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.
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 gameRIGHT HERE.
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
JISD STEM Grant
Program Named Among
STEM Grant Director Deborah Rice (L) with
JISD Exec. Director Curriculum/Instruction