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STISD Earns Honor in 2023 Magna Awards Program for Innovation

We are happy to announce that South Texas ISD (STISD) is a National School Boards Association (NSBA) 2023 Magna Award winner. STISD was recognized for its commitment to innovation as a winner in the 29thannual awards program, and is one of 18 winners — three Grand Prize winners, nine Silver Award winners, and six honorable mentions — across the nation receiving this honor.

Sponsored by NSBA’s flagship magazine, American School Board Journal, the Magna Awards has a long history of recognizing exemplary school district programs.  

The 2023 awards program recognizes district programs that solved a challenge with creativity and out-of-the-box strategies. 

South Texas ISD was selected as a winner by an independent panel of judges for its entry on South Texas ISD Science Academy’s Engineering Design & Development (EDD) & EDD Presents Showcase.

The EDD program is a capstone project designed for seniors to use the engineering process to develop solutions to address real-world problems. At the end of the school year, seniors come together for an EDD Presents Showcase to present their solutions to a panel of judges with backgrounds in engineering, who evaluate projects based upon specific criteria, including prototype, testing results and presentation. 

“For more than 25 years, the Magna Awards have recognized innovative school district programs,” said NSBA Executive Director and CEO Dr. John Heim. “Each of our winners exemplifies how school leaders and district staff have reinvented learning — and learning environments — for students, staff, and communities. We congratulate our winners and thank them for their hard work and devotion to the students they serve. We also hope these programs will provide information and inspiration to school districts facing similar challenges across the country.”

STISD wil be highlighted in the April issue of ASBJ. Read about our award-winning program and the other winners at