudson Bend Middle School

Stefan Schultz - Hudson Bend Middle School

Jakob DeBlock, 7th grade student at Lake Travis Middle School, and Stefan Schultz, 8th grade student at Hudson Bend Middle School, won their school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee.  

Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2017 Bee.  The school champions, including Jakob and Stefan, will take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on March 31. 

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 15-17.  The first-place national winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and a trip to a national park, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

The national finals will air on May 19 at 8 p.m. EST on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD, and later on public television stations.

Elementary campuses celebrate 100th day of school

Student, Staff Honor School Board Trustees in January

With the theme ‘All-Star Team,’ Lake Travis ISD joined other districts across the state to recognize and thank school trustees for their service throughout January 2017 as part of School Board Recognition Month.

LTISD superintendent Dr. Brad Lancaster states, “Our community benefits every day from the tireless work and countless hours contributed by the seven men and women who represent more than 9,800 students and their families. These local volunteers are elected by their constituents and receive no compensation for their work as public servants. In a climate of change and challenge, they develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues that affect our community. Even though we are making a special effort in January to show appreciation to our board members, we realize their contributions reflect a year-round commitment.”

Special events were held at each Lake Travis ISD campus throughout January.

Hudson Bend Middle School and Lake Travis Middle School collaborated to create a video which was played for the trustees at the January 17, 2017 Board of Trustees meeting.

Record number student-athletes pen letters of intent during National Signing Day

Twelve student-athletes from Lake Travis High School signed letters of intent to play collegiate football during National Signing Day 2017.

Eleven of the 12 members representing the 2016 UIL Class 6A - Division I football state championship team participated in a brief signing ceremony held Feb. 1 at the Lake Travis ISD Cavalier Activity Center. The lone student-athlete not present was AP Offensive Player of the Year and quarterback Charlie Brewer who is currently enrolled at Baylor University.  The 12 signees are the most of any class in the history of Lake Travis High School football, and additional student-athlete commitments are pending.  

National Signing Day participants included the following: 

•    Matt Armendariz - Colorado School of Mines; Golden, CO
•    Maleek Barkley - University of Arkansas; Fayetteville, AK
•    Tyler Barrett - Drake University; Des Moines, IA
•    Cade Brewer - University of Texas; Austin, TX
•    Charlie Brewer - Baylor University; Waco, TX (currently enrolled)
•    Aidan Estrada - Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Waxahachie, TX
•    Cade Green - University of Wisconsin; Madison, WI
•    Austin Hiller - Northwestern University; Evanston, IL
•    Mac Humble - University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, PA
•    Brenden Jaimes - University of Nebraska; Lincoln, NE
•    Michael Mast - Southwestern Assemblies of God University; Waxahachie, TX
•    T.J. Simien - Blinn College; Brenham, TX

The Lake Travis Cavaliers beat The Woodlands Highlanders 41-13 on December 17, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, earning the school its sixth state title since 2007.  

Hank Carter is head coach of the Cavaliers, a position he’s held since 2010.  During his tenure, Coach Carter has led his teams to three state championships and an overall record of 91-10.  He was named the 2016 District 25-6A Coach of the Year and the All-Central Texas Football Coach of the Year.  

LTHS Class of 2017 valedictorian, salutatorian named


Spencer Buckner, LTHS Class of 2017 Salutatorian and Sara Flinn, LTHS Class of 2017 Valedictorian

Spencer Buckner, LTHS Class of 2017 Salutatorian and Sara Flinn, LTHS Class of 2017 Valedictorian

Sara Flinn, LTHS Class of 2017 Valedictorian

Sara Flinn, LTHS Class of 2017 Valedictorian

Sara Flinn will graduate as Valedictorian of the Lake Travis High School Class of 2017, school officials announced earlier this month.  She is the daughter of Larry Flinn and Catherine Torres.

Sara has attended Lake Travis schools for 12 years.  In addition to being the top graduate in the Class of 2017, she is also a National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist, a sponsorship intern of local nonprofit Africa's Promise Village, and a volunteer for the Community Beautification Committee.  Sara also participates in the school's Model United Nations, Creative Writing Club, and UIL Academics. Sara plans to major in Neuroscience and Psychology.

Spencer Buckner, LTHS Class of 2017 Salutatorian

Spencer Buckner, LTHS Class of 2017 Salutatorian

Spencer Buckner will graduate as Salutatorian of the Class of 2017.   He is the son of Harold and Kathy Buckner.  

Spencer has attended Lake Travis schools since 7th grade.  Like Sara, he too is a National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist and a member of Model United Nations.  Spencer is a National Speech and Debate Association Academic All American and currently serves as vice president of the school's Speech and Debate team.  Most recently, he earned a state silver medal in Congressional Debate.  Spencer is also a member of the school's orchestra program.

He is expected to enroll in the University of Texas Plan II Honors program and major in Government and Economics.

Lake Travis ISD named finalist for prestigious HEB Excellence in Education Award

Lake Travis ISD has been selected as one of three statewide finalists in the ‘Small District’ category as part of HEB’s 2017 Excellence in Education Awards program, HEB officials announced this week.

HEB launched the Excellence in Education Awards program in cooperation with the Texas Association of School Administrators in 2002 as a way to support public education in Texas. According to HEB, the awards program has become the largest monetary initiative for educators in the state, spotlighting best practices and celebrating the passion and creativity of Texas educators.  Each year, HEB recognizes teachers, principals, school districts, school boards, and early childhood centers who go the extra mile to serve their students and their communities. 

Specifically, the District Award recognizes school districts for 1.) a commitment to student achievement through innovative programs; 2.) parent/community involvement; and professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators.

“While winning the award would be a wonderful compliment for our district, the mere fact that Lake Travis ISD has been named a finalist is a unique and tremendous honor in itself,” admitted Dr. Brad Lancaster, Lake Travis ISD Superintendent of Schools. 

As part of the HEB awards selection process, independent judges made onsite visits to Lake Travis High School and Hudson Bend Middle School on January 26, visiting classrooms and speaking with numerous campus and student leaders.  The visit also included meetings with district administrators, parents, and community members.

“The awards process and onsite visits were great opportunities for us to showcase the amazing teaching and learning occurring in our schools every day,” added Dr. Lancaster.  “This was a very rewarding process.”

The two other finalists in the ‘Small District’ award category are Alamo Heights ISD (San Antonio) and Hutto ISD.  The winning district, which will receive $50,000, will be announced at the HEB Excellence in Education Awards ceremony May 7 at the Hilton Hotel in Austin.

For more information, visit the HEB Excellence in Education Awards website.