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SISD student-athletes commit to play college level sports in virtual signing events

Sixty-five total Socorro Independent School District student-athletes signed their letters of intent to play their sports at the collegiate level in signing ceremonies that were conducted virtually for the first time in the district.

The COVID-19 pandemic did not stop the SISD community from celebrating the 2019-2020 athletic signees. Each high school had a virtual event for their student-athletes via Microsoft Teams, Zoom and YouTube apps.

“I’m extremely proud of how our campuses were able to get this done,” said SISD Athletic Director JJ Calderon. “They went above and beyond to recognize these athletes under these unfortunate circumstances.”

The SISD graduates will go on to compete in soccer, basketball, cross country, track and field, football, volleyball, baseball, softball, golf and participate in athletic training.

The following student-athletes have signed and are ready to move on to play/perform at the collegiate level:

Americas High School

 

Jacob Ye signed with the University of Texas at Arlington for cross country, his highlights include: three-time All-District cross-country athlete from 2017-2019, a state qualifier in 2018 and 2019, and area champion in the 1600m run in 2019. He currently is the school record holder for the three-mile run (14:58.4), ranked seventh in the state for 1600m run (4:20.80), ranked third in school history for 1600m run (4:20:80) and second in school history for 800m run (1:54.94). Ye was on his way to breaking more school records and qualifying to the Texas 6A State Track and Field Championships before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19. “Through my four years of running at Americas, I accomplished most of my goals and made history as a team. I wouldn’t change anything about my experience and the friendships I made along the way,” Ye said.

Seth Andrade signed with the University of Texas at Tyler for cross-country. His highlights include: All-District performer and state qualifier in 2018-2019. He is the first Americas High School athlete to complete the triple in one meet at the Fred Loya Invite 2020. His times were: 3200m (10:00.77), 800m (2:01.85), and 1600m (4:38.43).

Hector Sanchez signed with the University of Texas at Permian Basin for cross-country. His highlights include earning 17th place at the Texas 6A State Cross Country Championships in 2019. He is an All-District performer and school record holder for 5K run (15:15.4), ranked fifth in school history for 3200m run (9:44.08), and ranked eighth in school history for 1600m run (4:28.18). “I feel super blessed to run with an amazing team for my four years in high school. Nobody can possibly be as great as these guys and girls I train with every day to push me and motivate me to do better. As sad as it is to let go of my team, this team and school will always have a place in my heart,” Sanchez said.

Daphne Duran signed with Texas State University for cross-country. Her highlights include: four-time All-District performer from 2016-2019. She is a three-time regional qualifier in track and field and holds the school record for 800m run (2:19.85) as well as freshmen school records in 5K, 400m, 800m, 1600m and 3200m runs. “It was a great run!” Duran said.

Arlette Yañez signed with the University of Southwest for soccer. Her highlights include being part of the Americas High School soccer program for the past four years and helping the Trailblazers clinch second place in the playoffs this year. Yañez had the opportunity to represent El Paso as a state champion in soccer and is part of the Spanish Honor Society and guitar club.

Alex Reyes signed with Sul Ross State University for soccer. Her highlights include defending and helping the Trailblazers make the playoffs for the first time in school history and being part of the Americas High School soccer program for the past four years. Reyes was the team’s go-to player for their penalty kicks because of her strong left foot.

Angelina Escobar signed with Sul Ross State University for soccer. Her highlights include being a midfielder for the Americas High School soccer program the past four years, serving as a leader both on and off the field, setting high expectations for her fellow teammates and helping the Trailblazers earn second place in district while being part of the yearbook club. “I am very thankful for everyone at Americas for making my high school experience great! I am very excited about my future at Sul Ross University,” Escobar said.

Miguel Felix signed with Shaw University for soccer. His highlights include being the team captain and a four-year varsity starter while being a member of the orchestra. Felix earned All-District in 2019 and 2020.

Arturo “Tury” Ordoñez signed with Benedictine University for soccer. His highlights include being a four-year varsity athlete and earning Skills USA Winner.

Alfredo De La Torre signed with the University of Texas at El Paso for football. His highlights include: All-District second team, a two-year starter as well as a two-sport athlete. De La Torre was a regional qualifier in track and field.

Chris Robles signed with Sul Ross State University for football. His highlights include: All-District first team, and defensive newcomer of the year and earned an All-Star selection. He is a three-sport athlete who plays football, runs track and field and is a wrestling regional qualifier. “My experience at Americas was extravagant. I got along with teachers, made friends, and enjoyed growing as a person in that community. I learned right from wrong and learned how to be selfless to think of others and to work with a team,” Robles said.

Alicia Barron signed with Ranger Junior College for golf. Her highlights include two-time All-District athlete and regional qualifier as a junior. “I would like to thank all of Americas for supporting me every step of the way. Thank you to all my coaches and teachers for believing in me. My experience at Americas will be one I will never forget and it was full of laughs and memories,” Barron said.

Eastlake High School

Cameron Jackson signed with Ottawa University for track and field. His highlights include one-year letterman who participated in the 100m run, 200m run, 400m run and 4 x 200m relay. “I would like to thank my parents so much for believing in me this entire time,” Jackson said

Jennea Ramirez signed with Ottawa University for track and field. Her highlights include two-year letterman who participated in the 400m run. “I am so excited to start the next chapter of my life at Ottawa University,” Ramirez said.

Matthew Morales signed with North American University for baseball. His highlights include three-year letterman who earned All-District in 2018 and 2019 and had a career .326 average, 36 hits, 3.08 ERA, he is the second player in school history to play all positions. “I am excited for this next chapter of my life, I can’t wait for the experiences that are to come,” Morales said.

Matthew Talavera signed with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley for baseball. His highlights include three-year letterman who was an All-District catcher in 2018 and 2019. Talavera hit a walk-off double vs. Lubbock-Coronado in the 2019 playoffs. He had a career .330 average, 44 RBI’s and 66 hits. “I am looking forward to the challenges up ahead at UTRGV,” Talavera said.

Bernie Valdez signed with the University of Texas Permian Basin for baseball. His highlights include three-year letterman who earned All-District first-team third baseman; 2018 and 2019 District 2-5A Offensive MVP and had a career .364 average, 5 homeruns, 85 RBIs, 91 hits and a 2.43 ERA. “I am excited to embrace this new chapter in my life, it’s only the beginning from here and I am ready to go to work,” Valdez said.

Melanie Garcia signed with Ranger Community College for soccer. Her highlights include three-year letterman who earned 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 Team MVP; first-team All-District 2019-2020; Dr. Pink’s Frisco Tournament MVP and Top Team Scorer. “I wouldn’t have gotten this scholarship without the amount of support I got from everyone. Thank you,” Garcia said.

