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Points of Pride 2022-2023


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    • Shelley Jeoffroy of Brown Elementary School is named the Region 10 Teacher of the Year. She is the first Regional Teacher of the Year from Irving ISD in recent history.
    • de Zavala students place third in the nation and MacArthur students take second and third in their competitions at the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) national conference in San Diego.
    • MacArthur High School SkillsUSA students place third in the nation in engineering design at the national competition in Atlanta.
    • A team of MacArthur students take the national title at the Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) competition in Washington, DC. Several students from Nimitz and MacArthur place as semi-finalists.
    • Students from Lamar Middle School’s Technical Student Association (TSA) rank in the top in the nation at a competition in Grapevine.
    • Khya Walton-Ravenell of Irving High School and Mikayla Douglas of MacArthur High School qualify for the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games, held July 29 through August 6 in North Carolina. 
    • Noah Valdez of Nimitz High School is named an Outstanding Performer at the 2022 State Solo and Ensemble contest. Only 2% of the 100,000 students that performed across Texas earn this award.


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    • Irving ISD welcomes back almost 31,000 students for the first day of school.  
    • Shelley Jeoffroy of Brown Elementary School is named a finalist for Texas Teacher of the Year. 
    • Irving ISD celebrates 58 summer graduates who persevered through tough circumstances and crossed the stage to receive their high school diploma.


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    • Irving ISD earns a B rating on the state accountability system. In addition, 15 campuses earned a combined total of 33 distinctions.
    • Pierce Early Childhood School and Brandenburg Elementary School are named Professional Learning Communities at Work Model Schools for the second year in a row. The two schools are among 200 from across the nation and Canada recognized by Solution Tree with this honor. 
    • Irving ISD celebrates 42 students named to the Advanced Placement (AP) School Scholar Roster, 31 students named AP Scholars with Distinction and 11 students who earned AP Capstone Diplomas. 
    • Elsa Munoz, parent volunteer at Townsell Elementary School, is one of 15 recipients statewide selected for the Heroes for Children award.


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    • Isaiah Benny of Singley Academy and Aubrey Brown of MacArthur High School are named 2023 National Merit Semi-Finalists.
    • Nine Irving ISD students were named National Merit Commended Scholars.
    • Fernando Delgado of Irving High School qualified for the regional cross country meet. 
    • The Lamar Middle School band earns the Citation of Excellence from The Foundation for Music Education. This honor recognizes the top bands in the state of Texas, and only the top 25% of applicants achieve this prestigious award. 
    • Eric Vincent Fomo is one of six individuals from across the state named the Adult Education and Literacy Scholar of the Year by the Texas Workforce Commission. 
    • Thomas Haley Elementary School teacher Tamara Kyser is named Educator of the Year by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Irving-Carrollton chapter.
    • Good Elementary School is named a Professional Learning Communities at Work Model School by Solution Tree. 
    • The Irving ISD Adult Education and Literacy Department receives the Empowering Adult Learners Award during the Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas October board meeting.
    • Shelley Jeoffroy of Brown Elementary School is named the Texas Teacher of the Year.
    • Superintendent Magda Hernandez launches a podcast, Heart to Heart with Superintendent Hernandez.


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    • All three bands from Nimitz, MacArthur and Irving High School advance to area round of UIL marching competition for the first time since 2018. 
    • Six high school choir students are named to the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Mixed Honor Choir - Brandon Rodriguez, Esperanza Eagans, Natalie Lemus and Jazmine Perez of Nimitz; and Joh’nya Jackson and Brielle Jones of MacArthur.
    • Tamara Kyser, kindergarten ESL teacher at Thomas Haley Elementary School, is named Educator of the Year by the NAACP Irving-Carrollton Branch.
    • 2022 Nimitz High School graduate Ximena Zamarron is recognized during Game 2 of the Major League Baseball World Series for being named the Texas Rangers Youth Academy Youth of the Year.
    • First Realtor Luncheon in recent history is held with 26 realtors in attendance.
    • 154 students are inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.


