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Bel Air High Senior Honored with YISD President’s Award for January

The Ysleta ISD Board of Trustees honored Bel Air High School senior Leonard Biagas with the January President’s Award.

Leonard is a self-proclaimed “life enthusiast” who keeps everyone on campus smiling on a daily basis.

Recently, however, he proved himself to be more of a “miracle worker” when he successfully managed to unite the Bel Air Highlanders with one of their staunchest rivals: the Eastwood High School Troopers.

Leonard, who is part of the EMT program in Bel Air’s Health Professions Magnet, took it upon himself to plan a community service project to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which funds research and supports those with neuromuscular diseases.

To help with this project, he recruited an unlikely ally: Eastwood High School. Together, students and staff from both schools collected nearly $1,000 for MDA during one the season’s most anticipated football games: Bel Air vs. Eastwood, or the famous “Battle of the Helmet.”

Among the donors were firefighters from area stations, who not only attended the Battle of the Helmet, but intensified the competition with a friendly game of tug-of-war during halftime!

Leonard’s commitment to service touches every aspect of his life. He is an athletic trainer, the Class of 2019 secretary, Student Council president, serves on the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee, and volunteers at Del Sol and University Medical Center hospitals.

YISD Officials add, “He is the epitome of maturity and leadership. His service project this fall not only benefited those affected by neuromuscular diseases, but brought together two rival schools on their most competitive night for a very worthy cause…He is a wonderful example of the Service Excellence we encourage and highlight at The District.”

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. This award will be presented to the selected recipient a maximum of once per month during the regularly scheduled meeting of the YISD Board of Trustees.

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.

Washington Elementary Sisters Honored by Ysleta ISD Board

On Wednesday, officials with the Ysleta ISD Board of Trustees announced the special honor two REL Washington Elementary School students earned for their constant efforts in supporting others.

Sisters Luna and Kyra Jacquez are united in their desire to make the world a little bit better by serving those in need both at their campus and in the greater community.  Due to their dedication, they were awarded YISD’s President’s Award for the month of December.

Earlier this year, Luna and Kyra learned of a wish list posted online by the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence, which was set to open a newly rebuilt shelter for about 200 families in need. The Center’s wish list included basic household goods like furniture, dishes, bedding, and appliances.

Without hesitation, Luna and Kyra knew they wanted to help. They opened their hearts and wallets, and donated $167 of their own money to buy bedding, high chairs, and shower curtains to help make the shelter more comfortable for the families it serves.

Officials share that because Luna and Kyra are very aware of the needs of those around them, they also launched a special campaign to help fund student lunch accounts by placing a donation box in the school’s main office.

“On another occasion, they noticed several students walking to school in cold weather without jackets; within days, the sisters brought in several new jackets to provide to those students. They also regularly perform community service through their Girl Scout troop, participating in clothing drives for children in need and placing U.S. flags at Fort Bliss Cemetery for the Memorial Day holiday,’ YISD officials added.

“Kyra and Luna not only embody The District’s values, but they routinely put them into action for the betterment of others. They are a wonderful example of the Service Excellence we highlight at The District.”

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.

Pebble Hills Elementary School Brothers ‘Caught Being Kind,’ Honored by YISD

The Ysleta ISD Board of Trustees honored Pebble Hills Elementary School students and brothers Zakchariah and Tyler Hernandez, who serve as leaders and role models in both kindness and academics.

Zak, who is in second grade, has been a huge supporter of the school’s new “Caught Being Kind” program, which is part of the district’s Random Acts of Kindness campaign.

YISD officials share, “Every day, Zak makes a point to nominate as many as three or four students for “Caught Being Kind”– this entails filling out a form with the student’s name, a description of their act of kindness, and their teacher’s name…the fact that Zak seeks to highlight the kindness, compassion, and thoughtfulness of others every day is evidence of his generous nature.”

Zak’s older brother, Tyler, is a fifth-grader who is known among his peers for being respectful and well-behaved. Tyler is also at the top of his class academically, and will be deeply missed when he moves next year to middle school.

District officials add, “Together, the Hernandez brothers are a treasured part of the Pebble Hills campus, and they serve as exceptional role models in all areas: academics, service, citizenship, and leadership.”

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. This award will be presented to the selected recipient a maximum of once per month during the regularly scheduled meeting of the YISD Board of Trustees.

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.

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