Axel Armendariz signed with Gustavus Adolphus College for football. His highlights include two-year letterman who earned All-District Honorable Mention and is a two-sport athlete as a member of the track team. “Thank you to everyone who believed in me and I can’t wait for this next chapter of my life,” Armendariz said.

Pedro Ayala signed with Wayland Baptist University for football. His highlights include two-year letterman who earned second-team All-District and had 47 total tackles and 4 tackles for loss. “I’m extremely excited to perform at the next level,” Ayala said.

Rolando Beltran signed with New Mexico Highlands University for football. His highlights include earning 2-5A Defensive Player of the Year, second-team All-City Selection, Senior All-Star Game Selection and had 42 total tackles, and 8 tackles for loss. “Thank you to everyone who watched me sign today, I love all of your support,” Beltran said.

Zuleica Cruz signed with Western Texas College for volleyball. Her highlights include three-year letterman who earned District 2-5A Outstanding Setting, had a career 148 kills, a .168 hitting percentage, 33 aces, 14 blocks, 263 digs, and 420 assists. “Thank you to the Eastlake community for always being so supportive. Congratulations to all the athletes signing today, I wish you all the best,” Cruz said.

Cheyanne Bonilla signed with the University of Mary Hardin Baylor for basketball. Her highlights include being named 2020 El Paso Times Most Valuable Player, 2-5A District MVP; TABC first-team All-Region; TGCA All-State performer; Academic All-State Student Athlete with a 95.28 GPA, over 2,300 career points; 20.7 average points per game; All Tournament Team – Byron Johnson (Midland), Katy Classic (Houston) and Franklin High School (El Paso). “I am so grateful for the many blessings I’ve had here at Eastlake, I love you guys,” Bonilla said.

El Dorado High School

Jorden Clark signed with Cochise College for basketball. His highlights include being selected for the 2020 Second Team All-City El Paso Times, 2020 District 2-5A Offensive MVP, and the 2020 District 2-5A All Defensive Team. He averaged 20 points per game and 12 rebounds. “For the next two years I will be taking my talents to Cochise College. Thank you for letting me play at your school,” Clark said.

Darling Harris signed with Knox College for basketball. Her highlights include three-sport letterman (basketball, volleyball, track). She was the 2020 basketball team captain and earned 2020 District 2-5A Academic All-District (basketball), 2017-18 District 1-6A Academic All-District (basketball) and was selected for the 2019-20 Second Team All-District 2-5A volleyball team (middle blocker). “Thank you to everyone who motivated me to play college ball and I am excited to play for Knox College,” Harris said.

Madison Cuevas signed with Northland College for basketball. Her highlights include two-year letterman and was the 2020 team co-captain. She was selected for 2018-19 District 2-5A Academic All-District, 2019-20 District 2-5A Academic All-District, and 2019- Midland Oilman’s All-Tournament Team. “I could not have asked for better people in my life to support me in this next chapter of my life,” Cuevas said.

Arianna Aragon will attend Northland College for basketball. Her highlights include four-year letterman and was named as 2019-20- All City Honorable Mention El Paso Times, 2020 Mc Donald’s All-American Nominee, 2020- GEPGCA Basketball All-Star and named three times to the First-Team All-District. She scored 1,195 total career points. “As I start this next chapter of my life, I hope to make each and every one of you proud, thank you,” Aragon said.

Brittney Sierra signed with Western Texas College for softball. Her highlights include two-year letterman who earned 2019 District 2-5A first-team All-District Team and 2019 District 2-5A All-Academic Team. “I am truly grateful for my team, my coaches, my family and my community. I can’t wait to play my favorite sport at the next level,” Sierra said.

Iaan Rodriguez signed with The University of Southwest for baseball. His highlights include three-year letterman for the Aztecs who finished his senior year with a .346 hitting percentage. “It was unfortunate we couldn’t finish the year, but I will always remember my times at El Dorado. I love you guys,” Rodriguez said.

Leslie Gutierrez signed with Heartland College for soccer. Her highlights include District 2-5A First Team All-District in 2019, Honorable Mention All-District 2-5A in 2018, and Academic All-State in 2019. She is a midfielder, three-year letterman and in the National Honor Society. “This sport has made me grow not only as a player, but as an individual and I am so thankful for this journey,” Gutierrez said.

Apryl Alvarez signed with Heartland College for soccer. Her highlights include three-year letterman who made District 2-5A First Team All-District in 2019, District 2-5A Second Team All-District in 2018, and was a 2020 DECA state qualifier and 2020 Academic All-State. “Playing college ball is only my first step in making you all so proud and your support means so much to me,” Alvarez said.

Diego Diaz signed with Sul Ross State University for soccer. His highlights include three-year letterman who was named District 2-5A Most Valuable Goalie in 2019, District 1-6A Most Valuable Goalie in 2017 and ended his high school career with 255 total saves. “My goal is to make (my family) your dream come true because you helped me make mine come true. I love you guys,” Diaz said.

Kris Martin signed with Catholic University of Washington for football. His highlights include two sport letterman (football, basketball) who made First Team All-District 1-5A wide receiver in 2019, ranked third in the district with 71 total receptions for 1,067 yards and nine touchdowns. Martin carries a 3.8 GPA going into college. “This program has definitely helped me reach this level. Thank you El Dorado,” Martin said.

Chris Bustillos signed with McMurray University for football. His highlights include three-year letterman who made First Team All-District 1-5A Quarterback in 2019, passed for 1,800 yards, and rushed for over 600 yards. “Thank you to everyone at El Dorado for always supporting me,” Bustillos said.

E.J. Hinojosa signed with Lakeland University for football. His highlights include two-year letterman who made Second Team All-District 1-5A Offensive Linemen in 2019 and was selected into the 2020 Senior Showcase as an offensive lineman. “Thank you to everyone who contributed to my football career these past four years,” Hinojosa said.

Montwood High School

Karla Quintana signed with Texas Tech University for athletic training. Quintana was the head student athletic trainer at Montwood High School who will participate in Division 1 athletic training for the NCAA.

Roberto Canales signed with the University of Southwest for soccer. His highlights include first-team All-District and team captain. Canales is a defender for Montwood High School soccer and will participate in Division 3 level of competition for NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics).

Gabriel Neufeld signed with the University of Southwest for soccer. Neufeld is a midfielder and will participate in Division 3 level of competition for NAIA.

Luis Payan signed with the University of Southwest for soccer. Payan is a defender and the team captain for Montwood High School soccer. His level of competition will be Division 3 for NAIA.

Brianna Romo signed with Concordia University for softball. Romo is an outfielder for Montwood High School softball and her highlights include 2020-team captain, 2019 second-team All-District and 2019 Academic All-District.

Samantha Chavez signed with Sul Ross State University for softball. Chavez is a middle infielder and her highlights include 2020-team captain, 2019 first-team All-District, 2019 Academic All-District, 2019 Team Hustle Award and 2019 Team Unsung Hero Award.

