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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.


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


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.

U.S. Department of Defense awards grant to El Dorado for STEM advancement

Earlier this year, El Dorado High School received a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to launch a National Math and Science Initiative college readiness program to provide more STEM opportunities with training and resources for students, faculty and staff.

Representatives from Fort Bliss and NMSI presented the $274,319 check at a special ceremony in the theater at El Dorado. The grant will help advance STEM education at the school so all students can reach their highest potential.

“This is just another opportunity to provide a pathway of success for our scholars, which is truly aligning with Socorro ISD’s mission of college and career readiness,” said Janet Carrillo, assistant principal at El Dorado High School. “It’s another way that we can champion our scholars to show them that people, besides ourselves, see potential in them and are wanting to help them achieve and be successful in the future.”

Schools that have participated in the college readiness program have seen immediate and dramatic increases in the number of students earning qualified scores on the Advanced Placement exams, according to the NMSI.

NMSI has served more than 250 U.S. schools that have significant enrollment among military-connected students. While El Dorado was awarded the grant in part for serving numerous military-connected students, the STEM and college readiness program will benefit all students at the high school.

“A military child’s education is the most important part of their life,” said Shannon Manion, manager of the Military Families Mission for the NMSI. “Ensuring that students, their children, are getting the services they need in a high-quality learning institution is the most important factor for any parent, including a military parent.”

The NMSI has served more than 1,300 U.S. high schools to improve student access and achievement in STEM education through teacher training, collaboration with campus leaders and through student-focused resources.

The nonprofit seeks to give access to high-quality, college-level coursework for all students, particularly those who are underrepresented in STEM programs.

The presentation took place November 16th.

El Dorado receives grant award event photos

Socorro ISD high schools gear up to celebrate 2019 homecoming

Socorro Independent School District officials announced that their seven high schools are set to start homecoming celebrations with an assortment of events and activities this month.

Students, teachers, staff and alumni will celebrate a week of festivities at their respective schools, including dress ups for spirit week, parades, the big homecoming games and cleverly themed dances.

The 2019 homecoming schedule is as follows:

El Dorado High School
El Dorado High School’s festivities will be from Sept. 9 to 14. The Aztecs will be pulling their theme right out of a Disney movie with “Can I Have This Dance” from “High School Musical.” Dress up days will include “The Boys are Back – Wear Baseball Tees” and “Waka Wednesday – Dress Hawaiian.”

The parade will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 followed by the Birth of the Aztec Sun ceremony in the football field. A pep rally will be during eighth period Sept. 12 followed by the El Dorado vs. Andress homecoming game at 6:30 p.m. at the SAC. The homecoming dance will be from 8 to 11:45 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Empire.

Pebble Hills High School
The Pebble Hills Spartans also will celebrate their homecoming Sept. 9 to 14 with their theme “Don’t Stop the Music,” a tribute to music festivals. Dress up days through the week will range from “Gnarly Neon,” “School of Rock,” “Coachella Vibes,” and “Nostalgic Nineties.” Activities throughout the week will include window decorating for student organizations on Sept. 9, Movie Under the Stars at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10, and the homecoming parade at 6 p.m. Sept. 11.

A homecoming volleyball game will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 against Carlsbad High School. The homecoming pep rally will be Sept. 13 during eighth period followed by the Pebble Hills vs. Chapin High School homecoming football game at 7:30 p.m. at the SAC.

The homecoming dance will be from 8 p.m. to midnight Sept. 14 in the Pebble Hill’s courtyard.

Socorro High School
The Socorro High School Bulldog’s theme for this year’s homecoming is In the Heart of Texas, which will be celebrated Sept. 16-21. Dress up days will include Tex-Mex Day, celebrating the beautiful influence of Mexico on our culture; Country Livin’, students will gear up in their cowboy attire; and Texas Sports Day, students may wear their favorite Texas sports team jersey.

