9th Annual Braden Aboud Race

9th Annual Braden Aboud Race

Your Da Vinci student council participated at 9th Annual Braden Aboud Memorial Run/Walk Sunday May 17th.  This annual race serves as a memorial for Braden Aboud who passed away at the young age of 14 in a Ruidoso skiing accident. The race began at 8:00 a.m. with over 10,000 participants at Zach White Elementary School with students and faculty choosing to either participate in the 5K Run or 5K Walk (3. 1 miles). This is a wonderful foundation that has proudly raised and distributed more than $800,000 to this region since its inception in 2007.  The annual run/walk is now one of the largest youth centered 5K’s in the nation.  As a result of its success, the El Paso community benefits yearly from the B Warm Blanket Drive (since 2007 over 10,000 blankets have been returned to the El Paso community to keep those most in need warm) , The B Strong Shoe Giveaway (has put thousands of new tennis shoes on the feet of El Paso children), the City of El Paso After School Project and school scholarships.  Our first ever B Da Vinci student council  team participated proudly and was ultimately recognized as one of the largest teams with a total of 80 participants.  Student council members, parents, and sponsors enjoyed each other’s company and food, music, and games after the race.  A special congratulations goes out to Mr. Villagrana who came in 10th place.  The race was only 3 miles but a lifetime worth of smiles, laughs, and memories.

Sincerely and still sore,

Luis R. Jacquez

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Congratulations High School Soccer

Congratulations High School Soccer

“In only their second year in the league, on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, the Da Vinci Dragons High School Boys Soccer Team won their first Championship Trophy in the Father Yermo Indoor Soccer League! In addition to the Championship Trophy, the team earned an additional trophy for going UNDEFEATED in the season!  Congratulations to Coach Lopez and all of the Da Vinci Dragons High School Boys Indoor Soccer Team for all of your hard work, dedication, and success!”

HS Soccer Team

HS Team Celebrating

Submitted by Mr. Castro, Da Vinci Teacher

Congratulations Middle School Soccer

Congratulations Middle School Soccer

“A HUGE congratulations goes out to our Middle School Indoor Soccer team!  On Monday, May 4, 2015, in only their 2nd season in the Father Yermo Indoor Soccer League, our Da Vinci Dragons Middle School team DOMINATED their opponent by a score of 10-2 to secure the 3rd Place trophy!  Our Da Vinci team, led by Coach Luis Lopez, features the LEAGUE MVP who earned the trophy for the player with the most goals in the league! This outstanding middle school student athlete is 8th grader, Derek Perez!  Derek scored the most goals (17) of any player throughout the league!  Congratulations Coach Lopez, Derek and all of the Da Vinci team for a fantastic season!”

MS Soccer Team

MVP Derek PerezMVP with Coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Mr. Castro, Da Vinci Teacher

Da Vinci Student Council Proclamation

Da Vinci Student Council Proclamation

Whereas: Today’s youth are often perceived as apathetic or indifferent about compelling issues that call for immediate attention. Generation Z, as this current cohort of youth have often been termed, is thought of as being lethargic or indifferent about critical and exigent subject matters including but not limited to poverty, hunger, and homelessness. This lack of sympathy and empathy has permitted a plethora of scholars to label and associate a high percentage of today’s youth to a consensual lack of awareness and concern for worldly concerns.

Whereas: Today’s youth is a reflection of the leadership and environment which they have been exposed to. We as adults need to accept that we do not often provide enough opportunities for our youth to demonstrate and prove principled qualities and not doing so allows us to presume only pessimistic and cynical traits. Children have not demonstrated their prowess and talents because they at times have not been given the option or chance to do so. This generation has the power and ability to create amazing things and accomplish great feats but the untapped potential may never come to fruition due to the lack of belief and conviction.

Proclamation Presentation

Whereas: Our responsibility as adults and community leaders is to plant the seed of service and philanthropy in our youth at an early age and through guidance, various projects and endeavors nurture and protect the growth. Ultimately, with time and patience, we shall witness it blossom into a lifestyle of charity, tolerance, and coexistence. Our community must indubitably trust, unquestionably believe in, and full heartedly motivate this upcoming generation of future leaders to become the change they want to see in this world. They must be taught to understand that the responsibility of changing the world falls on their shoulders and by saying so should be provided the resources to shoulder the burden. As young progressive leaders they will willingly accept the responsibility and duty to become the pillars of the community the world desperately needs them to be.

Whereas: The Da Vinci School for Science & Arts Student Council has developed a program that allows today’s youth to become aware of the needs from the various populations within our community. Leadership opportunities are often available and an extensive training is in place that includes communication and organization instruction. The DV student council currently works diligently with a plethora of community service organizations around the city including but not limited to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, La Posada, Ronald McDonald House, Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home, Regency Retirement Home, Child Crisis Center, Candlelighters and the Miracle League. Our school, even though it falls under 1A recognition due to our modest school population, is able to compete with 6A schools around the state in terms of community service hours and fundraising. This intensive program, through guidance and direction, allows our youth to express themselves as individuals through community service and a humanitarian outlook.

Whereas: A spark of social change has been lit and maintained through the relentless efforts of a particular cohort of young progressive leaders. Through joint efforts and more importantly unconditional belief this modest spark will one day indubitably create and lead to a formidable fervor of humanitarianism around the world. This fire in the form of a crusade will spread and will influence other youth to empower themselves. Our efforts will be the epitome of what can and will transpire under proper supervision and guidance. Others will use this program as a model to be implemented within their own youth groups. This is only the commencement of a youth movement, the spark has been lit, and that catalyst will have started at the Da Vinci School for Science & Arts student council for all others to model and follow.

Now, therefore, be it proclaimed by the Mayor and the Council of the City of El Paso that April 21st, 2015 shall be recognized as: A day history will remember, the day today’s youth generation took ownership and responsibility for changing the world and working for a better tomorrow.

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Generation Z will be known and recognized as Generation Earth