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Video+Story: El Paso High delivers message to Children’s Hospital patients without visitors

El Paso High junior Melody Stout and her StuCo peers created a video message of hope with virtual visitors to share with patients at Children’s Hospital where visitors currently aren’t allowed.

“Being a child in the hospital is hard enough so when you can’t have your family around or your friends to come to visit you, that’s just an unimaginable feeling,” said Melody Stout. “Kids can sometimes feel alone already so actually being told that your mom or your dad can’t stay with you is really scary.”

Melody’s mom, Cindy Stout, is the president and CEO of Children’s Hospital. She had shared with her daughter news of the COVID-19 precautionary measures prohibiting visitors from spending time with their loved ones during their hospital stay.

“I just wanted patients to know that even if their family or friends couldn’t physically be there, they have an entire team of student councils behind them who are willing to reach out to them and just give them a message of hope in a time that seems really hopeless,” Melody said. “Our message is that they have a bigger support system than they think they do.”

Cindy Stout was especially pleased that her daughter took on this heartwarming-project to spread cheer to those children unwittingly affected by the new hospital procedure.

“I am especially proud of my daughter for championing this project and encouraging her fellow classmates to create this special message,” Cindy Stout said. “El Paso has always been a place that is known for sharing love, and it truly warms my heart to see the youth of El Paso being so involved and wanting to make the world just that much better.”

The video includes clips of well wishes, artwork, cards and other messages of hope by students from El Paso, Chapin, Irvin, Austin, Jefferson and Coronado. The project grew and evolved as more students learned about it. The hospital will include the video in its social media Monday Miracle Posts for the children and families to see.

“Just including more people always makes the project bigger and the bigger the project the more people you can touch and the bigger impact you can make,” Melody said. “That’s the important part because when one person does something it brings them joy, but that Joy can be shared with so many other people.”

Chapin’s Justin Zamora jumped at the chance to participate in the project.

“I wanted to participate because I knew that any little help I could do, would go a long way,” he said. “This pandemic is new and it is scary for most. The uncertainty of what can happen is what scares me. I wanted to bring hope or a piece of joy to someone who was going through this tough time. I hope that if they do feel alone, they can reach out to me through Instagram or through my number and we could talk about whatever.”

Melody hopes that the video inspires students to continue their community service and outreach programs despite the stay at home orders.

“Even if we’re in lockdown there’s so much joy that we can spread throughout the community,” she said. “Being separated does not mean we’re alone, and we can show that in so many different ways.”

Story by Reneé De Santos – EPISD

Texas State of Education Report features photo of El Paso High

When people throughout the state open the recently-published Texas Education Agency 2019 Annual Report, they will be greeted by the iconic steps of El Paso High School.

To highlight some of the great work done by Texas school districts this past year, the TEA used a photograph by EPISD photographer Leonel Monroy of the 2019 commencement ceremony at the historic Jones Stadium of El Paso High.

Designed by famed architect Henry Trost, the 104-year-old campus often referred to as The Lady on the Hill is considered to be one of the most beautiful public-school buildings in the United States. Jones Stadium, one of the oldest football fields in the state, last year was a finalist for the most beautiful high-school football stadiums in the country.

The TEA Annual Report promotes the progress and advancements taking place in public schools and districts across Texas. It also serves as a helpful resource for illustrating areas where we as a state must continue to invest resources to ensure every student is prepared for success in college, a career, or the military.

The 2019 Annual Report focuses on areas of achievement based on the Agency’s Strategic Priorities:
• Recruit, Support, and Retain Teachers and Principals;
• Build a Foundation of Reading and Math;
• Connect High School to Career and College; and
• Improve Low Performing Schools.

A key highlight of TEA’s newest annual report pertains to the significant impact brought forth by the passage of House Bill 3 during the 86th Legislative Session. Thanks to this historic legislative achievement, Texas has seen an immediate increase in public school funding of $3.4 billion per year.

The funding and reforms provided via HB 3 will have a tremendous impact on the agency’s strategic plan to improve outcomes for the state’s nearly 5.5 million public school students.

