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Trustees recognize student accomplishments

Trustees congratulated Highland Park Middle School eighth-grade student Ellie Chong for her win at the State Science Fair. Chong won in the Junior Biomedical Engineering category and Best of State at the state competition. Ellie's project was a solar-powered sterilization unit that she developed for use in geographical areas with limited access to water and electricity. HPMS Science Teacher Elizabeth Marshall was Ellie's sponsor and coach. Moody Institute staff member Jean Streepey also supported her.
Trustees honored the boys doubles tennis team of seniors Carl Newell and Leo Hall who finished in third place at the UIL 6A State Tennis Tournament April 25-26. Head Coach Tylir Jimenez and Assistant Coaches Rob Hogan and Reesa McFarlin coach the team.
Trustees also celebrated the HPHS boys gymnastics team for its bronze medal win at the Texas High School Gymnastics Coaches Association State Championship meet April 28-29. Boys Gymnastics Head Coach Mark Sherman shared highlights from the state meet including:
  • Senior Austin Chapman's All-Around win and first-place finish on Floor and Rings
  • Senior Clayton Staunton's win on Pommel Horse for his 14th state title, which ties him with HP 1992 grad Peter Hegi for most titles in the history of Texas high school gymnastics.
  • Junior John Sartain's top 10 finish with a seventh-place finish on Parallel Bars.