The Envelope(s) Please

May 24, 2013
Lydia Dobyns

Lydia Dobyns

I don’t like to admit how much I love watching the Academy Awards; I am a sucker for public acknowledgement of great work. We couldn’t be more proud of the many accolades falling on New Tech schools, teachers and students. It’s like the Oscars, Emmys and Tonys combined, with New Tech collecting trophies in every category!

I also know that we’re aware of only some of the honors bestowed to members of the New Tech family — please let us know if we don’t acknowledge awards you’ve received.


Here are some recent scholarships received by students. This is just the beginning of what we know will be many more scholarships awarded to New Tech students. Please be sure to let us know when you learn of a student receiving a scholarship. We want to acknowledge as many of them as we can.

2013 NTN school (Indiana) Lilly Scholarship winners:

The following students were recipients of scholarships from the Lilly Scholarship Community Scholarship Program. (Lilly Endowment, Inc., awards full-tuition scholarships to students in each county of Indiana.)

Anna Meyer: Zebra New Tech

Waylon Fisher: New Tech Academy at Wayne

Ryan Smith Taylor: Titan New Tech

Haley Johnson: Calumet High School

Jessica McVey: Triton Central


Napa New Technology High School Students Honored by C-Span

New Technology High School, Napa Valley Unified School District

Napa New Tech (Napa, CA) students Anna Yip, Jose Malgoza and Hannah Callison were recognized by C-SPAN for their placement in the 2013 C-Span Student Cam Competition. The New Tech students created a seven-minute documentary entitled “Corporations Are Not People.” The student video can be seen here:

Belton New Tech Wins 2013 Safer Texas PSA Contest, Belton Independent School District

Students at Belton New Tech High in Belton, Texas, won first place in the 2013 Safer Texas Video Public Service Announcement Contest. Check it out for yourselves:

Student Jonathan Bradway of New Tech School of IDEAS is a Finalist in DuPont Challenge

New Tech School of IDEAS, MSD Decatur Township

Da Vinci: World Robotics Championships in St. Louis

Da Vinci Charter Academy, Davis Joint Unified School District

The Citrus Circuits robotics team featuring local high school students took their robot all the way to the Final Four of the FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis last weekend — the farthest the team has ever advanced in its nine-year history.

Manor New Tech: World Robotics Championships in St. Louis

Manor New Technology High School, Manor Independent School District

14 students from Manor New Technology High competed at the National Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. The Manor team already holds two gold and one silver medal for regional wins in San Antonio and Houston. It also was a finalist in the Lubbock regional.

METSA Rocket Team Qualifies for National Competition

Math, Engineering, Technology and Science Academy,CFBISD

METSA students competed in Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). TARC is an annual aerospace STEM competition.


2013 Outstanding Biology Teacher for the State of Arkansas 

Cross County High School,Cross County District

Teresa Fuller, from Cross County High School, is the winner of the 2013 Outstanding Biology Teacher Award (OBTA) for the state of Arkansas. Teresa teaches a 10th grade BioComm class as well as AP Biology and Anatomy/Physiology.

Indiana University School of Education honors Katie Isch of Adams Central Jet Tech as Armstrong Teacher Educators

Adams Central Jet Tech, Adams Central Community Schools

The Indiana University School of Education has named eight Indiana public school teachers as the Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Teacher Educators for the 2013-14 school year.

Michael Williams of Warren New Tech High School Is Named Teacher of the Year for Warren County Schools

Warren New Tech High School, Warren County Schools

Michael Williams, Social Studies teacher at Warren New Tech High School in Warrenton, North Carolina, (, has been named Warren County Schools’ 2013-14 Teacher of the Year. (VA-NC News)


18 New Tech Schools Named in US News and World Report 2013 

Rankings: Eighteen schools in the New Tech Network (NTN) were recently named to the 2013 U.S. News and World Report Best High School rankings. The public schools were chosen from among 21,035 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. student body across a range of performance indicators.

Napa New Tech High and Da Vinci Charter Academy Named California Distinguished Schools

Napa New Tech High has been named one of California’s Distinguished schools for the second time. Da Vinci Charter Academy in Davis, CA, has been named one of California’s Distinguished schools for 2013.


 Rose Wilder Chosen as South Carolina Superintendent of the Year

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Superintendent Wilder is named top superintendent in South Carolina.

Kudos to everyone. We are proud of the great work taking place throughout the Network. Your commitment to prepare students for successful post-secondary paths is evident in these recognitions. It’s because of your efforts that New Tech schools provide student-centered teaching and learning built on a culture of educational innovation. We are still humbled that President Obama visited Manor New Tech earlier this month and said this: “Every day this school is proving that every child has the potential to learn the real-world skills they need to succeed in college and beyond. You’re doing things a little differently around here than a lot of high schools, and it’s working….We also have to make sure we help every student get the skills like they do here at Manor New Tech to compete in a high tech economy.”