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Video+Gallery+Story: EPISD comes together to show love of reading

The Tom Lea Bulls helped EPISD kick off its annual Read Across the District celebration Friday morning with the Dr. Seuss and Harry Potter.

The sixth annual event encourages a lifelong love of reading by bringing community members into the classrooms to read to students for 30 minutes.

Festivities started with Michael Phillips, EPISD’s executive director of 21st Century Learning, who challenged students to read beyond the classroom while wearing a Hogwarts robe and Gryffindor scarf.

“Reading can take you places,” he told the students. “You can discover new things, travel and explore when you read.”

Soldiers joined cheerleaders, band members and the mascot from Andress High School to kick off the event, also known as  RAD. Once the clock struck 10 a.m., students and volunteer readers headed for their classrooms to read together.

“To me, as a librarian, RAD is about sharing our love of reading,” said Tom Lea librarian Lisa Gailey, dressed as the Cat in the Hat. “We drop everything for about 30 minutes and show the importance of reading, the fun of reading and how it can improve us even as adults.”

RAD celebrations throughout the district were varied but equally motivating and celebratory. Students, parents, news anchors, local sports stars and other celebrities were invited guests at reading events throughout EPISD.

Tom Lea invited soldiers to join them at today’s festivities. In a touching turn of events, the students actually read aloud poems to the soldier thanking them for their support and service on this Veterans Day weekend.

“I think it’s nice of them to come to read,” said fifth grader Jasmine Alonso. “It helps children learn more in a fun way and veterans are spending some of their own time to read to us.”

Her favorite books: the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

“When I read books, I feel happy and think maybe I can write books like that one day,” she said.

EPISD began RAD in 2014 combining the literacy initiative with district goals to engage the community. Campuses throughout EPISD drew civic leaders, business partners, celebrity readers and other volunteers to their schools to read to students. Older students picked up their digital devices or paperbacks to read for pure enjoyment during the half-hour event. This year, parents were encouraged to join their children at school to read.

“RAD is a day that students get to see how much adults enjoy reading,” Phillips said. “It fosters a lifelong love of reading.”

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

CREEED Funds $100K in Scholarships for EPISD Teachers

Monday morning, officials with the Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development (CREEED) presented the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) with a $100,000 grant to help more students graduate from high school prepared to thrive in college.

The funding will support scholarships for 50 EPISD teachers as part of CREEED’s Accelerated Certification of Teachers (ACT El Paso) scholarship program.

The initiative helps high school teachers complete master’s degree programs in their subject areas, enabling them to be certified to teach dual-credit courses throughout EPISD.

“This initiative aligns with our efforts to invest in teacher development, as well as our goal to set up more students for success in college, said Richard A. Castro, Chairman of CREEED.  “Students who take dual credit classes can save time towards earning their college degrees and ultimately save money, lifting that financial burden off themselves and their families.”

The $100,000 awarded to EPISD supports nearly five times as many EPISD teachers as their previous grant in 2017.

“You know the expression about teaching someone to fish? This is even better — it’s teaching someone to teach others how to fish,” said EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera, “Thanks to CREEED’s generous grant, this year we will be able to support 50 of our teachers who are studying to become certified in dual credit courses. Those 50 teachers will then help hundreds of students earn college credit while they are still in high school.”

“Our commitment to increase the number of students in our community who are successfully pursuing and obtaining a college degree or credential is reflected in everything we do at CREEED,” said Executive Director Eddie Rodriguez, “We recognize the barriers students in our region are facing and that’s why we are going to continue to invest our resources into initiatives and best practices that lead to better outcomes for students.”

The ACT El Paso scholarship fund has supported 365 area teachers since 2015, if those teachers successfully complete the credentialing process, there would be double the number of teachers and dual credit courses that are being offered to our eligible student population.

El Paso ISD Thanksgiving lunches begin this week

Turkey Day festivities in EPISD run through November 22, giving parents a chance to eat a traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner with their child in their school cafeteria.

The lunchtime tradition spans many years and includes nearly all EPISD campuses.

“This is one of those events parents and students get excited about,” said Laura Duran, director of food and nutrition services. “School is a home away from home for our students where their classmates, teachers and staff are like their second family. It’s a great way to come together as a community and eat a hot, delicious and nutritious Thanksgiving meal.”

The special lunch also gives parents an opportunity to get a taste of the school cafeteria experience that is a normal part of their child’s day.

