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Cathedral High Set to Host Six Schools as Part of ‘El Otro Lado’ Program

Cathedral High’s El Otro Lado program to welcome six schools to Borderland.

El Otro Lado (The Other Side) is a 5-day border immersion program for high school and university students, in which they can experience and learn first-hand realities experienced by migrants and refugees along the border between Mexico and the United States.

The objective of the program is to raise awareness so that the people who visit realize that the border is not a place of hatred or death. The border is not out of control. As Bishop Mark J. Seitz stated, the border is a beautiful place that has a lot to offer.

The program is coordinated by Cathedral High School; a Catholic high school in Lasallian tradition. The school is located within the District of San Francisco – New Orleans, and it is part of the Lasallian region of North America.

Via a news release, CHS Officials shared, “As a Catholic and Lasallian school, we are called to have a preferential option for the poor, and to create bonds of love and friendship in which the marginalized and excluded can have a voice.”

Moreover, we are called to recognize that “the throwaway culture is not of Jesus, and that the other is my brother, beyond every barrier of nationality, social extraction or religion.” (Pope Francis)

This school year, six schools are scheduled to come to El Paso and learn about the border.

Dec. 16 thru Dec. 20, 2017 – San Miguel High School from Tucson, Arizona
Jan. 7 thru Jan. 11, 2018 – Manhattan College from Riverdale, Bronx, NY
Jan. 17 thru Jan. 23, 2018- Totino-Grace High School from Fridley, MN
Feb. 11 thru Feb. 15, 2018 – Justin-Siena High School from Napa, California
Feb. 25 thru March 1, 2018- Universidad La Salle from Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico
March 10 thru March 17, 2018 – La Salle University from Philadelphia, PA

Cathedral High to Host Roundtable Discussion on Immigration and the Media

 

Over the last few months, the discussions over immigration have been intensified as the presidential election has evolved. Many  in El Paso had a strong reaction over the invitation of well-known Notre Dame Football Coach, Lou Holtz to speak at Cathedral High.

As an educational institution, school officials felt they should be the vessel for the discussion of important issues, such as immigration.

Brother Nick Gonzalez, President of Cathedral High School stated,”This is a highly relevant and volatile issue. We hope to examine what’s driving the news: facts and/or sentiment.”

The roundtable discussion on the role of the Media in reporting about Immigration issues will be held this Thursday October 27th beginning at 6PM at the Cathedral High School’s Guereca Auditorium.

Panelists include Professor Richard Pineda Director of the Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies at UT El Paso; State Representative Mary Gonzalez of District 75; Uriel Posada, News Director for Univision; and Dylan Corbett, Director of Hope Border Insitute.

Cathedral officials add, “We welcome all of our community to this most important discussion and this event is free and open to the public…this event will hopefully bring awareness and an open space for people to express their thoughts regarding the issue.”

WHAT: Roundtable Discussion on Immigration and the Media

WHEN: Thursday October 27th AT 6:00PM

WHERE: Guereca auditorium in cathedral high school

17 Cathedral High Students Finalists for Gates Millennium Scholarship

Seventeen Cathedral High School students have been named finalists for the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

The goal of GMS, which was created in 1999 with a $1 billion grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students to reach their highest potential.

The Cathedral students named 2015 Gates Finalists are Daniel Barrio, Sebastian De La Cruz, Cameron Paredes, Aldrin Federico, Daniel Fernandez, Esteban Fierro, Cesar Garcia, Matthew Hallmark, Pablo Herrera, Sebastian Horcasitas, Brandon Martinez, Anthony Nava, Esteban Orozco, Victor Portillo, Roberto Ruiz, and Fabian Yepo.

The students were selected from a national applicant pool of students who demonstrated financial need, high academic standards, and exceptional leadership qualities.

The seventeen Cathedral seniors, all dual credit students at the El Paso Community College, join the 87 Gates Finalists and 45 Gates Scholars that Cathedral High School and its Dual Credit Program has produced since 2009.

Last year, Cathedral High School was recognized for its nineteen finalists and record ten Gates Scholars, the most in the State of Texas. The current seventeen finalists now move on to the last phase with the Gates Scholars being announced in mid-April.

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program annually selects 1,000 students nationwide to receive a scholarship for use at the college or university of their choice. The program provides scholars with personal and professional development through leadership programs and academic support.

A GMS Scholarship provides recipients with unmet costs of education, renewable awards for maintaining academic standards, graduate school funding within key subject areas, and access to leadership development programs.

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