Parkland High School junior Abraham Haggerty won first place at the inaugural Virtual Summer STEM program held by the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA).
Abraham not only earned first place in the Cybersecurity, Engineering Design, and Programming Challenge with his STRIKE group, but he was offered a conditional Letter of Assurance for a seat in the Naval Academy’s 2021 Summer Seminar program for his outstanding performance.
Typically, the Naval Academy’s summer program provides rising students an opportunity to look into USNA academics, athletics, and military training during program sessions at the campus in Maryland.
This year, due to COVID-19 concerns, the USNA was the only service academy to switch to a virtual program, which included about 2,500 high-school student participants worldwide who completed team challenges, academic workshops, and morning physical education.
USNA is the prestigious undergraduate college that prepares students to become professional officers of competence, character, and compassion in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
Friday night, the Parkland Matadors charged into the Permian Basin on a mission to scuttle the Randall Raiders at Ratliff Stadium.
The anticipated match-up lived up to its hype, with both teams trading TD’s like heavyweight boxers in a championship fight. In the end, the Raiders were able to get that last touchdown – plus a field goal – taking the game 38-28.
Our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta was there and we bring you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’
The Ysleta ISD Board of Trustees honored Parkland High School running back and senior Deion Hankins with the October President’s Award.
Deion has not only proven himself as a dynamic athlete on the football field, but a true leader among his peers on campus.
In September, he broke a 14-year city record to become El Paso’s All-Time leading rusher. With a few games still left in the season, Deion has racked up 6,125 career rushing yards, making him one of only 104 players in Texas state history to go over the 6,000 mark.
His career stats at Parkland High School are just as impressive, with 64 rushing touchdowns, and 563 yards receiving with 4 receiving touchdowns.
But Deion’s outstanding athleticism is just one part of what makes him a standout student.
On campus, he is known for being a humble, kind, and unselfish teammate and student. He has far exceeded the minimum number of 80 community service hours needed to graduate, mostly by volunteering at McCombs Baptist Church.
Every summer, he helps run the church’s Vacation Bible School, and works with children on Wednesday nights.
He continues his ministry on campus with peers through two extracurricular clubs – the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Youth For Christ – and at speaking events throughout the city.
Aside from all of this, Deion is also at the top of his academic game. He is currently ranked in the top 10 of his class while taking both Advanced Placement and dual-credit classes.
YISD officials add, “All told, Deion is a wonderful example of the hard work, dedication, and service excellence that we value at The District, and we are extremely proud to call him one of our own.”
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.
Eligible YISD students must be nominated for the award by a school principal, assistant principal, or Trustee; and must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
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.
The Ysleta Independent School District has hired Josh Kirkland, former offensive coordinator for Westbury High School in Houston, to serve as Parkland High School’s new head football coach/athletic coordinator, effective Tuesday, Jan. 5.
Kirkland said his greatest desire is to see his student athletes excel not only on the field, but in the classroom and at home.
“I’m excited to join the Parkland family and become part of an elite academic/athletic high school,” said Kirkland, who has two sons – Kash, 4, and Krew, 9 months – with his wife, Marina.
In 2010, Kirkland worked as the running backs coach at Daingerfield High School in northeast Texas, where he assisted the Tigers in going five rounds deep in the playoffs. More recently, he served as the special teams coordinator at James Earl Rudder High School in Bryan, Texas, before relocating to Houston to work as offensive coordinator at Westbury High School.
At Rudder and Westbury high schools, Kirkland learned and implemented character-building and team strategies that subsequently led to a turnaround of those football programs – not just athletically, but academically as well. He has also worked as a girls’ head basketball coach, head golf coach, and assisted in track and field programs.
Kirkland, a native of Levelland, Texas, earned his bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M University. He was introduced to students, faculty, and staff at Parkland High School on Wednesday afternoon.