Irving ISD Celebrates National AP Award
More than a thousand Advanced Placement (AP) students, teachers and supporters packed into the Irving High School auditorium Wednesday to celebrate Irving ISD’s National AP District of the Year Award. The celebratory assembly featured performances by the Irving High School drum line, cheer squad, JROTC color guard and choir students.
Adam Grinage, Ed.D., associate superintendent for academic services, emceed the event, which included speeches by Superintendent Jose Parra, Ed.D., MacArthur AP Calculus teacher Jeff Tillerson and MacArthur High School senior Joseph Trujillo.
A congratulatory video by Governor Greg Abbott was shown and high school principals and AP teachers recognized 155 AP Scholars, 24 AP Scholars with Honors and 23 AP Scholars with Distinction. The event concluded with the presentation of the AP District of the Year Award by Dr. Richard Middleton, vice president of the southwestern regional office of The College Board and The College Board Trustee Paul Weaver to Dr. Parra and Irving ISD Board President Larry Stipes.
In addition to the ceremony, Irving ISD and the National AP District of the Year award were also mentioned during Governor Greg Abbott’s State of the State Address in Austin Tuesday. Superintendent Parra was invited to attend the address, where Governor Abbott declared Irving ISD “the very best ISD for advanced placement in the entire United State of America.” You can watch Governor Abbott’s remarks and congratulations to Dr. Parra during his State of the State Address about 15 minutes into this video.