Memorial’s Crespin Chosen for TASSP All-State Academic Excellence Team

Memorial’s Crespin Chosen for TASSP All-State Academic Excellence Team
Posted on 05/06/2016
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Alicia Crespin has been named to the All-State Academic Excellence Team by TASSP.

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Memorial Principal Dr. Angela Stallings congratulates Crespin on her recent achievement.
Memorial High senior Alicia Crespin has been named to the All-State Academic Excellence Team, an elite group of 20 students chosen statewide by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP).

"We are extremely proud of Alicia’s accomplishment and thankful to TASSP for this opportunity to be recognized at the state level,” said Memorial Principal Dr. Angela Stallings. “This is our fourth consecutive year to have one of our seniors named as an academic all-state winner. Memorial has a lot to celebrate.”

This prestigious award was designed to recognize high school seniors for their outstanding academic achievements and the rewards of superior scholarship.

Outstanding seniors are nominated by their high school principals based on their SAT or ACT scores, academic grade-point average, pursuit of an advanced diploma and other examples of exceptional academic ability. 

Nominated students presented a 300-500 word essay with their application. 

Crespin credited her parents for her achievement.

“My mother was an accountant in El Savador, but when she moved here, she started working in a deli,” Crespin said. “She worked hard and learned along the way, and she is now an assistant manager. My father has been working as a mechanic and supervisor for a long time. They showed me what hard work does for an individual.”

Crespin attended Teague Elementary, Lomax Middle School and Bondy Intermediate before starting at Memorial. She has excelled both academically and in her extra-curricular activities.

Ranked first in her class, Crespin has achieved a GPA of 5.65. She is an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar with Distinction and a QuestBridge College Prep Scholar.

She serves on the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee and is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Hispanic Honor Society, the Federal Reserve Bank of the Dallas for the Houston Branch Student Board of Directors and the Business Professionals of America.

Crespin received a Hispanic Heritage Youth award in the Business and Entrepreneurship category; second place in the Texas A&M University “Zooming Out for a Global View” competition, and a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Academic Excellence award.

She has been awarded a full ride to attend the University of Texas at Austin through the school’s Forty Acres Scholars program. Crespin has also received a Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Houston Scholarship for $4,000, a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Scholarship of $18,000, a Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Houston/Galveston Scholarship for $2,000, a Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship for $1,000 and a Houston Salsa Dancers Educational Scholarship for $2,000.

Eve Emmons, an English teacher at Memorial, was thrilled that Crespin was selected for TASSP.

“She is everything that you would want in a student," Emmons said. “She’s honest, hard-working, goal-oriented, focused and strong. She teaches me.”

As a member of the TASSP All-State Academic Excellence Team, Crespin will be awarded a $500 scholarship and formally recognized at the TASSP Summer Workshop in Austin on June 16.

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English teacher Eve Emmons shares a warm embrace with Crespin after learning that her student has been named a member of TASSP's All-State Academic Excellence Team.