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Video+Gallery+Story: Franklin, Coronado High Join Forces for ‘Holiday Blessings Drive’

 Coronado and Franklin high schools students set aside their competitive spirit on Friday, December 7 as they got together to collect toys, clothing, shoes and gifts for students at Douglass Elementary.

Student council members from both schools started the Holiday Blessings Drive five years ago at Zavala Elementary, picking a different school each year to visit.

The high schoolers welcomed each grade level into the school’s choir room, where Santa Claus and stacks of boxes awaited each student.

Before each student received their gifts they were made to take an oath and promise not to open — or even try and get a peek — of their gifts until Christmas morning.

Student Council students pick an elementary at the beginning of the school year, meeting with the principal and counselor to coordinate the project.

The elementary in turn is responsible for providing students’ clothing and shoe sizes, as well as what the students have asked for on their holiday wish list.

Story & Photos by Leonel Monroy |  Video by Raymond Jackson/EPISD

Video+Story: Coronado FFA Students Stay Busy ‘Down on the Farm’ Over Summer Break

School may be out for the summer, but learning and hard work never take a break at EPISD’s only FFA Farm.

Coronado High School Senior Jonathan Carrizal earlier this week took the wheel of the giant swather, cutting the alfalfa surrounding the 36-acre farm on Lindbergh Avenue. A few yards away, fellow T-Bird Chris Thatch, a sophomore, bathed his calf Magnus to get it prepped for competition.

The working farm gives students a chance to earn credit while learning about agriculture and develop skills for life. Teachers Armando Flores and Jennifer Matejcek spend their summer days on the farm – nurturing the livestock, crops and keeping up the grounds where calves, goats, a pig and chickens live. Students work and volunteer all summer working with the animals and preparing the hay for their livestock and public sale.

“The common misconception about that program is that you have to be a farmer or rancher to be involved in FFA,” said Flores, a lifelong farmer who lives on farm grounds. “That’s not quite the case. We’ve got lots of urbanized students participating with us. We emphasize creating great leaders and great public speakers that can go out into the workplace and be great employees for businesses out there.”

Carrizal stepped out of the swather after plotting perfect lines of trimmed hay.

“I’ve had a farm as long as I can remember. I know how to work and what to do,” he said. “I like the lifestyle. It’s a beautiful day.”

An experienced farmer, Carrizal puts his knowledge and rodeo skills to use to represent Coronado in competitions. This month, he earned fourth place in the Texas FFA Rodeo for team roping – a skill he’s been honing since age 4.

“It’s going to help me in the future,” he said. “It’s what I want to do, and it’ll help me get there.”

Thatch, on the other hand, came to the farm with no experience. He spent much of the morning blowing out the hair of his calf, which he plans to enter in the show steer category in competitions and take to market to sell. Like some students raising and competing with livestock, Thatch actually owns Magnus.

“I just live in a normal, small house in the city, so I would never have an opportunity to do any of this stuff without this place,” he said, while finishing up Magnus’ bath ritual. “You can make a lot of money if you win.”

Thatch isn’t sure the farm life is in his future but he knows the experience will give him a boost later in life.

“If I move into something like agriculture, owning steer or running a ranching or something, I’ll know how to handle these things,” he said. “And for college, they like to see that you stuck with something, so I’ll try to do this all four years of high school.”

The farm also just recently took in two baby goats, which Matejcek began training to walk and brace – key elements for competition later in the fall. They jumped and pulled on their leashes but the experienced rancher knew just how to rein them in.

“I wish more kids would understand the opportunity they have here and try it out,” she said, bracing a 3-month-old goat to show off the muscle definition in his legs and back.

Matejcek enjoys the show portion of FFA and the experience it gives students to learn about animal husbandry: how to work with the livestock, keep them healthy, groom them, raise them and build up their muscle for show and eventual sale. Like Flores, it’s a lifestyle she enjoys and wants to share with students.

