Duncanville ISD Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith recognized 63 students and their families last week as part of the newly-developed Superintendent’s Scholars Program.
The students represent the top 40 percent in 8th, 9th and 10th grades based on two criteria: passing the college readiness benchmark on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test and scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT).
The district identified and recognized the top-performing students to encourage them to take advantage of the college preparatory classes and test preparatory activities offered at Duncanville High School.
“We want to become a college-going culture in this district,” Dr. Smith said.
The ceremony, which was hosted at the HIlton Garden Inn- Duncanville, included dinner and a flute performance by Duncanville HIgh School band students.
The Superintendent’s Scholars received medals to celebrate their academic accomplishment. The students also heard words of encouragement from David Daniels, National Merit Scholar and graduate of Duncanville High School class of 2013.
Daniels graduated from Rice University in Houston with a degree Cognitive Science and Education Policy. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Education at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore while also teaching middle and high school math. He encouraged students to take advantage of everything Duncanville ISD offers.
“While I was there, I didn’t realize how special the school was and the kind of resources and opportunities that were there, but having lived in several places since then, I’ve come to realize that most schools don’t have as many programs as Duncanville,” Daniels said.
Dr. Smith said this initial class of Superintendent’s Scholars is just the beginning. The program will become an annual event with more students recognized each year.