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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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Sharyland school board discusses ad campaign budget

Sharyland-LogoAt a workshop for the Sharyland School Board of Trustees, board members discussed the possibility of airing television commercials to promote the school district.

Carolyn Mendiola, an official with the district’s public information department, led a presentation to the school board on Sharyland’s advertising campaign for the 2018-2019 school year at the Monday workshop.

During the presentation, Mendiola showed the board a two-minute commercial and a condensed 30-second commercial created by AIM Media Texas, a McAllen-based communication media company. The commercials, which were made for a total of $2,000 according to Mendiola, were part of a proposal to double the budget of the ad department to include the production of and airing of promotional videos on TV and in movie theaters.

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Musica con Beto en McAllen draws Texas Democrats in the RGV

20180818 STMusicaConBetoHoping to sweep the blue wave across Texas, several candidates including Beto O’Rourke spent the last weekend making stops in McAllen, Brownsville and Laredo leading up to November elections.

Filling the historic Cine El Rey theater in McAllen with people from across Hidalgo County, last Saturday’s Musica con Beto event included live music and the opportunity to hear Democratic nominees for key positions in state government speak about their plans if elected.

Along with O’Rourke, who is running for Senator, Democratic candidates present included Kathy Cheng for Texas Supreme Court Place 6, Roman McAllen for Texas Railroad Commissioner, Miguel Suazo for Texas Land Commissioner, Joi Chevalier for Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Justin Nelson for Texas Attorney General, Judge Maria T. Jackson for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Mike Collier for Lieutenant Governor and Lupe Valdez for Governor.

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