The Ysleta ISD Board of Trustees honored Bel Air High School senior Leonard Biagas with the January President’s Award.
Leonard is a self-proclaimed “life enthusiast” who keeps everyone on campus smiling on a daily basis.
Recently, however, he proved himself to be more of a “miracle worker” when he successfully managed to unite the Bel Air Highlanders with one of their staunchest rivals: the Eastwood High School Troopers.
Leonard, who is part of the EMT program in Bel Air’s Health Professions Magnet, took it upon himself to plan a community service project to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which funds research and supports those with neuromuscular diseases.
To help with this project, he recruited an unlikely ally: Eastwood High School. Together, students and staff from both schools collected nearly $1,000 for MDA during one the season’s most anticipated football games: Bel Air vs. Eastwood, or the famous “Battle of the Helmet.”
Among the donors were firefighters from area stations, who not only attended the Battle of the Helmet, but intensified the competition with a friendly game of tug-of-war during halftime!
Leonard’s commitment to service touches every aspect of his life. He is an athletic trainer, the Class of 2019 secretary, Student Council president, serves on the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee, and volunteers at Del Sol and University Medical Center hospitals.
YISD Officials add, “He is the epitome of maturity and leadership. His service project this fall not only benefited those affected by neuromuscular diseases, but brought together two rival schools on their most competitive night for a very worthy cause…He is a wonderful example of the Service Excellence we encourage and highlight at The District.”
The President’s Award is given by the President of the Board of Trustees to a YISD student who has demonstrated exceptional and/or innovative, out-of-the-ordinary service to others, particularly those within the YISD community. This award will be presented to the selected recipient a maximum of once per month during the regularly scheduled meeting of the YISD Board of Trustees.
Eligible YISD students must be nominated for the award by a school principal, assistant principal, or Trustee; and must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.