“Parents get to visit their child’s cafeteria and my hope is that they have a pleasant dining experience and trust that we take care of their children with great customer service and great food,” Duran said.

Below is the schedule for lunch:

Nov. 5 – Charles, Bassett, Magoffin and Guillen middle schools; and Tippin Elementary

Nov. 6 – Hornedo and Brown middle schools; Travis Elementary; and Coronado High

Nov. 7 – Hillside, Zavala, Aoy, Western Hills, Guerrero and Tippin elementary schools; Bowie, Jefferson, Austin, Burges, Chapin, Franklin and Irvin high school; Franklin 9th Grade Center; and Wiggs Middle.

Nov. 8 – Hillside, Tippin and Clardy elementary schools; Andress High

Nov. 12 – Herrera and Nixon elementary

Nov. 13 – Herrera, Nixon, White, Hawkins, Douglass, Crosby, Bond, Lundy, Bliss and Dowell elementary schools; and Ross Middle

Nov. 14 – Hart, Crosby, Bliss, Park, Rusk, Whitaker, Barron and Newman elementary; Richardson, Canyon Hills and Armendariz middle schools; and Young Women’s STEAM Prep

Nov. 15 – Lamar, Whitaker and Roberts elementary schools

Nov. 19 – Tom Lea, Crockett, Powell, Lee, Hughey, Clendenin, Green elementary schools; MacArthur Elementary/Intermediate; and Mesita ECDC

Nov. 20 – Tom Lea, Cielo Vista, Moreno, Johnson, Green, Coldwell, Crockett, Fannin and Kohlberg elementary schools

Nov. 21 – Cielo Vista, Moreno, Bonham, Moye, Collins, Putnam, Mesita, Polk, Rivera, Stanton and Cooley elementary; and El Paso High

Nov. 22 – Morehead and Lincoln middle schools


Video+Gallery+Story: EPISD breaks ground on MacArthur/Bonham consolidation

MacArthur Prek-8 celebrated the $18.4 million bond project Wednesday morning that unites the campus with Bonham Elementary in a modern facility with 21st century amenities.

The two campus communities joined together for the ceremonial turning of the dirt in front of MacArthur – not far from where construction is already underway. It concluded with students, faculty and dignitaries signing and dipping their thumbs in paint to leave their mark on a special sheet rock commemorating the event.

“We’re so excited about Bonham coming for the 2021-2022 school year,” said MacArthur principal Rose Ann Martinez. “This will just help to strengthen our community and give a central hub where parents can have their children on the same campus from pre-K all the way to eighth grade until they transition over to high school.”

The project includes a new fine arts addition, renovations to the former fine arts spaces to create classrooms, new lighting in the cafeteria, new playground and minor improvements throughout the main building.

“I think that the renovations are going to be essential in attracting more students,” Martinez said. “We welcome military. We welcome students from other districts and they are actively seeking to enroll here because of our location being so central to their parents’ work and the city. With our new facilities and our ability to offer more programs because we have this space, I think that we are going to continue to be a premier site as people are looking for locations to enroll their kids.”

Bonham Elementary principal Sandy Sanchez joined with Martinez to celebrate the two communities of learners joining to become one.

“The merging of both these great schools will provide our students with increased opportunities of academic and social growth,” Sanchez said. “Our students and teachers deserve the best learning environments and most importantly deserve to be in a facility that is most conducive to their academic and social growth. This is exactly what General Douglas MacArthur PreK-8 will offer.”

The 2016 Bond includes campus consolidation making the total number of prek-8 schools in EPISD going from one at MacArthur to a total of five. Martinez, a MacArthur alum, touts the benefits that the newer prek-8s will notice.

“One of the advantages of a preK-8 is that older siblings are able to take care of the younger siblings,” she said. “It helps to keep our middle school students young longer. When they have their little brothers or sisters next to them, they are very mindful of their actions and it helps in growing a bigger, a better, stronger community.”

Bonham students already feed to MacArthur as middle schoolers. With the consolidation, the younger students will become MacArthur ponies as early as pre-kindergarten.

“We have always worked together throughout the years,” Martinez said. “This is simply coming together under one roof as we celebrate.”

MacArthur second grader Anthony Castillo likes seeing the construction around his Cielo Vista neighborhood – mention both campuses and nearby Edgemere Park – because he knows it means progress is coming.

“When I grow up, I want to go to Burges and they’re reconstructing it,” he said. “I think that it’s going to be beautify and I think this place is going to be beautiful, too. I can imagine a new school – way different from this one.”