Danielle Gomez signed with Sul Ross State University for softball and volleyball. Gomez is a pitcher, plays first base for softball, and is a setter for volleyball. Her highlights include 2020-team captain, 2019 first-team All-District, 2019 Academic All-District, 2019 Team Pitcher of the Year and 2019 Team MVP.

America Rubio signed with El Paso Community College for softball. Rubio plays middle infield and outfield. Her highlights include 2020-team captain, 2020 El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame Female Athlete of the Year, 2019 first-team All-District and 2019 Team Defensive Player of the Year.

Karen Chavez signed with Ranger College for soccer. Chavez plays outside defender and was first-team All-District Team Captain. Her level of competition will be Division 2 for NJCAA.

Arianna Rios signed with Ranger College for soccer. Rios plays central defender and was first-team All-District Team Captain. Her level of competition will be Division 2 for NJCAA.

Isaac Gonzalez signed with New Mexico State University for football. His highlights include first-team All-District and Senior All-Star selection. Gonzalez plays offensive line and will play Division 1 football as a preferred walk-on.

Pedro Escobar signed with the University of Texas at El Paso for football. His highlights include second-team All-District and Senior All-Star selection. Escobar plays linebacker and will play Division 1 football as a preferred walk-on.

Isaiah Peoples signed with Oklahoma Panhandle State University for football. His highlights include second-team All-District and Senior All-Star selection. Peoples plays cornerback and will play Division 2 for NAIA.

Westin Barberan signed with Lakeland University for football. Barberan plays wide receiver and will play Division 3 level football.

Max Ayala signed with the University of Southwest for track and field. Ayala ran the 400m relay and his highlights include team captain as well as Area and Regional qualifier for track and field.

Primitivo Vasquez signed with Saint Mary’s University for baseball. His highlights include first-team All-District, All-City Team, All-Academic, Bi-District Champion and Area Champion. Vasquez plays second base and will play Division 2 baseball.

Jesus Campa signed with El Paso Community College for baseball. His highlights include All-Academic Team, Bi-District Champion and Area Champion. Campa is a pitcher and plays third base.

Isaac Villanueva signed with the University of Southwest for baseball. His highlights include Bi-District Champion and Area Champion. Villanueva is a catcher and will play Division 2 for NAIA.

Pebble Hills High School

Anthony Romero signed with Western New Mexico University for football. His highlights include first-team All-District as well senior All-Star selection. Romero plays defensive end for the Spartans. “I am extremely proud to announce my commitment to Western New Mexico University,” Romero said.

Andrey Denson signed with Gustavus Adolphus College for football. His highlights include averaging 2.1 tackles per game, runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and has a 35-inch vertical jump. Denson plays defensive back for the Spartans. “Thank you to the entire Pebble Hills community for welcoming me with open arms when I came in from the northeast. I am truly grateful,” Denson said.

Payton Fields signed with Western Nebraska Community College for basketball. Her highlights include: four-year varsity starter, 2020 District/City MVP, 6A All-Region, 6A All-State, TGCA Academic All-State, TABC Academic All-State, 2018 first-team All-District and 2019 first-team All-District. Fields played guard for the Spartans and is the school’s All-Time leader in points, assists, and free throw attempts. “I am very excited to begin my journey at the next level,” Fields said.

Darla Portillo signed with Heartland Community College for soccer. Her highlights include first-team All-District in 2019 and 2020, second-team All-District in 2017 and honorable mention in 2019 Portillo is the team captain and a four-year varsity starter who plays center midfield for the Spartans. “I want to thank everyone who is here today and for supporting me,” Portillo said.

Socorro High School

Christian Parra signed with Ranger College for cross-country. His highlights include top 10 1600m and 3200m runner who placed second in the 1-6A District Track and Field Championships 3200m run. In 2019, Parra participated in the 1-6A Area Track and Field Championships and placed 10th in the 3200m 1-6A Region 1 Track and Field Championships. “I am truly excited for what lies ahead of me next,” Parra said.

Jeremiah Sanchez signed with Central Baptist College for basketball. His highlights include All-District 1-6A Honorable Mention, averaged 12 points, six rebounds and five steals per game. Sanchez is the team captain who not only shows his excellence on the court but in the classroom as well, earning Academic All-District 1-6A and being part of the Health Professions Academy and Socorro Early College. “Everyone I’ve mentioned today has influenced me to be the prestigious young man I am today,” Sanchez said.

Diego Torres signed with Our Lady of the Lake University for basketball. His highlights include 1-6A second-team All-District his junior and senior year, 1-6A All-Defensive first team his junior and senior year and averaged 17 points, five assists and six steals per game. “Every time I do something, I do it for everyone who supports me,” Torres said.

Alan Duran signed with the University of Southwest for soccer. His highlights include 2019-2020 District Boys Soccer 1-6A Most Valuable Player and earned First-Team All-District from 2017-2020. “I greatly appreciate everyone who is watching me sign today. Thank you all,” Duran said.

Armando Pando signed with the University of Southwest for soccer. His highlights include 2019-2020 District Boys Soccer 1-6A Goalkeeper of the Year; 2018-2019 Most Valuable Player; 2017-2018 Goalkeeper of the Year; 2016-2017 Freshman Newcomer of the Year and First-Team All-District 2017-2020. “I can’t wait to play soccer at the next level,” Pando said.

Yissel Olivares signed with Sul Ross State University for soccer. Her highlights include four-year varsity player who earned MVP in the 2016-2017 Lubbock Tournament and First-Team All-District 2018-2020. Olivares is also part of the Socorro Early College. “I am very excited to start this next chapter of my life,” Olivares said.

Sarayi Serrano signed with Sul Ross State University for soccer. Her highlights include team goal leader and a four-year varsity player who earned 2017-2018 first-team All-District and 2017-2018 first-team All-City. “It took a lot of hard work and dedication to get here after my injury. I am so grateful for everyone who was there for me,” Serrano said.

Clarissa Yamaguchi signed with Paul Quinn College for soccer. Her highlights include four-year varsity player who earned first-team All-District in 2019-2020, second-team All-District in 2018-2019 and was team captain her junior and senior year. “Thank you to everyone who believed in me to get here,” Yamaguchi said.

Eastlake High School spearheads first virtual Texas Association of Student Councils conference

Eastlake High School hosted the first-ever virtual 2020 Texas Association of Student Councils annual conference in the event’s 84-year history.

The conference, conducted May 8 via a livestream on YouTube, included speeches by various keynote speakers and new officers for the 2020-2021 school year were elected.

About 5,000 students and their advisors took part in the event, while 1,700 guests viewed the virtual conference.

Eastlake High School, the first school in the Socorro Independent School District to host the TASC conference, was selected in 2018 to host the conference, long before the impact of COVID-19 hit school communities across Texas and the nation.

