In preparation for the upcoming 2020-21 academic year, the Ysleta Independent School District announced the appointment of Robert Martinez as the new principal at Eastwood High School, and Maribel Guillen as the new principal at Riverside High School, effective July 1st
Martinez, the current principal at Eastwood Knolls International School, began his career with Ysleta ISD 26 years ago as a middle school science teacher at Eastwood Knolls.
He went on to serve as assistant principal at Mesa Vista Elementary, then as principal at Pebble Hills Elementary before taking on his current position at Eastwood Knolls International. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Sul Ross State University.
Guillen, current principal at San Elizario High School, is a proud graduate of Riverside High School. She began her professional career 22 years ago as a geography teacher at Ysleta High School, and went on to serve as a social studies teacher in both middle school and high school, and as a high school assistant principal and principal.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degree in educational leadership from UTEP.
Ysleta ISD has also reassigned seven elementary school principals for the upcoming school year, fully confident in their abilities to serve as successful instructional leaders for their new campus communities. They include:
David Medina, current principal at Pasodale Elementary School, has been named the new principal at Eastwood Knolls International School.
Medina, an educator for 21 years, has served as a special education teacher, instructional specialist, and coordinator, as well as an assistant principal, and principal.
He has also taught at the postsecondary level.
Natalie Alvarez, current principal at Marion Manor Elementary School, has been selected as the new principal at Pasodale Elementary School.
An educator for 17 years, Alvarez has also served as a teacher, schoolwide project coordinator, assistant principal, and principal.
Dana Boyd, current principal at East Point Elementary School, has been named the new principal at Parkland Elementary School.
Boyd, a 21-year veteran in education at Ysleta ISD, previously held positions as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal.
Last month, Boyd was named a winner of the HEB Excellence in Education Principal Elementary Award.
Claudia Poblano, current principal at Del Norte Heights Elementary School, has been selected as the new principal at East Point Elementary School.
Poblano, an Ysleta ISD educator for 14 years, has worked as a pre-K and elementary school teacher, schoolwide project coordinator, assistant principal, and principal.
Roxanne Merfa, current principal at Parkland Elementary School, has been named the new principal at Del Norte Heights Elementary School.
Merfa has been an educator for 22 years at Ysleta ISD, serving as a teacher, instructional specialist, assistant principal, and principal.
Sandra Perez, current principal at Del Valle Elementary School, has been selected as the new principal at Hacienda Heights International School.
Perez, a 21-year educator at Ysleta ISD, previously served as a teacher, literacy leader, assistant principal, and principal.
Christopher Puga, current principal at Capistrano Elementary School, has been named the new principal at North Loop Elementary School.
Puga has enjoyed a 13-year career in education, and has worked as a teacher, math and science instructional coach, assistant principal, and principal.
After a lengthy career in public education in the El Paso area, Eastwood High School Principal David Boatright announced Wednesday he will retire at the end of June after 22 years of service at the Ysleta Independent School District.
“Retirement to me is not what I am retiring from, but what I am retiring to,” said Boatright, who has served the last three years as Eastwood High School principal. “I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work in the Ysleta Independent School District for most of my professional career.”
YISD officials say Boatright’s outstanding and thoughtful leadership in the Eastwood Learning Community made him a “highly respected and trusted figure among students, parents, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members.”
Thanks to his vast experience with Trooper traditions and knowledge of secondary curriculum, Boatright and his administrative team successfully navigated an extensive two-year, $93 million renovation of Eastwood High School that saw a reconstruction of nearly 90% of the campus.
The bond-funded renovation was completed earlier this school year, marked by a festive campus celebration that featured past principals, noted alumni, and student-led tours of the school’s impressive, state-of-the-art academic, athletic, and fine arts facilities.
The celebration also featured a special nod to the Troopers of the Class of 2020, who spent nearly two years in portable classes during the reconstruction.
The remarkable Class of 2020 now serves as Boatright’s final graduating class, during an extraordinary spring semester marked by school closures and stay-home orders due to COVID-19.
Boatright’s career in education began in 1991 as a P.E. teacher at Irvin High School, where he remained for two years before moving to Eastwood High School in 1993 to coach and teach social studies.
In 2007, he became an assistant principal at Montwood High School, then returned to Ysleta ISD in 2012.
During his 29 years in public education, Boatright spent 21 years in the Eastwood Learning Community, serving as a world history teacher, world geography teacher, wrestling coach, Eastwood High School assistant principal, and Eastwood Middle School principal before assuming leadership of Eastwood High School in 2017.
“Thank you, Eastwood High School, for the friendships and lessons learned,” Boatright added, in his typical jovial and lighthearted manner. “I salute you!”
The Eastwood Troopers loaded up the buses and headed East – to the Star in Frisco, Texas – where they had a long awaited appointment with the Plano Wildcats Thursday night.
Joining the Troopers on their journey were the normal contingent of fans, boosters, the band, cheer squad and the Trooperettes, with two more notable additions – they carried the resilient might of the City of El Paso with them, as well as spirit of their fallen former teammate Eddie Cruz.