“When we go to market, we sell to generate money for our program,” she said, describing how the livestock are great buys because the animals are well taken care of by students. “You’ll never have a bigger turkey than one you buy from a student.”

It also gives those students like Carrizal, who grew up on a farm, a chance to advance his skills so they can raise livestock on their own or get a jump start on a career as a veterinarian.

“There’s no other program like it in EPISD,” Flores said. “I venture to say that we probably have one of the most technologically advanced ag programs when it comes to equipment in Texas. We’re very fortunate that we’ve got a full-on production farm, and it’s in the middle of El Paso.”

And while the farm life is a big part of the agricultural program, Flores stressed the importance of the leadership curriculum taught in the classroom at Coronado, including parliamentary procedure and public speaking.

“Our students excel in that because we really try and knock it out of the park when it comes to public speaking,” Flores said. “When we can get our kids to be good public speakers and be able to get in front of a crowd, that’s going to make our programs shine above all others.”

Story by Reneé de Santos  |  Photos by Alicia Chumley  |  Video by Raymond Jackson / EPISD

EPISD Names New Principals for Coronado, Cooley

The El Paso Independent School District announced Tuesday the appointment of two veteran educators as principals at Coronado High School and Cooley Elementary.

The new principal at Coronado is longtime educator and administrator Marc Escareno. Elizabeth Prangner will assume the role of principal at Cooley on a permanent basis after serving as acting principal for several months.

“EPISD understands that the role of a school principal is a deeply important one, and I am confident that we have selected two amazing leaders to serve the students and communities at Coronado and Cooley,” said Superintendent Juan E. Cabrera.

“Mr. Escareno and Ms. Prangner have a history of commitment to the children of El Paso that will serve their staffs and students well. I have confidence they will do a great job.”

Escareno is currently an assistant principal at Franklin High School, and has previously served as principal at Kohlberg Elementary and interim principal at both Franklin and Bowie High School.

A former English and social studies teacher at Burges High School, Escareno has an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Prangner is an experienced educator with nearly 30 years of experience as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. Before her assignment to Cooley, she served as principal at Hart and Alta Vista elementary schools. She taught bilingual education at schools in El Paso, Grand Prairie and Dallas.

She also taught GED and other adult-education courses at federal correctional institutions in Fort Worth and Anthony, Texas. She has a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from UTEP.

Ysleta High Downs Coronado for KCOS’s HighQ Championship

Ysleta High School defeated Coronado High School on April 6 at the Plaza Theater to become the Grand Champion of the KCOS High Q Tournament, qualifying the team to advance and compete at the High School National Championship Tournament in Atlanta in May.

The Ysleta HS High Q Team defeated Coronado High School by a score of 290 to 260. The High-Q team members from Ysleta High school include Pedro Amaya, Nathan DaSilva, Alphonse Ingo, Xena Tame, and Aiden Grizzard.

The team is coached by Physics teacher Paul Cain and Math teacher Ruth Hansen.

High Q Academic Competition is a single-elimination quiz bowl tournament among area high schools that is televised by KCOS beginning in the fall. Quiz bowl questions range over the entire spectrum of a high school curriculum, and include a certain amount of current events, sports, and popular culture.

The matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration, since no individual player is likely to be an expert in all subject areas.

Quiz bowl can reinforce classroom lessons and also encourage players to go beyond their assignments to master other areas as well.

At the national competition, Ysleta HS will compete with teams from across the country. Last year’s national championships brought 304 teams from across the United States and Canada for 26 rounds of competition.

The High Q Championship Show, held for the first time ever at the historic Plaza Theatre in Downtown El Paso, will be broadcast on May 3rd at 7pm on KCOS.

Speakers Share Stories on Cyberbullying, Drunk Driving with Coronado Students

Federal and local law enforcement, and even a convicted drunk driver with a compelling story gave students at Coronado High an eye-opening presentation this week meant to curb disturbing trends like sexting, vaping and driving under the influence.

