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Two 2016 delegates hail from nation’s top high schools

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Two students on the 2016 Government-in-Action Youth Tour hail from among the top-ranking public high schools in the country.

No. 62 overall on the U.S. News & World News Report national list is KIPP Austin Collegiate, from where Cedar Creek resident and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative delegate Jude Rios, 18, graduated. The school boasts 100 percent participation in advanced coursework.

The Science Academy of South Texas in Mercedes ranks 75th. Magic Valley EC member Mark Torres, 17, of Edinburg, attends the academy, which focuses on preparing students for careers in math and science.

They follow in the footsteps of the future leaders who have been going to Washington, D.C., for more than 50 years as part of electric cooperatives’ Youth Tour program.

Texas’ Top Public High Schools According to U.S. News & World Report:

Numbers indicate national rank.


No. 1

School for the Talented and Gifted

Dallas ISD


No. 4

School of Science and Engineering

Dallas ISD


No. 10

Carnegie Vanguard High School

Houston ISD


No. 22

Summit International Preparatory (Arlington)

Uplift Education-Summit International Preparatory


No. 29

DeBakey High School for Health Professions

Houston ISD


No. 35

YES Prep - Southwest

YES Prep Public Schools Inc. (Houston)


No. 43

Liberal Arts and Science Academy

Austin ISD


No. 50

Eastwood Academy

Houston ISD


No. 58

Westlake Academy (Westlake)

Westlake Academy Charter School


No. 62

KIPP Austin Collegiate (Austin)

KIPP Austin Public Schools Inc.


No. 65

YES Prep - North Central (Houston)

YES Prep Public Schools Inc.


No. 72

Early College High School

Laredo ISD


No. 75

The Science Academy of South Texas (Mercedes)

South Texas ISD


No. 78

Challenge Early College High School

Houston ISD


No. 79

IDEA Frontier College Preparatory (Brownsville)

IDEA Public Schools


No. 84

IDEA Quest College Preparatory (Edinburg)

IDEA Public Schools


No. 87

YES Prep - East End (Houston)

YES Prep Public Schools Inc.


No. 93

Young Women’s Leadership Academy

San Antonio ISD


No. 97

Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School

Dallas ISD

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