Friday, December 19, 2014

Research Showcase 2014

Frisco Independent School District hosted the annual Independent Study and Mentorship Research Showcase on December 16th at Heritage High School.  This incredible event is an opportunity for ISM students from across the district to showcase their research, experiences and journey thus far in the program.  Although, students are very "green" at this point in the year, they always do a superb job of impressing professionals, families, district representatives and community leaders.

Our Liberty High School ISM students again shined bright.  They were very polished, professional and did a fantastic job of communicating with attendees about their field of study and journey.

Below, you can see a few pictures that were provided by current ISM students.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Abel Sen Wins 1st Place at Rockwall AcDec Invitational

Abel Sen, who is studying Artificial Intelligence in ISM this year as a junior, competed at the Rockwall AcDec Invitational Tournament.  Teams traveled from all around Texas and even other states to compete in this highly esteemed tournament.  Abel Sen was awarded first place in the individual overall honors bracket.

Student Spotlight: Aarushi Aggarwal - Oncology

Passionate, motivated, ambitious, quirky: words I consider an apt representation of myself. As I finish up my last year of high school, I hope to incorporate these traits of mine into both my academic life and extracurricular activities. My interests outside of school include Mixed Martial Arts, dancing, writing, and community service. Anything that I put my mind to, I follow through 100%, which is why I am determined to make this year very productive and enjoyable. I created this Blog as a way to track my progress and discoveries so that both I and others who are interested can learn something from my experiences. This will be updated regularly, so come back frequently and join me as I relive the journey!


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ISM Student Commits to Play Volleyball at University of Massachusetts at Boston

On Thursday September 25th, 2014 senior Tia Nayar verbally committed to play volleyball at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Tia has been playing volleyball for six years and plans to sign her letter of intent mid November. Tia looks forward to starting her new adventure in Boston where she plans to study kinesiology to prepare herself for chiropractic college in the near future.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

2014 - 2015 ISM STUDENTS

Name Field of Study
Aaron Jabir Trauma Surgery
Aarushi Aggarwal Oncology
Abel Sen Artificial Intelligence
Abhay Rangray Finance
Adharsh Rajendran Biomedical Engineering
Alisa Buchanan Biotech Patent Law
Allie Granberry Accquisition Editing/Copy Editing
Allie Measel Dermatology
Andrea Romero Tattoo/Studio Art
Aneesh Bindingnavile Finance
Arushii Nadar Neuroscience
Avinash Baskaran Chemical Engineering
Bailey Medlin Social Work
Brett Lewis Biomedical Engineering
Casey Kim Finance
Chandranshu Rao Computer Engineering
David Woodward Music composition/production
Eileen Bau Marketing/Advertising
Frank Wang Optometry
Gowtham Katta Cardiology
Grace Jeong Pediatric Surgery
Griffen Fry Trauma Surgery
Harshith Dasara Pharmacology
Huixi Yu Cardiothoracic Surgery
Hyder Shad Electrical/Mechanical Engineering
Irum Ali Marketing
Janice Han Pediatric Surgery
Jocelyn Oats Water and Waste Water Restoration/Conservation
Jordan Alnemer Physical Therapy
Joshua Haley Horticulture
Kate Galllagher Forensic Psychology
Keely Maddux Public Relations
Kimberly Endo Chiropractor
Larry Yin Research & Development Biochemistry
Matthew Ewing Video Production
Matthew Tremmel Music Arrangement/Composition
Michael Lee Law
Moukthika Obulareddy Management Information Systems
Natalie Ramirez Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Nicholas Murira Finance
Parker Turner Sports Journalism
Ruth Philip International Relations
Samantha Heldman Secondary Education, Biological Sciences
Sarah Judd Veterinary Medicine
Sarah Samuel Pediatric Neurosurgery
Shannon Mathews Neonatalogy
Sharan Mohan Cardiology
Siddhant Ankolekar Optometry
Sindhu Senthilkumar Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sneha Kannan Orthopedic Surgery
Tia Nayar Chiropractic
Tiffanie Thai Law
Tracy Lu Industrial Design
Trent Sandland Music Production
Udgam Goyal Computer Science
Yue Chu Psychology

