The Ysleta ISD Board of Trustees honored six students from Ysleta Elementary School with the President’s Award at the January Board of Trustees meeting.
The students are called the “Genius Hour Students,” for participating in their school’s blended-learning pilot program that also raised money for cancer research.
The six Genius Hour Students are Adelaide Carbone, Montserrat Flores, Valerie Lopez, Devin Promesse, Victoria Najera, and Emiliano Zuniga.
These students used their passion for academics, soccer, and community service to organize a benefit soccer game with El Paso Locomotive to raise money for cancer research.
“The students researched, created posters, designed T-shirts, interviewed doctors, and created a slide presentation for their project, which they presented to the school’s blended-learning teachers and administrators,” YISD officials shared. “The goal was to demonstrate what any student might be capable of, given the right tools, opportunity, and support!”
District officials say the group’s community service didn’t stop there.
“The Genius Hour Students also spearheaded a campuswide campaign to write Christmas letters and collect teddy bears for cancer patients at local hospitals, which they called the Care Bear Project. These students are wonderful leaders who not only work toward achieving their full potential, but pave the way for other students to do so as well,” YISD officials added.
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.