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YISD sends 3 marching bands to UIL 5A state competition

Next week, the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) will send three marching bands from Bel Air, Del Valle, and Hanks high schools to San Antonio to compete for the UIL 5A state championship, thanks to their superb performances during last weekend’s area competition in Odessa.

By comparison, only one other El Paso-area high school marching was able to qualify for the state competition, which takes place Monday, November 4, at the Alamodome in San Antonio. This is the second consecutive time that three YISD marching bands qualify for state.

In 2017 – the last time the 5A UIL state marching band competition was held – YISD made local history when these same high schools earned a ticket to compete in the state championship.

At that time, Hanks High School placed 15th in the state competition; Bel Air High School placed 19th; and Del Valle High School placed 34th.

This year, about two dozen high school marching bands from El Paso to Wylie competed at the 5A Area A competition in Odessa on October 26.

Four YISD bands were among the top 10 that advanced to the area finals – but in the end, Hanks High School won first place and was named area champion, followed by Bel Air High School in third place and Del Valle High School in fourth place.

Listed below is information on the YISD bands and their performance times (in order) at Monday’s state competition:

Bel Air High School: The Big Red Pride Marching Band is scheduled to perform its show, “Beyond The Clouds,” at 12:30 p.m. MST. They are led by Drum Majors Belanna Castillo, Kayla Priego, Alizae Nevarez, and directed by Manny Talamantes, Ben Perez, Luis Ibarra, Derek Andrade, Oscar Ortiz, Mathew Peña, Melina Bañuelos, Lucy Bañuelos, and Kimberly Favela.

Hanks High School: The Silver Knights Marching Band is scheduled to perform its show, “Sultana: City of Gold,” at 2:45 p.m. MST, led by Drum Majors Mariana Martinez, Michael Soto, and Kristel Holguin. Directors and Flag Coaches are Horacio Gomez, Doug Brown, Emily Petty, and Calvin Edwards; the Renaissance Dance Co. is directed by Krystal Nance.

Del Valle High School: The Conquistador Marching Band is scheduled to perform its show, “What We Sea,” at 5:30 p.m. MST. They are led by Drum Majors Alejandro Gonzalez, Ashley Campos, Eric Rios, Alexandrea Solis, and directed by Keith Morales, Roque Orozco, Robert Hayden, Mathew Fernandez, Brianna Ayala, Michael Slabe, Diego Calderon, Nicholas Martinez, Maria Carbajal, Albert Valles, Gabby Rivera, Carlos Briseno, Armando Torres, and Thomas Holguin.

Game in Many Pics: Del Valle downs Bel Air 41-24

With a chill in the air and the Homecoming court chosen, the Bel Air Highlanders made their way to the Mission Valley to take on the Del Valle Conquistadores.

Del Valle was in no mood to dance, taking the game to the Highlanders en route to a 41 to 24 win.

Our very own Johnny Yturales was there and we bring you his view of the contest in this ‘Game in Many Pics.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School of Nursing’s early-admission program expands to Bel Air High School

Bel Air High School students now have a fast track to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, thanks to a partnership between the Ysleta Independent School District, El Paso Community College and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso.

Bel Air students who enroll in the program will be given conditional acceptance to the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing’s Accelerated B.S.N. program. By taking prerequisite college courses while in high school with EPCC dual credit courses, they will be on track to earn their B.S.N. in just 16 months after high school graduation.

“We are honored to join Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso and El Paso Community College to provide a new pathway toward a college degree for our motivated Health Professions students at Bel Air High School,” said Xavier De La Torre, Ph.D., superintendent of schools at the Ysleta Independent School District.

“As we continue to make advancements in technology and innovation, it is apparent that high school graduation is no longer the finish line for many of our students,” De La Torre said. “This is why it is so important for YISD to provide not only relevant and rigorous instruction in core academic subjects, but career and technical training that students need to compete in the global workforce.”

Bel Air is the first YISD school to participate in the early-admission nursing program. Franklin High School and Maxine Silva Health Magnet High School in the El Paso Independent School District also offer the early-admission nursing program.

Manny Santa Cruz, D.N.P., M.B.A., R.N., assistant dean at the Hunt School of Nursing, said participating students can take all of their required university prerequisites while in high school and earn an Associate of Arts Degree through our program partner El Paso Community College.

“Our vision at the Hunt School of Nursing is to create the future of the local nursing workforce by providing seamless pathways to a B.S.N. degree for the entire El Paso community,” Santa Cruz said. “With college dual-credit conferred by El Paso Community College, we can now make this a reality for high school programs.”

Bel Air students interested in pursuing the path to an accelerated B.S.N. would need to start taking the college courses during their freshman year of high school.

“The B.S.N. pathway for YISD students at Bel Air is yet another example of the strong collaboration El Paso Community College has with our K-12 and university partners in the region,” said Tonie Badillo, dean of the Dual Credit and Early College High Schools program at El Paso Community College. “We are hopeful that this carefully developed pipeline will help meet workforce demands.”

These partnerships help TTUHSC El Paso address critical, statewide nursing shortages. By 2022, about 20,000 registered nurses will be needed in Texas, with a shortage of nearly 3,000 nurses in West Texas alone.

