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NBHS student named National Merit Commended Scholar
12/06/2019

CAPTION: Jeremy Alkire (center) is pictured with his family at the October 16, 2019, NBISD Board meeting after being recognized for being named a 2019 National Merit Commended Student from New Braunfels High School.

Jeremy Alkire, a senior at NBHS, has been named a Commended Scholar in the National Merit Scholarship Program. He is the only NBHS student to be honored in this year’s national recognition program.

While attending NBHS, Alkire has been a member of the Mighty Unicorn Band all four years and the wind ensemble for one year. He is a member of the LEO club, the Interact Club and HOSA. He served two years as president of the Interact Club and one year as president of HOSA. He was also a UIL Academics Regional Champion in the Current Issues and Events competition. He hopes to attend Dartmouth College and study biological sciences and Spanish, then continue on to medical school. He is the son of John and Jennifer Alkire.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Students in the National Merit Program are selected from the highest achievers and designated as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist in the first round. Only a Semifinalist advances to the final round and can become National Merit Finalist.

The NBISD Board of Trustees honored Alkire at the October 16 Board meeting for this honor.

CAPTION: Jeremy Alkire (center) is pictured with his family at the October 16, 2019, NBISD Board meeting after being recognized for being named a 2019 National Merit Commended Student from New Braunfels High School.


NBISD hires new Director of Safety and Security
12/06/2019

Jay Huffty was recently hired as the first-ever Director of Safety and Security for New Braunfels ISD. (12/06/19)

Jay Huffty was recently hired as the first-ever Director of Safety and Security for New Braunfels ISD. This newly created position is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership for the overall administration and coordination of the safety and security program for the district.

Huffty graduated from the East Texas Police Academy in 1993. He served the State of Texas as a Police Officer for ten years. In 1999, Huffty graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts and Sciences. In 2003, he obtained his Master of Education with a focus in Special Education. He obtained his superintendent certification in 2015 and is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Education.

He has previously worked as an administrator in San Marcos CISD, Comal ISD, Gonzales ISD and Lockhart ISD. During his service as an administrator, he has presented multiple developmental staff trainings on safety, how to effectively implement security measures, and appropriate student discipline techniques for all students. He has conducted multiple Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) drills at the campus and district wide levels. He is also a CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events) certified instructor. 

Huffty is a collaborative leader who believes in the district’s stakeholders. He is looking forward to continuing to develop and implement policies and practices that will make NBISD one of the safest and highest-performing districts in the state. He believes all children can transcend their circumstances and reach their potential through the focused efforts and caring support of the many dedicated teachers and professionals engaged in making a difference through public education.

He is married to Jennifer Huffty, who is also employed with NBISD. They have three grown children. They have lived in New Braunfels since 2007, and love the people and community. 


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