MARCH 2021
Destiny Boone
We’re proud to announce that 11th grade student Destiny Boone has been awarded a 2021 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Award! According to the AiC website, this award recognizes students’ aptitude and aspirations “as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education.” As a recipient of the Regional Affiliate Award, she will be getting an engraved award, recognition at their award event, scholarship and internship opportunities, and automatic induction into the AiC network of peers and professionals.

Destiny is an active member of Upward Bound. The program staff describer her as someone who seizes every chance to advance her passion for computing. She's is in the top of her class in the STEM Academy at Madison College, a partnership between MMSD High Schools and the college. Destiny is also involved in the Information Technology Academy at University of Wisconsin-Madison. There, she takes additional technology courses and has been completing internships in the field. Destiny isn’t sure which college to attend yet, but she’s already off to an amazing start in life.
Soulful Productions Academy
Check out this great article in the Wisconsin State Journal featuring East High School students Mai Chee Thao, Kao Nou Thao, Jordan Xiong and our East MSCR Recreation Specialist, Mayder Lor!

Amid frigid weekend temperatures and snow piled high outdoors, Hmong students and their adviser celebrated a rainforest culture in the humid Bolz Conservatory at Olbrich Botanical Gardens.

East 9th grader Mai Chee Thao and her sister, 10th grader Kao Nou Thao, wore traditional Hmong clothing as they danced to the song 'Hmoob Tsiab Peb Caug' by Leekong Xiong and Dalee Chang. Their synchronized movements reflected the words of the song about a Hmong New Year celebration where people dance and toss balls. The sisters said it feels great to perform a traditional song and to show it to others.

East 11th grader, Jordan Xiong, sang in Hmong and played the guitar while wearing traditional Hmong clothing. He was performing an original song he wrote about love, choosing a life partner and building a life together.

Lor wore a traditional Hmong necklace as she was filmed preparing a papaya salad called thum mak hoong. She is a performing artist and professional emcee who works around the country and created Soulful Productions Academy as an MSCR after-school club at East. Members of the group practice and then perform singing, rapping, dancing and other talents for special events at East and at other venues.

“Our kids have a gift that they want to tap into and I want it to become a reality for them,” Lor said. “It creates a lot of confidence in our students.”

Mai Chee Thao said Soulful Productions Academy helps students who want to show their talents to others people and get better at them.

“Soulful Productions Academy is (a place) where I can practice my dance with my friends and meet other students, too,” Kao Nou Thao said.

"It’s a good way to put yourself out there and put your culture out there," Xiong said about performing.

The Laos Rainforest Rhythms videos will be available for viewing on March 15th at

To get involved in East's Soulful Production Academy, contact Mayder Lor.
Cesar Martinez, Ebrahim Amara, Silvia Gomez
Shoutout to AVID and History teacher Cesar Martinez, MSC (Multicultural Services Coordinator) Ebrahim Amara, and Spanish BRS (Bilingual Resource Specialist) Silvia Gomez for their work during Black History Month. As the MSC, Ebrahim has worked hard with the BSU (Black Student Union) to share valuable Black history with students and the community through social media, including a live event, Unapologetically Black. Silvia and Cesar supported the student groups Raza United and NASA (Native American Student Association) in making content about the history of Afro-Latinos and Black- Native Americans

Thank you for educating our students and community on this important history!