Announcing the Class of 2018 Dell Scholars

Richardson HS

Dell Scholar finalists have been announced for the Class of 2018 and Richardson ISD is celebrating the nine students that earned this recognition!

Each of RISD’s four high schools produced a finalist and all nine finalists are products of the AVID system in RISD. Since 2009, the RISD AVID system has produced 49 Dell Scholars — among the highest in the U.S.

Congrats to all of the Dell Scholars and good luck as you begin college.

Khaled Ameen
Ranya Arshad
Emily Garcia
Yordanos Kifle

Lake Highlands
Reggie Mensah

Sira Nakwaasah
Maheen Polani
Rheal Zackaria

Livey Paniagua Cruz

The Dell Scholars Program is an initiative of the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. The program recognizes and assists an underserved population — students in the academic middle, from low-income households and who are often among the first in their families to attend college.

Berkner HS

All Dell Scholars have overcome significant personal challenges in their pursuit of higher education. The financial award helps students with various education expenses; but, most importantly, the program is more than just a check: Dell Scholars is a college completion program that provides students with key supports they need to obtain a college degree.

Pearce HS

AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is an academic, regularly scheduled elective class that meets during the school day. It is based on writing as a tool of learning, inquiry method, and collaborative grouping. The three main components of the system are: academic instruction, tutorial support, and motivational activities. It is a state approved innovative course, and students in grades nine through twelve receive an elective credit for the course each year.

“AVID transforms not only lives of students, but the lives of the educators standing alongside them,” said Joan Swim, RISD Director of AVID. “The system promotes and instills high expectations for all students to succeed.”

Lake Highlands HS

AVID is offered on ten RISD elementary campuses and at all secondary schools. By teaching and reinforcing academic behaviors and higher-level thinking at a young age, Elementary AVID creates a ripple effect in later grades. Elementary students develop the academic habits they will need to be successful in middle school, high school, and college, in an age-appropriate and challenging way.

Secondary AVID classes equip students with the tools, resources, and expectations they need to succeed on a path to college and career success. Many students possess a desire to go to college and have the willingness to work hard, but many do not truly have the opportunity to be college-ready. AVID closes the opportunity gap, and prepares students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college, for success after high school.