Homecoming events throughout the week will include a Texas State Fair with food, games, music and fun from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Bulldog Championship Park. The homecoming parade on Alameda Ave. will begin at 5:45 p.m. Sept. 19 and the pep rally will follow at Mad Dog Field at 7 p.m., where the homecoming king and queen winners will be announced.

The homecoming game will be against Burges High School at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at Socorro High School. The homecoming dance will be from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Pit.

Mission Early College
Mission Early College High School will celebrate homecoming week Sept. 16 to 21 with a pep rally Sept. 20 and the homecoming dance Sept. 21. Check back for more details soon.

Eastlake High School
The Eastlake High School Falcons will be celebrating their homecoming the week of Sept. 23 to 28 with the theme Around the World. Dress up days will include Tourist day, Cartoon Day, Western Day, Spirit Day, and Jersey Day.

Activities for the week include decorating classroom doors, a parade and a community pep rally Sept. 25 with games and performances to which attendees are encouraged to wear purple and orange. The homecoming football game against Pebble Hills will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the SAC.

There will be a volleyball tournament against Ysleta at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and the homecoming dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 26 in the main foyer of Eastlake High School.

Montwood High School
Montwood High School homecoming will be Sept. 23 to 28 at the home of the Rams with this year’s theme of Rams Take Over the World. Students will be able to dress up in fun outfits throughout the week with theme days like Show your American Pride and Dress as a Tourist.

The school will be showing the movie “The Lorax” at 6 p.m. (or at sunset) Sept. 24 on the school football field. The parade and carnival will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 25 at the school.

The homecoming football game against Eastwood will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the SAC and the dance will be 8 p.m. to midnight Sept. 28 in the school gym.

Americas High School
Americas High School will celebrate homecoming week Oct. 21 to 26 with the theme of New York State of Mind. Check back for more details soon.

Gallery+Story: El Dorado Seeks Volunteers, Earns Grant for It’s Your World project

El Dorado High School art teacher Candace Printz and her students are once again spending Saturday mornings collecting trash in the El Paso desert as part of the It’s Your World community recycle and art project.

On August 25, 28 volunteers spent several hours picking up trash alongside a far east El Paso roadway, resulting in 37 bags of trash and 57 tires. The waste will be recycled and turned into beautiful art.

The group is looking for volunteers to help keep the city litter-free. Participants will be provided safety gloves, vests, and water. Cleanup days, which start at noon, are on September 8, 15, 22 and October 20 and 27.

Individuals who would like to help, or clubs and organizations seeking to obtain community service hours, should email Candace Printz at
Printz recently received a $2,500 grant from the City of El Paso Museum of Cultural Affairs Department to provide workshops as part of the Its Your World project. It’s the second time in the last two years she has been given the award from the city.

Printz and her students will teach paper-making, printmaking and art projects that include recycling in the citywide workshops.

“We want to do a lot more things this year,” Printz said. “If we get more funding, we would like to buy art supplies for workshops, bring in an environmental artist from Portugal to do a mural in Downtown El Paso, host another region-wide art show, and buy a plastic grinder and extruder to repurpose plastics.”

Printz began the innovative It’s Your World clean-up project during the 2015-2016 school year.

Her effort won a national contest sponsored by Barnes & Noble. Former first daughter, Chelsea Clinton, who was involved in the contest, visited El Dorado High School to recognize the school’s efforts and came back to El Paso a year later to attend an art exhibit that resulted from the recycling art project.

El Dorado High Students Bring Joy, Smiles to Children Fighting Cancer

Members of the Texas Association of Future Educators from El Dorado High School brought a little joy to the pediatric oncology patients at the El Paso Children’s Hospital.

The organization raised $1,700 to donate more than 73 outfitted stuffed animals to children fighting cancer at the local hospital as part of its Build-A-Bear community service project. This is the group’s seventh year undertaking the project.