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Remarkable recovery for six-year-old heart patient

CEDAR HILL — There were giggles and splashes and a wide, never-ending smile in a beautiful backyard swimming pool in Cedar Hill.
Wednesday was not just Eva Hernandez's first swim of the summer; it was the first swim ever in a pool so clear and blue. And the first swim ever with a heart that works just exactly like it should.
"Thank God. It is a miracle," said Eva's mother, Dilcia Hernandez.
On May 15, her six-year-old daughter was on the operating table for a four-hour surgery to repair a hole in her heart. It was a life-saving operation not possible in the remote Honduran village where the Hernandez family lives.
"That was the most painful day for me," Hernandez said through an interpreter. "I felt that I had no hope, but then God gave me the strength, and the people that were with me were incredible."
The charity HeartGift brought Eva to Dallas for the surgery, thanks in large part to Ashley Nguyen, a teenager from Frisco. Ashley wants to be a pediatric heart surgeon, and she raised $11,000 for HeartGift.
Samaritan's Purse and HeartGift worked together to make Eva's surgery a reality, and volunteers have been by the family's side the entire time.
The surgery was a total success.
"I've seen her recover so fast, it's incredible," Hernandez said. "I just thank my God and the doctors. They did such a good job. I am thankful... immensely."
"Now my daughter will have a normal life," Hernandez added. "She'll grow up to have a life like anyone."
She expressed deep appreciation for everyone who has helped.
"The community — they're wonderful, amazing people," Hernandez said.
That includes the couple from Cedar Hill who opened their home to Eva, her mom and an interpreter as the six-year-old recovers.
Their sparkling pool and the kindness of so many strangers has made Eva feel like she's never felt before.
"She said that the houses are like castles here," Hernandez said "She really likes princesses!"
She deserves the royal treatment as she celebrates her happy and healthy heart.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Class of 2014 - Liberty Top 10

ISM was well represented this year in the class of 2014 top 10.  Congratulations on your achievements!

*Karthik Hullahalli
*Anishka Kappalayil (valedictorian)

Mallika Maheshwary
Brenton Mandelkorn
*Amanda Miller
Alyssa Morton
*Bahar Sahami
*Sloan Simmons
*So Uhm

Sarah Wang (salutatorian)

* = ISM student

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Frisco teen secures life-saving surgery for Honduran child


Posted on May 9, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Updated Saturday, May 10 at 8:25 AM

FRISCO -- Hidden behind perfect sparkling eyes and a perfect six-year-old smile is an imperfect heart.

"She has what's called a 'ventricular septal defect,' which, in short, that's pretty much a hole in the heart," Ashley Nguyen said.

Ashley is just a teenager, but she's perfectly comfortable talking in highly-technical terms about Eva Hernandez's condition.

"You know, there are some side effects -- shortness of breath, she might get tired easily," Ashley explained.

Ashley is from Frisco. She is a senior in high school, about one month from graduation. Eva Hernandez from Honduras. She is six years old. She has to walk one hour just to get to school.

"I've heard she lives in a house, or in a village, with no plumbing," Ashley said.

Ashley and Eva have very little in common -- just that one needs help, and one is giving it.

Eva was expected to land at D/FW Airport late Friday night. And next Thursday, Children's Medical Center pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Kristine Guleserian will repair the hole in Eva's heart, thanks to Ashley's giving heart.

Ashley sold bracelets at school, created a website, and solicited donations from strangers.

"So far, we've raised $11,400," she said.

It all went to a charity called HeartGift.

"We work with children who have congenital heart defects that can be healed in one surgery," said executive director of HeartGift's Dallas chapter, Barbara Johnson. "We fix the children's hearts, and we welcome them into the community, and we send them home happy and healthy for life."

Johnson said Ashley's determination and her goals are impressive. She will be in the operating room, shadowing Dr. Guleserian, who is her mentor. And someday, Ashley plans to be in there working.

"That's exactly what I want," she said.


