Member Spotlight


Honors Academy students meet every other Friday in the Germantown library from 3:15-4:00 to teach English as a second language. Mrs. Puri, Houston High ESL teacher, mentors us on how to teach English language learners. It’s been a good experience for our students because they learn a lot about other cultures and how people perceive life in a new country, especially the US. The majority of the students that Honors Academy members work with are from China, but they also have people from other parts of the world who want to learn. The high school students helping teach English are very diverse, and they represent wide range of ethnicities and backgrounds that is also unique to Houston High School. Anyone is welcome to join these students; our members work around students’ level of English so that they can learn better and faster.


Pictured on the back row is the people is who came to learn English from us.

Front row (left to right): Jaime Kim, Ashley Kim, Roshan Parikh

Not pictured (because students teach on a rotation): Shayda Niksefat, Laura Kim, Riya Patel, Megumi Fujii, Brady Bush, Elizabeth Black, Diyora Temirova.

Freshman Jenny McClain has been accepted to participate in Belmont University's String Crossings orchestra camp in June. They take 50 students from across the US, and they'll spend a week exploring string playing techniques for several different music genres, including classical, jazz, fiddling, and rock.

Freshman Saksham Saksena recently was recognized at the Tennessee Mathematics Teachers Association felicitation banquet at University of Martin. Saksham was ranked First in Algebra 1 in West TN and had the third highest score in State in this event. For this he received an award at the annual banquet.

Other than this some of Saksham’s notable achievements  in the previous year were National Second rank in MARS MEDICAL 3-D printing challenge sponsored by NASA & Future Engineers (Houston Middle received a free 3-D printer as part of this award), Math State Champion in 2015-16 Beta Convention, National 6th rank in Mathematics in National Beta Convention 2016-17, 4th rank Team in Math Counts, Grand Champion in Battle of Books (2015-16 & 2016-17), Best Design and NoteBook for ABLAZING RACE on UM STEM-E day in 2015 and 2016, Best Presentation in FLL Robotics Competition, DUKES TIP-7th grade SAT award of excellence.

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