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Academy of Science and Technology Celebrates the Class of 2024

Annual Senior Gala honors Class of 2024 with Pixar-inspired theme

The Woodlands, TX | Sunday, May 5, 2024

The Academy of Science and Technology held its 34th Annual Senior Gala this past Sunday, recognizing the rigorous academic journey and accomplishments of its 66 graduating seniors.

Hosted at The Woodlands Marriott Waterway with a Pixar-inspired theme, the event was a festive yet profound acknowledgment of the students' hard work. Among the attendees were proud family members, alumni, and local dignitaries, all there to celebrate the graduates' achievements. The Academy, situated within The Woodlands College Park High School, is renowned for its demanding STEM curriculum that prepares students for top-tier higher education and careers in cutting-edge fields.

This evening is not only about celebrating graduation; it's about honoring the academic journey and achievements of our students

During the ceremony, each student was recognized individually; a faculty member read their biography and future college plans. Additionally, the students were awarded a certificate and an Academy of Science and Technology medallion, which they may wear during their graduation ceremony. This personalized acknowledgment highlighted the unique journey and achievements of each senior, underlining the school's commitment to individual student success.

The gala was organized by co-chairs Karrie Allen, Roxana Justiniano, Jennifer Rice, Nancy Temple, and Michelle Xiao, who together created an evening that perfectly celebrated the academic and personal growth of the students. During the event, Dr. Curtis Null, Conroe ISD Superintendent, highlighted the unique pressures and demands of the Academy's curriculum. Dr. Debra Creel and other faculty members introduced each senior, noting their resilience and contributions to the fields of science and technology.

A special highlight of the evening was the presentation of the first Susan Caffery Woman in STEM Award to student Isabel Eshetu. This award, named after Dr. Susan Caffery, the Academy’s second Headmaster who retired last year, recognizes outstanding female students who excel in STEM disciplines.

The Senior Gala effectively celebrated the graduates not just as students, but as young scientists and engineers who have thrived under extraordinarily demanding academic conditions and are now ready to take on the world.


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