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Game in Many Pics+Video: Hanks hammers Austin 34-14

The playoff edition of Thursday Night Lights got underway as the Hanks Knights took a trip to Panther territory to take on Austin High.

The Panthers were roaring to host a playoff game, but it was Hanks that came out strong and took the game 34-14.

Our very own Ruben R. Ramirez was there and we bring you his view of the contest in this ‘Game in Many Pics.’


‘Hanksgiving’ organizers appeal to community for donations

After nearly 20 years of coordinating and collecting Thanksgiving food items for hundreds of families in need, the organizers of Hanks High School’s famous “Hanksgiving” event are appealing to the community for donations in the wake of new fundraising restrictions put in place following the August 3 shooting tragedy at Wal-Mart.

Hanksgiving, which is organized annually by the school’s Interact community service club, first took place in 2000 with the humble goal of creating enough Thanksgiving food baskets to feed 10 families in need.

Since then, Hanksgiving has grown into a community-wide effort that has been able to provide Thanksgiving meals to as many as 500 families and seven shelters in recent years.

To prepare for the event, students and staff normally volunteer their weekends from August through mid-November to set up and supervise Hanksgiving food drives and fundraisers, many of which took place outside grocery stores in previous years.

This year, however, in light of the Wal-Mart shooting, many stores have changed their policies and no longer allow organizations to stand outside of their facilities to conduct fundraisers.

As a result, Hanksgiving organizer and Campus Volunteer Coordinator Monica Lopez said they are now turning to Hanks feeder elementary and middle schools – as well as the El Paso community in general – to reach their goal of feeding 500 needy families this Thanksgiving.

“This project has been a Hanks tradition for the last 19 years, and it means a lot to our community,” Lopez said. “With the help of our feeder pattern and other schools, we are hoping our goal is met again this year.”

Hanksgiving organizers are appealing the community to donate the following food items:

Cranberries (canned)
Cream of mushroom/chicken soup (canned)
Green beans (canned)
Corn (canned)
Chicken broth
Cornbread mix
Mashed potatoes
Mixed veggies

Organizers will be collecting canned food items this Saturday at the Walk Across Ysleta event at Blackie Chesher Park.

Students will organize the donations and create an assembly line to create the food baskets on Sunday, November 24, with the goal of distributing the baskets on Monday, November 25.

Anyone interested in donating food items for Hanksgiving can drop them off during school hours through Friday, Nov. 22, in Room 100 at Hanks High School, 2001 Lee Trevino Drive.

For more information, please contact Monica Lopez at 915-434-5014.

YISD sends 3 marching bands to UIL 5A state competition

Next week, the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) will send three marching bands from Bel Air, Del Valle, and Hanks high schools to San Antonio to compete for the UIL 5A state championship, thanks to their superb performances during last weekend’s area competition in Odessa.

By comparison, only one other El Paso-area high school marching was able to qualify for the state competition, which takes place Monday, November 4, at the Alamodome in San Antonio. This is the second consecutive time that three YISD marching bands qualify for state.

In 2017 – the last time the 5A UIL state marching band competition was held – YISD made local history when these same high schools earned a ticket to compete in the state championship.

At that time, Hanks High School placed 15th in the state competition; Bel Air High School placed 19th; and Del Valle High School placed 34th.

This year, about two dozen high school marching bands from El Paso to Wylie competed at the 5A Area A competition in Odessa on October 26.

Four YISD bands were among the top 10 that advanced to the area finals – but in the end, Hanks High School won first place and was named area champion, followed by Bel Air High School in third place and Del Valle High School in fourth place.

Listed below is information on the YISD bands and their performance times (in order) at Monday’s state competition:

Bel Air High School: The Big Red Pride Marching Band is scheduled to perform its show, “Beyond The Clouds,” at 12:30 p.m. MST. They are led by Drum Majors Belanna Castillo, Kayla Priego, Alizae Nevarez, and directed by Manny Talamantes, Ben Perez, Luis Ibarra, Derek Andrade, Oscar Ortiz, Mathew Peña, Melina Bañuelos, Lucy Bañuelos, and Kimberly Favela.

Hanks High School: The Silver Knights Marching Band is scheduled to perform its show, “Sultana: City of Gold,” at 2:45 p.m. MST, led by Drum Majors Mariana Martinez, Michael Soto, and Kristel Holguin. Directors and Flag Coaches are Horacio Gomez, Doug Brown, Emily Petty, and Calvin Edwards; the Renaissance Dance Co. is directed by Krystal Nance.

