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.
The two top teams in the city – who just happen to belong to Ysleta ISD – met up Friday Night in what many billed as the ‘Game of the Week.’
Traveling to the Mission Valley, the Matadors wanted a statement win on the home turf of the 6-0 Indians. When the dust cleared, it was Parkland who came away with the 57-21 win.
Our very own Andres Acosta was there and we bring you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics’
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’
Thursday night again kicked off the week’s football action, as the Parkland Matadors ran south to meet up with the Jefferson Silver Foxes at their still-new home field.
The Matadors made the most of the trip to South-Central, topping the Foxes 55-6.
Our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta was there and brings you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics’
In a game that saw a little bit of everything, including a technical delay that has the actual score of the game in doubt, the Parkland Matadors traveled up the road to take on the Burges Mustangs.
After a lightning delay that lasted just over 30 minutes, the lights on the visitor’s side at Mustang Stadium would not come back on, resulting in some sort of agreement that the game would end in a tie.
600ESPN’s Adrian Broaddus summed the entire night up in a tweet:
Our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta was there and brings you the action in this ‘Story in Many Pics’
The Parkland Matadors, led by A.J. Briggs, De’Quan Henderson and Deion Hankins, scuttled the Lubbock Cooper Pirates in the area round of the UIL High School Playoffs.
The Mats became the first of five El Paso-area schools to punch their ticket to the next round via their win in Midland.
Our very own Andres Acosta was there, and brings you his view of the game via this ‘Story in Many Pics’ sponsored by Omega Air!
In day two of the bi-district playoffs, the Burges Mustangs rode into Northeast El Paso to take on the Parkland Matadors.
Once in the famed ‘bullring,’ it was the Matadors who ended up on a bull run, beating Burges 45-6.
Our very own Steven Cottingham was there and brings you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’
The Parkland Matadors left the friendly confines of the Bullring in Northeast El Paso, journeying to within a long pass’ distance to the banks of the Rio Grande to take on the Riverside Rangers.
Our very own Steven Cottingham was on hand to watch the final regular season game, and brings you his view via this ‘Story in Many Pics’
It was homecoming night down in the Mission Valley, and the Del Valle Conquistadors were a team on a mission themselves, taking on the Parkland Matadors.
Our very own Steven Cottingham was on hand to watch the game and the crowning of the new court, and brings you his view of the entire night in this ‘Story in Many Pics’
The Matadors traveled to Highlander country to take on the Big Red Machine Friday night.
Our very own Andres Acosta was on hand to watch the action, and brings you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics’
Amidst grandstands packed with fans dressed in Columbia blue and red, the Socorro Bulldogs took on the Parkland Matadors for their homecoming game Friday night.
With the stands filled with proud community members, the atmosphere was electric, even before the players stepped onto the football field.
It was against this backdrop that the Bulldogs began the game strong, despite missing some key players on defense due to injuries. However it was a tough match, as they went down on the scoreboard early; but the determined Bulldogs weren’t going give up without a fight.
Senior Alex Olivas put Socorro on the board with a nice run from inside the Parkland 10 yard line. He later added a second score after securing a nice strike from Junior QB Jacob Luna.
The spark was no match though for the fast-paced Matador offense, as the Bulldogs fell 55-21.
“Scoring two touchdowns tonight sets the pace for my season, the team is putting their all and are never giving up,” Olivas stated. “The season is long and there’s always time for improvement.”
Author: Briseida Rivera | Photographer: Evangelina Quiroga – Special to the Herald-Post