January, 9th 2019
Story originally published in the McAllen Monitor. Written by Steve Clark For author and Brownsville native Rudy Ruiz, the border continues to be a rich source of inspiration.
November, 30th 2018
Senior Diana Fierro has been named a Semifinalist for the 2019 class of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program, moving to the next round of the selection process to become a Coca-Cola Scholar and receive a $20,000 college scholarship. A joint effort of Coca-Cola bottlers across the United States and The Coca-Cola Company, the Coca-Cola Scholars Program is one of the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship programs of its kind. With the addition of the 2019 class, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will have provided more than 6,150 Coke Scholars nationwide with over $69 million in scholarships over the course of 31 years. “We believe that identifying these young leaders throughout the country and encouraging their passion for serving others not only empowers the students but also lifts up those around them,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, President-Elect of the Foundation. “The Coca-Cola system is dedicated to giving back to the communities they serve, and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is proud to be a part of that commitment.” In addition to receiving college scholarships, those students selected as Coca-Cola Scholars will be welcomed into a vibrant and growing family of alumni that have become a powerful force for positive change in the world. Through networking, collaborations, and friendships, the group strives to make a greater impact together. Recent events and initiatives include the 2018 Coca-Cola Scholars Leadership Summit, a post-hurricane clean-up in Houston, and the third year of a coaching program that partners seasoned alumni with first-year Scholars as they transition to college. Semifinalists are now asked to complete Phase 2 applications, which include essays, recommendations, and transcripts. An independent selection committee will review the applications and select 250 Regional Finalists by the end of January to participate in online or in-person interviews. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars will be named in March and go to Atlanta in April for a celebratory banquet and Leadership Development Institute facilitated by program alumni.
April, 28th 2018
After many weeks of preparation, the juniors of SJA, along with their social justice teacher, Mr. Steven Najera, hosted a presentation in the UD library for World Day of Social Justice. This event was held on Feb. 20, 2018, to promote the seven Catholic social teachings. This is the first year that the social justice class gave presentations on the Catholic social teachings. Najera said, “What social justice means to me is putting your faith in what we have been learning from class and helping your fellow man.”
April, 24th 2018
The District 5930 Brownsville Rotary Club held the annual 4-Way speech contest on April 4. The purpose of this event was to create a speech that pertains to the participant’s life. It had to include whether it was beneficial to all, fair, just, and will it bring goodwill to others. It was held at Lola’s Bistro. Students from Brownsville Independent School District (BISD), South Texas Independent School District,(STISD) and Saint Joseph Academy (SJA) participated in the contest.
April, 18th 2018
As part of Saint Joseph Academy’s (SJA) expanding course selection, Principal Melissa Valadez contacted teacher David Bonnet in the interest of offering a grade 7 engineering class. For the upcoming school year, this one-semester course will cover key aspects of engineering and computer science.
March, 5th 2018
The Bloodhounds Athletic Department has received major upgrades in the past three years thanks to the Saint Joseph Academy (SJA) Booster club. It has received a new scoreboard, field goals, and locker room, and this year the weight room has been remodeled. The remodeling of the weight room was funded by the SJA Booster Club, and cost $12,500. The weight room consists of new equipment including bench press, dumbbells, free weights, box jumps, medicine balls and kettlebells. Athletic Director Tino Villarreal said, “We wanted to maximize the workouts for all sports, we saw that space was not being used well, and the gear was out of date.”