Despite the unusual circumstances, the school’s student activities director and student council coordinator Kelley Akins and the Eastlake student council members succeeded in planning and coordinating the inaugural virtual conference in less than a two-week period.

The Eastlake students worked fast and efficiently embracing this year’s conference theme of  “Level Up Your Leadership.”

“If there was ever a year to level up our leadership it was definitely this year as these students all dealt with a new level of adversity,” Akins said.

The group who planned and carried out the successful virtual conference consisted of seven students from the Eastlake student council, who dubbed themselves The Savvy Seven.

Among them was student body president Gilbert ‘Gibby’ Widner, a senior, who was also this year’s conference coordinator student representative.

“We put everything we had into this conference, even though we couldn’t host the conference in person,” Widner said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better team, for better friends, and Ms. Akins has been an amazing advisor.”

Chairperson and conference coordinator team member Kya Lopez, a senior, was initially disheartened with the change in plans that she and her teammates had worked so hard on for over a year. However, she was more than happy with the results.

“Though the conference was different this year due to the whole coronavirus pandemic, it still felt like we were connected with everyone that we would’ve connected with if it had been done in person,” Lopez said. “The theme ‘Level Up Your Leadership’ was an instant idea that really stuck and saw us through.”

Students continue to have access via Zoom, YouTube and Vimeo to the table talks from the conference, which are presentations on projects from schools across Texas. They also have access to the breakout sessions with national speakers and programs endorsed by TASC, which originally would’ve been conducted at the conference over a series of three days.

“I cannot speak more highly of my students,” Akins said. “We weren’t going to give up, we just had to make adjustments to move forward virtually.”

The Texas Association of Student Councils includes just under 1,400 urban, rural, private and charter middle schools and high schools from across the state of Texas who host numerous trainings throughout the year for both students and advisors on learning and leadership.

“This was a dream of mine when I started at Eastlake,” Akins said. “The students and I knew it would be a lot of work and take up a lot of our time, but we were so honored for the opportunity to show off Eastlake, Socorro ISD and El Paso to the rest of Texas.”

Video: SISD Superintendent releases information about July graduation plans

Saturday morning, Socorro ISD Superintendent Dr. Jose Espinoza sent out a latest message to the  Socorro ISD community about 2020 Graduations.

In his message, he announces the graduation plans for July, for the district’s eight high schools.  All graduations will be held at Socorro’s Student Activities Center – the SAC.

Starting Thursday, July 16th Mission ECH will have their ceremony at 8am, with El Dorado High’s ceremony at 8pm.

Friday July 17th will have Pebble Hills High celebrating at 8pm, with Socorro High’s celebration taking place at 8pm on Saturday, July 18th.

The following week on Thursday, July 23, Option High will have their ceremony at 8am, with Eastlake taking the field to celebrate at 8pm.

On Friday, July 24, Montwood High will have their ceremony at 8pm, followed on Saturday July 25 with Community Education’s graduation at 8am, and Americas at 8pm.

Espinosa added that while many details still needed to be worked out, all ceremonies will follow Social Distancing guidelines.

Video+Story: Socorro ISD honors outstanding students, staff for co-curricular, athletic achievements

Traditionally, each month at the SISD Board of Trustees meeting, the board members and superintendent honor outstanding Team SISD students and staff who have earned local, regional, statewide, or national accolades and recognition.

“Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, it has not been possible to bring in these exceptional individuals and teams,” SISD officials share. “However, they are still deserving of a moment in the spotlight for their outstanding achievements.”

District officials released the information on Wednesday, along with a full presentation to honor all the hard working students and staff who earned honors this spring.

The video can be viewed above, a link to the photos and pages can be viewed by clicking here.

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Helen Ball Elementary students won the highly sought 2020 SISD Battle of the Bluebonnets championship title. The team of elementary students showed excellent reading comprehension skills and an outstanding enthusiasm for reading in the district’s unique literary competition.

The Helen Ball team ranked as the top team with their unparalleled knowledge of the subject matter in the Texas Bluebonnet Award nomination books. Congratulations to the Helen Ball Elementary team, the 2020 Battle of the Bluebonnets winners. They are:

Laylah Maese
Victoria Valles
David Jasso
Emma Sanchez
Roxanne De Leon
Erin Sanchez, Librarian

A student from Pebble Hills High School earned honors for advancing and competing at the 2019-2020 UIL Congress state competition, which promotes leadership and communication skills through rigorous interaction and debate on issues confronting our democracy. He drafted legislation, researched the docket of bills and resolutions dealing with real-world social and political policies.

Congratulations to this outstanding student Bryan Liston from Pebble Hills High School and his teacher Israel Boswell.

Two Team SISD wrestling teams won 2019-2020 UIL district championships. This year was historic for the Pebble Hills Spartan wrestling team as they had five state qualifiers, one state alternate and three All-State wrestlers.

The team finished their outstanding season by placing 15th at the state meet.

Congratulations to the Pebble Hills Spartans, the championship Spartans are:

Ernie Mata
Justin Rodriguez
Isaac Gomez
Aray Delgado
Julian Solis
Gabriel Valdez
Dominic Melendez
Diego Muñoz
AJ Delgado
Cyrus Garcia
Gus Renteria
Stephen Hayes
David Elmendorff, Coach
Carlos Paniagua, Head Coach

The Montwood High School girls wrestling team also had an outstanding season. This year, the Montwood Rams were 1-6A district champions and earned All-City recognition by the Greater El Paso Wrestling Coaches Association. Congratulations to the Montwood Rams!

They are:

Lauren Gonzalez
Teresa Catellanos
Karla Garcia
Eleisia Gamboa
Karina De La Torre
Saleen Doblado
Priscilla Hernandez
Aremie Steel
Arista Najera
Alexis Landeros
Oscar Norez, Head Coach

In addition, several Team SISD individual wrestlers advanced and competed at the 2019-2020 UIL state competition. Most notable was Eastlake High School’s Kylie Hernandez, who  won the UIL 5A wrestling state championship.

The wrestlers who worked hard all season and earned their way to the state meet are from Pebble Hills High School, Americas High School, Montwood High School and Eastlake High School. Congratulations to these outstanding SISD athletes. They are:

Pebble Hills High School

Julian Solis
Dominic Melendez
Anthony Delgado
Justin Rodriguez
Isabel Walker
Jayanne Lopez
Derek Elmendorff, Coach
Carlos Paniagua, Head Coach

Americas High School

Jacob DeSantos
Noe Robles, Coach
Dorian Rojo, Head Coach

Montwood High School

Ivan Escobar
Karla Garcia
Pedro Escobar
Saleen Doblado
Oscar Hernandez
Aremie Steele
Arista Najera
Oscar Norez, Head Coach

Eastlake High School

Andre Ramirez
Shayden Muzio
Joshua Gonzalez
Kylie Hernandez, State Champion
David Atilano, Coach
Carlos Armendariz, Head Coach

Five Team SISD boys’ and girls’ basketball teams earned honors for winning 2019-2020 UIL championships. The Americas High School boys basketball team finished the season with a 23-12 overall record and 8-2 district record.

