Mansfield ISD Magazine Summer 2019 | Page 30

MISD Education Foundation Honors Top 50 High School Students MISD’s 50 highest achieving students received medals during the recognition celebration. Mansfield ISD’s 50 highest achieving high school students and the teachers that inspired them were honored at the MISD Education Foundation’s 20th Annual Academic Recognition Celebration on Monday, April 22. The MISD Education Foundation is an organization that aims to foster creative approaches to generate and distribute resources to the educators and students of Mansfield ISD to enrich and meet the district’s mission of ensuring educational and personal success. The Education Foundation awards funds to teachers for innovative projects and programs that are not funded by tax dollars. Since 1998, the MISD Education Foundation has awarded over $3 million in innovative teaching grants. “This year, we were able to invite the district and community to celebrate the students and their chosen educator that made a significant impact on their lives,” said Lynn Wilkie, the Executive Director for the MISD Education Foundation. “Since we are not there to cheer them on when they take a test, this is our way to recognize their outstanding academic accomplishments.” Students were presented with a ‘Top 50’ Medal. Teachers and students received a plaque with their name, a portrait of themselves and a ‘Top 50’ lapel pin. MISD Destination Imagination Team Qualifies for World Competition The Destination Imagination team from Lake off, flies and lands and to create a story about Ridge High School and Danny Jones Middle School, characters exploring a remote place. named Just Add Water, excelled at the state Just Add Water has been competing together tournament and since first grade. qualified to compete The students in the global finals. are now Destination practicing for Imagination uses Global Finals project-based where they will learning to apply be competing the creative process with more than across seven 1,400 top-scoring different STEAM- Destination based (science, Imagination technology, teams from engineering, arts many U.S. states and mathematics) and 14 countries. challenges. The global The state contest competition will was held in March in take place May Corpus Christi and 22-25 in Kansas Destination Imagination team, Just Add Water, wore costumes during competition the team earned City, Missouri. dressed as sailors and mermaids. fourth place in the More than 17,000 technical challenge. students, parents The challenge required the team to build an aircraft and volunteers attend the event each May. that could deliver a team-created payload that takes 30 | Mansfield TODAY