Ysleta High School defeated Coronado High School on April 6 at the Plaza Theater to become the Grand Champion of the KCOS High Q Tournament, qualifying the team to advance and compete at the High School National Championship Tournament in Atlanta in May.
The Ysleta HS High Q Team defeated Coronado High School by a score of 290 to 260. The High-Q team members from Ysleta High school include Pedro Amaya, Nathan DaSilva, Alphonse Ingo, Xena Tame, and Aiden Grizzard.
The team is coached by Physics teacher Paul Cain and Math teacher Ruth Hansen.
High Q Academic Competition is a single-elimination quiz bowl tournament among area high schools that is televised by KCOS beginning in the fall. Quiz bowl questions range over the entire spectrum of a high school curriculum, and include a certain amount of current events, sports, and popular culture.
The matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration, since no individual player is likely to be an expert in all subject areas.
Quiz bowl can reinforce classroom lessons and also encourage players to go beyond their assignments to master other areas as well.
At the national competition, Ysleta HS will compete with teams from across the country. Last year’s national championships brought 304 teams from across the United States and Canada for 26 rounds of competition.
The High Q Championship Show, held for the first time ever at the historic Plaza Theatre in Downtown El Paso, will be broadcast on May 3rd at 7pm on KCOS.
The two schools will join Valle Verde Early College High School to make three total early college high schools in the district with approval from the Texas Education Agency.
The early college high school model has proven to be successful in the El Paso community. YISD’s Valle Verde ECHS has received numerous accolades from the TEA, including receiving all seven distinction designations and being named as a model campus.
In addition, Valle Verde ECHS has been named among the best high schools in the nation and the top high school in El Paso by Newsweek and US News & World Report.
The addition of the Parkland Early College High School and Ysleta High School Early College Academy would increase options for students to earn an associate’s degree from EPCC while simultaneously earning a high school diploma.
The “school within a school” model at Parkland and Ysleta would also provide students the opportunity to enjoy traditional high school activities such as athletics, fine arts and JROTC while taking dual credit courses.
“The Ysleta Independent School District prides itself on providing our students with programs that focus on college and career readiness,” said YISD Superintendent Dr. Xavier De La Torre. “The addition of early college high schools at Parkland and Ysleta is a testament of our commitment to increase the number of students earning a baccalaureate degree, which will translate into economic prosperity for our community.”
Ysleta ISD will host three information sessions for families to learn more about the programs and the application process.
Information session times and dates are listed below:
Parkland Early College High School, 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, Parkland High
School theater, 5932 Quail Lane
Ysleta High School Early College Academy, 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, Ysleta High
School Auditorium, 8600 Alameda Ave.
Valle Verde Early College High School, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, Ysleta ISD
Central Office Theater, 9600 Sims Drive
More information and student applications are available on the YISD Early College High School website.
The Ysleta Independent School District and the Ysleta Education Foundation (YEF) announced at a press conference on Friday the establishment of a new six-year, $500,000 scholarship program for Ysleta High School students by the Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Foundation.
Each year, select Ysleta High School seniors will each be awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Hunt Family Foundation to attend El Paso Community College in collaboration with YEF.
During the course of the six-year program, a total of 100 students will receive scholarships.
“We are honored to call Mr. Hunt an alumnus and friend of the Ysleta Independent School District,” said YISD Superintendent Xavier De La Torre. “These scholarships from the Hunt Family Foundation will support our students while pursuing post-secondary education in an effort to better themselves, their families, and our community.”
Woody Hunt, El Paso business leader and philanthropist, graduated from Ysleta High School in 1962. He established the Hunt Family Foundation in 1987 with his wife, Gayle, to support community initiatives in the El Paso area.
Hunt was named Ysleta High School’s Distinguished Alumni in 2013.