The Trailblazers won the UIL 1-6A district championships and a 6A bi-district boys basketball title. The championship Trailblazers are:

Jordan Hernandez
Jaden Andrus
Jose Luis Lugo
Joey Sosa
Christian Nevarez
Jonathan Castañeda
Cristian Martinez
Damien Vincente
Juan Zamirripa
Andrew Morales, Coach
Gil Romo, Coach
Mike Brooks, Head Coach

The Pebble Hills High School girls’ basketball team finished the season with a 19-15 overall record and an 8-2 district record. They started the season not ranked at all but finished at No. 3 in the city of El Paso.

For the first time ever for Pebble Hills High School, the Spartans won the UIL 1-6A district, 6A bi-district and 6A area championships. The championship Spartans are:

Abby Puebla
Laryssa Washington
Hilary Chavez
Payton Fields, Most Valuable Player
Katelyn Calderon
Jasmine Gonzalez, 1st Team All-District
Alyssa Mathews
Yasmine Quirino, 2nd Team All-District
Victoria Aguayo, Newcomer of the Year
Kandis Hall, 2nd Team All-District
Daniela Rosas
Yasmine Avila, 1st Team All-District
Mya Sullivan
Natalie Flores, Coach
Cynthia Borrego, Coach
Steven Lee, Head Coach

The Montwood Rams girls basketball team won its first bi-district championship since 2006. They ended the season with an overall record of 17-16 and 7-3 in district. Montwood has two seniors, eight juniors, three sophomores and one freshman.

Among those 12 returning players are athletes who earned offensive and defensive player of the year awards, along with first-team, all-district selections.

The Montwood Rams champions are:

Preciosa Velasquez
Monique Moya, First-Team All-District
Karlene Alamo
Lauren Valtierra, First-Team All-District honorable mention
Victoria Lopez
Marina Escobar, First-Team All-District
Alexa Muñoz
Destiny Espinosa
Tori Martinez
Alyssa Rodriguez, First-Team All-District honorable mention
Mia Lozoya, District 1-6A Offensive Player of the year
Kayla Green
Ruth Sodipe, District 1-6A Defensive Player of the year
Jayda Molina
Raul De La Rosa, Coach
Damian Enriquez, Coach
Diana Garduno-Rico, Head Coach

The Eastlake girls’ basketball team had many outstanding achievements this year. The team earned their third straight bi-district championship, ended the season with an overall 28-8 record and a 15-3 district record.

The Falcons earned second place in the Franklin tournament and were consolation champions for the Katy ISD Classic. Individual achievements included athletes earning district and city MVP awards, all-state athletic and academic honors and earning more than 1,000 and 2,000 career points.

This outstanding team ended the season with the most wins in program history. The Eastlake Falcons girls basketball team members are:

Edith Ramirez
Hailey Tena
Danae Villalva
Mia Lares
Cheyanne Bonilla, District MVP and El Paso Times Co-Player of the Year, more than 2,000 career points
Kayla Quintana
Vanessa Herrera, Texas Girls Coaches Association All -Star team, more than 1,000 career points
Alexis Landeros
Amaris Saucedo
Adelyn Gamboa
Chris Granados, Coach
Karina Padilla, Coach
Joi Woodard, Head Coach

The Eastlake High School boys basketball team who also had an outstanding season, finishing with a 22-12 overall record and a 13-5 district record.

They won a UIL 5A bi-district basketball championship. The championship Falcons are:

Adam Herrera
Orion Olivas
Blas Compean
Ralph Ortega
Derek Rojas
Julian Romero
Jeremy Vasquez
Ethan Marquez
Christian Saldaña
Josh Vasquez
Nathan Rodriguez
Jaden Ramos
Matthew Jones
Taylor Young, Coach
Johnny Crawford, Head Coach

Four Team SISD mariachi groups advanced to the 2020 UIL State Mariachi Festival. Americas, Eastlake, Socorro and El Dorado high schools were four of the six mariachi groups in the region to advance to the UIL state competition.

All four ensembles earned a Division I Superior rating at the UIL regional contest, which qualified them for the state mariachi festival. SISD’s talented mariachis gave outstanding performances with strong song selections, stage presence and talent.

Congratulations to all four SISD mariachi groups!

The Americas High School mariachis are:

Santiago Marrero
Hugo Hernandez
Diego Villalobos
Sebastian Chaparro
Andres Avila
Jesus Diaz
Jonathan Perez
Karla Lopez
Alondra Garcia
Bryan Dominguez
Adriana Montoya
Brisa Serrano
Jacqueline Jacobo
Noah White
Cody Fineron
Sophia Walker
Nicolett Guerrero
Luisa Ramos
Bryant Chaffino, Music teacher
Rocio Manriquez, Music teacher
Jose Rios, Music teacher

The Eastlake Mariachi Falco members are:

Evelyn Alvarez
Jorge Cobian
Diego Desantiago
Alexandro Escalera
Alexis Escalera
Annette Fernandez
Maximiliano Gonzalez
Alexia Hernandez
Regina Hernandez
Carlos Mendez
Alondra Morales
Roman Pastrana
Michelle Pelayo
Karyme Perea
Christian Rodriguez
Edgar Rodriguez
Luis Rodriguez
Angeles Valdez
Steve Hernandez, Music teacher
Cynthia Cabada, Music teacher
Jessica Garcia, Music teacher

The Socorro High School Mariachi Los Gavilanes are:

Edward Bautista
Rebecca Bautista
Jennifer Betancourt
Jocelyn Betancourt
Nicolette Brilliant
Christian Corrujedo
Jessica Delgado
Elma Garcia
Areli Grajeda
Dorothy Macias
Angela Moran
Jose Pompa
Pablo Rosas
Angel Sanchez
Erik Sigala
Edel Terrazas
Jesus Torres
Jesus Trevizo
Roger Rosales, Music teacher
Juan Gonzales, Music teacher
Jose Parada, Music teacher

The El Dorado High School mariachis are:

Alan Medina
Melissa Salaises
Stephanea Valles
Marcelo Melendez
Alberto Valenciana
Aleida Holguin
Daphne Serna
Isaac Valencia
Sherlyn Avalos
Abraham Vaughn
Pauline Rassmussen
Elian Urías
Ana Marquez
Sahid Palacios
Grecia Rivas
Claudia Rascon, Music teacher

Several Team SISD students won top honors in the citywide 2020 Black History Month Art Contest. The SISD students’ artwork won best of show, second, and third place from the hundreds of entries entered in this year’s contest. Congratulations to the talented artists and their teachers. They are:

