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BISD fine arts students recognized

May 2, 2019

Six seniors in fine arts programs at Hanna Early College High School are among 34 across the Brownsville Independent School being recognized this week for their decision to pursue a college degree in the fine arts.

The BISD Department of Fine Arts held a signing ceremony at Hanna’s Buchanan Center for the six fine arts students and planned to hold similar ceremonies at each of BISD’s five other comprehensive high schools.

Kathleen Jimenez, BISD interim Fine Arts administrator, said the ceremonies are part of an effort to bring greater recognition to the district’s band, choir, dance and visual arts students.

“We’re just so proud to have BISD students continuing their BISD legacy and continuing their careers in the fine arts,” Jimenez said after the ceremony. She said the long-term goal is for the district to keep in better touch with its fine arts students as they complete their degrees and take first jobs in their chosen fields.

During the ceremony each student was asked a pair of questions about who influenced them the most in their area of specialization. They highlighted parents, family, peers and their teachers. Their scholarship awards also were recognized.

Justin Garza, a member of the All-State Choir, said he had wanted more appreciation for music performance during high school.

“This is a really big step toward the fine arts being recognized,” he said.

Garza will attend the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to pursue a bachelor’s degree in music with teacher certification.

Yaresia Perez will attend UTRGV to pursue a bachelor of fine arts in studio art and a career in studio art.

Matthew Padilla will attend Texas A&M University-Kingsville to pursue a bachelor’s in instrumental music education with a teaching certificate.

Allen Pace will attend San Diego State University to pursue a bachelor of music in music education.

Lexie Nelson will pursue a bachelor of fine arts in dance at the University of Texas at Austin and a career in dance.

Pricila Villamontes will attend UTRGV to pursue a bachelor of arts in dance with teacher certification and a career in dance education.

As the ceremony ended each student signed a legacy poster, which will be placed in a display at the Buchanan Center titled “Future Fine Arts Professionals.”

A similar ceremony was held a Rivera ECHS later Wednesday afternoon. Today ceremonies will be held at Pace at 1 p.m. and at Veterans Memorial at 2:45 p.m. Lopez fine arts students are to be recognized at 9:15 a.m. Friday. The ceremony at Porter is at 2:45 p.m. Friday.

glong@brownsvilleherald.com