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Bel Air Named ‘Vans Custom Culture’ Semi-Finalist; $75k Art Program Prize Up for Grabs

Monday morning it was announced that Bel Air High School is a Vans Custom Culture semi-finalist, along with 50 other schools across the nation.

Now, it’s up to El Pasoans to vote for the Highlander’s Custom Culture design online for the chance to win $75K towards the school’s art program.

The Vans Custom Culture contest was created to support schools across the country experiencing art department budget cuts. Over 2,000 schools submitted customized Vans shoes embodying the Vans “Off the Wall” and “Local Flavor” lifestyle.

Schools also submitted an impact doc explaining how winning this donation would affect their arts programs since they have suffered budget cuts.

After Vans narrowed down submissions to the top 50, it’s up to the public to vote for their favorite pair. The overall winner will receive $75,000 and the four runner-up schools will receive $10,000, all going towards funding their school’s art programs.

Similar to years past, the public vote will help determine the top five finalists who will be in the running for the grand prize of $75,000.

The winner of this year’s competition will receive a visit from Vans for a celebration on their school campus filled with art and music that will be brought to life in partnership with Journeys, Yoobi, Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) and Americans for the Arts (AFTA).

Of the contest, Vans officials said, “Custom Culture competition continues to empower high school students and individuals across the country to embrace creativity. With schools already suffering from their art programs being cut, Vans wants to make more of an impact to the community and target the schools who need additional funds the most.”

To vote for the Bel Air Highlander’s design, click here.

Story in Many Pics: Bel Air Bombs Eastwood 15-5

Softball season is in full swing, and Tuesday’s action featured the Bel Air Highlanders visiting their north of the freeway rivals, the Eastwood Troopers.

The Highlanders got their bats warmed up early, and struck often, scoring at least two runs an inning – except for the 5th when the Troopers struck for 5 runs.  Bel Air would not be denied, scoring another 5 runs in the final frame en route to a 15-5 win.

Our very own Andres Acosta was there and brings you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’

Ysleta ISD Announces new Bel Air High Principal, Central Office director

The Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) is announcing the appointment of two new administrators, who will provide their seasoned leadership and expertise at two sites within the district: Central Office and Bel Air High School.

James Vasquez, who most recently served as principal at Paso Del Norte School in the Socorro Independent School District, has been hired as the new Director of Pupil and Parent Services at YISD’s Central Office.

His new position, which takes effect June 20, will include working collaboratively with students, parents, and administrators to provide information and resolve concerns at the campus and district levels on a variety of issues.

Vasquez began his career as a third-grade teacher in 1995 before being promoted to several positions over the years at SISD, including curriculum coordinator, assistant principal, and principal. He holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a master’s degree in educational administration, both from UTEP.

In addition, Camino Real Middle School Principal Charles Garcia has been appointed the new principal of Bel Air High School, effective July 1. Garcia replaces outgoing BAHS Principal Louis Martinez, who has been named director of the Ysleta Community Learning Center.

Before becoming principal at Camino Real MS in 2014, Garcia worked as a teacher, counselor, administrator and assistant principal in SISD. He also served concurrently as a YISD counselor between 2009 and 2012.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Edward’s University, and a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix.

Bel Air High Engineering Program Receives National Certification

The engineering program at Bel Air High School (BAHS) has officially received national certification as a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program, a distinction that is only given to schools that successfully demonstrate a commitment to PLTW’s national standards.

“We’ve seen how PLTW inspires students to think critically and problem-solve,” said Steve Salcido, BAHS Project Lead the Way teacher. “We are extremely proud to be PLTW- certified.”

In order to receive the certification, BAHS Assistant Principal Dr. Octavio Sanchez and a team of BAHS teachers, staff, students, and community members submitted a self-assessment of the school’s implementation of PLTW Engineering. The self-assessment was followed by a site visit from a PLTW-affiliated team, which met with the school’s Advisory Council tasked with supporting the PLTW program within the school.

“Congratulations to the Highlanders and thank you for your commitment to students,” said PLTW President and CEO Vince Bertram. “We look forward to continuing to work together to prepare students to thrive in our evolving world.”

BAHS Principal Louis D. Martinez said over the years, the school’s PLTW engineering program has drawn more students to the fields of engineering, math, and science, and “gets them thinking about college and their careers.”

“We are extremely proud to be PLTW-certified and ecstatic that our students are eligible for college-level recognition, which may include college credit, scholarships and admissions preference,” Martinez said.

PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers. As part of its commitment to PLTW standards, the BAHS engineering program has empowered students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers.

In addition, the PLTW certification provides BAHS teachers with high-quality professional development training that gives them the support and resources they need to devote more time to inspiring students.

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