The folks with the JISD Transportation Department called the "Yellow Brigade" organize a toy drive each year to help out families during the holiday season. This is the 3rd year for them to do it and they want to say thank you to all that helped them this year as they assisted a family from Converse Elementary School. Merry Christmas
At Judson Early College Academy the philosophy is "It is not IF we will attend a university, it is WHICH university we will attend." JECA is definitely focused on higher education and the recent College Bound Celebration event at the school certainly underlines that idea. 63 students were called out and recognized this semester for securing scholarships and college or university acceptance letters. That's almost 60 percent of the seniors who have already nailed down a spot at an institute of higher learning and we're only half way through the year. Many of these students have scholarships to go along with their acceptance letters. In fact, this class so far has $6.3 million dollars in scholarships tucked away waiting to be used.
Both JISD Superintendent Dr. Willis Mackey and Northeast Lakeview College President Dr. Craig Follins were on hand to offer their congratulations to the students. Judson ISD and NLC have a working relationship that allows high school students to earn dual credit through classes at the adjacent college campus. Congratulations to these students as the mission of JECA continues to live on and hopefully will grow through the years
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The music of the Christmas season is one of the most important reasons this can be such a magical and uplifting time of the year for so many people. It just wouldn't be the same without Christmas carols and jingle bells. The Judson High School Choir performed its concert recently and gave the audience a wonderful ear full. They did a little something new this year by adding a harp, an oboe and even a percussionist in several of the selections. The event also included a silent auction so the audience could show their support in an additional way. Many thanks to the Choir Director Mrs. Sherrill and all the students who prepared and performed so well.
It's been well documented on the district website that the Thunder Rockets are a well coached and talented team. That was confirmed as the Special Olympics flag football team tested themselves in the state tournament at Baylor University in Waco and they came out not only winners, but UNDEFEATED!! On their way to their 4-0 tournament streak, the defense allowed only an average of 9.5 points per game forcing 10 interceptions and 5 safeties. Meanwhile, the Thunder Rocket offense averaged 24 points a game. These athletes were far and away the class of the state tournament never trailing in any of their games and earning their first Gold Medal and State Championship in their division. Congratulations everyone to a great season.
The Team: Kenneth Aguilera, Elijah Alvarado, Raul De La Cruz, Nathan Derouen, Freddie De Luna, Ke’Anthony Gooden, Darius Hunt, Earl Riley, Steven Rodriguez, Jordan Rowan, Luis Solis, Aaron Strickland, Sammy Ybarra. COACHES: Head of Delegation: Edward Waring, Head Coach: Johnny Gonzales, Assistant Coaches: Edward Burkely, Mike Barkster, Corey Hunter. Team Dad: Steven Rodriguez Team Mom: Marshelle Barkster
The Christmas season is always filled with great examples of giving to others. At Park Village Elementary School 10 students received a special donation through the school's Angel Gift Tree from Advance America. In addition, the company also held a food and clothing drive for several families. Thank you for your generosity.