On Sept. 28 the Valle Verde Early College High School (VVCHS) was awarded the National Blue Ribbon award.
According to their website, The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has been recognizing “outstanding public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups,” since 1982.
Valle Verde Early College High School is the first to receive the Blue Ribbon Award in the Ysleta Independent School District in the past decade.
This year 342 schools such as Dr. Green Elementary and Maxine L. Silva Health Magnet High School were recognized along with VVCHS.
They are the first one in the Ysleta Independent School district to be awarded the Blue Ribbon in 10 years.
On Nov. 6 The National Blue Ribbon School Program will have their annual ceremony where Paul Convey, Valle Verde Early College High School principal, and Angelica Villalobos, Valle Verde Early College High School Writing Center/ Avid IV Professor, will be accepting the award in Washington D.C. along with the other awarded schools and their representatives.
“This award shows how hard our teachers work, a lot of people think that early college teachers have it easy, when it’s actually the exact opposite.
Teachers here work harder than any other school because our teachers want to make sure our kids succeed not only high-school-wise but collegiate level of excellence's” Covey said.
Covey also explained that the application process to get the Blue Ribbon award is very lengthy and essay heavy, he says that each state gets a specific number of monitions and Texas has 26.
The Blue-Ribbon Award looks at each school’s achievements in every aspect not just academic or sport related.
Covey says that it was a group effort because teachers pushed themselves and made a lot of effort within their classrooms.
They sponsor one or more clubs which makes students work harder and as a result, the student succeeds in multiple disciplines of study and extracurricular.
“I’m humbled by the experience…there are thousands of public schools in the country and very few of them get recognized and I’m glad our students got that recognition,” English professor, Angelica Villalobos said. She helped Mr. Convey to write about every department in the school.
Villalobos has been an educator for 15 years and has worked at Valle Verde for the past eight.
She said she feels absolute gratitude and pride to be working with such an incredible faculty and staff.
She is glad that all their hard work and extra hours has helped their students reach a higher level of education and achievement.
“Valle Verde Early College is a little gem, a little jewel her in corner of Hunter and Fenix,” Villalobos said. “In this business, the main focus is the children and we should be worried about the prices around the corner or awards down the street.
We should focus on the children and everything will come like it should.”Principal Convey said that in education it’s not about the prices but about the staff and faculty focusing on the children for a better educational outcome.