To view a full copy of the 2019 Annual Report, click here.

Story by Gustavo Reveles  |  Photo by Leonel Monroy – El Paso ISD

El Paso High, Franklin teams qualify for state mock trial tournament

No objection here. EPISD has two of the best mock trial teams in the region.

The mock trial teams from El Paso and Franklin high schools last weekend competed against teams from throughout the area for a chance to represent El Paso at the state tournament and the verdict came out in their favor.

Mock trial gives students interested in law an opportunity to work with teachers and local attorneys to compete in legal teams in a courtroom setting using simulated legal trials.

The Franklin and El Paso teams will now travel to Austin in March for the state tournament.

The Franklin team is made up of students Mia Belder, Kelly Briggs, Gabriel Agustin Del Campo, Michael Fallon, Luisa Garcia Teran, Andres Hinojos, Derek Jones, Marie Peralta, Theresa Peralta, Layne Stokes and Sarah Villaronga.

They are coached by teacher Alison Cundari and helped by lawyer Elizabeth Howard.

The El Paso High team is made up of students Allyson Stresow, Kalista Fong, Xochitl Candelaria, Mackenzie McElry, Marijose Ramirez, Adriana Chavira, Ariana Mendoza, Francisco Dominguez, Javier Padilla and Santiago Candelaria.

They are coached by teacher Ingrid De Alba and helped by lawyers Lynn Coyle and Dennis Candelaria.

Story by Gustavo Reveles – EPISD

Video+Gallery+Story: El Paso High celebrates opening of Bond-funded tennis courts

Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the El Paso High tennis team who today celebrated the official ribbon cutting of their new tennis courts.

The tennis team, drumline and cheerleaders gathered in the Jarvis Gym with dignitaries and members of the construction team for quick ceremony to commemorate the completed of the 2016 Bond modernization project.  A new fine-arts building and renovations to the main building are also included in the bond project but slated for a spring 2021 completion.

“The courts are really nice,” said junior Isabella Vazquez. “There’s no cracks or dead spots and we actually really like the view because it’s a view of downtown and it’s really beautiful.”

The new courts feature a post-tensioned concrete surface, an upgrade from the traditional asphalt courts.

“That’s one thing I’m really happy about,” said coach Jerry Pippins. “You’ll see cracks within a year on asphalt but the post-tensioned concrete surface, you won’t see cracks for 20 years.”

The fall district tennis champs had been playing at the El Paso Tennis Club during construction but are now happy to be home.

“Before we had courts that were pretty old,” said senior David Moreno. “They make a bit difference. You can run faster on these courts. You don’t have to worry about dirt or sliding or cracks – stuff like that. It’s a safer, better environment to play on.”

Story by Reneé De Santos  |   Photos by Leonel Monroy  |   Video by Angel Dominguez – EPISD

Gallery+Story: Rebote Rumble Tournament is first among schools in EPISD

Chapin High’s Erik Hernandez and Cesar Higadera last week took top honors at the Tag Team Rebote Rumble, the first inter-school tournament of its kind in the city.

Doubles teams from Chapin, Bowie and Jefferson high schools competed in the first Royal Rumble at Bowie High for rebote bragging rights – showcasing the not-so-well-known but highly-competitive sport known in English as wallball or handball.

“It was good competition,” Higadera said, holding his rebote trophy. “I’m so happy we got the win.”

Administrators have been using rebote tournaments and games at their campuses to boost attendance and build a rapport with the students who hang out at the courts at lunchtime and before school. The campuses have noticed an increase in attendance and decrease in referrals.

“Education starts with attendance, if they have a reason they will continue go,” said Marty Roland Lara, Bowie assistant principal. “We have all grade levels here. If we have an adult to check their grades and attendance, we can make sure they walk across the stage at graduation.”

Chapin assistant principal Jose Carlos, who had previously worked at Jefferson and conducted tournaments there, sees rebote competitions as a great motivator for his students.

“This has been an awesome thing for our kids,” Carlos said. “The rebote kids are the same culturally at all the schools. They don’t ask for much but they are very grateful for what we do for them. They’re humble kids.”

