Recent News

Ruiz Signs to Play Volleyball at Concordia University
Senior KK Ruiz signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at Concordia University next fall for the Tornados. Ruiz was a 1st Team All-District Setter and All-Academic Player in 2020 for District 17-5A, helping lead the Stars to a 17-2 record, the best in school history, and District championship. The senior was also an... Read more »
Middle School Stars Place 1st in YWPN STEAM Challenge
A group of our middle and high school Stars participated in the Young Women’s Preparatory Network STEAM Challenge on Saturday, March 27. Our middle school group proposed creating a wearable sensor to detect proper social distancing to protect against COVID-19. Our high school groups worked on safe drinking water in Bangladesh and alternative electronic vehicle... Read more »
Ms. Abby Eakin Named ARS Teacher of the Year
The 2020-2021 school year Teacher of the Year for the Ann Richards School is Ms. Abby Eakin. Ms. Eakin is in her 6th year at the Ann Richards School and teaches AP French, runs the PALS program (Peer Assistance Leadership and Service), and coaches cross country and middle school track. We caught up with Ms.... Read more »
The 2019-2020 Annual Report
Letter from the Executive Director Dear Friends, I am incredibly honored to have joined the Ann Richards School Foundation community this past year. It has been inspiring to work with you – our donors, partners, and champions – to ensure our young women reach their full potential. While Covid-19 challenged all of us, the bulk... Read more »
Booe Signs to Play Volleyball at Prairie View A&M University
Senior Tiffiney Booe signed her letter of intent on National Signing Day to play volleyball at Prairie View A&M University next fall for the Panthers. Booe was a 1st Team All-District and Most Valuable Player in 2020 for District 17-5A, leading the Stars to a 17-2 record, best in school history, and District championship. The... Read more »
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 »
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