In a Thursday Night matchup between the first and second schools ever opened in the Socorro district, the namesake Socorro Bulldogs traveled north to take on the Montwood Rams.
The Rams defended their home turf, defeating the Bulldogs 69-38.
As part of a very special series, Montwood High School football supporter and honorary team member Kieran Johnson scored in the second quarter. (video below gallery)
Our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta was there and we bring you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’
Amazing moment for No. 1 Montwood High School football supporter and honorary team member Kieran Johnson when he scored in the second quarter of the Montwood v. Socorro varsity game tonight at the #TeamSISD SAC! Way to #EarnYourHorns!
Just ahead of the fall sports seasons, officials with Socorro ISD’s Montwood High School unveiled a new school logo.
The logo was officially unveiled at the school’s annual Light Up the Night pep rally on August 15 and will be seen soon on new athletic gear, shirts, posters, banners, and other areas and items across the school.
“We are extremely excited to update our school logo while keeping to the tradition of Montwood with our school colors and giving our new Ram the edge that our campus deserves,” said Montwood High School principal Carlos Guerra.
Via a news release, Montwood High officials saidd, “The mighty Montwood Ram depicted in the new logo represents the school’s tenacity and winning spirit. Montwood High School has a long tradition of outstanding academics, award-winning athletics, superb clubs, organizations and co-curricular activities.”
“The school embraces its history of success and continues providing endless opportunities for all students to achieve academic excellence and achievement in all areas of their education,” officials added.
The new Ram logo will be used school-wide to ramp up school spirit and uniformity among students, staff and the entire Montwood High School community.
A Montwood High School student has been named an All-State Musician by the Texas Music Educators Association for the fourth year in a row.
Guillermo Lopez, a senior at the school, was selected as first chair bass in the All-State Jazz Band. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive, according to the TMEA website.
“I’m astounded to have been recognized as an All-State Musician by TMEA,” Lopez said. “This really encourages me to continue my musical career at the University of North Texas where I will do my best to perform with their top ensembles.”
The young bass player has earned a spot in the All-State Jazz band every year since his freshman year at Montwood. In addition, he also qualified for the All-Region band on tuba this season.
“To make all state is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Janet Lynch, instrumental music specialist in the SISD fine arts department. “To earn this honor for four years in a row is a really big deal! We are all very proud of him!”
Lopez was selected through a rigorous process that began with him competing against five top musicians from the region who were contending for the honor. He was one of two students that advanced to the area competition where he competed against 25 other bass players from eight regions. Lopez was then judged at the TMEA area competitions where he placed as the highest-ranking jazz bass musician.
“I couldn’t be more proud of Guillermo’s achievements,” said Beto Perez, band director at Montwood High School. “His dedication to his instrument is a true inspiration to young musicians. He has a natural ability for music and is constantly refining his craft by diligently practicing. I am excited to see where music can take him if he decides to follow it as a career.”
Lopez will be recognized at the annual state TMEA convention on February 17, in San Antonio, where he will perform in front of thousands of event attendees.
The second oldest high school in the Socorro Independent School District took on the newest, and it was a battle to remember.
The upstart Pebble Hills Spartans had a target painted on their inter-district rival Montwood Rams Friday night, but the blue and green-clad Rams would have nothing of it, besting the Spartans 49-46 at the SAC.
Our very own Andres Acosta was there and we bring you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’
Former Montwood High School and UTEP student April Waugh’s path has led her from Far-East El Paso all the way to earth orbit.
Waugh, a 1998 Ram graduate, helped build the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES-16 weather satellite system that tracked the recent solar eclipse and Hurricane Harvey.
“There will be days when you think you can’t do this or other people think you can’t do this,” Waugh said in an email. “The world will tell you that you won’t make it. The bad days will sometimes outnumber the good ones…it doesn’t matter. Keep moving forward. Success requires a certain amount of defiance in the face of adversity. Nothing will ever compare to the day that you DID make it happen.”
Waugh graduated Summa Cum Laude at the University of Texas at El Paso in 2003. She also was named Outstanding Engineering Student (Electrical) and Montwood’s Outstanding Ex in 2006. Waugh is currently working as a space systems engineer for Lockheed Martin in Littleton, Colorado.
Waugh’s work is making many people proud, including her mother who works in the Socorro district.
“Here is an example of what Team SISD’s hard work has created!” said her mother, Josie A. Viel, an art teacher at Sun Ridge Middle. “Go TEAM SISD!”
A trade website, satnews.com, praised the GOES-16 weather satellite, which stands for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite.
Launched into space last year, it provides atmospheric and surface measurements of the Earth’s Western Hemisphere for weather forecasting, severe storm tracking, space weather monitoring and meteorological research.
Montwood High School was recently named a 2017 Recognized ASCA Model Program School by the American School Counselor Association.
“I’m very proud of our counseling team,” said Rosemary Mireles-Menchaca, Montwood High School principal. “This process was long and rigorous but our counseling team has been working really hard to get systems in place that support the ASCA model of counseling. They work very well together to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of students.”
The campus is the only school in Texas and one of 104 across the country to be honored for its exemplary commitment to offering a comprehensive school counseling program.
The RAMP designation recognizes school counseling programs that are dedicated to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven and an exemplary educational environment to students.
“SISD is honored to have Montwood High School recognized as an American School Counselor Association model counseling program,” said Tammi Mackeben, SISD director of guidance and counseling. “This is very exciting as Montwood is the only Texas school to be recognized. This is a huge endeavor!”
To apply for the RAMP designation, schools must collect extensive data and information, a process that takes an entire academic year.
“This year’s RAMP honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession,” said Jill Cook, ASCA assistant director in a press release. “RAMP designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to strive for excellence.”
Montwood High School will be honored at the annual ASCA conference in July where they will receive an engraved plaque to display at their campus.
It was another big game at Socorro ISD’s Student Activities Center, as the Montwood Rams hosted the El Dorado Aztecs. And it was every bit as exciting as it could be. Check out Andres Acosta’s view of the game via the new gallery!