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WFISD's Top Students Recognized at Board Meeting for Academic Achievements

WFISD’s Top Students Recognized at Board Meeting for Academic Achievements

Two National Merit Semifinalists, Five Commendeds, Two National Hispanic Scholars earn College Board accolades


Nine WFISD students proved their academic prowess in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking some of the top honors acknowledged by the College Board.

The nine students, all seniors, were honored at Monday’s Oct. 15 board meeting.

Wichita Falls High School senior Ryan Faulkner and Rider High School senior Kerri Lu earned top honors as National Merit Semifinalists, placing in the top 1 percent of all students across the nation who took the College Board PSAT test during their junior year.

Board members also recognized students who scored in the top 3 percent of the College Board test, qualifying them as National Merit Commended. Board members honored two Commended students from Hirschi High School: Tyler Morton and Alexis Nicolas. They also honored four Commended students from Rider High School: Benjamin Moffat, Vy Phan, Austin Taack, and Aaron Wheat.

The College Board also singles out 5,000 top performing Hispanic students from the 400,000 who test. The highest performers are named National Hispanic Scholars. WFISD trustees acknowledged the accomplishments of two National Hispanic Scholars: Hirschi High School’s Ramon Rodriguez and Wichita Falls High School’s Daniel Portillo.

More than 1.6 million juniors in 22,000 high schools entered the contest by taking the PSAT.


Consent Agenda

The adopted Consent Agenda approved the following:

  • Repeal and Adoption/Re-adoption of (LOCAL) Policies
  • Student Conduct Dress Code
  • Instructional Materials Adoption Committees
  • Resolution Regarding Extracurricular Status of 4-H organizations
  • Minutes


Financial Services

In a 6-0 vote, board members approved the Pitney Bowes lease agreement for postage and mailing equipment. The five-year lease renewal will add an envelope and barcode printer to the District’s Mail Room to help expedite the bulk mailings processed in the Print Shop.


Board of Trustees Continuing Education Training

Board members who lead WFISD are required to complete continuing education each year they serve, according to the State Board of Education.

There are four categories, or tiers, of continuing education for them.

  • Tier 1: local district orientation, basic legal orientation and legal update


  • Tier 2: team-building training with all board members and the superintendent
  • Tier 3: annual continuing education
  • Tier 4: evaluation student academic performance (new this year)

Six board members were commended for exceeding the required amount of continuing education training. Elizabeth Yeager exceeded requirements with 8.5 additional hours; Tom Bursey exceeded requirements with 4 additional hours; Mike Rucker exceeded requirements with 1.5 additional hours; Adam Groves exceeded the required training with 1 additional hour; Dale Harvey and Bob Payton exceeded requirements with one-half additional hour.


Applicant Pool

In a 6-0 vote, board members approved the proposed applicant pool of three new teachers presented by Cyndy Kohl, director of human resources.

Two of the new teachers will go to McNiel Middle School; one will go to Southern Hills Elementary.