“We’ve had to address some of these issues on campus and we felt it would be great to be proactive and have these experts come in and talk to our students about these issues,” said Ron Dentinger, Coronado assistant principal. “These are all issues that are really important for our students to be aware of, so they can have a successful high school experience.”

Alex Bustillos, child exploitation task force coordinator with the FBI, spoke to students by grade level in the fine arts theater. His focus was cyberbullying and sexting.

“My purpose in doing these presentations is to be proactive to not let a kid become a victim, not letting kids’ videos or imagery out there for the world to see and never be able to get it back,” Bustillos said.

He wanted students to realize the severity of taking a nude or inappropriate photo of themselves and send it to another student.

“Children don’t seem to understand it’s against the law because they believe, ‘hey, it’s my body. It’s my phone. I paid for it,’” he said.

If the receiving student sends the photo, regardless of the circumstances, it also is against the law.

“The first thing they should do is tell a trusted adult and call the authorities,” Bustillos said. “What you do not want to do is take a screenshot of it or send it off to someone else, like a parent.”

Photo courtesy EPISD

The FBI has a cyber tip line to report child photos or videos containing obscene content and if someone asks for a child to send sexual images, speaks to a child in a sexual manner or asks to meet a child in person. The tip line can be accessed at CyberTipline.org or call 800-843-5678 or 915-832-LOST (5678).

A convicted drunk driver, who remained nameless, also gave a startling presentation to students detailing how his life changed when he made the decision to drive drunk.

He stressed the importance of thinking before drinking, and asked students to consider an Uber or other transportation if they become intoxicated. “Think before you take the wheel,” he said.

EPISD Police Officer Chris Rodriguez ended the assembly with a presentation on e-cigarettes and vaping.

“We’re seeing e-cigs and vapors coming into students’ possession,” Rodriguez said. “We want to inform them that it is against the law for students under the age of 18 to possess these tobacco products. We’re trying prevent them from getting into trouble and also letting them know that this can affect their health. We hope this gets students to say ‘no to vaping’ or prevents a purchase.”

Although carrying tobacco products is not illegal for those 18 and older, students possessing these products on campus can still face disciplinary measures.

Freshman Zachary Courreges thought the presentation offered valuable information to students.

“I think it important for students to be aware of the consequences for actions they take and be educated on e-cigarettes and other things out there.”

Freshman Leslie Castillo thought Bustillo’s presentation served as a good reminder for students to be aware the consequences of sending inappropriate photos.

Her take away from the presentation: “Students need to watch what they do, be aware of their surroundings and don’t drink and drive.”

Coronado Journalism Students Honored with National Recognition

Four Coronado High journalism students earned top awards earlier this month at the National High School Journalism Convention in Dallas.

Students Alisa Garcia earned superior for broadcast news writing; Eric Moya earned excellent for sports photography; Karla Salazar earned honorable in yearbook and caption writing; and Jazmine Zamora earned honorable for news writing.

“When an El Paso student wins an award at this convention, that student knows that his or her work is as good as or better than the work of students from New York, California, or any other school in the country,” said Coronado journalism teacher Kimberly Haefner. “It is nice to see what other award-winning schools are doing. This is how we can stay competitive here in El Paso journalism.”

The semiannual convention, sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association, brings together thousands of students from across the country for journalism learning sessions, workshops and contests.

Junior Eric Moya, who has been shooting for two years, enjoyed networking with other students and attending the journalism workshops.

“When I found out I got an excellent rating, I freaked out. This was something I put a good amount of effort in, and to find out I placed, I was so happy,” Moya said. “I learned ways to improve my photography, as well as learning about a couple of colleges I can look into now.”

Fellow junior Jazmine Zamora was grateful for the opportunity to meet other aspiring journalists.

“Journalism is important because I am given the ability to tell others what they should know and give everyone up to date information,” she said. “I would tell those looking to pursue journalism to always have good questions and look outside the box for story ideas.”

Aside from Coronado, students from Franklin, Bowie and El Paso High School attended the event.

