The Garland ISD board of Trustees celebrated swimming history at its March 7 meeting. Two Garland and North Garland high school students received Evidence of Excellence awards for breaking campus records that date back more than a decade.
Senior Summer Brooks broke a 15-year-old GHS record with a 100-meter breaststroke time of 1:14.71. This accomplishment also won her the District Championship. She boasts the titles of First Team All-District and two-time Regional Finalist as well.
NGHS sophomore Leila Atumah shaved off nearly a whole second from a 34-year-old campus record by completing the 100-meter backstroke in a time of 1:02.71. This accomplishment won her the District Championship as well, and she also boasts First Team All-District and Regional Finalist titles.
Trustees recognized six Career and Technical Education students with additional Evidence of Excellence awards for advancing to national and international competition. Nadia Andu from Rowlett High School, Nate Castro from Lakeview Centennial High School and Oscar Ortiz from Naaman Forest High School faced off against more than 3,500 competitors at the DECA state contest. They qualified for next month’s International Career Development Conference in the categories of Quick Service Restaurant Management, Principles of Hospitality and Tourism, and Retail Merchandising.
Kayla Bailey and Nicole Teal from Sachse High School, as well as Ilsa Pineda from North Garland High School, will compete at the Educators Rising National Conference in June. All three participate in GISD’s Future Teacher Internship program and qualified in the categories of Impromptu Lesson Planning and Exploring Non-Core Subject Teaching Careers.
The board voted to increase the pool of approved architects for GISD’s bond program. This will help meet the needs of the accelerated schedule, which now combines Phases 3 and 4. Construction Zone of Texas, LLC was approved as the contractor for renovations at Coyle Middle School and Dorsey Elementary School. Gilbert May, Inc. was approved as the contractor for renovations at the Classical Center at Brandenburg Middle School, Watson Technology Center for Math and Science, and Club Hill and Roach elementary schools.