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Story in Many Pics: Del Valle Downs Chapin 49-28

Friday Night Football in the Mission Valley featured the Del Valle Conquistadores hosting the Chapin Huskies in the night’s closest playoff match up.

While the Huskies were able to keep it close, Del Valle eventually defeated Chapin 49-28.

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

Chapin Huskies vs Del Valle Conquistadores, Conquest Stadium, El Paso Texas, November 17, 2017
Chapin Huskies vs Del Valle Conquistadores, Conquest Stadium, El Paso Texas, November 17, 2017

Gallery+Story: EPISD Celebrates 2017 Summer Commencement Exercises

A sea of gold, purple, teal, maroon and blue caps and gowns filled the front of the Bowie High School auditorium Thursday morning as summer grads prepared to make their way across the stage.

The first of two summer graduation ceremonies at Bowie on Thursday featured nearly 100 seniors from Andress, Austin, Bowie, Burges and Chapin high schools and College, Career & Technology Academy.

The program led off with keynote speaker Laura DuVernois, an assistant principal at Silva Health Magnet, who congratulated the graduates and wished them continued success.

“Be humble, be kind,” she told them. “Most importantly don’t forget where you came from and always follow your dreams. Congratulations class of 2017.”

A similar sea of colors representing Coronado, El Paso, Franklin, Irvin and Jefferson high schools lined the first few rows of the Bowie auditorium for the afternoon commencement ceremony. Just more than 50 students walked the stage to collect their diploma.

Keynote speaker Elizabeth Saenz, deputy superintendent of academic leadership, spoke before the graduates received their diplomas.

“As you go into the world, look back often and remember the friends you made in here in high school,” Saenz said. “Take with you the many things you learned from your teachers, parents and your community and make this world a better place – after all the challenges of the world are yours to conquer.”

Receiving diplomas were seniors who completed their graduation requirements during the summer.

Photos courtesy EPISD

Huskies celebrate Capt. John L. Chapin’s 104th Birthday

Chapin High School students celebrated the birthday of the school’s namesake Capt. John L. Chapin on Friday with cake and balloons.

The school has been celebrating all week with dress up days, wearing red, white and blue on Wednesday to honor Chapin’s military service and Texas A&M colors on Thursday for his alma mater.

“Captain Chapin’s birthday is actually during spring break on the 15th, but we thought it was important to honor our namesake,” student activities manager Julie Oshiro said. “He was a hero and he represents our school’s core values.”

031017Chapin110 copyThe Northeast school was named after the World War II hero and El Paso native in 2001 and is a point of pride for the students the minute they become Huskies.

For senior Anne-Marie Warren the celebration brings her experience at Chapin full circle.

“Our freshman year we have an introduction into who Captain John L. Chapin was. We watch a video and learn about him and Company E, so now it’s a nice closing for me,” Warren said.

Student council organized the weeklong celebration, decorating the school with birthday banners and putting together the cake social in the school’s rotunda during lunch Friday. The home economics classes pitched in as well, baking more than 400 cupcakes.

Principal Robert Marsh hopes Chapin’s legacy will continue to live on through the school.

“We ask our kids to model all the traits he exhibited in his lifetime. We feel it’s important for the students to know why the school is named after him,” Marsh said. “We don’t want them to forget what he stood for. Any opportunity we get we want to remind them why we are who we are.”

Chapin High Engineering Students put Modern Touch on Winter Villages

These aren’t your grandma’s Christmas villages.

When the students at Chapin High School’s Principles of Engineering were asked to participate in the Winter Wonderland Engineering Contest as part of the 2016 Project Lead the Way, they strayed away from the cute Victorian villages we are used to seeing during the holidays.

Instead, the students in the class used their knowledge of engineering to create modern winter villages filled with lights, sound and motion … all while using recyclable materials.

“The project demonstrates an application of all the principles in engineering skills that the students have been working on this semester,” magnet coordinator Johanna Daniels-Sherman said.

news_2595_mThe contest challenged students to create a winter village incorporating sound, light and motion. Students first created a blueprint before setting to the task of making their designs come to life as a 3-D model.