The Hunt School of Nursing is working to bring the early-admission nursing program to high schools in the Canutillo and Socorro Independent School Districts.

Game in Many Pics: Bel Air bests Ysleta 55-48

The Ysleta Indians hosted their intra-district rivals the Bel Air Highlanders Friday night.

The back and forth affair ended with the Highlanders taking the 55-48 victory.

Our very own Johnny Yturales was there and we bring you his view of the contest in this ‘Game in Many Pics.’

Game in Many Pics: Bel Air blasts Horizon 62-17

The Horizon Scorpions traveled to town Friday night, to take on the Bel Air Highlanders.  The Big Red Machine was ready, dominating the visiting Scorpions en route to a 62-17 win.

Our very own Johnny Yturales was there and we bring you his view of the contest in this ‘Game in Many Pics.’

PHOTO BY JONATHAN YTURALES | EL PASO HERALD POST

Game in Many Pics: Bel Air tames Tigers 62-0

The Bel Air Highlanders took to the historic high school football stadium high above the city – R.R. Jones Stadium – to take on the El Paso High Tigers.

The Big Red Machine did not let up, shutting out the homestanding Tigers 62-0.

Our very own Johnny Yturales was there and we bring your his view of the contest in this, ‘Game in Many Pics.’

Bel Air High Senior Earns 2 Prestigious Scholarships worth $40k

Bel Air High School senior Vanesa Carrillo is one of 12 students in Texas – and the only student from El Paso – to be selected as a 2019 Coca-Cola Scholar.

Carrillo is also one of 500 students in the country to be awarded the prestigious 2019 Dell Scholarship, bringing her postsecondary funding so far to $40,000.

“I feel blessed, grateful, and excited to have been chosen among an extensive number of applicants for the Coca Cola and Dell scholarships,” said Carrillo. “Being able to represent my Hispanic community and becoming a role model for many students is a privilege, and I am beyond grateful for the support that my family, teachers, and advisors provide for me.”

As a Coca-Cola Scholar, Carrillo will attend a four-day Leadership Development Institute at the Coca-Cola Company’s International Headquarters in Atlanta next month, where she will participate in activities and workshops to develop leadership skills, as well as tour local landmarks and participate in a group community service project.

The Dell Scholarship will not only provide Carrillo with $20,000 towards college tuition, but will also provide academic, financial, and emotional support throughout her college career, as well as funding for textbooks and a new laptop computer.

This award is funded by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.

Carrillo, who is also a finalist for the Terry Foundation Scholarship, plans to study marketing and psychology this fall.

This is the second year in a row that a YISD student has been selected as a Coca-Cola Scholar.

Story in Many Pics: Troopers Top Highlanders 55-25

The Eastwood Troopers took on the Bel Air Highlanders in their annual ‘Battle of the Helmet’ Friday night.

Bel Air battled hard on their home turf, but the Troopers would not be denied, taking the game 55-25.

Our very own Johnny Yturales was there and we bring you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’

Story in Many Pics: El Dorado Downs Bel Air in OT 34-28

It was a fierce night at Socorro ISD’s SAC, as the Bel Air Highlanders battled the El Dorado Aztecs.

When the clock struck ‘0’ at the end of regulation, it was all knotted up and the teams went to overtime, where the Aztecs struck gold, downing the Highlanders 34-28.

Story in Many Pics: Ysleta Blasts Past Bel Air 57-27

The Ysleta Indians headed north Friday night, landing in Big Red country to take on the Bel Air Highlanders.

The undefeated Indians played with determination, bolstered by an undefeated record, and while the Highlanders put up a good fight, the Tribe was too much, downing them 57-27.

Story in Many Pics: El Paso High Tigers Tame Bel Air 35-21

The El Paso High Tigers came down from their lair at the base of the Franklin Mountains Friday night and paid a visit to the Bel Air Highlanders.

Facing a tough battle, the Tigers finally shut down the Big Red Machine 35 to 21.

Our very own Julio Vasquez was there and brings you his view of the game via this Story in Many Pics.

Ysleta ISD Expands “Supper Program” To 8 Schools Starting Monday

As part of its continuing efforts to support the wellness, health, and development of students, the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) will expand its after-school “supper program” to eight campuses in the 2018-19 school year, beginning Monday, September 10.

Via a news release, YISD officials say, “Given the numerous high-school students who stay on campus after school for sports, theater, band, or other clubs, the supper program gives students access to a nutritional meal in the cafeteria before rehearsal or practice.”

The supper program, which provides free and nutritious meals to active students who remain on campus after school for extracurricular activities, will be offered at the following campuses:

Bel Air High School
Del Valle High School
Hanks High School
Parkland High School
Riverside High School
Ysleta High School
Eastwood Middle School
Young Women’s Leadership Academy

The supper meals are being offered at various times depending on the campus, but generally begin about 4 p.m. The meals are free of charge to children 18 years and younger, and are available for purchase by adults.

The supper program was first piloted in January 2017 at Ysleta High School, and expanded to include four schools by September 2017.

This program is part of YISD’s overall efforts to increase student access to healthy meals – this includes free breakfast for all students at all YISD campuses throughout the year.

The supper program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program.

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.

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