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.
Franklin senior Laurine Kim received the prestigious QuestBridge Scholarship to attend Vassar College this fall on a full ride.
Out of more than 15,000 applicants, Kim is among only 1,127 seniors to be a QuestBridge National Match recipient nationwide and the only one in EPISD. The QuestBridge is worth more than $92,000 a year in tuition, fees, room and board, books and other educational needs.
“It’s really exciting because one of the things I was most stressed about during my college application process was how am I able to go to these top schools that I really want to go to,” she said. “QuestBridge has opened so many doors for me to dream that I had the chance to go to the top schools.”
QuestBridge is a prestigious scholarship program that grants scholars with early admission to college partners and offers them full four-year scholarships based on academic merit.
“This scholarship will ensure that all of Laurine’s education will be completely covered and allow her to obtain a degree without the worry of family contributions or student loans,” said Richard Couder, EPISD college readiness facilitator. “I hope her selection motivates other outstanding EPISD students to apply for this and other prestigious scholarships.”
The Franklin senior plans to double major in sociology and music performance but admits that those plans may change once she arrives at the New York college.
Kim began her QuestBridge journey as a junior College Prep Scholar, which allowed her to attend a conference at Pomona College in California to network with other candidates, recipients and college admissions representatives.
“It was eye opening to talk to the those reading my application and meet so many other college prep scholars,” she said. “It was good exposure to students from all around the country. I felt I was more competitive because I went through the College Prep.”
Kim, an accomplished cellist, loves to spend her free time volunteering through school clubs and activities outside of school. She has had leadership roles at Franklin in the National Honor Society and Key Club.
“I’m passionate about educational experience and relieved to know the financial aspect won’t be hindering me from anything.”
Story by Reneé de Santos | Photo by Leonel Monroy – EPISD
While the fall chill was in the air at the Gem in Far East El Paso – Socorro ISD’s SAC – two of the city’s elite teams heated up the gridiron under the Thursday Night Lights.
However it was all Rams from the opening kickoff, as Montwood took the ball and scored on their opening drive. With the help of their defense, the Rams never looked back and pulled away from the Cougars to win the contest 36-16.
With the play of Rams quarterback Sebastian Galvan and running back Christopher Ramos the offense was firing on all cylinders.
On the other side of the ball, the Rams defense forced turnovers at key times and stopped the Cougar offense for much of the night.
Our very own Ruben R. Ramirez was at the blustery contest and we bring you his view via this ‘Game in Many Pics.’
The Cougars once again won the District Mock Trial Competition and represented the city in the Dallas Bar Association’s State Mock Trial tournament this weekend.
This is the third straight year Franklin has taken first place at the district tournament and participated in the state competition.
Mock Trial is a tournament for aspiring lawyers and legal fans where participants are given a ficticious case and must then develop and present both the prosecution/plaintiff and defense. The students then play the roles of the attorneys and witnesses.
Members work together to learn the facts of the case and create strategies for trial and then compete in local-area meets.
The 2019 Franklin Team is: Mia Beldner, Gabriel Agustin Del Campo, Michael Fallon, Luisa Garcia, Andres Hinojos, Derek Jones, Sam Magana, Jorge Pompa, Alec Tellez and Alec Trujillo. The Franklin sponsor is Alison Cundari.
Two members of the El Paso District Attorneys Office, Amanda Enriquez and Elizabth Howard, serve as the team’s lawyer coaches.
At the State Competition in Dallas this weekend there were 28 teams from around Texas competing for the honor to represent Texas at the National High School Mock Trial Competition, in Athens, Georgia, this May.
While the Franklin Team did not break the Top 10 this year at the State Competition, they know that their hard work paid off this year and look forward to competing again next spring.
The regional competition was organized by the regional coordinator, Claudia Duran, on Feb. 8-9 at the El Paso County Courthouse.
Three EPISD high schools will get a boost in their athletic facilities thanks to their participation in a video contest by Powerade.
Franklin and Austin high schools each won regional grand prizes in the “Power Your School” contest from Powerade, earning them $10,000 toward improvements to the athletic equipment at their campuses.
Additionally, Bowie High School earned $2,000 for their participation. A total of $100,000 were awarded throughout the region.
“We wanted to show some the need for new weight room equipment and we also wanted to the wide range of diversity in our school and how so many athletes use the weight room,” Franklin’s student activities manager Angel Santa Cruz said. “We also wanted to be creative with our transitions, making sure we included every type of sport.”
Three students worked collaboratively with Santa Cruz, teacher Jose Bueno and football coach Frank Martinez to create the concept for the video, direct it, film it and edit the final product.
Senior Georgett Hernandez spent her time behind the video camera documenting footage of each sport captured in the video.
“It’s so cool to take part of something that will benefit the school for years to come,” she said.
Author: Reneé de Santos | Photo courtesy of Franklin HS – EPISD