With both the Trooper and Wildcat bands joining to play the Eastwood Fight Song and both teams intermingled during the National Anthem, it was clear this would be more than just a regular high school football game.
While Plano would be marked as the victor in this contest, dubbed the ‘Texas Strong’ Game, it was clear that unity won out over hate Thursday night.
Our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta was there and we bring you his view in this ‘Game in Many Pics’
Eastwood High School senior Ryan James Solis has been named as one of 106 national recipients – and the only one in El Paso – of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s College Scholarship.
Solis will attend Harvard University in the fall and will major in government and economics.
This scholarship is yet another prestigious award that Solis has earned. Earlier this year, Solis was named as a 2018 Coca-Cola Scholar and earned a $20,000 college scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, as well as the Gates Scholarship funded by the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation.
This highly competitive national scholarship is one of the most coveted in the nation and will provide Solis with up to $40,000 annually to complete his bachelor’s degree.
In addition to the monetary award, Solis will receive comprehensive educational advising from foundation staff to guide them through the processes of transitioning to campus and preparing for their careers.
The foundation will additionally provide opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding, as well as connection to a thriving network of 2,300 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.
The Eastwood High School Robotics Team received the Design Award at the 11th annual VEX Worlds Competition in Louisville, KY last month.
The Design Award is presented to a team that demonstrates the ability to implement the most effective and efficient robot design process. Their Engineering Notebook and discussion with the judges demonstrated the team’s ability to produce a quality robot with minimal adult assistance.
This team’s Engineering Notebook is a clear, complete, and organized documentation of the robot design process that demonstrates effective management of skills, time, and material resources. Students on this team were able to explain how they developed an effective game strategy and robot design.
Team Members for the Troopers are: Diana Segura, Maria Adeliz Ordonez, Frances Rangel, Emily Ocon, Andromeda Delaney, Sara Graham, Amanda Coons, Ricardo Ramirez, Ethan Ramos, Giovanni Leon, Carlos Rodriguez, and Michael Solis.
This year’s VEX Worlds Robotics tournament was the largest robotics tournament, according to the Guinness World Records with over 30,000 people, including 1,648 teams from 30 nations participating.
The week-long celebration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), diversity, and robotics kicked-off with the VEX Robotics Championships which crowned elementary, middle school, high school, and university champions from China, Canada, and the United States.
The Troopers are a 4x World Qualifier, 4x West Texas Excellence Award Champions and 2018 Excellence Award winner at the West Texas VEX Robotics Tournament qualifying them to the VEX Worlds Tournament.
In addition, Eastwood HS mentored elementary teams which also placed at the competition. The elementary team came away with the following awards: 1st Time World Qualifier, 2018 Excellence and Team Award winners at the West Texas VEX IQ Robotics Tournament qualifying them to the VEX IQ Worlds Tournament and the Mini Troopers team received the Create Award at VEX IQ Worlds. The Mini Troopers were: Julian Torres, Layla Falcon, Emily Valdez, and Timothy Torres.
The teams are coached by Raul Torres, Eastwood High School, and Eunice Torres, Scotsdale Elementary School.
Three Eastwood High School graduating seniors – Andrew Lowrance, Leonardo Moraveg, and Ryan Solis – have been named to the inaugural group of 300 U.S. student leaders receiving the first-ever Gates Scholarship, an-all-expense-paid college scholarship funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
“We are extremely proud of our Gates Scholars,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre. “Thanks to their unrelenting determination, perseverance, and hard work at Eastwood High School, they are now positioned to realize their dreams of a successful postsecondary education and rewarding professional career.”
Lowrance, Moraveg, and Solis all plan to use their Gates Scholarships to attend Ivy League Schools.
Lowrance plans to study physics and behavioral economics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia; Moraveg will major in economics at Brown University; and Solis plans to major in government and economics at Harvard University.
More than 28,000 students applied for this year’s Gates Scholarship. With the launch of this new scholarship program, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation continues its longstanding commitment to help outstanding minority students who come from low-income backgrounds realize their maximum potential.
This prestigious scholarship program is based on evidence that by eliminating the financial barriers to college, an all-expenses-paid scholarship can enable high-potential, low-income minority students to excel in their course work, graduate college, and continue to be leaders throughout their lives.
All Gates Scholars will have the full cost of their undergraduate studies covered at any accredited college or university of their choosing. This includes tuition, fees, room, board, books, and transportation, and possibly other personal costs that the school or other scholarships don’t pay, over and above what the students’ parents can afford to pay.
The Gates Scholarship will fund 300 students per year for a decade, totaling 3,000 students over the life of the program.
Eligible students must be members of one or more of the following ethnic minorities: African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian and Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American, officials said. The ideal candidate demonstrates outstanding academic performance, leadership ability, and exceptional personal success skills.
Softball season is in full swing, and Tuesday’s action featured the Bel Air Highlanders visiting their north of the freeway rivals, the Eastwood Troopers.
The Highlanders got their bats warmed up early, and struck often, scoring at least two runs an inning – except for the 5th when the Troopers struck for 5 runs. Bel Air would not be denied, scoring another 5 runs in the final frame en route to a 15-5 win.
Our very own Andres Acosta was there and brings you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’