“The students worked hard to raise the money,” said Dianna Sianez, El Dorado TAFE advisor. “It is so meaningful for them. They know they are giving back to the community.”

Her students had fun choosing the stuffed animals and creating their outfits. There were bears, bunnies and dogs decked out as the Darth Vader, an Army soldier, a princess, a sailor, Batman and Superman.

This year’s community service project was especially valued by Crystal Barrera. The 17-year-old participated last year and created three bears. Several weeks later, she was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma.

“The funny thing is the first few days at the hospital, they gave me a Build-a-Bear,” she said. “As I opened the box, I realized it was one of my bears I had created. I cried because I couldn’t believe it.”

The bear really helped her through surgery, chemo and recovery. It also gave her a resolve to continue to be a part of the project when she returned to school in the fall of 2017.

“I saw it as a sign from God,” she said. “He was telling me that it doesn’t matter what you’re going through, you will get through it. The project also showed me that people actually care for you.”

Barrera and others like her is the reason Alex Diaz decided to donate $400 to the project. The UTEP student is a tutor at the high school and graduated from El Dorado four years ago.

“It might not mean much to others, but these bears bring a little bit of joy to the kids,” Diaz said. “It can make a big difference to them. They know someone cares. I enjoy helping. It’s a beautiful experience and hopefully it will bring a smile to a child’s face.”

To view more pictures of the event, courtesy SISD, click here.

El Dorado Yearbook, Staff Win Columbia Scholastic Press Association Crown Award

The El Dorado High School yearbook club, Aztec Gold, is being recognized by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for winning a Crown Award for its 2016-2017 publication.

The Crown Award is the highest honor that CSPA at Columbia University awards its members.

El Dorado’s yearbook titled “Altered” was one of only 51 print yearbooks (middle and high school) in the nation to win the award. The school is now a finalist for the Gold Crown Award.

“I’m so proud of my students and what they have accomplished by receiving this prestigious recognition,” said Vanessa Martinez, journalism teacher and yearbook advisor. “I’m incredibly honored and humbled to receive this award on behalf of last year’s yearbook staff. They poured their heart, efforts, tears, and dreams into “Altered” and I couldn’t be happier.”

Publications were judged on design, photography, concept, coverage and writing. A total of 1,100 publications were judged in this year’s contest.

“It feels great to know our yearbook has received national recognition,” said Xytlali Compean, copy editor for the El Dorado yearbook. “I was in shock when I heard we won, not because I didn’t believe we could win, but because I know how hard it is to do so. All of our late nights and hard work paid off.”

The yearbook team, 50 members strong, is committed to reaching the highest standards expected of student journalists, Martinez said.

“These students take telling the stories very seriously,” she said. “In this program, we want our work to be great… our team mentality keeps us working hard until the last deadline.”

Compean agreed that creating a yearbook requires time and dedication.

“Yearbook is not just something you just do in class,” she said. “You have to attend afterschool activities, you stare at a screen all day and you are constantly reading the same piece over and over to check for mistakes, but seeing the end product makes it all worth it.”

This is the second time in the school’s history that Aztec Gold has earned the award. The school won its first Crown Award in 2012 with its book titled “The Legend.” It was the first yearbook in district history to receive the award.

Crown winners will be recognized at the CSPA ceremony March 2018 in New York City, where an announcement of Gold and Silver Crown recipients will be made. 

Story in Many Pics: El Dorado Survives Pebble Hills Comeback 49-44

In a battle between two of SISD’s – and the Borderland’s – top football teams, Pebble Hills and El Dorado, 4 quarters of football action was just enough to settle the newfound rivalry.

The game, which was a barn-burner for the second half featured a remarkable comeback by the Spartans that was cut short by the play of the Aztecs.

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

Pebble Hills vs El Dorado

El Dorado High’s IB Program Enrollment now Available for Out-of-District Transfers

The International Baccalaureate program at El Dorado High School is now accepting out-of-district transfers, which allows incoming freshman or sophomore students from throughout the region to apply for the world-class, rigorous curriculum that develops inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young adults.