Del Valle High School: The Conquistador Marching Band is scheduled to perform its show, “What We Sea,” at 5:30 p.m. MST. They are led by Drum Majors Alejandro Gonzalez, Ashley Campos, Eric Rios, Alexandrea Solis, and directed by Keith Morales, Roque Orozco, Robert Hayden, Mathew Fernandez, Brianna Ayala, Michael Slabe, Diego Calderon, Nicholas Martinez, Maria Carbajal, Albert Valles, Gabby Rivera, Carlos Briseno, Armando Torres, and Thomas Holguin.

Game in Many Pics: Parkland handles Hanks 56-41

It was a battle of Ysleta ISD rivals as Northeast took on East El Paso, with Parkland traveling to Hanks Friday night.

The Knights were valiant in the defense of their kingdom, but the relentless charge of the Matadors led them to a 56-41 victory.

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

Gallery: Del Valle halts Hanks 50-21

The Del Valle Conquistadores hosted Hanks Friday night at Conquest Stadium, and the hosts made the most of the game, winning 50-21.

Our very own Johnny Yturales was there and we bring you his view of the contest via this gallery.

Game in Many Pics: Hanks handles El Paso High 61-22

It was Homecoming in the Kingdom Friday night, as the Hanks Knights hosted the El Paso High Tigers.

And the Kingdom was well defended under the lights, as the Knights beat the Tigers 61-22.  Check out all the action of the game in this ‘Game in Many Pics.’

Hanks High senior honored with March Ysleta ISD President’s Award

The Ysleta ISD Board of Trustees honored Hanks High School senior Kristen Apodaca with the President’s Award for March.

“Kristen is a kind-hearted student leader whose commitment to service extends far beyond her campus to the youngest and most vulnerable children in our community,” YISD officials shared Monday. “But what makes Kristen exceptional is that she has purposefully learned the name of EVERY student at Pebble Hills Elementary. In one semester, she has gotten to know the students on an individual basis, and is able to pinpoint when they are struggling so she can give them help and attention when they need it most.”

Kristen volunteers in the library at Pebble Hills Elementary School, helping with a variety of tasks that include reading to students, helping students with their homework, or finding and checking out books students will enjoy.

Teachers and administrators say that Kristen is all heart, and never misses an opportunity to highlight the “awesomeness” of others. Her compassion, kindness, and devotion to community service makes her a stand-out among her peers.

Kristen also volunteers at El Paso Children’s Hospital and the Center Against Family Violence, where she dresses in costume as “Elsa” from the popular Disney movie, “Frozen,” and sings to the children with her twin sister, Kayla.

The President’s Award is given by the President of the Board of Trustees to a YISD student who has demonstrated exceptional and/or innovative, out-of-the-ordinary service to others, particularly those within the YISD community.


Story in Many Pics: Parkland Powers Past Hanks 56-28

The Beasts of the Northeast – Parkland Matadors – played host to the Hanks Knights Friday night under the lights at the Bullring.

The Matadors came out of the gate with power, and while the Knights held for a bit, it would be Parkland’s night as they won 56-28

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

Ysleta ISD Expands “Supper Program” To 8 Schools Starting Monday

As part of its continuing efforts to support the wellness, health, and development of students, the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) will expand its after-school “supper program” to eight campuses in the 2018-19 school year, beginning Monday, September 10.

Via a news release, YISD officials say, “Given the numerous high-school students who stay on campus after school for sports, theater, band, or other clubs, the supper program gives students access to a nutritional meal in the cafeteria before rehearsal or practice.”

The supper program, which provides free and nutritious meals to active students who remain on campus after school for extracurricular activities, will be offered at the following campuses:

Bel Air High School
Del Valle High School
Hanks High School
Parkland High School
Riverside High School
Ysleta High School
Eastwood Middle School
Young Women’s Leadership Academy

The supper meals are being offered at various times depending on the campus, but generally begin about 4 p.m. The meals are free of charge to children 18 years and younger, and are available for purchase by adults.

The supper program was first piloted in January 2017 at Ysleta High School, and expanded to include four schools by September 2017.

This program is part of YISD’s overall efforts to increase student access to healthy meals – this includes free breakfast for all students at all YISD campuses throughout the year.

The supper program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program.

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