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    • Three students match with prestigious universities through the QuestBridge program - Golden Anni (Singley Academy to Notre Dame) Stephannie Gallardo (MacArthur HS to Emory University), and Karen Valladares Villatoro (Irving HS to the University of Chicago).
    • Schulze Elementary School counseling team is awarded the CREST (Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas) Award by TSCA (Texas School Counselor Association).  
    • Gold Card Club is revamped with a kickoff breakfast event. 
    • Irving ISD participates in the City of Irving Holiday Parade, and the HIPPY Department is awarded first place for the third consecutive year.


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    • Andrea Viehweg from MacArthur High School along with Rhiannon Hayle, Esperanza Eagans and Reymundo Gomez from Nimitz High School are named All-State musicians by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). 
    • Irving High School Toy Tigers Captain Victoria Higgins represents Irving ISD at the Texas Dance Educators Association Conference in Houston as an All-State dancer. 
    • Francisco Miranda, principal at Nimitz High School, is named a Distinguished Administrator by the Texas Music Educators Association.
    • Dua Nasser of Houston Middle School wins the District Spelling Bee.  Genesis Mata of Brown Elementary School is the runner-up.
    • Sarai Maldonado of Bowie Middle School and Anthony Guardado of Crockett Middle School win the district’s 2nd Annual Oratory Contest.
    • Eight Irving ISD wrestlers qualify for the regional tournament.
    • Four relay teams - two girls’ relays and one boys’ relay from MacArthur and a girls’ relay from Nimitz - advance to the regional swim meet. 


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    • Academic decathlon teams from Nimitz, Irving and MacArthur advance to state competition. 
    • Nasly Veliz Miralda from Keyes Elementary School and Nataly Hernandez Claros from Crockett Middle School win the District Spanish Spelling Bee.
    • 42 DECA students qualify for state competition in March.
    • Five Destination Imagination teams qualify for the Lone Star Finals - two teams from Nimitz High School, two teams from Singley Academy and one team from Gilbert Elementary School. 
    • The main gym at MacArthur High School is dedicated as the Suzie Oelschlegel Gymnasium, in honor of the legendary basketball coach who served Irving ISD for 42 years.
    • Irving ISD breaks ground on the Professional Learning and Community Wellness Center.
    • de Zavala Middle School becomes the district’s fourth school this school year to be named a Solution Tree Model PLC at Work School.
    • 12 seniors are named Dell Scholar Semifinalists.
    • Two athletes from Nimitz High School sign letters of intent to compete at the collegiate level: Ashton Thompson will play football at Texas College Tyler and Nick Coronado will play baseball at Clarendon College.


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    • The Irving High School boys’ soccer team advances to the regional quarterfinals of the state playoffs while the Nimitz boys’ team qualifies for the area round.
    • Nimitz High School senior Thomas Vo is accepted into the United States Naval Academy, with a $750,000 scholarship. 
    • Hetzenny Gallardo, Stephannie Gallardo, Brianna Rodriguez and Fion Wistam, members of the MacArthur High School Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) qualify for national competition. 
    • Aubrey Brown, MacArthur High School senior, is named a National Merit finalist! 
    • Nimitz JROTC places third at state, advancing to national competition.
    • More than 400 attendees support the State of the District event.
    • The district’s Purchasing Department earns the 2023 Award of Merit for Purchasing Operations from the Texas Association of School Business Officials. 
    • Irving ISD celebrates nine additional college athletic signings: MacArthur football (Glendon Casas-Willis, Julian Garza - Midwestern State University, Omar Mohamed - Independence Community College, Kyle Flye - Southwestern College, Amareus Walker - Stephen F. Austin State University, Nijel Akpom - Fort Hayes State University),  MacArthur soccer (Alexandra Reyes - Hill College, Arianna Arboleda - Texas Woman’s University), Nimitz soccer (Melissa Morales - North Lake College).
    • Travis Middle School claims all four Middle School City Championships in track - 7th grade girls, 7th grade boys, 8th grade girls and 8th grade boys.