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Excellence Always in Mesquite ISD

The Mesquite Promise

In Mesquite ISD we believe that we share with our community a mutual goal of removing barriers and surrounding our young people with the support they need to thrive and excel.

Athletics Hall of Honor

Recognizing excellence in MISD sports.

Read Play Talk

Inspiring children through promoting, educating, and modeling the importance of reading, playing, and talking!

Vanguard High School

VHS is a school of choice serving students in Mesquite ISD interested in a non-traditional high school experience. Students can choose from 16 different programs of study and earn multiple industry certifications, as well as dual credit.


Innovation that is inspiring each student’s story like never before.

Excellence in Leadership

Characteristics and competencies define excellent leadership.

Accreditation Evaluation System

Ensuring we reach deeper and higher levels of excellence.


The Leadership and Empowerment Team (LET) works to continue the removal of any cultural, gender, race and ability-related obstacles ensuring dignity and belonging for all.

Facility Upgrades

Prioritizing facility upgrades and new construction.

Profiles in Excellence

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Alanna Quillen
  • Class of 2008
  • MHS

Alanna Quillen is a 2008 graduate of Mesquite High School currently working as a TV news reporter covering the Dallas-Fort Worth area for NBC 5. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from UT Arlington.

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Darnesha Moore
  • Class of 2013
  • MHS

Darnesha Moore graduated from Mesquite High School in 2013 and currently works as the national manager for education, training, and resources for the United States Tennis Association.

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Camden Acri
  • Class of 2033
  • Price Elementary

Camden Acri is a second grade student at Price Elementary and a dedicated athlete excelling in sports. Although he has played different sports, such as basketball and baseball and enjoys them very much, football is his favorite. Camden has been rotating positions such as quarterback, running back, and wide receiver. Recently, he went viral on social media as he danced in celebration to an impressive touchdown.

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Erin Clayton
  • Class of 2034
  • Shands Elementary School

Erin Clayton is a first grade student at Shands Elementary School and a dedicated volunteer in her community. While she and her parents were taking their dogs out for their daily walk, Clayton noticed more trash was appearing throughout their route. To make her community look beautiful, she took the initiative to pick all the trash she would find along the way. 

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Nigeria Peterson
  • Class of 2028
  • Wilkinson Middle School

Nigeria Peterson is a seventh grade Wilkinson Middle School student pursuing her passion for dance. Peterson, who is described as shy, first discovered her love for dance at a young age while spending countless hours listening to music and dancing in her bedroom. 

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Allan Alfaro
  • Class of 2010
  • NMHS

Meet Allan Alfaro, Class of 2010 North Mesquite High School graduate and professional pilot. Alfaro immigrated to the United States with his family in 2005 and enrolled at Mesquite ISD while in middle school. After learning a new language and familiarizing himself with a new culture, Alfaro had his heart set on pursuing a career in aviation. 

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JaCorey Shepherd
  • Class of 2011
  • JHHS

JaCorey Shepherd, Class of 2011 Dr. John D. Horn High School graduate and current owner and head trainer at ShepUp Performance Center in Rockwall, Texas. Shepherd was an All-State wide receiver for the Jags and went on to play football at the University of Kansas and was drafted into the NFL in 2015.

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Ryleigh Adams
  • Class of 2029
  • Motley Elementary

Ryleigh was in kindergarten in 2016 when she first told her family she did not want any birthday gifts. Her birthday falls three days before Christmas, and her wish was to help underprivileged children by donating her presents.

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Peniel Nnamdi
  • Class of 2028
  • Terry Middle School

Peniel Nnamdi is a sixth grade student at Terry Middle School who recently became a published author after launching her first book at the end of last year. Peniel, the oldest of four siblings, enjoys writing and finding different ways to help others.

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