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Eastwood High Senior Awarded YISD’s President’s Award for February

The Ysleta ISD Board of Trustees honored Eastwood High School senior Ryan Solis, who has devoted nearly 500 hours of his free time over the past four years to community and public service, with the February President’s Award.

Aside from participating in more than 20 extracurricular clubs, Ryan is an active part of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, where he served as an associate director and the youngest member of the Board of Governors for two terms. He is also a district office intern with State Senator Cesar Blanco in the Office of Texas House Minority Whip.

In addition, Ryan co-founded a community project called Safety in Cognizance, which seeks to combat human trafficking on the U.S.-Mexico border by working with international organizations. Through this project, Ryan has given presentations on safety and prevention that have impacted more than 1,200 students.

Ryan’s exceptional work has been honored nationwide with a Disney Dreamer Award – and last week, he accepted a community service award in Washington D.C. from the National Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Ryan’s efforts to improve the lives of all residents in the El Paso region are admirable, and YISD is proud to honor his passion and dedication to public service.

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. This award will be presented to the selected recipient a maximum of once per month during the regularly scheduled meeting of the YISD Board of Trustees.

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.

Story In Many Pics: Eastwood Stuns Montwood 41-21

On the final, regular season game of the high school football season, the Eastwood Troopers certainly earned their ‘Trooper Clap’ and more, as they upset the formerly unbeaten Montwood Rams 41-21.

Our very own Andres Acosta was there and brings you his view of the game in tonight’s story in Many Pics.

Eastwood vs Montwood. November 10,2017


Ysleta ISD Announces Appointment of Principals for Eastwood, Parkland High Schools

The Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) announced Thursday morning the appointment of two new principals for Eastwood and Parkland high schools, which were approved by the Board of Trustees during its regular meeting Wednesday night.

Penelope Bankston, current principal at Valley View Middle School, has been named the new principal at Parkland High School following a comprehensive selection process that included 15 applicants.

Bankston began her professional career in 1994 as an elementary school bilingual teacher in Alpine, Texas. Since that time, she has served as a middle-school reading teacher, a high-school dyslexia teacher, high-school instructional specialist, a high-school assistant principal and principal of Valley View Middle School.

Bankston has spent the majority of her career – 18 of 23 years – in northeast El Paso. She holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, a master’s degree in reading, and a master’s degree in educational administration, all from Sul Ross State University.

YISD officials say her knowledge of secondary curriculum, as well as her longtime experience working with the Northeast community, will play a pivotal role in leading Parkland High School toward continued academic success.

David Boatright, current principal at Eastwood Middle School, has been named the new principal of Eastwood High School following a thorough, comprehensive nationwide selection process that included 21 applicants.

Boatright began his career in education in 1991 as a physical education teacher at Irvin High School. Over the course of his career – 18 of which were spent in the Eastwood Learning Community – he also served as a world history teacher, world geography teacher, wrestling coach, Eastwood High School assistant principal, and Eastwood Middle School principal. Boatright holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology

from UTEP and a master’s degree in educational administration from Sul Ross State University.

The respect and success Boatright has earned in the Eastwood community, along with his awareness of Trooper traditions and knowledge of secondary curriculum, will continue to lead Eastwood High School toward higher levels of success, YISD officials said.

Bankston and Boatright’s new positions both take effect Monday, July 24.

Eastwood High to host STEM-themed ‘Girl Powered’ Event

The Eastwood High School Robotics Team will partner with Robotics Education Competition (REC) Foundation and VEX Robotics, Inc. to host the “Girl Powered” event at 9 a.m. Tuesday, October 11, at the Eastwood High School small gym (2430 McRae.)

More than 300 girls from across El Paso will participate in an array of engaging activities, speakers, and workshops to excite and further interest girls in competitive robotics, coinciding with the International Day of the Girl Child. Throughout the day, the participants will have the opportunity to hear from STEM organizations, participate in a leadership activity, and engage in a robotics speed-build activity.

“Eastwood Robotics is proud to support this great foundation,” said Raul Torres, Eastwood robotics coach. “Anything we can do to empower, inform, and engage more girls to pursue careers in STEM and robotics is worth doing,”

Girl Powered is an initiative to engage more young women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through competitive robotics. Annually, the REC Foundation presents a series of robotics engineering programs that engage students from elementary school through college in the classroom and at after-school competitions in hands-on technology challenges that build their interest in STEM.

“The REC Foundation is thrilled to announce Girl Powered in partnership with VEX Robotics to advance girls’ interest in STEM through competitive robotics,” said Jason Morrella, president of REC Foundation. “In business and in education, we know that our toughest challenges are best solved with a diversity of opinion. We all benefit by engaging more young women in competitive robotics as these students will become our future innovators and problem-solvers.”

More than 20,000 teams around the world are expected to compete this season in the VEX IQ Challenge, VEX Robotics Competition, and VEX U. Students have already begun designing, building, and programming robots to compete this season at more than 1,350 local, state, and regional competition events, which culminate in the VEX Robotics World Championship in April.

“The Girl Powered initiative aligns perfectly with the inclusive values on which VEX Robotics was founded,” commented Paul Copioli, president of VEX Robotics, Inc. “This program is a natural extension of where our company is headed and will help ensure everyone has the opportunity to experience the potential of STEM taught through the excitement of robotics.”


Eastwood High School Hosts Community Food Drive Tuesday Night

Students and community members will have the opportunity to participate in a community food drive and health fair at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in the school cafeteria.

Eastwood officials say, “The goal is to collect enough food supplies to benefit 200 families within the Eastwood Learning Community.”

The event is hosted by Eastwood

High School in conjunction with the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank, their local Communities in Schools program, the PTSA, and Student Council.

Medical agencies and vendors will be available at the health fair to provide information as well.

What: Community food drive and health fair

When: 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 10

Who: Students, teachers, staff, and community members

Where: Cafeteria, Eastwood High School, 2430 McRae Blvd.