Each of the six Principles of Engineering classes created its own village, which then were displayed for public view and scoring by judges at the Chapin Rotunda. More than 100 students worked together to make the project happen.

“It’s a little bit of a class competition and a little bit of individual performance,” Daniels-Sherman said. “We brought in members of the community to serve as judges, as well as some freshman and eight grade students interested in the program.”

Sophomore Christina Bowling’s class had a global take on the project that featured landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Great Wall of China.

“We picked our project to represent Christmas around the world,” Bowling said. “I really like the engineering program because you really get to work on a lot of computer programs and hands-on projects like this. Incorporating engineering with the holidays is a really great idea.

Student Kiara Morales’ class project featured a spinning tree, snowman and ice-skating rink, as well as a robotic snowplow.

“I think this is fun. It gives us an opportunity to learn more about engineering,” Morales said. “We are allowed to be a lot more creative with the project. “The competition is really friendly, and there is a lot of diversity with our different mechanisms.”

Students were judged on different criteria, including creativity and technical skills and application.

“The overall goal is to demonstrate an understanding of the principles to include circuitry, architecture, creativity and design,” Daniels-Sherman said. “There are extra credit opportunities for the winners — in addition to fame.”

The potential for extra credit and all the fame went to following classes:

— First place: Operation Christmas, third period
— Second place: Nightmare Before Christmas, seventh period
— Third place: Christmas Around the Small World, first period

Story in Many Pics: Chapin defeats Del Valle 17 to 14

In the first round of the 5a playoffs, it was an evenly-matched pairing of team, as Chapin traveled to Del Valle Thursday night. It was a back and forth battle, eventually won by the Huskies, as their defense stopped Del Valle from scoring at the last minute.

Our very own Andres Acosta was there, and brings you his view of the game via today’s ”Story in Many Pics”

Students at 59 EPISD Campuses will get Free School Lunch, Breakfast

Students 59 El Paso Independent School District campuses will get free school lunches and breakfasts thanks to national program aimed at providing more nutritious meals students.

Laura Durán, EPISD’s Director of Food and Nutrition Services, announced that the District once again will participate in the Community Eligibility Program from the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

The Community Eligibility Program, or CEP, provides breakfast and lunch to all children at no cost and eliminates the collection of meal application for free, reduced-priced and paid students meals.

“The application process can be cumbersome for some families, and we know that there are many of our schools that will have a majority of the students qualify for free or reduced-priced meals,” Durán said. “This program gives us the opportunity to reach as many students as we can in order to give them a nutritious meal that will help them be ready for instruction.”

The CEP targets schools with high volumes of students who would already qualify for free or reduced-priced meals based on income or other eligibility requirements.

The schools participating the program are:

• Elementary Schools: About Face, Alta Vista, Aoy, Barron, Beall, Bliss, Bonham, Bradley, Burleson, Burnet, Clardy, Clendenin, Coldwell, Collins, Cooley, Crockett, Crosby, Douglass, Dowell, Fannin, Moye, Hawkins, Hillside, Johnson, Lamar, Lee, Logan, Moreno, Newman, Park, Putnam, Powell, Rivera, Roberts, Rusk, Schuster, Stanton, Travis, Whitaker and Zavala.

• Middle Schools: Armendariz, Bassett, Canyon Hills, LaFarelle, Charles, Guillen, Henderson, Magoffin, Morehead, Terrace Hills, Wiggs.

• High Schools: Austin, Bowie, Chapin, Irvin, Jefferson, Telles Academy and the College, Career and Technology Academy.

Students attending schools not participating in the CEP may qualify free and reduced-price meals through the traditional application process. Each school in EPISD, as well as the Food and Nutrition Services Department, has a copy of the eligibility rules and guidelines policy that are used to determine participation.

Applications may be picked up at each campus, or they may be downloaded from the EPISD website at under the Food and Nutrition Services Department. Applications are also available in at the Food and Nutrition Services office at 6531 Boeing.