Judson ISD

Board Recognitions 4-18-19

Pledge leader: Abigail Balderas was a trooper and was a last minute addition to our meeting and stepped up to lead our pledges of allegiance to the U.S. and Texas flags.  She did a great job.  She is the daughter of Park Village Elementary School Principal Sharon Balderas.  


Our first board recognition comes from Judson Early College Academy. Being a National Merit Finalist is a great honor and many school districts around the state and country go years without seeing one in their classrooms. Being a finalist is a fraction of the 1.6 million who start the process. Congratulations to National Merit Finalist, JECA student Noah Zuckerman. Noah enjoys languages and the sciences, and his family. At last count, Noah was considering North Texas as his college of choice. National Merit Scholars will be determined in May.


Our next recognition comes from Judson High School. Many times high school wrestling doesn't get the attention some of the other sports attract, but it indeed is a test of quickness, stamina, and strategy. Two Judson Rockets qualified for the state wrestling tournament where they did very well.  Please congratulate Luis Rodriguez and Isaiah Dugar. Isaiah finished being ranked 16 in the state while Luis ended up ranked 10.  Their coach is Paul Guenther.


The next recognition comes from Judson High School. Our JISD counselors do an incredible job every day. From advising students on academic pathways and graduation plans to the everyday issues of family and school. One of our long time counselors at Judson High School was recently recognized for her contributions to the school counseling profession. She was selected as a Texas semi-finalist for counselor of the year, please congratulate Ms. Joanne Cruz.


Taking the challenging AP exam is a test that many students are encouraged to take because it’s a great way to attract colleges and universities to them. Last May, a Judson HS student achieved something that few accomplish. This student was one of 193 out of more than 65,000 to make a perfect score on an AP exam…in his case the AP Computer Science exam. Please congratulate Judson High School student Cameron White. This is the first time for any Judson ISD student.


Our next recognition is from Wagner High School. The Thunderbird Boys Basketball team went on quite a roll this past year coming within one win of a State UIL 5A Basketball Championship. This was the team's second trip to the State finals game in three years. They ended the season with a record of 34-6. Players are Eddie Fernandez, Jalen Jackson, Isaiah Kennedy, Jasean Jackson, Brian Bigley, L.J. Butler, Kaijon Thornton, Earl Levons, Journee Phillips, Donnie Harris, Karan Glasco, Eric McKethan Jr., Joerell Brown, Joshua Cobbs, Isaiah Leday, and Demarcus Hendricks.  

Two players made the Express-News Super Team, the All-State Tournament Team, UIL All-State Team, and the TABC All-Region Team…Journee Phillips and Jalen Jackson. Jalen was selected as the Express-News Player of the Year.  

Coaches include Brent Hildabrand, Kimothy Jones and the Express-News Coach of the Year Rodney Clark. Congratulations to all! 


Experience usually helps when you get into competitions...but not always. This group of students in the Judson High School Health Science/Radiology Program went to the regional SkillsUSA competition for the first time ever and seven qualified for the state level.   
That team is made up of Jaylen DeRohn, Marrisa Avila, Richard Lewis, Jonathan Ramirez, Rosa Rojas, Roland Willborn, Marissa Rodriguez. Congratulations to them and their teacher Denise Aguilar.


Our next recognition is a partnership between Judson ISD and the national organization, Communities in Schools. This organization helps empower at-risk students to stay in school and on a path for success. Communities in Schools San Antonio has been awarded a competitive grant worth $541,153. The grant came from AbbVie, a research-based global biopharmaceutical company. Recipients were selected from across the country and Judson ISD was among those chosen. Within JISD, this partnership with C.I.S. will expand into six schools over a 3-year period to support student achievement progress. We thank Communities In Schools for their partnership and look forward to seeing some wonderful progress in the future. Communities in Schools CEO is Jessica Weaver.


The next recognition comes from the Judson ISD Communications Department. The Texas School Public Relations Association gathers annually in an effort to provide training for communication professionals to improve how they tell the Texas public education story. At that conference in February, the JISD Communications Department was awarded a number of top awards for such district projects as photos, videos, publications, flyers, and logo generation. JISD was awarded 9 Gold Star Awards, 11 Silver Star Awards, 1 Bronze Star Award…and also picked up a Best In Category Award…that’s the overall category winner in video news and information production in the state of Texas for schools with 10,000-30,000 students. The department is comprised of Multimedia specialist David Rhoads, Business Partnerships and Social Media Coordinator, and JEF Director Lexie Greathouse, and Director Steve Linscomb.






Jennifer Lozano-Dozier

Way to go Luis!! So proud of your accomplishments.

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