Harlingen High School South I Hawk NEWS
Marshall Irby and Ethan Perez put their problem solving skills to the test earlier this month at the National Future Business Leaders of America conference in San Antonio.The two recent graduates from Harlingen High School South were rewarded with a second place trophy in the Management Informational Systems competition.
The high school senior chosen for the first Texas State Technical College Harlingen (TSTC) President’s Scholarship is Hana Nichole Mitchell of Harlingen High School South.She was among 438 seniors from the Harlingen High School South to receive diplomas at Boggus Stadium on May 26. TSTC President Dr. Cesar Maldonado, who serves as president of the HCISD Board of Trustees, delivered the congratulatory address for the commencement ceremony. He shook hands with her on stage as he presented her with the diploma.
The Harlingen High School South Air Force JROTC earned the Distinguished Unit with Merit honors this past school year for the sixth consecutive year.The designation from the United States Air Forces placed HHSS as one of the top 15 percent performing programs in the world. In working to complete its annual goals in order to receive the distinction, the cadets visited Golden Palms retirement home on Memorial Day to conduct a patriotic presentation that highlighted the branches of the armed forces.
Bianca Quintanilla is a gopher, a grammar fiend and a former state champion. The junior at Harlingen High School South won first place in 2011 at the University Interscholastic League (UIL) state academic meet in spelling. This past spring, she placed fifth, earning another medal, but falling short of her expectations.
The Harlingen High School South University Interscholastic League (UIL) academic competition team won five medals earlier this week in Austin.Bianca Quintanilla and Jessica Young won fifth place in their events, and Christian Young, Kevin Pallapati and Erik Rodriguez all placed sixth in their events during the state UIL competition.
Christine Nott and Stephanie Lugo like to read and write because it provides the juniors from Harlingen High School South with a creative outlet, they said.Nott and Lugo were state finalists this year for the national Letters About Literature contest, earning $50 gift cards to Target. The contest asked high school students to find and read books that inspired or personally helped them, the girls said. Then, they wrote letters to their book's author explaining the book's impact.
Behind her dark rimmed glasses and her glimmering smile, Cassandra Treviño oozes ambition and passion. The senior from Harlingen High School South wants to work on music videos some day, she said. She wants to be a video editor, though she has a reputation for being the total package working as a coop with the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District's Communication Department.
Jann Soto arms himself for competitions with a big plastic tub filled with news articles and information. The sophomore at Harlingen High School South competes in speech and debate events for the school, he said. Earlier this month, he competed on the national stage at the Northwestern University Tournament of Champions.
The Harlingen High School South baseball playoff game against Sharyland High School has been moved to Scorpions Stadium at the University of Texas at Brownsville, 7 pm.Games 2 and 3 will be played Saturday at SHS as scheduled. If there is more rain, a decision will be made tomorrow morning regarding those games. Good luck to our outstanding student athletes!
Merridee Lefner hopes to one day write a new future for patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The senior at Harlingen High School South wants to be a neurologist, she said. Her inspiration to study the brain comes from her grandmother, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, a form of dementia that gradually gets worse over time, affecting the patient's memory, thinking and behavior.
A tradition continued with the Harlingen High School South’s volleyball program. Senior Sydney Herrera signed her letter of intent to play college volleyball at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio Wednesday afternoon in the HHSS gymnasium.
From a boy playing little league to a young man ready for graduation, Harlingen High School South senior Zachary Flores announced the next step in his baseball and academic career Wednesday afternoon. Flores signed his letter of intent to play baseball at William Jewell College, a Division II program in Liberty, Mo., next fall.
Savannah Callier likes to get her hands dirty down on the farm, raising and showing animals for livestock shows. But when opportunity knocks, the Harlingen High School South student proved that she can be just as successful classy and country. Callier, a junior at HHSS, was recently awarded 2013 Cover Girl for the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show.
Dillon Eizember dreamed of playing college athletics, but he didn’t know what sport would get him there, he said. So, when he was a student in the Rio Hondo Independent School District, he played everything, he said. Because of smaller schools, he was able to get a taste of a variety of sports, including the sport that would get him a college scholarship, tennis.
Harlingen High School South defeated Edinburg North with a score of 43-48. Anjel Gonzalez nailed a huge three-pointer with 18 seconds left in the third to tie the game at 27.Gonzalez proceeded to hit another jumper to open the fourth period then another three to put South up 31-27 with 4:59 left in the game
HCISD would like to congratulate Harlingen High School South's Future Business Leaders of America club for their outstanding achievements at their area competition. Twenty-six students qualified for the next upcoming competition for state which will be held in Houston.
The Harlingen High School South students, parents and staff have rallied behind the school’s National Honor Society to sponsor 17 families this holiday season for donations of toys and supplies. The band, student council, choir and other student organizations have joined the cause, each group sponsoring a different family or families. Parents, community members and local businesses have risen to the challenge, donating money, nonperishable food, gift cards and toys.
Two swimmers from Harlingen High School South have made quite a splash so far in the Hawk swimming season, both breaking school records. Senior Andy Crockett broke a three-year-old school record in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing an October 29 race in Brownsville in 22.08 seconds. Freshman Christine Gozdalski broke a nine-year-old school record in the same meet in the 100-yard backstroke, swimming the race in 1:09:37, two seconds faster than the previous mark.
