From Carnegie’s Facebook Page: Student Summer Highlights

This summer, our students have transformed their casual pursuits into intellectual passions, shared their creativity, and gained invaluable communication and business skills. Read a few of our students’ summer highlights from the Carnegie Vanguard High School Facebook page and share with us your experiences through email or Facebook message.

Educating our Generation

“Nikki Foreman, Ariel del Vecchio, and Lauren Nyquist began working as assistant coaches for the Lanier Middle School 2013 – 2014 debate team right after the school year ended. For two weeks they spent four hours each day at Lanier working hands on with the students and many additional hours afterwards editing their pieces and debate cases. They then had the opportunity to travel with the team to Kansas City, Kansas where they won their 10th national title.

Left: The Lanier winning national team with their coach, Mr. Hill. Right: Ariel and Lauren with incoming Carnegie freshmen from the Lanier debate team

Left: The Lanier winning national team with their coach, Mr. Hill. Right: Ariel and Lauren with incoming Carnegie freshmen from the Lanier debate team



Photos: The winning national team with their coach, Mr. Hill, a photo of Ariel and Lauren relaxing at Schlitterbahn Kansas after the competition, and a photo of Ariel and Lauren with incoming Carnegie freshmen from the debate team. For Nikki this was her fourth year coaching the team and fourth year traveling with them to a national competition. For Ariel and Lauren this was their second year coaching the team and their first year traveling with them to the national tournament.”

In the Business


5 (1)“Seniors, Jay Mondkar and Mai Pham, are participating in the Atlas Scholars program. Jay reports: “The internship is a competitive three-year program at Atlas Commodities, LLC (a commodity brokerage in Houston). It’s focused on exposure to the energy/finance industry, as well as the development of leadership, teamwork, and professionalism. We have speakers from companies like Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. Field trips include energy/finance-related locations like the NRG Cedar Bayou Powerplant and Merrill Lynch trading floor as well as colleges during the second year. Students can apply during the second semester of their sophomore year. I would definitely recommend it; this program has been incredible. The website is


Looking Ahead to College

“Carnegie juniors, Janeth Rodriguez and Jonathan Trujillo, traveled with the Houston ISD EMERGE program this week to visit universities. They helped design and paint the cannon at Tufts University.”


Top left: Brown University

Top left: Brown University


Law and Order

“Over 100 students from all over the country and world (India, Italy, China, Federate States of Micronesia) including four from CVHS (Clayton Little, David Lee, Connor Burwell, and Bonnie Sullivan) are spending 3 weeks living in and studying at Georgetown University.

CVHS students are taking Constitutional Law and AP US Government. Like any college students they are taking midterms, finals, and writing a 12-15 page term paper. All classes are taught by college professors and average 20 students. They also do a variety of Speakers Programs, the one this past week being in Capitol Hill with speeches from a couple Senators/Representatives and officials from The Heritage Foundation.

In the upcoming weeks they are going to the Senate/House chambers, the White House, the Human Rights Campaign, meeting with officials from the Saudi Arabian Embassy, and going to the Pentagon. On the Fourth of July they are headed to Arlington National Cemetery, seeing fireworks, and going on moonlit monuments tour.”

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Pictures: Students with Ted Cruz. Connor with the Georgetown mascot, Jack Sr.

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