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by 78209 Magazine | October 1, 2021 | School News

Friday Night Heights

Mini Mules Cheer at Homecoming

Future Mule Cheerleaders, ages 4 to 8th grade participated in the Friday Night Heights event sponsored by the Alamo Heights High School (AHHS) cheerleaders. 

Teaching future and current Mules the essentials for celebrating and cheering on our Mules was key to the event, which allowed attendees a coveted spot on the field next to their instructors during the AHHS Homecoming football game. 

The AHHS extended cheer team. Photography by Brandi Sutherland 

Celebrating Academic Success

Congratulations to the following students from the Class of 2022 who are receiving recognition through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) for their performance on the PSAT/ NMSQT. Approximately 1.6 million high school students enter the program each year.

The 2022 Semifinalist Scholars are: Andrew Holzbach and Gabrielle Walrath.

The 2022 Commended Scholars are: James Byrd, Logan Iruegas, Madelyn Leonard, Richmond Lagueux, Daniel Robelo, Marc Thiltgen, Elizabeth Walsh, Jacob Williams, and Gavin Wiltshire.

The National African American Recognition Program Scholars are: James Byrd, William Hervey, and Gavin Wiltshire.

The National Indigenous Recognition Program Scholars are: Keoni Rose and Gabrielle Walrath.

The 2022 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars are: Sergio Alvarado, Joseph Anguiano, Alexander Bates, Carolina Benavides, James Byrd, Cullum Cantu, Carson DeLeon, Ana Dippel, Paul Eguia, Ava Esquivel, Agustin Esteva, Eric Guzman, Jett Harrison, Sarah Hernandez, Logan Iruegas, Braden Kerby, Claudia Mendible-Diaz, Jamie Mayes, Andrew Perez, Daniel Robelo, Layla Rocha, Amalisa Rodriguez, Rebecca Rodriguez, Zane Romero, Rodrigo Rosas, Keoni Rose, Rocio Salgado Soberanes, Matthew Silva, Emma Thompson, Victoria Torres, Gabrielle Walrath, and Reagan White.

Dedicated to Teaching Kids

There are two teachers at Woodridge Elementary who are celebrating their 50th year of service in education. Together, that’s 100 years of service! Woodridge teachers Debbie Dixon and Carol Walters have dedicated their careers to education and their students.

Alamo Heights ISD is so grateful to them for their service. Congrats to this pair who continue to shine in extraordinary ways and who make a difference in the lives of their students and colleagues! 

Making Their Mark

The Alamo Heights High School Wind Ensemble, under the direction of David Stephenson was selected as the national winner in the Mark of Excellence / National Wind Band Honors Project.

The group was selected out of 236 of the finest musical ensembles from 38 states in the nation. We are so proud of the students and our directors for this wonderful musical achievement.

Players Announced for 2022 San Antonio Spurs All-Star Football Game

115 student athletes representing 61 high schools have been chosen for the San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game, presented by H-E-B which will showcase top local high school players on Saturday, January 8 at the Alamodome. The area’s top senior players will take the field at 5 p.m. for this 44th anniversary game. The game follows the All-American Bowl which kicks off at noon.

Alamo Heights ISD is proud to share that three AHHS Mules have been named to the Gold Team: James Sobey, QB, Boone Hetrick, C, and, Roan Erwin, ILB.
The San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game, presented by H-E-B, will feature players who are committed to play for some of the top universities in the country as well as those looking for an additional chance to impress college scouts with potential scholarships to offer. Sixty-three who were in the 2021 All-Star Game signed to play college football, with 25 going to NCAA DI1 schools, including six committing to University of the Incarnate Word and five to UTSA.

Saint Mary’s Hall Celebrates Beloved Annual Tradition

In October, the community joined Saint Mary’s Hall (SMH) for its annual Fiesta celebration, a fun-filled school carnival inspired by the San Antonio festival of the same name. It marks the first time since the pandemic began that SMH was able to host the event in-person and on campus for the community.

First held in the 1940s, Fiesta was originally a fundraiser, where booths were created and run by students representing a variety of school clubs. Today, Fiesta is a “fun-raiser,” with more than 1,000 students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff enjoying an afternoon of food, fun, and games.

Families experienced numerous activities, including Plinko, face painting, bounce houses, a dunk tank, and spin-a-fish. Food included a Cheesy Jane’s food truck, a donation of 200 chicken sandwiches from Chick-fil-A, and dozens of pizzas from Papa John’s. The El Mercado Sweet Shop also made a triumphant return, with sweets donated by SMH families. Parents donated their time by volunteering to work the event and help make the festival a resounding success.

“Fiesta brought me back to my childhood, a time of being carefree, full of laughter, and memories of happy times with friends. Helping with all of that was worth it to see the smiles, hear the laughter, and watch the special memories being made,” said Flor Richards, SMH parent, and volunteer.

While the event was shortened this year from three hours to two hours, it was jam-packed with excitement and fun and provided an opportunity for the SMH community to celebrate a tradition dating back more than 70 years.

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