Sun Ridge Middle School

Itzel Rios Dominguez, Third Place
Daniel Lopez, Teacher

Krystal Macias, Second Place
Amanda Trevizo, Teacher

El Dorado High School

Jaylin De La Paz, Second Place
Maddelinde Fields, Teacher

Col. John O. Ensor MS

Haven Ortiz, Best in Show
Rosa Villarreal, Teacher

SISD students advanced to state in the 2020 Visual Arts Scholastic Event competition. From the hundreds of unique art pieces entered in the contest this year, the work of 10 SISD students was among the best. Seven of the 10 students earned a division four rating, the highest possible rating, at the state contest. The judging this year was held virtually. Congratulations to these award-winning artists. They are:

Eastlake High School

Carolina Fonseca
Claudia Castaneda, Teacher

Pebble Hills High School

Viridiana Kropf
Arturo Villegas, Teacher

Treyden Williams
Julian Vidales, Teacher

Angelica Soto
Rosa Villarreal, Teacher

Americas High School

Saree Renee Castaneda
Myah Gonzalez
Leticia Luevanos, Teacher

Angela Gomez
Victor Gomez
Samuel Munoz, Teacher

El Dorado High School
Roussel Acosta
Allison Vega, Teacher

Montwood High School

Noelle Serna
Joseph Mitchell, Teacher

A Team SISD swimmer from Americas High School had an outstanding season and advanced to the 6A 2019-2020 UIL state competition in the 100-yard butterfly. In addition, he was named to the Texas Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association All-State team. Congratulations to Jose Sanchez and his coach Raquel Aguilar.

Several SISD teams advanced once again to the Destination Imagination state contest. Destination Imagination is an educational program that challenges students’ creative problem-solving skills and higher-level thinking.

SISD students shined at the regional event and showcased their science, technology, engineering and math expertise, in addition to their talents in improvisation, writing, project management, communication, innovation and teamwork. The SISD Destination Imagination winners are:

Elementary Destination Imagination Teams

Cactus Trails ES

Raymundo A Velarde
Annimarie Rhowen Flippin
Minaya Felix
Aaron Guzman
Shanelle Hocog
Patricia Velarde, Team Manager

Belinda Frausto
Leah Lopez
Noelle Flores
Isabella Gerber
Bryce Rodriguez
Kelsey Anderson, Team Manager

Chester Jordan ES

Mya Martinez
Maria Armenta
Jaleana Solis
Gia Nguyen
Sonia Cardoso, Team Manager
Caitlyn Bowen, Team Manager

Lujan-Chavez ES

Camila Carrasco-Morales
Fernanda Sanchez
Christian Duron
Kylah Dickerson
Alyssa Paredez
Brendon Lewandowski
Lujan-Chavez ES
Erika Carrasco, Team Manager

Sgt. Roberto Ituarte

Victoria Dominguez
Vanessa De la Rocha
Lazaria Spears
Vania Cruz Torres
Gabriel Lopez
Cristian Gonzalez
Zechariah Carrasco
Tina Sanchez, Team Manager
Andrea Carrasco, Team Manager

Sierra Vista ES

Nadine Mercado
Lillian Esparza
Aubrey Erives
Amy Lozano
Edgar Romero
Eddie Duran
Jaiden Gutierrez
Carmen Melendez, Team Manager

Middle School Destination Imagination Teams

Jane A. Hambric School

Laila Carreon
Camila Caldera
Danielle Lewis
Victoria Rios
Diego Rojas
Arleen Aguirre, Team Manager

Paso Del Norte School

Arnold Payan
Vincent Carpio
Ethan Shatte
Sebastian Nunez
Cianny Carpio
Mariel Zamora
Ivana Morales
Vanessa Colon-Payan, Team Manager
Monica Moreno, Team Manager

Danna Morales
Camila Morales
Jesus Garcia
Jonathan Russell
Ahviyouna Floyd
Ethan Souza
Lucius Gross
Pamela De La Torre, Team Manager

Sun Ridge Middle School

Zenadia Ramirez

Jack Garcia
Vianney Lopez
Andromeda Weregwe
Esperanza Valero-Carter
Robert Dickerson
Terri Naylor, Team Manager

Anissa Baeza
Amirah Chacon
Lizbeth Rodriguez
Julissa Daniels
Christina Thai
Cynthia Aragon, Team Manager
Gabriel Aragon, Team Manager

William D. Slider MS

Arturo Quezada
Joaquin Porras
Brianna Mata
Ava Grace Lazcano
Ashlee Zubia
Laura Reyes, Team Manager
Inez Castaneda, Team Manager

High School Destination Imagination Teams

Eastlake HS

Jaqueline Guerra
Cassidy Gaytan
Jeremy Guerra
Darien Booth
Joel Sierra
Victoria Zuluaga
Alondra Morales
Angelica Gonzalez, Team Manager

El Dorado HS

Amaya Flores
Pauline Rasmussen
Mia Gonzalez
Riley Miner
Isaac Logan Soto
Roussel Acosta
Donna Sianez, Team Manager

MECHS

Andrea Veliz
Daniela Chacon
Erin Barrientos
Adriel Bustillos
Zven Chavez
Sandra Blough, Team Manager

Yanet Meshirer
Hannah Romero
Fabian Sanchez
Manny Alvarez
Antonio Castruita, Team Manager

A Horizon Heights Elementary student was selected to attend and help present the author award at the Texas Bluebonnet Award Luncheon at the 2020 Texas Library Association conference. Kaylee Hansen was selected to represent Horizon Heights and Team SISD at the annual event.

Hansen was one of 10 students invited to the prestigious luncheon. She also was among one of three teams who placed third at the SISD Battle of the Bluebonnets. Her favorite book is “Esperanza Rising” and she believes that through reading books we learn to be better individuals. Her librarian is Shannon Ortega.

Two students from Americas High School qualified and competed at the 2020 state UIL Theatrical Design contest. The talented theater students, Cierah LeBron and Nandini Parikh, were the only two contestants accepted to state from the El Paso area. They analyzed the script for “Life Is A Dream” by Pedro Calderon De La Barca and created a set design and costume designs for the play.

LeBron is a senior and has been active in theater, performing, working backstage and designing for multiple theater events. This was her first time entering the UIL design contest. Parikh was accepted to state for her second consecutive time in costume design. Parikh won first place earlier this year at the Texas Renaissance Festival for costume design. She also has been very active in theater, acting and working backstage. Their teacher is Thomas Haase.

Five future health professional students from Socorro High School qualified for the international HOSA competition. The Bulldog team excelled at the area competition with a project that focused on community outreach and several mass casualty exercises. Their main focus was helping to improve the school district’s CPR, AED and Stop the Bleed awareness programs.

The health professional students will participate in the HOSA International Leadership Conference that will take place virtually June 24 through 27.