Harlingen High School South senior Thomas Gonzales earned a spot on the all state jazz band after finishing in the third chair for tenor trombonist in the recent audition. Gonzales will perform with the best student musicians in Texas at the Texas Music Educators Agency conference. Read more about this stellar student musician in this post.
South math and CATE teacher Brenda Amitrani has introduced technology into her classroom that allows her to stay connected when students are at home. Students can now follow her on Twitter, get lesson plans, and ask questions on assignments, which helps enhance learning.
Interviews with Harlingen High School South Varsity Cheerleaders.
The Hawks took the lead early and never looked back, defeating Edinburg Economedes in their first win of the the season Friday night, 44-7. South, improving to 1-2, 1-0 in the victory, was led by quarterback Sean Montemayor, who exploded for 243 passing yards and three touchdowns. Click here to view photos and a video highlight from the game.
Harlingen High School South graduate Danielle Doty, the winner of the 2011 Miss Teen USA pageant, visited with Harlingen city officials, business leaders and school district officials earlier this month. KHGN was on the scene taking pictures and interviewing the Top 10 student from the Hawk class of 2011.
Two months after graduating in the top 10 at Harlingen High School South, Danielle Doty won the 2011 Miss Teen USA pageant this past Saturday at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas.The winner of Miss Teen Texas earlier this year, Doty competed against girls from each of the 50 states.
Less than 24 hours after stepping off the graduation stage, three Harlingen High School South graduates joined two underclassmen and won gold at the Texas University Interscholastic League music competition.Recent graduates Samantha Mendoza, Dulce Salazar and Gabriel Gonzalez joined rising seniors Meagan Soto and Amber Zavala to finish in first place at the UIL string quintet ensemble competition.
Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District celebrated the achievements of Early College High School, Harlingen High School and Harlingen High School South Friday and Saturday nights. Graduation weekend commenced Friday night at Harlingen Municipal Auditorium for ECHS, where the school's first graduating class took the stage.
Life as a senior at Harlingen High School South yielded an important lesson for Zariah Noyola. It’s not always easy.The Hawk student athlete battled with a back injury, which inflicted pain when she was sitting down. Imagine what it must have been like running hurdles.
Courtney Krupala discovered her life’s ambition as a six-year-old, sketching her dream house.The Harlingen High School South junior wants to study architecture after graduation because it’s a profession that allows her to combine her diverse skill set that includes quantities and qualitative attributes.
If she could do it all over again, Monica Peña would take the hit that put her future in jeopardy.Peña, a Cadet Major with the Harlingen High School South Air Force JROTC, saved an 11-year-old girl from being hit by a car this past February, she said. In the process, she was hit by the car, causing serious damage to her shoulder.“I saw the car coming and the girl was in the middle of the road,” said Peña, a senior at South. “It was just instinct to push her out of the way.”For risking her own safety to save the girl from serious injury, Peña received the AFJROT Gold Medal for Valor in April, presented to her by a former commander of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, Major General John Jay Closner.
Most 8-year-old girls may be satisfied with simply playing with their toys, but not Harlingen High School South senior Lauren Bothwell.When Bothwell was 8, she started a program that would provide about 2,000 toys annually for patients at Valley Baptist Hospital. The program, which is run through the Valley Baptist Foundation, is called Lauren’s Toy Box.“When I get to hand deliver the toys and see a little girl’s face light up when she gets a Barbie doll, that’s what makes it worthwhile,” Bothwell said.
Writen by Jose LealThe Harlingen South senior will make a return trip to the state tennis tournament with his second place finish at the 2011 Region IV Tennis Tournament held at the McFarlin Tennis Center.As was the case in 2010, Stillman made a run to the final but had to play an extra match to punch his state-bound ticket. After falling 7-6, 6-0 to New Braunfels Tanner Brown, Stillman had no trouble handling Corpus Christi’s Dennis Garcia in the true second match. Stillman out lasted Garcia 6-2; 6-2.
The Harlingen High School South gymnasium needed a big shoe rack Tuesday morning as 157 seniors removed their shoes for an international event called "One Day Without Shoes."One Day Without Shoes is organized by shoe company TOMS. The company challenges people from across the world to spend one day without shoes in order to better understand what life is like for citizens of third world countries living without footwear.
Abigail Adams does not have a dream job just yet, but she is working towards finding one.Adams’s parents always placed a value on education, she said. Both of her parents are professionals with college degrees, so she got the message early on that education matters.“I remember sitting in my mom’s office at (Texas State Technical College) when I was younger,” Adams said. “I sat at her desk and pretended to be her.”
Taylor Cavazos fell asleep during the car ride to visit her friend’s family when she woke up in Paris, France. “It was a surprise,” said Cavazos, a senior at Harlingen High School South of her European excursion this past summer. “Celine’s family told me we were visiting their family, but they didn’t tell me where we were going. Then I woke up in Paris.”
Tony Hill played starting quarterback at the high school that has produced more professional football players than any other in the country. He went on to Stanford to play college football and earn his college degree in political science, with a minor in economics at 20 years old.
As part of Harlingen Consolidated Independent School Districts continuing effort to provide a quality education to every child in the Harlingen-Combes-Primera community, Superintendent Dr. Steve Flores met with the freshmen at both Harlingen High School and Harlingen High School South earlier this week.
Hundreds of Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District juniors and seniors crowded into the Texas State Technical College Cultural Arts Center Thursday night for the district's fall college fair.