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!
A battle of two El Paso-area powerhouses and Socorro ISD rivals ended up needing extra time on Friday night, as Montwood downed Americas 14 to 13. Check out our very own Andres Acosta’s view of the game via our Story in Six Pics.