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Inspire Awards Recognizes SAISD Achievers

Inspire Awards Recognizes SAISD Achievers

San Antonio ISD Foundation honored past, present and future shining stars at the SAISD Foundation INSPIRE Awards 2011.

In a ceremony featuring mocktails, street tacos and entertainment by some award-winning student performers, the district recognized the outstanding achievements of current and past alumni and teachers who have made outstanding contributions to the community.

The list of honorees by award category follows:

Excellence Award
Julián Castro, Government & Service – City mayor and a graduate of Jefferson High School

Al Silva, Business & Non-Profit – General manager and chief operating officer for the Labatt Food Service and  graduate of Jefferson High School

Ashley Castoreno, Rising Star – The star of the 2011 documentary “Health Needs a Hero” that details her successful fitness efforts that began in the PE class of her alma mater and resulted in a 105-pound weight loss is Highlands High School graduate.

Leadership Award
Leticia Van de Putte, Government & Service –  District 26 state senator and s Jefferson High School graduate

Julie Wisdom-Wild, Business & Non-Profit – Executive Director of Alpha Home and Edison High School graduate

Service Award
Lanierites, Organization – Group comprised of Lanier High School graduates who have raised more than $30,000 in scholarships

Dr. Carlos Orozco, Individual – Award-winning physician of Internal Medicine and a graduate of Fox Tech HS

Katherine Cantu-Sickle – Beacon Hill ES (3rd Grade Teacher)
Lois Anders – Beacon Hill ES (3rd Grade Teacher)
Maricela Lazarin – Fox Tech HS (Law Magnet Teacher)
Bill Odam – Jefferson HS (Agriculture Teacher)
Roland Ruvalcaba – Longfellow MS (AVID & Science Teacher)

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Pictured: The SAISD Foundation hosted its first Inspire Awards 2011 where teachers and alumni were honored.  Five teachers won the Innovation Award.  They are (l-r) Maricela Lazarin (Fox Tech), Lois Anders (Beacon Hill), Katherine Cantu-Sickle (Beacon Hill), Roland Ruvalcaba (Longfellow) and Bill Odam (Jefferson).