The unique program offers students a challenging program of international education and rigorous assessment preparing them to be compassionate, lifelong learners in an ever-changing global society. It is the only program that allows students to earn dual credit for Tier 1, Ivy League and international universities.

“In IB you have the opportunity to get college credit for Ivy League schools … so it is a rare opportunity for our students,” El Dorado principal Cynthia Retana said. “It also prepares them for global learning. Students can go on to college in other countries after they go through the IB program.”

The IB program is recognized globally, which makes it an attractive option for students from military families who may move anywhere in the world. The IB program credits from El Dorado transfer to any other IB program in the world and the dual credits allow students to be ahead of the game even at universities abroad.

In addition, the El Dorado IB program is free. It allows students an exceptional opportunity to gain the awareness, perspectives and commitments necessary for global engagement and success.

“The most important thing El Dorado provided me was the IB program, which has made me more than just a student that gets good grades,” said Christian Tiscareno, a 2017 graduate of the El Dorado IB program. “It has taught me important things that have really opened up my mind and has really made me feel confident in saying that I do feel college ready.”

Freshmen and sophomores will take pre-IB courses that prepare them for success in the IB Diploma Programme courses that they take during their junior and senior year.

The program requires students to complete an 18-month log of community service commitments, an extended essay with extensive research and exploration, and completion of a Theory of Knowledge course and essay that must be presented with a variety of support materials and media.

IB students work together in a close-knit learning environment, completing community service projects and taking college trips together.

“It is an incredible program, and it’s not just academically driven, it is community-service based and research-skills based,” said Paulina Hernandez, El Dorado social studies teacher and IB program coordinator. “We also encourage our students who are in extracurricular activities to apply for IB. They don’t have to give that up to be in the program.”

To apply for the El Dorado IB program, please contact Paulina Hernandez at or call the school at(915) 937-3386 or click HERE.

El Dorado High to Host Environmental Service Art Contest Reception

El Dorado High School will host a special reception to recognize the winners of the Metamorphosis: Trash to Treasure art contest on April 23 at the International Museum of Art.

The contest, which is part of the It’s Your World community art project, asked participants to create art work with recycled material and help raise awareness about environmental conservation. More than 440 art submissions ranging in four different category levels — elementary, middle, high school, and adults — were submitted; of those 116 pieces were selected to be part of the art show. The art show was open to members of the El Paso, Juarez and Las Cruces community.

Candace Printz, art teacher at the school and event organizer, said she was impressed with the art work and grateful to have such a great number of diverse artists participate in the event.

“This has been a great learning process for me and my students,” Printz said. “We have grown artistically and have become like a family working together to make this event successful. We are really invested in this and grateful that the community came forward to participate. I hope it continues next year.”

The gallery will be open to the public from 1-4 p.m. with the awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Prior to the gallery viewing, art show winners will have a private showing with Chelsea Clinton. She visited El Dorado High School last school year to honor Printz for winning the Its Your World community project contest sponsored by Barnes & Noble.

Clinton told Printz and El Dorado High School that she would return for the opening of the art show.

Winners of the art contest will earn cash-value prizes, and have their artwork showcased at the International Museum of Art until May 3. The art will continue to be displayed in Juarez and Las Cruces in separate showings. Several art pieces will be for sale. Artists will donate 50 percent of their proceeds to local non-profit organizations such as the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition (CDEC), the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Humane Society of El Paso.

The opening reception will include refreshments and live music. El Dorado students will display statistics and data of items they found in the area deserts during their clean-up project. They created art work with the items they found. The Environmental Services Department will give a presentation about items that can and cannot be recycled, and non-profit organizations will have informational booths.