Friday, April 4, 2014

2014 - 2015 ISM Students

If you have been selected to participate in the 2014-15 ISM program, please answer the questions at the following link:

Information FORM >>

Congratulations!  Be on the lookout for an email from Mr. Wysong within the next 2 weeks with next step information.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Frisco Rotary Spotlights Liberty Seniors

The Frisco Rotary Club that meets at noon on Thursday at Dave and Buster’s Restaurant recently honored two FISD students from Liberty High School for their academic excellence and community involvement.
Honored were Konnor Rodriguez, son of Dina Rodriguez, and Ashley Nguyen, daughter of Dennis and Hong Nguyen.
These two Liberty students are both members of the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society. Both are also involved in the Independent Study and Mentorship program.
Rodriguez is team captain for the Mock Trial Team and is a member of the Mayor’s Debate team. He is also a National Hispanic Scholar and an AP Scholar with Honors.  Through his participation in Mock Trial and the FISD government education program, he holds 2nd place in the nation through the Virtual Supreme Court and has been named an Outstanding Advocate.
Rodriguez is also a member of the Mayor’s Youth Council and is a manager at a Sonic Drive-In. He plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in both psychology and government.
Nguyen is team captain of the LHS Varsity Swim Team, a three-time record holder and an Academic All-American. She has been an All-State Swimmer four times and was named Most Valuable Player for swim team and psychology student of the year.
Her interest in heart health is seen in her active interest in swim and her volunteerism for heart health as the founder of the Heart-for-a-Heart campaign, which aims to raise $15,000 for the HeartGift Foundation. She has been an instructor and lifeguard at Lifetime Fitness. She is also a volunteer with Special Olympics. She is also already a published author in the World Journal of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.
Nguyen plans to major in biology or biochemistry. She has been accepted into the University of Texas at Austin but is waiting to hear from Harvard and Washington University in St. Louis.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Student Gains Experience with Mentor From First Choice Emergency Room

Chris Gerlacher is a Liberty High School senior and ISM student focusing on the topic of business development? this year. He has been given the opportunity to learn under the mentorship of Christie Hutchinson, Vice President of Care Coordination at First Choice Emergency Room. To learn more about First Choice Emergency Room, please read below or go to their website at: (

About First Choice Emergency Room:

First Choice Emergency Room is the nation’s leading freestanding emergency room system; it is both the largest and the oldest. This company is revolutionizing the delivery of emergency medical services for adult and pediatric emergencies. First Choice Emergency Room facilities are innovative, freestanding, and fully equipped emergency rooms with state of the art diagnostic technology (CT Scanners, Ultrasound, and Digital X-ray) and on-site labs. All First Choice Emergency Room locations are exclusively staffed with board-certified physicians and emergency trained registered nurses. First Choice ER has 29 facilities overall with eleven locations in the Houston area, thirteen in the Dallas/Ft Worth area, two in the Austin area, one in San Antonio, one in Colorado Springs and one in Denver. According to patient feedback collected by Press Ganey, FCER provides the highest quality emergency medical care—ranking in the top 1 percentile of patient care nationally and receiving a 2013 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award. First Choice Emergency Room is an Adeptus Health company.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Computer Programming Under the Mentorship of Andy Tate at

Austin Endo is a senior in ISM this year studying computer programming under the mentorship of programmer Andy Tate. While computer programming is Austin's passion, it has also been a lifelong passion of his mentor, who has been developing various solutions for the last 35 years in many different areas including banking, retail, insurance and now training. Andy Tate has worked for both large and small companies, and is fluent in many computer languages. He now works for The following is what Austin's mentor had to say about him and the program:

"I very much enjoy working with [Austin]. He has a very refreshing attitude and represents the school in a very positive way. I am proud to be his mentor. As a mentor for a student in the Independent Study & Mentorship program at Liberty High School I have been very impressed with the professionalism of the student and quality of the work produced. I feel the program helps the students develop their skills in a way that gives them valuable access and support from experts in the fields that excite them. This helps foster their interest and molds these students into stronger individuals. I applaud Liberty for offering such a worthwhile program."

