AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - Amarillo ISD’s Superintendent’s Scholarship Program celebrates the hard work of students throughout the district.
“It recognizes students that get a 95 or above average in five or more classes,” said Whitney Chapmen, the lead counselor at Caprock High School.
Each semester, AISD students have the opportunity to be honored at the luncheon.
“What happened first was freshman year they handed me the paper and was like, ‘Hey you are a superintendent scholar,’ but at the time I had no idea what that means,” said Ivan Ortega, an Amarillo High School senior. “And so after finding out I was like, ‘OK, like, this is cool. I need to keep getting this.’ It’s just kind of hard to balance things, especially when you start doing extracurricular activities at school. For me, I’m in band. I am also in choir, so it’s not a lot of time to juggle around AP classes and those.”
According to the students, more scholars are recognized for their academic excellence each year.
“Actually, I have seen a really big increase in Superintendent Scholars since my freshman year,” said Alex Nair, an Amarillo High School senior. “A lot more people have become more determined to go after a Superintendent Scholar than when I first started. There is a bigger number of us seniors, and I think it’s a really great thing. It shows how intelligent our community is growing and not just at Amarillo High, but I’ve noticed it at every school. Tascosa, Palo Duro, Caprock; it really shows the mass amount of people that show up.”
This year, eight AISD seniors achieved this honor through all eight semesters of their high school career.