Story by Reneé de Santos  |   Video by Angel Dominguez   |   Photos by Leonel Monroy and Ray Jackson

No Excuses University honors EPISD’s Lincoln Middle School principal Haidi Appel

No Excuses University honored Lincoln Middle Principal Haidi Appel with its most prestigious award at its national convention last weekend in Dallas.

Appel received the Barbara Livermore After High School Comes College Award for her dedication to the students of the No Excuses University Network of Schools.

She first entered the NEU world as principal of Bond Elementary, which was one of the first Texas campuses to join the NEU network.

“I believe whole-heartedly in what NEU does and stands for,” Appel said. “I share the message because I believe it is what is best for kids. We want all children to be prepared to go to college if that is the path they choose. We are not in a place to make that decision for students but can do everything we can to give them the skills to be equipped to make those decisions.”

The No Excuses University Network of Schools is a diverse and dynamic association of like-minded schools and education organizations from across the United States. The network is united by the belief that all children, even those who live in poverty or who are learning English, can be academically successful and attend college.

“Students have had the opportunity to learn about so many schools around the US,” Appel said. “We have great local schools but this also opens the door to other opportunities.”

Appel was completely surprised when they honored her with the Barbara Livermore Award, which is named after the mother of the founders of NEU. She is only one of nine other recipients of NEU’s highest recognition.

“She exemplifies No Excuses in her professional and personal life and in doing so, makes us all incredibly proud to be associated with her,” said Elizabeth Atkinson, last year’s winner.

Founder Damen Lopez added: “As an educator, parent, and community member, Haidi’s integrity and heart for children are paramount in all she does.”

Gallery+Story: EPISD JROTC Fall Drill shows off cadet talent

Cadets from every corner of the District participated in the EPISD JROTC Fall Drill Team Competition at Franklin High School earlier this month, showing their impressive skills and commitment to the program.

The competition consisted of three phases:

  • Inspection, regulation and exhibition for the armed and unarmed units
  • Color guard inspection and performance
  • Exhibition phase on the football field for armed and unarmed teams

Sweepstakes Trophy winner was the JROTC group from El Paso High School. The trophy was accepted by Cadet Battalion Commander Nalia Torres, Cadet Battalion Sgt. Maj. Hunter Spier and Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Elias Palomares.

Sweepstakes Trophy is for the school that had the highest number of category placement points.

Organizing the event was the JROTC instructors and cadet commanders Sgt. Major Ronald Hall, Col. Leonard Wells and Sgt. Maj. Velton Locklear.

Story by Gustavo Reveles  |  Photos by Leonel Monroy – EPISD

El Paso ISD earns college readiness award

EPISD beat out 29 other districts from throughout the country to win the Council of Great City Schools Build (CGCS) Your List Award for efforts aimed at encouraging students to take important steps in planning for college after high school.

The District earned the award by having 32 percent of all high-school juniors in the District complete the Build Your List process in the BigFuture college-readiness website operated by the College Board, the organization that administers university entrance exams like the SAT.

Build Your List is the first step required by the College Board to qualify for the Opportunity Scholarship — a first-of-its-kind program that outlines the six most essential steps on the path to college for high-school students.  The completion of each step earns students a chance to win scholarships of up to $2,000. If all six steps are completed, students can compete for $40,000 toward their college education.

“We’re thrilled with the results of the challenge because it means that so many students from the class of 2020 took the first steps to get into college in addition to earning a chance for a scholarship,” said Michael Casserly, CGCS executive director.

CGCS is an education advocacy group made up of 74 of the largest urban school districts in the United States. EPISD is a member of CGCS.

As the winner of the challenge, EPISD received $5,000 to further support college and career readiness efforts. The prize was presented to Superintendent Juan E. Cabrera at the 63rd Annual CGCS Fall Conference in Louisville, Ky., today.

“We applaud all of the districts that participated in the challenge and encouraged their students to take part in the College Board Opportunity Scholarships,” said Jennifer Mulhern, College Board Vice President of State and District Implementation. “We created the program because we heard from students and families that the road to college was complicated and overwhelming. Our partnership with CGCS is helping to make students aware of the actions they need to take to get to college — and that a scholarship is within their reach.”

For more information on the College Board Opportunity Scholarships programs, visit their website.