To learn more about, read the following or visit their website at: ( is a leader in providing quality training for individuals and companies around the world.  As well as being the web’s largest training marketplace, offering training for the largest training providers?, also specializes in creating custom learning management (LMS), performance management and talent management.  No matter what your needs are, can deliver, offering classes delivered in a classroom, virtually or online they offer more than 300,000 courses. can even arrange onsite training for organizations of any size.

Friday, February 7, 2014

ISM Students Make State at BPA Competition

Both Austin Endo and Matthew Hudson, current ISM students, qualified for state in the BPA Competition they participated in on January 18, 2014. BPA Stands for Business Professionals of America and is a program that allows students to challenge and improve their professional and business expertise in different topics. Austin and Matthew qualified in the team event, in which the goal was to design a network in a real business situation, to present the implementation of the network in order to then sell this network to the judges, who evaluate networks for effective use of technology and other specifics. Through this portion of the competition, these students were able to meet and speak with a network sales engineer from CenturyLink, who helped them with their design. Austin Endo also qualified in Systems Administration using Cisco, a written test in which different questions are posed about network administration, different topologies, and network design, while Matthew also qualified in Java Programming. He was given a problem and a short amount of time to code a solution. The challenge was to decode a Caesar Cypher, a form of encryption, using a key and outputting to a file. Congratulations to these amazing students for their success in the competition and their computer programming skills. 

Alumni Highlight: ISM Student Masters ACT

2012-2013 ISM student Tiffany Kuan was one of the first students in Frisco ISD to receive a perfect score on the ACT. Quite modest, she did not report her score to teachers, and has only recently been recognized for her accomplishment. She has now gone on to study at the University of Texas at Austin's Honors College, choosing excellence in her studies even beyond high school and the ISM program. This amazing performance exemplifies the trend seen in all ISM students. They are both passionate about their topics and ambitious in their pursuit of the future - for themselves and also the world. Despite the tremendous challenges posed by the ISM curriculum, they find ways to stay involved, competitive, and successful, especially in the academic realm. While Ms. Kuan will be forever missed as a talented alumni of this program, congratulations to her for an outstanding record. Current and future ISM students will surely walk in her footsteps to achieve their goals and outmatch the competition as well.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Neurosurgery Under the Mentorship of Dr. Madden

Liberty High School junior Sindhu Senthilkumar is pursuing neurosurgery as her topic of study in ISM this year. She particularly enjoys learning about the central nervous system and believes that the ISM program has greatly expanded her knowledge in this field by providing her with countless opportunities. Under the mentorship of Dr. Christopher Madden, the CMO of Parkland Hospital and Health System and UTSW neurosurgeon, Sindhu has had the opportunity to learn about all aspects of the healthcare system and gain more exposure in the hospital environment.  Through shadowing her mentor, Sindhu has gained a greater understanding of both the clinical aspect of medicine as well as the administrative perspective.  She is sure that her experiences this year will aid her greatly in the years to come and help her reach her long term aspirations of becoming a successful neurosurgeon and compassionate doctor.  

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

ISM Students Make State In DECA

Congratulations to the ISM students who also made state this year in DECA: Sabah Janmohammad, Sindhu Senthilkumar, Gina Lu, Katrina Liou, Andy Chen, and Anishka Kappalaiyal. DECA refers to the Distributed Education Clubs Association, a marketing association that allows students to expand and compete with their knowledge of the business-professional world. The competition includes a challenge in which students are given a business situation, and they must work under pressure and time constraints to come up with original and innovative ideas to promote success for the business despite the given circumstances. Upon learning of her success at competition, Sabah explained, “both DECA and ISM have exposed me to the professional world in a way that has allowed me to grow. It’s been a great opportunity to learn more and to successfully compete…I was more than excited to learn that I made state. It was a true accomplishment to experience this success knowing that ‘I actually did it’.” Katrina, who has competed in DECA for two years, stated, “I find the competition helpful because it allows us to practice and perfect interview skills. The challenge is in the pressure we are under to improvise and to utilize the information we have already gathered in order to solve a problem.”