Meet the top students from HISD’s Class of 2016

  • scholars Valedictorians Lesbia Espinal Rodriguez, left, and Timeria Conley.

    Each spring, the Houston Independent School District honors the top two scholars at each of its high schools with a formal celebration of their outstanding academic achievements.

    In 2016, the district recognized the valedictorians and salutatorians at the annual Scholars Banquet held on April 12, 2016, at the Westin Oaks Galleria. A valedictorian has earned the highest grade-point average in his or her graduating class; the student with the second-highest grade-point average is designated as the salutatorian.

    This year, Chief of Major Projects Rick Cruz singled out two valedictorians for special recognition – Madison High School’s valedictorian, Lesbia Espinal Rodriguez, who came to HISD from Honduras in 2008 and entered HISD as a fifth-grader. Thanks to her hard work and involvement with the EMERGE program, she has received a full scholarship to Brandeis University valued at $200,000.

    Cruz also congratulated Timeria Conley, valedictorian at Barbara Jordan High School, on her 4.4 grade-point average. She plans to study biomedical science at Texas A&M University and pursue a career as a neurosurgeon or an emergency-room physician.

    To see photos and read the biographies of each valedictorian and salutatorian, please click on the links below.To see photos from the Scholars Banquet, please visit the HISD Facebook page by clicking here

    The HISD valedictorians and salutatorians for 2015–2016 are:
  • All
  • Austin High School
  • Barbara Jordan High School
  • Bellaire High School
  • Carnegie Vanguard High School
  • Challenge Early College High School
  • Chavez High School
  • Davis High School
  • DeBakey High School for Health Professions
  • East Early College High School
  • Eastwood Academy
  • ESTEM Central
  • ESTEM West
  • Furr High School
  • High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
  • High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
  • Houston Academy for International Studies
  • Jane Long Academy
  • Jones Futures Academy
  • Kashmere High School
  • Lamar High School
  • Lee High School
  • Liberty High School
  • Madison High School
  • Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy
  • Middle College High School at Felix Fraga
  • Middle College High School at HCC Gulfton
  • Milby High School
  • Mount Carmel Academy
  • North Forest High School
  • North Houston Early College High School
  • REACH Charter High School
  • REACH Charter School
  • Reagan High School
  • Sam Houston MSTC
  • Scarborough High School
  • Sharpstown High School
  • Sharpstown International School
  • South Early College High School
  • Sterling Aviation High School
  • Texas Connections Academy
  • Waltrip High School
  • Washington High School
  • Westbury High School
  • Westside High School
  • Wheatley High School
  • Worthing High School
  • Yates High School
  • Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy
  • All
  • Salutatorian
  • Valedictorian