Story by Gustavo Reveles – EPISD

Herrera Elementary librarian wins national literacy advocacy award

The national organization that created the Little Free Library movement is recognizing an EPISD librarian as part of the first cohort of honorees for their top prize.

Herrera Elementary librarian M. Lopez-Williamson is one of 10 winners of the inaugural Todd H. Bol Award for Outstanding Achievement by Little Free Library, a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.

Lopez-Williamson was one of the first people to create a Free Little Library in the world. The box she set up in 2010 was chartered as the seventh Free Little Library. There are now more than 100,000 throughout the globe, including about 60 in EPISD alone.

“Free Little Library opened my eyes to the good nature of people, locally, nationally and internationally,” she said. “The spirit of generosity has been awakened in all of us working with Little Free Libraries.”

Lopez-Williamson joins literacy advocates from California, Florida, Wisconsin, Louisiana, New Jersey, Arizona, Italy and Sudan who also were recognized.

The award, which is named after the founder of the Free Little Libraries movement, recognizes individuals who have fostered literacy and worked tirelessly to strengthen a sense of community in their area by creating book-sharing networks.

Lopez-Williamson set up a Free Little Library at Zavala Elementary School in 2010 in response to news reports that indicated El Paso was among the least literate cities in the country. Since then, she has helped set up about 150 Free Little Libraries throughout the Borderland.

“Ms. Lopez-Williamson’s response to a critical need in our community deserves this type of recognition. We are extremely proud to have her as part of the EPISD Family,” said Superintendent Juan E. Cabrera. “On behalf of the students at Herrera and all over EPISD, I want to thank her for her service and her commitment to literacy and education.”

Story by Gustavo Reveles   |   Photo by Herrera ES – EPISD

TMECHS principal is Region 19 ‘Outstanding Principal of the Year’

TMECHS Principal Barbara Brinkley-Lopez has been named the Region 19 Outstanding Principal of the Year and is slated to represent the area at the state level.

The honor was awarded by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, which also selected Franklin High School’s Laron Sharp as the Region 19 Assistant Principal of the Year.

“It is truly an honor – very unexpected,” said Brinkley-Lopez. “I have to attribute all the success of our campus with our students and teachers because, without them, this truly could never be possible. We have very high standards for both our students and faculty and staff members. I believe you need to support them and provide the resources that they need.”

School administrators are nominated and chosen by their peers within their regions based on exemplary performance and outstanding leadership.

Brinkley-Lopez, who has been with TMECHS since 2016, is credited with consistently having an attendance rate above 97 percent, implementing a 4-year engineering pathway and bringing a full complement of fine arts to her campus.

“If you always put students first in your decision-making, you will always be doing the right thing,” she said.

EPISD Superintendent Juan E. Cabrera said Brinkley-Lopez and Sharp represent the high level of commitment that exists among administrators in the District.

“We are beyond proud to have Ms. Brinkley-Lopez and Sharp represent EPISD and Region 19 at the state level,” he said. “El Paso is the center of high-quality teaching and learning, and it’s educators like these two administrators who make it all happen.”

Both Brinkley-Lopez and Sharp will be recognized during the Josten’s Night of the Stars Awards Dinner on June 9 at the Hilton Anatole Dallas Hotel.

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

Video+Gallery+Story: Construction on modernization of Jefferson/Silva begins

The Silver Fox community gathered together Tuesday to officially break ground on a $36.6-million project that unites both campuses and offers key updates to learning spaces and athletics.

“This is a moment that we all been waiting for,” interim principal Armando Gallegos said. “This building that you can see around us has been around for 70 years. The new campus is going to connect Jefferson to Silva Magnet.”

The interim principal has been working with both Silva and Jefferson students to spread a message of unity and expects the new construction to further unite the students once the campuses connect.

“Our motto is two voices, one heartbeat,” he said. “That’s the message that we are trying to spread. That we are all silver foxes.”

Freshman Ruben Martinez looks forward to how the construction will further solidify the two campuses and strengthen both schools academically.

“This construction project means we get a new beginning and new traditions when we combine both schools together into one campus,” he said. “It’s good for our community.”

The 2016 Bond project includes the construction of a modern three-story building with 21st Century learning environments at Jefferson, a new cafeteria and science labs. A new weight room building for athletics, renovations to the auxiliary gym, new softball and baseball fields, construction of athletic field event areas and sight work for school bus loops and parking lots are also included in the project. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2022.

“The new building is designed to provide our students with a first quality education that we need to offer to all our students,” Gallegos said.