“This event is vital to the advancement and development of not just the book, but the staff. Students get to see just how big and important the business of yearbooks and journalism is to a school and community,” El Paso High teacher Daniel Ornelas said. “The exposure to different ideas sets an example for them and hopefully they realize how crucial their work is to their school.”

This year, students from Brown, Henderson, Lincoln, Guillen and Brown middle schools had the opportunity to go to Dallas.

Lincoln Middle School teacher Angela Word loved networking with other journalism teachers.

“This was the first time I was able to collaborate with middle school teachers outside of our area to see how they are pushing their program to the next level,” Word said. “I was able to watch best practices from the journalism perspective. We are formulating a plan to push the students so when they get to high school they are not only prepared but the top of their class.”

Author – Alicia Chumley | Photos courtesy of Coronado HS

Coronado FFA Students Take Top Prizes at State Fair

The Coronado High School FFA program continued its tradition of excellence at this year’s Southern New Mexico State Fair, earning top prizes in several categories.

“I am very proud of our students,” said Jenn Matejcek, agricultural science teacher. “They work very hard and long hours, growing and prepping their animals and other projects. We had a great year with many more animals to show.”

Students competed in categories ranging from livestock, baking to art.

Junior Tye Claridge earned Grand Champion in the poultry category, selling his entry for $4,500. Sophomore Christopher Thatch took third place for his steer, earning $3,800.

The T-Birds also took home Grand Champion for their agricultural mechanics small and large project entry.

Below is the full list of participants and fair results:

Poultry:

Tye Claridge: Grand Champion Sold $4,500

Alejandro Navarette: 3rd Place

Yoseph Hernandez: 6th Place

Lauren Holderman

Christopher Thatch

 

Rabbits:

Rebecca Brandmeyer

Goats:

Shaye Alost: 6th Place

Lauren Holderman: 7th Place

Reed Jenson: 8th Place

 

Steer:

Christopher Thatch: 3rd Place Sold $3,800

Arts and Crafts:

Amani Hernandez: 1st Place

Maria Boccaccio-Mantecon: 1st Place and 2nd Best of Show $20

Nicole Gonzales: 1st and 2nd Place

 

Agriculture/Floriculture:

Mauricio Valdez: 1st okra, 1st elephant ear, 2nd white strawberry, 3rd avocado, 4th avocado

Agricultural Mechanics:

Grand Champion for Small and Large Project

Reserve Grand Champion for Small and Large Project

Alejandro Navarrete

Yoseph Hernandez

Alex Pustinger

Reed Jenson

Tye Claridge

Jeremy Aguirre

Erin Rocha

Michael Blackmon

Able Griswold

 

Baked Goods:

Francesca Cattuci: Pecan Brittle 2nd place

Lauren Holderman: Brownies 2nd place

Diana Aguilar: Banana Pecan Bread 1st Place

Reed Jenson: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins 1st Place

Carlos Granados: Candied Pecans 1st Place

Jonathan Carrizal: Pecan Praline 1st Place, Pecan Pie 2nd Place

Gina Saenz: Pecan Bars 2nd Place, Apple Pie Cupcakes 1st Place

Alejandro Navarrete: Limes 1st Place, Hay 2nd Best of Show $15

 

Chapter Booth:

3rd Best of show

Shannon Watzling

Katherine Goodrich

Aime Muela

Victoria Enriquez

Jade Vera

Story in Many Pics: Coronado Crushes Americas 36-15

In a battle of 6a powerhouses, the Coronado Thunderbirds traveled east to take on the Americas TrailBlazers in the 2nd half of the doubleheader at Socorro ISD’s Student Activities Center (SAC)

Andres Acosta was there as the Thunderbirds blasted the ‘Blazers 36-15, and he brings you his view of the game in this Story in Many Pics.

Coronado Thunderbirds vs Americas Trailblazers, SISD S.A.C., September 29, 2017

Coronado Teacher gets Funding to Modernize Art Instruction

For thousands of years, art has evolved alongside mankind, from cave pictographs to the modern digital creations . Art instruction, however, has remained mostly the same … until now.

