Middle School UIL

The Middle School Division I UIL Academic Competition was held at Brown Middle School on Saturday, February 14.
The students participated in individual competitions as well as group competitions such as:

Spelling Impromptu Speaking

Math Prose
Calculator Poetry
Number Sense Spanish Prepared Speech (Native)
Social Studies Spanish Prepared Speech (Non-Native)
Journalism Modern Oratory
Science Spanish Poetry (Non-Native)
Ready Writing Spanish Poetry (Native)
Duet Acting Spanish Drama
Readers’ Theater

School Winners:
Champion- Hornedo Middle School
1st Runner-Up- Wiggs Middle School
2nd Runner-Up- Morehead Middle School

Division II Middle Schools will compete February 21.


High School Academic Decathlon

The Regional Academic Decathlon was held January 30th and 31st with Coronado High School and El Paso High School moving on to state.

Coronado won 51 individual medals with a team score of 41,604, earning first place in the large school category.

El Paso High School earned 42 individual medals and had a final team score of 36,323, finishing first in the medium school division.

Both schools will go to the state competition held February 27-March 1st in San Antonio.

Academic Decathlon is a competition that test kids in 10 areas (Art, Econ, Essay, Interview, Lang Lit, Math, Music, Science, Speech and Social Science). Students are divided into three groups (Honors, Scholastic, and Varsity) based on their GPA.

UIL Practice Earns CHS Awards

On December 4th and 5th, a group of newspaper students from Coronado High School competed in the Central Texas TAJE/ILPC Invitational Meet. This was a practice UIL meet where kids entered stories via email. They competed with 8 other schools in their catagory and received the following awards:

In Editorial:

Ky Marlin – 9th place
Natalie Huseby – 10th place

In News:

Garrett Cunningham – 6th place
Michele Nadler – 8th place
Katrianna Urrea – 10th place

In Headline:

Garrett Cunningham – 3rd place
Josh Hirsch – 8th place

The District UIL meet will be held in March for High School.

Coronado High students gain recognition at journalism convention

14 Coronado students and 2 advisors traveled to Washington D.C. for the JEA National Convention.

Students were able to attend many sessions and visit many of the museums in the nation’s capital.

The Convention is a place for students to learn more about journalism while talking to professionals and peers in their chosen media.

The Convention also holds a write off contest where students can compete for national awards.

Seven students placed in their individual competitions. These students are members of yearbook, broadcast, or newspaper.

Here are the winners:

Josh Hirsch – Honorable Mention in Editorial Writing
Isabel Munoz – Excellent in Yearbook Copy/Caption: Academics
Samantha Diwa – Honorable Mention in Yearbook Copy/Caption: Clubs
Maximilian Bradley & Krystal Gonzalez – Excellent in Social Media Reporting
Michele Nadler – Honorable Mention in On-Air Reporting
Austin Rook – Honorable Mention in Video Editing

The Spring Convention is set to take place in Denver, April 16-19.

To read the full district story, click here.

Middle School UIL Results

Middle School 2014 Speech Festival
  Division II
Champion MacArthur Intermediate School
1st Runner-Up Charles Middle School and Canyon Hills Middle School
2nd Runner-Up Henderson Middle School

                 Division I
Champion Hornedo Middle School
1st Runner-Up Morehead Middle School
2nd Runner-Up Brown Middle School and Wiggs Middle School

Approximately 850 middle school students participated on March 1, 2014 MS Speech Festival.

Middle School UIL 2014
              Division II

Champion MacArthur Middle School
1st Runner-Up Charles Middle School
2nd Runner-Up Canyon Hills Middle School

Division I
Champion Wiggs Middle School
1st Runner-Up Hornedo Middle School
2n Runner -Up Brown Middle School

Approximately 816 middle school students participated on April 5 and 12, 2014 MS UIL Competitions.

Coronado Sweeps Academic Competitions

Coronado High School won the 2013-2014 KCOS High Q Championship this week.

This completes a sweep for the Tbirds, who also won the UIL Academic Competition in April and the Academic Decathlon in January.

This is the second year in a row that Coronado won the KCOS tournament. They will be traveling to nationals in the summer.

El Paso High took 3rd place in the tournament. KCOS is planning a 31st year of High Q for 2014-2015.

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