The event featured the band, choir, cheerleaders and dancers – a combination of the talent at Silva and Jefferson – united in celebration.

“I’m excited about the new building,” said Silva dance team member Samantha Licero. “It’s a cool design and I think it will bring new traditions but keep the old traditions, keeping our roots.”

Story by Reneé de Santos  |  Photos by Leonel Monroy  |  Video by Raymond Jackson – EPISD

Jeff/Silva honors breast cancer survivors at Pink Foxes Pep Rally

The students, staff and community at Jefferson/Silva High School this week reinforced their commitment to bring awareness to breast cancer research.

The school had its annual Pink Foxes Pep Rally where students and staff donned their best pink duds in a celebration of employees and family members who have been impacted by the disease.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the cause has been characterized by pink ribbons and the wearing of pink clothing during this month.

The event featured games and speeches from faculty members who are survivors. Principal Dr. Armando Gallegos and Jeff/Silva area Trustee Al Velarde attended the event.

Silva is a Health Magnet School and has full high school standing from the Texas Education Agenct. Silva has earned designated silver medal status under the 2018 and 2017 U.S. News Best High Schools national rankings.

Clinical Rotations at Silva allow students to experience a variety of clinical setting exposure that include, rehab centers, surgery clinics, dental clinics, oral surgery clinics, veterinary medicine. 

Story by Gustavo Reveles  |  Photos by Leonel Monroy  – EPISD

Young philanthropist donates art kits to MacArthur

At just 10 years old, Chelsea Phaire is one of the world’s youngest philanthropists.

Chelsea, a Mount Vernon, N.Y. native, created Chelsea’s Charity to share her love for art across the country by giving children tools to be creative and express themselves. On Wednesday she decided to share this passion with other children here in El Paso.

She stopped at MacArthur Elementary/Intermediate on Wednesday to personally hand out 130 of her specially-created art kits to the second- and fourth-graders at the school. She wrapped her visit with quick drawing lesson using their newly acquired supplies.

“A year ago someone gave me a super expensive art kit. I love to do art,” Chelsea said. “It really touched me and I wanted other people to feel the same happiness I felt that day.”

So, this year for her 10th birthday the budding artist asked people to buy selected art supplies on her Amazon wish list so she could begin Chelsea’s Charity.  She and her mom set up Chelsea’s Charity on Facebook and Instagram with links on how to donate.

“When she turned 10 instead of birthday presents, she asked her friends to buy art supplies,” said her mom Candace Phaire. “It started with her birthday party and it spiraled off and went viral on social media. She’s gotten over 2,000 messages from strangers encouraging her. It’s a good opportunity for other to see you can make a difference even at 10-years-old.

So far, Chelsea’s presented art kits to children in her home state of New York and Connecticut but selected El Paso and specifically MacArthur because of its proximity and role the school played in aftermath of the Aug. 3 Cielo Vista Walmart shooting. The Phaires also have family in El Paso.

“The kids here are ecstatic and very appreciative,” said counselor Julie Pedregon. “Words are so minimal to describe what she’s doing. It means a lot coming from someone her age who is putting aside her wants and asking for gifts for others.”

Chelsea also gave the students a lesson on how to draw a character with what she called ‘Chelsea eyes.’ Then she walked around the room visiting with the students and checking out their creativity.

“I love it. I love art,” said Sebastian Avila as he finished up his drawing. “I’m going to use it for drawing.”

His classmate Hayden Smith joined in: “I love art, too.”

When asked if they’d like to say anything to Chelsea, they said: “Thank you. Thank you for all this art.”

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

New active-learning furniture for students arrives in EPISD

Something new and innovative is happening in classrooms throughout EPISD, and this time around it has nothing to do with the amazing work our teachers and students do on a daily basis.

No, the classrooms look and feel different thanks to the new desks, chairs and other furniture that has begun to roll into some campuses this week.

The EPISD campuses that are not part of the Bond 2016 school modernization program all qualified to receive new, active-learning furniture from an allocation of more than $5 million to help update classrooms.

The furniture will help teachers enact innovative lesson plans was selected by principals last semester.  The chairs and desks facilitates project-based and small-group learning and gives students the option to complete their lessons in settings that look much different than what most adults are used to based on their experiences as school-age children.

Students at Magoffin and Canyon Hills middle schools this week were surprised to come back from a long weekend to find their new desks set up and ready to be used. The desks, which can be easily moved and have dry-erase surfaces, were a hit.