The lunchtime tournament united 16 teams or 32 players on the courts at Bowie. After teams were eliminated, they continued playing against each other on other courts for fun.

“It’s special to us,” Roland Lara said. “It shows we’re united. We are all one community.”

The passion for the game was evident at the competition as students fought hard for points and strategized against their opponents.

“People don’t think of it as a sport but you need skills to play,” said Hernandez. “We play with our love.”

Story by Reneé de Santos  |  Photos by Leonel Monroy – EPISD

Game in Many Pics: Battle of the Claw 2019 – Panthers pounce on Tigers 40-6

On a cool, blustery night the 89th Annual ‘Battle of the Claw’ took place at Austin High’s historic R.E. McKee Stadium.

The Panthers and the Tigers again locked up in their annual battle, but it was the homestanding Panthers that would take the victory 40 to 6 and claim ‘The Claw.’

Our very own Johnny Yturales was there and we bring you his view of the competition in this ‘Game in Many Pics.’

El Paso High magnets pin new freshman recruits

A new tradition began at the storied campus of the Lady on the Hill last week when the incoming freshmen of the three magnet programs at El Paso High School were ceremoniously pinned into their new academic journey.

El Paso High is home to three innovative and competitive magnet programs: the Dual Language, T-STEM and AP Capstone Diploma programs.

“It’s not easy to start a new tradition at a school like this one,” said Cecilia Phillips, the magnet coordinator for the school. “But we have wonderful leadership that is flexible and wants to give our students an experience unlike any other.”

During the pinning ceremony, students were pinned according to the magnet program to which they belong. The ceremony served as a reminder of the commitment they are making to their academic advancement.

Students at El Paso High can pick one or more magnet programs to best suit their interests.

The T-STEM Academy provides a forward-thinking and rigorous, technology-based curriculum that fosters creative and critical thinking in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

Dual Language Magnet students complete at least 12 dual language courses and two or more advanced measures during their four years at El Paso High.​

The AP Capstone is a diploma program from the College Board. It’s based on two yearlong AP courses: AP Seminar and AP Research.

Story by Gustavo Reveles  |  Photos by Leonel Monroy – EPISD

Story+Gallery: El Paso High celebrates picturesque graduation on Memorial Day

Three hundred and fifty Tigers received their high-school diplomas Monday evening in a ceremony overlooking the historic steps of the majestic campus of El Paso High School.

“We have a beautiful campus that is the centerpiece of the amazing learning that has gotten these students to this point in their educational careers,” Principal Mark Paz said.

“It’s only fitting that we send them off to the rest of their lives with this view as a background.”

Monday’s ceremony, which happened on Memorial Day, included the recognition of the men and women of the military who have given their lives in the defense of our country.

The El Paso High Class of 2019 raked in $16.5 million in scholarships and funding for post-secondary education.

According to EPHS officials, this year’s class valedictorian is Harper Spier and salutatorian is David Mullings.

It is tradition that the commencement exercises for La High take place on the field of Jones Stadium, instead of the Don Haskins Center where all other EPISD graduations happen.

To view the other graduations from around EPISD, click here.

Story by Gustavo Reveles – Photos by Leonel Monroy –  EPISD

Dallas Cowboys, Texas Lotto team up to bring football clinic to EPISD, YISD at El Paso High

Historic Jones Stadium at El Paso High School will play host to a free football clinic for over 200 El Paso and Ysleta ISD student-athletes.

Now in its third year, The Dallas Cowboys High School Clinic presented by the Texas Lottery will give students from high schools represented the opportunity to learn both on- and off-the-field lessons.

At the clinic, Dallas Cowboys Youth Camp Coaches will instruct students on techniques and skills.

Camp Coaches will also be joined by a Dallas Cowboys current player to assist in sharing football insights and other life lessons.

Student-athletes were selected by their coaches for the high school football showcase.  Officials with the clinic share that the two school districts are expecting great competition during the day.

The clinic will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 30 at El Paso High School’s Jones Stadium.