What:             El Dorado High School art contest Metamorphosis: Trash to Treasure opening reception, art showing with Chelsea Clinton

Who:               El Dorado students, art contest winners, Chelsea Clinton, local non-profits, community members, sponsors and donors, SISD administration, faculty

Where:           International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana Ave.

When:             Sunday, April 23, 2017  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. private party with Chelsea Clinton

1:30 p.m. awards ceremony

1-4 p.m. opening reception, open to the public

Metamorphosis Trash to Treasure Flyer

Story in Many Pics: El Dorado Rallies to Beat Socorro 6-5

As has become a tradition, area high school baseball teams get a taste of the pros, as they’re able to play a game at Southwest University Park, home of the El Paso Chihuahuas.

Thursday night, Socorro took on El Dorado and our very own Andres Acosta was there to capture all the action.

Socorro vs El Dorado, Chihuahuas High School Baseball Series, April 13, 2017
Socorro vs El Dorado, Chihuahuas High School Baseball Series, April 13, 2017
Socorro vs El Dorado, Chihuahuas High School Baseball Series, April 13, 2017
Socorro vs El Dorado, Chihuahuas High School Baseball Series, April 13, 2017

El Dorado High School Launches Environmental Service Art Contest

El Dorado High School invites the El Paso, Juarez and Las Cruces community to participate in the school’s art contest, Metamorphosis: Trash to Treasure, to raise awareness about environmental concerns.

The contest, which is part of the It’s Your World community art project, will allow participants to work with recycled material to make creative art. Winners will earn cash-value prizes, participate in a meet-and-greet with Chelsea Clinton, and have their artwork showcased at the International Museum of Art.

Contest guidelines can be found in the It’s Your World project website and click on the Competition link.

Artists may participate by submitting a photo of the artwork before midnight, March 31 to

Award winners will be announced during a reception at 1:30 p.m. April 23 at the International Museum of Art.

For more information, contact Candie Printz by phone at 731-6271 or by e-mail at

What:         El Dorado High School art contest Metamorphosis: Trash to Treasure

Who:          El Paso, Juarez and Las Cruces community

Where:       International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana Ave

When:        Entry deadline: Midnight, March 31

UTEP Surprises Socorro ISD Students with Scholarship Awards; El Dorado Tops in City with 34 Awards

Academic officials with The University of Texas at El Paso have been visiting schools throughout the area, handing out academic scholarships, however one Socorro ISD school has had more awards than most.

Thirty-four El Dorado High School students have received UTEP academic scholarships, the most in the city and the most in the school’s history.

Nine students at Mission Early College High School and 13 at Socorro High School also will receive scholarships.

The seniors at each high school who have won scholarships will be able to begin using them for the 2017 fall semester. SISD students collectively have earned some $1.1 million in the university’s Scholars Excellence Program.

In presentations that took place earlier this week, 19 Montwood High School students and eight Eastlake High School students were surprised with UTEP academic scholarships. At Americas High School, 17 students earned scholarships, as well.

UTEP’s Scholars Excellence Program recipients are selected based on their scholastic aptitude test scores, grade point average, student ranking and leadership skills.

El Dorado Teacher, Students Making a Difference with Nationally Recognized Project

El Dorado High School students, staff and community members have been working on a “trash to art” project that won the school national recognition for their commitment to clean-up the environment.

El Dorado art teacher Candace Printz, who won Barnes & Noble’s national community-oriented project inspired by Clinton’s “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!” book, has been leading the clean-up effort in the El Paso desert. The goal is to transform the trash into art and showcase the pieces in a traveling gallery exhibit later this school year.

Printz, her students, El Dorado teachers and staff and the community have spent Saturdays scouring a four-mile stretch of Montana Avenue picking up everything, including hundreds of cigarette butts, a television, high school diplomas and, even $10.

EDHS teacher students making a difference2“We have seen some really interesting things,” Printz said. “We have been getting a lot of help. It’s amazing because it has been El Dorado students and teachers, robotic students, people from EPCC (El Paso Community College) and from non-profits who are helping out. The word is spreading. I am really excited.”

