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Students and Teachers recognized by the Marble Falls ISD Board of Trustees for outstanding achievements

Gretchen Hanneman of Marble Falls High School is recognized as a National Merit Commended Scholar for her performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). Of the 1.5 million entrants, National Merit Commended students fall within approximately the top 50,000 top scores. We are so proud of Gretchen’s dedication to her studies throughout her school career.


Olvin Buezo and Alyssa Venegas, fifth graders at Highland Lakes Elementary, received the Superintendent’s Award on Monday evening at the School Board meeting. The Superintendent’s Award is given to two students at each campus once throughout the school year who exemplify what it means to be a Mustang through dedication to studies, participation in extracurriculars, citizenship and overall enthusiasm for learning.

HLE Superintendents Award

Olvin Buezo loves learning.  He understands the value of an education and is faithful to his practice of accumulating knowledge and skills upon which he will be able to build his life. Olvin often helps teachers and other students even before they realize they need help. He works to be his best self and encourages others as they work toward being their best selves.  Olvin has been described by his teachers as curious, determined, and goal-oriented.

Alyssa Venegas works hard and always tries her best. She is not afraid to ask for help and is persistent in learning even when she does not understand a concept right away. Alyssa is consistently helping others with their school work. Alyssa is a ray of sunshine in and out of the classroom, always making sure others feel included and being the first to help out a fellow student in need. Alyssa has been described by her teachers as kind, funny, and inclusive.

Dr. Chris Allen, Superintendent, says, “I am incredibly proud of Alyssa and Olvin and the learning habits they are forming early on that will serve them through their educational journey in Marble Falls and into adulthood. These students perform as strong role models for their peers, and we are delighted to recognize them for their success.”

Katherine Civiletto, GT Teacher at Highland Lakes Elementary, received the Going the Extra Mile Award for routinely going above and beyond her job duties and demonstrating an unyielding commitment to students and fellow teachers. She radiates joy to all who are lucky enough to be near and spreads enthusiasm for learning to students and teachers alike. 

Mrs. Civiletto

“Mrs. Civiletto treats her position more as a privilege than a job. I am consistently impressed by her enthusiasm for kids and amazed at her ability to support other team members across grade levels and departments. She lives out our value statement to Love Your People,” says Leslie Talamantes, Principal at Highland Lakes Elementary.