Judson ISD

Board Recognitions 5-18-17

Julio Williams is an outstanding 5th grade student from Paschall Elementary School.  Julio is a member of the school’s Gifted and Talented program and has been recently accepted into the JSTEM Academy. Something he is very excited about.  

The art departments of both schools sent some very talented students to the recent State VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event) competition hosted at Madison High School. 
Judson senior Jared Jackson earned a superior rating and a medal for his color pencil portrait. 
Wagner had a trio of students that did very well.   Marvin Valenzuela and Joseph Casas  got first place medals and recognition as well.  Alexander Sanchez also received a first place medal, but was not able to attend. 

The First Lego League Animal Crackers team from the JSTEM Robotics program recently competed at the F.L.L. World Festival in Houston. It put them side by side with teams from all over the U.S. and the world.  A total of 109 teams competed and JSTEM's Animal Crackers team finished in the top third at 36th place...36 out of 109 is a huge achievement considering the level of competition.  
Team members are Talena Cheney-Lopez, Katelyn Duran, Caroline Evans, Andrea Fabian Navarro, Maria Juarez, Brad Maulden, Ethan Neff, Lucas Neff, and Giovanni Rodriguez. 
Team coach was Mr. Joseph Jacobson, JSTEM Director Mrs. Dawn Worley.

The National Spanish Examination is a program to recognize student achievement in the study of Spanish to stimulate further interest in the teaching and learning of the language. Earlier in the spring, 41 students from Wagner High School took the level 4 or 5 exam and 16 earned a national award of Silver, Bronze or Honorable Mention. 
Silver medalists:  Gabriela Castilla and Rebecca Rivas.
Bronze medalists: Jose Gonzalez, Arath Lopez and Mario Alberto Trevino
Honorable Mention:  Zendy Casas, Natalee Gonzalez, Dulce Gutierrez, Jocelyn Moreno, Claudio Ruiz, Ismael Salazar, Arlet Vielma, Jennifer Garza, Stacey Parra, Brenda Reza and Elizabeth Sanchez.  Their instructor is Maria Elena Ochoa. 

One of the school’s science teachers was recently recognized for her excellence in teaching her area of expertise.  The Texas Medical Association’s Ernest and Sarah Butler Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching was awarded to Mrs. Therese Ermer.  She was honored in Austin by the Legislature for her accomplishment and earned a cash award for herself and for the school to purchase new science equipment.

Mr. Arnoldo Salinas was recognized by Superintendent Dr. Carl Montoya for his many years of service to the district...particularly as a board member.

Coach Candy Tanner has served Judson ISD for many years and has been the District Girls Athletic Director helping guide a very great program that has seen many successes. Dr. Carl Montoya recognized her with a plaque. Coach Tanner is retiring at the end of the 2016-17 school year. 

RBFCU Financial Literacy Program presented scholarships to students Bianca Rutter, Matthew Hill and Erik Ramos. In addition, a grant was awarded to teacher Diana Salazar

Foreign Exchange Student Program was recognized for its success at Judson High School and Wagner High School.  Ms. Gatter showed her appreciation to Principals Jesse Hernandez and Mary Duhart Toppen on behalf of the program. 

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