STEM students sign contract to TAMUSA
The good news keeps coming for students at STEM Early High School as Texas A&M- San Antonio officially announced on Dec. 16 a Fast-track Automatic Admission program for all STEM ECHS students.
During a “signing day” visit for STEM ECHS students, Texas A&M- San Antonio President Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson made the announcement about a program that will allow all STEM ECHS students automatic admission into San Antonio’s newest four year university upon graduating from STEM Early College High School.
“The Texas A&M system has been a blessing for Harlandale ISD,” said Superintendent Rey Madrigal. “Many of our students grew up in this area. This is our backyard. We are glad to have our students attend an institution that is known across the world.”
Madrigal and Dr. Eddie Rodriguez, STEM ECHS Principal, joined over 100 STEM freshmen students and staff members on their visit to the TAMUSA campus. Dr. Melissa Mahan, Vice President for Student Affairs, guidance counselors and admission representatives were on hand to assist the STEM ECHS students on signing their Fast-track Automatic Admission Contract.
Students will be admitted to TAMUSA provided that they graduate in the top 25 percent of their graduating class or meet two of the following requirements:
Be ranked in the top 50 percent of their graduating class
Hold an overall high school GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
Satisfy the required scores on the SAT or ACT assessment:
SAT: Minimum score of 860 on the SAT Reasoning Tests (Critical Reading and Math sections)
ACT: Minimum composite score of 18
A team of seven students from STEM Early College High School won the Design Award at the VEX Robotics Competition in Corpus Christi on Dec. 5.
The contest encouraged participants from across Texas to build innovative robots designed to score the most points possible in qualification matches. A combination of the robot design, an engineering notebook and a successful interview process earned Stem Early College High School students the Design Award.
According to team member Esmeralda Castillo, the group has poured their heart and soul into this project since the first week of September.
“Last weekend was a success for us,” Castillo said. “Our team definitely feels accomplished because we did work really hard on it.”
She credits their victory to a consistent and collaborative group effort.
“We work with each other’s skill sets really well and I think that is the greatest thing about having a team,” Castillo added.