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Perseverance and Passion: Redwolf and Husky

Partaking in the identities of a junior Redwolf student at Jimmy Carter and a Husky at Juarez Lincoln’s dance-drill team, Susana Hernandez tackles balancing the different roles in her life through her passion.
Hernandez’s passion for dance has existed since she was a little girl.
“Every time I would put music on, I would dance my heart out because I love dancing, and I wasn’t afraid to dance in front of my parents,” Hernandez said.
Hernandez’s interest in the drill dance team was sparked in middle school.
“I would see some of the girls dancing, some of the girls in the team right now. They would have a lot of fun dancing, and they were happy. I decided to pursue this dream because I love dancing,” Hernandez said. “Like my dad used to say, ‘Never say you can’t when you haven’t tried.’ “
Juggling college courses at one school while maintaining after-school activities has proved itself to be a challenge. However, Hernandez has found sanction in the balance of trusting herself, her religion, her family, and her teachers’ support.
“A factor that influences the way I handle both extracurriculars and school work is God and my mom. My mom supports me with anything, which makes me so happy, and God helps me so much because He is always there for me when I need someone else to talk to besides my mom,” Hernandez said.
Besides her family and her God, Hernandez accredits her success to her responsibility.
“Another factor in life that helps me juggle is my responsibility. If I missed something in school, I ask the teachers, and they help me,” Hernandez said.
The drill team does come with its adversities. Hernandez has been a part of Juarez Lincoln’s drill team since her freshman year but quit because attendance was affecting her academically. Yet, last year, Hernandez decided to reconnect and rejoin the team.
In essence, Hernandez continues to pursue the drill team because it is an outlet and a sanction of art.
“The drill team has impacted my life because dancing is a form of art where you can express your emotions through a dance no matter which type of dance it is,” Hernandez said.
With competition season rolling in from January to April, Hernandez and her team practice in four out of five dance categories: jazz, Hip-Hop, kick, and contemporary.
If the team advances from local competitions, they aim to win regionals and then nationals. Local and regional competitions will be hosted in Corpus Christi.

Posted inEducation, Community, NHS, Events

Love for Paws: NHS Contributes to Yaqui Animal Rescue

The National Honor Society values service and character as two of its four pillars. Service means going outside oneself to meet the needs of others from various communities, while character builds relationships grounded in empathy. Bridging the care of local animals, the school’s NHS is asking Jimmy Carter students to donate to the local animal shelters.
The Jimmy Carter Early College High School NHS is hosting its third annual “Love for Paws” event, where it donates pet food and care products for animals to the Yaqui Animal Rescue.
“The purpose of this project is that I saw the need to help animal shelters,” NHS sponsor and Spanish teacher Claudia Camarillo said. “I’m a pet lover. I want to do something for the animal community.”
Camarillo and the NHS members have placed fliers with a list of animal products students can donate to their first-period teacher to spread the word.
“I think one of the things that always help us to reach our goal and with past projects is to give something in return,” Camarillo said. “Whatever first-period class donates the most items will receive a pizza party.”
Camarillo said NHS should participate in this project because the Yaqui Animal Rescue needs donations to remind the NHS members about being responsible pet owners.
“I want to create this culture of responsibility for our pets,” Camarillo said. “I also think we as a community need to help animals in need, which is why I feel that the NHS needs to play a part in this project.”
A house fire occurred in La Joya in 2021. Firefighter Marlo Munoz, the first responder, rescued a puppy whom Munoz had mistaken for a teddy bear. After Munoz saved the puppy from the house fire, the Yaqui Animal Rescue took the puppy in and named it after Munoz. This story inspired Camarillo to start this project to give all pets the care they deserve.