The Ysleta ISD Board of Trustees honored Parkland High School running back and senior Deion Hankins with the October President’s Award.
Deion has not only proven himself as a dynamic athlete on the football field, but a true leader among his peers on campus.
In September, he broke a 14-year city record to become El Paso’s All-Time leading rusher. With a few games still left in the season, Deion has racked up 6,125 career rushing yards, making him one of only 104 players in Texas state history to go over the 6,000 mark.
His career stats at Parkland High School are just as impressive, with 64 rushing touchdowns, and 563 yards receiving with 4 receiving touchdowns.
But Deion’s outstanding athleticism is just one part of what makes him a standout student.
On campus, he is known for being a humble, kind, and unselfish teammate and student. He has far exceeded the minimum number of 80 community service hours needed to graduate, mostly by volunteering at McCombs Baptist Church.
Every summer, he helps run the church’s Vacation Bible School, and works with children on Wednesday nights.
He continues his ministry on campus with peers through two extracurricular clubs – the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Youth For Christ – and at speaking events throughout the city.
Aside from all of this, Deion is also at the top of his academic game. He is currently ranked in the top 10 of his class while taking both Advanced Placement and dual-credit classes.
YISD officials add, “All told, Deion is a wonderful example of the hard work, dedication, and service excellence that we value at The District, and we are extremely proud to call him one of our own.”
The President’s Award is given by the President of the Board of Trustees to a YISD student who has demonstrated exceptional and/or innovative, out-of-the-ordinary service to others, particularly those within the YISD community.
Eligible YISD students must be nominated for the award by a school principal, assistant principal, or Trustee; and must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.