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For almost three years, Judson ISD has been building and

orchestrating a growing STEM (Science, Technology, En-

gineering and Math) program that has engaged hundreds

of students in the district. While it has inspired and moti-

vated so many students toward this field of study, it has

now been recognized by the International Technology and

Engineering Educator Association. It is one of 24 STEM

programs worldwide to earn the prestigious Program Ex-

cellence Award. This award is one of the highest honors a

public education STEM program can achieve.

STEM Grant Program Director Deborah Rice has been at

the helm of the program since it began and has been in-

strumental in integrating STEM concepts in projects such

as robotics and scientific weather observations. Ms. Rice

attended the recent annual ITEEA conference in Wash-

ington D.C. for the award.

Amber Ramirez,



Basketball Phenom

She's one of the best athletic talents to come out of

Judson ISD and she's being recognized by more and

more experts and scouts. Amber Ramirez was

named to the 2016 McDonald's All-American Team.

She is one of 24 outstanding high school senior girls

basketball players chosen for the honor and the on-

ly basketball player male or female from JISD to be

selected for it. Amber made us all proud as she real-

ly shined in the 15th Annual Girls Game at the

United Center in Chicago in March. She scored 21

points and was on pace to break the event’s record

for a time. Even though Amber’s team (East) lost it

was an overtime game and everyone knew why

TCU is so happy to have her onboard next year.

Take a look at the highlights of the game


Amber has also been named to the Naismith Trophy

Girls' High School Midseason Team, which is also a

national award. She's one of six on this team from

Texas. Amber is the daughter of Mike and Melissa

Ramirez and is a 4-year starter for the T-Birds. She

averaged 26 points a game this year.

Amber signing with TCU along with her

family and school supporters


Program Named Among

Worldwide Best

STEM Grant Director Deborah Rice (L) with

JISD Exec. Director Curriculum/Instruction

Tori Austin