Recent News

Five Seniors Receive MLK Youth Legacy Awards
The Austin Area Heritage Council recognized five Ann Richards School seniors during their annual MLK Youth Legacy Awards. Class of 2021 seniors Carla, Maria, Keji, Guadalupe, and Maya received their award virtually via a Facebook livestream of the awards. The MLK Youth Legacy Awards were created to recognize youth in the Austin community for their... Read more »
Ann Richards Students Reflect on First Female VP
The Starlight News crew had the opportunity to connect with local TV stations Fox 7 and KVUE news to share their thoughts about the Inauguration of the first female Vice President. Class of 2021 seniors Annalissa, Emme, Lizbeth, and Sukeji all shared the importance of the moment and what it means for their life. Sukeji... Read more »
Recognizing the 30th Anniversary of Ann Richards’ Inauguration
Thirty years ago on January 15, 1991, Governor Richards’ Inauguration took place with a march down the Congress Avenue bridge to the Texas Capitol. KEYE TV’s John-Carlos Estrada featured the day in his Turning Back Time segment. Ann Richards’ legacy lives on through the students at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, with... Read more »
New Home of the Stars Opens for the Spring Semester
The new home for the Stars on Panther Trail officially opened and welcomed a small group of students on January 6, 2021. The new building will be able to serve up to 1,050 students in grades 6-12 from all over Austin.
Beloved Head Custodian and Original Star, Retires
A little over thirty-one years ago, Head Custodian Agustin Guzman started his first day at then T.N. Porter Middle School. Fast forward a few decades, Agustin and his crew have cared for the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders every day since the start of the school in the Fall of 2007. He and... Read more »
Hello World Provides Computer Science Curriculum Thanks to All Points North Foundation
Hello World, a computer science program taught by engineers, partnered with the Ann Richards School this fall for a virtual curriculum thanks to a grant from All Points North Foundation and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). The web development and virtual reality programs are taught to all middle schoolers from 6th through 8th grade. Students connect... Read more »
Senior Matches with QuestBridge Scholarship
Class of 2021 senior Lizbeth F. started the month of December with some fantastic news. On December 1st, she opened her email to virtual confetti covering her laptop screen with a message about her selection as a QuestBridge Match Scholar with her number one choice for college, Yale University. Lizbeth will receive a four-year education... Read more »
Volleyball Wins 17-5A District Championship
Friday night was a district title sweep for the Ann Richards School volleyball teams. The 9th grade, junior varsity, and varsity volleyball teams each defeated Anderson, and the varsity squad clinched their UIL District 17-5A title. The Ann Richards Volleyball Stars closed out their regular season with a 16-1 record and ranked #10 in the... Read more »
Sneak Peek of the New Building
We proudly present the Starlight News crew featuring Annalissa, Emme, Lizbeth, and Sukeji as your Star Reporters, with Lucero behind the scenes editing. The Starlight News crew are excited to share a special tour of the new home of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. Please enjoy! New Building Tour with the Starlight... Read more »
Starlight News Broadcasts Senior Speeches
One of the best Ann Richards School traditions, the Senior Speech, typically involves a senior imparting advice and inspiration to her younger sisters at a Monday morning all-school assembly in the Big Gym. The limitations brought on by the Coronavirus presented a challenge to continuing that tradition. Thankfully, the Starlight News crew stepped in and... Read more »