• WHAT: Dallas Cowboys High School Clinic – El Paso, TX – Presented by the Texas Lottery.

• WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 30.

• WHERE: Historic Jones Stadium at El Paso High School, 800 East Schuster.

• WHO: Dallas Cowboys Youth Camp Coaches with over 200 EPISD and YISD student-athletes.

Retired Regional Businessman Bridges Communities with Endowed Scholarship

Retired Las Cruces businessman and engineer, Orlando Cervantes, recently gifted the New Mexico State University Foundation $50,000 to create the Orlando Cervantes Endowed Scholarship.

The scholarship is special in that it specifically bridges the El Paso and Las Cruces communities by awarding graduates of El Paso High School with scholarship dollars to complete a degree in engineering from NMSU.

Cervantes proudly explained his idea behind the scholarship, “I’m an Aggie,” he said. “And, I’m a Tiger.”

A native El Pasoan and graduate of El Paso High School, Cervantes’ life is a culmination of opportunity, perseverance and hard work. In high school, he served as captain of the EPHS football, basketball and baseball teams, lettered in both football and baseball and was inducted into the EPHS Hall of Fame.

He earned a football scholarship to play at NMSU and after his freshman year, Cervantes voluntarily joined the military. He was stationed in Korea for two years where he honed his passion for engineering by working on building and engineering projects for the army.

Following his service, Cervantes returned to El Paso, completing his degree in engineering from NMSU in 1960.

Opportunity immediately came knocking, and after a one-year appointment with Robert McKee General Contractors in El Paso, Cervantes moved to the West Coast where he was able to build his engineering portfolio alongside some of the area’s top engineers.

Nine years later, Cervantes returned to Las Cruces to his wife’s family farm where he would face new career challenges, “I didn’t have a lot of experience in farming,” he said, “So I started looking for things to do.”

Using knowledge and skills from his background in engineering, Cervantes worked with companies in Louisiana to introduce a new Tabasco crop ¬- and processing method – to Mesilla Valley. His initial talks were met with speculation about the probability of success in the desert. “They thought I was nuts,” Cervantes said. “Especially because it was a new crop and process foreign to the area.”

His perseverance and unique innovation in crop production and chile processing – along with a little luck, “I just happened to pick the right crop,” he added – resulted in the growth of the farm from 10 acres to several thousand, which now produces millions of pounds of mash distributed worldwide.

Notwithstanding the farm’s success, Cervantes maintained a second career as a plan-review engineer. He has served on the boards of a variety of civic and community organizations and has played instrumental roles in numerous projects across southern New Mexico, including the development of the Planning and Inspection Departments for Doña Ana County and the city of Sunland Park, the creation of the performance zoning ordinance for Doña Ana County and the construction planning and design of NMSU’s Zuhl Library.

Cervantes hopes his scholarship opens doors for new generations of fellow Tigers and Aggies. He wants them to understand that it will take a lot of hard work to achieve their goals. “Each student will have a different situation and story when they come to study at NMSU,” Cervantes said. “To be successful, however, you have to be the first one in the morning to open the office and the last person to close the office at night. You have to remember that a degree is not a pass to success. You have to make the effort.”

Looking back, Cervantes admits that of all his accomplishments, he is most proud of his three children, Joseph, Dino and Tina – who now run the family farm – and his six granddaughters. With regard to his career, Cervantes remains humble about his successes. “You can find examples of achievements much greater than mine,” he said. “But, I’m happy with what I’ve done.”

Author:  Daphne Griffin – NMSU

Video+Story: Albertsons Celebrates Store Renovations with Checks for EPISD Schools

Albertsons celebrated the re-grand opening of its Kern Place store in grand fashion Wednesday morning giving $9,000 back to El Paso High, Wiggs Middle and Mesita Elementary – their neighborhood stores and community partners.

The El Paso High cheer squad and drumline and Wiggs Middle cheerleaders kept the event festive as the store introduced its new look and contributed $2,000 for each campus, as well as $3,000 for the El Paso High band and $2,000 for the cheerleading squad.

