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South Texas College celebrates 25 years as enrollment reaches 34,000

STCLogoMcALLEN – As a young teen, Rose Benavidez, current STC trustee, recalls traveling with her father, the late Manuel Benavidez, across Starr County looking for support for what was then known as South Texas Community College (STCC) from the community.

Her father had just been appointed as a trustee for the college, and in the summer of 1995, public acceptance for STCC had snowballed in an election that saw voters approve three propositions essential for the college.

“When I was a kid driving around with my father I remember they were having classes in laundromats or they were allowed by school districts to have classes in old libraries,” Benavidez said. “I can recall my very first experience with the college was when I was maybe 15 years old. My father had just been appointed as a trustee at the college and they were going out for their first bond.

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Sharyland superintendent discusses TEA rating

20180817 VidaurriMeetandGreetVerticalWhen the Texas Education Agency released their latest accountability ratings last month, Sharyland ISD had a lot to celebrate.

Under these new ratings, schools were graded on an A-F scale and Sharyland was one of 9 districts with an “A” rating in Hidalgo County.

“The rating goes back to the excellence that is expected of the district,” Sharyland Superintendent Maria Vidaurri said last month. “We’re looking to see what areas we can improve on to ensure we are progressing in the way we should be.”

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Sharyland High School welcomes new band director

20180907 MarcPareaFor Marc Perea, the band instructors he interacted with as a student were the people responsible for pushing him to explore his talents as a musician.

“I had band directors that were encouraging and even took me to college auditions,” Perea, 38, recalled. “Band directors pushed me to explore my strengths and talents as a musician and I fell in love with it from day one. I always knew from a young age this would be something I’d see myself doing as an adult.”

Now, Perea hopes to return the favor to his students as the new band director at Sharyland High School.

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McAllen native discusses new movie

20180831 Raul-Castillo-Headshot-1---Stephanie-DianaWith parents from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Raul Castillo recalled always feeling like he was part of two worlds whenever he and his family crossed the border as a child.

“Being from the Valley, I always thought about where we as border residents belong on the fabric of this country,” Castillo, a McAllen native said. “We’re very much Americans and yet we’re surrounded by so much biculturalism that growing up down there I think creates a certain kind of character in us.”

That biculturalism shaped Castillo into who he is today as an actor and because of it he carries the Valley wherever he goes, he said.

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Pioneer Cattle Pavilion nearing completion

20180829 AgPavilionThe $1.1 million cattle pavilion at Sharyland’s Pioneer High School is expected to be completed within the next few days, more than four months after its projected completion date.

Last December, the Sharyland School Board of Trustees approved a contract to the McAllen-based NM Contracting LLC to expand the cattle pavilion at Pioneer.

Used by students in the Future Farmers of America club, large cattle are housed in the pavilion and campus officials hope to nearly double the pavilion to store an additional 30 head as well as adding a restroom for students and fans to ventilate the area, Sharyland Times reported when the contract was awarded.

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Sharyland welcomes new superintendent

20180817 VidaurriMeetnGreetThe Sharyland community had a chance to meet the new district superintendent at a meet and greet last week.

Held at the Mission Event Center Friday, Aug. 17, district officials and members of the public were given the opportunity to interact with district Superintendent Maria Vidaurri before the start of the new school year.

“I really wanted it to be that they understand that I am here to serve the community, staff and that I am approachable,” Vidaurri said of the event. “I value their input and together as a team, we will make Sharyland succeed in ways it hasn’t before.”

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