Students and staff given accolades at Lake Travis ISD meeting

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Lake Travis ISD Board of Trustees celebrated accomplishments of students and staff at its April meeting on Tuesday.

Lake Travis High School Future Farmers of America

The FFA team was honored for its recent participation at the Travis County Youth Stock Show and San Antonio Stock Show.

LTISD Director of Communications Marco Alvarado said the team won an award for Grand Champion Market Steer at the Travis County show Jan. 15, exhibited by Allie McFadden, and Sydni Ellisor won Champion Charlais. McFadden took sixth place in San Antonio and Ellison earned Reserve Overall Champion Market Steer, he said

About 300 students are part of the high school’s agricultural program, Alvarado said. All 25 FFA students who participated in the Travis County show placed, he said.

Top Ten Academic Scholars

Susan Endendyk, Lake Travis High School lead guidance counselor, introduced the school’s top ten academic scholars for the 2016-17 school year.

In order of highest grade point average, this year’s top ten included Sara Flinn, Spencer Buckner, Jake Ruggiero, Emily Bian, Kinishka Mitra, Hussam Djadi, Jenny Wu, Olivia Nagel, Natasha Fisher and Jordan Grulke.

Valedictorian and salutatorian are determined in January each year after the fall semester grades are finalized, Endendyk said.

Community Service Awards

Three district community service awards were distributed to recipients at the meeting.

This year’s LOVE For LT award, given to an individual for improving the learning climate of a district campus, went to Dandi Holec for her work at West Cypress Hills Elementary School.

The Mentor Me LT award recipient is Michelle McCabe for her work at Bee Cave Elementary School and the Most Valuable Partner award recipient is Lexus of Lakeway.

High Five award

LTISD’s High Five award recognizes staff members for service that positively impacts fellow colleagues, students, parents and/or the Lake Travis community. The award was given to two recipients at the meeting, custodian Marco Rossainz and pre-kindergarten aid Danette Contreras.

Evalene Murphy, assistant superintendent for LTISD human resource services, said Rossainz performed the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge food from a choking individual after he spotted a student choking while eating lunch in the Lake Travis Middle School cafeteria. Contreras was also honored because she is efficient, kind and students at Lake Pointe Elementary know they can count on her for anything, Murphy said.

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