Congratulations to these Socorro High School students! They are:

Dayra Barron
Adriana Corona
Mariana Fri
Chathrini Kularatne
Jizel Lucero
Adriana Knight, Instructor

The Montwood High School Student Council won the 2020 National Gold Council of Excellence award from the National Student Council for its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community. Student councils who are awarded the gold level of the award have successfully demonstrated the highest levels of leadership.

The Montwood Student Council organized a variety of events to assist and engage their community, including hosting an end of the year banquet for the Special Education department, assisting Helen Ball Elementary students to set up their first-ever student council, and organizing a “Montwood is El Paso Strong” pep rally to unite and heal the community. Congratulations Montwood High School Student Council. They are:

Aileen Contreras
Alan Reyes
Alyssa Soto
Alyza Ramirez
Amber Ortega
Amy Rangel
Areli Rosales
Ariadna Perez
Arlette Soto
Brianna Romo
Celia Cadena
Chantal Valadez
Christopher Burk
Christopher Gomez
Denise Bernal
Devyn Sauls
Emily Flores
Eugene Montano
Gael Delgado
Giselle Herrera
Haidee Varela
Heaven Gonzalez
Iara Martinez
Isaac Jaramillo
Ivan Cervantes
Izak Jimenez
Jackie Lozano
Jesus Sanchez
Julian Hita
Karina Gomez
Karla Chavez
Katelynn Cazares
Lehyda Perez
Lizbeth Molina
Louie Garcia
Marco Hinojosa
Mariana Lopez
Maribel Vasquez
Mauvy Muniz
Michelle Urruticochea
Montserrat Ramirez
Natalie Nunez
Preciosa Velasquez
Ramiro Villegas
Rebeca Garcia Ayub
Rebecca Cordova
Ruben Gonzalez
Samantha Chavez
Sara Lopez
Sarah Carbajal
Sarah Tellez
Sofia Ojeda
Sophia Hernandez
Sophia Lozcano
Victoria Martinez
Daniel Gutierrez
Marisol Hernandez
Jinelis De Jesus
Miranda Fuentes
Lucero Espinoza
Alondra Romero
Bianca Ramos
Vianey Chin
Ana Player, Instructor

Two SISD seniors from Americas High School and Mission Early College High School earned the prestigious Gates Scholarship. Gustavo Ramirez from Americas High School and Eric Corona from Mission Early College High School are among 300 students nationwide who earned this highly selective scholarship.

The Gates Scholarship provides for the full cost of college/university attendance including tuition, fees, room, books, transportation and other personal costs. Both Ramirez and Corona worked tremendously hard for this opportunity by taking their education seriously and meeting their expectations every school year.

Students from three SISD high schools were recognized for graduating from the Chamber of Commerce 2020 Junior Leadership El Paso program.

El Dorado, Montwood and Pebble Hills high students were among fifty high school juniors in the El Paso region to take part in the 17th class of Junior Leadership El Paso.

These students have shown interest and potential in becoming El Paso’s future leaders. Congratulations to these students! They are:

El Dorado HS

Daniel Bringas
Dante Guerrero
Jeremy Locklear
Pauline Rasmussen

Montwood HS

Abraham Echinton
Christopher Trejo
Said Ajo-Montano
Santiago Guerrero Reyes
Zoe Nunn

Pebble Hills HS

Allison Trevino
Gabriela Armendariz
Kristina Olave
Minah Miranda
Nicholas Martinez
Sienna Ochoa

The SISD Fine Arts department has earned the 2020 Best Communities for Music Education Award from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Team SISD has earned the prestigious award, which recognizes school districts who provide access to music education to ensure all students receive a well-rounded education. Congratulations to SISD Fine Arts Department, they are:

Vanessa Salazar, Administrative Specialist I
Margie Monje, Administrative Specialist I
Janet Lynch, Instrumental Music Specialist
Macka Jones, Visual Arts Specialist
Ron Pingor, Assistant Director of Fine Arts (retired)
Candace Pintz, Assistant Director of Fine Arts
Armando Martinez, Director of Fine Arts

SISD Assistant Fine Arts Director Candace Printz won the Life Changer of the Year award from the National Life Group and its Foundation. The prestigious, national award recognizes and rewards outstanding K-12 educators and employees from around the country. Printz was one of five educators in the nation to win the prestigious grand prize award. She is a leader in her field who is constantly finding ways to not only develop students’ artistic skills, but to save the environment.

The LifeChanger of the Year award aims to honor those who are making a significant difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership. Prior to becoming the assistant fine arts director, Printz was an art teacher at El Dorado High School where she positively impacted many students with her numerous community service and art activities and initiatives.

Socorro ISD Athletic signings set students on path to collegiate goals

While the official end of the school year is still months away, several student athletes at Socorro ISD high schools are already planning for their educational and athletic futures beyond graduation day.

“Students in the Socorro Independent School District are excelling both academically and athletically, earning opportunities to continue their educational goals in colleges and universities next fall,” SISD officials shared.

Athletes from a variety of sports, including softball, baseball, football, soccer, and volleyball, have signed letters of intent to compete at the next level.

As they signed their letters and celebrated with family, teammates and coaches, they expressed excitement to continue competing in the sport they love at their college or university of choice.

Eastlake High School

Four student-athletes recently signed for scholarships at Eastlake High School.

Autumn Scott, a softball pitcher and outfielder, signed with the University of Texas at El Paso Nov. 20. Scott was named the 2019 El Paso Fastpitch Hall of Fame Softball Player of the Year.

In baseball, Michael Nevarez, an outfielder and baseman, and Jamie Munoz, a shortstop, will continue to compete together as they both signed with El Paso Community College Dec. 18.

“For me to get a scholarship and get the opportunity to go play at a higher level is a big accomplishment,” said Munoz, who made the 2018 All-City Baseball Team.

Another softball player, Alejandra Ruedas, signed with Sul Ross State University Jan. 22. As a catcher, Ruedas made the 2017 1st Team All-District, and 2019 1st Team All-District and All-City Honorable Mention.

“My teachers and coaches were so helpful,” Ruedas said. “They were instrumental in my success.”

Autumn Scott signing event photos

Michael Nevarez and Jaime Munoz signing event photos

Alejandra Ruedes signing event photos

Pebble Hills High School

The Spartans have had three students receive athletic scholarships. The student-athletes signed with their prospective universities Dec. 12.

Baseball player Michael Alvarez, shortstop, signed with Eastern Arizona College. He made the All-District Second Team as a freshman and as a junior.

“I made great connections at Pebble Hills,” Alvarez said. “The guys I play with, they’re my brothers.”

Baseball player Adrian Rubio, pitcher and outfielder, signed with New Mexico Military Institute.

Football player Zacchary Pomele, defensive and offensive tackle, signed with McMurry University.

“Not only to play at the next level, but to get an education out of it means everything,” Pomele said “I’ve always dreamed of this and for it to happen it’s just a blessing.”

