Lake Travis ISD valedictorian and salutatorian, teachers of the year recognized

Lake Travis ISD board of trustee members stand with the 2019-20 teachers of the year.

Lake Travis ISD board of trustee members stand with the 2019-20 teachers of the year.

Lake Travis High School’s top 10 academic scholars for the 2018-19 school year were recognized by the board of trustees May 15:

  • Julia Hathaway – valedictorian

  • Anna Sentmanat – salutatorian

  • Mackenzie Matheson

  • Jack Lum

  • Nathan Plaxton

  • Alejandro Urista

  • Vaishnav Bipin

  • Blake Ochoa

  • Megan Mosiman

  • Guan Lin Wee


Lake Travis High School's top ten scholars pose with board trustees May 15. Lake Travis High School's top 10 scholars pose with board trustees May 15.[/caption]

The board also celebrated the 2018-19 campus and overall district teachers of the year.

The district teacher of the year recipients are:

  • Elementary  – Keri Swanson, Bee Cave Elementary School, second grade

  • Secondary – Lori Wristers, Lake Travis High School, computer science

    These two recipients will be considered for the regional and state Texas Teacher of the Year program.


The campus teacher of the year recipients are:


  • Keri Swanson, Bee Cave Elementary School, second grade

  • Stacey Lewis, Serene Hills Elementary School, special education

  • LuAnne Ainsworth, Lake Pointe Elementary School, first grade

  • Julie Jistel, Lakeway Elementary School, third grade

  • Alice Johnson, West Cypress Hills Elementary School, second grade

  • Bettie Anne Buerk, Lake Travis Middle School, social studies

  • Wayne Figg, Hudson Bend Middle School, special education

  • Lori Wristers, Lake Travis High School, computer science

  • Melissa Calderon Rivas, Lake Travis Elementary, first grade


The teachers were nominated and selected by their respective peers at each campus, a staff report said. Criteria required each recipient to "be an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled teacher who plans to continue in an active teaching status; inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn; has the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues; plays an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school; and be poised, articulate, and possess the energy to withstand a taxing schedule."
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Sally Grace Holtgrieve solidified her passion for news during her time as Editor-in-Chief of Christopher Newport University's student newspaper, The Captain's Log. She started her professional career at The Virginia Gazette and moved to Texas in 2015 to cover government and politics at The Temple Daily Telegram. She started working at Community Impact Newspaper in February 2018 as the Lake Travis-Westlake reporter and moved into the role of Georgetown editor in June 2019.


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