El Paso Represents at TAJE

The annual Texas Association of Journalism Educators (TAJE) Convention was held over the weekend of October 19th-21st. Several local schools attended the San Antonio Event, including some middle school. Coronado High School received Best in Show in Large Yearbook, 2nd place best of show in Lit Mag, and 2nd place best of show for Broadcast. Natalie Huseby from Coronado also received an excellent award in Editorial Illustration.

Below are pictures from the weekend:

Middle School Students and teachers pose for a photo.

Pictured left to right on bottom row: Leslie Caballeo, Henderson MS, Elizabeth Lerma, Henderson Adviser and Stephanie Ramirez, Henderson MS

Second row from left to right: Jazalyn Clark, Ross MS, Allyssa Lopez, Richardson MS, Lilian Perez, Richardson MS and Jamey Bond, Charles MS

Top row from left to right: Cassandra Acosta, Wiggs Adviser, Galilea Olvera, Wiggs MS, Anna Flores, Wiggs MS, Dakota Davis, Charles MS, Rosina Hilton, Ross MS Adviser, Evelyn Quinonez, Ross MS, Juan Caballero, Brown MS, Nancy Franklin, Brown MS Adviser, Amanda Nevarez, Brown MS and Cristin Zuniga, Charles MS Adviser.

Coronado Students pose with their awards from the weeked

Teachers attend TSCA

Several speech teachers attended the Texas Speech Communication Association (TSCA) Convention 2013 on October 9-13.  The theme this year was Adapting in a World of Diversity.   The teachers attended Program Panels, which were workshops about many educational topics and how these topics impact the speech programs. El Paso ISD will be the Host District for the State of Texas 2015 TFA Speech Competition.

PICTURED (left to right)

Danny Rosales-Elected the 2013-14 Regional 19 District Chair

Kaddish Meneses – First Year Teacher at Burges High School (Selected to host a 2014 Texas Assocation Forensic TFA Competition)

Sara Jane Barno – Instructional Development Middle School State Interest Group Chair (2012-13); Committee Member-Committee to Nominate 2013-14 and Instructional Development Middle School Interest Group; 2013 Panel Presenter -Create a Diverse Interp Library

Vanessa Amos- 2013-14 Instructional Development Middle School State Interest Group Chair; 2013 Panel Coordinator (Teaching in a Multi-Cultural Classroom; 2013 New Teacher Breakfast Coordinator; Panel Presenter-Que? No Nintendo? Engaging the Growing Hispanic Student Population; Committee Member-Teacher Training

Kyle Peterson-Awarding State Speech Teacher

Yolanda Silva- Region 5 2013-2014 Texas Forensic Association (TFA) Chair; Nominated as one of the 2014 Teacher of the Year Candidates; Committee Member-Resolutions and Nominating

Peter Dubrule- Assistant Speech Coach

Catherine Magni-  Theatre Coach

Not Pictured Brandon Cohn- First Year Bassett Middle School Speech Teacher

Kimberley Falco – Committee Member-Governmental Affairs, Nominating Committee and Resolutions; TSCA Twenty-Five Year Honoree; 2013-14 Secondary State Educator of the Year

Coronado High Q Team finishes second in Tournament

High-Q is a quiz show for high school students.  A team is comprised of 4 students answering questions on all things academic, current events, pop culture, music, etc.  I try to build the teams based on their combined knowledge, making it as all inclusive as possible.  My team is open to any and all students who are interested.  I have practices on Mondays and Fridays at lunch and keep track of how many questions students answer.  Those that answer the most have the best chance to make the “A” team which would be our varsity team.  The next highest group will be the “B” team.  There is no class for High-Q, thus the students do all their prep and practice on their own time.  They are a very competitive and dedicated group.  I also provide study materials in the form of books and recommended educational TV like History Channel, The Learning Channel, National Geographic Channel, etc.

We start our season in August of each school year.  The goal is to win the local television tournament sponsored and shown on KCOS (episodes air on Sundays at 10:00 and 10:30 AM).  This KCOS tournament features all of the high schools in the county in a double-elimination format, which starts in September and runs through April.  If you win this tournament (which my A-team did) you qualify for nationals.  The format that is used divides the game into three rounds.  The first and third are identical: a toss-up question is asked where anyone from either team can buzz in and answer.  If correct, your team gets to hear 3 bonus questions allowing you to earn points while the other team is frozen out.  The second round consists of 1 minute to answer up to 10 fast questions on a related topic.

Also, there are 4 weekend tournaments during the year that are done at Ysleta High School.  Two tourneys occur in the fall semester and two in the spring semester.  A team that wins any of these tournaments can also qualify for Nationals.  Our A-team won 2 of the tourneys, while our B-team won one of the tourneys.  Thus Coronado qualified both teams for Nationals.

The National Academic Championship (NAC) is run by Questions Unlimited (qunlimited.com).  Due to the large amount of schools that attend, the NAC is split into 3 National Tournaments — New Orleans, Washington DC, and Chicago.  The winners of these 3 tournaments then can face off in the Best of the Best finals held at Chicago upon completion of that National Tournament.  The NAC uses a slightly different format than we use at KCOS.  They have a 4-quarter format.  In the first, only toss-ups are asked and the fastest correct response gets the points.  In the second, toss-ups are asked followed by a series of bonus questions; however if you miss a bonus, the other team gets the opportunity to answer for the points.  The 3rd is a lightning just as KCOS.  The 4th is the same as the 1st, only the difficulty of the questions increases.

