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Letters for Parkland: Franklin Student Collecting Notes to Send to Students

Just two weeks after 15 students and two educators were tragically killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students in the El Paso Independent School District are doing everything they can to help survivors cope.

One of those students is Franklin High School Junior Abigail Cazier, who has spearheaded a letter writing campaign among other EPISD students in order to show support and hopefully bring solace to the students and families in Parkland.

“It’s important to reach out because they are just like us. They are our peers, and it could have just as easily happened here,” Cazier said. “They are going through something awful that no one should have to go through.”

Cazier said the letters may seem insignificant, but she hopes they have a powerful impact among those students who lived through the unthinkable tragedy.

“I think just letting them know we stand with them, and that we are here to support them even though we live far away is important,” she said.

With the help of her friends Maura Moreno and Priscilla Miguel, she has already collected more than 30 letters from her school. She hopes to collect many more in the coming weeks.

“I was originally just going to ask my English teacher if we could write letters, but I thought ‘why stop there? There’s so many students,’” she said. “We can offer so much if we did it as District and send thousands of notes of support and comfort.”

Cazier is encouraging students from all EPISD schools to take ten minutes of their day to write a heartfelt letter and then turn it into their front office. The letters could be sent to Franklin High School from any EPISD school using school mail.

“Just write from the heart,” she said. “I would offer words of comfort and words to let them know they are not alone.”

Letters will be collected until a week after spring break and then sent to a teacher in Florida who has been collecting hand-written notes from throughout the country.

“We are trying to get as many letters as possible to send from El Paso with love from our community,” she said. “As students, we need a chance to get involved. We need to let our voices be heard. We need to make a change.”

Story by Alicia Chumley  |  Photos by Leonel Monroy / EPISD

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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