Thursday, August 21, 2014

Spring Branch ISD graduates are honored at Vietnamese-American luncheon

Four valedictorians from Spring Branch ISD high schools were honored recently during the Vietnamese-American Youth Excellence Recognition Luncheon held Aug. 3 at the Kim Son Bellaire Ballroom in southwest Houston.

The Vietnamese Culture and Science Association (VCSA) reports that it honored 28 regional high school valedictorians and salutatorians at the 18-year-old annual event.

SBISD student honorees included the following Class of 2014 valedictorians:

• Alyssa Nguyen and David Pham of Westchester Academy for International Studies (WAIS)
• Bao Tran Ma of Spring Woods High School
• Matthew Nguyen of Memorial High School.

VSCA is a Houston-based national organization that encourages multi-generational and cross-cultural collaborations by encouraging civic participation in the mainstream and in Vietnamese-American communities.

The recent luncheon featured an authentic Vietnamese cuisine, scholarship award presentations, cultural performances and a keynote address by Dr. Harry Dao Jr., who is an assistant professor in dermatology at the Baylor College of Medicine.

Numerous regional school district and elected civic officials were invited to the luncheon, which attracted 600 attendees, according to the organization.


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