Coronado entered 2 teams in the Washington, DC Nationals.  Both the A-team and B-team finished with a record of 4-2 in the preliminaries, thus qualifying for the knockout stages.  Our A-team lost a close one to Delaware Valley (PA) in the sweet 16 play-in.  Our B-team pulled out a victory against Bennett (NY)in the sweet 16; then in the quarterfinals beet Irvington (NY) on a sudden death overtime question; then beat Lenape (NJ) in the semifinals; but finally succumbed to the eventual champion Horace Greeley (NY) in the finals.  It was a record setting run for a B-team.

A-Team (Captain: Victor Martin, Nicolas Quintana, Shreja Tahiliani, Fernando Rojo)
B-Team (Captain: Michael Pannell, Ryan Sharma, Andrew Paton, Luke Minton)

l to r: Ryan Sharma, Michael Pannell, Luke Minton, Andrew Paton, Coach Matthew Ballway

Students Compete at UIL Regionals, State

UIL is the governing body of Texas high school sports and academic competitions. Students compete in speech, social studies, math, journalism, and many other events during competition. Those that place in the top spots locally qualify for regionals, and then compete for a trip to state.

Students from 10 high schools across the state competed at UIL state in a variety of events. Students representing 5 high schools then qualified and competed at the state level.

For a complete list of those that competed and their coaches, click the links below:

1-4A Regional Competitors

1-5A Regional Competitors

EPISD State Competitors

Academic Decathlon Results

This past weekend, January 25-26, the Region II Academic Decathlon Competition was held at Ysleta High School. Three EPISD teams advanced to the state competition. El Paso and Ysleta school districts will host the State Large School Academic Decathlon Competition at Coronado High School on February 21-24. The medium school competition will be held in San Antonio the same weekend.

Large School Teams Advancing to State  (El Paso, TX -Coronado High School)

Coronado High School:
Luke Minton
Shreja Tahiliani
Lee Walker
Michael Pannell
Marissa Madrid-Ortega
Nicolas Quintana
Lucio Reyes
Aaron Pokluda
Coaches: Brian Keen and Matthew Ballway

Franklin High School
Alejandro Tafoya
Melanie Kramer
Emily Felsen
Nikolai Schyga
David Nakazono
Nicole Locke
Malak Ibrahim-Khattab
Denis Sipe
Luis Ito
Coaches:  Carl McCaig and Andrew Long

Medium School Team Advancing to State (San Antonio, TX -San Antonio College)

El Paso High School
Eita Yamaguchi
Cristian Pleters
Joan Golding
Agustin Ternoir
Iliana Storch
Alyssa Holt
Christopher Pannell
Isabella Uribe
Ariana Cortez
Coaches:  Gerard Neumann and Alex Seufert

Important UIL Dates

Middle School UIL Speech Festival February 9 (Hornedo Middle School)
Middle School UIL – Division I March 2; Division II March 9 (Hornedo Middle School)
State UIL CX Debate (Austin,TX)
District Academic UIL March  22-23 (Chapin High School)
Regional Academic UIL April 18-20 (5A Lubbock; 4A Abilene)
State UIL Academic May 20-22 (Austin, TX)

Important Speech Dates

CX Debate at Americas -February 2
Middle School UIL Speech Festival February 9 (Hornedo Middle School)
West Texas National Forensic League Competition (Americas) February 15-16
Texas Forensic Association State Competition (Dallas) February 6-9
State UIL CX Debate (Austin,TX)

Burges Newspaper Makes News

Below is an article that appeared in the El Paso Times about The Burges Newspaper:

Burges journalists: Prestigious award bestowed
El Paso Times Editorial Board
Posted:   11/26/2012 12:00:00 AM MST

Congratulations to fellow journalists at Burges High School. Their newspaper, the Stampede, is the only high-school newspaper in Texas to win a 2012 Pacemaker Award for outstanding news coverage. Staffers were in competition with more than 50 other high schools across the nation.

Being part of a student newspaper in high school or college is a unique extra-curricular activity. It places editors and reporters directly into the adult world of their respective campuses. It combines creativity with objectivity along the narrow, demanding path that is accuracy.

The Burges student newspaper has won Pacemakers before. But members of this staff, in particular, made a wise decision to adjust the paper’s presentation after missing out on the honor in 2011. News coverage was expanded and the newspaper went with a new design. That not only took artistic creativity but it meant reporters had to capture and ride the Burges campus mind-set and put it into words.

There are many fine activities sponsored by the the University Interscholastic League, which oversees extra-curricular activities — music to athletics — in Texas public schools. Most involve after-school hours. They require special, and extra, focus. That means honing the willpower that results in a building block to a successful future and personal discipline.

Most school activities teach teamwork, and that includes parental involvement. Because news on a campus often occurs before or after school

hours, it’s common for parents to drive reporters to an assignment.

But where high-school and college journalism stands out are the face-time opportunities — reporter to newsmaker — all along the chain of influential persons. Reporters meet and interact with important people.

The Burges staff has been on the scene for President Barack Obama’s visits to El Paso. And as Burges journalism teacher Patricia Monroe said, “we didn’t shy away” from the huge and complicated story of administrative corruption in the El Paso Independent School District.

Monroe points out that Stampede staffers have gained the trust of administrators. We see that as major credit points for Monroe, herself. Trust is an important element when covering news events. Trust means better access to newsmakers. Stampede staffers are known for not backing away from controversial topics and have been successful because of that trust.

The National Scholastic Press Association made this year’s Pacemaker announcement. Sponsors are the Newspaper Association of America Foundation and the National Student Press Association.


And Burges High School Stampede staffers, under Monroe, achieved their award by combining creativity with objectivity along that narrow, demanding path that is accuracy.