Staff Report January 28, 2019NewsComments Off on Chapin High Marks Anniversary of Namesake’s Passing
Students, staff and community members gathered on Monday to commemorate the life and sacrifices of Captain John L. Chapin, the school’s namesake, on the 75th anniversary of his passing.
Chapin JROTC Cadets joined in the ceremony as members of the Mighty Chapin Husky Band who performed Taps followed by a moment of silence.
Chapin faculty member, Barry Boetto, read a brief history of Capt. Chapin over the intercom as students stood at attention in their classrooms.
Special guests included Col. Charles L. Matallana, the operations officer for the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Fort Bliss; Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools Dr. Carla Gonzales, the campus’ first principal; EPISD JROTC Programs Facilitator Leonard Wells; and Chapin Principal Robert Marsh.
Soldiers from the 32nd AAMDC, Chapin’s Partners in Education, also attended the ceremony and provided an appropriate military tone to the ceremony.
Capt. Chapin was killed in action in Italy in 1944 as he lead the men of Company E, 141st Infantry, 36th Division of the United States Army during World War II. He was well respected by the men of Company E, whose names adorn the rotunda of the school that bears the name of Capt. Chapin.
It was a full house at the Chapin Gymnasium Friday night as the Clifton L. Tucker Jr. Jersey Retirement Ceremony was held before the Andress Golden Eagles – Chapin Huskies Varsity Basketball game.
Chapin Varsity Head Coach Rodney Lewis presented the Tucker family with two framed jerseys of the now-retired number 21 jersey.
On each of the framed jerseys, the inscription read: “Clifton L. Tucker Jr 1989 -2018 – No one wore it better, so no one will wear it again, you represented us well, El Paso Legend.”
Guest Speakers included Chapin High School Principal Robert Marsh, Andress High School Basketball head Coach Jim Forbes and Regina Tucker Mother of Clifton Tucker Jr closing out the ceremony.
Tucker, Jr. continued his stellar basketball career, playing for the University of Maryland, the NBA Brooklyn Nets’ development team the Springfield Armor, and several international teams over several years.
He passed away after a car wreck in 2018.
Cliff Tucker Jr. High School Career Accolades
2003-2004 Undefeated Freshman District Champs
Jv District Champs
2004-2005 Averaging 18 points, 9 Rebounds , 3 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks per game
*Bi- District Champions
Newcomer of the Year in the District and City.
2005-2006 Averaging 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists , 3 steals and 3 blocks per game
District and Bi- District Champs
District Most Valuable Player
1st team all City
All State team
2006-2007 Averaging 21 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks per game.
In a battle pitting one of the newer northeast teams versus one of the original El Paso County schools, new bested old as the Chapin Huskies defeated the Austin Panthers at Irvin High’s Tony Shaw Field Friday night.
Staff Report April 25, 2017Local NewsComments Off on UTHealth School Houston Training El Paso Youth to Become Advocates for Tobacco Policy Change
HOUSTON – To help train youth to become educators and advocates for tobacco policy change, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in El Paso is partnering with El Paso Independent School District high schools to create an innovative new program.
As part of its A Smoke Free Paso del Norte initiative, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation awarded UTHealth School of Public Health nearly $150,000 to implement Youth Advocating for Policy EXecution (APEX). The unique program will teach youth how to advocate for policy changes that will reduce tobacco use among adults, prevent tobacco use among youth and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke.
The program, which begins in August, will start at three schools: Bowie High School, Chapin High School and Austin High School. The program may be expanded to include more schools in the future.
“We’re helping to train the next generation of policy advocates and helping foster long-term leadership and career development,” said Louis Brown, Ph.D., the program’s leader and assistant professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at UTHealth School of Public Health in El Paso. “Most policy change initiatives are adult-driven and don’t involve youth. Youth APEX is not the standard paradigm. Instead, this is a paradigm shift.”
The program will operate as an after-school club at each school, allowing students to participate in five different policy and environmental initiatives throughout the school year. A campus coordinator at each school will recruit students and collaborate with UTHealth staff in trainings, as well as in the implementation of tobacco control activities.
The first activity will be retailer compliance checks, which will focus on enforcing the policies that are already in place to reduce the purchase of tobacco products by individuals under the age of 18. The compliance checks will be conducted in collaboration with the El Paso Department of Public Health and Aliviane, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides behavioral health, treatment and recovery services.
For the next project, students will work on promoting the adoption of smoke-free apartment complexes.
“The students will survey residents about their views on smoke-free housing,” said Brown. “Our plan is to collect the data and share it with property owners to help them consider the pros and cons of smoke-free housing.”
Other activities in the program will include a social media campaign and collective action aimed at encouraging pharmacies to stop selling tobacco.
In the final phase of the program, students will write letters to Texas state senators and representatives advocating to raise the minimum age required to purchase tobacco products to 21.
“We often see youth as part of the problem instead of the solution. They are often underestimated because people don’t see the possibilities,” Brown said. “This is an important public health issue and youth have a powerful voice that is uniquely capable of attracting media attention, garnering sympathy and swaying public opinion.”