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El Paso ISD’s Silva, Green Schools Earn National Blue Ribbon Awards

Two U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Awards for 2017 went to campuses in the El Paso Independent School District.

Dr. Green Elementary School received its first Blue Ribbon and Maxine Silva Health Magnet High School received an unprecedented third Blue Ribbon, the U.S. Department of Education announced on Thursday.

“We are beyond proud of the work that is happening inside our campuses. Teachers and students have embraced active learning as a transformative tool in education,” EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera said. “Silva and Green are clear examples of schools making a difference in the lives of students and their families.”

The Blue Ribbon is considered one of the most prestigious prizes given to a school in the country.

With the addition of Green, there are now 12 EPISD schools that have earned at least one Blue Ribbon since the program began in 1982.

Besides Green and Silva, the other schools are: Crockett Elementary, Schuster Elementary, Hillside Elementary, Coldwell Elementary, Douglass Elementary, Transmountain Early College High, Cielo Vista Elementary and Lamar Elementary.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday announced that a total of 342 public, charter and private schools had earned a Blue Ribbon this year based on their achievements on closing the performance gaps among student subgroups.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master modern learning.

Green and Silva celebrated their awards on Thursday with student assemblies and other fun activities.

The celebrations were especially meaningful for Silva, the only school in El Paso ever to earn three Blue Ribbons.

“Having three Blue Ribbon is no easy feat and this accomplishment rests solely on the work done by our students and teachers,” said Jefferson/Silva Principal Fred Rojas. “Silva prides itself as a great school, and this award is further recognition that our efforts are making a difference.”

This is Green’s first Blue Ribbon, but the school is equally as excited.

“We are joining an elite group of schools,” Principal Judy Quintana said. “It’s proof positive that our students, teachers and parents have worked hard to provide this community a world-class education.”

Two El Paso ISD Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

Two El Paso Independent School District high-school seniors earlier this week were included in the elite list of National Merit Scholar semifinalists for 2018.

Coronado High School’s Daven Cheu and Franklin High School’s Mauricio Gonzalez were among the five El Paso County students who made the list published by the National Merit Scholar Corp.

Both Gonzalez and Cheu have big plans for college and were mostly surprised by the honor.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity to help me to go to the college I want to go to,” said Cheu, an IB student considering a major in environmental systems at the University of California at San Diego. “I didn’t quite expect to be here. I have to get the paperwork sorted out and then find out what happens next.”

Gonzalez knows being a semifinalist will look good on his resume when he applies to Yale University, his top choice for now.

“It’s a pretty big honor,” he said. “I know there are a lot of students who compete and to be one of three from EPISD is pretty big. I’m just happy to represent El Paso and EPISD. I hope I move on further and win a scholarship.”

The corporation also named former Chapin High School student Connor Jarolimek as a semifinalist. Jarolimek was a student at Chapin when he took the qualifying PSAT test, but has since moved out of state.

National Merit will notify students advancing to finalists.

Franklin High School’s Mauricio Gonzalez
Coronado High School’s Daven Cheu
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