Albertsons gave nearly $70,000 back to the El Paso community during Wednesday’s event.

“We believe partnering with our local schools is important for many reasons,” said Lori Raya, president of the Southwest Division for the Albertsons Companies. “One, the students are our current shoppers, our future shoppers and maybe future employees. We believe if we can donate back to our local schools, we are also donating back to students’ education and really helping people aspire to reach their dreams. If help we can do that, and help make better for one student at a time, that’s what we want to do as a company.”

El Paso High principal Mark Paz welcomed the partnership, acknowledging that the store is an easy trip from the campus for students and staff to shop, buy supplies and pick up sushi and Starbucks.

“We’ve had a fantastic partnership with Albertsons for many years,” Paz said. “We appreciate Albertson’s reaching out to us to be part of their re-grand opening event. We were able to bring our band, our cheerleaders and some key student representatives to receive this generous award from Albertsons.”

Wiggs principal Tim Luther joined with Paz and Mesita assistant principal Marcela Duran to accept their checks during a brief ceremony outside the store. The three joined with their students to pose with their oversized checks before they cut the ribbon.

“It’s another amazing event that Albertsons put on for our community,” Luther said. “They have been generous to us in the past and they continue to work with us and our El Paso High feeder pattern. We can’t say thank you enough for everything they’ve done for our community.”

The contribution to the three campuses also included two pallets of school supplies.

“We feel like every student should have everything they need to go to school and study and be successful and have all of the necessities and utensils to participate to be able to do their homework and turn in that paper that they are very proud to turn in,” Raya said.

In December, the Albertsons Foundation contributed $44,000 back to EPISD campuses and organizations during the re-grand opening celebrations at the Redd Road and Kenworthy stores.

Story by Reneé De Santos  |  Photos by Leonel Monroy  |  Video by Angel Dominguez/EPISD

Video+Story: El Paso High JROTC Cadets Headed to D.C. for Army Ten-Miler

Two El Paso High School JROTC cadets will lace-up their running shoes this Sunday for the 33rd annual Army-Ten Miler in Washington D.C. — a first for El Paso ISD.

After being part of the first EPISD team to compete in the Bataan Memorial Death March, seniors Mikel Adame and Angel Ramirez will now be the first to compete in the ten-miler, running alongside 35,000 other runners.

“We are really proud, since we will be representing our school and EPISD,” Adame said.

“Normally, when people think of El Paso High, they think about the building and say ‘that’s a beautiful structure,’ but the JROTC program was one of the first in El Paso. We want to bring more recognition to the program.”

The cadets are attending the race thanks to sponsorship from the Association of the United States Army (AUSA).

“I am a member of the AUSA, so I contacted them and asked if they would be interested in sponsoring us,” said Ret. Sgt. Maj. Velton Locklear, EPISD’s JROTC assistant. “They have been very helpful.”

Locklear, who led the Bataan team back in March, encouraged the cadets to participate in the ten-miler. He will also participate in the run.

“They did really well, and I knew they would be up for this challenged,” Locklear said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them to go to Washington D.C. and have this experience.”

The cadets have been training for weeks to prepare for the run, participating in the German American Oktoberfest Night Run and other local runs, as well as running on their own time.

“This past Sunday we ran ten miles with the sergeant major, and we did pretty well,” Ramirez said. “We ran at Fort Bliss where the Special Forces do their rucksack marches and finished in 1 hour and 20 minutes.”

The race will start and end at the Pentagon, charting a course past national monuments, important landmarks and scenery.

This will be Ramirez’ first visit to the Washington D.C., and he is excited to see the sights.

“I am looking forward to seeing the White House and the other monuments,” he said. “We are cadet officers, so it’s great to set the example for the other cadets and for them to see the things that can happen when you put in the work.”

AP Capstone Program Headed to El Paso High

Students at El Paso High will have one more tool at their disposal to be successful in college thanks to the addition of an innovative program that could help them focus on independent research, collaborative teamwork and communication skills.

La High next year will begin implementing the two-year AP Capstone program by offering the AP Seminar class for college-bound students. A second class, AP Research, will be added during the 2018-19 school year.