Pebble Hills signing event photos

El Dorado High School

The Aztecs had two student-athletes sign with colleges Dec. 16.

Softball player Ciera Avila, shortstop, who is 8 hits from 100 career hits, signed with Midland College. She was named to the 2019 All-District 2-5A First Team.

“My coaches and teammates have always been here for me since day one, so thank you to them,” Avila said.

Soccer player Vanessa Gonzalez, forward, signed with Eastern New Mexico University. Gonzalez has been team captain since her sophomore year, and she is a three-time All-District player.

“My coaches have contributed greatly to this, because both my city and my high school coach prepared me to go onto the next level with confidence,” Gonzalez said.

El Dorado signing event photos

Americas High School

Blazer Nation had a signing for two of its student-athletes Dec. 18.

Softball starter and pitcher, Arianna Yvonne Zubia, signed with El Paso Community College. She was named to All-District First Team 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 All-District Pitcher of the Year.

Volleyball player, Mia Bella Ruiz, is an outside hitter who signed with Sul Ross State University. She earned 2018 Americas High School Most Valuable Player and 2018 Americas High School Defensive Player of the Year.

“It’s such a great program here at Americas,” Ruiz said. “My coach has made my years here so memorable because she and the girls are so loving, like we’re a big family.”

Eastlake cosmetology students volunteer time, skills to nursing home/rehab residents

Students in the Eastlake High School cosmetology program have been volunteering their time and skills to the residents of the St. Giles Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Eastlake cosmetology instructor Christal Montalvo and her students provided residents with hair, makeup and nail services during the holidays, such as Halloween and at Thanksgiving, so that the residents were ready for their special family dinner.

“I am overwhelmed with excitement and pride that my students took initiative to give back to the residents at St. Giles Nursing Home,” Montalvo said. “As my students reflected on the experience, they shared a common feeling of fulfillment and heartwarming connections.”

The students are seizing opportunities in the cosmetology program to refine their skills beyond the Falcon Salon. More importantly, they find they are bringing joy and giving back to the community, Montalvo said.

“Besides getting to practice what we do at school and expand it outside into our community, it was an opportunity to make a change in someone else’s day,” said Eastlake senior Elizabeth Quezada.

Montalvo stays in regular contact with the St. Giles Nursing and Rehabilitation Center regarding volunteer opportunities for her students. She said experiences like these help students stay grounded and remember what is important.

“Our residents were so happy, and their families were thankful,” said Maria Trevino, activity director at St. Giles Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center.

Eastlake High School senior Destiny Enriquez said volunteering at the center was a touching experience, but it was also personal.

“My grandpa was in a home, so I learned a lot through that and now I try to share my time with others,” Enriquez said. “Especially during the holidays, which is a season about giving not receiving.”

Many of the students have provided their time outside of school to a variety of other causes, as well. They said the services they provide through these experiences teach them about real life skills essential to any career, such as listening, communication, and networking.

Game in Many Pics: Raptor Battle! Canutillo downs Eastlake 41-21

Cross-town raptor rivals met up at Socorro ISD’s Student Activities Center Thursday night as the Canutillo Eagles flew in to take on the Eastlake Falcons.

While the purple-clad Falcons played host, the Eagles took the role of the spoilers, taking the season opener 41-21.

Our very own Chief Photographer ‘Ace’ Acosta was there and we bring you his view of the battle in this ‘Game in Many Pics.’

Canutillo vs Eastlake, TX HS Football, Aug 29, 2019 , Socorro SAC in El Paso Tx. Andres Acosta/ El Paso Herald-Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story In Many Pics: Eastlake Stuns Pebble Hills 30-28

Thursday night was a great night for a football fight at Socorro ISD’s SAC, as inter-district rivals Eastlake and Pebble Hills battled in front of their fans.

With Homecoming bragging rights on the line, the Spartans held their own, but it was the Falcons who would fly away with the victory, 30-28

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

Eastlake at Pebble Hills, SISD SAC, Sept 27, 2018, El Paso Texas, Andres Acosta | El Paso Herald-Post

Eastlake High Students Honored For Computing Achievements, Academic Performance

The National Center for Women & Information Technology in the El Paso region has recognized Eastlake High School students in the School of Advanced Technology Applications for their computing achievements and academic performance.

Evelyn Alvarez, Hyacinth Diaz, Jennifer Chavez, and Nicole Trevino are four of 25 winners in El Paso and 3,015 young women nationwide to earn the NCWIT Aspirations Award. The students were recognized at a special ceremony April 20 at the University of Texas at El Paso.

“I am very proud of my students for their continued accomplishments,” said Matthew Coles, a computer science instructor at Eastlake. “This award in particular holds great significance to me because it raises up the young women in my class who are often some of my best coders. It affirms that they are where they need to be.”

As recipients of the NCWIT award, the four girls will become official members of the Aspirations community where they have access to scholarships, internships, and employment opportunities. In addition, they will intern with the Computer Science Department at UTEP during the summer.

“This award opens up opportunities for our girls to expand their reach,” said Sheila Robles, SATA coordinator. “Working on a project through UTEP puts our students on the map as dedicated computer scientists. When they graduate, they will have worked on a major project with an institution of higher learning and they can put this on their resumes.”

The four sophomores said they are excited to start their professional endeavors early as it will lead to future success.

“I feel really accomplished to have won the NCWIT award,” Alvarez said. “To intern with the Computer Science Department at UTEP means I will get to meet new people and learn more about computer science.”

In two years, SATA students and teachers have earned 15 NCWIT recognitions, 12 earned this year. Aside from the four winners, seven others won Honorable Mentions. Coles also won the Aspirations in Computing Educator Award. All winners received an engraved plaque for themselves and for their school.

Community Invited to Socorro ISD’s Fine Arts Madrigal Dinner

The Socorro Independent School District’s Fine Arts Department invites the community to its 2017 Madrigal Dinner “The Midwinter’s Dream Knight” December 1-3.

The annual dinner and theatre presentation will feature performances by the Eastlake and Socorro High School choir groups. The show, which is set in medieval times, will immerse attendees in an exciting experience through an interactive performance.

Participants will be treated to a renaissance-inspired meal prepared by the culinary arts students at Pebble Hills and Socorro high schools. In addition, guests will enjoy a special performance by the Socorro High School dance team and Eastlake High School orchestra.

The cost to attend is $30 per person or $20 for student groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the SISD Education Center, 12300 Eastlake Dr. or at the door the day of the event.

For more information, contact the Fine Arts Department at 937-0435 or at 937-0438.

What:             2017 SISD Fine Arts Madrigal Dinner “Midwinter’s Dream Knight”

Who:               Eastlake, Socorro, Pebble Hills culinary arts, choir, orchestra, dance students; SISD Fine Arts Department; parents; and community members

Where:           Eastlake High School theatre, 13000 Emerald Pass

When:             6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, 2017

                        6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017

                        5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017

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