Teacher Hugo Nuñez is paving the way for innovation in art instruction at EPISD with a $2,500 grant from the Texas Cultural Trust to help him create a digital art class at Coronado High School.

“When I got the letter from the Texas Cultural Trust, I was really happy and excited,” Nuñez said. “This kind of classroom really helps the students develop more skills and prepare them for the 21st century workplace. My goal is to implement more technology and digital art into district shows and in the community.”

The Texas Cultural Trust, in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts, developed the Arts & Digital Literacy (ADL) program to integrate technology in the classroom. The project-based program focuses on linking art education and digital media instruction for high-school students.

“We want our EPISD students to become critical thinkers who are fluent in digital arts as a pathway towards creativity and innovation,” said Rosa Aguilar, visual arts facilitator. “Students today are born into a digital world and digital arts skills are essential tools to have as pencils and paints are to canvas and paper.”

Nuñez applied for the grant in December with the intent of incorporating more digital illustration in his Art I classes, but once he attended the Digital Pioneers workshop last month he realized the potential to take instruction even further.

“We learned about stop motion, animation, photography and even video game design. They want us to make the class as interactive as possible and for students to really engage using digital artefacts,” he said. “It opened up a broader curriculum. It was bigger than I had thought and gave me a lot of ideas on how to create lesson plans.”

To qualify for the grant, Nuñez had to commit to teach the ADL class for three years. He can reapply for another grant in two years.

He plans on buying a 3-D printer, an Oculus Rift system, as well as digital cameras. In the meantime, students have been using their cellphones and EPISD laptops, downloading apps to create logo and poster designs.

Students snapped photos on campus to capture real-life art concepts, such as line and space, value and color.

“They went on a scavenger hunt to get these colors,” he said. “They are very creative with their photography. It’s really amazing things we see every day, but we don’t put it together as a color wheel. It’s pretty interesting how they come up with these things.”

Students are responding well to the class, which filled up quickly at the start of the new school year. Junior Adriana Sanchez saw the class as an opportunity to step out of her comfort zone and try something new.

“Traditional art classes have been taught the same way for decades whereas digital art promotes a new approach to the creative process,” Sanchez said. “I feel like this class is preparing me for many career opportunities.”

Her favorite assignment so far has been creating a poster, using illustrations apps on the iPad.

“It was a contest between everyone in the class to create a poster promoting the class at Coronado,” she said. “It was a lot of fun editing text and illustrations to complete this project. Everyone in the class is excited for upcoming projects. I am glad I joined this class to broaden my knowledge in the digital arts.”

Two El Paso ISD Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

Two El Paso Independent School District high-school seniors earlier this week were included in the elite list of National Merit Scholar semifinalists for 2018.

Coronado High School’s Daven Cheu and Franklin High School’s Mauricio Gonzalez were among the five El Paso County students who made the list published by the National Merit Scholar Corp.

Both Gonzalez and Cheu have big plans for college and were mostly surprised by the honor.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity to help me to go to the college I want to go to,” said Cheu, an IB student considering a major in environmental systems at the University of California at San Diego. “I didn’t quite expect to be here. I have to get the paperwork sorted out and then find out what happens next.”

Gonzalez knows being a semifinalist will look good on his resume when he applies to Yale University, his top choice for now.

“It’s a pretty big honor,” he said. “I know there are a lot of students who compete and to be one of three from EPISD is pretty big. I’m just happy to represent El Paso and EPISD. I hope I move on further and win a scholarship.”

The corporation also named former Chapin High School student Connor Jarolimek as a semifinalist. Jarolimek was a student at Chapin when he took the qualifying PSAT test, but has since moved out of state.

National Merit will notify students advancing to finalists.

