State Speech Meet Set to Kick Off at FHS

Franklin High School is hosting the Texas Forensic Association (TFA) Speech and Debate Championship state meet on March 5th-7th.

Region 5, which spans from El Paso to Midland, host this meet every 5 years, but this is the first time EPISD has hosted.

This is the largest meet in the nation, with over 200 high schools participating. The meet will have 1,400 students and over 500 coaches from public (1A-6A), private, and parochial schools.

Parents and spectators are welcome to attend the meet.
Click here for a schedule of events.

Destination ImagiNation Teams Move on to State

Over 130 local teams throughout the city were “hitting” creativity out of the park at the SaYes Regional Destination ImagiNation Tournament on Saturday, February 28th at Americas High School. El Paso ISD was well represented with teams from Brown Middle School, Burges High School, Cielo Vista Elementary, Cooley Elementary,
Coldwell Elementary, Park Elementary, Rusk Elementary, and Zavala Elementary. Congratulations to all our EPISD Teams for a job well done.

Park Elementary received 3rd place in the Making Waves Challenge, and Cielo Vista Team A received 2nd place in the Feary Tales Challenge.  Advancing to state competition in Dallas are Team B from Cielo Vista in the Improv Challenge and Burges High School in the Project Outreach Challenge.

In addition, Burges Senior Christina Marquez received the SaYes Regional Scholarship to the school of her choice. Great Job Christina!!

If you would like your school to participate in Destination ImagiNation next year, please contact the District.

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