Category: School Pride

Carter UIL Beginning …

Carter UIL season will begin next week, and many students lack information on the program benefits. 

As posted on their website UIL (University Interscholastic League) is an extracurricular competition program that covers a wide selection of academic areas against students from other schools within their district.

Students and coaches involved in UIL agree that confidence and learning are enhanced.

Placing in UIL helps with scholarship applications and gives students experience with real-life use of their school work.

Summer Fun at Harvard for Carter Student

During the summer, current Carter junior Marissa Llamas visited Harvard University on a trip sponsored by the Texas Graduate Center on June 25 through June 28.

Marissa was invited to by carter teacher, Queen, a Harvard alumnus. She has known Llamas since her freshman year. Although Llamas has never been one of her students, she has participated in UIL mathematics, one of the events that Queen coaches, for the past school years.

 Llamas said,” I’ve been with her since freshman year, even though I’ve never have had her for a class, I was still in UIL mathematics, and like I’ve stuck with her, so I guess she stuck with me by allowing me to go to Harvard.”

Llamas hopes to one day become a math teacher and teach high school students.

Carter Student Experiences Touring Washington University at St. Louis

Sophomore Kayla De Leon toured Washington University at St. Louis this summer. She was invited by Harvard alumnus Queen Martin and Carter principal Claudia Gomez-Perez.

Kayla was one out of two students that were afforded the opportunity to travel outside of Texas and tour universities. Kayla was chosen by freshman Algebra I teacher, Queen Martin, a recent graduate from Harvard University and by Carter’s principal because of her involvement in UIL Math and her academic accomplishments. 

Students Set Sight On Holocaust Remembrance Week

Students are looking forward to the 2019-2020 Holocaust Remembrance Week as interest is piqued by two Carter students who were selected as winners last year. Maya Carrizales and Lean Lopez won $500 each for their submission to the contest. 

Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission is a state agency that was established to promote awareness of the Holocaust and events like it according to its website. “Survivors of the Holocaust and modern genocides share their stories so we can learn from their experiences and prevent future genocides. By engaging with survivors’ testimonies, Texas students can serve as a witness and use their knowledge to improve the world in which we live. ” 


“Needs Closet” is being made a reality by the T.A.F.E. Club at Carter school making sure everyone is provided with what they need.     

         T.A.F.E. stands for Texas Association of Future Educators. It is a club for students who wish to partake in any services for the school, and for those who are interested to become teachers or be part of the Education field. 

        The service project is a 4-cabinet closet available to place pads, tampons, razors, snacks, deodorants, shampoos, and conditioners. The T.A.F.E. members are doing this with the “hope” to be able to provide what some students may not have access to on their own at home. This project is not only for those who are missing these items at home but also for students who just didn’t get to eat breakfast or lunch. 

 Overcoming the challenges of the future

       Jimmy Carter Early College High School seniors talk about their struggles in taking college classes. They talk about their motivation, and how they can improve on negative perceptions; to finish their associate’s degree.

        High School students look at College as an essential way. Each of these students has a type of sentiment towards taking a big step that will change their future.

        Anahi Polanco, a senior, said, “having college classes are challenging” She fears of being unsuccessful, but what motivates her to keep going is her family and friends.

        The various students involved around the ECHS programs realize the obstacles they have to overcome, throughout time.

        Jasmine Alcala, a senior, said, ” The worst fear of having college classes is not to pass them. When I’m taking college classes, I don’t have time to spend with my family because I’m just stuck in your room doing homework. The only reason why I keep on going is that I want to make my family proud.”

Kayla De Leon Shares Her Experience on touring Washington University

Sophomore, Kayla De Leon, was invited to tour Washington University at St. Louis this past summer by Harvard alumnus and Jimmy Carter principal. Kayla was one out of two students in the entire Early College High School  that got to tour and visit universities, and travel outside the state of Texas. She was chosen by the freshman Algebra I teacher, Ms. Queen Martin, a recent graduate from Harvard University and by Ms. Claudia Gomez-Perez, Jimmy Carter’s very own principal because of her involvement in UIL Math and academic history. 

The Washington University at St. Louis is a diverse private research university most noted for their sub-schools dedicated to Medicine, Business, Engineering, Biological and Biomedical Sciences and more. 

”It was pretty cool, I had never traveled outside of Texas before and on a plane so I saw many new places and it was very interesting,” Kayla said. 

Making the choice on early colleges

The school year 2019-2020, Carter welcomed 376 students alongside three transfer students from other Early Colleges in La Joya ISD, for more opportunities and advantages.

Joshua Cordonnier and Frida Beltran transferred over from Thelma Salinas STEM, and Valeria Lucio, a former student, returned from La Joya Early College.

Lucio transferred because La Joya Early College was not giving her the attention she needed, and they did not focus on her graduation plan, but Cordonnier moved for more diverse classes and opportunities.

“Jimmy offers different classes that STEM doesn’t have like Criminal Justice and Speech,” said Cordonnier.

According to these students, their previous Early Colleges lacked class options and attention on the students, but both students have different views on the associate degrees available. 

Carter does not offer an associate degree for Joshua Cordonnier’s field of study, but it does for Valeria’s. Carter offers 5-degree plans, STEM provides five as well, and La Joya Early only has one available.

The Missing Class Shirts

Junior class shirts continue their hiatus. At the end of the school year, the sophomore class was unable to complete their class shirt project and decided to resume the process at the beginning of this term. 

Last year, the student council was collecting money for class shirts which never materialized. The project went uncompleted due to the inability of the student council to agree on a design and place the shirt order. Council discussion settled on resuming the project in the 2019-2020 school year. However, refunds were offered to some students who approached the class sponsor and council members. 

Carter’s AVID Teacher Shares Story About Her Profession and Immigration

 “While I was flying over to America from the Philippines, I was discombobulated. At some point, I wanted to go back home, but I thought of all the sacrifices that led me to where I stand. I just closed my weary eyes and prayed for the best of what’s waiting for me in the ‘Land of Milk and Honey,'” said Bangsalud.

Fel Bangsalud shares her story about her professional achievement and the transition from her Philippine to American citizenship. Bangsalud serves as Jimmy Carter Early College High School’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) teacher.

“AVID is a class that helps to close the achievement gap by preparing students for college readiness and be successful in society,” she said.

Bangsalud arrived in the United States in August 2002, hoping to become more professionally accomplished and earn more money.  However, it took a lot of relinquishing from her part to successfully come to America. 

“It was an extensive wait for the processing of papers, and it was also expensive. My mother had to lend me her retirement money, which I would later pay once I was stable, and my husband had to sell one of his properties,” she stated. “My family was not with me for nine months since they had to wait for their visas. It was burdensome, but the challenging part was leaving my young children behind.”