The creation of the AP Capstone program at El Paso High further emphasizes college readiness and preparedness. El Paso High will be the only high school in El Paso and one of only about 60 high schools in Texas to offer the competitive AP Capstone program.

“This shows the community that we are definitely innovative and that we are constantly looking ways to improve the opportunities for our students,” said Cyd Goldfarb, El Paso High college readiness coordinator.

AP Capstone is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study provided through other AP courses. The AP Capstone curriculum fosters inquiry, research, collaboration, and writing skills through the intensive investigation of topics from multiple perspectives.

Initially, El Paso High will offer the AP Seminar, which will strengthen students’ writing skills in preparation for college-level academic writing.

“It will give them a sense of rigor,” Goldfarb said. “They will hopefully be at a level that they understand what it takes to be an academic writer.”

Students typically take AP Seminar in the 10th or 11th grade, followed by AP Research, which will be offered beginning in fall 2018.

Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing will receive the AP Capstone Diploma. This signifies their outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills.

Students can research a topic of their choosing, but Goldfarb said the hope is that some will consider topics that emphasize the dual language component to complement El Paso High’s magnet program.

“We want our students to feel supported and we want to push them but not overwhelm them,” Goldfarb said. “This is our way gently pushing them in a place they can achieve.”

Among the qualifications for becoming part of the AP Capstone program, campuses must show strong support of AP courses and testing. Currently, El Paso High has about 500 students taking 1,000 AP tests this spring.

“Research has shown that if a student takes one AP test – regardless if they pass or fail – is much more likely to graduate from college,” Goldfarb said. “That’s one of the reason we push our students. It’s about the experience – not the end result. Having to sit for three-hour test, having to feel nervous, a little bit of anxiety is really important because that’s what they will be experiencing when they’re in college. We don’t want first time experience to be in college. We want them to experience it here with our support and their friends feeling the exact same way. We are giving them opportunity to see that college really is in their future.”

Football game, Mass Reunion cap El Paso High 100th birthday

Current and former students of El Paso High School will have a full day of Centennial Celebrations on Saturday, Oct. 8, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Lady on the Hill.

The celebrations on Saturday cap three days filled with activities aimed at bringing EPHS students and alumni together to observe this important milestone. The activities on Saturday include an attempt to have the largest high-school reunion ever.

Andress Eagles vs EL Paso Tigers
Andress Eagles vs EL Paso Tigers

“It is a wonderful time to be an El Paso High Tiger. It’s so exciting to see so many of our former students come back and have them celebrate with us,” said Principal Kristine Ferret.

“We want to make sure that all Tigers feel welcomed on Saturday as we show off just how special our school is to the El Paso community.”

More than 3,000 alumni are expected to attend the 85th Battle of the Claw between the EPHS Tigers and the Austin High Panthers at historic R.R. Jones Stadium.

The game kicks off at 11 a.m., but tickets for the game will go on sale starting at 9 a.m.

At 12:30 p.m., the EPHS Alumni Orchestra will give a concert in the EPHS Auditorium. After the end of the game, at around 2:45 p.m., registered alumni will gather on the field to attempt to establish the Official Guinness World Record for the largest school-reunion.

All activities will take place at the Trost-designed El Paso High School, 800 E. Schuster.

Story in Many Pics: HS Football Week 5 – Andress v El Paso | Canutillo v Del Valle

Again our very own Andres Acosta was moving through the Borderland, documenting the region’s interesting match ups for week 5 of the high school football season. Check out all the action from Canutillo at Del Valle, as well as Andress at El Paso.

canutillo Eagles at Del Valle Conquistadores in a district 2-5A showdown at Conquest Stadium
canutillo Eagles at Del Valle Conquistadores in a district 2-5A showdown at Conquest Stadium
Canutillo Eagles at Del Valle Conquistadores in a district 2-5A showdown at Conquest Stadium
Canutillo Eagles at Del Valle Conquistadores in a district 2-5A showdown at Conquest Stadium
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