Da Vinci Student Council Makes a Unified Stand Against Child Abuse
Students from the Da Vinci Student Council participated and volunteered at the 4th Annual Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Walk Sunday, April 24th at Yucca Park’s Victim Memorial Garden. The walk started five years ago to remember and honor the memory of baby Joanna Castillo who passed away due to child abuse. Students volunteered at the event by interacting and entertaining other children present at the event, passing out important information regarding abuse awareness, and hosting a cookout for all those who attended the event. Members heard compelling stories from guest speakers and abuse survivors, listened to a beautiful rendition of Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven by professional singer Tremaine Hawkins, and enjoyed performances by the Da Vinci dance teams. Most importantly, Da Vinci students made a unified stand against child abuse. They took part in a protest walk around the park while chanting, “No excuse for child abuse.” The event organizer and baby Joanna’s aunt, Estrellita Gomez, was very impressed with the student council members’ maturity, character, and integrity. Dave Nabours, Director of the Child Crisis Center, also commented on Da Vinci students’ dedication and commitment to the community. Da Vinci students demonstrated the school’s core values at the event and learned they can make a huge difference in their community. Please see the news link for more information.
News Link: http://www.kvia.com/news/walk-raises-awareness-over-child-abuse/39192966
Submitted by: Luis Jacquez
The Da Vinci Student Council attends the 80th Annual Texas Association of Student Councils Conference
Students from the Da Vinci Student Council attended the 80th Annual Texas Association of Student Councils Conference this past week in Arlington, TX. During the conference students from Da Vinci were able to share community service and philanthropy ideas with schools from across the state. One of the table talks the students participated in focused on how to be an impactful small school student council. The student council is eager to implement some of the ideas acquired during this talk into our community projects. During the conference the student council was able to secure a scholarship to another conference this summer. The Da Vinci Student Council also helped select state leaders for the next year. This conference was a valuable tool that the Da Vinci Student Council will use to make this next year even better than the last.
Submitted by: Sarah Walters
Congradulations UIL Teams!
On Saturday April 2nd, 2016 the Da Vinci mathematics and spelling and vocabulary UIL teams travelled to Fort Hancock, TX to compete in a district UIL contest. Both teams received 1st place as a team, and will advance to the regional competition in Odessa, TX on Saturday April 23rd, 2016. Freshman Antonio Caballero received medals for first place in mathematics and third place in spelling and vocabulary. Sophomore Sebastian Perez-Delgado received a second place medal in mathematics. Senior Sebastian Martinez received a first place medal in spelling and vocabulary. These three students will be representing Da Vinci in the individual competition. Senior Omar Aroche received a fourth place medal and will serve as an alternate in the regional individual competition. All of these students have worked very hard since the beginning of the school year. They have represented Da Vinci well, and hope to advance all the way to the state competition!
Submitted by: Raul Villagrana and Sarah Walters