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Sharyland grad running for congressional seat

20180615 EricHolguinAs a graduate of Sharyland High School’s class of 2005, Eric A. Holguin said his experience living in the Rio Grande Valley shaped many of his views on several issues.

“I always say, the Valley has blown up within the last 10 years and San Antonio continues to grow, but Corpus Christi and the region around it, continues to get stuck,” the Corpus Christi native said. “How can we do what the Valley does to grow? The Valley has become such an economic force in South Texas that the coastal bend is getting looked over in terms of economic opportunity.”

Holguin is the Democratic candidate in the special election for Texas’ 27th Congressional District seat-a district that includes the counties of Aransas, Calhoun, Jackson, Lavaca, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, Victoria, and Wharton and some parts of Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales, and San Patricio. The seat was vacated when Former Rep. Blake Farenthold stepped down last April amidst sexual misconduct allegations against him.

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Sharyland Pioneer High School graduates first four-year class

20180603 Pioneer Graduation2018With a combined total of nearly $2 million in scholarships and grants and their diplomas, the Sharyland Pioneer High School class of 2018 took their first steps as Pioneer graduates Sunday.

These graduates, 369 in total, attended their own commencement ceremony held at the State Farm Arena where they celebrated their last days as students at Sharyland Pioneer High School.

These students were also the first class who have attended the school since it first opened four years ago.

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Local sponsors to help pay for new scoreboard at Sharyland High School stadium

20180606 SharylandScoreboardFor the next three years, the Sharyland Independent School District will receive $120,000 per year from 12 local businesses to help the district pay for the new, $800,000 scoreboard at Sharyland High School’s Richard Thompson Stadium.

 

This was announced during the Tuesday, May 29 Sharyland board of trustees meeting when the board unanimously approved the purchase of a new scoreboard for the Richard Thompson Stadium, replacing the one that has been in place for over 13 years at Sharyland High School.

 

“They don’t make parts for it anymore,” former district Superintendent Robert O’Connor said at the meeting. “There’s no option besides going out for another scoreboard and the board made the right choice in waiting until we had sponsors to pay for it.”

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Pioneer seniors participate in legacy walks

20180530 PioneerLegacyWalkWearing their cap and gowns, Sharyland Pioneer High School seniors returned to their elementary and middle schools Wednesday to inspire the next generation of high school students.

These students participated in Sharyland’s Legacy Walk, a district-wide event where graduating seniors from both district high schools returned to the schools where their journey first began.

For students at Pioneer, the event culminated with a presentation to the seventh graders during an assembly followed by a walk through the halls of the eighth grade classrooms where they had a chance to greet the students and teachers they knew.

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Sharyland Richard Thompson Stadium to receive new scoreboard

Sharyland-LogoDespite having a “tight” budget that forced the Sharyland school board of trustees to only give a one percent pay increase to teachers-half of what they’ve received in the last three years-Sharyland trustees approved the purchase of an $800,000 LED scoreboard to replace the one at Sharyland High School’s Richard Thompson Stadium.

At Tuesday’s board meeting, officials stressed the need for a new scoreboard and said the district is only committed to a fraction of the $800,000.

“The existing scoreboard has been here for more than 10 years and they don’t make parts for it anymore,” exiting district Superintendent Robert O’Connor said Tuesday.
“There’s no option besides going out for another scoreboard and the board made the right choice in waiting until we had sponsors to pay for it.”

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Pioneer, Sharyland Advanced Academic Academy graduating first senior cohort

Sharyland-LogoAfter opening four years ago, Sharyland’s Pioneer High School and Advanced Academic Academy will graduate its first set of seniors next month.

These students are the first full four-year graduating class, meaning they’ve spent all their four years at their respective schools. In total, both schools will graduate around 460 students.

“It really hit me at last year’s graduation ceremony that this next class has students who have been with us since the beginning,” Pioneer High School Principal James D. Heath said. “All they’ve known is they’ve been Diamondbacks these last four years.”

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