Andrew Tanielian, NBC 5 News
Townview's School of Science and Engineering has been awarded Intel's School of Distinction Award for the best high school math program in the country, and with that comes a $75,000 prize.
The Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center in Dallas is a world-class high school that is consistently recognized for academic excellence. Now Townview's School of Science and Engineering has been awarded Intel's School of Distinction Award for the best high school math program in the country.
Only five schools in the United States received the award, and Townview SEM was the only school in Texas recognized.
Along with the title came $75,000 to advance programs at the school. SEM got $5,000 for being a finalist, $5,000 for winning and a $65,000 award package that includes hardware, software and curriculum materials.
"It's validation that what we are doing here works," said senior Sydney Quade who hopes to be a chemist working on new medicines and curing diseases.
This year SEM was ranked No. 4 in Newsweek's list of America's Best High Schools 2012 and No. 3 on the Washington Post's Most Challenging High Schools list.