Franklin High School’s Mauricio Gonzalez
Coronado High School’s Daven Cheu

Video+Story: Coronado Trombonist headed to Carnegie Hall

Coronado High trombonist David Schonberger knows exactly how to get to Carnegie Hall: practice, practice, practice combined with ‘dedication and lots of hard work.’

The sophomore, who practices 2½ to 3½ hours a day outside of school, will join 113 musicians from throughout the country this summer for his second stint playing at Carnegie Hall — this time with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

“Being up there showed me what’s out there in the rest of the country, showed me the talent and how hard I need to work it to get there,” said Schonberger about his experience last year with the Carnegie Hall program for younger musicians known as NY02. “It was a great experience.”

unnamed (37)Last year’s NYO2 prepped him to audition for the youth orchestra, a three-week residency in New York City at Carnegie Hall followed by a two-week performance tour of South America and Mexico. The audition included prescribed pieces and a solo.

Schonberger was selected among 900 applicants. With results pending online, he rapid fired the refresh button on his cell anxiously awaiting word of his acceptance. Once he saw his name, he was genuinely relieved and humbled to be selected for the youth orchestra.

“When I found out, it was the happiest moment of my life,” he said, his trombone closely clutched in his hands.

Schonberger aspires to pursue a music career playing with a symphony orchestra and teaching his craft. Band director Mark Saenz already notes his talent and laser focus for perfecting it.

“David is such an incredible musician – everything comes so natural to him and it’s been that way since middle school,” Saenz said. “He’s so humble and such a great player. The players around him see that he loves music and he can’t stop practicing – that’s kind of his thing. He’s really made everyone around him better.”

Saenz sees endless possibilities for his student as he hones his skills and performs among the best college and high school musicians from around the country.

“To get this honor is a big deal,” Saenz said. “It opens a lot of doors. He’s going to be working with some major contacts, which are conducting major orchestras around the world. As an aspiring professional musician, it will serve as good networking for his future.”

Schonberger is one of two students from El Paso to be selected to play with the youth orchestra. Jonathan López from Mountain View High School in the Clint school district also was selected.

Coronado High hosts Texas Academic Decathlon Tournament

Hundreds of students from throughout the state will be at Coronado High School starting today and through Sunday morning to participate in the 2017 Texas Academic Decathlon State Meet.

The school is located on 100 Champions Place, on the city’s west side.

Teams from high schools will participate in over two days in ten categories: art, economics, essay, interview, language and literature, math, music, science, social science and speech. Students of all skill levels and academic backgrounds compete.

“EPISD is happy to host this important tournament. It gives our students exposure to high-caliber tournaments and it also gives our teams a home-field advantage,” said Carolyn Mackey, EPISD’s coordinator of academic competitions. “Coronado will be buzzing with activity all day Friday and all day Saturday.”

Activity ends at 10 p.m. on Friday. Student competition resumes at 9:05 a.m. on Saturday and runs through around 4 p.m. The awards ceremony is slated for 9 a.m. Sunday morning at the Coronado fine arts auditorium.

GECU, Coronado High Celebrate Grand Opening of Student-Run Credit Union Wednesday

GECU, in partnership with El Paso Independent School District and Coronado High School,will celebrate the Grand Opening of the first EPISD student-run credit union on Wednesday, February 1st at 10 a.m. at Coronado High School located at 100 Champions Place.

Crystal Long, GECU President and CEO stated, “Opening a location inside Coronado High School is a great opportunity for students to begin their successful financial journey. By opening up savings and checking accounts and learning how to manage their own finances they can become financially independent, while still in high school. We’re excited to build a relationship with the school and look forward to providing financial education to students.”

“We are a strong supporter of financial literacy in the community. The branch will emphasize the importance for students to become financially fit by learning how to budget and manage their money,”  GECU officials added.

The GECU Coronado High School Branch will serve all students, faculty and staff, however the branch is not open to the public

EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera said the GECU branch at Coronado will help address one of the concerns graduating seniors have brought up in recent years: the need for more personal finance education.