EPISD officials said all Bond 2016 schools also will receive new active-learning furniture as part of the modernization of their campuses.

Story by Gustavo Reveles  |  Photos by Leonel Monroy

Gallery+Story: Rebote bounces into EPISD high schools

It’s not just football season in EPISD.

Tournaments in the lesser-known, old-school sport of rebote, or wall ball, are in full swing at campuses throughout the District.

Rebote has been a staple at some EPISD campuses for decades. You’ll find the courts on campuses busy before school, at lunchtime and after school.

The fast-pace game has rules similar to racquetball but these players hit the outdoor handball courts with a rubber ball taking shots with both hands, which requires strong ambidextrous skills to be competitive.

“The students are very passionate about rebote,” Chapin assistant principal Jose Carlos said. “They take it very seriously and don’t mess around. I want to make sure we can give it to them because if we can keep them here with that passion, then we’re doing a good job.”

Bowie, Jefferson/Silva and Andress high schools are among the campuses with competitive rebote.

At Chapin, the tournament season is just getting off the ground. Carlos started coordinating tournaments to encourage attendance and getting to class on time. Friday marked their first of many to come.

“We’re trying to build a relationship with the kids, trying to improve attendance and just wanted to show a positive atmosphere here during lunch time,” Carlos said.

The Chapin administrator came from Jefferson where he was both an educator and alum. He knew the tradition at his former campus, where he coordinated competitions also tying participation to attendance.

“When I came to Chapin, I was naturally drawn to these kids,” he said. “You know, just watching them. It’s impressive.”

Chapin junior Jeremy Flores got hooked on the sport after a friend took him to play at Lincoln Park. He and his doubles partner lost a close one in the finals last week.

“I like coming out here and playing with my friends,” he said. “I think it’s a good idea to do tournaments. I’m happy that it happened and I was ready for today.”

Chapin senior Cesar Alvarado started playing as a freshman, steadily improving his game through the years by honing his hand eye coordination, stamina and dexterity.

“I like it because it has running, stability, conditioning … everything,” Alvarado said. “We have a good team here. And we’re getting better at it.”

Carlos hopes the rebote tradition continues and would like to see competitions between EPISD schools.

“Any schools out there doing rebote tournaments, Chapin High School challenges you,” Carlos said. “We’ll make sure it’s a positive thing for all of our kids.”

Bowie is ready for the challenge. The campus has collaborated with Carlos and is also using rebote as a tool to boost attendance. Assistant principal Marty Roland Lara and student ou reach specialist Julian Salinas started doing a round robin last week to try to hit a 95 percent attendance goal. Competitive games will continue on Fridays.

“Our kids are our investment and if I can find something to leverage them to come to school, we have to do it,” Roland Lara said. “If they find success in rebote, I know they’ll be coming to class. ”

Bowie senior Sammy Medina is psyched about the competition.

“I personally feel like wallball is the future,” he said. “I’ve been seeing 80 year-olds and 50 year-olds play handball and they’ve inspired me to play. The fact that we’re doing a tournament in high school, I can’t find the words. It’s just exciting.”

He plays before school, lunchtime and afterschool and sees the courts packed with Bowie students.

“I like the energy you feel when you’re playing against your opponent,” he said. “The sport makes me feel alive.”

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

Austin, El Paso High JROTC cadets participate in U.S. Army race

JROTC cadets from two EPISD schools were in the nation’s capital this weekend representing El Paso in the 35th annual U.S. Army Ten-Miler, one of the world’s largest military-sponsored race events.

Nine students from Austin and El Paso high schools traveled to the Washington, D.C., area to participate in the race this weekend. They were among the more than 35,000 runners that participated in the race.

“This is the fourth year that EPISD students represent El Paso in this important race,” said SGM Velton Locklear, an assistant with EPISD’s JROTC programs. “We are proud to have some of our cadets demonstrate the strength of our programs at a national level.”

The cadets were the only students from El Paso to participate.

The participating cadets from Austin were Jared Alonso, Josue Caballero, Abigail Castro, Daniel Castro and Diego Rodriguez. The El Paso High cadets participating were Christina Acosta, Quejon Frias-Merritt, Elias Palomares and Isabella Ramirez.

The cadets were joined by their instructors, 1SG Anthony Dinkins from Austin and CSM Danford Elliott from El Paso High.

Congratulations to all runners! HOOAH!

By Gustavo Reveles  |  Photos by EPISD JROTC
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