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Students Earn National Rankings at Future Educators Conference

Duncanville High School students took top awards in the 2019 Educators Rising National Conference and Competition June 21-25 in Dallas. Six students who belong to the high school’s chapter of the Texas Association of Future Educators competed, and three of them received the highest rankings within their categories. 


Incoming seniors Diana Reyes and Kelly Gutierrez placed first in the nation in their category Children’s Literature Pre-K for their book “Luna’s Big Leap” named after Diana’s cat. Diana wrote the story and Kelly illustrated and translated the book into Spanish.


Diana Reyes and Kelly Gutierrez

Luna's Big Leap earned first place in Children's Literature Pre-K




















Aalyhia Shillow, who graduated in May, competed in the Impromptu Speaking category and placed third in the nation for her speech about standardized testing. Aalyhia will attend the University of North Texas (UNT) in the fall.

 Aalyhia Shillow wins first place in Impromptu Speaking

To compete in the national competition, students had to receive the highest rankings in their category at the regional and state competitions. 


Other students who participated in the national competition were 2019 graduates Salma Perez who will attend Texas State University; Rebekah Brown who will attend Texas Woman's University; and Dion Jamerson who will attend UNT. A total of 2,500 attendees participated in the national competition.


The four-day conference and competition provided networking and learning opportunities for students who aspire to be future leaders in education. Through competition, students continue to develop their teaching skills while receiving valuable feedback from national education leaders.