Montwood High School senior and Emerald Dancer Giselle Montford had an opportunity to perform for a national audience when she participated in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Montford performed with the Spirit of America Productions team, which included some 1,200 cheerleaders and dancers from across the nation. The group, featuring performers ages 13 to 18, made its 34th consecutive appearance in this year’s parade.
“I’m very excited to meet and perform with other artists from across the United States,” Montford said before her appearance in the parade.
The Montwood senior has 12 years of dance experience and has been an Emerald Dancer at the high school for two years.
Spirit of America seeks out the most talented cheerleaders and dancers from across America and is one of three of the longest running parts of the show, along with Santa Claus and the Radio City Rockettes.
Montford said she was on Facebook when she saw the ad and emailed the organization explaining how it was a dream of hers since childhood to be a part of the parade.
“I feel so happy and excited, it is a dream come true,” she said.
Montford, along with her fellow dancers, experienced a fun-packed week in New York City, including the opportunity to view all the famous sights like the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and Times Square. The performers also attended the Broadway show “Frozen.”
“It’s my first time in New York and I can’t wait,” Montford said as she prepared for her trip.
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.’
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.