The inspiration for the “trash to art” project occurred when Printz and her art club kids saw how new development, especially off Montana, was affecting the local landscape.

“We noticed tons of trash and debris had blown into the desert,” Printz said. “It just looked horrible. The students didn’t like it and I didn’t like it. That is not how we wanted our area to be represented. We thought ‘Why don’t we be inspired by sculptors in the world who have taken trash and turned it into art.’ We want to make a difference.”

When Printz saw a brochure at Barnes & Noble that asked teachers nationwide to submit a project that would help their community, she submitted the “trash to art” idea.

“It was just amazing,” Printz said. “I thought they were choosing multiple people throughout the U.S. Then I find out we were the sole winners. From all over the United States, they chose our project in El Dorado High School in El Paso, Texas.”

Besides a $100 gift card from the book giant, the high school also received a visit from Clinton, daughter of former President Bill and Sen. Hilary Clinton. Her book asked U.S. citizens to find things to make the world a better place. El Dorado’s project fit that criteria perfectly, Clinton said during her visit last April.

“I am really glad that schools like this exist,” Clinton said. “It gives me hope for the future.”

Now that the project has kicked off, Printz and her students are planning more cleanups through the end of October. They also will be sorting, washing and counting all the collected trash.

“We need a lot of help with what we have picked up already,” Printz said, who is planning sorting and washing Saturdays in November. “There is so much stuff.”

Artist workshops will be scheduled in November and December to help those interested in creating trash art.EDHS teacher students making a difference1

“It’s going to be a competition and we will give away prizes,” Printz said. “We will have elementary, middle, high school and adult categories.”

But the main goal of the project is to educate and bring awareness of the current condition that illegal dumping has on the El Paso desert and its long term effects on the environment, she said.

“We want to educate the community to get involved and help clean the environment,” Printz added.

The art pieces created will be showcased at different galleries to demonstrate the art, show the environmental consequences and instill a sense of pride in the city,” Printz said.

The art will be available for purchase, with the proceeds benefiting the community groups who have helped collect the trash, including the Humane Society of El Paso, the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The first trash to art exhibit is expected to be open April 2017, in celebration of Earth Day.

In addition to the “It’s Your World” project, Printz also is planning free workshops to teach the community how to turn trash to art. The classes will be funded through a $5,000 grant Printz received from the City of El Paso’s Museum of Cultural Affairs Department.

“The benefits of recycling will play a large role in these workshops,” Printz said. “I plan to use the grant money to hire artists for the citywide workshops and buy the art supplies needed. My students will be assisting me throughout this process and can attend any of the workshops for free.”

For more information on “It’s Your World” project: email Printz at or click HERE

Socorro ISD’s El Dorado High named ‘Top Model AVID School’

El Dorado High School has been selected as an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) National Demonstration School, a model for the non-profit organization whose goal is to close the achievement gap and prepare all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities.

The Socorro Independent School District campus is one of 31 in Texas and 140 nationally to have the distinction.

“I am extremely honored to be part of an organization like this,” said El Dorado Principal Cindy Retana. “It speaks volumes of the great things that go on at El Dorado. It makes you feel so proud of all the work teachers have put into the school, into the classroom and into the kids.”

The school was selected through an application process, a screening and a review that included a local visit. Now, as part of the demonstration site network, the Aztecs will get visits from schools worldwide who will come to observe a highly evolved AVID system.

“El Dorado was selected as an AVID National Demonstration School because it has implemented the AVID system throughout the school and can serve as a model for new sites,” said AVID Chief Executive Officer Sandy Husk, on the significance of attaining demonstration site status.

AVID is implemented in approximately 5,000 schools in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and 16 other countries/territories and impacts more than 800,000 students annually in grades K-12 and postsecondary institutions.

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