“Our students are telling us they want us more opportunities for them to learn about personal finance and credit,” Cabrera said. “We are ecstatic that GECU is partnering with EPISD to help us take a huge step toward addressing that need.”

The new location is a full-service branch,  staffed by a team of existing GECU employees and Coronado High School student positions. The student employees will be paid and will also receive school credit through their college and career classes.

The Grand Opening will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony and snacks and refreshments for students, faculty, and staff.

Two El Paso ISD teachers named Educators of Distinction

EPISD teachers Amy Stell from Coronado High and Russell Lang from El Paso High were nominated to receive the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction award from the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).

The NSHSS boasts members in more than 160 countries and is dedicated to recognizing academic excellence among high-achieving scholars and educators. To qualify for the award, student members must nominate an educator they feel is deserving of the distinction.

Coronado sophomore Sydney Reiter felt her teacher and cheer coach Amy Stell more than met the criteria.

“She is such an important role model, not only in her students’ lives but also her cheerleaders’ lives,” Reiter said. “She is always compassionate and always there if you need her. She’s just a great person to talk to.”

Stell is honored by the nomination, acknowledging there is more to an educator’s job than meets the eye.

“It’s amazing. It’s always very endearing to receive thanks, whether it’s in a note or something like this,” Stell said. “There’s more to teaching than just teaching my topic. It’s teaching life lessons.”

She is proud to be able to teach in two different capacities and make an impact in her students’ lives.

“One of my former cheerleaders is now coaching at Austin,” Stell said. “She shared a message on Facebook thanking me for being her coach and having those lessons carry through into what she is doing today. It’s a great feeling to see that. She posted it for everyone to see.”

Coronado High School Lacrosse Club in the Playoffs

EPISD students are gearing up to play lacrosse as part of the Coronado Lacrosse club, the only El Paso high school team to compete locally in the sport.

As a club, the team is not a UIL-sanctioned sport so students compete only against other clubs and teams in the New Mexico High School Lacrosse Association. Coronado Lacrosse is currently sixth in the league, qualifying for the playoffs in Albuquerque later this month.

Head coach Robert Aguinaga, who volunteers his own time to coach the students afterschool, is proud of all the team has accomplished.

“Lacrosse is a great sport. It has the physicality of football and hockey and endurance of soccer. We are a varsity level team competing against the New Mexico teams,” Aguinaga said. “The students are doing great.”

The team was formed in the fall of 2014 thanks to some student initiative.

Coronado student Joshua Gomez helped spearheaded the club after visiting a relative in Denver who played lacrosse.

unnamed (17)“My cousin let me play with his old equipment because he played in high school, and it just really sparked my interest to play lacrosse,” Gomez said.

When he returned he looked for lacrosse teams in the El Paso area he could play with but had no luck.

“I took it upon myself to make a team here in Coronado,” Gomez said.

He started recruiting his friends and other students to form a 14-person team the first year. The team has kept growing, and now has 18 players, including two teammates from El Paso High School.

El Paso High sophomore Ethan Graham has a personal connection to the sport – his parents attended the naval academy where lacrosse is big on campus.

“It’s great being part of this team,” Graham said. “I am proud of all the guys who have put in a lot of effort and hard work to make it to the playoffs in the second year. Hopefully we make it past the first round and generate a lot of interest.”

Coach Aguinaga also hopes to create interest and expand the team after receiving a grant from U.S. Lacrosse, the national governing bodyunnamed (16) of men’s and women’s lacrosse.

The organization provided 30 full sets of equipment, which includes helmets, gloves, armguards, shoulder pads and sticks.

“We will be able to take advantage of the equipment next season and hopefully open it up to a lot of players, especially students who wanted to play but maybe couldn’t because of financial reasons,” Aguinaga said.

For Gomez, anything to create excitement about the sport he loves is great.

“It’s an amazing thing to see how far the team has come in such a short amount of time,” Gomez said. “It’s one thing to have a dream and to see it come true is one of the most gratifying feelings ever.”

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