Student Achievements: Three to Celebrate

1. Guinness World Record
Students from Dallas ISD, Plano ISD, and Uplift Academy helped set a Guinness World Records title this spring for the largest Artificial Intelligence programming lesson with 846 participants learning the fundamentals of Python coding language during the Capital One Basic TrAIning: Bot Camp. Students learned to build Markov Chain Bots and use them to simulate conversations with their favorite celebrities. Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, seen here with DISD students, spoke on the importance of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) in their future career paths.

2. Journalist of the Year
Graduating senior Parker Davis, the seventh consecutive Marksman to be named Texas High School Journalist of the Year, is now the first St. Mark’s School of Texas student to win the national title. The Journalism Educators Associations and National Scholastic Press Association named The ReMarker managing editor as the 2019 National High School Journalist of the Year. FROM LEFT: teacher Ray Westbrook, Davis, and headmaster David W. Dini.

3. Fairway to Success
This year’s Deloitte/Northern Texas PGA Fairway to Success scholarship recipients include two students from Thomas Jefferson High School: Hector Diaz will attend Austin College and Miriam Resendez-Ortiz will go to the University of North Texas-Denton. They and four other Dallas ISD students received $20,000 each for college. A seventh student received a four-year scholarship to the UNT-Dallas. The five-week program this year introduced 223 students from Jefferson, Samuell, and Lincoln high schools to golf and the life lessons of discipline, honor, and integrity. Graduating seniors who participated could apply for scholarships. FROM LEFT: Scholarship winners Yobesh Ogari Okero, Aracely Escobar, Resendez-Ortiz, Salma Gonzalez, and Diaz. NOT PICTURED: Gerrick Walker and Naomi Jones.

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